Petrino, Jurich headline 2003 Kickoff Luncheon

<b>Kickoff Luncheon</b> -- Head Coach Bob Petrino and Athletic Director Tom Jurich headlined the 2003 University of Louisville Kickoff Luncheon Friday afternoon sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

The 2003 University of Louisville football season kicked off Friday afternoon at the Commonwealth Convention Center with the annual Kickoff Luncheon sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

About 1,500 Cardinal faithful attended the luncheon, hosted by the voice of the Cards, Sean Moth and headlined by comments from Athletic Director Tom Jurich and Head Coach Bob Petrino.

Captains Robert McCune &
Rod Day
Several current members of the Cardinal football team addressed the attendees, including captians Dan Koons, Ronnie Ghent, Josh Minkins and Rod Day.

Jurich opened his remarks by asking the audience to raise their hands to show support for keeping the annual football contest with the University of Kentucky as the opening game of the season for both state schools.

By unanimous vote, the entire Cardinal nation in attendance supported keeping the game first on the schedule.

Head Coach Bob Petrino then addressed the crowd and introduced his staff and team captains. Petrino mentioned the hard work and long hours the team and staff have been putting in since fall camp began earlier this month and noted that the players would be looking forward to the start of school next week.

Freshmen Amobi Okoye &
Shane Bailey
"For the first time in their lives they can't wait until school starts," Petrino said. "I can't say enough about how hard they've worked."

With a new staff and system, Petrino indicated the Cards will be ready for next Sunday's opening game against the University of Kentucky.

"We will be ready to go next Sunday night at 6:30," Petrino said.

Jurich noted several developments for Cardinal Athletics.

Jurich on Field Turf

"Before our team even gets on the field there will be three high school games on it..that's what we want to do...we want to make it a community venue."

Jurich on the new swimming and baseball facilities

"We're going to break ground on october 15th on the new swimming complex."

"We just acquired land behind Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium, which was known as the American Air Filter property, and that's where we're going to put our baseball stadium, Jim Patterson Field."

Jurich on the new basketball practice facility

"[Next to a new Jewish Hospital facility] we're going to build...a 50,000 square" foot basketball practice will be equally for men and women. It will be state of the art and one of the best in the country."

Jurich on the indoor football practice facility

"Also there will be a new indoor football practice facility that will be adjacent to the stadium..we're working currently on the fundraising for that."

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