College Gameday heading to Texas for Week 1

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Photo: notsportscenter.com

It looks like the Louisville-Auburn game got passed over for the opening site of College Gameday this season. The crew has decided to check out a team they don’t get to see very much–Alabama (typed in sarcasm font).

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Louisville adds late offensive tackle for 2015

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

The Louisville Cardinals had one scholarship left over for the 2015 class when it was learned that running back James Allen would not qualify and make the grades to get here. It appears that the scholarship will be used by offensive tackle Toriano Roundtree, who stands at 6’8 and weighs anywhere from 295-300 lbs, depending on what site you look at.

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Times & dates for Louisville Football open practice

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Louisville Football team announced today they would hold practices open to the public from Saturday August 8th-Tuesday August 11th.

Saturday August 8th- Veterans at 2:30 PM & Newcomers at 6:30 PM

Sunday August 9th- Veterans at 2:30 PM & Newcomers at 6:30 PM  

Monday August 10th- 4:20 PM (Everyone)

Tuesday August 11th- 4:20 PM (Everyone)

Practice will begin this Thursday August 6th.

Louisville football notebook: Monday morning

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Just a few quick notes before I head out the door this morning. You may already know all of these things, but maybe not…

*Football practice begins on Thursday for the University of Louisville. They will have a team meeting on Wednesday and then really begin on Thursday.

*There is supposed to be an announcement (I think today) as to if any practices are open to the public. I haven’t heard anything, but I wouldn’t be surprised if maybe the first two or three are open.

UPDATE – OPEN PRACTICE TIMES ANNOUNCED. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SCHEDULE.

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5-star SG Markelle Fultz will visit Louisville this week

Markelle Fultz

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Markelle Fultz is a consensus 5-star shooting guard on the four major recruiting sites, and he will officially visit the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, August 5. Fultz has set two official visits so far, Louisville and Arizona. He will visit Arizona on August 8. Players only get five official visits, so this is pretty big.

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Maverick Rowan commits to NC State

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Finally! We expected this for a while, and now it is official. So if you hadn’t already moved on from Maverick, you can go ahead and do so and join the rest of us. But judging by the majority of comments anytime I have posted about him lately, you already have. So this is just putting the nail in the coffin.

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Defensive lineman from Alabama commits to Louisville

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

I am about a day late getting to this, but it happens. Life happens. Anyways, if you missed it, Louisville football got another commitment for the 2016 class when Caleb Tillman made his pledge to the Cards. Tillman is a defensive lineman from Dothan, Alabama and is a former Mississippi State commit. Most sites list him as a defensive end, but one also has him as a defensive tackle. At his size of 6’3 and around 265 lbs, that is more likely suited for a defensive end.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/1/15

93.9 The Ville

We have survived the “slow” part of the year and got through June and July! And even then, I think our shows were pretty good. Now we are in August, and that one hour just flies by! Today, we talked a lot about the Alabama game in 2018, the upcoming Auburn game, the fact that Auburn fans are buying our tickets, and much more. Click the soundcloud link below and give it a listen. Oh, and I love our ending music of “Today was a good day” by Ice Cube, but it was different today and it was fantastic.

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Louisville vs Alabama to open 2018 football season!

WDRB.com

WDRB.com

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy just dropped the big news on us that Tom Jurich hinted to yesterday: Louisville will open the 2018 football season against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game will take place in Orlando, Florida on September 1, 2018. Go ahead and start planning!

In their last meeting, the Cards beat Alabama 34-7 in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.

Howie Lindsey Show coming to 93.9 The Ville!

93.9 The Ville

If you missed the news yesterday, 93.9 The Ville just brought a LOT more UofL coverage to your radio! Howie Lindsey will be starting his own show on 93.9 on Monday, August 3. It will run from 10 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday. Howie will bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to your radio dial, or your phone, however you listen.

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Devonte Fields makes ESPN’s ACC all-breakout team

Photo: youtube.com

Photo: youtube.com

The ACC bloggers for ESPN.com put together a list of players for both the offense and defense that they labeled the “all-breakout team.” This consisted of players they think can have a breakout season in 2015, but did not receive a single vote on the preseason all-conference teams.

Louisville’s Devonte Fields made this list, and here is what David Hale had to say about the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year…

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William Gay throws up the “L” next to Coach Calipari

When you are a 2007 Orange Bowl champion, everyone wants to get a picture with you.

