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UofL President speaks about Big East Conference changes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- A possible conference change is the big topic of conversation across University of Louisville's campus.

"I would honestly like to stay in the Big East because it gives us the better market in New York, so UofL gets their name put out there more," says UofL student Jeremy Keown.

"It's kinda been like the domino effect with all these teams going one way or another, and we're just trying to hang on. It's interesting to watch," says UofL student Matt Green.

UofL President, James Ramsey, says athletics is a priority for the campus.

"Athletics is about a $70 million dollar budget out of about a billion dollar budget at the University of Louisville. It's an important part of our life," says President James Ramsey.

He says it's essential to be in a good conference to spotlight that.

"We're committed to the Big East. It's a great conference. It has great history. We value its diversity," says President Ramsey.

President Ramsey met with other presidents and athletic directors from Big East schools on Tuesday in New York. He says current talks have been about recruiting more schools into their conference, which is down to seven football schools after Pittsburgh and Syracuse recently departed.

What he's not saying are the schools the Big East Conference is interested in, and if there could be other teams that leave the Big East.

WDRB asked President Ramsey if he trusted the other schools in the Big East to stay in that conference.

"You never know. Everybody's got to do what they've got to do, so we had a very candid meeting, a very difficult meeting last night, but we've got a lot of things on the table," President Ramsey replied.

In the meantime, he's expecting UofL to be a topic of conversation not only in the Big East, but for other conferences.

"If this thing really starts moving in a lot of directions, we'll be on a lot of conferences' wish lists," says President Ramsey.

"Until then, I'm going to root for the Cardinals no matter where they're at," says Nick Pappe, a UofL student.

President Ramsey says the ultimate goal for the Big East would be to have 12 football schools in their conference.

As for if UofL has been in talks with other conferences, President Ramsey says he hasn't. When asked if anyone at the university had, he laughed and dodged that question, saying they'd like to see the Big East succeed.

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