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Taquan Dean: Hungry And Driven


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In this weekly series we are going to let you watch one of the all time Louisville greats, Taquan Dean, doing what he loves to do, play basketball. Over the next 3 weeks I will release footage of former UofL Basketball Graduate Assistant Tim Gray putting Taquan through different workout movements to help evolve and sharpen his craft. In these videos you will see just how special Taquan is and how you may want to train if Basketball is your dream. His hard work, hustle and determination really shines through on the court. This week we will show you 2 more videos. In the first you will see Taquan go unconscious from 3. How many do you think he hits in a row? Make a guess and then see how far off you are. in the second video Taquan shows off his dribbling skills. Enjoy!

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/28/14


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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

With the July evaluation period coming to a close, this past week brought us some updates. Enjoy this week’s notebook!
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Bobby Petrino going through the ESPN “Car Wash” today


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Photo: WDRB

Bobby Petrino and 6 other ACC coaches will appear on ESPN today and go through what they call the “car wash.” Basically that means they will appear on nearly every show ESPN has to offer, from SportsCenter to their talk radio shows.

Petrino will be on SportsCenter at 10:20 and 11:20 a.m. ET this morning. Other coaches there today are Jimbo Fisher (FSU), Larry Fedora (UNC), Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech), Mike London (Virginia), Paul Chryst (Pittsburgh), and Scott Shafer (Syracuse).

Silos on UofL’s campus to be demolished next week


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Beginning on Monday July 28, the silos on the University of Louisville’s campus will begin to be demolished. If you travel I-65 often, seeing these silos may be apart of your everyday life. It will certainly be different and much more open when they are gone. I am not really sure how I feel about it. I like the signage and the promotion of the University, but looking at UofL’s campus and the amazing facilities, I trust that this will be the right move. Whether it ends up being a parking lot for football or another building in the future, it will surely be worth it.

UofL’s Director of Media Relations, Mark Hebert, gave this update:

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Get your Tom Jurich Maker’s Mark bottle signed


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Photo: UofL

Ok, so you have your special Tom Jurich Maker’s Mark bottle. Heck, maybe you have 3 of them and a Tim Couch bottle! What’s next? Getting Tom’s signature on it of course! Here is the info you need to get your bottle signed.

Info from Kenny Klein:

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As time passes, I am OK with Charlie Strong’s move to Texas


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Photo: Getty Images

When the Vegas odds came out that Charlie Strong was the 2-1 favorite to land the head coaching job at Texas, I laughed. I said there was no way that would happen. He may leave someday, but Texas is not the place for him. He had turned down Tennessee, we were heading into the ACC, and we had all the momentum in the world. Charlie wasn’t going anywhere…

Well Charlie went. I was shocked, mad, upset, disappointed, felt betrayed once again by a head coach that said he wanted to be here. I wrote all about how I felt soon after it happened. Soon after, Bobby Petrino was hired, and a new chapter was beginning. We would head into the ACC with Bobby, a fresh start for everyone. Things still stung a little bit, because I was just curious how Strong would have done with his guys heading into the new league.

More than 6 months later, things are a little easier for me now. I am 100% excited for Bobby Petrino to lead us into the ACC and do some damage. And on the Charlie Strong side of things, I am fine with his decision. He took one of the top jobs in the country. Louisville is not a traditional powerhouse or football school, and you could tell that’s what he wanted. So he got it, and it was too good to pass up. What made it hurt was buying into the thought that we had found “our guy.” He was going to stay here forever and build us up because he loved it here.

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Thursday’s thoughts on AAU Nationals (Antonio Blakeney)


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CardinalSportsZone.com

 

When 5 star SG Antonio Blakeney received an offer from UK earlier this month some wondered if Rick Pitino would back off and move on. Today Pitino answered that question with a resounding NO! Pitino was front and center for all three of Blakeney’s games today and the 6’4 SG did not disappoint.

