7 in the nation for the 2006 season, 19th in the final BCS rankings of 2005 and 10th in 2004.After winning the Orange Bowl—the school's first Bowl Championship Series game—in January 2007, Petrino left the Cardinals to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.In 2012–13, U of L became the first school ever to appear in a BCS bowl game, the men's and women's Final Fours in basketball, and the College World Series in the same school year.Bellarmine University, home of the Knights, fields 16 competitive NCAA Division II teams and competes in lacrosse at the Division I level (the only men's collegiate lacrosse program in the state).Petrino returned for a second stint with the Cardinals in 2014, after Strong left for the head coaching vacancy at Texas.
Manual and Male are the oldest high schools in Louisville, and the 1st football game in the state was played between these two in 1893. Xavier have one of the fiercest rivalries in high school football. Xavier game draws an average of 35,000 fans to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, and is promoted by the schools as the largest attended regular-season high school football game in the country. Xavier leads this storied rivalry with 31 wins, 26 losses and 2 ties.Besides racing there is the World's Championship Horse show.This show is mostly for Saddlebred horses and is held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair.This is the premier event of the year for Saddle seat Pleasure and Equitation.Louisville is now home to five minor-league professional and semi-professional sports teams.
Spalding University, home of the Golden Eagles, plays in NCAA Division III and in the St. Churchill Downs is home to the Kentucky Derby, the largest sports event in the state, as well as the Kentucky Oaks, which together cap the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.