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To relevant media outlets:

I would like to rescind my latest comments about conference expansion.  I have been very stressed lately about this whole situation and I was running at the mouth when I should have been mum.

A couple of assistant coaches from the football program sauntered into my office the other day and were quite persuasive in enlightening me on a new approach.  I now have the utmost faith in how Athletic Director Tom Jurich and President Ramsey are handling the situation.  They will do what is best for the University of Louisville.  I plan on retiring in a few years and will finish out my tenure as the Cardinals head basketball coach in whatever conference they deem is best for our school’s future.

I would like to thank the AD, President, and most of the fans for sticking with me during my recent philanderings and appreciate their support.  I would like to rededicate my public soapbox towards this concept.  I will keep my mouth and cybermouth shut about further developments until The University makes an official announcement.  Please do not ask me anymore in regards to this sticky situation, or you will receive a “no comment”.  I have at least one more championship to bring to The Ville before I retire because The University and its loyal fans have paid me enough money so that my great grandchildren can lay on a beach somewhere in the year 2035.

Be sure to check my next blog next Thursday on how I have been catching up on recruiting because of wasting time talking to my buddy Andy.

Go Cards and Go Big Ea…  er … just Go Cards.

By Steve Springer


Catching Up with Tyler Wolfe

One never knows where one is gonna run into a guy with a big fat Orange Bowl ring gleaming in the sunshine.  It caught the eye of the Biggest Fan of the Big East, as much as my surprise, to cross paths with Tyler Wolfe, former University of Louisville quarterback under Bobby Petrino.

He pulls up in a golf cart at a Toyota dealership in Murray wanting to know who was in the naughty Volvo with UofL stickers/plate and wearing a UofL Baseball shirt and red Adidas shorts.   As it turns out, Tyler is married to a Murrayan, Murrayite, Murrisian, eh, who knows (beside the point).

Wolfe is wheelin’ and dealin’ cars and talking football in Racerland as he waits to hear from his agent about any NFL calls he might be getting in the near future.  The lock out mess really got in the way lately, but when asked about any hopeful scenarios, he mentioned the Kansas City Chiefs as a possibility.

The BFOTBE had a feeling that Wolfe wouldn’t want to give out any juicy dirt on the Kragthorpe regime. Sure enough, he was all class. Instead of talking about how Kragthorpe didn’t include him in his “right way” plans, or how the “coach” drove the team off a cliff, into the ground, etc.,  Tyler said after he transferred to Northwestern State, he threw for 350 yards in a game and promptly received a call from Kragthorpe congratulating him on his performance.

Speaking of coaches, as if it was another surprise, Tyler spoke about how impressed he was with one Coach Charlie Strong.

So if you live in the western part of the state and are looking for a new ride, drive over to Toyota of Murray and see Tyler and let him hook you up.  You’ll be supporting a classy UofL guy in the process and I’m sure he’ll really love to talk about his experience with you.  But you better hurry, he might not be in town much longer!

BFOTBE and proud Cardinal father

Steve Springer, the Biggest Fan of the Big East, ran into one Calvin Bibb, father of former University of Louisville defensive back Don Bibb, while in the Big Apple to get the ceremonial keys to the new Volvo S60 at the Big East championship.  Don lettered for the Cardinals playing under coaches Ron Cooper and John L. Smith.  The proud father was very excited to let Card Game know who his son was and display his son’s Motor City Bowl ring from the 1998 season. The car? Still going through U.S. Customs.

Biggest Fan of the Big East & the trip to the Big East Tourney


Volvo’s “Biggest Fan of the Big East” contest culminated with me and my family getting to cash in our prize by venturing to New York City to witness the Big East Tournament finals and semifinals. With wife and kids in tow, we made it in town in time to catch the Cards come from behind and exact revenge on Notre Dame in the semis and then watch a great game which had the Cards falling to UConn in the BET championship.

As part of the grand prize, I participated in the halftime ceremonies and presented a check from Volvo in the amount of $10,000 to the University of Louisville’s scholarship fund. It was one of those giant cardboard checks that one always dreams of getting their hands on. I held up the left side and at the other end of the check was Volvo Cars North America CEO Doug Speck. Mr. Speck ended up being the only male on the planet I’m not related to that was on the receiving end of a big o’ kiss as I planted one on his cheek when they announced that I also won a brand new naughty Volvo S60.  Below is my interview with the Big East Network reporter:

Big East Video On-Demand interview with Steve Springer, “Biggest Fan of the Big East”

It was a great privilege to be able to share the experience with my wife, Casey, and the kids. Not only did we see some great Cardinal/Big East basketball in the most famous basketball venue in the world, along with all the extras like the car, going out on the court, hanging in the tunnel, etc., we took in a few sights and sounds in New York City, as well. We stayed two nights in the beautiful New Yorker Hotel, ate some local cuisine, rode the subway for the first time, and toured Ground Zero and paid our respects at the memorial.

We would have had time for a couple of other places if not for us pulling a silly tourist mistake, getting on the A-train going in the wrong direction and riding something like 200 blocks the wrong way and having to go all the way back and then some. Then getting off at the wrong stop and walking for blocks and blocks to finally get there. Oh well, the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty will have to wait until next time.

Many thanks to the people of Volvo US and Cake NYC for their hospitality and for putting up with our crew for the weekend. They sure know how to treat people right and made this basketball season extra special for our family.

 Also, we have much appreciation for the too-many-to-name people that helped me throughout the course of the contest. And even if I tried to name everybody, I would inevitably leave someone off because there were probably lots of people that voted, retweeted, etc. that I don’t even know about. You know who you are and your time and efforts are much appreciated. This post is dedicated to all of you.

Louisville fan wins! Thanks to Cardinal Nation!!!

I have been named Volvo’s Biggest Fan of the Big East!!!

  • A trip to New York City for the Big East Tournament Championship Game to be announced at halfcourt at halftime of the tournament championship
  • The University of Louisville will get $10,000 from Volvo.
  • And I will be the recipient of a brand new naughty Volvo S60!!

Thanks again for the support, U of L fans!  I couldn’t have done it without you!!

Now, I’m supposed to be working, so more details to follow later!

Go Cards!  Go Big East! and GO VOLVO!!! THANK YOU!!!

Here’s the announcement e-mail from Volvo:

We’re very pleased to announce that Volvo¹s Biggest Fan of the Big East is Steve Springer.

Volvo feels that Steve has gone above and beyond throughout the season. His challenge posts showed his unique perspective in an engaging way, and always gained a lot of reader conversation in the comments section of UofLCardGame. He’s gained support from other Cards blogs along the way, and has made a number of Volvo videos (and appearances on WLKY, his local CBS affiliate) to hype the competition. He also got the word about the campaign out by putting pictures and videos up on Facebook and he used the #volvos60 hashtag on his Twitter account the greatest number of times of any of the fans. Not to mention, he’s been leading the fan poll for most of the season!

We’d like to emphasize that this was a very hard decision to make. The entire competition was fierce; the Final Four especially displayed all of the characteristics of a true Big East fan. Congratulations to Steve for winning the competition, and to everyone for a great season!