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Podcast: Looking at Louisville


A year of transition for Louisville brings many questions. Photo: USA Today Sports

It has been quite a year and a half for Louisville athletics. The 2012 season saw Louisville capture the Big East crown and smash Florida in the Sugar Bowl, and that was later followed by a men's basketball national championship and great postseason runs by the women's basketball team and baseball team and more. Is Louisville a sleeping giant ready to take storm as they enter the ACC in 2014? The momentum is certainly in favor of the growing university and program. In football though, a coaching change leaves a number of questions to be answered.

The coveted position of University of Texas head football coach was filled by Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and met with mixed reaction. With a position open, Louisville hired Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino, a former Louisville assistant and head coach. Did Louisville rush to make a decision to hire Petrino, or were other options just not in play? Also, what kind of team will he take over during a critical year of transition for the program as a team and as a program in a new conference?

To answer some questions and take an insider's look at Louisville, Crystal Ball Run called on Mark Ennis of SB Nation and ESPN 680 in Louisville. Here is a look at some of the Louisville-related topics covered in this episode.

* What legacy does Charlie Strong leave behind at Louisville?

* What will Strong bring to Texas?

* Was hiring Bobby Petrino to replace Strong the right choice to make?

* Why was Teddy Bridgewater seemingly overlooked this season among the nation's best players?

* What key position battles will Louisville have this spring?

* How much buzz surrounds Louisville's entrance to the ACC in 2014?

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Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Managing editor of Crystal Ball Run and contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing Bloguin's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com.

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