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Cards ready for one year in the American

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In a span of 366 days UofL will have been in three different conferences. In July of 2013, their conference is the American Athletic Conference.

In July of 2014, they make the jump to the Atlantic Coast Conference "That's the neighborhood we want to live in, we want to live in the neighborhood with the most expensive house," UofL president Dr. James Ramsey said at the November ACC announcement.

However, before the Cards get to move into that neighborhood, they'll spend a year in another one.

"While we're planning for the future, we're living in the present, and that is the American," UofL associate athletic director for media relations Kenny Klein said. "Right now that's a great place for us because it gives us an opportunity for the football program to have an automatic bid to the BCS playoffs. "

The American Athletic Conference is a league that includes former Big East members Cincinnati, Connecticut, Rutgers, South Florida, and UofL plus Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Temple.

The Big East name was claimed by the 7, non-football playing schools, who went out on their own. DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Villanova are joined in the new look Big East by Butler, Creighton and Xavier.

The most noticeable change on UofL's campus in their year in limbo, signage.

"We have an ACC logo that we'll stitch in at an appropriate time," Klein said, adding, "in the interim, we'll have the big A, American logo, on our field, and then the basketball court in the KFC YUM Center will have that A logo, as well, in the lane."

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