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It will take winning and some outside help, but the Louisville Cardinals still have a chance to play in the Orange Bowl this season, which is the BCS Bowl that the ACC is tied to. The only poll that matters now is the College Football Playoff Ranking, so that is the one I will refer to. Louisville enters this week ranked 24th.
Now let’s be clear. When talking about the teams that have a shot at the Orange Bowl from the ACC, they would need Florida State to make it into the Playoff, which would open up the Orange Bowl spot for the next best ACC team. Remember, “next best ACC team” just means the highest ranked ACC team. Head to head means nothing, perception of teams means nothing. It is all about who is ranked highest.
Here is a quick clip from the ACC Digital Network. In it, Coach Pitino briefly talks about coaching in places for the first time this season.
According to multiple sources Rick Pitino and Asst. Coach Kenny Johnson are watching 2015 4 star PG Traci Carter today. Pitino mentioned in his pre game press conference on Monday that the Cards would still like to add one more guard in the 2015 class. While all signs point to the Cards looking to land a “5th year transfer” Carter’s name also has risen to the forefront. Steve Jones of the Courier Journal spoke with Carter’s mentor Donnie Carr about the possibility of the 4 star guard landing at Louisville
From Steve Jones’s article:
This is news that was announced yesterday, but some people may have not heard it yet. Normally, the kickoff time for Louisville vs Kentucky football would have been announced yesterday. However, ESPN has put the game on a “six-day hold” before deciding on a time.
By now most of you have already heard but for those that have not the University of Louisville announced today that starting QB Will Gardner would miss the rest of the season due to injury. Gardner suffered an apparent knee injury in the Cards win over Boston College last Saturday. Bobby Petrino had this to say about the loss of Gardner:
“It is really unfortunate and disappointing for Will because of how hard he has worked and how respected he is in the locker room,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Will will continue to be an integral part of our program moving forward because of his leadership he has displayed and the respect he has in the locker room. “
Through seven games played Gardner threw for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gardner did however have a message for CardNation via twitter
Adidas unveiled the uniforms the Cardinals will wear when they take the floor against Minnesota on Friday night (pictured above). Count me in as one who loves them! Here are some specifics on the uniforms
Per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
Cardinals Will Wear Special Uniforms Friday
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville will wear special adidas uniforms for its Nov. 14 season opening men’s basketball game against Minnesota in the Armed Forces Classic, to be played at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
The limited edition uniforms feature a white and grey camouflage pattern with red and light blue trim as a tribute to the Coast Guard’s red, white and blue colors and racing stripe. The back of each player’s jersey displays the Coast Guard motto of “Semper Paratus,” which translates to “Always Ready.”
The uniform also includes custom editions of the adidas D Rose 773 III and D Rose Englewood III shoes designed with a Louisville red camouflage pattern with blue laces. The Cardinals’ mantra “L1C4” (Louisville First, Cards Forever) is stitched into the heel. Beginning Nov. 12, fans can purchase their own versions of the Armed Forces Classic D Rose 773 III at miadidas.com.
Sports Illustrated released their College Basketball preview addition which included crystal ball picks from their top 4 writers. While none of the four had the Cards in the Final Four Luke Winn named Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell as his prediction to win National Player of the Year. Seth Davis and Pete Thamel had Duke’s Jahlil Okafor while Brain Hamilton chose UNC’s Marcus Paige meaning all four selections came from the ACC. Here is what Winn had to say about Harrell:
Winn: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville. Not an easy call between Harrell andFrank Kaminsky. The deciding factor? Kaminsky has two rising stars (Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes) alongside him in Wisconsin’s frontcourt, and I see the Badgers being more balanced statistically than they were in ’13-14. Harrell is the only real offensive option on Louisville’s front line, and thus is a threat to average something like 18-and-11 as a junior. That’s a POY stat line.
Louisville commit Traveon Samuel suffered a broken fibula last night in his teams 20-14 win in the first round of the Alabama 7A playoffs. A broken fibula normally sets on the 6-8 week recovery scale. Samuel, who will in enroll at UofL in January, may be the most dynamic player in the Cardinals 2015 recruiting class so look for the Cards to take their time rehabbing this injury. Samuel already had scored a first quarter TD before the injury took place. Follow Traveon Samuel on twitter @
This week’s ACC schedule of games kicked off on Thursday night, with Clemson struggling to beat Wake Forest. The game was tied with 11 minutes to go before Clemson pulled away. Here are the rest of this week’s games along with the updated conference standings.
(21) Clemson (7-2, 6-1) def Wake Forest (2-7, 0-5) 34-20
Louisville DE/LB Lorenzo Mauldin will not play this Saturday against Boston College due to a hamstring injury he re-injured against FSU. Mauldin hurt his hamstring in a game earlier this year against NC State but was able to recover. The Cards do have a bye week after the BC game before heading to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. No word on how long Mauldin will be out.
