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Louisville already downplays a Big 12 invite… that hasn’t come yet

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You know it’s a conference realignment apocalypse all over again when we’re starting to talk about denials of events that haven’t even occurred yet.

Case in point, the University of Louisville.

The Cardinals currently reside in the Big East, but with another seismic shift in conference affiliations waiting tantalizingly on the horizon, many question what role the BCS’ weakest conference will play in the possible game of musical chairs.

Without getting too ahead of ourselves — which is going to be hard to do — it’s generally assumed Big East members not plucked by other conferences would morph into an ACC/Big East marriage of mediocrity.

But with Texas A&M seemingly one foot out the door on their way to the SEC, the Cardinals’ name has popped up more than a couple of times on the rumor mill as a team to possibly land in the Big 12.

Speaking to the Louisville Courier-Journal, however, UL athletic director Tom Jurich said his school likes where it stands conference-wise, although did not deny or confirm one way or the other how the school would react if a call from Dan Beebe came.

Or, how it would react if received a call from Mike Slive.

At this point, Louisville, like many others, is keeping their cards (no pun intended — okay, intended) close to their chest as they playing the waiting game on conference futures.

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8 Responses to “Louisville already downplays a Big 12 invite… that hasn’t come yet”
  1. pricecube says: Aug 12, 2011 3:27 PM

    Wouldn’t TCU make more sense than Louisville?

  2. bender4700 says: Aug 12, 2011 3:28 PM

    TCU already committed to the Big East.

    The Big XII needs someone other than a Texas school. Limiting their market to Texas is just foolish.

  3. bender4700 says: Aug 12, 2011 3:28 PM

    Very nice Ben!!! Hadn’t heard this!

  4. pricecube says: Aug 12, 2011 3:37 PM

    I didn’t realize these commitments mean anything anymore. It seems more like every school for itself in conference Armageddon.

  5. bender4700 says: Aug 12, 2011 3:40 PM

    Very true, but TCU has no plans of hooking up with Texas again.

    I’m listening to a radio show who’s talking to a TCU media guy right now, he said the Big East is more attractive to TCU than joining Texas again.

  6. pricecube says: Aug 12, 2011 3:48 PM

    If nothing else it certainly keeps things interesting… not sure if the Big 12 or the Big East will exist in five years at this rate. I guess the best insurance policy is to keep winning games so that hopefully you get an invite to a relevant conference when the need arises. I was thinking the SEC should just add A&M, OU, VT, Mizzou and rebrand/rename the conference “The Confederacy”.

  7. bender4700 says: Aug 12, 2011 3:58 PM

    I don’t think OU wants the SEC. I think they would lean towards Pac-12, or maybe Big Ten.

    But I like your idea, haha.

  8. bender4700 says: Aug 12, 2011 4:09 PM

    Ben, is it safe to assume that if Louisville is going out of their way to say “No thanks” to the Big XII then it’s going to be much tougher for the Big XII to get back to their current 10 or even 12 team league?

    It just seems like no one wants the instability of Texas and the fact that they have taken steps towards being IND.

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