LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Excitement is in the
air as the college football season is finally underway and the fans with the biggest expectations
belong to the University of Louisville.
The first installment of UofL Head Coach Charlie
Strong's radio show this season hit the airwaves Thursday night.
The radio show, broadcast from Tumbleweed on River Road, is
sold out for the entire season. Fans said while the football program has
seen other big moments through the years, this time they believe there's a
"We look like we're going to be a very
strong team and it's just the anticipation is pretty high," said Cards fan
Longtime Cardinal play-by-play man Paul
Rogers can't remember great expectations like this, "I don't think we've
ever seen this much hype, legitimate hype," he said, "I
mean people are excited and for a valid reason."
It began with a Sugar Bowl thumping of
Florida with a huge enthusiastic Cardinal crowd on hand to see it.
Fan Chuck Horrell remembered, "We were
having lunch in New Orleans and some Florida fans came up to us and said is
there anybody in Louisville?"
Strong's leadership and recruiting are
Rogers said during the show to Strong, "I don't want to get into a lot of comparisons to your days at Florida, but even
at Florida did you have as many receivers and running backs as you've got on
this team right now? "Strong laughed, "We have a stable full of
Although Louisville football has seen other
highs including Fiesta and Orange Bowl wins, coaching changes seemed to push
the program back into mediocrity. Fans believe Strong is here for the
long haul, "You've got a quality man and he wants his kids to be quality
men," said fan Carolyn Enos.
Now with a possible Heisman candidate in
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the move to the ACC in 2014 and Wednesday's
announcement - that speaks volumes about the program - the Cards are slated to
play Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2015.
said, "It's just another indication that I think people see them as a
legitimate football power, or at least a team that is competing at a very high
level and when you get a national headline game like that it just tells you how
far we've come and where we are and hopefully where we will stay."