This Sunday when the Bellarmine Knights take the floor against the Louisville Cardinals they will have a new member of the team. That member is 15 year old Patrick McSweeney. Patrick is suffering from life threatening leukemia but will be announced as a starter this Sunday for the Knights according to a fantastic article written by ESPN’s Dana O’Neil. This will without a doubt be a great moment for everyone involved and much respect goes out to Coach Davenport and Coach Pitino for making it happen. The exhibition starts at 12:30 and you can follow Patrick on twitter @.
From Dana O’Neil Article:
And on Sunday at 12:30 he’ll be introduced as a starter against his favorite college basketball team, the University of Louisville, in an exhibition game.
“It’s the boost he needs right now,” Debbie McSweeney, Patrick’s mother. “Just this week we found out his T cells aren’t being effective and for us to get this news, a day after some really bad news, it’s what he needed. It’s what we all needed right now, to have a little bit more hope.”
“Patrick was just speechless,” Debbie McSweeney said. “Basketball is this kid’s favorite sport. Having Bellarmine, having something that’s normal, that’s the key. With all of these treatments, all the isolation, normal disappears.”
McSweeney will take part in the entire day – from the pregame meal, to the walkthrough, to the bus ride to the arena, to, if all goes well, the first bucket.
he family thought he’d only be there for one night but with the news that his T cells weren’t responding properly, he now will be away for at least two weeks. Originally they planned to directly from the Yum! Center and make the 14-hour drive, so they’d have a car, a drive Debbie McSweeney was admittedly dreading.
“Coach Pitino said, ‘No, they’re not driving,’” Davenport said.
The Louisville coach is flying the family there, making sure they have transportation, and paying for their hotel stay.
“The only thing that’s left is to make sure we fill the place,” Davenport said. “If people have a ticket, show up. If you don’t have a ticket, get one.”
Louisville football will travel to South Bend on November 22 to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This game is one CardNation has had circled since it was announced a little over a year ago (which shows by the 400 dollar South Bend hotels). Why you ask? Well:
2. Touchdown Jesus
3. At approximately 4 hours, it is a fairly easy trip
4. And last but not least, we just flat out do not like them (see last 7 years of basketball)
With all that being said, November 22nd is sure to be an incredible atmosphere and there is only one thing that could make it even better……..College Gameday!
As it stands right now, outside of this game, the College Football landscape looks quite bland that weekend. The other top 25 games that week are as follows:
According to multiple sites top Louisville basketball target could make a decision by the end of this week. Dozier, who visited Louisville this past weekend, has taken all his official visits and feels he has enough information to make a decision. Dozier list Louisville, South Carolina, Georgetown, Michigan, and UNC but by all accounts the first 3 have the best shot at landing the 6’7 PG. We will have all updates as they happen here at CardinalSportsZone.com.
The Cards may have lost to FSU last night on the field but are looking to win big on the recruiting trail. Louisville’s winning started today when they received a commitment from 2016 4 star WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (MI). The 6’2 Fitzpatrick is known as a tremendous route runner with great hands and will fit nicely in Bobby’s system. Fitzpatrick held offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Illinois, and more and is receiving interest from Notre Dame, OSU, Michigan, and Michigan St.. The latter are sure to offer at some point.
According to most insiders Fitzpatrick will not be the last commit for Petrino and the Cards in the coming days! Bobby is building something special. Follow Desmond Fitzpatrick on twitter @
Below are transcripts of Montrezl and Wayne from the ACC Twitter Takeover
The Jim Thorpe Award is given out each season to the Nations top Defensive Back and today Louisville’s Gerod Holliman was named one of 15 semifinalist. Holliman leads the nation with 8 interceptions and ranks 7th in tackles on the #1 defense in the land with 24. Look for Holliman to be a finalist for the Thorpe Award when all is said and done.
Full list of Semifinalist:
Sam Carter, TCU, Sr.
Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr.
Landon Collins, Alabama, Jr.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Sr.
Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, So.
Senquez Golson, Ole Miss, Sr.
Josh Hawkins, East Carolina, Jr.
Gerod Holliman, Louisville, Jr.
Ronald Martin, LSU, Sr.
Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss, Sr.
Jordan Richards, Stanford, Sr.
Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, So.
Triston Wade, UTSA, Sr.
Trae Waynes, Michigan State, Jr.
PJ Williams, Florida State, Jr.
Louisville is making it a priority to hang on to 2015 QB commit Lamar Jackson and last he he showed another reason why. Jackson scored the game winning TD in the final seconds to keep his Boynton Beach team’s undefeated streak alive. Jackson’s TD gave Beach a 63-58 win over Coconut Creek.
Jackson threw for 346 yards (2 TD) while gaining 146 yards (5 TD) on the ground. To put that in prospective Jackson accounted for 492 total yards and SEVEN TD’s……..let me say that again SEVEN TD’s. Bobby has some work to do but it will be great to see Jackson next season in a QB race that looks to be wide open.
Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell ask his Brewster Academy teacher to not use blue pens on his paper and stick to solely red. I think Donovan understands this rivalry:
Mitchell tagged fellow 2015 commits Ray Spalding and Deg Adel in the post. I’m already starting to love this class!