Jurich says "world knows us now!"

<b>MIAMI, FL</b> University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich spoke with Inside The Ville following the Cardinals 41-38 loss to Miami Thursday night about the importance of the game and its impact on the program's future.

Tom Jurich was understandably disappointed outside the University of Louisville locker room Thursday nght following the Cardinals 41-38 heartbreaking loss to No. 3 Miami.

But the U of L Athletic Director sounded optimistic about his football program's performance in the Orange Bowl against the Hurricanes and expressed significant hope for the program's future.

"I thought it was a terrific effort," Jurich said following the game. "They played their hearts out and left everything on the field. I think everybody's certainly disappointed that we didn't win because we thought we were in position to win the game."

With the U of L offense scoring at will in the first half against the vaunted Miami defense, Jurich was impressed with the job U of L head coach Bobby Petrino and staff did to prepare and execute their game plan.

"I couldn't be prouder of this coaching staff," Jurich added. "I thought Bobby was a surgeon tonight."

Jurich also said the Cardinals near win had left a lasting impression with national media types that he had spoken with following the Hurricanes comeback win.

"I've heard it and everybody is saying the say thing, they're raving about our performance," Jurich said. "And that's pretty impressive."

"When Kirk Herbstreit walks down to go into your locker room after the game to talk with your team you know you've played a heck of a game," Jurich continued. "Herbstreit told them 'you guys played your hearts out and have a fabulous team and nobody knew it before tonight."

"The world knows us now," Jurich added.

While Jurich was excited about the Cardinals performance, he believes the best is yet to come for the football program.

"This team is fantastic but our future is ahead of us," Jurich predicted.

Might U of L's performance speed the construction and fundraising process for new projects like an indoor practice facility and expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium?

"I sure hope so," Jurich said.

"We've got a special thing going here, a special coach, and from a recruiting standpoint this will do nothing but help us," Jurich continued. "If I were a high school kid watching this I would want to be part of this."

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