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College Football: U of L Meets NC State in Belk Bowl

The Louisville Cardinals are in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they’ll face NC State tomorrow night in the Belk Bowl.

U of L’s chances of becoming bowl eligible looked slim early in the season. The Cards got off to a 2-4 start, but won five of their last six games and captured a share of the Big East Conference title.

Coach Charlie Strong says his freshman-heavy team showed a lot of poise.

“We have some youth on this team, but a team that grew up really fast. I’m just excited at the way this football team was able to overcome a lot of adversity there in the beginning then make a run at the end and get ourselves in a position to become co-champions.”

This will be the fourth matchup between U of L and NC State. The Cards won the three previous games. Both teams finished the regular season with a 7-5 record.

The bowl game’s title sponsor is the Belk department store chain. The game, first played in 2002, has been previously called the Meineke Car Care Bowl and the Continental Tire Bowl.

Kickoff at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte is at 8:00pm tomorrow.

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Strong Says He’s Not Interested In Other Coaching Jobs

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says he’s not interested in any other coaching jobs and wants to continue building the Cardinal program.   

Strong’s name has been mentioned for coaching vacancies at Texas A&M and Penn State.

Strong says one rumor had him in New York City last week interviewing for the Texas A&M job when he was actually in Miami on a recruiting trip.

The 51 year old Strong is in his second season at U of L, his first head coaching job, and just signed a contract extension that runs through mid-2018.

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College Football: Cards To Face NC State in the Belk Bowl

The University of Louisville football team will take on North Carolina State on December 27 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Cards received the bid this evening.

U of L finished the regular season with a 7-5 record and tied West Virginia and Cincinnati for a share of the Big East title, but West Virginia broke the three-way tie with a higher BCS ranking. The Mountaineers will play Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

This will be the fourth meeting between U of L and North Carolina State. The Cards won the first three games, most recently in 2007. The Belk Bowl will be played at 8:00pm on December 27 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.