Midshipmen fail to impress Liberty Bowl representative Navy notebook


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A. F. "Bud" Dudley, executive director of the Liberty Bowl, spent the afternoon scouting both the home team and visiting Navy for a possible invitation to Memphis, Dec. 28.

By the end of yesterday's 28-0 blowout, Navy (4-3) was all but dead in the water while the explosive Cardinals (7-1) improved their chances considerably.

"I'm not ready to make any announcement just yet, but Louisville certainly helped itself," Dudley said.

"Navy played very competitively, especially in the first half, but, as you know, to invite a service academy, we require at least six wins against Division I teams. Navy will have to beat Notre Dame and three more teams [Vanderbilt, SMU and Army] to do it. Quite frankly, I don't like their chances. It's likely we won't have a service team this year."

Air Force has appeared in the past four Liberty Bowls. But the Falcons, who lost to the Mids, are experiencing an "off year," and Army all but killed its chances yesterday in losing to Boston College.

Louisville lines up Lions

In its continuing effort to upgrade its football program, Louisville signed to play two games with Penn State on the road in 1996 and at home in 1997.

With a 50,000-seat stadium scheduled to open in 1996, Louisville already has committed to play Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas A&M; and Wyoming that season.

Hornung target

Cardinals coach Howard Schnellenberger, a Louisville native, attended Flagget High School, where he was one of quarterback Paul Hornung's prime targets.

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Schnellenberger, 59, had his contract extended through the year 2000. "I don't know what I'll do after that."

Johnny U. remembered

John Unitas' picture is everywhere around the Louisville football facilities. The former Baltimore Colts great, who quarterbacked Louisville from 1951 thru 1954, remains the best known Cardinal to graduate to the pros.

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