Category Archives: Football

Grantham Turns Down Raiders and Gets Paid at Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Not only did Todd Grantham avoid having to coach football for the Oakland Raiders, he now gets to stay at Louisville and make more money. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

The following is from Jeremy Fowler’s article on ESPN.com.

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Card Talk

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-The above is a sight that few of us love to see. It’s the White-Out suit. It’s not pretty but it works sometimes. OK, more often it doesn’t. Tomorrow is our annual White-Out game vs #13 UNC at 4pm. If you are going, represent:

You can pick that up from any of the Cardinal Authentic locations.

 

-Jeff Walz recorded his 200th victory at the University of Louisville last night defeating top 25 Syracuse 78-58 last night. Congrats Coach!

 

-Don’t Forget to tune into 93.9 FM for all things UofL. John Ramsey has a show on from 3-6p

 

-Congrats out to Pedro Sibea:

 

-Last, but certainly not least. One of my mentors and a person who did a lot to give CSZ credibility is leaving the University Of Louisville. Nick Stover (@ULFlyingCard) was named CMO of BodyShapes Medical. He came on any show we were doing, helped us out in any way and never acted like we were to young of a site to lend his knowledge and help to. When we traveled to different cities for events, he would link up with us and give us tips. Thank You for everything. Good Luck in your future endeavors and Go Cards!

 

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Teddy Bridgewater: Pepsi Rookie Of The Year

Today it was announced that Louisville’s own Teddy Bridgewater was named the Pepsi Rookie Of The Year. This award is given out by the fans and the fans apparently feel like Teddy is not the little hand, skinny knees, bad pro day having QB that some “experts” did…cough cough Mayock. Teddy did have an incredible rookie year. He beat out Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham Jr, Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans for the award. He played in 13 games throwing 259-402 for a 64.4% completion rate. He threw for 2,919 yards, 14 TD and 12 INT’s. He also had 209 yards rushing and 1 rushing TD. Here’s some words from fellow rookies and former Cards:

 

Great job Teddy! All of us here in CardNation are very proud!

Go Cards!

 

Louisville Releases 2015 Football Schedule

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here is the 2015 football schedule for the Louisville Cardinals. It obviously starts out with a bang as the Cards take on the Auburn Tigers in Atlanta, Georgia. Another big game looks like Clemson coming to town for a Thursday night game. We already know how exciting those games are.

When the Cards hit the road to face Florida State, they will do so coming off of a bye week. They will finish the season with consecutive road games at Pittsburgh and at Kentucky following Thanksgiving once again.

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Cardinal Catch-Up

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Here are some updates from around CardNation:

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-DC Todd Grantham WILL stay at the University of Louisville. He turned down the Raiders DC job today. This is good news for CardNation just days away from signing day.

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-After a roller coaster last 24 hours, Sheldrick Redwine has reaffirmed his commitment to the University of Louisville. It was reported that he decommitted last night and committed to Auburn. Justin shares more here.

McDeeze

-The 2015 Boys McDonald’s All-American team was announced tonight. In a move that surely infuriated a lot of people, 0 of the Cards commits were selected as game participants. Despite being ranked higher than some selected, Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel and Ray Spaulding were left off of the list. Two 4 stars were selected and all 3 of our guys are 5 stars. I will now boycott McDonald’s.

-The 2015 Girls All-American team was also announced tonight. A record 3 Cards were selected. Asia Durr, Taja Cole and Sam Fuehring were all selected. OK, I may have an apple pie now and then….

 

Go Cards!

 

Now Redwine is Still a Louisville Commit?

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Advice: Don’t follow football recruiting too seriously. You are better off just waiting until National Signing Day. If you follow it too much and get too invested in it, you are due for some headaches for sure. Just let us bring you some of the news and you can do with it what you want.

Last night, I posted that cornerback Sheldrick Redwine had decommitted from the Cards, and that this wasn’t a surprise to me at all. Apparently, now that has changed and Redwine is saying that he never decommitted and he plans to sign with Louisville next Wednesday.

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Is a G.G. Robinson Decommitment Next?

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Photo: hudl.com

I have been given no information on this, so all of this is just my opinion. It has been in my head for a while, but now just seems like the time to let it out. So take it for what it’s worth.

When G.G. Robinson committed to the Cards back in August, he chose Louisville over the Virginia Cavaliers. At the time, he said he wasn’t sure how stable that Mike London’s (Virginia head coach) job was and that impacted his decision. So from the very start, I have never been convinced that Robinson was 100% committed to Louisville.

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Todd Grantham Has Talked to a Couple Recruits

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courierjournal.com

Since it was reported Monday that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was the top choice to take the same position with the Oakland Raiders, things have been pretty quiet on that front. Not only is it big news because it is a coach possibly leaving, but this is happening just over a week before National Signing Day, which is February 4.

