After barely missing the cut with the preseason Coaches Poll earlier this month, today the Louisville football team received some symbolic validation with their first appearance in the AP Poll’s top 25 since 2007.
A month from now, a #25 ranking in a preseason poll will have served little purpose beyond message board fodder. Nonetheless, the recognition marks a watershed moment of redemption for Strong’s staff and team after nearly three years of tedious rebuilding. For the players and fans of a Louisville program shunned to the margins of the college football scene after the Kragthorpe fallout and conference realignment debate, reappearing in the national pigskin consciousness is a much-needed ego boost.
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