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David Padgett Will Join Pitino’s Staff


The 'shiner' under Padgett's right eye came from an errant elbow in practice

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.

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Charlie Strong: Get off the train and on the…bus?


Austin American-Statesman photo by Brian Davis

Austin American-Statesman photo by Brian Davis

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?

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Calvin Pryor Accepts Invitation to NFL Draft


Calvin Pryor

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!

Teddy Bridgewater to attend NFL Draft


Photo: Getty images

Photo: Getty images

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.

 

Louisville’s ACC Basketball Matchups Announced


Louisville ACC

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:

2014-15

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

2015-16

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

 

IU Assistant Kenny Johnson Will Replace Kevin Keatts at Louisville


Photo: Indystar.com

Photo: Indystar.com

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.

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Final Stats from the KDF Basketball Classic


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Photo: Justin Renck/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here are the final stats from Friday night’s Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

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Jaylen Johnson’s halftime dunks from the Derby Festival Basketball Classic


Future Louisville Cardinal Jaylen Johnson was in the finals of the dunk contest Friday night at Freedom Hall during the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. He finished 2nd with 74 points, as Isaac Copeland scored 79. Copeland will play his college ball at Georgetown.

Here are the videos of Johnson’s dunks. He put on a Louisville shirt to get the crowd into it. And he brought out his mom for some help with the second dunk.

Derby Classic: Dunk Contest and 3-Point Finals will feature two future Cards tonight


Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr. (Courier Journal)

Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr. (Courier Journal)

Halftime of the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is always an entertaining one. It is when they have the finals of the dunk contest and 3-point contest. At the Night of the Future Stars on the night before, they have the early rounds of those contests and then that sets up the finals for Friday night.

Tonight’s competitions both include future Louisville Cardinals. In the dunk contest, Jaylen Johnson will face off against Isaac Copeland (Georgetown) and Devin Robinson (Florida).

Here is a video of Johnson’s first dunk from Thursday night with a little help from his future teammates. Video courtesy of Jody Demling from Scout.com.

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“Red V. Blue” and 2013 National Championship DVDs on Sale!


Here are a couple of great deals from FansCloset.com. You really shouldn’t pass these up if you don’t have these DVDs yet. If you order either of these, you can add anything else to the order and it will all ship for free!

Red V. Blue

Red v. Blue

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“Red V. Blue” features interviews with coaches, players and personalities, including Denny Crum, Joe Hall, Derek Anderson, Luke Whitehead, Jim Host and John Y. Brown, among others. The movie also documents the real lives of super fans such as Mark Wagner and Robert Boone, two rival barbers whose hilarious banter epitomizes what makes this rivalry the most passionate in college basketball. The movie is a must-see for any true sports fan!

2013 Louisville vs Michigan National Championship

Championship DVD

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On April 8, 2013, the Louisville Cardinals lived up to their overall top seed placement in the tournament, but they had to work intensely for the win.

The final was a match between the top-rated offensive team against the top-rated defensive team: a fight to the finish. Momentum vs. Endurance.  Luke Hancock led the Cards, trailing by a 12-point deficit with less than 4 minutes to go in the first half, in their turn-around.  Hancock made a couple of free-throws and a series of four 3-pointers to make up the deficit and take the lead before half-time. Hancock became the first reserve player to be named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, putting in 22 total game points.

From the bench, injured guard Kevin Ware, recovering from a gruesome injury suffered in the regional final, undoubtedly contributed to the Cardinal’s determination for the win.

In the end, the Louisville Cardinals overcame the 12-point deficit to win 82-76 in a thrilling final game, earning a second national title for coach Rick Pitino, (the first at University of Kentucky in 1996), and the goal was lowered allowing Ware to snip his own piece of the net. 

Relive the tip-to-buzzer excitement as the 2013 NCAA National Basketball Championship game is displayed in its entirety.  

*Includes the Full Commercial-free Championship Game and Bonus Features.

ESPN Reports: Louisville Signs New Deal with Adidas


Adidas

This morning an e-mail when out that said there would be a “significant announcement” that would affect all 23 sports at UofL. The press conference is scheduled at 2:00. This got the whole twitter world talking about what it could be. The natural idea was that it was about Louisville either staying with Adidas or some people thought they may be making the switch to Nike. This seemed weird since there was an Adidas rep on campus and tweeting out pictures of how he was excited to be around the football team and the campus. But people just had their own hopes I guess.

