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Louisville vs Murray State Photo Gallery

Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)

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Louisville vs Miami Photo Gallery

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The Redemption Song of Bobby Petrino

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Photo courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com

By Lloyd Spence:

As Head Coach Charlie Strong walked out the door last weekend to The University of Texas, the search for the next coach began in one of the strangest possible places.

2003.

University of Louisville Athletic Director aka “The Card-Father”, Tom Jurich, decided to start his search (despite major personal reservations) in Bowling Green, KY with the man that lead the Football program to places it had only reached under Hall of Fame Coach Howard Schnellenberger. As that search evolved, Bobby Petrino, who led the Cardinals from 2003 to 2007 and was the current Head Coach of Western Kentucky University, quickly became the “target coach” to lead the program into its new conference home, The ACC.

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Sights And Sounds: Rutgers

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Thursday night our University of Louisville Cardinals defeated the Scarlet Knights from Rutgers 24-10 in what will likely be the last meeting ever between the two schools. Say what you may about Rutgers and how bad of a football team they were 10 years ago but they really had stepped up to play the part of conference rival since we got into the Big East/AAC. Teddy Bridgewater went 21-31 for 310 yards and 2 TD while throwing a very rare INT, only his second of the season. Senorise Perry added to the offensive attack with 13 rushes for 104 yards and 1 TD with his longest rush for 42 yards. Louisville’s Defense come up huge with 8 sacks and forced Rutgers QB Gary Nova to be….Gary Nova as he threw 4 INT’s. Calvin Pryor III led the Defense with 14 total tackles. Below are some videos and pictures we got from the game, enjoy!

Go Cards!

(Don’t forget to check out our facebook page photo gallery for more pictures)

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Challenge issued for Cards fans!

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By Daryl Foust:

Attention THE Cardnation:

I am coming forth with a challenge to YOU! We saw the success in New Orleans, Atlanta, Jim Patterson, Cardpark, and Belknap. I have one question for you…. Are you Louligan???

Your nationally ranked futbol Cards have entered the AAC conference play for a single season until they head to what is widely considered the best conference in the ACC and state of the art Lynn Stadium beginning in 2014. The Louligan organization is challenging the best fans around to #packcardpark on Saturday October 12, 2013 against Rutgers at 7 PM (#cardnationchallenge). Forty-five minutes before kickoff, Louligans march to Card Park from 1st and Burnett. Kela Ivonye, head Louligan who organized the march, says of the Louligan role, “We are like the 12th man, we have to help intimidate our opponents with our crowd”. The organization offers to Cardnation, “were giving out t-shirts to those who join us in the march.” This march and your t-shirt signify your induction as a Louligan. In this honor, fans gain access to exclusive sections of the new stadium, information and offers on game days, and experience an unmatchable intense atmosphere of great competition, some of the best in the nation.

Sophomore midfielder, Marlon Hairston says about the impact of having a large rowdy environment at home, “Having a large crowd at home is huge for us!! We love the support we get from our fans and they help give us a great amount of energy. We continue to ask for the students and families to come out and support us each game and we will do our best to get the results.”

Daryl’s Season Forecast: Hei5man

By: Daryl Foust

The Cardinals have received a lot of criticism for their ‘weak schedule’ for the 2013 season following an obvious dominance of the Florida Gators in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  No, it is no SEC schedule where we will be playing top 25 teams every week, however, the Cards will have their work cut out for them this upcoming season. I believe this year’s schedule is much tougher than our last in the Big East.  No offense BBN, but Kentucky lowered the SOS for the Cardinals last year along with teams like Missouri State and Connecticut (which was a 3OT loss).  After it was all said and done, Teddy Bridgewater finished the season with a 68% completion percentage, a 4% increase from the previous season and lowered his interceptions from 12 to 8.  He also completed 62% of his passes against who Yahoo Sports considers the 3rd best defense of the 2012 season, only behind the two teams who played for the national championship.

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Proving Grounds

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By Daryl Foust:

I wouldn’t say it was a ‘dire situation’ (pun intended) to add Michael Dyer to the Louisville roster this upcoming season. Louisville has just been voted the conference favorite to win the AAC for what I like to call a buffer year until we pack our bags in 2014. Don’t get me wrong, like Teddy said on ESPN First Take with Stephen A Smith, teams aren’t going to lay down for the Cards. But I think it is unanimous that the Sugar Bowl champs have a very weak schedule ahead of them until they head to the ACC, where we will call home for what I hope is a good while.

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Preseason Mackey and Rimington Lists

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As the 2013 football season comes upon us, the lists for college footballs elite are starting to come out in their preseason editions. Yesterday Teddy Bridgewater, Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor III made the Maxwell and Bednarik lists respectively. The Cards land Gerald Christian on the Mackey and nobody on the Rimington list. Here are the full lists for both the Mackey and Rimington watch lists:

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Cardinals Make The Preseason Awards Watch Lists

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     As the 2013 football season comes upon us, the lists for college footballs elite are starting to come out in their preseason editions. Here are the full lists for both the Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists:

Maxwell Award (July 8)

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

RB Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky

RB Dri Archer, Kent State

QB David Ash, Texas

LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

QB Blake Bell, Oklahoma

RB Beau Blankenship, Ohio

QB Blake Bortles, UCF

QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

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Video & 3 Pics Of Coach P’s Tattoo

Coach P’s Champ Stamp

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Just as Coach Pitino promised, he delivered. Here are pics from S.I.D. Kenny Klein’s twitter (@KKcards) proving the deed has been done. Thanks coach for all you have done. Nice Tat…

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Paintin’ Siva

Press Release

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“Paintin’ Siva” Limited Edition Art Print Hand Signed by Peyton Siva

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     The “Paintin’ Siva” Special Edition Art Print has just been released and is available for a limited time only. Hand-signed by Peyton Siva (2013 NCAA National Champion) and the artist, the print is of an original painting by renowned artist Aaron Kizer.

