Well, at least the uncertainty is over.
Having said to have initially rejected an offer from the Big 12 and then been rejected when the conference came to a final conclusion, the University of Louisville now must play a leading role in rebuilding the Big East.
Something to be said for knowing exactly where one stands. More than sense of relief, feels more like closure. No more constantly checking Twitter, the message boards, trying to read between the lines.
The factual information blurred by all the speculation, the erroneous reports, the trial balloons, the planted rumors and falsehoods, the antagonism with the West Virginia crazies, the farcical Missouri maneuvering and the Texas and Oklahoma tugs of war. What a nightmare it was.
All things of the past. We hope so anyway. A sabbatical would be great. Revisit the issue next year, or the year after. If we must.
U of L fans can focus on other more important issues. Yeah, we would have loved being in the Big 12 playing Texas and Oklahoma and other powers on an annual basis. But we know now that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
The inability of UofL to make it into a football conference was undoubtedly affected by the slow growth in local support for college football. As a university and a community, Louisville has only recently recognized the value of having a strong football program.
Now we know for certain where football stands in the overall picture. University of Louisville basketball is a wonderful diversion during the winter months and it has brought some nice recognition for the university. But by all but ignoring football for so many decades, we were shortchanging the athletic program and the university.
UofL had too much ground to make up even after Howard Schnellenberger, Malcolm Chancey and Bill Olson finally got a stadium. Still Tom Jurich was able to get UofL in the Big East and in the BCS picture. Remarkably, he came close to getting Louisville in the Big 12 Conference — a tremendous accomplishment considering where the school was a few years ago.
Football is king in college sports. That much is certain.