On Monday afternoon, we saw 4-star wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick re-commit to Louisville after opening his recruitment back up, which is rare. Could we see a similar situation with Trinity star Rodjay Burns? The difference here is that Fitzpatrick opened his recruitment back up, while Burns switched his pledge from Louisville to Ohio State. Now, it seems like he could be wavering on that decision and realizing that the grass isn’t always greener.
Well, the chatter began on Monday afternoon and I was going to wait until an official announcement was made. But this pretty much makes it official to me. Lamar Thomas will be leaving the University of Louisville (or has already left) to be the wide receivers coach for the University of Kentucky. His twitter bio pretty much solidifies that. By the way, the most recent retweet is pretty comical now.
4-star wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick has just announced his commitment to the Louisville Cardinals…again. Fitzpatrick ultimately chose the Cards over Nebraska. This is a big-time get for Bobby Petrino!
National Signing Day for college football is Wednesday, February 3, meaning that this is the final weekend of official visits for recruits before they sign the dotted line and choose where they will be attending school. In other words, this is a HUGE weekend for programs across the country, and Louisville is no exception. The Cards will be hosting commits, as well as recruits that have yet to make their verbal pledge anywhere. The weekend is highlighted by Jawon Pass and Desmond Fitzpatrick being on campus.
Here is a quick rundown of who will be in town this weekend. *Subject to change, as is everything with recruiting*
Remember back in June of 2015 when (then) UK quarterback Patrick Towles put it out on Instagram that he could not wait to play Louisville again? It was pretty weird. He got outplayed big time by 3rd stringer Kyle Bolin the season before. The more awkward part is that by the time the game got here, he wasn’t even starting anymore. He did get in, and naturally threw an interception.
Towles transferred to Boston College, because clearly Kentucky was holding him back. As you know, Boston College is in the ACC and plays Louisville every year. It looks like when the schedules were announced on Tuesday afternoon, Towles took to Twitter to “Praise the Lord” for the date that Louisville and Boston College will meet.
The ACC has just announced the schedule for the 2016 football season, so now we can begin to fill in the missing pieces of Louisville’s schedule. With that release, here is what we now know. Home games in bold.
I am not sure when the last time is that you watched the NFL Pro Bowl, or when I watched it for that matter. But this Sunday (January 31), the 2016 version of the NFL’s “all-star” game will feature four former Louisville Cardinals. Teddy Bridgewater, Gary Barnidge, Eric Wood, and Elvis Dumervil will all be hanging out in Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium playing some football and representing their respective NFL teams, as well as the Cards of course.
They do things differently now. There is a draft, so it is not really the NFC vs AFC anymore. That draft happens Wednesday evening. Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin are the team captains and will pick their rosters. The game will be Sunday at 7:00 on ESPN.
There are two pretty good college football teams in this state. One of them, of course, is Louisville. The other sort of looks like another version of Louisville, and that is Western Kentucky. They are looking so much like another Louisville team that the question could be asked: is Western Kentucky becoming Louisville South? Now maybe not, because they are good enough on their own that they don’t really need to be compared to another in-state team. But I am mainly talking about how their roster is shaping up.
There are Louisville transfers, kids from the city of Louisville, and coaches from Louisville. Let’s take a look at all of the Louisville connections on the roster for the Hilltoppers in 2016 so far…
National Signing Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 3rd. So when your big time commits take visits to powerhouse programs like an Alabama, some people get a little nervous. Now obviously, if you listened to Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville this past Saturday morning, you heard me say that a recruiting expert from down south was still believing that Pass was solid to Louisville, and to not make much of his visit to ‘Bama. If you didn’t listen, and you were freaking out, well then maybe it’s lesson learned?
Steve Jones of the Courier Journal spoke to Pass’ mother (Kershena Thomas) about the visit to see Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Here are a few things that she had to say about the trip and where the recruitment stood with Jawon.
Louisville’s 2016 football recruiting class took a hit tonight when Trinity star Rodjay Burns flipped his commitment from the University of Louisville to Ohio State.
Big time 2016 wide receiver recruit Desmond Fitzpatrick narrowed his list of schools to four today. Fitzpatrick is a former Louisville commit that decided to open his recruitment back up, which is perfectly within his rights as a high school recruit. If coaches can look for other jobs, then kids can look at other schools to be certain they make the right decision. But that is a topic for another day. Let’s see who Fitzpatrick’s final four teams are…
Not really a huge surprise here, but Tylin Oden has decommitted from the Cards. He was pretty much considered a “soft verbal” after the commitment of Jawon Pass.
The Louisville Cardinals picked up another addition to the 2016 recruiting class on Thursday. Dae Williams, a running back out of Oklahoma, decided to commit to the Cards. Williams was committed to SMU until just a couple of days ago, following his official visit to the University of Louisville.
By no means am I trying to rush spring and summer, but I can’t wait to be back in my seat at PJCS! And by “in” my seat, I mean standing up all game since I am against a wall and no one can tell me to sit down. 2016 should be fun!
The following update on Pete’s health was sent to me from his friend Alyssa Crosby.
This is a pretty long story but I’ll try to make it as swift and concise as possible…
Everything seemed like it was going well after his first three rounds of chemo and it looked really positive and it seemed as if the cancer was almost gone…. After Pete’s six initial rounds of chemo, the PET scans showed cancer was back and everywhere that it was originally. It was in his knee, femur, pelvis, stomach, chest and neck.
On our latest show on 93.9 The Ville, we had Pete Nochta on to tell us a great update on his health with lymphoma. We posed the question of the day about what your wildest/weirdest ritual is on gamedays or during games. We also talked about the new rule going into play that will impact guys going to the NBA or coming back to school. Check us out every Saturday morning from 10-11 on 93.9 The Ville, and click below to listen to this episode.
ESPN.com released their 2015 All-Bowl team, and Devonte Fields made the list. The teams are split like real teams, 11 on offense and 11 on defense. So only three linebackers were chosen out of all that played in bowl games. Having Fields be one of those three speaks volumes for his play in the Music City Bowl, and is a sign of good things to come for the Louisville defense in 2016.
On Thursday afternoon, the University of Louisville football program officially announced Keith Heyward as the new coach of the secondary. Heyward comes to Louisville after coaching defensive backs at USC. He is known as a solid recruiter, so it will be interesting to see if Louisville starts to land some kids from out west.
Offensive Lineman Pedro Sibiea will transfer from Louisville for his final season of college football, according to InsideTheVille.com.
A reserve lineman, Sibiea graduate in December from Louisville.
Sibiea isn’t sure where he’ll play next season.
“I’m still exploring my options right now,” Sibiea said.