I can’t really say that last year I was checking to see who Temple, SMU, or Memphis were playing each week. OK I kept up with UCF, only to be let down at the end of nearly every game. But other than that, I couldn’t have cared less how the rest of the conference did. That is completely different now. The first-year excitement of being in the ACC is incredible. I find myself interested in a game between Wake Forest and Louisiana-Monroe. Although I don’t expect the Demon Deacons to win, I am actually excited for that game.
Here is the full schedule of games involving ACC teams for Week 1 of the College Football Season. Other than the obvious excitement of the Louisville-Miami clash on Monday, there is a very big game on Saturday night as Clemson travels to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. The time is here, folks. Sit back and enjoy this weekend. See ya Monday!
According to Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal Louisville freshman Jaylen Johnson is now enrolled at the school.
Johnson's academic paperwork required some extensive examination by the NCAA eligibility center but Pitino's confidence/patience rewarded.—
Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) August 25, 2014
The Cards are expecting the 6’9 Johnson to give them minutes on the floor this season. Johnson is a versatile PF that will help back up Montrezl Harrell and could see limited minutes at the 3. Johnson will be behind the other freshman but seems to have been working hard on condition and ball skills while awaiting this process. All of the Cards 2014 class are now on campus.
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
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.
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.
Antonio Blakeney is one of the 3 candidates to fill the last scholarship in 2015 for the Cards. This video will explain why.
As most of you know by now I am a HUGE PJ Dozier fan. Take a few minutes to watch this highlight and you will see why he is far and away my choice to fill that last 2015 scholarship for the Cards. At 6’6 Dozier can do it all but it’s his ability to pass the basketball that leaves me saying wow. In the words of Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell #DozierToTheVille!!
Bobby Petrino got some good news tonight when 6’4 260 lb G.G. Robinson committed to Louisville. Robinson chose the Cards over offers from Virginia, Cincinnati, Iowa St., Kansas St., Miss. St., North Carolina, and many others. At the end of the day the Cards won a very close recruiting battle over future ACC rival Virginia. The Cavilers tried to sell Robinson on being their TE for the future but Louisville DC Todd Grantham used his Georgia roots to persuade Robinson otherwise. While most schools like Robinson on the offensive side of the ball, Petrino and company plan on using him as a Defensive End in Grantham’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Another great pickup for Bobby as the recruiting train continues to pick up steam! Follow G.G. Robinson on twitter @GGRobinson85
On top of being named to the Elite 24 roster last week, it was announced that Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell would also be playing in the Nike Global Challenge. Mitchell will play on the East team along with Louisville SG Target Prince Ali. Mitchell tweeted earlier today that his game tomorrow can be viewed on the Nike EBYL website at 11:00 EST.
This years College Basketball preseason edition of Sporting News ranks the Cards at #7. Sporting News also has 3 other ACC teams (Duke, UNC, and Virginia) in the top 10. IMO anywhere between 7-12 is a fair ranking for Louisville this season. Regardless of ranking there is no doubt that this will be one of the best conferences we have seen in awhile. #ACC
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. The Cards gained their third commit for 2015 this week, and possibly have one more target in mind. Enjoy this week’s notebook!
Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – Rick Pitino got his guy when PG Donovon Mitchell announced he had committed to Louisville. Mitchell gave his commitment to the Cards this past weekend while on campus for his official visit. While Mitchell cut his list to 5 last week, the 6’3 PG told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal he “had been set on committing to U of L for about the last two weeks”. In the same article, Mitchell told Jones, “I had a dream I was playing in front of 22,000 (at the KFC Yum! Center), and that’s when I told my parents that I want to commit to Louisville.” Mitchell’s commitment to Louisville drew high praise from people around the country, including the ACC Sports Journal who tweeted this about the Cards 2015 class, “With Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Donovan Mitchell locked in, Louisville may have the top 2015 class in the ACC. Pitino getting it done”. This week Donovan Mitchell was also named to the Elite 24 game held on August 23rd in Brooklyn. Look for Mitchell to vault up the updated rankings in the coming weeks. -Steve Rummage
According to his twitter 4 star Alabama DE commit may visit Louisville.
