Podcast: Looking at Louisville

A year of transition for Louisville brings many questions. Photo: USA Today Sports

It has been quite a year and a half for Louisville athletics. The 2012 season saw Louisville capture the Big East crown and smash Florida in the Sugar Bowl, and that was later followed by a men's basketball national championship and great postseason runs by the women's basketball team and baseball team and more. Is Louisville a sleeping giant ready to take storm as they enter the ACC in 2014? The momentum is certainly in favor of the growing university and program. In football though, a coaching change leaves a number of questions to be answered.

The coveted position of University of Texas head football coach was filled by Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and met with mixed reaction. With a position open, Louisville hired Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino, a former Louisville assistant and head coach. Did Louisville rush to make a decision to hire Petrino, or were other options just not in play? Also, what kind of team will he take over during a critical year of transition for the program as a team and as a program in a new conference?

To answer some questions and take an insider's look at Louisville, Crystal Ball Run called on Mark Ennis of SB Nation and ESPN 680 in Louisville. Here is a look at some of the Louisville-related topics covered in this episode.

* What legacy does Charlie Strong leave behind at Louisville?

* What will Strong bring to Texas?

* Was hiring Bobby Petrino to replace Strong the right choice to make?

* Why was Teddy Bridgewater seemingly overlooked this season among the nation's best players?

* What key position battles will Louisville have this spring?

* How much buzz surrounds Louisville's entrance to the ACC in 2014?

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About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to NBCSports.com's College Football Talk, Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Host of the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and iHeart Radio. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.