We have survived the “slow” part of the year and got through June and July! And even then, I think our shows were pretty good. Now we are in August, and that one hour just flies by! Today, we talked a lot about the Alabama game in 2018, the upcoming Auburn game, the fact that Auburn fans are buying our tickets, and much more. Click the soundcloud link below and give it a listen. Oh, and I love our ending music of “Today was a good day” by Ice Cube, but it was different today and it was fantastic.
Bobby Petrino went through the ESPN “Car Wash” on Monday afternoon, stopping by to talk with nearly every show or writer. If you didn’t see much of it, like I didn’t, here is one video from the day. A few of the people he met with are writers, so you will probably see posts coming about his visit to ESPN. Here is something to hold you over as Petrino discusses why he liked having a big season opener like Auburn and he talks a little Devonte Fields.
As you may or may not know, I lived in Auburn, Alabama from 2008-2012 and still have some friends down that way. A friend of mine that I still keep in touch with is Scott Bagwell, one of the biggest Auburn fans I know, who is also a good writer. He is very knowledgeable and won’t just be an Auburn homer. He will tell it like it is, which is what we want. He decided to help me (and all of you Louisville fans) out by writing a post about both the offense and the defense of Auburn. This post will focus on the defensive side of the ball. If you missed the one on the offense, here you go.
By Scott Bagwell:
On today’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone, Steve and I talk a LOT of football. We talk about some of the recent commits, how important it is to keep local kids here, and ticket sales for the Auburn game. Click below to listen!
The Louisville Cardinals picked up another commitment for the class of 2016 last night, and won a significant recruiting battle in the process. Michael Boykin, a 3-star defensive end from Carrollton, Georgia, committed to Louisville over Auburn. It was the third commitment since Thursday for the Cards, with the other two being Jawon Pass and T.J. Brunson.
Full disclosure: that title was sort of Steve’s idea…
Big-time quarterback recruit Jawon Pass has made his decision, and that is to commit to the Louisville Cardinals. In the end, he chose Louisville over Auburn and a strong, late push from Alabama. I repeat: Louisville beat out Auburn and Alabama for a football recruit from Columbus, Georgia. Weird, huh?
Jawon Pass will make his decision today at 4:00 p.m. ET on where he will play his college football. He will be choosing between Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama. Normally when you see a list like that, you are just happy that Louisville is mentioned with the big boys of college football. But this time, the Cards have a legit chance to go down and get a recruit right from their territory.
I have said for a while that Jawon Pass is a name that I would get tired of hearing when it came to his recruitment. Now that it is the day he will announce, I can’t get enough of it. And most of that “me being tired of it” was due to the fact that it seemed like every time there was a new “top 5″ or “these two schools are in the lead” with him, the list was different. But it was mainly reporters that were putting these lists out that were constantly changing, not necessarily Jawon himself. So I wasn’t tired of Jawon Pass. I was just tired of hearing about the recruitment.
Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal spoke with Jawon Pass’ mother, Kershena Thomas, on Wednesday evening and got some last minute insight into the recruitment of Jawon. The quarterback will announce his decision on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET. He will be choosing between Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama.
Here are a few of the question and answers with Steve Jones and Kershena Thomas…
I could look up a bunch of Auburn stats and piece together my own little preview of their offense for this season. It would be informative. Or I could have someone write about the Auburn offense that knows the team inside and out, and that is the direction I went. The average fan probably can tell you that Auburn will be ranked in the top 5 or top 10, and that they have a quarterback named Jeremy Johnson that is supposed to be pretty good. Why not learn a little bit more about the opening opponent for the Cards?
As you may or may not know, I lived in Auburn, Alabama from 2008-2012 and still have some friends down that way. A friend of mine that I still keep in touch with is Scott Bagwell, one of the biggest Auburn fans I know, who is also a good writer. He is very knowledgeable and won’t just be an Auburn homer. He will tell it like it is, which is what we want. He attended SEC Media Day on Monday and then decided to help me (and all of you Louisville fans) out by writing a post about both the offense and the defense of Auburn. This post will focus on the offensive side of the ball. There will be another post to preview the defense soon.
On today’s episode of Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville, we discussed our favorite Bobby Petrino season opening game since he is 10-0. We talked Maverick Rowan, Jawon Pass, and more. Howie Lindsey from CardinalSports.com joined us in the second segment and gave us some great insight into the Maverick Rowan recruitment and how there may have been “miscommunication.” Click below and give it a listen!
If you follow football recruiting, then by now you know who Jawon Pass is. And you know that he is down to three schools: Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama. Pass is set to announce his decision on July 16.
Steve Jones of the Courier Journal posted a very insightful article on Friday afternoon about Pass and his recruitment. He has quotes from one very important person: Jawon’s mother.
Kershena Thomas seems to think that Louisville could have an advantage already on campus, and that is Jawon’s brother Khane, who is a freshman safety on the football team.
ESPN.com writers Andrea Adelson and Matt Fortuna each chose an ACC team that they feel has the toughest football schedule in 2015 (among ACC teams of course). Andrea chose the Miami Hurricanes, who I wish we played every season by the way. Matt went with Louisville, and the first part of the schedule is the main factor.
It is no secret that when Louisville takes the field on September 5th against the Auburn Tigers, the personnel on defense will be much different than last year. No Mauldin, Sample, Gaines, Holliman…you get the point. But a reason for UofL fans to be optimistic is the addition of two transfers from Georgia that can play this season, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins.
Wiggins missed most of spring ball after a bad elbow injury. According to his tweet, it looks like that elbow is finally healed.
ESPN.com has been putting out posts recently about the toughest three-game stretch for ACC teams this upcoming football season. They could very well be doing it for other conferences as well, but I have only kept up with the ACC blog to this point. Yesterday, David Hale released his three-game stretch for Louisville that will be the toughest. Not a big surprise, but it is the first three games of the season.
The Cards open against Auburn, who could be a top 5 team to start the season, then host Houston and Clemson in the span of just 6 days. Here is what Hale says:
The staff at ESPN.com came up with a pretty unique post. They took every jersey number from 1-99 and put together a list of the best player at each number for this coming season. For example, #9 probably would have been DeVante Parker in the 2014 version of this kind of post, meaning that DeVante was the best #9 in the entire country.
*A panel of reporters covering every Power 5 conference nominated players for each number then voted on the best.*
For this year, the Cards got two players on the list, both of the defensive side of the ball.
Per Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the time and TV for what may be the most anticipated Louisville game ever has been set.
This will be the first time the Cards have kicked off on CBS since 1997 and outside of the rivalry weekends, the first SEC non-conference game on CBS since Alabama vs FSU in 2007 per @MattSmithCFB.
Tickets for the game on September 5th are still available at GoCards.com.
ESPN.com’s Jared Shanker posted his top 10 ACC games that they (I assume the ACC bloggers with ESPN) are most looking forward to in 2015. Of the 10 games, the Louisville Cardinals are playing in two of those: the season opener against the Auburn Tigers and the home matchup against the Clemson Tigers. Needless to say, the early season could be exciting for the Cards. Here is what he had to say about those two games.
Is it ever too early to have a college football poll? Probably, but that’s OK. It gives us something to talk about with 4 months to go before Louisville and Auburn kickoff in the Georgia Dome on September 5.
In ESPN’s too-early top 25, Mark Schlabach has the Cards ranked 25th. He has this to say…