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.
Went on vacation last week so I did not get to post but rest assured…I have more Taquan Dean. This past week was his birthday. As CardNation showered him with happy birthdays and well wished, Taquan showed off his birthday gift to himself.
So very proud of this guy who I’m lucky enough to call my friend. Back to business though.
In this weekly series we are going to let you watch one of the all time Louisville greats, Taquan Dean, doing what he loves to do, play basketball. Over the next 3 weeks I will release footage of former UofL Basketball Graduate Assistant Tim Gray putting Taquan through different workout movements to help evolve and sharpen his craft. In these videos you will see just how special Taquan is and how you may want to train if Basketball is your dream. His hard work, hustle and determination really shines through on the court. This week we will show you 2 more videos. In the first you will see Taquan go unconscious from 3. How many do you think he hits in a row? Make a guess and then see how far off you are. in the second video Taquan shows off his dribbling skills. Enjoy!
Taquan Dean’s name is all over the UofL 3 point record books. #1 in all time makes (359), #1 in all time attempts (896) and #3 in all time 3 point field goal percentage (.447). He is the only Cardinal to post two seasons with 100+ three pointers made (122,105). Only one other guy has had 1 season with 100 and that’s Preston Knowles (100). He also had over 500 career rebounds and over 1,600 points. All of those things made up a fantastic Cardinal career but all of those things didn’t happen by accident. Taquan has been playing professional basketball overseas for 8 seasons now. Dean, a New Jersey native, spends most of his summers here in Louisville from what I have seen myself. I have been around Louisville basketball for 15+ years, counting the school and just the area in general. I have friends I work out with during the summers that run in the same workout circles as Taquan. This guy is as nice off the court as he is on the court. Why is he so good?
Alhaji Mohammed is all of the above once again. Last night he led his team to his second consecutive Romanian league championship. He led the way with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the back to back to champions from Ploiesti. Alhaji, a proud University of Louisville Cardinal, was a part of the past two. Most people don’t know that Alhaji is around the city for most of the summer and does a lot for the community. In my opinion, he has also been key with the development of Preston Knowles, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith as he works out with them all summer and they respect and look up to him. They have a strong bond between them, he refers to them as his Thundercats. This is the tenth year overseas for Alhaji and he hopes the titles aren’t done yet.
We at CSZ also want to congratulate Alhaji on another winning season and hope for many more as well.
Here’s the video that everyone loves featuring Alhaji:
The NCAA Outdoor Championships started this week on Wednesday in Eugene Oregon. The Cardinals had four participants in this years championships, all of whom are rookies. Here is how they did
who finished 10th in the women’s long jump at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds finished 10th overall at the finals on Wednesday. Currently, her personal-best mark of 6.23m/20-5.25 ranks 13th best in the region and 19th nationally. She finished seventh in the event at the conference championships.
The Kitchener, Ontario, native is the first male sprinter to qualify for the national championships after placing fifth in the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. He finished tied for 23rd place in this event. Calvin did win the 2014 AAC Championships.
Byrne collected All-America honors earlier this season in cross-country after winning the AAC individual cross-country title. During the track and field season, he won the AAC outdoor 5,000m title and captured the league’s indoor 3,000m crown. Wednesday Tyler finished a minute and a half off the lead recording a 19th place finish.
competed in the 3,000m steeplechase. The sophomore continues the Cardinals’ streak of having an athlete take part in the steeplechase each year since 2009. Kibichiy finished 12th in the race at the preliminary rounds to lock up the last spot for nationals. He finished 7th in the semifinal races which locks up a spot for him in tomorrows finals at 2:57p.m. You can check out live results here at http://results.flashresults.com/2014_Meets/outdoor/06-09-NCAA/
Good luck to Edwin and Go Cards!
As you can see, the fans were chomping at the bit to get in the stadium for the possible series clinching game 2 from Jim Patterson Saturday night versus the Kennesaw State Owls. We set the record last night with 5,351 people in attendance in what was one of the more raucous games I have ever been to. What more could we do? How bout putting another 656 people in the house! The CardNation broke the long-standing attendance record, ha, and were even rowdier tonight with a total of 6,007! I wanted to put together a post with some pictures and include the last minutes of the game plus the dog-pile celebration as the Cards win the game 7-4 and win the Louisville Super Regional and advance to the College World Series. I hope you enjoy!
