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BELK BOWL preview: Louisville plays N.C. State at 8 pm ET tonight on ESPN in Charlotte


(courtesy of Bowl via wikipedia commons)

Tonight’s (Dec. 27) game at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte will have two 7-5 teams going up against each other, Louisville and North Carolina State.

Both teams started slow and a bowl game did figure in their plans early in the season.

But both teams rebounded to pull off upsets and received the bowl bid.

Head coach Charlie Strong got his Cardinals team together after a 2-4 start and led them to a share of the Big East title with Cincinnati and West Virginia.

The Wolfpack of North Carolina State were 2-3 after five games and rebounded with five wins in its last seven games.

Their will be two quarterbacks facing each other in their first year as starters. Freshman Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville and redshirt junior Mike Glennon for N.C. State.


Info compiled from University of Louisville & North Carolina State athletics news

Louisville rewards Charlie Strong with new 7-year contract


Charlie Strong (courtesy of Louisville athletics)

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says that he likes the direction the Cardinals program is headed in and that he likes the work ethic and passion put forth by head coach Charlie Strong.

With that being said, Jurich and the University of Louisville have agreed to a new seven-year contract with Charlie Strong.

The AD says that the new contract will be backdated to July 1, which will allow it to run through June 30, 2018.

Strong is in his second season at UL and his current contract ran through the 2015 season. The deal increases his base salary from $1.6 million to $2.3 million.

The new pact has ‘very high’ buyout clauses with achievement bonuses for bowl appearances, Big East Conference championships, Top 10 and 25 finishes, coach of the year honors, BCS bowl games and academic performances by his players.

Strong said the new contract is “very humbling” and he is very thankful of the opportunity given to him by Tom Jurich and Louisville.

Strong came to the Cardinals from the Florida Gators as defensive coordinator winning two national titles in seven seasons.


Info compiled from Louisville athletics, Radio & TV news

2010 BEEF ‘O’ BRADY BOWL: Louisville 31 Southern Mississippi 28

Beef 'O' Brady Bowl (by St. via Wikipedia Commons)

Justin Burke threw two touchdown passes and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return to give the Louisville Cardinals the 31-28 win over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field.

Burke tossed scoring passes of to Cameron Graham and Josh Chichester.

Wright’s kickoff return made it 28-28 early in the fourth quarter, and Chris Philpott’s 36-yard field goal gave the Cardinals the lead with 6:30 remaining.

Louisville ups its record to 7-6 on the season.

Austin Davis threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns to become the career TD pass leader at Southern Mississippi with 53, moving ahead of Brett Favre and Lee Roberts.

The Eagles end the season at 8-5.


* This was the program’s ninth consecutive bowl appearance.

* Louisville is no stranger to Southern Miss. The two teams used to play every year when both were members of Conference USA. The teams kept playing even after the Cardinals left for the Big East in 2005. The Golden Eagles played at Louisville a year ago, losing in a thrilling contest, 25-23. The two teams will meet in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

* The Golden Eagles defensive front seven has been the team’s strength, they’re ranked 13th nationally against the run.

* Southern Miss’ run game with freshman Kendrick Hardy and an offensive unit that averages 203.4 rushing yards a game.

* The Golden Eagles lost three games in 2010 by a combined eight points.

* DE Cordarro Law is the defense’s top playmaker, leading the team in sacks with six and tackles for loss with 11 1/2. Law has four sacks in the last four games.


* The Cardinals were happy to be in a bowl game. No one expected them to do anything under first year coach Charlie Strong, the former defensive coordinator at Florida. The team was picked to finish last in the Big East after being 4-8 in 2009 and three bowl-less seasons under Steve Kragthorpe.

* The Cardinals opened the season at 3-3, a bowl wasn’t even in the future. But despite a tough schedule in the Big East, they endured. The Cardinals knocked off eventual league champion Connecticut and won at improving Syracuse and scored a win against Rutgers to end at a bowl-eligible 6-6.

* Louisville runs the football most of the time with running back Bilal Powell who averages 120.9 yards a game.

* The offensive line is one of the best in the Big East.

* Louisville lost five games by a total of a touchdown or less.

* WR Doug Beaumont led the team in receptions per game and is also a threat on punt returns, ranking ninth in the country with an average of 15.3 yards.

compiled from Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl, Louisville & Southern Mississippi athletics news