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Donovan Mitchell cuts his list to 10

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Not many players have had a better summer than 2015 SG/PG Donovan Mitchell. The 6’3 guard has seen his stock skyrocket, landing 10 offers alone since June 7. Although Providence has been recruiting him the longest, the Louisville Cardinals appear to be in a very good spot with Mitchell. On Thursday morning, he released his list of 10 schools.

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First USA Today Coaches Poll Released; Cards Unranked

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The first USA Today Amway Coaches Poll was released on Thursday afternoon. Not much surprise near the top as Florida State is the top ranked team. The Louisville Cardinals are 11th under “Others Receiving Votes,” essentially meaning they are ranked 36th in this poll. The Miami Hurricanes are two spots ahead of the Cards.

Three of UofL’s opponents are ranked: Florida State (1), Clemson (16), and Notre Dame (17). In previous seasons, it has been good to just find one ranked opponent on the schedule. That won’t be a problem this season!

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Kentucky returns football tickets for UofL game

Kentucky

Change the game. Why not?

The following e-mail (below) went out to UofL football season ticket holders on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently, Kentucky couldn’t sell 5,000 tickets that were allotted to them for the UofL-UK game. Actually, they could only sell about half of them. But the game is November 29, so football season would have been over for about 2-3 months by then to them. Go ahead and scoop them up Cards fans. Why not?

Thank you for your support of Louisville Athletics! The University of Kentucky did not take their full allotment of visiting team tickets for the UL vs. UK game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29th. We have a limited number of tickets to sell to this game, and are offering these tickets to our season ticket holders first!

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Running Back from New Orleans has a great Louisville visit

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Myles Washington, a running back from New Orleans (John Curtis High School) visited UofL on Tuesday and came away very impressed. “The visit was great,” Washington told CSZ. “They (Louisville) are definitely at the top.” Although Washington is only rated as a 2-star player, that is thought to be a little misleading because he plays two positions. In high school, he plays running back and quarterback. If he played only running back, he may be considered a 3-star.

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Free Shipping on Cards gear!

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The fine folks at FansCloset.com have their next offer for Louisville fans, just in time for football season! This one is for FREE shipping when you spend over $25 on Cards gear! Let’s be honest, it isn’t that hard to spend $25 when shopping for UofL stuff!

Just enter “Football” at checkout for the deal. This ends on Friday at midnight!

Louisville Basketball Summer Interview Series: Terry Rozier

Writer says Strong didn’t leave Petrino enough talent to compete in ACC

AP Photo/Garry Jones

AP Photo/Garry Jones

There are a lot of question marks around this Louisville football team heading into the 2014 season. By the way, the season starts in less than 5 weeks, if you needed a reminder! Anyway, there are things to wonder about like the quarterback spot, playing the 3-4 defense, new coach, new conference, and everything else we have been hearing for months.

One thing that has never been an issue is whether or not Bobby Petrino is inheriting a very talented Louisville football team. That has just gone without saying, because it is pretty obvious. Caleb Calhoun, who writes for SaturdayBlitz.com, says the following quote in this article:

“Replacing Teddy Bridgewater as the Cardinals enter the ACC is hard enough. But Petrino also has to replace seven starters on defense, and Charlie Strong didn’t exactly blow the roof off in recruiting to leave Petrino with enough talent to compete in the ACC.” 

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Outside Linebacker/Defensive End commits to Louisville

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Louisville picked up their 10th commitment for the 2015 class on Monday afternoon. Tim Bonner, an outside linebacker/defensive end from Demopolis, Alabama chose the Cards over Mississippi State and Kentucky. He is listed at 6’5 and 215 lbs.

He will likely play both of those positions at UofL. He can play outside linebacker in the 3-4, and play on the line in the 4-3. He could be similar to what Lorenzo Mauldin will do this season.

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/28/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

With the July evaluation period coming to a close, this past week brought us some updates. Enjoy this week’s notebook!
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Bobby Petrino going through the ESPN “Car Wash” today

Photo: WDRB

Photo: WDRB

Bobby Petrino and 6 other ACC coaches will appear on ESPN today and go through what they call the “car wash.” Basically that means they will appear on nearly every show ESPN has to offer, from SportsCenter to their talk radio shows.

Petrino will be on SportsCenter at 10:20 and 11:20 a.m. ET this morning. Other coaches there today are Jimbo Fisher (FSU), Larry Fedora (UNC), Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech), Mike London (Virginia), Paul Chryst (Pittsburgh), and Scott Shafer (Syracuse).

Silos on UofL’s campus to be demolished next week

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Beginning on Monday July 28, the silos on the University of Louisville’s campus will begin to be demolished. If you travel I-65 often, seeing these silos may be apart of your everyday life. It will certainly be different and much more open when they are gone. I am not really sure how I feel about it. I like the signage and the promotion of the University, but looking at UofL’s campus and the amazing facilities, I trust that this will be the right move. Whether it ends up being a parking lot for football or another building in the future, it will surely be worth it.

UofL’s Director of Media Relations, Mark Hebert, gave this update:

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Get your Tom Jurich Maker’s Mark bottle signed

Photo: UofL

Photo: UofL

Ok, so you have your special Tom Jurich Maker’s Mark bottle. Heck, maybe you have 3 of them and a Tim Couch bottle! What’s next? Getting Tom’s signature on it of course! Here is the info you need to get your bottle signed.

