One year ago, the University of Louisville arrived at the ACC Kickoff meetings as a newcomer. They were the unfamiliar face in the crowd and the Cardinals arrival created much of the media buzz that resulted in the annual gathering last summer.
Questions surrounded the potential of the league's newest member as a first-year member. Many around the league wondered aloud 12 months ago if the Cardinals would be able to consistently match the competition level found with the ACC.
During the 2014 ACC Kickoff meetings, league commissioner John Swofford boasted of the progress of the Louisville athletics program prior to becoming a member of the conference.
“Frankly speaking, I know of no other athletic program that has progressed as much as Louisville has in the last 15 years,” Swofford said.
That positive progress continued into the school's first year in the ACC and those prior questions have disappeared. During his Commissioner's Forum at the 2015 ACC Kickoff, Swofford once again praised Louisville.
“Our first year relationship couldn't be better,” he said. “They bring a high quality athletic program that is very, very successful.”
Across the board, the multiple U of L sports teams competed at the highest level, accomplishing ACC firsts – as was the case with the record-setting regular season by the baseball program – and finished near the top in all sports standings.
“My impression of Louisville after one year in the league is that they are everything and more that we expected,” Swofford said. “The job, athletically, that they have done there over the last 15 years is pretty remarkable. We have been very pleased. We were last summer and we are even more so this summer.”
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