We kind of joked earlier this week about something like this needing to happen, and now here it is.
The University of Louisville will celebrate its new membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the day it enters the league at a public event on Tuesday, July 1, at Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville.
The free event will begin with live entertainment and video presentations at 5 p.m. with Louisville's in-stadium DJ, K-Dogg, followed by a program at 6 p.m. The program will include special messages from Louisville coaches and student-athletes, fan giveaways, and plenty of surprises. A concert featuring the Louisville Crashers will cap the celebration on the main stage following the program. There will be food and beverage specials at participating establishments in Fourth Street Live! surrounding the celebration.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford, UofL President Dr. James Ramsey, and Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich will be among those participating in the celebration. An 11 a.m. press conference that day will be streamed live by the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com.
Mascots from each of the 15 ACC institutions will make a special appearance at the event and interact with fans at Fourth Street Live!. The mascots also will visit with children at the U of L Autism Center that afternoon.
That's cool and all, and I'm glad that something like this is actually happening, but I have some additional ideas/demands for this event...
--An official declaration that Tim Duncan did, in fact, both travel and foul out of Wake Forest's 1-point win over Louisville in the 1996 Sweet 16.
--A 2011 Belk Bowl championship ring personally presented to Titus Teague by Chuck Amato. I don't care that he hasn't been NC State's coach in almost a decade.
--A Gorgui statue made out of pieces from the goalposts that were torn down after the '02 Florida State game.
--A group of Miami players showing up in the middle of the rally like Iceland interrupting team USA's practice in D2, only to be met at the middle of a Cardinal logo by Bobby Petrino and Amobi Okoye. Would really be a nice homage to 2006, as a well as a solid tone-setter for the months ahead.
--A Marcus Vick stomp line...where people can pay three bucks to stomp on Marcus Vick (official photograph not included in that price).
--Mason Plumlee attending the event, but being horribly out of position for the entire thing.
--The previously mentioned human throne of lesser athletic directors for Tom Jurich to sit on and be fed grapes.
--A full re-enactment of Pat Carter's double pass touchdown to Anthony Allen against Wake Forest in the 2007 Orange Bowl, performed by members of Louisville's city council.
--And finally, a 20-minute Oscar-esque in memoriam video dedicated to DePaul Day.
If anything, I don't think I'm asking for enough.