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Women’s Football Clinic Set for May 31


Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The fifth annual University of Louisville Women’s Football Clinic will be held on May 31 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Registration is open online at www.Cardinalfootballcamps.com.

On the day of the event, check-in is from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Brown and Williamson Club, located on the fifth floor of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The clinic will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The clinic will consist of presentations from the coaching and support staff, football drills with the coaches, and an inside look at the Cardinals’ football team.

All activities are voluntary and will accommodate all athletic abilities. Athletic attire and tennis shoes are required to participate in drills. The cost of the clinic is $60 and includes a shirt, continental breakfast, lunch, and an unprecedented football experience.

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Russ Smith and Luke Hancock at 4th Street Live this Saturday


If you haven’t been able to attend one of the autograph signings so far for the seniors, here is another opportunity. This one will feature Russ Smith and Luke Hancock. The information can be found on the flyer below.

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Football: Top JUCO player visiting Louisville on Wednesday


Photo: Kelly Kline for USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kelly Kline for USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Bobby Petrino and his staff will be hosting a pretty important visitor on Wednesday. According to Kipp Adams of 247 Sports, running back Jovon Robinson will be visiting the Cards. He is rated as the top JUCO player in the country by 247sports. He is listed at 6’0 and 220 pounds.

Robinson is from Memphis, Tennessee and actually was a member of Auburn’s football team in 2012 for a short time. Before the season started, he was declared ineligible because of an NCAA investigation over a grade change on his high school transcript.

He was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 after he rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns for Georgia Military College.

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Derby Festival Basketball Classic Final Rosters and Information


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From the KDF Press Office:

April 14, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Friday, April 18. The roster includes one McDonald’s All-Americans, 2 Parade All-Americans, as well as University of Louisville signees Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson and Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel.  The game features 10 players ranked in the Top 30 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.  Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 50 nationally. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.

Admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.

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Parking, Shuttles Available for Tuesday’s UofL-UK Baseball Game


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From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ample free parking will be available for tonight’s Louisville baseball game against Kentucky in the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Green Lot south of Central Ave.

Shuttles will run from 4 p.m., ET through the end of the game to Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch for the No. 7 Cardinals and No. 19 Wildcats is set for 6 p.m., ET.

Three Cards selected in WNBA Draft


Shoni SchimmelAntonita SlaughterAsia Taylor

The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.

Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.

Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.

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Wayne Blackshear Named Captain for 2014-15 Season


(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Press release from UofL:

April 14, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear has been named team captain for the 2014-15 Cardinals’ men’s basketball team.

“We have great confidence in Wayne moving toward his senior year,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “I’m sure he will continue the outstanding leadership we have witnessed the last four years.”

A Capital One Academic All-District 2 selection, Blackshear averaged 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and shot 39.5 percent from three-point range (45-of-114) for the Cardinals (31-6). He had 14 double-digit scoring efforts last season, including a career-high 23 against Houston, as UofL shared the American Athletic Conference title, won the league postseason tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

Blackshear ranked sixth in the AAC in three-point percentage (.395) and buried a three-pointer in 21 of his 36 games this season. During the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA Championship season, he was the recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at NCAA Championships.

Video: Every Montrezl Harrell Dunk of the 2013-14 Season


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sports.yahoo.com

Someone finally did it. They made the video that shows every dunk that Montrezl Harrell threw down from this past season. It even includes the Red-White scrimmages! There were 112 total dunks, 96 of them official. This is from “TheLouisvilleShow” on youtube.

2014 Spring Game Quick Hitters


AP Photo/Garry Jones

AP Photo/Garry Jones

Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was everything you wanted to be as a fan. Gorgeous weather, free admission, free parking, activities for the kids, $2 beers, and Louisville football with Bobby Petrino back at the helm.

I am just going to give you some quick hitters with stats or things I noticed. You also have the option of reading the full recap on UofL’s site.

*I know it is just the spring game, and you are playing against your defense, so maybe this isn’t always good…but the yards, points, and fun that you remember are back. The red team had 21 points after the 1st quarter. I remember plenty of times last year when we were in the 4th quarter with about 21-24 points hanging on for the win against teams like Memphis or Houston. The offense is back folks.

*Will Gardner looked great. He completed 32-37 passes for 542 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did throw 1 interception that clearly was a bad decision and looked forced. But other than that 1 mistake, he looked good.

