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New Schedule Wallpaper By Birds Nest Designs

Here is the latest UofL Football wallpaper drawn up by Tim Haag from Birds Nest Designs….enjoy!

Football wallpaper 2014

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Will Gardner Officially Named Starting Quarterback

Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

In a move that is not a big surprise, Bobby Petrino officially announced that sophomore Will Gardner will be the starting quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals. Although it was expected, it is still news that it is official, and it just means that we are so close to the season starting!

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Miami Names Starting QB for Louisville Game

studentsports.com

studentsports.com

Al Golden, head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, announced that true freshman Brad Kaaya will be the starting quarterback for the ‘Canes when they take the field on September 1 against the Louisville Cardinals. Kaaya beat out senior Jake Heaps, who has also played for BYU and Kansas in his career.

Kaaya is 6’4 and around 206 pounds from West Hills, California. Both Rivals and 247 Sports listed him as a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, so the kid can play. The following excerpt comes from USAToday.com:

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New Donovan Mitchell Mixtape (2015 Louisville Commit)

Our guys at Courtside Films are back with another great mix tape. The Cards look like they may have gotten the steal of the 2015 class with Donovan Mitchell. Sit back and enjoy! #L1C4

 

Devante Parker: Scenarios

DeVante Parker

As most of you all know by now, Senior Wide Reciever Devante Parker was injured Friday night.  A lot of people are out there wondering and asking what could be wrong? Well I attempt to give you the 3 most likely scenarios.

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Miami fans plan to wear White on Sept. 1st BUT don’t plan on seeing many of them

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blog.allcanes.com

PJCS is sure to be one of the most electric atmospheres we have ever witnessed on Sept 1st when the Canes come to town. CardNation will be out in full force for the “BlaccOut”, but one thing may be missing……..Miami Fans. According to the Palm Beach Post the Cards home field advantage could be enormous.

From Article (Matt Porter):

Louisville is asking its fans to wear black for the Sept. 1 season-opener. Miami fans will likely counter by wearing white. But don’t expect too many to be there.

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DeVante Parker Injured His Foot; Will See a Doctor in Charlotte

zimbio.com

zimbio.com

UofL has just sent out a release saying that DeVante Parker injured his foot at practice on Friday. The release said the following:

“University of Louisville senior wide receiver Devante Parker suffered a left foot injury at practice Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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KFC Yum! Center Adding new Logos to Court

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We knew the court at the KFC Yum! Center would look a little different this season. If nothing else, there would be an ACC logo somewhere. It turns out that isn’t the only change! Looking at this tweet sent out by 84WHAS, it looks like the Cardinal logo at mid-court will just be the head, and not the version with the wing. Personally, I love it!

Antonio Blakeney to visit Louisville Labor Day Weekend

Antonio Blakeney

Well Rick Pitino will still be hosting a big-time recruit on Labor Day Weekend, but just not the one we expected. Perry Dozier was supposed to be making an official visit, but he has pushed back all of his visits and will likely check out UofL on October 3rd. However, 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will be on campus this weekend at UofL.

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Louisville PG Chris Jones Adidas Nations Highlights (Wow)

We have heard rave reviews about Montrezl and Rozier all summer but they aren’t the only ones who have improved. This Chris Jones highlight from Adidas Nations should open a lot of eyes to just how good this back court can be.

Manley Leaves Team; Hughley Earns Scholarship

Photo: Michael Pimentel / isiphotos.com

Tobijah Hughley. Photo: Michael Pimentel / isiphotos.com

Redshirt sophomore Joe Manley has decided to transfer from the University of Louisville. Manley, a 6’6 333 lb offensive lineman, will transfer to Western Kentucky. He is from Bowling Green, KY so he will be heading back home. He mainly played on special teams last season and saw a little time on the offensive line. There hasn’t been a reason announced why he is deciding to leave, but it could always be a number of different things when guys decide to transfer. It could be playing time, moving closer to home, not meshing well with the new coaches, or anything else.

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Video from CrumsRevenge: “Respect All, Fear None”

Just another classic from CrumsRevenge of thecrunchzone.com. Amazing work!

