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Rick Pitino watching 4 star 2015 PG Traci Carter

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According to multiple sources Rick Pitino and Asst. Coach Kenny Johnson are watching 2015 4 star PG Traci Carter today. Pitino mentioned in his pre game press conference on Monday that the Cards would still like to add one more guard in the 2015 class. While all signs point to the Cards looking to land a “5th year transfer” Carter’s name also has risen to the forefront. Steve Jones of the Courier Journal spoke with Carter’s mentor Donnie Carr about the possibility of the 4 star guard landing at Louisville

From Steve Jones’s article:

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Louisville QB Will Gardner to miss the rest of the season with injury

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

By now most of you have already heard but for those that have not the University of Louisville announced today that starting QB Will Gardner would miss the rest of the season due to injury. Gardner suffered an apparent knee injury in the Cards win over Boston College last Saturday. Bobby Petrino had this to say about the loss of Gardner:

“It is really unfortunate and disappointing for Will because of how hard he has worked and how respected he is in the locker room,” head coach Bobby Petrino said.  “Will will continue to be an integral part of our program moving forward because of his leadership he has displayed and the respect he has in the locker room. “

Through seven games played Gardner threw for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gardner did however have a message for CardNation via twitter

 

Adidas unveils Louisville uniforms for Friday’s Armed Forces Classic

Louisville Nov. 14 Uniform

Adidas unveiled the uniforms the Cardinals will wear when they take the floor against Minnesota on Friday night (pictured above). Count me in as one who loves them! Here are some specifics on the uniforms

Per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:

Cardinals Will Wear Special Uniforms Friday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville will wear special adidas uniforms for its Nov. 14 season opening men’s basketball game against Minnesota in the Armed Forces Classic, to be played at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

The limited edition uniforms feature a white and grey camouflage pattern with red and light blue trim as a tribute to the Coast Guard’s red, white and blue colors and racing stripe.  The back of each player’s jersey displays the Coast Guard motto of “Semper Paratus,” which translates to “Always Ready.”

The uniform also includes custom editions of the adidas D Rose 773 III and D Rose Englewood III shoes designed with a Louisville red camouflage pattern with blue laces. The Cardinals’ mantra “L1C4” (Louisville First, Cards Forever) is stitched into the heel.   Beginning Nov. 12, fans can purchase their own versions of the Armed Forces Classic D Rose 773 III at miadidas.com.

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Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn tabs Montrezl Harrell as the National Player of the Year

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collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

Sports Illustrated released their College Basketball preview addition which included crystal ball picks from their top 4 writers. While none of the four had the Cards in the Final Four Luke Winn named Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell as his prediction to win National Player of the Year. Seth Davis and Pete Thamel had Duke’s Jahlil Okafor while Brain Hamilton chose UNC’s Marcus Paige meaning all four selections came from the ACC. Here is what Winn had to say about Harrell:

Winn: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville. Not an easy call between Harrell andFrank Kaminsky. The deciding factor? Kaminsky has two rising stars (Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes) alongside him in Wisconsin’s frontcourt, and I see the Badgers being more balanced statistically than they were in ’13-14. Harrell is the only real offensive option on Louisville’s front line, and thus is a threat to average something like 18-and-11 as a junior. That’s a POY stat line.

 

Louisville commit Traveon Samuel breaks fibula

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Louisville commit Traveon Samuel suffered a broken fibula last night in his teams 20-14 win in the first round of the Alabama 7A playoffs. A broken fibula normally sets on the 6-8 week recovery scale. Samuel, who will in enroll at UofL in January, may be the most dynamic player in the Cardinals 2015 recruiting class so look for the Cards to take their time rehabbing this injury. Samuel already had scored a first quarter TD before the injury took place. Follow Traveon Samuel on twitter @TraDay_DoThis

Lorenzo Mauldin out (hamstring) against Boston College

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Louisville DE/LB Lorenzo Mauldin will not play this Saturday against Boston College due to a hamstring injury he re-injured against FSU. Mauldin hurt his hamstring in a game earlier this year against NC State but was able to recover. The Cards do have a bye week after the BC game before heading to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. No word on how long Mauldin will be out.

15 year old with leukemia to play for Bellarmine this Sunday

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collegebasketball.ap.org

This Sunday when the Bellarmine Knights take the floor against the Louisville Cardinals they will have a new member of the team. That member is 15 year old Patrick McSweeney. Patrick is suffering from life threatening leukemia but will be announced as a starter this Sunday for the Knights according to a fantastic article written by ESPN’s Dana O’Neil. This will without a doubt be a great moment for everyone involved and much respect goes out to Coach Davenport and Coach Pitino for making it happen. The exhibition starts at 12:30 and you can follow Patrick on twitter @pmacrocks.

