The University of Louisville is the school that got away. The ‘Ville is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, replacing Maryland in summer 2014, thus ending a 14-month long-distance romance between the Cardinals and the Big 12.
The Big 12 picked West Virginia over Louisville in autumn 2011 and kept UL on a leash, not committing to the Cardinals but never shutting the door. Proponents like OU athletic director Joe Castiglione and president David Boren have spoken glowingly of Louisville, but the Big 12 never was ready to expand, either to 12 or even just 11 teams.
Now Louisville is ACC-bound. So what does it all mean?
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