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Louisville rowing team closed its first ever appearance at the NCAA Championship with a 17th-place finish following the final day of racing on Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park.
The Cardinals finished with 44 points during the three days of competition , while Ohio State won its second straight national championship scoring 126 points overall. Louisville finished just one point behind 16th-place Wisconsin and only four points behind No. 15 San Diego.
“I’m proud of the effort and competitiveness our team showed this weekend and it’s a great way to finish a special season for our program,” said second year head coach Derek Copeland. “It was a great experience for our team because the only way to know how to prepare for this championship is to go through it. We learned as we went and really adapted well to everything each day.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Matched against long-time rival Kentucky for the first time outside the regular season, the top-seeded Louisville baseball team continued its trend of postseason success with a 4-1 win in Sunday night’s NCAA Regional title game at Jim Patterson Stadium.
In a game delayed nearly four hours due to lightning and rain, the Cardinals (48-15) plated three runs in a pivotal seventh inning to win its fourth NCAA Regional in the last eight years under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell. With the victory, Louisville will host an NCAA Super Regional for the second time in school history when the winner of the Alabama-Kennesaw State matchup in Monday’s finale at the Tallahassee Regional (noon ET) visits Jim Patterson Stadium. The best-of-three series will begin either Friday or Saturday with the complete schedule to be released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
Today at approx. 4pm on ESPNU, the baseball Cards will take the field against either Kansas or Uk. The Cards defeated Kansas 6-3 in the regional game yesterday and by doing so earn a berth to the finals. Kentucky however has had the Cards number this season winning 8-3 in Lexington and beating the Cards at home 4-2. I believe Kansas will get it going late and win. The Cards will not be facing either teams ace as they were both used yesterday. If the winner of KU/uk defeats the Cards tonight, there will be a final game tomorrow night at 7 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Tickets are cheap so go fill up this magnificent ballpark.
For the Cards to defeat Kansas tonight they will need to execute on defense better. The Cards seemed to struggle yesterday a little with errors, mistakes which loaded the bases at least three times for Kansas yesterday. Even though most think we would have won by more if Kidston was taken out, he improved to 8-0 with the win and showed great resolve despite his mistakes. No offense to the Kansas team, I have friends who follow them for media purposes, but if they were a decent hitting team we would have lost yesterday. For the Cards to beat uk tonight they will have to rely on keeping the ball in the park. Whereas UL is a great small-ball team, uk is a great long-ball team. The Cards gave up 0 HR’s yesterday so that will be key to repeat again tonight. Win or lose the Cards should be ok as Funkhouser would take the mound tomorrow night if the cards are beaten. The Cards will host Super Regional action if they win this regional. Stay tuned to CSZ for times and dates as they become available.
Eli Rogers is without a doubt one of the great leaders on this football team. What are his hopes and wants for this season?
Here is what the Cards will be wearing if this first game ever ends……………….
On Wednesday some pretty big news came from the Louisville Swimming and Diving program. Actually 2 big things happened. Head coach Arthur Albiero announced the addition of Venezuelan National Record Holder, Carlos Claverie, to the fall 2014 recruiting class. Claverie will join Todd Owen, Thomas Cooper, and Jonathan Zoucha in this class. Claverie represented his home country at the 2011 Pan-American Games, the 2013 World Championships, and the 2013 Junior World Championships where he was a finalist in the 100-breaststroke. His next stop will be at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China later this summer.