From Dana O’Neil Article:

 

And on Sunday at 12:30 he’ll be introduced as a starter against his favorite college basketball team, the University of Louisville, in an exhibition game.

“It’s the boost he needs right now,” Debbie McSweeney, Patrick’s mother. “Just this week we found out his T cells aren’t being effective and for us to get this news, a day after some really bad news, it’s what he needed. It’s what we all needed right now, to have a little bit more hope.”

“Patrick was just speechless,” Debbie McSweeney said. “Basketball is this kid’s favorite sport. Having Bellarmine, having something that’s normal, that’s the key. With all of these treatments, all the isolation, normal disappears.”

McSweeney will take part in the entire day – from the pregame meal, to the walkthrough, to the bus ride to the arena, to, if all goes well, the first bucket.

“He’s going to blow by Terry Rozier, go by Chris Jones and score a layup,’’ Davenport said. “We’ll just be sure to tell Montrezl Harrell not to block it.”

he family thought he’d only be there for one night but with the news that his T cells weren’t responding properly, he now will be away for at least two weeks. Originally they planned to directly from the Yum! Center and make the 14-hour drive, so they’d have a car, a drive Debbie McSweeney was admittedly dreading.

“Coach Pitino said, ‘No, they’re not driving,’” Davenport said.

The Louisville coach is flying the family there, making sure they have transportation, and paying for their hotel stay.

“The only thing that’s left is to make sure we fill the place,” Davenport said. “If people have a ticket, show up. If you don’t have a ticket, get one.”

 

 

Could Louisville vs Notre Dame get College Gameday in South Bend??

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brosher.com

Louisville football will travel to South Bend on November 22 to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This game is one CardNation has had circled since it was announced a little over a year ago (which shows by the 400 dollar South Bend hotels). Why you ask? Well:

1. Rudy

2. Touchdown Jesus

3. At approximately 4 hours, it is a fairly easy trip

4. And last but not least, we just flat out do not like them (see last 7 years of basketball)

With all that being said, November 22nd is sure to be an incredible atmosphere and there is only one thing that could make it even better……..College Gameday!

As it stands right now, outside of this game, the College Football landscape looks quite bland that weekend. The other top 25 games that week are as follows:

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Top Louisville basketball target P.J. Dozier to decide soon

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

According to multiple sites top Louisville basketball target could make a decision by the end of this week. Dozier, who visited Louisville this past weekend, has taken all his official visits and feels he has enough information to make a decision. Dozier list Louisville, South Carolina, Georgetown, Michigan, and UNC but by all accounts the first 3 have the best shot at landing the 6’7 PG. We will have all updates as they happen here at CardinalSportsZone.com.

Louisville Football lands 4 commits today…..so far

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Like we said earlier the Cards may have lost on the field against FSU but they are winning on the recruiting trail. Today Petrino has landed FOUR commitments (3 2015/1 2016). Here is a look at the new Cardinals:

2015

dee smith

Dee Smith

3 star LB/S

Chose Louisville over: Miami, Nc State, Missouri, UK

Twitter: @I_AM_Dee_Smith

Rundown: Smith is rated as a “High” 3 star player that will get his 4th star in a matter of time. Smith has incredible upside and will be a starter down the road for the Cards.

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Louisville lands 4 star WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (2016)

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recruitingseason.blogspot.com

The Cards may have lost to FSU last night on the field but are looking to win big on the recruiting trail. Louisville’s winning started today when they received a commitment from 2016 4 star WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (MI). The 6’2 Fitzpatrick is known as a tremendous route runner with great hands and will fit nicely in Bobby’s system. Fitzpatrick held offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Illinois, and more and is receiving interest from Notre Dame, OSU, Michigan, and Michigan St.. The latter are sure to offer at some point.

According to most insiders Fitzpatrick will not be the last commit for Petrino and the Cards in the coming days! Bobby is building something special. Follow Desmond Fitzpatrick on twitter @dezfitz8

Louisville Safety Gerod Holliman named Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

The Jim Thorpe Award is given out each season to the Nations top Defensive Back and today Louisville’s Gerod Holliman was named one of 15 semifinalist. Holliman leads the nation with 8 interceptions and ranks 7th in tackles on the #1 defense in the land with 24. Look for Holliman to be a finalist for the Thorpe Award when all is said and done.

Full list of Semifinalist:

Sam Carter, TCU, Sr.

Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr.

Landon Collins, Alabama, Jr.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Sr.

Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, So.

Senquez Golson, Ole Miss, Sr.

Josh Hawkins, East Carolina, Jr.

Gerod Holliman, Louisville, Jr.

Ronald Martin, LSU, Sr.

Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss, Sr.

Jordan Richards, Stanford, Sr.

Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, So.

Triston Wade, UTSA, Sr.

Trae Waynes, Michigan State, Jr.

PJ Williams, Florida State, Jr.

