Attempting to get some perspective on how the University of Louisville fits in the conference expansion picture, the observer contacted a member of the university’s Board of Overseers Wednesday. He’s also served on the board of the U of L Athletic Association, is a staunch fan, highly opinionated and keenly interested in the issue.
The Louisville businessman admitted he’s excited about all the speculation, including mentions of possible tie-ins to the SEC, the Big 12 and the ACC or of a strengthened Big East.
“It’s all highly speculative at the moment and a lot of things can and will happen,” he said. “Tom Jurich doesn’t talk to anybody about the topic. If he’s had any contact with other conferences, we would never know because he’s not about to disclose any information.”
“But there’s nobody I’d rather have representing the University of Louisville at this critical moment. He is very good when it comes to these kinds of situations. He has strongly positioned U of L to take advantage of emerging opportunities.”
The overseer believes the Big East may be a good position to benefit if the college conference landscape continues to change. Especially if the Big 12 Conference is dismantled. “We could have some tremendous rivalries with schools like Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri or Iowa State,” he said. “They’re within reasonable driving distances and our fans could get excited about playing them.”
But he wouldn’t be surprised at anything that happens. “There are some fascinating scenarios,” he said. “We’re fortunate to have Tom Jurich representing us.”