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Thursday, November 8, 2007
Louisville files lawsuit claiming breach of contract

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Louisville has filed a lawsuit against Duke University claiming breach of contract after the Blue Devils opted out of the final three games of a four-game football series.

The lawsuit, filed in Franklin Circuit Court, is asking for $450,000 in damages and any additional damages that the court sees fit.

The two schools were to meet four times between 2002 and 2009. Louisville beat the Blue Devils 40-3 in September 2002, but Duke opted out of the final three games, to be played this season and in 2008 and 2009.

Duke, according to the suit, asked the Cardinals to find a replacement opponent and promised to pay Louisville only if the school could not find one after a "good faith" effort.

Louisville claims it could not find an opponent of similar stature to fill the schedule and received "little, if any, help from either Duke or the [Atlantic Coast Conference]" in finding a replacement.

A call to Duke by The Associated Press on Thursday wasn't immediately returned.

Louisville still has one open date on its 2008 schedule and two open dates in 2009.

The university added Murray State, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, and Utah to the 2007 schedule after Duke and Vanderbilt backed out of games, said school spokesman Kenny Klein.

The Cardinals have contacted every member of the Football Bowl Subdivision to find a replacement, according to the lawsuit, but have been unable to find a school willing to play two games at Louisville in exchange for one return game.