A notebook of items from the ACC Kickoff event at the Westin in Downtown Charlotte; day one of the two-day kickoff

CHARLOTTE - A notebook of items from the first day of the ACC Football Kickoff at the Downtown Westin Hotel. It was the Coastal Division up first on Thursday and here are a few notes.

Duke's Cutcliffe has respect for Louisville

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said during the first day of the ACC Kickoff at the Downtown Westin that he's excited about the Blue Devils game against Louisville in mid-October.

Cutcliffe called Louisville a "great football program."

"I've coached there before (against U of L)," Cutcliffe said. "It's intense and it's a great setting. I've watched that program change. I've been up there when Louisville wasn't a football power, but certainly we know now they are."

It will mark just the second time the two schools have met on the gridiron. Louisville beat Duke 40-3 in 2002 in Durham, N.C.

Cutcliffe was on the Tennessee staff for three games against Louisville, including the 1991 Thursday night game when the Cardinals lost 28-11 in a game that he called "on the big, big stage."

"I've watched Coach Petrino's teams for years and schematically they're very good offensively," he said. "He's very good at this - he gets people in the right things. I don't sleep on nights when I watch Louisville tape I can tell you that."

Richt the new guy at Miami

It isn't Mark Richt's first stroll through the ACC. He was an assistant at Florida State before he took over at Georgia.

Now, after 15 years with the Bulldogs he takes over at his alma mater - Miami - and noted everyone around the Hurricanes program is "hungry for success." He takes over for Al Golden, who was fired after a 58-0 loss to Clemson last season.

Miami has never won the ACC title, which Richt said is the first goal.

"The reality is our goal is to win the Coastal Division," Richt said. "You can win that game (against Florida State) and lose the Coastal. You can lose that game and win the Coastal. Our job is to win that game and get back to the ACC championship game."

Duke has a weird schedule

Cutcliffe noted the Blue Devils have a bit of a weird schedule situation this season.

Louisville is off the week before playing Duke on a Friday night, while the Blue Devils will play Army on Oct. 8 and then turn around and on Friday night play at Louisville on Oct. 14. The Blue Devils then host Virginia Tech on Nov. 5 and play host to North Carolina on Thursday night, Nov. 10.

"That's just part of the game," Cutcliffe said. "It's tough so you have to just have a mature team."

Louisville on tap tomorrow

The Louisville trio of head coach Bobby Petrino, quarterback Lamar Jackson and linebacker Keith Kelsey, will arrive on Friday morning.

The Cardinals will meet with the media all day. We'll have complete coverage at Cardinal Authority.


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