When the Vegas odds came out that Charlie Strong was the 2-1 favorite to land the head coaching job at Texas, I laughed. I said there was no way that would happen. He may leave someday, but Texas is not the place for him. He had turned down Tennessee, we were heading into the ACC, and we had all the momentum in the world. Charlie wasn’t going anywhere…
Well Charlie went. I was shocked, mad, upset, disappointed, felt betrayed once again by a head coach that said he wanted to be here. I wrote all about how I felt soon after it happened. Soon after, Bobby Petrino was hired, and a new chapter was beginning. We would head into the ACC with Bobby, a fresh start for everyone. Things still stung a little bit, because I was just curious how Strong would have done with his guys heading into the new league.
More than 6 months later, things are a little easier for me now. I am 100% excited for Bobby Petrino to lead us into the ACC and do some damage. And on the Charlie Strong side of things, I am fine with his decision. He took one of the top jobs in the country. Louisville is not a traditional powerhouse or football school, and you could tell that’s what he wanted. So he got it, and it was too good to pass up. What made it hurt was buying into the thought that we had found “our guy.” He was going to stay here forever and build us up because he loved it here.
Bobby Petrino can never have enough quarterbacks. He just landed another one. Former Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman has told Insidetheville.com that he plans to transfer to Louisville. The redshirt freshman was a 4-star player in high school.
When Bruggman decided to leave Washington State, he was granted his release to Louisville, Arkansas, Duke, and Indiana. Of those four schools, Louisville was the one school that did not offer him a scholarship out of high school. But that didn’t seem to matter here, as it sounds like it wasn’t even a close race to land him.
Bobby Petrino has announced that there will be 5 practices open to the public this fall, as well as an open scrimmage. The open practices will be August 5-9. The newcomers will practice at 8:50 a.m.. and the returning players will practice at 4:20 p.m.. Both practices will be open to the public.
There will be an open scrimmage on August 16 at 9:00 a.m.. This is also the date for Fan Day, which will be held in Cardinal Arena at 3:00 p.m.. Details for Fan Day will be announced on Friday.
*Info courtesy of Rocco Gasparro.
It’s getting to be that time where the national publications release their preseason college football polls. There will be many different ones of course. This one is from Lindy’s, who have the Cards at #31 on their countdown. I would expect this to be about where most magazines and other media outlets have the Cards, somewhere around that #25 mark. Many factors will contribute to that. Yes there is a lot of talent back, but the uncertainty of a new QB, replacing 3 first round NFL Draft picks, and everything you already know about.
Here is what Lindy’s says about the Cards in 2014…(They mention Robert Clark, but of course he has transferred to Samford.)
Our beloved Theodore Bridgewater threw out the first pitch at Wednesday afternoon’s Minnesota Twins game. It wasn’t a perfect pitch, but he shouldn’t be showing up on the Not Top 10.
The newest commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle will feature Tom Jurich. The bottles will benefit the University of Louisville’s Academic Center of Excellence. The bottles will be on retail shelves on Friday July 25 and cost around $50.
From Kenny Klein:
Monday at ACC media day, Bobby Petrino did about 40 interviews. Obviously, a lot of those were just saying the same things over and over…and over. But some things stuck out that he said, of course. One of those was when he was discussing the backup QB job. Will Gardner has not been officially named the starting quarterback, but all signs point to that being the case. Petrino did say that if the season started now, he would be the starter.
During the spring, Kyle Bolin and Brett Nelson were battling for the backup spot. Neither could really separate from the other. It was learned Monday that Bolin actually injured his knee this off-season and it required surgery. Bolin’s dad told Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal that Kyle tore the meniscus in his right knee. If you remember, he tore his ACL in his left knee during his senior year of high school. He is expected to be 100% when preseason camp starts.
By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.
With the July evaluation period in full swing, this past week brought us a good amount of updates to the notebook. The Cards have landed two commits so far, and spent a lot of time watching some of the top guards in the class. Enjoy this week’s notebook!
