Author Archives: Justin Renck

CSZ Radio: Live from Atlanta this Saturday from 10-12

93.9 The Ville

This has made its way into the twitter world, but not on here, which is important. This Saturday, we will be bringing you Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville from 10 a.m. to noon. A full two hours! And even better, we will be broadcasting live from Atlanta, Georgia! We also just learned yesterday where our location would be: live from the Red Rage Tailgate!

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It’s Louisville-Auburn week and it’s getting a little awkward for me

Justin ChrisJustin Chris Pat Derrick

Let’s get one thing clear right out of the gate: I am a Louisville fan and want the Cards to win on Saturday, no questions asked. If Auburn wins, yes I will be bummed just like if it were any loss. There is no part of me that is torn on that matter for this weekend. However, since the week of the game is finally here, things are beginning to get a little awkward for me, and I will attempt to tell you why.

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Tailgate with the Red Rage on Saturday

Red Rage

If you are heading to Atlanta this weekend for the Auburn game (IT’S SO CLOSE NOW!), you may be wondering where you should tailgate. Look no further, because you know you probably want to be apart of the Red Rage Tailgate. But maybe it isn’t for you. I mean it is basically a museum of Louisville Cardinals memorabilia, good music, good food, good drinks, a good time…and so on. If that isn’t for you, well then I apologize. Click below to view a map and see where the Red Rage will be setting up shop. Tailgate begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday!

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/29/15

93.9 The Ville

Well I knew it was going to be a packed show, and it was just that! Marques Maybin joined us in studio, which was a treat in itself. We talked about stadium expansion and got into an impromptu debate over which game is more important for the Cards…Auburn or Clemson? Also, the guys from Red Rage Tailgate joined us in studio. Needless to say, the studio and the show were packed, and it was a lot of fun!

Remember, next week the Cardinal Sports Zone will be broadcasting from 10-12 FROM ATLANTA on 93.9 The Ville! Click the soundcloud link below for today’s show.

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CSZ Radio Preview: 8/29/15

CSZ FB Cover2

I will be heading out soon to head to the 93.9 The Ville studios on the beautiful campus of UofL. If you weren’t aware yet, we have our own radio show on Saturday mornings from 10-11. Steve Rummage is your host, I am in the house every week throwing in my two cents, Jeremy Wahman handles the social media. We have a packed show today…

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First AP Poll Released; Cards Unranked

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Louisville Cardinals will begin the 2015 college football season unranked, and that is just fine by me. Gone are the days where we would look at the schedule and maybe see one ranked opponent that we just absolutely HAD to beat to have any good wins. Now in the ACC, and with a pretty big season opener, the Cards will have plenty of chances to make their way into the top 25.

If you count the teams in the “others receiving votes” section, Louisville technically finds themselves ranked at #32. Like I said, there are chances to beat ranked teams and move up. In the preseason poll, Louisville faces three ranked teams:

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/22/15

93.9 The Ville

On today’s show, we talked about who we would each WANT as the starting QB for Louisville this season. Not who we think it will be, but our preference. I give a terrible answer, but pick somebody in the end. Perrin Johnson joined us, which was a treat. We had our most callers we have had so far and had a great time. Click the soundcloud link below to give it a listed. As always, we are on 93.9 The Ville on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m.

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Pitino: We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

If you caught Rick Pitino’s latest blog on Tuesday, you saw that the head coach dropped some pretty cool information about possibly adding some J.V. games to the schedule.

We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year. Some will be played at the Yum! Center on game day. It will give guys like Matz, Dillon and Ryan a chance to play major minutes and continue to develop.

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A fan’s report: Behind the scenes in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico 8

David Burns is a big UofL fan just like the rest of us. I coach his son, Dawson, in basketball at Holy Cross High School. David, Dawson, and Whitney (David’s youngest girl) went down to Puerto Rico for a few days to watch the Cards in action. But while you are there, you have to do more than just watch basketball. When he asked me what he should write about, I said just make it all about your trip and what you experienced. Everyone else will have game recaps and write-ups, but nobody will have your own experience in a post. And so that is what he gave me. Enjoy!

