Back in late February, WDRB's Eric Crawford and the Courier Journal's Tim Sullivan reported that UofL athletic director Tom Jurich was investigating the possibility of adding one or more sports to the school's varsity roster. In this article, I made the case for why I thought men's lacrosse (and possibly women's gymnastics if Title IX became an issue) made the most sense as an addition to UofL's sports profile. Since then, there hasn't been any public information about the athletic department's expansion plans or about what sports UofL might be considering.
That changed this morning when Drew Deener hosted UofL President James Ramsey on his morning show (4-23-12 podcast is available here). At the 41:45 mark of the interview, Deener asked Dr. Ramsey what UofL plans to do with all of the money it will receive from the ACC TV contract. Dr. Ramsey responded by listing some of the projects UofL is currently working on including the athletic academic center, the expansion of softball stadium, and the construction of the new soccer stadium. However, he then went on to state that UofL would "look at adding sports" and hinted that future additions might be "sports that are big in the ACC".
At present, the only sports offered by the ACC in which Louisville does not compete are men's wrestling and men's lacrosse. The ACC had planned to sponsor women's gymnastics as a 4 member conference sport but with Maryland leaving and only three potential member remaining (Pitt, UNC, and NC State), it remains to be seen what the conference will decide to do.