Monthly Archives: May 2014
Three offensive linemen have decided to leave the University of Louisville just about 3 months before the first game of the season. Abraham “Nacho” Garcia, Cameron Fraser, and Chandler Bridges are all leaving Louisville according to our guys over at thecrunchzone.com. Also according to them, Cameron Fraser may be headed to Youngstown State to join Kenny Carter, former UofL running backs coach.
Garcia, listed at 6’5 and 347 lbs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was a four-star prospect on ESPN.com coming out of high school. He started in two games last season and played in seven before injuring his knee and sitting out the rest of the season.
The latest offer from FansCloset.com is just in time for Father’s Day, which is Sunday June 15. If you buy Louisville Cardinals gear and use the coupon code CSZDAD, you will get free shipping. Take advantage of this offer!
Eli Rogers is without a doubt one of the great leaders on this football team. What are his hopes and wants for this season?
Here is what the Cards will be wearing if this first game ever ends……………….
Today USA today posted their list of the 5 returning players with the “Weightiest Expectations”. Our man Montrezl Harrell was not only on that list but came in at #1:
1. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: Perhaps the most shocking decision of any player who bypassed the NBA to return to school, Harrell makes the Cardinals a preseason top 10 team. The loss of Russ Smith will hurt Louisville offensively but keeping a talented big man like Harrell is essential for remaining a contender. One reason is Harrell’s defensive skillset. But the 6-8 junior forward has a steadily improving offense, averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds last season while shooting 60% from the floor.
As the article said Trez’s decision was probably the biggest shocker of the off season and the NBA’s loss was defiantly the Cards gain. That decision will come with a price though, all eyes will be on Trez this season and honestly I believe that is exactly how he likes it. Can Trez lead the Cards to Indy? Will Trez get 20 and 20 in the Dean Dome? Just how high will Trez be drafted next year? These question will be answered soon enough but WOW this is going to be a fun ride!
5’10 180 lbs
Chesapeake, Virginia (Oscar Smith High School)
247 Sports: 3-Star player. 48th best running back in the country.
Rivals: 3-star player. 52nd best running back in the country.
Scout: 3-star player.
ESPN: 3-star player. 35th best running back in the country.
Although Louisville currently only has 2 commitments for the class of 2015, they are in the mix for a lot of talented players in the class. Some people act like every kid that will commit somewhere has already done so, and that Louisville won’t get anybody. There are plenty of kids out there that are taking their time and checking out schools in the summer and fall. Now with that said…
While I’m at home today I figured I would catch you up on the remainder of Cardinal Athletics for this school year. ACC here we come…
Here we go…………….
-The University of Louisville rowing program will begin its first ever appearance at the NCAA Championship on Friday when the 18th-ranked Cardinals begin the three-day event at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. Having earned an automatic berth by winning the American Athletic Conference Championship, the Cardinals begin the competition with a trio of Friday morning heat races starting with the varsity eight boat in Heat 1 at 9:10 a.m., ET. Louisville’s second varsity eight boat will compete in Heat 2 at 10 a.m., while the varsity four boat will begin the weekend in Heat 3 at 10:50 a.m.
-University of Louisville field hockey coach Justine Sowry has announced the 2014 schedule which includes eight games at Trager Stadium. The Cardinals’ 2014 slate features four top 10 teams including 2013 NCAA runner-up Duke and semifinalist North Carolina. Additionally 10 of Louisville’s 19 opponents finished last season ranked in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association top 20.
Ok guys, the regional starts tomorrow and I know you are all excited for the Cards to host their 2nd straight regional at the Jim. (maybe it will stick, maybe it won’t) There have been some changes, some updates for this weekend and I will attempt to catch you up on everything that you need to know about the specifics of the Louisville regional right here. First up: The Funk.
-Head coach Dan McDonnell announced yesterday that Sophomore righty Kyle Funkhouser will start tomorrows opener against Kent State. That game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
-It has also been stated that Louisville ace Jared Ruxer will be unavailable for the upcoming weekend. The Junior from Indianapolis Lawerence Central is 7-1 this year with a 2.27 ERA.
