Hadn’t busted that pic out in a long time, long overdue. Here’s why I can’t wait for our first season in the AAC. I know when most of you all read that you thought I was sleep deprived or joking or on meds. Truth be told though I am ecstatic. For almost 50 years in Basketball and only 17 years in football we have been athletics version of a military family. Moving from conference to conference to conference. Heck, in football you could even say we were just flat-out alone until 1996. But one thing we can all agree on is no matter what, we have and will always love our Cards.
From 1965 to 1975 we were in the Missouri Valley Conference in Basketball and Football from 1963 to 1975. It wasn’t an overwhelming conference talent wise. With members such as Bradley, Wichita State and Tulsa, it didn’t scream watch out. It is where we first played conference games against foes Memphis State and Cincinnati. From there Basketball took its talents to the Metro Conference and Football went Independent for 21 years. Then from 1995-2005 both sports were members of the newly formed Conference USA, a move that was the final nail in the coffin for the coach simply and affectionately known as Howard. Howard thought staying independent would be the momentum our program needed to reach his goal of a national championship. To be able to play the teams we needed to play with an all Independent schedule. In 2005 we made our leap to Basketballs big time, the Big East. Not as glamorous in football though once Miami, Va Tech and Boston College bolted for the ACC. Once again we were conference members with Cincinnati and Memphis who were also teams we played in the Metro in Basketball.
That brings us to NOW. The AAC. Our final stepping stone to Conference stability. Next season we play in what may be known as the greatest Basketball conference EVER. The Big East has seasons in which they were the best throughout history, including the past 10 Louisville were members. In football it will be without a doubt the best football conference we have ever been in, hands down. That’s why I’m excited to be in the AAC. It means one more year until we can finally build a foundation and stay put. The only way we ever leave the ACC is if it dissolves as a conference. In football this year double digits wins are certain, In Basketball 30 wins and a number 1 seed should be attainable. Record-wise we can put up in every sport the best season in history. Hard for me to imagine that the Baseball, Softball and Volleyball wont be hosting regionals and with Women’s Basketball having only UCONN to compete it wouldn’t shock me to see those two playing for the Conference title this year. All in all this should be another great season for the Cards in all sports, and 1 final season before we finally come home to the ACC.