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Fuel for Syracuse-Louisville game?

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Louisville has plenty of motivation to want to beat Syracuse on Nov. 14 after losing to the Orange each of the last two years, the only Big East team to do so either season.

But in case the Cardinals might need a little extra bulletin board material, there's this from Syracuse defensive end Brandon Sharpe, who talked to the Syracuse Post-Standard's Donnie Webb about decommitting from Louisville during the recruiting process.

"I am so, so happy to be here," said Sharpe. "It was a blessing to be able to come here. I thank God every day for it. Once Syracuse came into the picture, I was so happy because Louisville's graduation rate is like 57 (percent) and Syracuse was 75. That's pretty high. It's a very good fit for me."

Sharpe also said he had to call Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe and break the news that he was the second Cardinals recruit to decommit and opt for Syracuse; defensive back Shamarko Thomas was the first.

"Once I took my visit, he was like, yeah, we already gave away your scholarship. Bye. He just said they had to keep on going. I had to keep going on, too."

Sharpe, by the way, played really well in the opener against Minnesota. Louisville, which is starved for defensive linemen, could definitely have used him.