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Gorgui Dieng hits a game winner (Video)


On a night where Corey Brewer scored 51 points, it was Gorgs that stole the show! Minnesota beat Houston 112-110 and Dieng finished with 12 points, 20 rebounds 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals in 38 minutes!

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Big Time late addition for Petrino


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Last night Lars Hanson, who covers the Washington Huskies for 247sports, tweeted:

Sample, a former US Army All American, was a top 10 safety out of High School. After two seasons with the Huskies and some injuries Sample went to the JUCO ranks and spent last season at American River (CC). The 6’2 191 lbs Sample should be eligible immediately with two years remaining and would add much needed help and depth to the Safety position for Petrino and the Cards. Follow Sample on twitter @Phenom2323 

 

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Gruden’s QB Camp Schedule – Teddy Bridgewater


Teddy Bridgewater’s episode of “Gruden’s QB Camp” on ESPN will debut this Saturday morning. Here is the full schedule of when it will air across the networks. There are 18 chances to watch it. So yes, I expect you to see it all 18 times. Do it!

Enjoy this preview…

Sat, Apr 12 9:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN2
Thu, Apr 17 11:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN2
Tue, Apr 22 9:00 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN
Thu, Apr 24 5:00 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
11:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Fri, Apr 25 12:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
3:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
6:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
9:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Thu, May 1 9:00 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Sun, May 4 9:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN2
Tue, May 6 4:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Wed, May 7 9:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNEWS
8:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN Classic
Mon, May 12 9:00 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Mon, May 19 8:00 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Tue, May 20 9:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Wed, May 21 8:00 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU

4 Your Info; I’m blue da da dee da deh dum


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Four your information, this is the trial.

I wanted to start a series this summer. Sort of a challenge. But really, this is no challenge. This is what I like to do; Talk sh*t. That’s what it says on my resume anyways. Just kidding. Maybe not. Okay, definitely not.

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This is a spin-off idea I had after Jeremy’s 55 series. 55 being his favorite number, mine 4 because of David Padgett. I chose number 4 as my number in softball at the Male High School. I was sooooo in-like with David Padgett in high school. So I wanted to publish this series over the summer when my semester and internship with the Derby Festival are officially over. Perhaps a bi-weekly series. Like a pay-check. More like a reality check. So this should be a lot of fun and I hope #Cardnation will enjoy. I’ll start off with a kicker. Like all football games do…

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Shoni Schimmel Invited to WNBA Draft


Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Press release from UofL:

Louisville, Ky. - Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.

Joining Schimmel is Baylor’s Odyessey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and Notre Dames’s Natalie Achonwa and guard Kayla McBride. Rounding out the list players are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee); forwards Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and center Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State).

The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).

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Bobby Petrino Previews the Spring Game


Bobby Petrino

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The spring football game is Friday evening at 7:30 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. On Thursday afternoon, head coach Bobby Petrino met with the media to talk about the game and the state of the team. Here is the full transcript from WDRB.com.

Q: Before spring, you said you wanted to see how your guys competed. Now that spring is wrapping up, do you feel you have a bunch of competitors?

A: I do. I’ve been happy with the competition for positions, you know, guys going in the meeting room and learning the offense, and working to move up in the depth or keep my spot on the depth chart. And then the competition back and forth between offense and defense has been very competitive and very physical. So it’s been good spring in that sense.

Q: What kind of things offensively do you want to show the fans (Friday) night?

A: Well, we’re not going to do a whole lot on scheme. That’s not really going to be the most important thing to us tomorrow night. Just execute with our base offense, you know, base plays, getting back on time in our passing game, getting the quarterback back, getting the ball out of his hand on time, getting the receivers to exactly the right spots they’re supposed to be at. And you know, be physical in the run game. I think that’ll be what we’re looking for.

Q: In recruiting terms, you said you needed to get some familiarity with what you have to see holes. Do you have a better feel for those areas now and do you move guys around a little or are they things you address with recruiting?

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Spring Game: 5 Defensive Players to watch


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The Spring game is almost upon us!! We know there will be a large amount of #CardNation out at PJCS Friday night to watch the star studded Cards. This Louisville team brings back more talent than maybe any other team in UofL history but what about the breakout guys? We got you covered! Here are 5 players on the Defensive side of the ball to keep an eye out for:

 

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#55 Keith Kelsey (SO)

Kelsey played in multiple games last year but with the loss of MLB Preston Brown Kelsey’s role looks to be much larger this season. In the last few weeks of Spring Practice it seems Kelsey is taking that role and running with it. Kelsey has shown leadership vocally and with his play and we expect that to continue Friday night.

 

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Spring Game: 5 Offensive Players to Watch


Photo: Maj. Dale Greer

Photo: Maj. Dale Greer

With Friday’s spring football game quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to give you a few players to watch. Surely, you all know about guys like DeVante Parker, Dominique Brown, Eli Rogers, and others that have made a name for themselves already. But this list will be guys who maybe haven’t gotten much playing time to this point because they were playing behind someone else, or maybe because they were in high school last year!

