Special to CardinalSportsZone.com from Jerry Steinberg at stateoftheu.com
State of the U Team Capsule:
2014 will be the first time in the Al Golden era that the Hurricanes start the season without the specter of NCAA Sanctions. Clearly the absence of its’ dark shadow has paid immediate dividends in recruiting. But could it help contribute to success on the field as well? The coaching staff under Al Golden has never appeared to lack confidence, even when things aren’t going well. But the decision of Golden and Offensive Coordinator James Coley to name true freshman Brad Kaaya the starting QB, emanates in self assurance.
Will it pay off?
All the confidence in the world, and a successful season from Kaaya, will not mean a thing if the defense does not improve. UM will have to do better than 2013 when this highly scrutinized unit surrendered 27 ppg and over 426 yards a contest.
The good news is, they finally have some of the pieces to make it happen.
According to SwishAppeal.com the #1 player in the nation Asia Durr is one of five visitors on Louisville’s campus this weekend.
Per multiple reports, the nation’s number one prospect, Asia Durr, is visiting Louisville this weekend. Other players that are on official visits with the Cardinals are 6-foot-5 post Erin DeGrate, top-euro guard Angela Salvadores. Current commits Taja Cole and Brianna Jones are in town this weekend as well.
Durr (#1 player) narrowed her list to Louisville, Duke, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Maryland while DeGrate (top 50 player) is looking at Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Texas Tech, Washington, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
Asia Durr Mixtape
So I have decided to start a weekly personal blog, or column, or random series of thoughts. Whatever you want to call it. I figured rather than constantly just passing information and facts along, I would have a post that is just all opinion and my thoughts. I will focus on just whatever my feelings are about UofL athletics at the time, but this may venture into other topics, such as high school sports or even fantasy football. So it could be anything. Hopefully it is somewhat worth your time to read. If it isn’t, I apologize, but at least you got your money’s worth on CSZ. If it is, then great, and I hope you will continue to read it every Friday.
I must give credit to Jeremy Wahman for coming up with the name of this. I had no real idea of what I wanted to call it, because there isn’t a specific direction that this post will go. He suggested this, and I didn’t even try to think of anything else. Good work, sir. As for the picture, I wanted to have something that will be used with all of these posts. I Googled “Justin Time” with no idea what would come up. What I saw was perfection! So here we go. Here are my thoughts and opinions on whatever comes to mind, and I bring them to you just in time for the weekend!
Starting this season, I am going to start bringing you the Cardinal Catch Up, which will update you on all of the “other” sports at UofL. We know that basketball and football get most of the attention, and for good reason of course. But this will let you know how the other teams are doing. I won’t write full stories on those sports, but will link the official press releases from UofL for the most part. I will at least tell you scores and records, just so you can stay informed on how the other teams are performing.
For example, you may not necessarily care about all of the details of a soccer or field hockey game, but you are interested to know how the teams are doing. This post will do that, just keeping it simple. And you will be provided with the press releases in case you do want the details of games and teams. It will be like a one-stop shop to find out how the rest of the teams at UofL are doing. Hope you enjoy!
Rick Pitino spoke to the media on Wednesday evening at Captain’s Quarters, which hosted a fan event to talk about the teams at UofL as they enter the ACC. Even though football starts Monday, when Rick Pitino talks for 7 minutes about basketball, you listen. The video comes from Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com.
This is the first installment of The Stemmys. Every Wednesday I will put out my list of weekly awards given to those that have earned them. The amount and names of awards may differ each week but they are sure to be entertaining!
Mr. Truthful Award: Josh Shaw (USC CB)
Shaw is an on the field leader for the Trojans but his actions this week went even further. Shaw sprained both ankles while jumping in a pool to save his drowning nephew…..Wait what is that..
….Well this is awkward.
The “You have got to be kidding me?!” Award: The Miami Hurricanes
The Cards open up with the Miami Hurricanes this week and both teams are ready to play! The Cards look to start off in the ACC the right way and the Canes want revenge because they feel……………Disrespected? Miami claims that the Cards talked to much trash and tried to “run the score up”. Cry me a flipping river!!
So lets get this straight THE U, the team that has a 30 for 30 about how much they run their mouth is upset about big bad Louisville talking too much? This should tell you all you need to know haha. Looking forward to that blowout Monday.
Brace yourself for this. A Charlie Strong-coached team has been accused of running the score up. Apparently, that is what the Cards were doing to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, according to cornerback Corn Elder. The following comes from the rest of the article on CanesWatch.com.
“Honestly, I remember them trying to run the score up,” he said. “Just disrespecting us, pretty much.”
After Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a safety on the opening drive, it was all Cardinals. They went up 22-2 at halftime and were still carving up UM’s defense in the final minutes.
“I feel like they were out there talking a lot of trash,” Elder said. “They have a lot of players from here. It was a confidence thing.”
The University of Louisville just released the full basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season. Highlights include a season opener against Minnesota, as well as home games against Kentucky, Ohio State, Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia. Check out the full schedule below.
Teddy is just the man, not much else to say! He took out an ad in “The Louisville Cardinal”, which is the student newspaper at UofL, to thank the fans of the Louisville Cardinals.
