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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.

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College Football: No BCS Bid For U of L

The University of Louisville football will not get a bid to a Bowl Championship Series game this season.

The Cards’ chance for a BSC bid was foiled today by Cincinnati, which defeated Connecticut 35-27 in the teams’ final regular season game. Under the final Big East Conference standings and BCS rankings, the bid will likely go now to West Virginia.

U of L needed a Cincinnati loss to be eligible for the automatic bid, but the Cards will still get an invitation to another bowl.

Last year, U of L played in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in Florida, where coach Charlie Strong’s team defeated Southern Mississippi.

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Cards’ BCS Hopes Hinge On Cincy/UConn Game

University of Louisville football players will find out Saturday if they’ll get to play in an upper echelon bowl game.

U of L will get an automatic bid to a Bowl Championship Series game, probably the Orange Bowl, if Cincinnati loses Saturday to Connecticut.

U of L and Cincinnati are in contention for the Big East Conference title.

If Cincinnati wins, coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals would still be eligible to play in another post-season game.

“You’re just hoping that it works out for us and then if it doesn’t, then we’ll just see where the picture falls. We’ll have enough fan support where the bowls will be interested in us. It comes down to now who can go sell out and where the money is. How we can make money and what team is going to bring the fan support,” Strong said Monday.

U of L struggled to a 2-4 start but won five of its six final games to capture at least a share of the Big East Conference title.

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College Football: UK Beats UT; Cards’ Bowl Picture Still Unclear

The Kentucky Wildcats snapped a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee today, defeating the Volunteers 10-7 at Commonwealth Stadium. UK was led by Matt Roark, a receiver who played his first-ever collegiate game at quarterback.

The senior ran for 124 yards as UK kept mostly to a ground game. Roark was pressed into duty to replace injured quarterbacks Morgan Newton and Maxwell Smith.

Kentucky finishes the season with a 5-7 record. Tennessee dropped to 5-7 and was denied a bowl berth.

The University of Louisville Cardinals will have to wait a week to find out if they’ll receive a bid to a Bowl Championship Series game. A loss by Cincinnati would give the Cards an automatic BCS bid, but the Bearcats defeated Syracuse today. Cincinnati has one regular season game remaining next week, against Connecticut.

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College Football: U of L Wins At South Florida

The Louisville Cardinals defeated South Florida 34-24 today, ending an 0 for 4 drought at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and securing at least a share of the Big East Conference title.

It was a back-and-forth game until the fourth quarter, when Teddy Bridgewater’s touchdown pass to Devonte Parker put the Cards ahead for good.

U of L finishes the regular season with a 7-5 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the Big East.

The Cards may have to wait until next weekend to find out if they’ll win the conference’s automatic bid to a Bowl Championship Series game.

They’ll secure the bid if Cincinnati loses one of its two final games.

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Big East Football Title In Play As Cards Visit USF

The University of Louisville football team will play its regular season finale Friday at South Florida.

The Cards are in the hunt for a share of the Big East Conference championship and a chance to play in a Bowl Championship Series game.

But U of L Coach Charlie Strong doesn’t want to talk about post-season possibilities with his team just yet.

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Businessman, Former Football Star Lyles Dead At 75

Family and friends are remembering longtime Louisville businessman Lenny Lyles, who died yesterday at the age of 75.

Lenny Lyles was also a standout athlete. He was one of the first African-Americans on the University of Louisville football team, where as a running back in the mid-1950s he set a school scoring record.

Lyles also spent 12 years in the National Football League, mostly with the Baltimore Colts.

After retiring from football, Lyles returned to his hometown and developed several west Louisville businesses, including the Lyles Mall.

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College Football: Cards Become Bowl-Eligible; UK, IU Fall

The University of Louisville football team is bowl-eligible for a second straight year.    The Cards notched their sixth victory of the season today, defeating host Connecticut 34-20.   U of L is also tied for first place in the Big East Conference heading into Friday’s regular season finale at South Florida.

Kentucky’s hopes for post-season play came to an end today at Georgia, where the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 19-10.   UK is 4-7, with Tennessee visiting Lexington next weekend.

Indiana fell to 1-10 on the season with a 55-3 loss to number 10 Michigan State.

In college basketball,  U of L defeated Butler 69-53, and Kentucky beat Penn State 85-47.