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Get Excited: “The Show in the State” comes to PJCS this Saturday

Kentucky football

Photo: John Clay

 

If you are a Louisville football season ticket holder, the time you are waiting for all season has come. You had to suffer through bad home games like Miami and Florida State, but it was all worth it. Getting wins over ACC opponents like NC State and Wake Forest were just to pass the time. Any game you went to, it was just an event to hold us all over. It was all leading to this week. You know, when “the show in town, in the state” finally visits Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Oh yes folks, we are blessed that Kentucky football is coming to put the show on display in front of our very eyes.

Don’t know what I am referring to? Back in April of this year, UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown had this to say after mentioning that there were no pro teams in the area. “The other team doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.” Good to know.

Let’s take a look at how the state (Commonwealth) of Kentucky has been represented by “The Show” this season. They are our leaders, so for the sake of all of us, surely it has gone well…

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Updating the UofL Record Books with DeVante Parker: 11/24/14

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

As we enter the final week of the regular season, here is where DeVante Parker ranks in some of the receiving categories in UofL history. We are only left to wonder “what if” when it comes to these records and Parker, as he missed the first 7 games this season with his foot injury.

Career Receptions

1. 299   Arnold Jackson, 1997-00

2. 217   Ibn Green, 1996-99

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NCAA Will Let Shaqquan Aaron Know His Status Next Week

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

According to this tweet, the NCAA will let Louisville know about the status of freshman Shaqquan Aaron sometime next week. This is an issue about the NCAA clearing him to play that shouldn’t have taken much time at all, but keeps dragging on and has kept Aaron out of 3 games so far.

This news means that Aaron will miss at least 2 more games, as the Cards host Savannah State on Monday and Cleveland State on Wednesday.

Football: Traveon Samuel signs with Louisville

Photo: 247sports.com

Photo: 247sports.com

The Louisville Cardinals have signed their first football commit from the 2015 class. Traveon Samuel, a 4-star athlete on ESPN.com, is the first official signee for the Cards. Samuel is from Phenix City, Alabama and is one of the most dynamic play-makers in the class.

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Orange Bowl Still Possible for Louisville

Harry Douglas Orange Bowl

It will take winning and some outside help, but the Louisville Cardinals still have a chance to play in the Orange Bowl this season, which is the BCS Bowl that the ACC is tied to. The only poll that matters now is the College Football Playoff Ranking, so that is the one I will refer to. Louisville enters this week ranked 24th.

Now let’s be clear. When talking about the teams that have a shot at the Orange Bowl from the ACC, they would need Florida State to make it into the Playoff, which would open up the Orange Bowl spot for the next best ACC team. Remember, “next best ACC team” just means the highest ranked ACC team. Head to head means nothing, perception of teams means nothing. It is all about who is ranked highest.

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Rick Pitino’s Interview with Seth Davis

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the full Rick Pitino interview with Seth Davis. It is broken down into 9 different videos. I couldn’t embed the full video from Campus Insiders because, you know, technology and stuff. So I had to use their separate clips from YouTube. The benefit here is that if you don’t have time to watch it all, you can just watch a couple clips at a time. Sound like a plan? Good deal, go!

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Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly Previews Louisville

Video of Brian Kelly’s press conference along with the full transcript. He mainly talks about his team, as is the situation with most of these press conferences where they “preview” the opponent. But he mentions some Louisville. Either way, you can learn about the Fighting Irish.

COACH KELLY: We’ll have to find ways to move the ball against an extremely athletic Louisville defense. Mauldin, Burgess, inside very physical fronts. I think there’s probably four or five guys there as good of guys as we’ve gone against. And it looks like they’ve going to get some guys back, too. It will be a great challenge.
I think really it’s about how we play. I think it’s pretty obvious that we’ve got to make some plays defensively. Slow some people down. And take care of the football. Those are the two things. And then our kicking game has got to get back to where it was. I still think we’ve got one of the best kickers in the country, he had an off day on Saturday. But I expect him to bounce back, and if we get those three areas cleaned up, we could beat anybody. So I know that’s the way our kids feel. That’s the way I feel. And we get a chance to do that again on Senior Day. Which is important. Important milestone for three of our seniors, in particular, because they’re the three guys that came in with me five years ago, and we certainly want to send them out as winners. So, with that I’ll answer questions.

