July 20, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Louisville football program had the opportunity to participate in its first Atlantic Coast Conference event, when the Cardinals took place in the 2014 ACC Kickoff Event in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday afternoon.
Today marked the beginning of the ACC Kickoff event, and that meant a full day of media interviews for the two Cardinals.
Chosen as the representatives for the Louisville, Parker and Mauldin spoke with members of the print and electronic media and did one-on-one interviews with various local and national media outlets throughout the day. Throughout the course of the day, the two Cardinals spoke to over 100 different media members.
Parker, one of the quietest players on the team, told one outlet "he hasn't spoken that much today at any point of his life."
The Cardinals are participating in their first ACC Kickoff as members of their new league, and the UofL players are excited to be in their new home.
"We know that we're in a better conference with outstanding teams," Parker said. "We know we have to come out hard every game and give it our all, and we'll be fine."
Being in a new league, the Cardinals have some exciting opponents on their schedule this season, and Parker has a few destinations already circled on his calendar.
"I'm looking forward to going to Death Valley (Clemson) because I heard that's a pretty tough environment," Parker said. "I just would like the chance to go there and play and see how it feels."
Mauldin, who is in his final season, is also looking forward to competing in one of the nation's elite leagues.
"You know, going into a season you always want to play the toughest team," Mauldin said. "Of course everybody wants to beat the defending national champion just to say they did it, and to be able to take that title at the end of the season. I would say the top three for me is Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame."
Head coach Bobby Petrino will face the gauntlet of media on Monday morning when he hits Radio Row at 9 a.m.