Football News & Notes

News on the BCS, Recruiting, Staff hiring and spring practice.

BCS Bound
When the University of Louisville announced that it would be joining the Big East Conference beginning with the 2005 season, it prompted excitement, as well as concern among Cardinal fans.

The future contests with West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and others, without question, was a drastic improvement on the Cardinal gridiron schedule. However, the looming changes in the BCS and the departure of Miami and Virginia Tech from the Big East to the ACC, forced the question, would the Big East retain its lucrative BCS contract?

The answer is yes! The BCS has agreed to add a fifth BCS Bowl beginning with the 2006 season and the Big East will continue to send its champion into a BCS game. The only asterisk is that the Big East Champion must average a Top 12 ranking over a four-year period.

Time is now for the Cardinal football program to climb higher in the polls and prepare for it's first-ever BCS bowl appearance.

Staff now complete?
Inside the Ville has learned that Coach Bobby Petrino has found a replacement for former Director of Football Operations Tony Levine, who is now, along with Reggie Johnson, coaching the Cardinal linebackers.

We understand that the Director of Football Operations is a former player who continued to have close ties to the program since his departure.

The new hiring is expected to be announced Monday afternoon.

Schedule complete
The 2004 U of L football schedule has been completed and will be released on Monday afternoon at press conference scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Recruiting Never Ends
Sure, National Signing Day is weeks removed, but the U of L coaching staff barely took time to breath and have started sending numerous letters expressing interest and even welcomed a few unofficial visitors this past weekend.

A trio of Elizabethtown High School, QB Chris Todd, WR/DB A.J. French and TE/DL Zipp Duncan, as well as all-purpose prospect Maurice Grinter of Fairdale High School, all attended the Cardinals win over Memphis on Saturday afternoon.

Spring Practice
March is now here and besides some basketball tournament happening, it also means that footballs will once again be flying around Papa John's Cardinal Stadium as practice resumes.

March 25th will mark the first day of Spring Practice, which will conclude on Friday, April 16th with the annual Spring Game.

The majority of practice, if not all, will be open to the public. ITV will of course be on hand daily to provide our visitors with the most in-depth daily coverage of practice session.

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