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Apr
04
2015

A nice year for Louisville in the ACC

Louisville v Purdue

Good morning, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sports fans – hope you’re having some great spring weather where ever you are!!

Louisville – by all accounts – has been a terrific addition to the ACC (and most would say an upgrade).

Let’s talk about Louisville’s 2014-15 athletic accomplishments (and the academic year is not done yet – and we will get to that more below):

  • The Cardinals football team, led by Bobby Petrino, finished with a record of 9-4.  Anytime your team can finish with a nine-win season, you are doing good job.  The Cardinals opened the season on Labor Day with a dominating win over Miami (the ACC got center stage that night), almost upset Clemson on the road, gave Florida State everything they could handle at home,  got a monster win vs. Notre Dame on the road, and defeated SEC in-state rival Kentucky.  A very nice first year in ACC football.
  • The Cardinals men’s basketball was a perennial top 10 team all year long.  The Cardinals had wins vs. Ohio State, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia – wins in the NCAA tournament vs. Northern Iowa and NC State – and a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight.  It was arguably one of the best coaching jobs Rick Pitino has ever done as Louisville had a pedestrian offense most of the year.  The women’s basketball team, FWIW, made the NCAA Sweet 16.
  •  The Cardinals have also had some success in the non-revenue sports.  The men’s soccer team, normally a prolific NCAA power, made a small run in the NCAA tournament again.
  •  We must talk about the success of Louisville’s baseball team.  Our friend, @ztevans, ranked the ACC baseball teams this week.  Here’s what Zach said about Louisville:  Two games ahead of their competition in the conference, a string of three consecutive ACC sweeps have the Cardinals perched atop the standings.  The Cardinals’ 2.56 team earned run average also tops the conference.”  The Cardinals also have ten wins vs. the RPI top 50.  Not too shabby.

 As we close this blog post, we would be remiss not to talk about the steady leadership of Louisville Athletic Director, Tom Jurich – look at this guy’s bio!

 Congratulations on a great first year in the ACC – which isn’t done yet – because we think #CardNation might be in the College World Series.

Happy Easter from all of us at All Sports Discussion!!

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