Big East Fest a success!

Tuesday's Big East Fest at Fourth Street Live was a success as U of L anticipates its future, as well as its present.

Over two thousand U of L fans packed into Fourth Street Live early Tuesday afternoon to attend Big East Fest. Those in attendance were treated to comments from Mayor Jerry Abramson, University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey, Athletic Director Tom Jurich, head basketball coach Rick Pitino and Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese.

The evening was a celebration of University of Louisville athletics and the programs continued rise to greatness in all sports.

"Under the director of Tom Jurich and Dr. Ramsey, the University of Louisville has gone to a new whole new level," said Mayor Abramson.

Under the leadership of both, U of L has seen it's athletics programs reach to new heights, with numerous programs becoming regulars in the national polls.

The sky seems to be the limit for each sport as the Cardinals complete their final season in Conference USA and prepare to enter the Big East Conference and athletic director Tom Jurich credits league commissioner Mike Tranghese for the school's new conference alignment.

"Mike Tranghese is the reason that U of L is joining the Big East," said Jurich. "When he began the process to add new university's to the Big East Conference, he thought of Louisville first."

Jurich also credited the fans for making the move into a BCS aligned conference a reality.

"We put a lot of things into place," continued Jurich. "We finished a lot of things because of the great support of our fans."

Among the major advantages that U of L will soon have as it moves into its new conference is the affiliation with the Bowl Championship Series. Now, for the first time since the creation of the BCS, Louisville football can now compete for a spot in the national championship.

With head coach Bobby Petrino unable to attend the festivities because of practice, his basketball counterpart, Rick Pitino seemed to speak on his behalf.

"We now, under the direction of Bobby Petrino, will not only play for a national championship, but we will win a football national championship!"

Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese closed the early portion of the event by welcoming the Cardinals into the league and by stating that all of the league members continue to have the goal of the Big East becoming the premier conference in the country.


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