That is great news for the program but not the best as Kongzheng “KZ” Li, former diving coach at the University of Michigan, has been named as the head diving coach at the University of Louisville, according to Cardinal head coach Arthur Albiero. Li just concluded his fourth season as the head diving coach for the 12-time NCAA national championship University of Michigan swimming and diving programs where he oversaw both men’s and women’s programs. Coach Albiero will share Head coaching duties with the storied Li. Li replaces five-time Conference Coach of the Year, Mike Zehnder, who retired from coaching after 17 years with the Cardinals. Below is a little bit about what Li has accomplished:
Just a quick heads up for CardNation. You can catch the 2014 AAC Baseball Tournament at the following website: http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=81. Check the site for all game times throughout the tournament. The #5 UofL Baseball Cards have been hot the second half of the season and hope to continue that tear as they take on USF today and Rutgers tomorrow in pool play. Both games will be on the network and start at approx. 3 p.m. The title game will be held Sunday at noon. The Cards opened up the tournament with a 13-3 thrashing of the 8th seeded Memphis Tigers in a game that was ended by the mercy rule in just 7 innings. The website coverage includes post-game interviews with the winning coach and a player from the winning team.
Good Luck and Go Cards!
Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine had formidable opponents in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship but just walking on McWhorter Court in Athens, Georgia at the national championship was a historical moment for the Cardinals.
Louisville’s most successful doubles pair in school history drew the No. 3 ranked singles player in the country, Kristie Ahn, who partnered with the No. 21-ranked singles player, Carol Zhou from Stanford. Fellerhoff and Shine, who made the finals in the ITA Indoor National Championship, took the first set 6-4 before falling 6-3, 6-2 in the next two. Ahn and Zhao improved to 29-5 with the win and advanced in the bracket.
“This was a high level match. The points were being won and not given away. Stanford is a very good team obviously and they executed a little more than Julia and Becca. We definitely had opportunities to win it, so the only disappointment is in the loss! These two have elevated Louisville tennis to a national level. We will continue building on what they have started. These two should be recognized as the two best to ever play at Louisville. They have had amazing careers,” said UofL head coach Mark Beckham.
Not only did Shine and Fellerhoff reach the final match of the National Indoor Tournament but entered the season ranked No. 2 in the nation as a doubles team, the highest-ever ranking for a Cardinal duo. They each achieved milestones this season. Shine registered her 104th win in singles to take over the school record and she also notched her 102st victory in doubles placing her second on the all-time doubles list. Fellerhoff went undefeated at home in singles over the past two seasons with a perfect 16-0 record at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The top-seeded and fifth-ranked Louisville baseball team opened the 2014 American Conference Championship in impression fashion rolling to a 13-3, seven-inning win over No. 8 seed Memphis on Thursday afternoon at Bright House Field.
In a game shortened by the league’s postseason 10-run rule, the Cardinals (44-13) pounded out 12 hits overall as five different players finished with two hits each. On the mound, sophomore Kyle Funkhouser set a school record for single season wins earning his 12th in 15 starts this season while working into the seventh inning.
With a 1-0 record in the pool play format, Louisville (44-13) will continue its slate in Pool A on Friday at 3 p.m., ET against USF, which dropped its championship opener on Wednesday against Rutgers. Rutgers (1-0 in Pool A) will take on Memphis on Friday at 11 a.m., ET in the opening game of day three.
per Garrett Wall
Live video of the No. 5 Louisville baseball team’s opening game at the American Conference Championship against Memphis today at 3 pm ET will be available online through the American Digital Network at http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=78. The coverage includes post-game interviews with the winning coach and a player from the winning team.
Louisville Baseball’s Gardner Named American Conference Player of the Year/Others Achieve All AAC Team Honors
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Louisville senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and led a group of seven Cardinals earning All-American Conference honors at Tuesday night’s opening ceremonies of the 2014 American Conference Championship at Bright House Field.
A unanimous First Team All-American Conference selection, Gardner (Louisville, Ky.) hit .340 with eight home runs and 19 doubles while leading the league with 61 RBI and a .575 slugging percentage. With 54 starts this season for the top-seeded and fifth-ranked Cardinals, Gardner was chosen as an all-conference honoree for the third straight season (2013 All-Big East First Team, 2012 All-Big East Second Team) and will enter this week’s American Conference Championship with a .327 career average, 22 collegiate home runs and151 career RBI in 168 starts and 207 games played.
This year’s honor for Gardner marks the eighth time in the last eight seasons a member of the Cardinals has been selected as conference player or pitcher of the year. Gardner is the first player of the year for the honoree for Louisville since Chris Dominguez earned back-to-back Big East Player of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009.