1980 NCAA Champs to be honored today

On the silver anniversary year of the achievement, the University of Louisville's 1980 NCAA Championship team will be recognized at halftime of the Louisville - South Florida game this afternoon at Freedom Hall. To honor the team, fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster.

On the silver anniversary year of the achievement, the University of Louisville's 1980 NCAA Championship team will be recognized at halftime of the Louisville - South Florida game this afternoon at Freedom Hall.

A commemorative poster, sponsored by Hamilton Printing, will be provided to fans in attendance at the game. Prior to the game, members of the team will be available for autographs in Freedom Hall from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Following the game, the team will visit the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe to sign autographs and mingle with U of L fans from 5:30-7 p.m. Commemorative 1980 NCAA Championship T-shirts will be sold through Louisville area Kroger stores for $15 beginning Jan. 28 and at the Feb. 12 game. Sales of the T-shirts benefit the Derek Smith Memorial Fund.


1980 NCAA Final Four
MOP Darrell Griffith

The 1979-80 Cardinals, who posted a 33-3 overall record, were guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum and led by national player of the year Darrell Griffith, who averaged 22.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Four players who scored over 1,000 career points at U of L were members of that team, including Griffith (2,333 points, U of L's all-time leading scorer), the late Derek Smith (1,826), Jerry Eaves (1,250) and Rodney McCray (1,247).

In addition to honoring the championship team, nearly 100 former U of L men's basketball players are expected to be in attendance for Cardinal Basketball Legends Day. Among those expected to be recognized during timeouts at the game are Phil Bond, Wade Houston, Charles Jones, Allen Murphy, Bud Olsen, Phil Rollins, Marv Selvy, LaBradford Smith and many more. The list includes representatives from the Cardinals' 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championship teams, 1956 NIT Title squad and 1948 NAIB National Champions.


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