-Finally here is the Schedule, Parking, Single Game Tickets and Will Call Information for the Louisville Regional: (via gocards.com)
On Wednesday some pretty big news came from the Louisville Swimming and Diving program. Actually 2 big things happened. Head coach Arthur Albiero announced the addition of Venezuelan National Record Holder, Carlos Claverie, to the fall 2014 recruiting class. Claverie will join Todd Owen, Thomas Cooper, and Jonathan Zoucha in this class. Claverie represented his home country at the 2011 Pan-American Games, the 2013 World Championships, and the 2013 Junior World Championships where he was a finalist in the 100-breaststroke. His next stop will be at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China later this summer.
That is great news for the program but not the best as Kongzheng “KZ” Li, former diving coach at the University of Michigan, has been named as the head diving coach at the University of Louisville, according to Cardinal head coach Arthur Albiero. Li just concluded his fourth season as the head diving coach for the 12-time NCAA national championship University of Michigan swimming and diving programs where he oversaw both men’s and women’s programs. Coach Albiero will share Head coaching duties with the storied Li. Li replaces five-time Conference Coach of the Year, Mike Zehnder, who retired from coaching after 17 years with the Cardinals. Below is a little bit about what Li has accomplished:
The band Phish has a song on their upcoming album that was inspired by a game involving the Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team. It is called “The Line” and it is dedicated to Darius Washington Jr. Yes you read that right. Nearly ten years later, there is a song that came from that moment.
Will ford, of Louisville.com, wrote this:
Phish is arguably one of the most well-known bands in the world; and it sounds like they know a bit of Louisville basketball history. Phish is a jam band that some people have called “The Grateful Dead of this generation.” Phish first formed at the University of Vermont in the mid-1980s and has retained a cult following since then with their transcendent live concerts.
They have weaved Louisville into a song called “The Line” that will be released on their new studio album called Fuego to be released on June 24.
Louisville cornerback Charles Gaines has been named a 3rd Team Preseason All-American by SportingNews.com. Gaines will be a junior this season and is expected to be one of the leaders on defense. If nothing else, he will surely be a VOCAL leader. If you are at a game this season or especially an open practice, just watch Gaines for a few minutes. Let me know if there is a time where he is not talking.
Gaines has played wide receiver for Louisville but settled in very nicely last season at cornerback. He had 5 interceptions on the season and returned 1 for a touchdown. Anytime he touches the ball, he is a threat to score, whether that be on defense or special teams.
The preseason recognition is great for Charles Gaines.
6’4 300 lbs
Eastern Arizona Junior College
247 Sports: 3-star player. 9th best offensive tackle in the country.
Rivals: 3-star player.
Scout: 3-star player.
Offensive tackle Khalil Hunter is currently playing his football at Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Arizona. The big man, listed at 6’4 and 300 lbs, recently updated CSZ on his recruitment status. “To be honest with you, Louisville and Georgia are my top two,” Hunter said. “I love talking to Coach K (offensive line coach Chris Klenakis).” The Cards offered a scholarship to Hunter back in early April.
Another great video from JMBV. This one is the latest mixtape of 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney. He is a big time target for Louisville in the 2015 class.
Two big time targets for Louisville’s 2015 recruiting class squared off this past weekend at the EYBL in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A couple of five-star shooting guards, Isaiah Briscoe and Antonio Blakeney went head to head, and our guy Justin from JMBV was there to capture all the action and he put together this mixtape. It would be great if the Cards can land one (or both) of these guys. Enjoy!
Luke Hancock worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers today according to this tweet:
And according to Luke’s Instagram:
While it is unlikely we hear Luke’s name called in the NBA Draft (even though it is not impossible) it is very likely Luke will be on an NBA summer league team. I may be in the minority but with the right fit, such as the Spurs, I absolutely believe Luke at 6’6 could play in the league. Either way it is great to see him getting workouts and we will be rooting for Luke where ever he goes.
Louisville has been selected as one of 16 regional hosts for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship. The ticket information is listed below. If you want to order All-Session tickets, you can go ahead and do that by clicking here and placing your order.
I see that our guy @CrumsRevenge from thecrunchzone.com posted this almost a week ago, so you may have already seen it. And actually, he made it back in January and posted it then, so I just somehow missed it. I had not seen it until just now. I am telling you, I LOVE the summertime and am not rushing these next few months, but I can’t wait for football season! This video is awesome. Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less! If you have seen it, I am sure you are ok to watch it again. If you haven’t, sit back and enjoy!