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Strong Rallies Cards Fans At Kickoff Luncheon

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong brought his team to the downtown Marriott Hotel today  to greet a sold-out crowd at the Cards’ annual kickoff luncheon.

There are high expectations for Strong’s third Cardinal team, which is favored by many to win the Big East Conference title.U of L tied for the conference crown last year and earned its second consecutive bowl appearance.

Strong says he wants to bring consistency to a program that has won only seven conference titles going into its 94th season.

"There’s got to be steps taken, it’s all a process, it’s a step-by-step process, and it can be done.   But it’s going to take the focus of this football team, and it’s going to take everyone willing to go play together," he said.

U of L returns 17 starters from last year, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 2011 Big East Rookie of the Year.

The Cards open their season September 2 against Kentucky. 

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.