Michael Dyer has quad contusion; is day-to-day

Photo: USA Today Sports

Photo: USA Today Sports

During Saturday’s scrimmage, running back Michael Dyer suffered a quad contusion that has held the senior out of practice since. The injury likely occurred by a helmet hitting his thigh. Bobby Petrino met with reporters after practice on Tuesday. Asked if Dyer would be ready for the Miami game on September 1, Petrino said “I hope so.”

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Louisville DC Todd Grantham refutes SI article (Audio)

courierjournal.com

courierjournal.com

Yesterday SI’s Thayer Evans again tried to stir the pot when he wrote that Louisville’s Bobby Petrino and Todd Grantham had “significant friction” between the two. In the article Evans said:

Sources with ties to the Cardinals’ football program and Petrino said there’s significant friction between Petrino and feisty defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. The two have feuded often since Grantham’s hiring in January.

So much that one source insists Petrino would have already gotten rid of Grantham if not for his guaranteed five-year contract that pays him nearly $1 million annually. He came to Louisville after four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. “He’s stuck with him,” a source said.

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Taquan Dean: Hungry And Driven

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Here we are for the final installment of Hungry and Driven….for now. First things first. (Don’t Iggy me) Most of you know I have a column I do during peak sports season called 55. That column will be making its debut right before the UL/Miami football game Monday night September 1st. No set time as of now but starting the next week it will be back to its usual time, 7:55. We will be more interactive, more fun and bring you more info than ever. Also plan on having a few guest writers of 55 during the season. Stay tuned. Also here is a sneak peek at the brand new logo for 55 designed by CSZ’s good friend Tim of @UofLBirdsNest. If you aren’t following him on Twitter, do so now. He is awesome.

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/18/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. This week we remove two targets off the board as well as add a new face. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

Point Guard

Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – Mitchell had another impressive week, leading his East team to the Nike Global Challenge Finals. In Friday’s Semi-Final, Mitchell put up 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal in a win against the South team featuring Antonio Blakeney and Jaylen Brown. Now Mitchell will turn his attention to the Elite 24 game on August 23rd. -Steve Rummage

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College Football AP Poll 8/17/14

Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

The AP poll was released today, and the Louisville Cardinals were (essentially) ranked 31st, as they were the 6th team on the “others receiving votes” category. Florida State was the easy choice at #1, and there were three ACC teams ranked. Clemson is #16 and North Carolina is #23. Another Louisville opponent, Notre Dame, came in at #17.

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Louisville target Antonio Blakeney Highlights from Nike Global Challenge

Antonio Blakeney is one of the 3 candidates to fill the last scholarship in 2015 for the Cards. This video will explain why.

Louisville Reveals Black Uniforms for Miami Game

The UofL Football recruiting twitter account tweeted this photo today. These are the uniforms that the Cards will be wearing on September 1 when the Miami Hurricanes come to town.

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Amobi Okoye Trying to Make a Huge Comeback. Did You Even Know?

Amobi Okoye

Our buddy Mark Blankenbaker from TheCrunchzone.com has finally gotten to share what he knows about former Cardinal Amobi Okoye, and a health problem that nearly costed him his life. To be honest, I had no idea that Okoye was going through any of this. Out of respect for Okoye’s family, Mark did not share this story. Finally on Thursday night, national media released information about it, so Mark finally felt ok with sharing what he knew. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote. At the bottom, you will find the link to read the rest of the story on thecrunchzone.com.

In the Spring of 2013, the day Louisville Basketball was triumphant in their Elite 8 match-up versus Duke and Kevin Ware stole national attention in Indianapolis, Amobi Okoye was on his way to the Houston Airport for a vacation with friends and family in Miami.  A seizure struck.  The trip was cancelled. It was the 2nd of a series of seizures for Okoye, the 1st of which came after a workout with former Louisville Linebacker Malik Jackson.  Okoye was intent on getting into the best shape of his career following the 2012 season with the Chicago Bears and was a trim 285 pounds.

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