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    The Dawn of a New Era, U of L to Big East

    A new era begins today with the 2:00 p.m. announcement from New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel that U of L will join the Big East Conference. <p> <B>EXTRA:</B><br> <li><b><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the Big East announcement LIVE</a></b><br> <li><b><a href="">The new Big East Board</a></b>

    There have been several historic days throughout University of Louisville athletic history.

    March 22, 2001 ranks up there. That's the day Rick Pitino accepted the head coaching position at U of L.

    January 1, 1991 has to make the list, too. You'll recall Louisville beat the pants off Gene Stallings and the Alabama Crimson Tide 34-7 in the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl.

    Certainly March 24, 1980 and March 31, 1986 are moments Cardinal fans and supporters won't soon forget. The two banners that hang proudly in Freedom Hall serve as constant reminders to the significance of these two dates in U of L lore.

    And now you can add this date of significance to the long and storied athletic history of the University of Louisville.

    November 4, 2003

    Today at 2:00 p.m. at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Big East Conference will issue formal invitations to the university's of Louisville, Cincinnati, DePaul, South Florida and Marquette to join the historic league.

    U of L officials have scheduled a 3:00 p.m. press conference on the Belknap campus where they will presumably formally accept the invitation from the Big East members.

    And that's when the fun begins here at Inside The Ville.

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    So if you're looking for complete and comprehensive coverage, there's only one source you'll need..and that's the online leader in Cardinal sports coverage, Inside The Ville.

    Press conference coverage, video from the U of L press conference, photos, and much more...

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