Head coach Bobby Petrino
7th overall, 3rd straight year, 58–18 (.763)
Stadium Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Seating capacity 55,000
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Conference titles 8 (2 Missouri Valley Conference, 3 Conference USA, 3 Big East)
Colors Red and Black
Fight song Fight! UofL
Mascot Cardinal Bird
Marching band U of L Cardinal Marching Band (Marching Cards)
Rivals Kentucky Wildcats
Early history (1912–1942)
The University of Louisville began playing football in 1912 where the Cardinals went 3-1. Louisville had played several years at club level and teams were mostly composed with medical students. Beginning in 1914 the Cardinals joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) and they would participate in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC). Due to financial difficulty Louisville did not participate in the 1917–1921 seasons.
When the Cardinals did rejoin football they came back into the SIAA which was going through reorganization losing most major state schools and thus became a small college conference. The Cardinals would face mostly Kentucky state schools such as Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, Western Kentucky, and Morehead State, along with private state schools like Centre, Transylvania, Kentucky Wesleyan, and Georgetown College.
The 1926 football team would see success thanks to the direction of the AD/Head Coach Tom King
Tom King would be the first coach to attempt to build a program at Louisville. King played college football at Notre Dame (1915–1916) under Coach Palmer and future legend Knute Rockne.
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