Cards fans say goodbye to the Big East, hello to the ACC


by Gene Kang

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 6:55 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- University of Louisville Cardinals fans are fired up about moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference from the Big East.

It’s the talk of the town at Impellizzeri’s restaurant in downtown Louisville before the women’s basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center Wednesday night. Anthony Tameling and his son were texting and tweeting the news.

"I'm just glad we're getting out of the Big East because it was turning into conference USA all over again. I look forward to accepting challenges from Florida State in football," fan Anthony Tameling Jr. said.

Tameling’s father is such a die hard fan, in the 1980's he watched Cards games on a 19-inch television while stationed in Germany with the military.

"I had antennas and aluminum foil and I was catching the Louisville and the Duke game and it was all shady and everything else," Anthony Tameling said.

But this season, ticket holders can now watch the rivalry in person in 2014. A unanimous vote by presidents and chancellors to add Louisville to the ACC, replacing Maryland.

Tony Heitzman and his friend met at the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe to cheer the Cards for playing it smart.

"My wife teaches at UofL at the Kent School. It means a lot for us academically because we brag about the wonderful education and now we identify nationally because of being in the ACC," Heitzman said.

"It gives us more opportunity for recruitment. A lot of the players will love to come to University of Louisville and will be able to compete in a bigger and broader academic or athletic field. So, we're all excited," Juanita Rutledge with the Cardinal Hall of Fame Café said.

Louisville will be the seventh Big East school to jump ship for the ACC in the past decade.

Kenneth Mabry, a bus boy, cannot wait to tailgate and watch some of the biggest match-ups in college sports.

"We'll go right down the road to Atlanta, we'll pack up on a bus to play Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech is a couple hour drive. Florida State that's a six-hour drive. It's all close by and I mean our fans will travel," Mabry said.               

The University will have to pay $10 million to leave the Big East. It will put them on a higher level in academics and sports in 2014.

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