A couple of Louisville’s verbal commits tweeted tonight that they talked to Grantham. What they had to say seems to indicate that Grantham will remain at Louisville. Of course, nothing is official just yet. But you have to like what they said at least, and it’s all the information that is available right now.

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Sheldrick Redwine Decommits; Water is Still Wet

Photo: hudl.com

Photo: hudl.com

In news that is surprising to no one that remotely follows recruiting, Sheldrick Redwine is no longer committed to the Louisville Cardinals.

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55 Season 2 Episode 15

 

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This week on 55………..

We talk about an array of things. Where are the Cards in this weeks polls? Will Todd Grantham single handedly crush our recruiting class? The ESPN/UL radio venture and my favorite teammates at UL. Also in a few weeks I will take a trip to hokie land to do an ACC podcast and much much more…

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Todd Grantham the Favorite for Raiders Defensive Coordinator?

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

It appears that Louisville’s defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, is the favorite to get the same job with the Oakland Raiders.

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Wide Receiver Emonee Spence Commits to Louisville

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Photo: veooz.com

The football Cards are hosting 7 official visitors this weekend on campus. With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, official visits are big news right now.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that one of those seven visitors, wide receiver Emonee Spence, has committed to Louisville during his visit. He is 6’2 and 181 lbs from Pembroke Pines, Florida. ESPN rates him as a 4-star player, while the other three sites (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout) have him as a 3-star.

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Football Recruiting Visitors List 1-23-15

Photo: Tim Haag/Cardinalsportszone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/Cardinalsportszone.com

Bobby Petrino and his staff have certainly done their part so far when it comes to hosting big time recruits. Last weekend they hosted probably the most impressive group of visitors in quite some time for football, possibly ever for one weekend. This weekend is another important one with some solid names on the list. National Signing Day is just a couple of weeks away, so official visits at this point are very crucial.

*As always, the “four recruiting sites” are ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout.

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ESPN Blogger Calls Louisville’s First ACC Football Season a Success

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The following comes from Andrea Adelson, who covers the ACC for ESPN.com. She recently posted an article wrapping up the first season in the ACC for the Cards. It may not have ended how we wanted it to, but I agree that overall, it was a successful first season in our new league.

From ESPN.com:

There is only one way to describe the story of Louisville’s first season in the ACC:

Especially when you consider what the Cardinals had to deal with throughout 2014. Forget about the new staff and schemes. Louisville had to go without its best player for seven games; played three different quarterbacks; and faced perhaps the toughest schedule in school history.

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Cardinal Catch-Up

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Here are some updates from around CardNation:

-Earlier this week the UofL Football roster was updated. 2 notable things from these updates are the absence of Tim Cook and Terry Ramsey. Tim Cook,a JUCO RB, was not able to get all of his classes to transfer. Ramsey has left the program. Another notable change was that Cornelius Sturgill has been moved to DB.

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Louisville is the 4th Best Men’s Basketball/Football Program Over the Last 20 Years

Photo: GoCards.com

Photo: GoCards.com

Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com posted an article on Thursday that was very interesting to read. He did research and came up with what programs have been the most successful in men’s basketball and football (combined) over the last 20 years. He calls that the “modern era” because “achievements in the 1940s, ’60s, and ’80s don’t bear much relevance today.” So this study begins in the 1995-96 season. The Louisville Cardinals rounded out the list at #4. Pretty impressive.

I will let him explain the criteria and how he came up with the top 4 teams:

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Big Recruiting Weekend for Louisville Football

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The 2014 football season may be over, but the recruiting season never seems to end. With National Signing Day coming up on February 4, the Cards are hosting a lot of big visitors on campus this weekend. Some are already committed to UofL, so the staff will do what they can to solidify those commitments. Some are committed to other schools and some are not yet committed anywhere.

The four recruiting sites used are ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout. As of right now, there will be 18 official visitors. Here is who will be on campus this weekend…

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Former Cards Shining in Shrine Game Practice

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This year’s East-West Shrine Game will take place on Saturday, January 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Instantly having flashbacks to the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl game in 2010 and leaving there being so excited to have a 7-6 record on the season.

This year’s game will include 6 former Louisville Cardinals playing for the East. And according to this article from cbssports.com, four of those six have been standing out at practices.

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2014 NFL Redraft

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The fine fine people at Optimum scouting.com decided to redraft the 2014 NFL Draft since the season is winding down. A couple of Cardinals make HUGE jumps.

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Defensive Back Terrence Ross Suspended From Team

Photo: WHAS11.com

Photo: WHAS11.com

Some disappointing news broke late on Sunday night regarding a UofL football player. Terrence Ross, a redshirt sophomore from Apopka, Florida, was arrested on drug an assault charges and has been suspended from the team.

From Courier-Journal.com:

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