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Clemson has already dealt with their fair share of injuries on the OL but now starting center Ryan Norton has also been ruled out for Thursday nights game in PJCS. Coach Dabo Swinney said Norton was “rolled up on” which cause an injury to his knee this week in practice.
Norton became a national story earlier this year after he benched pressed 640 pounds…………………..Yea that is a lot. In Norton’s place the Tigers will have Jay Guillermo who will be making just his second start. Getting a win is going to be a tough task for the Cards on Thursday but it is looking like the perfect scenario for the front seven to show us the dominant performance we have been looking for all along.
Just a day after pulling someone from a car crash Montrezl Harrell looks to have found a home in the NBA with the Houston Rockets agreeing in principle to a three year deal. The Rockets took Trez in the 2nd round of the draft and he went on to average 16.5 points and 8 rebounds in the summer league on his way to earning this contract. Houston, who has arguably the best scorer in the NBA in James Harden, will be a contender in the Western Conference for years to come so we are sure to hear plenty from Harrell for years to come!
Lamar Jackson wowed us all on Saturday in the Georgia Dome and according to Bobby Petrino we will get a chance to see that again. In Petrino’s weekly news conference today he announced that Jackson would in fact be the starting QB when the Cards take the field against Houston.
This doesn’t come has a shock considering Jackson’s performance against Auburn throwing for 106 yards and running for 100 more. It will be interesting to see how the true freshman builds on his first performance but what is for sure is that the Lamar Jackson Era is upon us.
The Louisville Football team announced today they would hold practices open to the public from Saturday August 8th-Tuesday August 11th.
Saturday August 8th- Veterans at 2:30 PM & Newcomers at 6:30 PM
Sunday August 9th- Veterans at 2:30 PM & Newcomers at 6:30 PM
Monday August 10th- 4:20 PM (Everyone)
Tuesday August 11th- 4:20 PM (Everyone)
Practice will begin this Thursday August 6th.
Bobby Petrino will go through the infamous ESPN ‘Car Wash” today and we have the full schedule here.
Petrino’s ESPN Car Wash Schedule
9:40 a.m. – SportsCenter
10 a.m. – ESPNU Front Row
10:20 a.m. – SCUE
10:40 a.m. – ESPN Digital Video – Chris Low
11 a.m. – ESPN Print – Adam Rittenberg
11:15 a.m. – Brett McMurphy
11:30 a.m. – Grantland- Holly Anderson
11:50 a.m. – ESPN ACC – Andrea Adelson
12 p.m. – ESPN Images
12:15 p.m. – Joe Schad
12:30 p.m. – ESPN Insider – Travis Haney
12:50 p.m. – Championship Drive Podcast
1:15 p.m. – Freddie Coleman
1:40 p.m. – College Football Daily
2 p.m. – Finebaum Show
Not going to lie pretty excited for that Finebaum interview.
Card Nation has been here before, hopes of football glory hinged on a high school football star picking up the hat with the “L” or the Cardinal bird on it and placing it on his head.
Sometimes it went our way, and other times the young man just made the wrong choice. ;)
Sophomore Center Chinanu Onuaku was selected as one of 24 players who will be participating in the USA basketball Men’s U19 training camp that will be held in Colorado June 12-26. This camp is a try out to make the 12 man team that will go on to play in the FIBA U19 World Championships later this month in Greece.
The team now coached by Arizona’s Sean Miller is the same team that Montrezl Harrell was a member of in 2013. That summer really helped take Trez’s game to another level and you have to think Pitino hopes to see the same from Nanu.
From Press Release per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
The 6-10, 230-pound Onuaku from Lanham, Md., started 26 games as a freshman in helping the Cardinals post a 27-9 record last season, reaching the final eight teams in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last eight years. An All-ACC Academic team selection, Onuaku averaged 3.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and was ninth in the ACC with 42 blocked shots last season.
I absolutely loved the videos from spring practice but this new one may have taken the top spot. #RingTheBell
Per Jon Rothstein of CBS, St. Louis will be one of the non conference games for the Louisville Basketball team this season.
The Cards played St. Louis on their way to the Sweet 16 in 2014 but this will be the first regular season match up since the C-USA days. This is a solid addition to the already tough Louisville schedule and while it may not be a “blockbuster” game it is one that will look good on the resume come March.
One other thing to note, the date and time have not been announced but we do know that the Louisville Football team plays in the Battle of the Bluegrass on Nov. 28th which is the same weekend projected for this game.
Per Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the time and TV for what may be the most anticipated Louisville game ever has been set.
This will be the first time the Cards have kicked off on CBS since 1997 and outside of the rivalry weekends, the first SEC non-conference game on CBS since Alabama vs FSU in 2007 per @MattSmithCFB.
Tickets for the game on September 5th are still available at GoCards.com.
If you are a Louisville Basketball fan you have probably heard the name Maverick Rowan. It was widely rumored that Rowan would attempt to finish the last couple classes he needed and graduate this summer. Rowan ran into a problem when his current high school Cardinal Gibbons seemed to not be sure how they could make this work. Last we heard Rowan was looking for a school to make this happen and it appears he may have done just that. Rowan’s father told the following to the Post-Gazette:
“Nothing is definite yet. We just have to make a decision,” said Ron Rowan. “I found a place he can graduate from. He can take the two classes he needs.