So while you are at the game on Friday night, and some guys are making plays and you look at your roster to see who it was, you can say “Hey I read about this guy on Cardinal Sports Zone!” Ok maybe that’s just my goal for 1 person to do that, but we will see.

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Former Georgia Bulldog plans to attend Louisville


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RICHARD HAMM/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE

According to Mike Hughes, former Georgia Bulldog safety Josh Harvey-Clemons plans to attend the University of Louisville. Woodrow Clemons, the grandfather of Josh Harvey-Clemons, told InsideTheVille.com on Wednesday night that his grandson plans to transfer to Louisville. Clemons was dismissed from Georgia in February of this year for a violation of team rules. This cbssports.com article says:

Harvey-Clemons already missed the Bulldogs’ Gator Bowl loss to Nebraska and faced a three-game suspension entering the 2014 season after reportedly violating the university’s marijuana-use policy for a second time. Harvey-Clemons was also suspended for the Bulldogs’ season-opening loss against Clemson after telling police that he had smoked marijuana in a dorm room.

In the 2013 season, Clemons recorded 66 tackles and 1 interception and recovered 3 fumbles (georgiadogs.com). He is listed at 6’5 and 212 pounds and was a 5-star prospect out of high school.

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ESPN’s Andrea Adelson talks Louisville defense


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Photo: Zimbio.com

From ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson, who talks about the different defense that Louisville will play this season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There are holes to fill across the Louisville defense, one that quietly ranked as one of the best units in America a year ago.

But that is not the only reason this group is undergoing an entire overhaul during the spring. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has changed the base defense to a 3-4 and started shifting players around to positions better suited for them. The lone returning starting lineman from a year ago, Lorenzo Mauldin, will move to outside linebacker, filling a hybrid rush end role that will better utilize his athleticism.

Sheldon Rankins, a backup defensive tackle the last two seasons, has emerged as a leader at end but can play nose guard, too.

“He’s been dominant,” Grantham said.

Plenty more moves have been made: B.J. Dubose, who has played end and tackle, has found a home at end this spring; Redshirt freshman James Hearns has moved from linebacker to end; redshirt freshman Chucky Williams is leading the charge to start at one safety spot after starting his career at cornerback.

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ESPN’s Andrea Adelson: Everything is different in Louisville


Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson was recently in Louisville to take in spring practice and talk to head coach Bobby Petrino. In her article, she talks about how different things are now with Petrino and staff back in charge. At the bottom of this post, there is a link to the original post on ESPN.com that also has the video interview with Petrino. Here is some of Adelson’s article…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It is hard to miss the giant poster of Teddy Bridgewater hanging in the lobby of the Louisville football complex, celebrating the Cardinals’ momentous win over Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl two years ago.

Bridgewater’s rise was concurrent to the football program’s latest ascent to national prominence, but the truth is he was the most notable player on a defensive-minded football team led by a defensive-minded coach who stressed a physical, ball-control style of football that did not always showcase its talented quarterback.

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Fires, Beer Bottles, and Trains: Monday Night in Lexington


Photo: Kentucky.com

Photo: Kentucky.com

So it sounds like Lexington may not have been the best place to be on Monday night after UConn won the National Championship. Fires, beer bottles, a train, and more clogged up the twitter feed of some folks. The following tweets come from the Lexington Herald-Leader crew that covers public safety information. The first few tweets are while the game is going on. Then if you look at the times on the tweets, you can start to see things go downhill. To say the least, Monday was an eventful night in Lexington!

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Cards Finish 9th in Final USA Today Coaches Poll


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Here is the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the season. The Cards finish 9th. UConn finishes 1st, just how we all envisioned it a few weeks ago.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (30) 32-8 791
2 Kentucky (1) 29-11 759
3 Florida 36-3 735
4 Wisconsin 30-8 704
5 Arizona 33-5 637
6 Michigan 28-9 594
7 Wichita State (1) 35-1 583
8 Michigan State 29-9 553
9 Louisville 31-6 545
10 Virginia 30-7 539
11 Iowa State 28-8 457
12 San Diego State 31-5 453
13 Villanova 29-5 367
14 Kansas 25-10 341
15 UCLA 28-9 297
16 Duke 26-9 276
17 Syracuse 28-6 263
18 Baylor 26-12 246
18 Dayton 26-11 246
20 Creighton 27-8 190
21 North Carolina 24-10 156
22 Cincinnati 27-7 126
23 Tennessee 24-13 122
24 Stanford 23-13 104
25 Saint Louis 27-7 75

One Shining Moment 2013-14


In case you missed it, or just want to see it again, here is the “One Shining Moment” video that was played after UConn won the National Championship on Monday night.

