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Akoy Agau Will Transfer From Louisville

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

WDRB’s Eric Crawford has confirmed that sophomore forward Akoy Agau will transfer from the University of Louisville.

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Big Offensive Lineman from Alabama Commits to Louisville

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

The Louisville Cardinals are certainly making the offensive line a priority in the 2015 recruiting class. They just picked up a big commitment from Kenny Thomas, a 6’6 330 lb offensive lineman from Prattville, Alabama.

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JUCO Running Back Commits to Louisville

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Bobby Petrino has just landed another commitment from a junior college player. This one is from running back Jeremy Smith, who plays for Fresno City College in California. Smith is a 3-star player on 247 Sports and they also rank him as the 6th best junior college running back in the country.

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Montrezl Harrell: We weren’t ready to play

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

If you haven’t seen it by now, here is video of Montrezl Harrell in the locker room after the UNC Wilmington game. Trez pretty much lays it all out there and says that the team was not prepared to play and guys were not taking things seriously for this game. He said that there is no time for egos and that when you step onto the court, leave all of your off the court problems somewhere else.

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Louisville vs UNC Wilmington Highlights

An ugly win is better than any kind of loss. Go Cards!

JUCO Defensive End Commits to Louisville

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Another one of this weekend’s visitors has committed to the Louisville Cardinals. This time it is Junior College defensive end Drew Bailey. He is from Atlanta, Georgia and plays for Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.

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Gerod Holliman to Enter 2015 NFL Draft

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Not shocking news, but it appears that Louisville safety Gerod Holliman will enter the NFL Draft next season.

From Bleacher Report:

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JUCO Offensive Lineman to Sign With Louisville

Photo: hudl.com

Photo: hudl.com

According to Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com, Louisville has landed a commitment from JUCO offensive lineman Justin Sandifer. He was one of the visitors that UofL hosted this weekend. Junior College players can sign with teams this coming Wednesday, and that is what Sandifer intends to do. So that should mean he and fellow JUCO offensive lineman Khalil Hunter will be on campus for spring ball.

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Cards Ready to Take on UNC Wilmington in Billy Minardi Classic

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

On Sunday evening, the 4th ranked Louisville Cardinals (8-0) will return to action in the 13th Annual Billy Minardi Classic, which honors Rick Pitino’s late brother-in-law who died in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. This year the Cards will face UNC Wilmington (3-2), who are coached by former UofL assistant Kevin Keatts. He was with UofL for 3 seasons.

Louisville enters the game as heavy favorites, I believe by around 28 points or so. But in just five games this season, the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington have scored over 100 points twice already. They beat VMI 110-93 and St. Andrews 105-47. Their last game was on December 3, so they have had 11 days to prepare for this game.

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Jared Lorenzen Flips Off KFC Yum! Center

Photo: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen showed great class and respect with this tweet. Thanks for spending money in our city buddy.

Louisville Hosting Big Visitors Once Again

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

For the third weekend in a row, Bobby Petrino and his staff are hosting some impressive recruits on campus. There aren’t as many this weekend when it comes to quantity, but the quality sure is there. Let’s take a look at who will be in town this weekend.

*Like always, the “four recruiting sites” are Rivals, Scout, 247, and ESPN*

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Free Shipping on UofL Gear

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FansCloset.com is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on Louisville Cardinals merchandise! Just enter the code “CSZROCKS” at checkout for the deal. They still have a lot of men’s basketball National Championship apparel for anywhere from 20-50% off. That is a steal. You can never have too much National Championship stuff!

Mark Richt Talks Louisville to ACC Digital Network

Just a quick little interview here.

Football Autograph Session on December 17

Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team will conduct a special autograph session on Wednesday, December 17 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Trager Indoor Practice Facility.

Anyone interested in attending the session can donate a toy that will benefit the Salvation Army, and be given to needy families during the Christmas holiday.

Fans are asked to limit items to be signed to two per person because of the long lines expected for autographs.

Bobby Petrino Talks About QB Situation Heading Into Belk Bowl

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino did a short interview with the ACC Digital Network while at the Belk Bowl Press Conference on Wednesday. One thing that he was asked about was who would be lining up under center for the Cards. He says that Will Gardner will not be available, which we already knew. He then says that Reggie Bonnafon should be ready to go.

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Louisville vs Indiana Highlights

Cards Defeat Hoosiers 94-74 in MSG; Quick Thoughts

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

You love the picture, don’t deny it…

Well that certainly was an entertaining game on a late Tuesday night. Indiana shot lights out for a half, but couldn’t keep up as the Cards hit them with their signature “boom” in the second half and pulled away with a 20 point victory. The 4th ranked Cardinals moved to 8-0 on the season and Indiana fell to 7-2.

The trio of Montrezl Harrell, Chris Jones, and Terry Rozier were phenomenal. They combined for 71 points, only being outscored by 3 by the whole Indiana team. Here are some of my quick reactions from right after the game…

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4-star RB Has Louisville in Final 3

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Ke’Shawn Vaughn is a 4-star (Rivals and 247 Sports) running back from Nashville, Tennessee and was leaning towards the hometown school, Vanderbilt, for quite a while. However, he just tweeted his final 3.

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Shaqquan Aaron Can Make His Debut on December 20

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Finally got news on Shaqquan Aaron. This is the official press release from UofL:

Dec. 9, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville freshman guard Shaqquan Aaron can make his debut with the Cardinals’ men’s basketball team on Dec. 20 when U of L plays at Western Kentucky.

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Louisville up to #4 in both Basketball Polls

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This week’s AP and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Louisville Cardinals climbed up to #4 in both.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (64) 9-0 1,600
2 Duke 8-0 1,518
3 Arizona 8-0 1,486
4 Louisville 7-0 1,319
5 Wisconsin 8-1 1,316
6 Virginia 9-0 1,285
7 Villanova 8-0 1,173
8 Texas 7-1 1,155
9 Gonzaga 7-1 1,145
10 Kansas 6-1 1,083
11 Wichita St 5-1 929
12 Ohio State 6-1 808
13 Utah 6-1 717
14 Iowa State 5-1 668
15 Butler 7-1 593
16 Oklahoma 5-2 557
17 Washington 7-0 428
18 San Diego St 6-2 390
19 Maryland 8-1 370
20 Miami (FL) 8-1 359
21 North Carolina 6-2 350
22 West Virginia 8-1 313
23 Northern Iowa 8-0 232
24 St. John’s 6-1 211
25 Notre Dame 8-1 200
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