“If he decides he wants to go to college [this fall], then that’s a decision that needs to be within the next 10 days, because he will have to start summer school right after school ends [at Cardinal Gibbons]. If he doesn’t go to college, then there is a little bit of time to make a decision.”
Rowan’s father made it clear that the family had 3 options: stay at Cardinal Gibbons, go back to his original high school Lincoln Park, or graduate early and attend college. If Rowan opts for the latter expect him to be in a Louisville uniform next season.
Bobby Petrino received some good news today when 2016 4 star QB Tylin Oden (TN) chose Louisville. Oden picked the Cards over Mississippi State and WVU.
The 6’5 Oden is rated the #7 duel threat QB according to Rivals.com and gives Petrino his 10th commitment for the 2016 class. Oden has incredible arm strength and a lot of upside under the direction of Bobby Petrino. Look for Oden to most likely redshirt in his freshman season but the potential for playing time is there.
Look for the Cards to continue the pursuit of Jawon Pass but there is no doubt the staff is happy and are expecting big things from Oden.
2016 5 star Small Forward VJ King is set to make an official visit to Louisville this weekend. The 6’6 King is a consensus 5 star player on every major recruiting site and the Cards seem to be in prime position. The main reason for Louisville’s great position with King, Kenny Johnson. Johnson once coached King’s current high school Paul VI and King plays for Johnson’s former AAU team Team Takeover. Johnson has already paid great dividends for Pitino but King could be his biggest haul yet.
King recently cut his list to Louisville, UConn, Virginia, Arizona and Kentucky. At this time Louisville leads King’s 247 Crystal Ball with 83% of the picks. King has plans to also visit UCONN on May 29th but has no other visit set at this time. A commitment from King this weekend is unlikely but not impossible so keep a close eye on this one. Follow VJ King on twitter @
Drexel transfer Damion Lee announced his final 5 schools today on twitter:
The 6’6 Lee is one of the most sought after transfers in awhile and the Cards are right there in the mix. Most believe Lee’s home state school Maryland will be tough to beat out but it is possible. Lee told Mike Hughes of 247Sports that he plans to visit Arizona (April 17-19) and Louisville (April 19-21) before making an early May decision. Lee has no other visits planned at this time.
If Lee does in fact visit Louisville on those dates the Cards could have Lee as well as 5 star PG Derryck Thornton on campus at the same time. Hold on to your seats!
All signs point to graduate transfer (Cleveland State) combo guard Trey Lewis choosing the Cards over his hometown school Ohio State tomorrow, per multiple sources. Lewis averaged 16 points a game, shooting 42% from behind the 3 point line and hitting 96 of 227 three pointers. You may remember Lewis from his 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals performance earlier this season in the Yum Center.
Pitino said he wanted shooters from here on out and the addition of Lewis will be just that. Expect the sharp shooting combo guard to push for a starting spot next season.
We have learned many things after the Cards OT loss to Michigan State on Sunday, but most of all we have learned the Louisville basketball team will look much different next season. After already signing three (Ryan McMahon is the 4th and hasn’t signed just yet) in the 2015 class (likely top 5) Louisville has one scholarship open that belonged to Akoy Agau. But today Rick Pitino let us know that two, maybe even three more could come open. Shortly after Pitino’s end of season press conference we found out that Anton Gill would be transferring from the program. So for those keeping up at home, we are up to two scholarships and I don’t believe we are done.
So now raises the big question: Who is going to fill these spots? Many things will play into who the Cards go after (How many spots do we have? Will some of these kids even leave?) and while I’m not ready to put a “Most likely” tag on anyone let’s take a look.
Trey Lewis (Graduate Transfer)
PG/SG 6’2 180 lbs
Yes for those asking, the same Trey Lewis that dropped a cool 24 points 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the Yum Center on the Cards this season. Lewis is an excellent player that averaged 16 points a game, shooting 42% from behind the 3 point line. Lewis hit 96 of 227 three pointers this season. Lewis announced today he would be leaving the CSU program and yes the Cards have already been in contact. I would be shocked if Lewis isn’t in a Louisville uniform next season.
Georgia Transfer (CB) Shaq Wiggins went down with an apparent arm injury according to those at practice this morning.
Michael McCammon of Scout.com tweeted
Wiggins is projected to be the starter at the Corner Back position for the Cards. We will have more later right here on CardinalSportsZone.
The bracket is out and I couldn’t be more happy. Like I said this Louisville team could lose in the first round or could make a Final Four but this draw sure makes me feel better about the latter. The Cards found themselves in the East Region (#1 seed Villinova) and will kick off their road to Indy this Friday against UC Irvine. We will have more on the Cards road and UC Irvine soon.
This Saturday when the Cards take on the #2 Virginia Cavaliers, we will say goodbye to Wayne Blackshear (Sr.) and Montrezl Harrell (Jr.). But at the end of the day will we be saying goodbye to more than just these two athletes. We will be saying a final goodbye to the 2013 National Championship team.