By David Burns:

Puerto Rico

We visited several areas of the territory. We hiked, zip-lined, and rappelled through the rainforest. If you are in moderate physical shape…you should put one of these tours on your must-do list.

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QB Tyler Ferguson transferring from Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

According to Scout.com, quarterback Tyler Ferguson will be transferring from the University of Louisville. Ferguson is the former Penn State QB that transferred to Louisville, sat out last season, and was eligible to play this season. At 6’4 and 225 lbs, and with a big arm, Ferguson has great size for the position.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/15/15

93.9 The Ville

Things are really beginning to heat up in UofL sports and we squeeze all of it that we can into our 1-hour show on 93.9 The Ville! If you missed it today, you can click the soundcloud link below and check it out. We spent about half the time on basketball and half on football. What do these Puerto Rico games mean? Is Quentin Snider’s development slowed down by Trey Lewis/Damion Lee being here? And on the football side of things, we had Brandon Marcello on the show. Brandon is Auburn’s beat writer for AL.com and had some great insight into Auburn’s team and how he thinks the fans there are looking at Louisville. Check it out!

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Box score from Louisville’s win on Friday night

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here is the box score from Louisville’s 84-81 win over Puerto Rico on Friday. From an iphone or ipad, if the box score does not show up, try viewing it in the adobe app.

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Video: Coach Ganong celebrates harder than you

Photo: syracuse.com

Photo: syracuse.com

Step your game up people. If this isn’t how you look at the end of Louisville wins this year, it is time to reevaluate. This is strength and conditioning coach Ray Ganong after the Cards knocked off Puerto Rico on Friday night.

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Wednesday’s box scores from Louisville vs Puerto Rico

Photo: Drew Deener

Photo: Drew Deener

It was a rough night for the Cards, who dropped both games to Puerto Rico again. The rough part was in the second game, where the Cards lost 96-62. Here are the box scores from each.

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Fall Sports Fan Day set for August 22

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

From the University of Louisville:

Celebrating the start of another athletic season, the University of Louisville will host its annual Fan Day event on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Cardinal Arena on the Belknap Campus from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Student-athletes from various UofL teams will be in attendance, including head football coach Bobby Petrino and the football team, who will be signing autographs for fans. Louie the Cardinal will also be on-hand with other members of the national champion Spirit Squads to take pictures with fans.

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Box score for Louisville vs Puerto Rico on Tuesday

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Here is the final score from the second game on Tuesday, provided by Kenny Klein. I am having a little trouble getting the box score up from the first game. Click the link below to view the stats.

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Video: Football practice report August 10, 2015

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

There should definitely be more use of UofL’s Youtube channel when it comes to stuff like this.

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Video: Rick Pitino talks up the 2015-16 Louisville basketball team in Puerto Rico

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

You will have to excuse Drew Deener and his use of technology. The audio alone is worth it, though. Coach Pitino and the Cards welcomed the fans to Puerto Rico, and the coach had nothing but good things to say about the team. We know Ricky P speaks in hyperbole, but he may have outdone himself with the following quote:

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Complete schedule for Cards in Puerto Rico

Photo: Kenny Klein

Photo: Kenny Klein

Fans will be able to get a glimpse of the 2015-16 Louisville Cardinals basketball team starting tomorrow as the Cards begin their 9 game (6 day) stretch in Puerto Rico. If you are able to catch any games, the schedule is listed below.

University of Louisville Exhibition Games Schedule
vs. Puerto Rico National and Junior Teams

Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
5:30 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team

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Auburn’s best wide receiver facing “a discipline issue”

Duke Williams / Photo: al.com

Duke Williams / Photo: al.com

About a week and a half ago, I was told that there was going to be some news coming out soon about Auburn’s best wide receiver, 6’2 senior Duke Williams. Now that it is starting to get out, I can go ahead and pass along what others are saying. Williams practiced the first three days of camp, but has not practiced since Thursday. He is facing “a discipline issue” according to head coach Gus Malzahn. If that is all that they will say about it, then so will I.

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