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Harrell and Rozier Named to Wooden Award Top 50 Watch List

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Wooden Award is presented annually to the most outstanding college basketball Player of the Year. The award was founded in 1976. A watch list with 50 players was recently released, and Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier made the list. These aren’t finalists, as someone who is not on this list can certainly win the award. It is just a watch list.

The list will be reduced to 25 players in January, and finalists will be announced in March.

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Louisville vs Jacksonville St. Game Highlights

Video: Rick Pitino on Playing in the ACC

Here is a quick clip from the ACC Digital Network. In it, Coach Pitino briefly talks about coaching in places for the first time this season.

Still no time set for UofL-UK Football

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This is news that was announced yesterday, but some people may have not heard it yet. Normally, the kickoff time for Louisville vs Kentucky football would have been announced yesterday. However, ESPN has put the game on a “six-day hold” before deciding on a time.

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Photo Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs Jacksonville State

Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)

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Tailgating at Notre Dame: Limited Fun Allowed

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Notre Dame

If you are planning to make the trip to South Bend for the Louisville-Notre Dame football game this weekend, you may want to read the guidelines on tailgating up there first. No charcoal grills, tents with walls, or loud speakers. The biggest problem for UofL fans? Tailgating is NOT allowed after kickoff. Surely this wouldn’t be a problem at a road game, but you never know!

Here are the rules for tailgating straight from Notre Dame’s website:

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Louisville Men’s Basketball #7 in AP Poll; Women are #12

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

The Louisville Cardinals have both of their basketball teams ranked in the Top 15 of the AP poll. The men jumped up 1 spot this week to #7, and the women stayed put at #12.

The men (1-0) have two games this week. Tonight they face Jacksonville State at 7:00 and Friday they play Marshall at 9:00. Both games are at home. The women (2-0) host Belmont on Thursday at 7:00.

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Video: Louisville Basketball 1993-94 Red-White Scrimmage

Photo: Craig Jones/Allsport

Photo: Craig Jones/Allsport

Are you kidding me? You can actually watch the Red-White Scrimmage from the 1993-94 season for UofL basketball! I saw this posted on Facebook by Jon Leon. I was 7 years old heading into this season so these are the guys I really looked up to and wanted to be like. My favorite player of all time, Brian Kiser, was on this team.

DeJuan Wheat was a freshman, and then you have guys like Morton, Minor, and Rozier. The video obviously isn’t the best quality, but it is pretty awesome to be able to watch it at all. Plus John Tong is the PA announcer. This game was at Cardinal Arena. If that doesn’t tell you how far these scrimmages have come, nothing will!

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Double Pitino Press Conference

What is better than the humor and wit of one Pitino at a press conference? How about two Pitino’s? On Tuesday afternoon, both Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino met with the media in Louisville to discuss the upcoming game between Louisville and Minnesota. Believe it or not, the season starts this Friday!

Video courtesy of thecrunchzone.com

Video: 15 year old Patrick McSweeney scores against Louisville

Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports

Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports

You are probably already familiar with the story of 15 year old Patrick McSweeney. If you don’t have time to click the link, Patrick is a student at St. X High School and is battling a life-threatening form of leukemia. He recently had some bad news come his way about his T cells. For today’s exhibition, Patrick got to start for the Bellarmine Knights against his favorite team, the Louisville Cardinals. Check out this video of him scoring two points!

 

Updating the UofL Record Books with DeVante Parker

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Back in July, I posted some of the all-time receiving records at UofL and showed where DeVante Parker ranked in those categories. Obviously, there wasn’t any need to update them during the season since he missed the first 6 games. But now since he is back, and back with a vengeance, I figured it would be ok to update the stats now. So here is where DeVante ranks among the all-time UofL greats. Keep in mind, he still has 3 games to play.

Career Receptions

1. 299   Arnold Jackson, 1997-00

2. 217   Ibn Green, 1996-99

3. 187   J.R. Russell, 2001-04

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Video: Louisville-BC Highlights and the best of DeVante Parker

Dominique Brown Tweets About His Playing Time

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

A lot of people recently have been asking about the status of Dominique Brown. It seems like Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff have taken over the running back responsibilities. L.J. Scott will get a carry every now and then, but senior Dominique Brown has been nowhere to be found.

In fact, he has not recorded a carry or reception since the Clemson game, which was back on October 11. Aside from the season opener against Miami, where Brown rushed for 143 yards, his most yards this season came at Virginia when he rushed for 74 yards.

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