Monthly Archives: April 2014
Three weeks ago I posted this story saying that it looked like defensive tackle Jamaine Brooks would not be on the team this season. Today, Brooks tweeted that it is official that he will not be playing. He will graduate in June of 2014 and move on to whatever comes next in his life.
I thought Brooks could have a great season in 2014 being that big man in the middle of the 3-4 defense. At 6’4 and 330 pounds, he certainly seemed to be made for that. Now we will see who steps in to fill that important role on the defensive line.
Good luck to Brooks in the future.
Bobby Petrino has landed another commit for the 2014 class. Isaac Watson is a defensive back for San Mateo Community College in California. He is listed at 6’2 and 225 lbs. He plays safety for San Mateo.
Watson was supposed to have his official visit in a couple of weeks, and he will be able to play in the 2014 season. With the questions at safety for the Cards, he is expected to step right in and compete for playing time.
Last night former UNC star and current Milwaukee Bucks Center John Henson tweeted this:
We all know Montrezl Harrell is an absolute animal on the court but this tweet has to make us think one thing. Will Trez actually shatter a backboard during a game this season?
Let me just say folks if the answer to that last question is yes, Trez will move ahead of all former UofL stars as my favorite of all time! Oh and I will pound my chest and scream after EVERYTHING I do for at least 3 weeks. It’s going to be a fun season :)
There has been talk in the last week or so that Chane Behanan may turn pro rather than attend Colorado State. Behanan shot down those rumors by saying he had not made his decision yet. He came out Monday afternoon on twitter and announced that he will, in fact, test his luck and declare for the NBA Draft.
Good luck to Chane in the future, both on and off the court.
The Louisville Cardinals officially announced the signing of JUCO QB Patrick Thomas on Monday. Bobby Petrino had this to say about Thomas:
“I’m pleased that Patrick has joined our program. He is a dual-threat quarterback who adds depth to that position heading into the fall. Patrick is talented and I’m excited to add him to the mix as we head into the ACC this season.”
To read more about Thomas, check out our original post about when he signed.
According to Vegas betting website Bovada the Cards open as a 25/1 favorite to make it to Indianapolis and cut down the nets. The Cards 25/1 odds put them in the 8th spot along with Michigan St. and Villinova trailing only seven other teams.
North Carolina 16/1
Michigan State 25/1
Bring it!! #L1C4
If you haven’t had a chance yet to make it out to one of the autograph signings for Russ Smith, you have another chance on Tuesday. This will be the 73rd autograph session since the season ended. Not really, but it just seems that way.
This one will be at Brownie’s The Shed, which is right off Shelbyville Road just a few minutes past Oxmoor Mall. There aren’t prices listed for autographs, but I think they have typically been in the $10-20 range.
Rick Pitino picked up a commitment from an in-state player that will be a walk-on. Trent Gilbert, who attends Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kentucky, has decided to join the Cards over scholarship offers from Marshall, Winthrop, and Tennessee Tech. Gilbert is 6’1 and averaged 26.1 points per game this season. He was also a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Kentucky.
Scott County fell to Covington Catholic 59-51 this season in the State Championship. Gilbert was named to the All-Tournament team. Against Trinity in the semi-finals, he scored 36 points.
In today’s comedic relief, UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown had some words for the Cards:
When you take a break from the constant laughter that I’m sure broke out when you seen this, think about that phrase: “The Show”. Last year “The Show”, as our friend from thecrunchzone.com Mark Blankenbaker points out, beat 2 teams that had a combined ZERO FBS wins.
Bobby Petrino likes quarterbacks. I believe we already knew that. He just got another one as JUCO QB Pat Thomas has sent in his letter of intent to Louisville and he will enroll on May 16. He is listed 6’4 and 185 lbs and is a dual-threat quarterback. He will have 3 years of eligibility at UofL.
Thomas was signed at UAB when Garrick McGee (UofL offensive coordinator) was the head coach there. When McGee came to Louisville, Thomas was released from his letter of intent.
In 2013 at Georgia Military College, Thomas threw for 1,695 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.
During his press conference on Wednesday afternoon to announce new assistant coach Kenny Johnson, Rick Pitino also mentioned that someone else would be joining the staff. Former UofL big man David Padgett will join the staff as an Assistant Video Coordinator.
This could end up being a great move for the Cards. With two seven footers coming in, plus Mangok Mathiang still needing to improve, having someone like Padgett there to help could speed up their learning process a lot.
When we had the polls posted on this site for your all-time starting 5 for Rick Pitino players at UofL, Padgett was the center on my team. Gorgui was awesome, but Padgett was always a special player to me. He will surely be a valuable asset and can make an immediate impact on the big men next season.