Isaiah Bricsoe – Briscoe continued to show why he is a 5-star PG this week, leading his team to the Peach Jam Championship. Briscoe really is the total package when it comes to playing the point guard position. Arizona and Louisville still look like the favorites to land Briscoe. This week Briscoe had this to say about the Cards to Adam Zagoria. “[Pitino] is a Hall of Fame coach. From what I hear, he lets his guards go. I can see that he runs a three-guard offense, lot of pick-and-rolls and things like that. I just want to go somewhere where I can play my game.” Pitino spent a lot of time watching Briscoe this week and left no doubt that the Cards are VERY interested in him. Briscoe told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Cards played his style of play, so are the feelings mutual? Most are pegging Briscoe to Arizona but if Allonzo Trier were to pop for the Wildcats, keep a very close eye on Briscoe. -Steve Rummage
Maybe I am just extra giddy about the fact that Louisville is in the ACC, but I am loving all the coverage from ACC Kickoff (media day). In the past, I have usually just said that I am a Louisville fan and that I really don’t care about the rest of our conference. Even in years when we needed the other teams to win games to get respect for the league, which is nearly every year. But now that isn’t the case. We are finally in a great league. And for the time being, and this will probably last a long time, I am a fan of the conference.
In saying that, yes this is a Louisville blog, and yes we start the season with Miami. So why would I post some random stuff about Jameis Winston? Because honestly, if there was a face of an entire conference, it’s him. Heisman Trophy winner, National Champion, and great with the media. Like him or not, this guy is the face of the ACC heading into this season.
Here is another interview that DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin did at the ACC Kickoff on Sunday. This is with the ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel.
It has been a very busy day for seniors DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin as they are at the ACC Kickoff (media days) in Greensboro, North Carolina. They have been doing different interviews and photo ops all day long. They just met with the media for a little Q & A, and here it is.
Q. What’s it like being a receiver in Bobby Petrino’s offense?
DEVANTE PARKER: It’s a good experience. We know that Coach Petrino, he likes to put up points on the board, so that’s the best thing about being a receiver in coach Petrino’s offense.
Q. What’s the reception been like from the ACC and what do you expect in the opening game against Miami?
DEVANTE PARKER: We just expect to come out and play hard like we did in the bowl game, even though we’ve got new players and coaches and stuff, but we’re just going to come out and play hard and try to get a W.
Raymond Spalding has just become the 2nd commitment in the class of 2015 for Rick Pitino and the Cards. The power forward from right here in town (Trinity High School) is listed at 6’9 and 200 lbs and he is a 4-star prospect across the four major recruiting sites. He chose the Cards over Indiana and Xavier. Duke had also started to show interest as of late.
Throughout this summer and the AAU season, Spalding has seen his stock rise. He was on the radar for the Cards of course, but he wasn’t thought to be a front-runner in the minds of the coaches. Even when he visited in June and left campus with an offer, you got the feeling that 5-star Stephen Zimmerman was still option #1 and Spalding may be the backup plan.
The official media predictions will be released on Monday, but I figured I would go ahead and give my predictions for how I think the standings will be in the ACC this season. This prediction will mean about as much as the media one that comes out tomorrow, which is not much at all. The games have to be played on the field, so whatever we predict is just good for conversation and debate. Pretty soon I will post my game-by-game prediction for the Cards, but for now, here are my predicted standings…
1) Florida State
5) North Carolina State
6) Boston College
7) Wake Forest
Andrea Adelson and the rest of the ACC bloggers for ESPN.com have been counting down the best backups in the conference for the upcoming season. At #2, they highlighted Louisville running back Michael Dyer. Here is what they said about Dyer. I give you my thoughts afterwards…
Projected role in 2014: Backup to Dominique Brown. The Cardinals are deep at running back, with Brown, Dyer, Corvin Lamb and Brandon Radcliff returning — along with the addition of freshman L.J. Scott, who had an outstanding spring. Though coach Bobby Petrino has said he wants Brown to get 20-25 carries a game, the depth here will help the Cards. Especially since Petrino is known for getting multiple backs involved in the offense. In three previous head coaching stops, Petrino has had two backs with over 100 carries five times. During his first run at Louisville, Petrino had three backs with 75 or more carries three out of his four seasons. There is ample opportunity for the ball to go around, especially with the skill and versatility at the position.
