Football coach Charlie Strong reps Louisville basketball after women’s team’s big win

Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong points to the fans as he leaves the field following the Cardinals 33-23 victory against the Florida Gators the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports)

Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong is loving being a big part of his school’s uber-successful athletic department. (Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports)

First, the guys had their fun, as the Cardinals men outlasted a tough Wichita State team in the Georgia Dome, 72-68. Coach Rick Pitino’s squad is headed for the 2013 NCAA men’s championship game against Michigan.

Then, on Sunday, the Louisville lady ballers staked their claim to being one of the best teams in the nation, upsetting Cal, 64-57, in the women’s Final Four in New Orleans.

The two victories gave the Louisville athletic program a rare opportunity to make history. Football coach Charlie Strong, who first upset mighty Florida in the Sugar Bowl and then turned down a multi-million dollar offer to coach at Tennessee to stay at Louisville, was excited to share the news:

Even more importantly, UConn’s 2004 teams stand as the only year in the history of college basketball that both men’s and women’s teams took home the top prize. Thus, Louisville basketball, in its final year in the Big East, would be joining an extremely exclusive club.

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