The two Louisville commits mentioned in the tweet (Treveon Samuel and Khane Pass) do not have official visit dates set up just yet but you have to think Miami or FSU will be the games. Brown ranks as high as the #3 WDE (Rivals) and is a teammate of Khane Pass at Carver HS in Georgia. Something to keep an eye on for sure. Follow Mekhi Brown on twitter @MekhiBrownn
According to a GoUpstate.com article former Florida WR/DB Commit Jalen Julius says Louisville is one of the schools he is set to visit. The 4 star Athlete (according to ESPN) says he will visit PJCS on October 30th when the Cards host the defending National Champions Florida State. If atmosphere is what he is looking for I don’t know that he will see a better one.
Along with Louisville Julius holds offers from the likes of Auburn, Ohio St., USC, Miami, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. While the 5’11 Ath. has many offers he says in the article that Louisville, Miami, and Ole Miss are “showing him the most interest”. Could be another weapon in the hands of Bobby Petrino!
According to Adam Zagoria Louisville is no longer in the mix for 5 star PG Isaiah Briscoe. In this weeks CSZ recruiting Notebook we said we should find out the answer to the question of just how interested the Cards were in Briscoe with Trier pledging to Arizona. Looks like we now have our answer. The more the summer went on the less Coach Pitino watched the NJ point guard so this isn’t to big of a shock. It looks like Pitino and company are going all in to land two of the four out of Donovan Mitchell, PJ Dozier, Prince Ali and Antonio Blakeney. Mitchell, Dozier, Ali and Blakeney will all visit within the month.
From ACC Digital Network:
Louisville fans can expect a big season from DeVante Parker as the Cardinals enter the ACC. That’s why the wide receiver gets the #11 spot on our list of the ACC’s Top 25 Players to Watch. As a junior in 2013, Parker finished with 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. Now under the direction of offensive mastermind Bobby Petrino, defenses across the ACC will try to stop one of the nation’s most dangerous pass-catchers.
We posted earlier about the dominance of Montrezl Harrell at the Adidas Nations camp. While he has been dominate, he isn’t the only Cardinal showing his skills. Louisville’s back court of Terry Rozier and Chris Jones has also been drawing rave reviews. NBC Sports’s Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips had this to say about the Cardinals duo:
The Cards have 3 counselors (Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier, and Chris Jones) at the Adidas Nation camp this week which is impressive all by itself. All seem to be performing well but Montrezl Harrell seems to be showing his dominance. Hardwood Insider (who is at the Adidas Nations) had this to say about Harrell:
This whole ACC thing is just awesome. Checking out the blog for where Louisville plays now and seeing other teams like Florida State, Clemson, and Miami, it’s just great! Now a moment of silence for our former friends/foes Cincinnati and UConn who are still stuck in a conference with East Carolina, Temple, Tulane, and SMU…..Whew!
Over the last few days, the ACC bloggers for ESPN.com have been counting down their top 25 football players in the ACC for the upcoming season. DeVante Parker made the list as the only representative of the Louisville Cardinals. Think Florida State is expected to be good this season? They have 10 of the 25 spots taken. Here is how they ranked their top 25 players…
Bobby Petrino isn’t done just yet. After landing Georgia safety Khane Pass this morning Bobby pulled in elite Alabama RB Traveon Samuel. Samuel picked the Cards over offers from: Alabama, Clemson, Florida St., LSU, and Ohio St. among many others. Samuels 247sports crystal ball was 64% in favor of Auburn. Samuel is rated a 4 star RB on ESPN and the #11 all purpose back on 247Sports. Great pick up for Petrino and company! Follow Samuel on twitter
Nobody seems to be giving the Cards much of a chance when Famous Jameis and the Noles come to town but there are some that believe. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit tweeted this earlier today:
Herbie seen first hand just what Louisville can do to a highly ranked FSU team in 2002.
Will the Cards take down FSU that I don’t know. What I do know is Bobby Petrino will have a game plan that will give the Cards a chance. Even though we got a couple other big games before then I feel safe in saying if the Cards pull this off I may not sleep for the rest of the season. #L1C4