Info from Kenny Klein:

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As time passes, I am OK with Charlie Strong’s move to Texas

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

When the Vegas odds came out that Charlie Strong was the 2-1 favorite to land the head coaching job at Texas, I laughed. I said there was no way that would happen. He may leave someday, but Texas is not the place for him. He had turned down Tennessee, we were heading into the ACC, and we had all the momentum in the world. Charlie wasn’t going anywhere…

Well Charlie went. I was shocked, mad, upset, disappointed, felt betrayed once again by a head coach that said he wanted to be here. I wrote all about how I felt soon after it happened. Soon after, Bobby Petrino was hired, and a new chapter was beginning. We would head into the ACC with Bobby, a fresh start for everyone. Things still stung a little bit, because I was just curious how Strong would have done with his guys heading into the new league.

More than 6 months later, things are a little easier for me now. I am 100% excited for Bobby Petrino to lead us into the ACC and do some damage. And on the Charlie Strong side of things, I am fine with his decision. He took one of the top jobs in the country. Louisville is not a traditional powerhouse or football school, and you could tell that’s what he wanted. So he got it, and it was too good to pass up. What made it hurt was buying into the thought that we had found “our guy.” He was going to stay here forever and build us up because he loved it here.

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Louisville lands another QB transfer

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Photo: 247 Sports

Bobby Petrino can never have enough quarterbacks. He just landed another one. Former Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman has told Insidetheville.com that he plans to transfer to Louisville. The redshirt freshman was a 4-star player in high school.

When Bruggman decided to leave Washington State, he was granted his release to Louisville, Arkansas, Duke, and Indiana. Of those four schools, Louisville was the one school that did not offer him a scholarship out of high school. But that didn’t seem to matter here, as it sounds like it wasn’t even a close race to land him.

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Open Football Practices, Scrimmage, and Fan Day Announced

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Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

Bobby Petrino has announced that there will be 5 practices open to the public this fall, as well as an open scrimmage. The open practices will be August 5-9. The newcomers will practice at 8:50 a.m.. and the returning players will practice at 4:20 p.m.. Both practices will be open to the public.

There will be an open scrimmage on August 16 at 9:00 a.m.. This is also the date for Fan Day, which will be held in Cardinal Arena at 3:00 p.m.. Details for Fan Day will be announced on Friday.

*Info courtesy of Rocco Gasparro.

Lindy’s Top 40 Countdown has Louisville at 31

Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

It’s getting to be that time where the national publications release their preseason college football polls. There will be many different ones of course. This one is from Lindy’s, who have the Cards at #31 on their countdown. I would expect this to be about where most magazines and other media outlets have the Cards, somewhere around that #25 mark. Many factors will contribute to that. Yes there is a lot of talent back, but the uncertainty of a new QB, replacing 3 first round NFL Draft picks, and everything you already know about.

Here is what Lindy’s says about the Cards in 2014…(They mention Robert Clark, but of course he has transferred to Samford.)

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Teddy Bridgewater throws first pitch at Twins game

Photo: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Our beloved Theodore Bridgewater threw out the first pitch at Wednesday afternoon’s Minnesota Twins game. It wasn’t a perfect pitch, but he shouldn’t be showing up on the Not Top 10.

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New Maker’s Mark bottle features Tom Jurich

The newest commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle will feature Tom Jurich. The bottles will benefit the University of Louisville’s Academic Center of Excellence. The bottles will be on retail shelves on Friday July 25 and cost around $50.

From Kenny Klein:

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With Kyle Bolin injured, is Bonnafon #2 QB?

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Monday at ACC media day, Bobby Petrino did about 40 interviews. Obviously, a lot of those were just saying the same things over and over…and over. But some things stuck out that he said, of course. One of those was when he was discussing the backup QB job. Will Gardner has not been officially named the starting quarterback, but all signs point to that being the case. Petrino did say that if the season started now, he would be the starter.

During the spring, Kyle Bolin and Brett Nelson were battling for the backup spot. Neither could really separate from the other. It was learned Monday that Bolin actually injured his knee this off-season and it required surgery. Bolin’s dad told Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal that Kyle tore the meniscus in his right knee. If you remember, he tore his ACL in his left knee during his senior year of high school. He is expected to be 100% when preseason camp starts.

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/21/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

With the July evaluation period in full swing, this past week brought us a good amount of updates to the notebook. The Cards have landed two commits so far, and spent a lot of time watching some of the top guards in the class. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

Point Guard

Isaiah Bricsoe – Briscoe continued to show why he is a 5-star PG this week, leading his team to the Peach Jam Championship. Briscoe really is the total package when it comes to playing the point guard position. Arizona and Louisville still look like the favorites to land Briscoe. This week Briscoe had this to say about the Cards to Adam Zagoria. “[Pitino] is a Hall of Fame coach. From what I hear, he lets his guards go. I can see that he runs a three-guard offense, lot of pick-and-rolls and things like that. I just want to go somewhere where I can play my game.”  Pitino spent a lot of time watching Briscoe this week and left no doubt that the Cards are VERY interested in him. Briscoe told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Cards played his style of play, so are the feelings mutual? Most are pegging Briscoe to Arizona but if Allonzo Trier were to pop for the Wildcats, keep a very close eye on Briscoe. -Steve Rummage

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