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Cards get their first 2015 football commit


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Bobby Petrino landed his first commitment for the class of 2015 on Friday when safety/cornerback TJ Jallow pledged to the Cards. Jallow plays for Olive Branch High School in Olive Branch, Mississippi. If that school/location sound familiar, it’s because that’s where former QB commit Ross Trail played (he now plays his high school ball in Arkansas). Speaking of Trail, while he did open his recruitment back up after Charlie Strong left, he is still interested in the Cards and was at the spring game on Friday night.

Jallow is listed at 6’1 and 203 pounds. His hudl page says that he runs a 4.31 40-yard dash.

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Gruden’s QB Camp Schedule – Teddy Bridgewater


Teddy Bridgewater’s episode of “Gruden’s QB Camp” on ESPN will debut this Saturday morning. Here is the full schedule of when it will air across the networks. There are 18 chances to watch it. So yes, I expect you to see it all 18 times. Do it!

Enjoy this preview…

Sat, Apr 12 9:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN2
Thu, Apr 17 11:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN2
Tue, Apr 22 9:00 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN
Thu, Apr 24 5:00 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
11:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Fri, Apr 25 12:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
3:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
6:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
9:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Thu, May 1 9:00 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Sun, May 4 9:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN2
Tue, May 6 4:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Wed, May 7 9:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNEWS
8:30 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPN Classic
Mon, May 12 9:00 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Mon, May 19 8:00 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Tue, May 20 9:30 AM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Wed, May 21 8:00 PM SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU

4 Your Info; I’m blue da da dee da deh dum


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Four your information, this is the trial.

I wanted to start a series this summer. Sort of a challenge. But really, this is no challenge. This is what I like to do; Talk sh*t. That’s what it says on my resume anyways. Just kidding. Maybe not. Okay, definitely not.

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This is a spin-off idea I had after Jeremy’s 55 series. 55 being his favorite number, mine 4 because of David Padgett. I chose number 4 as my number in softball at the Male High School. I was sooooo in-like with David Padgett in high school. So I wanted to publish this series over the summer when my semester and internship with the Derby Festival are officially over. Perhaps a bi-weekly series. Like a pay-check. More like a reality check. So this should be a lot of fun and I hope #Cardnation will enjoy. I’ll start off with a kicker. Like all football games do…

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Shoni Schimmel Invited to WNBA Draft


Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Press release from UofL:

Louisville, Ky. - Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.

Joining Schimmel is Baylor’s Odyessey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and Notre Dames’s Natalie Achonwa and guard Kayla McBride. Rounding out the list players are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee); forwards Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and center Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State).

The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).

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Bobby Petrino Previews the Spring Game


Bobby Petrino

Photo: AP

The spring football game is Friday evening at 7:30 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. On Thursday afternoon, head coach Bobby Petrino met with the media to talk about the game and the state of the team. Here is the full transcript from WDRB.com.

Q: Before spring, you said you wanted to see how your guys competed. Now that spring is wrapping up, do you feel you have a bunch of competitors?

A: I do. I’ve been happy with the competition for positions, you know, guys going in the meeting room and learning the offense, and working to move up in the depth or keep my spot on the depth chart. And then the competition back and forth between offense and defense has been very competitive and very physical. So it’s been good spring in that sense.

Q: What kind of things offensively do you want to show the fans (Friday) night?

A: Well, we’re not going to do a whole lot on scheme. That’s not really going to be the most important thing to us tomorrow night. Just execute with our base offense, you know, base plays, getting back on time in our passing game, getting the quarterback back, getting the ball out of his hand on time, getting the receivers to exactly the right spots they’re supposed to be at. And you know, be physical in the run game. I think that’ll be what we’re looking for.

Q: In recruiting terms, you said you needed to get some familiarity with what you have to see holes. Do you have a better feel for those areas now and do you move guys around a little or are they things you address with recruiting?

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Spring Game: 5 Offensive Players to Watch


Photo: Maj. Dale Greer

Photo: Maj. Dale Greer

With Friday’s spring football game quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to give you a few players to watch. Surely, you all know about guys like DeVante Parker, Dominique Brown, Eli Rogers, and others that have made a name for themselves already. But this list will be guys who maybe haven’t gotten much playing time to this point because they were playing behind someone else, or maybe because they were in high school last year!