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!
With all of the freshman now on campus for the University of Louisville basketball team, the roster on GoCards.com has now been updated. This includes what numbers each player will wear.
|#||NAME||HT||WT||POS||CL||HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)|
|0||Terry Rozier||6-1||185||G||SO||Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights/Hargrave Military Academy)|
|1||Anton Gill||6-3||185||G||SO||Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft/Hargrave Military Academy)|
|2||Quentin Snider||6-1||170||G||FR||Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)|
|3||Chris Jones||5-10||175||G||SR||Memphis, Tenn. (NW Florida State College)|
|4||Dillon Avare||6-0||150||G||RS FR||Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)|
|5||Matz Stockman||7-2||240||F/C||FR||Oslo, Norway (Canaria Basketball Academy)|
|10||Jaylen Johnson||6-9||215||F||FR||Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsilanti)|
|12||Mangok Mathiang||6-10||210||F/C||RS SO||Melbourne, Australia (IMG Academy (Fla.))|
|14||Anas Mahmoud||7-1||205||F||FR||Cairo, Egypt (West Oaks Academy)|
|15||Trent Gilbert||6-0||180||G||FR||Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County)|
|21||Shaqquan Aaron||6-7||175||G||FR||Seattle, Wash. (Ranier Beach)|
|22||Akoy Agau||6-8||230||F||SO||Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Central)|
|23||David Levitch||6-3||180||G||SO||Goshen, Ky. (North Oldham)|
|24||Montrezl Harrell||6-8||240||F||JR||Tarboro, N.C. (Hargrave Military Academy)|
|25||Wayne Blackshear||6-5||230||G/F||SR||Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)|
|32||Chinanu Onuaku||6-10||230||F/C||FR||Lanham, Md. (Riverdale Baptist)|
We told you this morning that freshman Jaylen Johnson was enrolled at UofL, but at that time, he still needed to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. According to WDRB’s Eric Crawford, that has now happened. It has not been made official by UofL just yet, but it is likely just a matter of time now before the 6’9 power forward is officially a member of the Louisville basketball team.
Coach Petrino just said at his press conference that DeVante Parker will likely be out for 6-8 weeks. If that holds true, he would be back sometime around October 6-October 20. The Cards play Clemson October 11, NC State October 18, and Florida State October 30. He has a broken bone in his small toe, the fifth metatarsal. He will get operated on later today. He caught a simple pass and was tackled and felt something happen.
They chose to send him to North Carolina because that is the doctor that will be in the room at the NFL Combine when they go over the medical history of the players.
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. This week we we have a big target who was scheduled to visit, but now will push that back. But on the flip side, another 5-star guard will be in town this coming weekend!
Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – It has been fun watching Mitchell’s rise from sleeper to star. At last week’s Elite 24 game the 6’3 guard added to that status. Mitchell finished 3rd in the Elite 24 dunk contest and completely stole the show with this dunk that made the ESPN SportsCenter top 10:
As far as recruiting goes, Mitchell seems to be recruiting PJ Dozier, Derrick Jones, and Antonio Blakeney to Louisville with him. Mitchell has a close friendship with Jones and Dozier, but is intrigued with playing along side a guard with the talent of Blakeney. One thing for sure is which ever guard ends up grabbing that last scholarship is sure to have an absolute stud (Mitchell) playing beside them. -Steve Rummage
In a move that is not a big surprise, Bobby Petrino officially announced that sophomore Will Gardner will be the starting quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals. Although it was expected, it is still news that it is official, and it just means that we are so close to the season starting!
Al Golden, head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, announced that true freshman Brad Kaaya will be the starting quarterback for the ‘Canes when they take the field on September 1 against the Louisville Cardinals. Kaaya beat out senior Jake Heaps, who has also played for BYU and Kansas in his career.
Kaaya is 6’4 and around 206 pounds from West Hills, California. Both Rivals and 247 Sports listed him as a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, so the kid can play. The following excerpt comes from USAToday.com:
UofL has just sent out a release saying that DeVante Parker injured his foot at practice on Friday. The release said the following:
“University of Louisville senior wide receiver Devante Parker suffered a left foot injury at practice Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
We knew the court at the KFC Yum! Center would look a little different this season. If nothing else, there would be an ACC logo somewhere. It turns out that isn’t the only change! Looking at this tweet sent out by 84WHAS, it looks like the Cardinal logo at mid-court will just be the head, and not the version with the wing. Personally, I love it!
Well Rick Pitino will still be hosting a big-time recruit on Labor Day Weekend, but just not the one we expected. Perry Dozier was supposed to be making an official visit, but he has pushed back all of his visits and will likely check out UofL on October 3rd. However, 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will be on campus this weekend at UofL.
Redshirt sophomore Joe Manley has decided to transfer from the University of Louisville. Manley, a 6’6 333 lb offensive lineman, will transfer to Western Kentucky. He is from Bowling Green, KY so he will be heading back home. He mainly played on special teams last season and saw a little time on the offensive line. There hasn’t been a reason announced why he is deciding to leave, but it could always be a number of different things when guys decide to transfer. It could be playing time, moving closer to home, not meshing well with the new coaches, or anything else.