ESPN is reporting that Louisville has signed a 5-year, $40 million shoe and apparel deal to stay with Adidas.

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Women’s Football Clinic Set for May 31


Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The fifth annual University of Louisville Women’s Football Clinic will be held on May 31 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Registration is open online at www.Cardinalfootballcamps.com.

On the day of the event, check-in is from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Brown and Williamson Club, located on the fifth floor of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The clinic will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The clinic will consist of presentations from the coaching and support staff, football drills with the coaches, and an inside look at the Cardinals’ football team.

All activities are voluntary and will accommodate all athletic abilities. Athletic attire and tennis shoes are required to participate in drills. The cost of the clinic is $60 and includes a shirt, continental breakfast, lunch, and an unprecedented football experience.

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Russ Smith and Luke Hancock at 4th Street Live this Saturday


If you haven’t been able to attend one of the autograph signings so far for the seniors, here is another opportunity. This one will feature Russ Smith and Luke Hancock. The information can be found on the flyer below.

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Football: Top JUCO player visiting Louisville on Wednesday


Photo: Kelly Kline for USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kelly Kline for USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Bobby Petrino and his staff will be hosting a pretty important visitor on Wednesday. According to Kipp Adams of 247 Sports, running back Jovon Robinson will be visiting the Cards. He is rated as the top JUCO player in the country by 247sports. He is listed at 6’0 and 220 pounds.

Robinson is from Memphis, Tennessee and actually was a member of Auburn’s football team in 2012 for a short time. Before the season started, he was declared ineligible because of an NCAA investigation over a grade change on his high school transcript.

He was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 after he rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns for Georgia Military College.

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Derby Festival Basketball Classic Final Rosters and Information


Derby Classic

From the KDF Press Office:

April 14, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Friday, April 18. The roster includes one McDonald’s All-Americans, 2 Parade All-Americans, as well as University of Louisville signees Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson and Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel.  The game features 10 players ranked in the Top 30 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.  Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 50 nationally. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.

Admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.

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Parking, Shuttles Available for Tuesday’s UofL-UK Baseball Game


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From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ample free parking will be available for tonight’s Louisville baseball game against Kentucky in the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Green Lot south of Central Ave.

Shuttles will run from 4 p.m., ET through the end of the game to Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch for the No. 7 Cardinals and No. 19 Wildcats is set for 6 p.m., ET.

Three Cards selected in WNBA Draft


Shoni SchimmelAntonita SlaughterAsia Taylor

The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.

Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.

Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.

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Wayne Blackshear Named Captain for 2014-15 Season


(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Press release from UofL:

April 14, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear has been named team captain for the 2014-15 Cardinals’ men’s basketball team.

“We have great confidence in Wayne moving toward his senior year,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “I’m sure he will continue the outstanding leadership we have witnessed the last four years.”

A Capital One Academic All-District 2 selection, Blackshear averaged 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and shot 39.5 percent from three-point range (45-of-114) for the Cardinals (31-6). He had 14 double-digit scoring efforts last season, including a career-high 23 against Houston, as UofL shared the American Athletic Conference title, won the league postseason tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

Blackshear ranked sixth in the AAC in three-point percentage (.395) and buried a three-pointer in 21 of his 36 games this season. During the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA Championship season, he was the recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at NCAA Championships.

Video: Every Montrezl Harrell Dunk of the 2013-14 Season


sports.yahoo.com

sports.yahoo.com

Someone finally did it. They made the video that shows every dunk that Montrezl Harrell threw down from this past season. It even includes the Red-White scrimmages! There were 112 total dunks, 96 of them official. This is from “TheLouisvilleShow” on youtube.

2014 Spring Game Quick Hitters


AP Photo/Garry Jones

AP Photo/Garry Jones

Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was everything you wanted to be as a fan. Gorgeous weather, free admission, free parking, activities for the kids, $2 beers, and Louisville football with Bobby Petrino back at the helm.

I am just going to give you some quick hitters with stats or things I noticed. You also have the option of reading the full recap on UofL’s site.

*I know it is just the spring game, and you are playing against your defense, so maybe this isn’t always good…but the yards, points, and fun that you remember are back. The red team had 21 points after the 1st quarter. I remember plenty of times last year when we were in the 4th quarter with about 21-24 points hanging on for the win against teams like Memphis or Houston. The offense is back folks.

*Will Gardner looked great. He completed 32-37 passes for 542 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did throw 1 interception that clearly was a bad decision and looked forced. But other than that 1 mistake, he looked good.

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