With the departure of Maryland to the Big Ten, it didn’t take long for the ACC to fill the void. ESPN has confirmed that Louisville will join the conference in 2014, “becoming the sixth former Big East school to leave for the ACC.”
With the addition of Louisville, the loss of Maryland would appear to outsiders as an upgrade for the ACC, especially in terms of basketball. The Cardinals’ are competitive in both football and basketball, but under head coach Rick Pitino they have reached two Final Fours and two Elite Eights in the past seven years.
In football, Louisville currently holds a respectable 9-2 (4-2 Big East) record under head coach Charlie Strong.
“In the past four seasons, Louisville football is 27-22, compared to 17-32 by Maryland. Under Strong, UL is 23-14 in the past three years…The Cardinals can win the Big East title by defeating Rutgers on Thursday.”
So how does Louisville’s move affect Miami: Um, hello, does the name Clint Hurttring a bell?
Hurtt is considered to be one of the best college football recruiter’s in the nation. He has managed to put together quality recruiting classes for Louisville and his 2011 class was the best in the history of the school.
Prior to joining Louisville, Hurtt spent three seasons at Miami (FL.), his alma mater. During his tenure with the ‘Canes, he helped in recruiting Miami’s 2008 class, which was number one overall that year per ESPN. The class loaded with very talented athletes, including DT Marcus Forston, OLB Marcus Robinson, OLB Arthur Brown, WR Aldarius Johnson and OLB Sean Spence.
Hurtt was listed among those in the infamous Yahoo! Sports article, a document claiming former UM booster Nevin Spapiro enticed potential Miami recruits with illicit benefits. In any event, Strong continues to stand by Hurtt, despite these allegations.
Hurtt has been known to pluck local recruits out of Miami, such as QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR Eli Rodgers and LB Keith Brown, and with the latest addition of Louisville it will certainly be interesting to sit back and watch the recruiting battles begin. As UM seeks to re-secure “The State of Miami,” Hurtt will be one to watch closely.
Welcome to the ACC, Louisville.