By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager
The holiday season has an added sparkle this year with Louisville's star shining brighter than ever.
A travel guide named the city its top 2013 travel destination, citing "a lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River" with "hipster shots, new upstart micro-distilleries" and the Kentucky Bourbon trail complementing Louisville Slugger and the Kentucky Derby. Louisville has added more than 7,000 young adults in the past decade and this endorsement should help continue to grow that number.
Louisville Cardinal football coach Charlie Strong turned down the University of Tennessee for their head coaching job and will lead the very young Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl. The team will be favored to win a third straight Big East championship next year with a potential Heisman Trophy winning quarterback among the 19 returning starters.
Strong's affirmation for U of L confirms athletic director Tom Jurich's contention that the Cardinal job is among the best in the country. Jurich has built an athletic program top to bottom that is the envy of most schools in the nation. The Cardinals should contend for several conference titles in their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.
Louisville will host the NCAA Division 1 Women's Volleyball national championship this week, drawing even more attention to the city. Before the next Derby it is possible the U of L basketball team will be celebrating a national championship, adding more national attention to the city.
Strong leadership in many areas has positioned Louisville for the notoriety it will be getting in the new year. Embrace it fully and appreciate the potential and possibility of Louisville accelerating past peer cities as this decade closes out.
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