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Lee Corso Wanted Louisville To Play Auburn In '72

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Getting big-time programs on the schedule isn't an issue new to Louisville football.

For proof, the Auburn website The War Eagle Reader recently dug through the AU athletic department archives and found some correspondence between then U of L football coach Lee Corso and former Tigers head coach Ralph Jordan. Corso was attempting to convince Jordan to put the Cardinals on Auburn's schedule for the 1972 season, something which ultimately did not come to fruition.

The letters are an interesting read.


Louisville would go on to finish the '72 season 9-1, marking the most successful season yet for the program and the most successful season overall for Corso as a head coach. The '72 Auburn team, nicknamed "The Amazins" would also go 9-1, and finished the season ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll.

Though the pair did not meet that season, Corso's efforts are likely what landed the Cards on AU's schedule two years later. Auburn opened the 1974 season with a 16-3 victory over Louisville at Legion Field.