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Lolla downplays possible game with Akron

By Marla Published: December 10, 2010

Former University of Akron coach Ken Lolla, now coach of the No. 1-seeded Louisville Cardinals, downplayed a chance to face the Zips in Sunday's College Cup final.

Lolla spent 13 seasons at Akron before taking over Louisville in 2006. His best finish with the Zips was an Elite Eight NCAA appearance in 2005. Akron hired Caleb Porter as his replacement.

Asked after a 2-1 victory over North Carolina what it would mean to take on his old team in Sunday's 4 p.m. championship, Lolla said, "It would mean we have to beat Akron. Caleb's done a great job with the program, but it's his team, it's his program. When he took it over it became his and he's done a tremendous job with it. Other than me having coached there at some point, it doesn't make much difference whether it's Michigan or Akron.''

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