It was the last Summer League game for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game is full of a lot of guys just trying to make the roster, some I haven’t even heard of. I am not on the couch watching the game on my nice TV. And that’s because the game is not even on TV. It is on ESPN3. Sure, I probably could have hooked my computer up to the TV and watched, but then this wouldn’t have been as interesting. So I sit here on my Google Chromebook, headphones in, watching an NBA Summer League game on a Friday night. And you know what? IT WAS AWESOME!
Russ Smith and the Pelicans squared off against Gorgui Dieng and the Timberwolves. Both guys played over 25 minutes in the 40 minute game, so there weren’t many times where neither was on the floor. For what it’s worth, the Timberwolves beat the Pelicans 97-78. Gorgui Dieng finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Russ Smith finished with 21 points and 3 assists.
Three former Cards were in action on Thursday in the NBA Summer League, and here is how they did…
*Gorgui Dieng – Gorgui posted another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves lost 100-86 to the Kings. He also had 3 assists and 3 blocks, along with 5 turnovers. He shot 5-15 from the field and was 5-6 from the free throw line. He started and played 35 minutes. I would say that Gorgui is in line for a very good season. But if Kevin Love does get traded, he could have a great season. The Timberwolves may not, but Gorgui sure will!
Bobby Petrino met with members of the media on Thursday afternoon to give an update on the team, much like Rick Pitino did just a week or so ago. There may not have been any breaking news at this press conference, but I love knowing that the season is now less than 7 weeks away! Just hearing Petrino talk about the players and the scheme and the schedule, it has to get you fired up! Ok, it doesn’t have to, but that would be nice so I am not the only one.
You can check out the video here from thecrunchzone.com. As always, we appreciate their coverage of these things. Below that I have listed some of the key points in case you don’t have time to watch the whole video.
*Petrino is excited about the gains that the team has made in the weight room. He says it will be exciting in a couple weeks when they do their testing to see how much stronger they are and what type of shape they are in.
*He is very excited about the attitudes and work ethic of the players.
Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal wrote that wide receiver Robert Clark has left the University of Louisville football team and transferred to Samford, which is in Birmingham, Alabama. I am not shocked that he left, because apparently he wanted to be more of “the guy” in the offense. As we know, the Cards are loaded at wide receiver. And if anyone is going to be “the guy”, it will be DeVante Parker. What surprises me is that he left LAST MONTH. In today’s society of social media, I am very surprised that this wasn’t already well-known. But now it is, and here is some of Greer’s article…
With the July evaluation period in full swing, there is always some kind of recruiting news going on. This isn’t going to be as detailed as the weekly notebook that we put out on Monday’s (which you should check out), but it will just be some quick-hitters to update you on who Coach Pitino and his staff (Kenny Johnson and Wyking Jones) watched on Wednesday evening while they were at the Under Armour event in Georgia.
It was a pretty active day for former Cards in the NBA Summer League on Wednesday. Gorgui Dieng had the best overall game, while Luke Hancock and Kyle Kuric also saw action in their games. Here is how all three did…
*Gorgui Dieng – The big man absolutely dominated the glass, grabbing 19 rebounds to go along with his 13 points as the Timberwolves beat the Suns 86-77. He added 1 assist and 2 steals while shooting 6-13 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line. He started and played nearly 35 minutes. In 4 games this summer, Gorgui is averaging 10.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. With the win, the Timberwolves advanced in the summer league championship bracket and will face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.