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U of L to honor 1970 Pasadena Bowl team on Saturday

It was sort of like the Rose Bowl NIT. There should be a Tempe Bowl. Is anybody listening to me?


The University of Louisville will honor the 1970 Pasadena Bowl team at the Cardinals-Eastern Kentucky football game on Saturday, Sept. 11.

About 30 former Cards from UofL's 1970 team will reunite to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their Missouri Valley Conference title and Pasadena Bowl appearance.

Under the direction of head coach Lee Corso, the Cardinals finished that year at 8-3-1 and tied Long Beach State 24-24 in Pasadena, Calif. That squad was the second team in school history to reach post-season play. The members of that squad will be recognized in the first quarter of Saturday's game against the Colonels.

The Cardinals were led that year by quarterback John Madeya, who threw for 1,750 yards and 11 touchdowns . He is expected to attend, along with Paul Mattingly, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the Pasadena Bowl.

Among the others slated to attend are Horace Jones, who played five seasons with the Oakland Raiders at defensive end; linebacker Amos Martin, who played six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks; running back Bill Gatti, who led the team in rushing; and team captain Cookie Brinkman, who was the team's top receiver.

No word on whether or not any elephants will make an appearance.