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Louisville pitched itself to the Big 12, but the conference ultimately took West Virginia from the Big East. There’s still speculation that if the Big 12 does go back to 12 members, Louisville is on its wish list.

Strong tells prospects: “We will be placed in the best situation for the University of Louisville. We’ll be placed where you’re going to have a chance to go compete for a championship.”

The Bowl Championship Series is going away in two years, but for now the Big East still is still guaranteed a spot in a marquee game. The future of the league is murky, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

“Change can be a little uncomfortable sometimes,” Temple coach Steve Addazio said, “but change is exciting and it brings about great things.”