As part of an ongoing series over at ESPN.com, national college football columnist / reporter Mark Schlabach is weighing in on his choices for some of the most underrated jobs in the nation. When it was time to look at the Big East, he selected Louisville as his job of choice. With incredible facilities (and more improvements on the way), a newly expanded stadium, a prominent head coach and a program on the rise, it seems like the Cardinals were the obvious pick here. The next step is following through with a successful season to build off the hype created during this off-season. Another conference championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl will certainly help solidify the continuing surge that has been built behind the forward-thinking of AD Tom Jurich and the brilliant hire of Strong (and staff).
With West Virginia leaving for the Big 12, and Pittsburgh and Syracuse about to bolt for the ACC, there’s no reason the Cardinals shouldn’t become a dominant program in the Big East. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is committed to winning, and the school’s fan base seems to care about football a little bit more than Kentucky fans. Everything certainly is in place for Louisville to continue its recent rise under coach Charlie Strong. The financial commitment is there; facilities are getting a major upgrade; there is a nice on-campus stadium; and Strong has heavily recruited into the South Florida area. Plus, Louisville could be in good position to move on if another conference decides to expand again.