Over the past two seasons, the University of Louisville program has played a game on each day of the week. 10 regular season games have been held on days other than the traditional Saturday since the start of the 2000 season.
Senior tight end Richard Owens is among many Cardinal players who have taken a liking to the upcoming schedule.
"You have to like playing on Saturdays, that's what college football is all about," Owens said. "This schedule will allow our fans to come out on the weekends and enjoy tailgating, nice weather and exciting Cardinal football."
In what has become tradition, the Cardinals will face in-state rival Kentucky in the season opener. The teams, which both feature new coaching staffs, will kick off their seasons on a nationally broadcast game on espn2.
The home-opener against UTEP will feature a matchup between Greg and Gary Nord. Greg is the assistant head coach of the Cardinals and Gary is the head coach of the Miners.
The Cards will be the second team to welcome first-year Conference USA member South Florida into the league when they travel to Tampa on October 4 to open their league slate. U of L then returns home for a two-game homestand against Army on October 11 and Tulane on October 18 before playing at East Carolina on October 25.
Following their second open week of the season, the Cards will play at TCU on November 8 before returning home to face Memphis on November 15 and Houston on November 22. The Cards will close out the regular season at Cincinnati on November 29.
"We're excited about the way this schedule stacks up," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "Our success on the recruiting trail gave this program a nice shot of momentum heading into spring practice and everyone from the coaching staff to the players is eager to get out on the field and show what they're capable of."
|10/04/03||Sat||South Florida||Tampa, FL|
|10/25/03||Sat||East Carolina||Greenville, NC|
|11/08/03||Sat||TCU||Ft. Worth, TX|
With the ESPN TV schedule still pending , all games are subject to change.
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* South Florida begins play in Conference USA for football this fall, bringing the league's football playing members to 11. The Cardinals will play eight C-USA contests, facing every league team except for Southern Miss and UAB.
* The 2003 season marks the first time in nine seasons that U of L will not play rival Southern Miss. The last time the Cards and Golden Eagles did not meet on the gridiron was the 1994 season, prior to that one-year layoff, the two rivals had squared off for 15 straight seasons.
* The Cardinals will play three teams that appeared in post-season play in 2002. The schedule includes Tulane (Conagra Food Hawaii Bowl), TCU (AXA Liberty Bowl) and Cincinnati (New Orleans Bowl).
* The Cardinals will play for a pair of traveling trophies, the Governor's Cup, against instate rival Kentucky, and the Keg 'O Nails, against Cincinnati.
* The Cardinals begin the 15-practice spring season on March 28 and will play their annual Red-White Scrimmage on Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.