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Category Archives: Louisville Athletics

Pitino and Crean release statements on new Assistant Kenny Johnson


Photo: Indystar.com

Photo: Indystar.com

 

The University of Louisville and Indiana University both released statements today on new UofL Assistant Basketball coach Kenny Johnson.

Rick Pitino Statement:

“We’re very excited to have Kenny in our program,” said Pitino. “The first thing I did whenKevin Keatts left to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington was to ask my son Richard (Pitino, head coach at Minnesota) to find the best rising assistant coach in the business. He spoke to a lot of people and they led directly to Kenny Johnson and others think he is outstanding as well. He is extremely bright, having studied cell, molecular biology and genetics in college.”

Full University of Louisville Statement

Tom Crean Statement:

 

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Calvin Pryor Accepts Invitation to NFL Draft


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It looks like the Louisville Cardinals will be very well represented in the green room on NFL Draft Day. Calvin Pryor has accepted an invitation to attend, joining quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The NFL generally only invites players that are expected to be drafted in the first round, and likely in the earlier part of that first round. Pryor could very well be the first safety selected. It will likely either be him or Alabama’s Haha Clinton-Dix (real name).

According to Sports Information Director Rocco Gasparro, Louisville is one of only 4 schools with multiple players accepting invitations to the NFL Draft at this point. The others are Alabama, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. It will be great to see the University of Louisville football program get that much exposure on draft day!

Teddy Bridgewater to attend NFL Draft


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Photo: Getty images

A lot has been made of Teddy Bridgewater’s sudden drop in the mock drafts lately. Mel Kiper Jr., thought to be the guru of this stuff, even had him dropping to the 2nd round. Well it turns out Teddy has been invited to attend the NFL Draft on May 8.

All I am saying is, they usually don’t invite you unless you are probably going to be picked in the first round, and early. There are some cases where a player may be sitting for a while and not get picked when he is expected to, and those times can be awkward. But this at least shows that the NFL people making this decision thinks he will be selected early.

 

Louisville’s ACC Basketball Matchups Announced


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On Tuesday afternoon, the ACC released the men’s basketball conference matchups for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The conference season will consist of 18 games for each team. Each team will play 10 teams once and 4 teams twice.

The 2014-15 season at the KFC Yum! Center will be one to remember. Along with hosting Kentucky, the Cards will also host Duke AND North Carolina. 2015-16 also has Duke and North Carolina visiting Louisville.

Here are Louisville’s opponents:

2014-15

Home/Road: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami, North Carolina
Home: Clemson, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame
Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse

2015-16

Home/Road: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Duke
Home: Florida State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse
Road: Miami, Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame

 

Louisville officially announces Anas Osama Mahmoud


 

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Press Release from Louisville SID Kenny Klein:

7-1 Mahmoud Signs With Louisville Basketball

      LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anas Osama Mahmoud, a 7-1, 205-pound forward/center from Cairo, Egypt who played last season at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville.

      “Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer,” said UofL Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino.  “He is a very skilled athlete who is a very good scorer and passer.  His only weakness is strength.  We will base a consideration of redshirting him on how quickly he can gain necessary strength to be effective.  We’re delighted to have Anas at the University of Louisville.”

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IU Assistant Kenny Johnson Will Replace Kevin Keatts at Louisville


Photo: Indystar.com

Photo: Indystar.com

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson will be hired at Louisville to replace Kevin Keatts on Rick Pitino’s staff. Johnson is most known for his ability to recruit, and most see this as a huge hire for Pitino.

To learn more about Johnson, here is his bio from IUHoosiers.com:

• Joined head coach Tom Crean’s staff on May 1, 2012, after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Towson University.

• A native of Oxon Hill, Md., served as associate head coach at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia for four years prior to joining the Towson staff.

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ACC to announce Men’s Basketball pairings tomorrow


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Tomorrow the ACC will announce the Men’s College Basketball pairings for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. The Cards will begin their first season of play in the ACC this season and it is one that will set up some blockbuster match ups for Pitino and company. A lot of questions will be answered tomorrow:

Who will the Cards play twice?