Lineups for Louisville Basketball’s Red/White scrimmage (10/26)

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Bleacherreport.com

Today Louisville fans will get their second chance to see the Cardinal basketball team. Last Sunday the Cards put on a show with the white team winning 75-72 and we expect this one to be just as fun. This weeks rosters are as follows:

White Team:

Terry Rozier

Quentin Snider

Montrezl Harrell

Shaqquan Aaron

Anas Mahmoud

Matz Stockman

Jaylen Johnson

David Levitch

 

Red Team:

Anton Gill

Chris Jones

Wayne Blackshear

Mangok Mathiang

Akoy Agau

Chinanu Onuaku

Dillon Avare

Trent Gilbert

2015 Louisville QB commit has monster game!

247sports.com

247sports.com

Louisville is making it a priority to hang on to 2015 QB commit Lamar Jackson and last he he showed another reason why. Jackson scored the game winning TD in the final seconds to keep his Boynton Beach team’s undefeated streak alive. Jackson’s TD gave Beach a 63-58 win over Coconut Creek.

Jackson threw for 346 yards (2 TD) while gaining 146 yards (5 TD) on the ground. To put that in prospective Jackson accounted for 492 total yards and SEVEN TD’s……..let me say that again SEVEN TD’s. Bobby has some work to do but it will be great to see Jackson next season in a QB race that looks to be wide open.

Louisville Basketball commit Donovan Mitchell ask teacher not to use blue pen

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espn.com

Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell ask his Brewster Academy teacher to not use blue pens on his paper and stick to solely red. I think Donovan understands this rivalry:

Mitchell tagged fellow 2015 commits Ray Spalding and Deg Adel in the post. I’m already starting to love this class!

 

Michael Dyer to start at RB against FSU

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

After rushing for 173 yards and a TD on 24 carries last week against NC State, Michael Dyer is now listed as the starting RB for the Cards.

Florida St. will bring there 23 game winning streak and a #1 or #2 ranking into PJCS next Thursday. One thing the Cards can capitalize on is a Noles rush defense that is giving up 140 plus yards a game. There is a good chance Dyer could reintroduce himself to the nation on Oct. 30th.

Louisville Basketball Red/White Scrimmage Recap

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

The Louisville basketball team took the floor today for the first time. The White team got the win 75-72 when Chris Jones drained a go ahead 3 with three seconds left. The top 10 Cards lived up to the ranking without question but there were a few takeaways that stood out:

-Montrezl Harrell is without question a First Team All American! Trez finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assist with 9 of those 24 coming off his three 3 point baskets. Yes you read that right. Trez finished 3-5 from behind the arc and looked quite comfortable. But the major thing doesn’t show up on the box score is the leadership. There is no doubt this is Trez’s team and he led well today.

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Lineups for the Red/White Scrimmage (10/19)

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The Louisville basketball team will hold the first of two Red/White Scrimmages today at the KFC Yum Center. This will be the first time the fans get a look at the preseason top 10 Cards. The lineups for today’s game are as follows:

Red Team:

Wayne Blackshear

Terry Rozier

Quentin Snider

Mangok Mathiang

Jaylen Johnson

Chinanu Onuaku

Dillon Avare

 

White Team:

Anton Gill

Chris Jones

Montrezl Harrell

Shaqquan Aaron

Anas Mahmoud

Matz Stockman

Trent Gilbert

David Levitch

Gerod Holliman named Mid-Season All American by ESPN

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ESPN released their College Football Mid Season All American Teams today and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman was on it. The former Army All-American came out of nowhere this season to lead the nation in interceptions with 7. At this pace I don’t see a way Holliman isn’t on this same list when the season ends as well as many post season awards list. Holliman, only a (RS) Sophmore, can return to Louisville for the next two seasons so it’s possible he is only getting started!!

From ESPN.com:

S Gerod Holliman, Louisville: Holliman has been the breakout star on one of the nation’s top defenses through seven weeks. The Louisville sophomore has already racked up seven interceptions, which leads the nation. A year ago, only Virginia’s Anthony Harris had more for the entire season. More importantly, Holliman’s contributions have helped the Cardinals overcome a lackluster offense early with a defense that has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to FBS foes all year. — David M. Hale

Louisville Basketball held closed scrimmage on Sunday

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Pitino and the Louisville basketball team held a closed scrimmage yesterday and there was plenty to be excited about. The Cards were lead by senior Montrezl Harrell with 32 points but it was a couple of reserves that caught my eye. Soph. Anton Gill finished with 27 points in the game and Freshman Chinanu Onuaku led everyone with 14 rebounds and added 4 blocks. Gill and Onuaku could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a Louisville team that quite honestly has unproven talent on the bench.

From GoCards.com:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville All-America forward Montrezl Harrell totaled 32 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals to lead the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the Red team in a private intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday.

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