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Cardinal Pulse 4/29

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4/29/13

 

On this edition of The Cardinal Pulse, we will talk Title Run,Basketball and Football recruiting, The Spring Game and much more. See ya Monday night at 7:15 for the Cardinal Pulse on LiveSportsCaster.com with @JonKYSportsco @Stiz_502 and @JeremyW55

Another Bad Creation….

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Late Night Weighs In On The Cards

Late Night Weighs In On The Cards

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The guys in Late Night try to be funny every night. This week the topic has been your University of Louisville Mens Basketball team and their National Championship. Other than the first joke Conan rips off I think the rest are good…enjoy.

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Title Take 2-Meet The Huskies

Title Take 2-Meet The Huskies

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National Championship Game Preview

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National Champs UL 82 Michigan 76

2013 National Champion University Of Louisville Cardinals

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The biggest game of the year in college basketball was ready to begin. Two programs fighting to retain a national title and once again claim supremacy in the land of college basketball. Louisville not winning since the Crum Era in 1986, and Michigan not winning since 1989, defeating Seton Hall.  A new Final Four and National Championshipp attendance record was set so the stage could be no bigger. In perhaps one of the biggest games of these boy’s lives, the ball was thrown up, ready to crown a winner. Trey Burke got hot early and made the teams first seven points. Back and forth the momentum swung early, and it was immediately stated that this could be a classic game for the ages. With a fast paced tempo throughout the whole first half, the game seemed to fly by. However it was Michigan that began to separate, driving into the paint of the Louisville defense, eventually gaining an 8 point lead with the under 8 minute timeout being called. The major story of the half was Michigan bench player Spike Albrecht made 4 straight three pointers to give Michigan a 12 point lead. With the game slipping out of grasp, Luke Hancock played the hero role for Louisville and answered right back, scoring 4 three pointers of his own to regain the lead with 14.5 seconds left. After a trip to the line by Michigan, Louisville trailed by 1, 38-37. Read the rest of this entry

Meet The Opponent- Michigan Wolverines

Meet The Opponent- Michigan Wolverines

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Fun Facts

  • Michigan will be going for its second national championship, last winning in 1989.
  • Michigan basketball is most notably known for the “Fab Five” team in the 90’s, going to back to back championship games as freshmen and sophomores.
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Championship Bound UL-72 WSU-68

Final Four Wrap Up

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With all of the anticipation arising in Atlanta, Georgia, all of the media attention, and all of the expectations sky high, the game had to be played at some point. As tip-off neared, questions surrounded both teams. Could Louisville keep its streak going and win for Kevin Ware? Could Wichita State continue its cinderella run to the national championship? With these in lurking in the minds of fans, the ball was thrown in the air to begin the Final Four. With Wichita State winning the tip, the Shockers made it be known that just because the other team has “Louisville” on their jerseys, doesn’t mean they will back down. WSU went on a 8-0 run to start the game, with Louisville guard Russ Smith starting 0-4 from the field, and 0-4 from the free throw line. However UL began to amp the pressure up and force turnovers to go on a 11-2 run and retake the lead, 11-10. The main contributor for UL in the first half was Montrezl Harrell, who finished the first half with 6 points and 3 rebounds. The Shocker defense kept its game plan intact to not allowing neither Siva nor Smith to successfully drive the lane, while also forcing the Cardinals to go on 2 three minute or plus stretches with 0 field goals. Also grabbing seven turnovers, WSU kept the momentum swinging back and forth. With 8 lead changes in the first half, the Shockers were exactly in the position they’d hoped for, leading Louisville 26-25.

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Meet the Opponents- Wichita State

Meet The Opponents- Wichita State Shockers

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      Fun Facts

  • In 2011, the Shockers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2011 NIT Championship.

  • This will be WichitaState’s 2nd time appearing in the Final Four, last going in 1965, who lost to John Wooden’s UCLA team 108-89.

  • All five starters for the Shockers are new to the lineup this year, with last year’s team losing all 5 of its starting players.

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And Then There Were 4! UL 85 Duke 63

And Then There Were 4!

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In one of the most anticipated games of the year, the energy was through the roof in Lucas Oil Stadium for the colossal match up of these two power house programs. With the crowd in majority red, Louisville won the opening tip and attacked the paint early. Chane Behanan was one of the early go getters for the Cards, finishing the game with 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 assist. Duke however managed to spread the ball around and find the open man, going back and forth all throughout the first half. The major story was when Kevin Ware attempted to block a shot and landed awkwardly, resulting in one of the most grueling sports injuries to ever happen on a basketball court. Players fell to the ground in sickness, and a stretcher was brought out for Ware. With all of Indianapolis cheering as he left, the Cardinals regrouped and managed to hold Duke to 0 field goals in the last 4:43 of the half, as Rick Pitino’s squad took a 35-32 lead at the half.

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