Goodbye American Athletic Conference.
A few more baseball and softball games, followed by conference tournaments, and the University of Louisville will be leaving you. Bigger and better things ahead — off to the Atlantic Coast Conference, a certified member of the Big Five club, with big name foes, much broader exposure and recognition, and multimillion-dollar pay days.
UofL is leaving with mostly fond memories of our association, the long-time rivalries with Cincinnati and Memphis, the series with UConn and South Florida, the decisive football game with Central Florida, that unbelievable basketball game at Southern Methodist. Rutgers, of course, is off to the Big Ten, fumbling and bumbling on its way out the door and won’t be missed at all.
UofL has so much in common with you, pursuing national respect in an often cynical and class-structured universe. The challenges of gaining acceptance are huge and never-ending. There are opportunities to break through the clutter, as UConn basketball winning the national championship, for example, and UCF’s BCS Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor. Treasure those moments.