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Cardinalsportszone.com

Blakeney flirted with a triple double in game one before ending with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assist. While shooting around before game two I let Blakeney know just how close he was to the triple double to which he responded with a smile “I’ll get it this game”. Blakeney then took a few minutes to chat with current Louisville SG Terry Rozier. Over 3 games today Blakeney went for 60 plus points and showed the smooth stroke that has #CardNation hoping when it’s all said and done he’s in Red and Black.

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Never Graduate


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Before I get to the point of the story, I want to just lay some things out. I am a calm and collective guy. Even at CSZ we rarely get into the name calling game, with the exception of the loose cannon Daryl Foust. I myself never get into the UL/uk wars because of family I have who support uk and anything I said would pertain to them. They are just as calm and non-confronting people as I am. They are rare. I also have been lucky enough to find friends that don’t fit the typical stereotype of the Kentucky fanatic. We are good to each other. My Uncle Jerry called me before the title game a few years back and said don’t worry, you got this. He is as blue as they come. So to all the people I love who are kentucky fans the following story will seem un-Jeremy like. I apologize. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville lands another QB transfer


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Photo: 247 Sports

Bobby Petrino can never have enough quarterbacks. He just landed another one. Former Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman has told Insidetheville.com that he plans to transfer to Louisville. The redshirt freshman was a 4-star player in high school.

When Bruggman decided to leave Washington State, he was granted his release to Louisville, Arkansas, Duke, and Indiana. Of those four schools, Louisville was the one school that did not offer him a scholarship out of high school. But that didn’t seem to matter here, as it sounds like it wasn’t even a close race to land him.

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Open Football Practices, Scrimmage, and Fan Day Announced


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Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

Bobby Petrino has announced that there will be 5 practices open to the public this fall, as well as an open scrimmage. The open practices will be August 5-9. The newcomers will practice at 8:50 a.m.. and the returning players will practice at 4:20 p.m.. Both practices will be open to the public.

There will be an open scrimmage on August 16 at 9:00 a.m.. This is also the date for Fan Day, which will be held in Cardinal Arena at 3:00 p.m.. Details for Fan Day will be announced on Friday.

*Info courtesy of Rocco Gasparro.

Lindy’s Top 40 Countdown has Louisville at 31


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Garry Jones/AP

It’s getting to be that time where the national publications release their preseason college football polls. There will be many different ones of course. This one is from Lindy’s, who have the Cards at #31 on their countdown. I would expect this to be about where most magazines and other media outlets have the Cards, somewhere around that #25 mark. Many factors will contribute to that. Yes there is a lot of talent back, but the uncertainty of a new QB, replacing 3 first round NFL Draft picks, and everything you already know about.

Here is what Lindy’s says about the Cards in 2014…(They mention Robert Clark, but of course he has transferred to Samford.)

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Teddy Bridgewater throws first pitch at Twins game


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Photo: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Our beloved Theodore Bridgewater threw out the first pitch at Wednesday afternoon’s Minnesota Twins game. It wasn’t a perfect pitch, but he shouldn’t be showing up on the Not Top 10.

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Pre Season All-ACC Football Teams Announced


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The pre season All-ACC team was announced today and Louisville’s DeVante Parker was the only Card to make it. Parker was named one of the Wide Receivers along with FSU’s Rashad Greene and Duke’s Jamison Crowder. Was kind of surprising to not see Jake Smith or Lorenzo Mauldin on that list but you have to think this makes the Cards even that more hungry. Nevertheless a huge congratulations to DeVante!!

Full All-ACC team below:

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Elite 2015 SG to visit Louisville


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247sports.com

According to multiple outlets 4 star SG Prince Ali will visit Louisville September 6th. The Louisville football team will host Murray St. that Saturday night (7pm) so it should be a great weekend for Ali to take in all Louisville has to offer. Since de committing from UCONN the 6’4 SG has been playing as good as any guard in the nation and that has caught the eye of many coaches. Louisville, UCLA, Indiana, and Michigan are in the race for Ali with UCLA slightly out front. Ali will head to UCLA the weekend before so this will be a great chance for the Cards to impress.  Follow Prince Ali on twitter @PrinceSmoove23

New Maker’s Mark bottle features Tom Jurich


The newest commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle will feature Tom Jurich. The bottles will benefit the University of Louisville’s Academic Center of Excellence. The bottles will be on retail shelves on Friday July 25 and cost around $50.