So while you are at the game on Friday night, and some guys are making plays and you look at your roster to see who it was, you can say “Hey I read about this guy on Cardinal Sports Zone!” Ok maybe that’s just my goal for 1 person to do that, but we will see.

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Former Georgia Bulldog plans to attend Louisville


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RICHARD HAMM/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE

According to Mike Hughes, former Georgia Bulldog safety Josh Harvey-Clemons plans to attend the University of Louisville. Woodrow Clemons, the grandfather of Josh Harvey-Clemons, told InsideTheVille.com on Wednesday night that his grandson plans to transfer to Louisville. Clemons was dismissed from Georgia in February of this year for a violation of team rules. This cbssports.com article says:

Harvey-Clemons already missed the Bulldogs’ Gator Bowl loss to Nebraska and faced a three-game suspension entering the 2014 season after reportedly violating the university’s marijuana-use policy for a second time. Harvey-Clemons was also suspended for the Bulldogs’ season-opening loss against Clemson after telling police that he had smoked marijuana in a dorm room.

In the 2013 season, Clemons recorded 66 tackles and 1 interception and recovered 3 fumbles (georgiadogs.com). He is listed at 6’5 and 212 pounds and was a 5-star prospect out of high school.

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ESPN’s Andrea Adelson talks Louisville defense


Photo: Zimbio.com

Photo: Zimbio.com

From ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson, who talks about the different defense that Louisville will play this season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There are holes to fill across the Louisville defense, one that quietly ranked as one of the best units in America a year ago.

But that is not the only reason this group is undergoing an entire overhaul during the spring. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has changed the base defense to a 3-4 and started shifting players around to positions better suited for them. The lone returning starting lineman from a year ago, Lorenzo Mauldin, will move to outside linebacker, filling a hybrid rush end role that will better utilize his athleticism.

Sheldon Rankins, a backup defensive tackle the last two seasons, has emerged as a leader at end but can play nose guard, too.

“He’s been dominant,” Grantham said.

Plenty more moves have been made: B.J. Dubose, who has played end and tackle, has found a home at end this spring; Redshirt freshman James Hearns has moved from linebacker to end; redshirt freshman Chucky Williams is leading the charge to start at one safety spot after starting his career at cornerback.

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ESPN’s Andrea Adelson: Everything is different in Louisville


Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson was recently in Louisville to take in spring practice and talk to head coach Bobby Petrino. In her article, she talks about how different things are now with Petrino and staff back in charge. At the bottom of this post, there is a link to the original post on ESPN.com that also has the video interview with Petrino. Here is some of Adelson’s article…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It is hard to miss the giant poster of Teddy Bridgewater hanging in the lobby of the Louisville football complex, celebrating the Cardinals’ momentous win over Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl two years ago.

Bridgewater’s rise was concurrent to the football program’s latest ascent to national prominence, but the truth is he was the most notable player on a defensive-minded football team led by a defensive-minded coach who stressed a physical, ball-control style of football that did not always showcase its talented quarterback.

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Cards Finish 9th in Final USA Today Coaches Poll


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Here is the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the season. The Cards finish 9th. UConn finishes 1st, just how we all envisioned it a few weeks ago.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (30) 32-8 791
2 Kentucky (1) 29-11 759
3 Florida 36-3 735
4 Wisconsin 30-8 704
5 Arizona 33-5 637
6 Michigan 28-9 594
7 Wichita State (1) 35-1 583
8 Michigan State 29-9 553
9 Louisville 31-6 545
10 Virginia 30-7 539
11 Iowa State 28-8 457
12 San Diego State 31-5 453
13 Villanova 29-5 367
14 Kansas 25-10 341
15 UCLA 28-9 297
16 Duke 26-9 276
17 Syracuse 28-6 263
18 Baylor 26-12 246
18 Dayton 26-11 246
20 Creighton 27-8 190
21 North Carolina 24-10 156
22 Cincinnati 27-7 126
23 Tennessee 24-13 122
24 Stanford 23-13 104
25 Saint Louis 27-7 75

One Shining Moment 2013-14


In case you missed it, or just want to see it again, here is the “One Shining Moment” video that was played after UConn won the National Championship on Monday night.

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