Weekly Louisville football notebook

Another new addition to the site will be a Thursday football notebook, including not only Louisville notes but also some Big East chatter. Here's the first offering:

Forget all the hype

As we get closer to the first kickoff of the new season, the hype for the University of Louisville football team is building. The Cardinals are being ranked by all sorts of publications and are one of the favorites for the Big East title.

But don't expect to hear a lot about the hype from the players.

U of L assistant coach Kenny Carter said in a recent interview that the coaching staff wouldn't bring up any kind of expectations with the squad.

"We silence all of that with out players," Carter said. "We can only deal with what we can deal with and that is our team and our players.

"We don't deal with anything else. We can't control anything else. The best thing we can do is perform on the field. That's what we can do, perform."

Follow the leaders

U of L coach Charlie Strong has said on several occasions that a big issues for the Cardinals this season will be leadership.

Strong has questioned where the leadership will come from with only 10 scholarship seniors on the roster this season.

So, the staff has had to be creative in trying to cultivate leaders.

"This spring, we actually brought guys in and talked to them as a staff," Carter said. "We brought guys in we felt had potential to be leaders, and addressed the things we felt like were strengths and weaknesses, so that they could understand where we stood with them and they could tell us where they thought they were.

"Because of that whole experiment, we feel like it's really facilitated a great opportunity for some guys to be great leaders for us."

Coaching retreat

Strong and his staff have a little business left before the official start of practice next weekend. The staff will have a staff retreat on Friday.

The coaches have said they get away from the office for a day and just talk football, bringing up new ideas and talking about the coming season.

It's a day for the coaches to bond and get ready for the season.

Big East media day set

Football will take center stage on Tuesday during the Big East Conference media day to be held again in Newport, R.I.

The leagues coaches will meet with the media on Tuesday morning before answering questions in an interview session with the radio and print media.

Each team will also bring four players to the session and those players will then meet with the media and answer questions later in the morning.

A few leftovers

*Hartford Courant beat writer Desmond Conner reported on his blog that Connecticut has sold only 19,000 season tickets.

*Pittsburgh has the largest number of different players on the 15 preseason watch lists. The Panthers have seven, while South Florida has five. U of L has three – Mario Benavides, Teddy Bridgewater and Hakeem Smith. Temple is the only team in the conference without a player on any watch list.

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