The Cardinals have landed!
The University of Louisville football team and traveling party arrived in New Orleans on Thursday afternoon and coach Charlie Strong didn't shy away from the challenges his team faces in the Big Easy.
Strong and the Cardinals will face No. 3 Florida in the Jan. 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl in the New Orleans SuperDome. The Cardinals are making the school's second BCS Bowl appearance and will be double-digit underdogs against the Gators.
Strong said he told his team "we have standards. We have goals still to get."
The third-year head coach has the Cardinals in a bowl game for the third straight time. He came to U of L from Florida where he helped the Gators to the 2009 Sugar Bowl, a win against Cincinnati in his last game with the program.
Now, he'll be facing a lot of his former players. But he said he "hasn't been thinking about what it will be like," to see any old faces on the opposing sidelines.
Strong said he would let his team have some fun but does have a curfew for the Cardinals.
"We're not trying to see how many hurricanes we can consume or how late we can stay up," Strong said, referring to the popular Bourbon Street drink.
More later on Cardinal Authority.