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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- It didn't take a pep band to the sound the trumpets announcing the University of Louisville's departure from the Big East Conference.
U of L Director of Athletics Tom Jurich hit that high note earlier in the day, confirming the Cards had accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jubilant Cardinals fans were all smiles inside the KFC Yum! Center Wednesday night for the Lady Cards' basketball game against Eastern Kentucky University.
"I'm happy playing whoever. My husband texted me this morning and said the news, ACC. I said 'who plays in that conference,'" Kristina Watson said with a laugh.
Watson's daughter Courtney is a freshman on the women's basketball team. The conference switch could likely mean by Courtney's junior year, both the men's and women's basketball teams could be playing regular season games with the likes of Duke and North Carolina inside the KFC Yum! Center.
"That's the first thing I thought about. How do I get tickets?" said Lonnie Rowe, a long-time U of L fan.
Even athletes like the U of L swimmers and divers attending the women's basketball game were excited by the conference switch.
"Our biggest competitor is Notre Dame. Making that switch over will be good. It will help with competition, recruitment and our program as a whole," said Jackie Sherrard, a senior U of L swimmer.
Corey Schrock, a senior and diver on U of L's team. "It's going to be an improvement for our overall athletics," he said.
In fact, we found only one Cardinal fan who was out of the loop. A young fan under the age of 10, Callie Carraro.
"Did you hear the news?" WDRB's Bennett Haeberle asked.
Callie: "I don't know?"
Louisville's transition to the ACC likely won't happen until 2014, but could change if Maryland wants to expedite its move to the Big Ten Conference.