Will the Cards go to the Dean Dome or Cameron?

Will the ACC take the Big East approach and have the Cards play Duke, UNC, and Cuse all twice?

All these questions and more will be answered tomorrow at 11 AM so have your calenders out and ready!

The ACC pairings will be released on their website TheACC.com

Final Stats from the KDF Basketball Classic


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Photo: Justin Renck/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here are the final stats from Friday night’s Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

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Jaylen Johnson’s halftime dunks from the Derby Festival Basketball Classic


Future Louisville Cardinal Jaylen Johnson was in the finals of the dunk contest Friday night at Freedom Hall during the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. He finished 2nd with 74 points, as Isaac Copeland scored 79. Copeland will play his college ball at Georgetown.

Here are the videos of Johnson’s dunks. He put on a Louisville shirt to get the crowd into it. And he brought out his mom for some help with the second dunk.

Russ Smith is now……………..BLONDE


Channeling his inner Dennis Rodman:

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Russ Smith now has BLONDE HAIR. This should be fun.

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Derby Classic: Dunk Contest and 3-Point Finals will feature two future Cards tonight


Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr. (Courier Journal)

Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr. (Courier Journal)

Halftime of the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is always an entertaining one. It is when they have the finals of the dunk contest and 3-point contest. At the Night of the Future Stars on the night before, they have the early rounds of those contests and then that sets up the finals for Friday night.

Tonight’s competitions both include future Louisville Cardinals. In the dunk contest, Jaylen Johnson will face off against Isaac Copeland (Georgetown) and Devin Robinson (Florida).

Here is a video of Johnson’s first dunk from Thursday night with a little help from his future teammates. Video courtesy of Jody Demling from Scout.com.

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Another potential replacement for Keatts?


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According to CBS Jeff Borzello SMU’s Ulric Maligi is another potential replacement for Kevin Keatts at Louisville.

Maligi is a great recruiter with major ties to the Texas area. Just this season Maligi beat out UK for the service’s of top rated player Emmanuel Mudiay. Maligi will be a name worth keeping an eye on in the coming days. Follow Ulric Maligi on twitter @Coach_Maligi

 

 

“Red V. Blue” and 2013 National Championship DVDs on Sale!


Here are a couple of great deals from FansCloset.com. You really shouldn’t pass these up if you don’t have these DVDs yet. If you order either of these, you can add anything else to the order and it will all ship for free!

Red V. Blue

Red v. Blue

Regular Price: $26.98

Your price through Monday: $17.98 (Includes shipping)

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“Red V. Blue” features interviews with coaches, players and personalities, including Denny Crum, Joe Hall, Derek Anderson, Luke Whitehead, Jim Host and John Y. Brown, among others. The movie also documents the real lives of super fans such as Mark Wagner and Robert Boone, two rival barbers whose hilarious banter epitomizes what makes this rivalry the most passionate in college basketball. The movie is a must-see for any true sports fan!

2013 Louisville vs Michigan National Championship

Championship DVD

Regular Price: $25.99

Your price through Monday: $17.99 (Includes shipping)

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On April 8, 2013, the Louisville Cardinals lived up to their overall top seed placement in the tournament, but they had to work intensely for the win.

The final was a match between the top-rated offensive team against the top-rated defensive team: a fight to the finish. Momentum vs. Endurance.  Luke Hancock led the Cards, trailing by a 12-point deficit with less than 4 minutes to go in the first half, in their turn-around.  Hancock made a couple of free-throws and a series of four 3-pointers to make up the deficit and take the lead before half-time. Hancock became the first reserve player to be named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, putting in 22 total game points.

From the bench, injured guard Kevin Ware, recovering from a gruesome injury suffered in the regional final, undoubtedly contributed to the Cardinal’s determination for the win.

In the end, the Louisville Cardinals overcame the 12-point deficit to win 82-76 in a thrilling final game, earning a second national title for coach Rick Pitino, (the first at University of Kentucky in 1996), and the goal was lowered allowing Ware to snip his own piece of the net. 

