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New Orleans, La. (WDRB) -- Louisville coach Charlie Strong turned down offers from other major programs to stay put. He hopes the Cardinals prove they are ready to play with the best when in the nation in the Sugar Bowl Wednesday night, when Louisville meets a Florida team that was one loss from being in the national championship.
Coach Strong met the media yesterday for a photo-op with the Sugar Bowl trophy. Strong not only faces his former team, but he also becomes the first African American head coach in the Sugar Bowl. "Race has not been an issue with the hiring of coaches. Because you look at Texas A & M. Myself at Louisville. So the opportunity is there for us," he says. "Now, we have a chance to go out and be successful. Open up more eyes."
Strong says his Cardinal team is a year ahead of the curve. He predicted Louisville to be in the bowl game next year. Sports experts believe if Louisville can upset Florida, they would likely begin next season in the top ten.
A lot of the pre-game talk has been centered around U of L's most important player, Teddy Bridgewater. The sophomore quarterback is recovering from surgery on his left wrist. Bridgewater is wearing a brace, but coach Strong says he's close to being healthy and will start the game.
Bridgewater is a standout player that has thrown only six interceptions and completes an average of 70 % of passes. And he is a team leader.
Louisville is a two touchdown underdog. The Sugar Bowl kicks off at the Super Dome in New Orleans at 8:30 p..m eastern.