Throwin the L's up anytime I see a wildcat

A photo posted by William Gay (@southcity22) on

LiveWith55 7/29/15: Rivals

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Check out this week’s episode of LiveWith55: Rivals or as I would like it to be known as the Flu game edition.

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If you want to listen to the LiveWith55 podcast do the following:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/csz/2015/07/29/livewith55-72915-rivals

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Cardinal Catch Up 7-29-15

Welcome to a very special edition of Cardinal Catch-up. With Football season and Basketball season on the cusp of returning, There is just so much to be excited for. Let’s dive in.

Photo: youtube.com

Photo: youtube.com

  • It was announced that Russ Smith now has a guaranteed contract. Great news for fans of Russdiculous worldwide.
  • Terry Rozier signed a max rookie deal that was also for a 5 year time frame according to yahoo sports
  • Rick Pitino informed us that Francisco Garcia will take another run at the NBA
  • I met Montrezl Harrell this past Sunday at Griffs. The man is enormous and that is coming from an enormous man himself. No doubt that he will succeed and was so kind to take a picture with my wife. She was pumped. there could not have been any better news for me than running into him there.

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Video: Bobby Petrino on SportsCenter from Monday

Photo: AP/Garry Jones

Photo: AP/Garry Jones

Bobby Petrino went through the ESPN “Car Wash” on Monday afternoon, stopping by to talk with nearly every show or writer. If you didn’t see much of it, like I didn’t, here is one video from the day. A few of the people he met with are writers, so you will probably see posts coming about his visit to ESPN. Here is something to hold you over as Petrino discusses why he liked having a big season opener like Auburn and he talks a little Devonte Fields.

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ACC Digital Network names Top 4 running backs in ACC

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ACC Digital Network named their top 4 running backs in the ACC entering the 2015 season.

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Bobby Petrino ESPN “car wash” schedule

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Bobby Petrino will go through the infamous ESPN ‘Car Wash” today and we have the full schedule here.

Petrino’s ESPN Car Wash Schedule
9:40 a.m. – SportsCenter
10 a.m. – ESPNU Front Row
10:20 a.m. – SCUE
10:40 a.m. – ESPN Digital Video – Chris Low
11 a.m. – ESPN Print – Adam Rittenberg
11:15 a.m. – Brett McMurphy
11:30 a.m. – Grantland- Holly Anderson
11:50 a.m. – ESPN ACC – Andrea Adelson
12 p.m. – ESPN Images
12:15 p.m. – Joe Schad
12:30 p.m. – ESPN Insider – Travis Haney
12:50 p.m. – Championship Drive Podcast
1:15 p.m. – Freddie Coleman
1:40 p.m. – College Football Daily
2 p.m. – Finebaum Show

Not going to lie pretty excited for that Finebaum interview.

From the Plains: A look at Auburn’s Defense

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Photo: snipview.com 

As you may or may not know, I lived in Auburn, Alabama from 2008-2012 and still have some friends down that way. A friend of mine that I still keep in touch with is Scott Bagwell, one of the biggest Auburn fans I know, who is also a good writer. He is very knowledgeable and won’t just be an Auburn homer. He will tell it like it is, which is what we want. He decided to help me (and all of you Louisville fans) out by writing a post about both the offense and the defense of Auburn. This post will focus on the defensive side of the ball. If you missed the one on the offense, here you go.

By Scott Bagwell:

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Former Louisville WR drops “the people’s elbow” in TD celebration

Photo: Jacksonville.com

Photo: Jacksonville.com

Former Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Tiger Jones is the rightful owner of the best touchdown celebration of all time. If you never watched WWE (or WWF) before, this video may mean nothing to you. If you watched it during the “attitude” era when it was at its peak like I did, this video may make you giddy, and that is perfectly fine.

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Rick Pitino: This team is going to be a fan favorite

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer has an extensive Q&A with Rick Pitino posted and it covers a lot of topics. It really is an informative read. I just wanted to point out a part of it that is interesting when he talks about this season’s team. We knew that the chemistry wasn’t the best last year. In fact, I found it hard to cheer for the team sometimes. They weren’t unlikeable, they just maybe weren’t as likeable as I would have wanted to see. That is just a personal opinion, but one that I know some people do share. Something was just different.

Pitino mentioned it several times last year. Chinanu Onuaku addressed it while practicing for the USA U19 team. The older guys hung out with their girlfriends and the younger guys mainly hung out with each other. The older guys didn’t have patience they needed. It was like a team divided. That should not be a problem this season, and here is some of that Q&A where Pitino discusses it with Greer. He says that this team could be a fan favorite…

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