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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Louisville in middle of banner sports year

By Andrea Adelson

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has had a pretty incredible week.

But his athletic director, Tom Jurich, has him one-upped. Jurich has had a pretty incredible year.

How about this for a series of events that began in August:
For those wondering, Louisville is the first university to ever win a BCS bowl game and place both its men’s and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA Final Four in the same season. Louisville also is just the third school to win the men's hoops title and a BCS bowl game in the same school year (Florida 2006-07, Kansas 2007-08). So, yes, I would say this season qualifies as the best one in school history, and Jurich should be the no-brainer choice to win the AD award.

Because, quite frankly, he has resurrected a program that was in dire straights when he arrived. Today, Louisville is the toast of the entire athletic collegiate world. None of this is by accident, nor is it some lucky fluke. Jurich has positioned his department as one of the best in all of the nation with his visionary thinking, terrific leadership and willingness to pay top dollar for his coaches.

Given what we have seen in this athletic season alone, Louisville has sent a clear message to its future conference rivals.

Watch out.