Jamaine Brooks appears to be off the football team


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Photo: zimbio.com

It appears that defensive tackle Jamaine Brooks will no longer be a member of the UofL football team. The senior, listed at 6’4 and 330 pounds, was expected to be a big man in the middle of Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense. Now it seems like Brooks won’t be apart of the team. He sent this tweet on Monday afternoon.

Nothing has been confirmed or made official to this point. But there have been rumblings all spring as to if he was still on the team. That tweet kind of takes that talk a step further.

For what it’s worth, and maybe that’s nothing, but Brooks makes it pretty known on social media about how good of friends he is with Chane Behanan and Kevin Ware. Not saying that has anything to do with this situation, I just find it interesting since Behanan and Ware are no longer a part of UofL.

Maybe Brooks just does not want to play football anymore, or just has never gotten fully healthy from last year’s injury. Who knows right now?

55 (Episode 21)


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This week…..on 55…..

We talk Season Finale. Great season by Shoni as the Women’s Basketball run came to an end. Another era ended. We asked you what your Top 25 moments were of this season and you tweeted them to us. In a 2 week time frame that has felt like the worst time frame in our lives, was there a bright spot? Were there 2? Were there 3? (Shoni may agree) The Year Of The Cardinal may have some to an end but it’s not the end. It also wasn’t the only streak that ended this weekend. So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is the season finale of……55.

Here we go……….

1) On Tuesday night, the amazing career of Shoni Schimmel and the unforgettable season of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team came to an end when they lost to Maryland 76-73 at home in the KFC YUM! Center. Shoni scored 31 points and added 5 steals and 4 assists while playing the entire 40 minutes. After a slow start to the 2nd half, Shoni erupted with back to back 3′s in the final 30 seconds and had a chance to tie it with one of the best drawn up and executed plays I have seen in my life. It didn’t go in. Asia Taylor added 12 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds. Antonita Slaughter scored 16. Thank you Seniors for the great ride and thank you Shoni as I am sure that your jersey will hang from the rafters one day, and this next picture that I’ve used several times this season will forever remind CardNation of what you are all about.

2)

SHONI!!

3) If only there was something Shoni could do within those next few days to lift her spirits and the spirits of CardNation…..

4) Oh Yeah

5)

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6) Shoni beat all of the ladies to win the women’s title, then beat men’s winner Brady Heslip to win the overall championship. Great day had by all…well except Oddysey

7)

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8) As @Slaughter_4 said……You mad?

9) #SheMad

10) Moving forward

11) On Thursday I asked you guys to send me your 2013-14 moment of the year so I could include them in this season finale. I got a lot of responses and I can’t include the duplicates but here are your top moments of the year.

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Peyton Siva sparks Pistons’ 4th quarter comeback


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cbssports.com

Check out this video with Peyton Siva highlights from Saturday’s game between the Pistons and Celtics. The Celtics had a 19 point lead early in the game, and Peyton Siva brought a lot of energy on the court and sparked a comeback. Siva finished with 3 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 15 minutes.

UofL 2013 National Championship Gear on Sale


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The folks at FansCloset.com are running a special on Louisville Cardinals 2013 National Championship gear. They are giving you an extra 20% off this merchandise. Some stuff is already marked down up to 50%, so that reduces those prices by up to 70%!

This deal lasts until all the merchandise is gone, so get what you want now!

The coupon code is 2013CHAMPS

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2013 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GEAR

Cornerbacks Coach needs the fans at practice Friday


Terrell Buckley

As you probably know by now, all 14 of this year’s spring football practices are open to the public. There are only a few more chances to see the Cards before next Friday’s Spring Game. A few days ago, I posted 5 reasons why you should attend an open football practice.

There are two this weekend, today (Friday) and tomorrow. Today’s is at 4:00 pm and tomorrow’s time has not been announced, but the Saturday practices usually start around 10:00 a.m.. With the weather being how it is, I’d expect today’s to be in the Trager Center.

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Championships, Drugs, and Transfers: Louisville’s 2011 Recruiting Class


Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports

Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports

It has been a rough couple of days for former Louisville basketball players. Early Wednesday morning, Chane Behanan was cited for possession of marijuana. Then early Thursday morning, Zach Price was arrested on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault. This got me thinking about the 2011 recruiting class as a whole for the Louisville Cardinals. Also, I must give credit to my friends Chris Tingley and Hassan Mahdavi for bringing this idea to me so I could then expand on it.

Take a look at who is in that 2011 class. You have Chane Behanan, Kevin Ware, Wayne Blackshear, Zach Price, and Angel Nunez. One of those players is still on the team. Three of them have dealt with off the court issues. We haven’t heard anything coming from Spokane, Washington that gives any indication that Angel Nunez has been a problem.

The 2011 class was ranked 7th in the country by Rivals. com. For what it’s worth, the 2010 class with Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng, and Elisha Justice was not ranked in the Top 25 on Rivals. Keep that in mind the next time you pay attention to recruiting rankings. The title of this post pretty much sums it up. This class won conference titles and the National Championship, have had off the court issues, and most have left the program.

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