From Kenny Klein:

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With Kyle Bolin injured, is Bonnafon #2 QB?


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Monday at ACC media day, Bobby Petrino did about 40 interviews. Obviously, a lot of those were just saying the same things over and over…and over. But some things stuck out that he said, of course. One of those was when he was discussing the backup QB job. Will Gardner has not been officially named the starting quarterback, but all signs point to that being the case. Petrino did say that if the season started now, he would be the starter.

During the spring, Kyle Bolin and Brett Nelson were battling for the backup spot. Neither could really separate from the other. It was learned Monday that Bolin actually injured his knee this off-season and it required surgery. Bolin’s dad told Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal that Kyle tore the meniscus in his right knee. If you remember, he tore his ACL in his left knee during his senior year of high school. He is expected to be 100% when preseason camp starts.

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Taquan Dean: Hungry And Driven


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Taquan Dean’s name is all over the UofL 3 point record books. #1 in all time makes (359), #1 in all time attempts (896) and  #3 in all time 3 point field goal percentage (.447). He is the only Cardinal to post two seasons with 100+ three pointers made (122,105). Only one other guy has had 1 season with 100 and that’s Preston Knowles (100). He also had over 500 career rebounds and over 1,600 points. All of those things made up a fantastic Cardinal career but all of those things didn’t happen by accident. Taquan has been playing professional basketball overseas for 8 seasons now. Dean, a New Jersey native, spends most of his summers here in Louisville from what I have seen myself. I have been around Louisville basketball for 15+ years, counting the school and just the area in general. I have friends I work out with during the summers that run in the same workout circles as Taquan. This guy is as nice off the court as he is on the court. Why is he so good?

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ACC Pre Season Football Polls Released


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Today at ACC Media Days the ACC released their preseason voting lists and they are as follows:

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The Cards coming in at 3rd in the Atlantic Division is about spot on if you ask me. Don’t see many scenarios where the Cards should be ahead of FSU or Clemson in this preseason. With that being said I (even if in the minority) expect the Cards to walk out of Clemson with a W. So lets not forget this is just preseason ;)

CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/21/14


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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

With the July evaluation period in full swing, this past week brought us a good amount of updates to the notebook. The Cards have landed two commits so far, and spent a lot of time watching some of the top guards in the class. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

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Isaiah Bricsoe – Briscoe continued to show why he is a 5-star PG this week, leading his team to the Peach Jam Championship. Briscoe really is the total package when it comes to playing the point guard position. Arizona and Louisville still look like the favorites to land Briscoe. This week Briscoe had this to say about the Cards to Adam Zagoria. “[Pitino] is a Hall of Fame coach. From what I hear, he lets his guards go. I can see that he runs a three-guard offense, lot of pick-and-rolls and things like that. I just want to go somewhere where I can play my game.”  Pitino spent a lot of time watching Briscoe this week and left no doubt that the Cards are VERY interested in him. Briscoe told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Cards played his style of play, so are the feelings mutual? Most are pegging Briscoe to Arizona but if Allonzo Trier were to pop for the Wildcats, keep a very close eye on Briscoe. -Steve Rummage

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Video: Jameis Winston at ACC Kickoff


AP Photo/Chuck Burton

AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Maybe I am just extra giddy about the fact that Louisville is in the ACC, but I am loving all the coverage from ACC Kickoff (media day). In the past, I have usually just said that I am a Louisville fan and that I really don’t care about the rest of our conference. Even in years when we needed the other teams to win games to get respect for the league, which is nearly every year. But now that isn’t the case. We are finally in a great league. And for the time being, and this will probably last a long time, I am a fan of the conference.

In saying that, yes this is a Louisville blog, and yes we start the season with Miami. So why would I post some random stuff about Jameis Winston? Because honestly, if there was a face of an entire conference, it’s him. Heisman Trophy winner, National Champion, and great with the media. Like him or not, this guy is the face of the ACC heading into this season.

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