Sugar Bowl notes: Brothers face off

NEW ORLEANS – We are now two days from the Allstate Sugar Bowl to be held in the Mercedes SuperDome with Louisville meeting Florida. Cardinal Authority has another installment of a Sugar Bowl notebook.


Kamran Joyer has never lined up on the opposite side of the football field from his brother, Hunter, during their careers.

But that will happen on Wednesday in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Kamran Joyer, a reserve redshirt junior offensive lineman plays for the University of Louisville, while Hunter Joyer is a sophomore and the starting fullback for Florida.

"We knew it was a possibility but never in a million years thought this was possible," Joyer said. "It's pretty unreal."

The Joyer's are from Wesley Chapel, Fla., near Tampa and are expecting around 30 family members in the Superdome for the game. Kamran said his father will sit with the U of L contingent, while his mother will sit with the Gators' portion.

The two brothers spent the holidays at home, have done a number of TV interviews together and spent some time this week hanging out on Bourbon Street together.

"There has been a lot of talk," Kamran Joyer said. "There's a little trash talking going back and forth, but nothing too bad. It's all been in good fun.

"It's something that is going to be special and it's going to be fun."


The Cardinals have had some fun in the Big Easy with many of the players up and down Bourbon Street during their visit.

But they didn't get that chance on New Year's Eve.

Several players said head coach Charlie Strong changed the curfew on New Year's Eve to 10:30 p.m. and the team would be bunkered up in the team hotel.

"It's time to get down to business now," Deiontrez Mount said. "We came here for a reason and that's for a football game."


New Orleans and Bourbon Street in particular has been infested by fans of Louisville clad in red and black.

There have been fans in the area for a few days but on Sunday night it appeared the Cardinal fans started to outnumber the Gator fans.

As early as 9 p.m. on Sunday, there were C-A-R-D-S chants ringing out from up and down Bourbon Street, including on several balconies.

U of L will have a pep rally in the Allstate Fan Fest area on Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. The event is held at 418 North Peters Street.


U of L coach Charlie Strong and Florida coach Will Muschamp will hold the final two press conferences before the game on Wednesday afternoon.

Strong hasn't met with the media since the team arrived in the Big Easy last Thursday night. He will speak at 11:30 a.m. local time.


U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was asked about how the program has made strides in three years under Strong:

And Watson explained how close the coaches, players and others are.

"Nobody every bats an eye, no matter what happens," Watson said. "We just all trust each other so much. We have that trust and we know it's there."

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