Relive the tip-to-buzzer excitement as the 2013 NCAA National Basketball Championship game is displayed in its entirety.  

*Includes the Full Commercial-free Championship Game and Bonus Features.

ESPN Reports: Louisville Signs New Deal with Adidas


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This morning an e-mail when out that said there would be a “significant announcement” that would affect all 23 sports at UofL. The press conference is scheduled at 2:00. This got the whole twitter world talking about what it could be. The natural idea was that it was about Louisville either staying with Adidas or some people thought they may be making the switch to Nike. This seemed weird since there was an Adidas rep on campus and tweeting out pictures of how he was excited to be around the football team and the campus. But people just had their own hopes I guess.

ESPN is reporting that Louisville has signed a 5-year, $40 million shoe and apparel deal to stay with Adidas.

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Has Rick Pitino found Keatts replacement?


 

Hoosiersportslive.com

Hoosiersportslive.com

 

Multiple reports have come out today that Indiana University Assistant Coach Kenny Johnson has emerged has the front runner to replace Kevin Keatts on the Louisville sideline.

Johnson would be a great addition to the Cards staff and would fill a much needed recruiting spot on the bench. Johnson has many Nike ties and at one time was over “Team Takeover” a Nike circuit AAU team. At IU Johnson was responsible for landing the likes of: Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh, James Blackmon Jr. , and Robert Johnson. So to say this would be a home run hire is an under statement. This will defiantly be something to watch in the coming days. Follow Kenny Johnson @kjrelentless

For More on Kenny Johnson and his possible landing spots:

Kenny Johnson IU Bio

Indy Star Article: IU prepared to fight to keep Kenny Johnson

 

 

Women’s Football Clinic Set for May 31


Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The fifth annual University of Louisville Women’s Football Clinic will be held on May 31 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Registration is open online at www.Cardinalfootballcamps.com.

On the day of the event, check-in is from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Brown and Williamson Club, located on the fifth floor of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The clinic will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The clinic will consist of presentations from the coaching and support staff, football drills with the coaches, and an inside look at the Cardinals’ football team.

All activities are voluntary and will accommodate all athletic abilities. Athletic attire and tennis shoes are required to participate in drills. The cost of the clinic is $60 and includes a shirt, continental breakfast, lunch, and an unprecedented football experience.

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Russ Smith and Luke Hancock at 4th Street Live this Saturday


If you haven’t been able to attend one of the autograph signings so far for the seniors, here is another opportunity. This one will feature Russ Smith and Luke Hancock. The information can be found on the flyer below.

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Football: Top JUCO player visiting Louisville on Wednesday


Photo: Kelly Kline for USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kelly Kline for USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Bobby Petrino and his staff will be hosting a pretty important visitor on Wednesday. According to Kipp Adams of 247 Sports, running back Jovon Robinson will be visiting the Cards. He is rated as the top JUCO player in the country by 247sports. He is listed at 6’0 and 220 pounds.

Robinson is from Memphis, Tennessee and actually was a member of Auburn’s football team in 2012 for a short time. Before the season started, he was declared ineligible because of an NCAA investigation over a grade change on his high school transcript.

He was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 after he rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns for Georgia Military College.

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Derby Festival Basketball Classic Final Rosters and Information


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From the KDF Press Office:

April 14, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Friday, April 18. The roster includes one McDonald’s All-Americans, 2 Parade All-Americans, as well as University of Louisville signees Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson and Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel.  The game features 10 players ranked in the Top 30 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.  Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 50 nationally. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.

Admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.

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Parking, Shuttles Available for Tuesday’s UofL-UK Baseball Game


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From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ample free parking will be available for tonight’s Louisville baseball game against Kentucky in the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Green Lot south of Central Ave.

Shuttles will run from 4 p.m., ET through the end of the game to Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch for the No. 7 Cardinals and No. 19 Wildcats is set for 6 p.m., ET.

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