3 Star DT Chandler Jones (GA) tweeted the above tweet tonight. The 6’4 310lb Jones has been a Louisville lean for awhile and has himself throwing up the “L” in his twitter background. Jones crystal ball on the Louisville 247 site is also 100% Louisville. All signs pointing to the Cards here.
The University of Louisville and Indiana University both released statements today on new UofL Assistant Basketball coach Kenny Johnson.
Rick Pitino Statement:
“We’re very excited to have Kenny in our program,” said Pitino. “The first thing I did whenKevin Keatts left to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington was to ask my son Richard (Pitino, head coach at Minnesota) to find the best rising assistant coach in the business. He spoke to a lot of people and they led directly to Kenny Johnson and others think he is outstanding as well. He is extremely bright, having studied cell, molecular biology and genetics in college.”
Tom Crean Statement:
Remember the guy that didn’t really care for much media attention while here at Louisville? Not that there was much media responsibility anyway, but it just wasn’t his thing. For his hour long radio show once per week, he would usually do about half of it and then let another coach handle the rest. Surely you remember that version of Charlie Strong right?
Well the Charlie Strong of Texas is now going on a BUS TOUR around the state of Texas. It is sort of like the Cardinal Caravan here. That same Cardinal Caravan that (according to Eric Crawford) made 6 stops last year and Strong was on only one of those stops. He talked for about 20 minutes and then didn’t take questions from the media. I am sure he loves this whole bus tour thing, right?
It looks like the Louisville Cardinals will be very well represented in the green room on NFL Draft Day. Calvin Pryor has accepted an invitation to attend, joining quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The NFL generally only invites players that are expected to be drafted in the first round, and likely in the earlier part of that first round. Pryor could very well be the first safety selected. It will likely either be him or Alabama’s Haha Clinton-Dix (real name).
According to Sports Information Director Rocco Gasparro, Louisville is one of only 4 schools with multiple players accepting invitations to the NFL Draft at this point. The others are Alabama, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. It will be great to see the University of Louisville football program get that much exposure on draft day!
A lot has been made of Teddy Bridgewater’s sudden drop in the mock drafts lately. Mel Kiper Jr., thought to be the guru of this stuff, even had him dropping to the 2nd round. Well it turns out Teddy has been invited to attend the NFL Draft on May 8.
All I am saying is, they usually don’t invite you unless you are probably going to be picked in the first round, and early. There are some cases where a player may be sitting for a while and not get picked when he is expected to, and those times can be awkward. But this at least shows that the NFL people making this decision thinks he will be selected early.
On Tuesday afternoon, the ACC released the men’s basketball conference matchups for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The conference season will consist of 18 games for each team. Each team will play 10 teams once and 4 teams twice.
The 2014-15 season at the KFC Yum! Center will be one to remember. Along with hosting Kentucky, the Cards will also host Duke AND North Carolina. 2015-16 also has Duke and North Carolina visiting Louisville.
Here are Louisville’s opponents:
Home/Road: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami, North Carolina
Home: Clemson, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame
Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse
Home/Road: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Duke
Home: Florida State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse
Road: Miami, Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame
Press Release from Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
7-1 Mahmoud Signs With Louisville Basketball
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anas Osama Mahmoud, a 7-1, 205-pound forward/center from Cairo, Egypt who played last season at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville.
“Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer,” said UofL Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. “He is a very skilled athlete who is a very good scorer and passer. His only weakness is strength. We will base a consideration of redshirting him on how quickly he can gain necessary strength to be effective. We’re delighted to have Anas at the University of Louisville.”
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson will be hired at Louisville to replace Kevin Keatts on Rick Pitino’s staff. Johnson is most known for his ability to recruit, and most see this as a huge hire for Pitino.
To learn more about Johnson, here is his bio from IUHoosiers.com:
• Joined head coach Tom Crean’s staff on May 1, 2012, after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Towson University.
• A native of Oxon Hill, Md., served as associate head coach at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia for four years prior to joining the Towson staff.
Tomorrow the ACC will announce the Men’s College Basketball pairings for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. The Cards will begin their first season of play in the ACC this season and it is one that will set up some blockbuster match ups for Pitino and company. A lot of questions will be answered tomorrow:
Who will the Cards play twice?
Will the Cards go to the Dean Dome or Cameron?
Will the ACC take the Big East approach and have the Cards play Duke, UNC, and Cuse all twice?
All these questions and more will be answered tomorrow at 11 AM so have your calenders out and ready!
The ACC pairings will be released on their website TheACC.com