A chain of events appears almost inevitable over the next couple of days which could profoundly affect the future of University of Louisville athletics.
Future U of L football schedules, for example, will either include teams like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech from the Big 12.
Or they will be dotted with such foes as Boise State, Navy, Air Force and Temple from the Big East, along with Cincinnati, Rutgers, UConn and South Florida.
We prefer the first option, the Big 12, of course. Just imagine Texas and Oklahoma coming to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium every other year. Or traveling to Austin and Norman for awe-inspiring football venues. Dream come true, a jackpot for Louisville football fans, having joined the big boys club of college football. Quality basketball, too. Imagine taking on Kansas, Texas and Iowa State two or three times a season.
But we could live with an expanded Big East that includes an upgrade in the caliber of football opposition. Basketball? Well, one could almost argue that recent basketball schedules have almost been too rugged, with every conference game seemingly going to the horn. A few more U of L romps would be nice for a change (like that’s going to happen).
If a reconfigured Big East could guarantee more stability, it would still be a comfortable home for U of L teams. BCS eligibility would remain in tact through the 2014 season. The presence of the service academies might provide some protection against the detractors — that and a return to prominence by, say, the Louisville, Cincinnati and West Virginia football programs.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, however. Missouri must first make the decision everyone expects the school to make by submitting an application to join SEC. If that doesn’t happen, we’re back to purgatory for a few more weeks or months.
The expected never seems to happen in the conference realignment saga.