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ESPN Ranks Nations Top Basketball/Football Tandems

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ESPN released a list of their top Basketball/Football tandems in college sports. Being an all-around athletics program is something we take a lot of pride in at the University of Louisville. Basketball team are coming off of a National Championship a few years ago and the football team coming off of multiple bowl victories. I think we are ranked a few spots too low but am happy overall with the perception just a few days into the Petrino era. Louisville was ranked the 5th best program for the 2 sports. Check out the full list below!

Go Cards!

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My First ACC Game

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My first game with Louisville as a member of the ACC was magnificent. It started out with the best CardMarch I have ever been to. It didn’t seem like I tailgated since 3pm either. I know some were out longer but that’s the earliest I could get out. Walking through the sea of CardNation after the CardMarch was amazing too. Walked by Luke Hancock, the entire UofL Basketball Team and even seen Miss Rose Bridgewater. It was a great time. Then we took the long walk to Section 9 Row GG to our seats. I thought I was gonna die. I sat down and did not move until the clock hit 0:00. (unlike 20% of the crowd) But I understood this time, Late night game, work and school tomorrow, I will give you some slack. I will not however give the 15,000 people who decided to spend the 2nd half on the party deck any slack. lol. They really should make those standing room only seats. It would increase capacity too!. The game was what I expected from a “Rookie” QB. Will Gardner did have a rough night but he didn’t do anything wrong that coaching and a nice game vs Murray State won’t fix. 3rd most yards in a opener under Petrino at QB isn’t too shabby either. Dom Brown and the entire receiving core impressed me. We said multiple people would have to step up to cover DP being out and boy did they ever. The entire Defense was amazing too. Lozo, Rankins, Kelsey AKA Mr 55 (cheap pop), Floyd, Sample, Holliman, Brown, Burgess and whoever else I forgot just made me glow.

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ACC Technology>AAC

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Well guys, we aren’t in Kansas anymore. Oh that’s right…we were in Houston, Central Florida and Philly. Sorry guys. With a greater league comes greater interaction. The ACC has impressed me with two of their releases so far (2-2) in @TheACCDN and The ACC Football Challenge App. It’s available on all platforms for just .99 and it allows interactions in game form that could lead you to a trip to the 2014 ACC title game. You can even play as the newly joined Louisville Cardinals and kick your way to Charlotte. Sounds cool to me. The ACC Digital Network is also available on all platforms and takes you behind the scenes of your favorite team in the ACC and lets you watch past games and other fun stuff. Below is the Press Release and the link for the App!

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Louisville Falls 5-3 In Game One

 

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Some people need sleep off a tough loss. Waiting all week for a big game just to lose is something you never want to happen and as a Louisville fan something we don’t have to experience often as of late. We did however have to last night. The Cards fell 5-3 last night in game 1 of the 2014 CWS to rival Vanderbilt. They will play 12 time CWS Finals participant Texas in an elimination game Monday at 3pm on ESPN2. You can watch it through Watch ESPN on your mobile device through the app or click this link for viewing on your PC . The Longhorns have appeared in the CWS 35 times reaching the finals 12 times and winning it all 6 times. The Texas Longhorns have the highest winning percentage in  NCAA Division I college baseball with a win percentage of .740. The Longhorns rank second in all-time number of total wins (3,246) in history. I told you earlier in the week I was worried about Vandy due to them being a mirror image of our program. They Louisville’d us last night for sure. Not too many teams in America can play small-ball like Vandy and Louisville. No need to be worried however, I feel like this loss will be the wake up call we needed. We had been breezing through the tourney and sometimes a loss is not what you want, but what you need. I fully expect to see a rematch of last nights game this weekend. The 1-0 game between UC Irvine & Vanderbilt will be Monday night at 8pm. The 2014 CWS finals are Monday June 23 through Wednesday June 25th if necessary. Good luck to our guys and go Cards.

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Men’s AP Top 25 Poll (Feb 17)

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AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Syracuse (64) 25-0 1,624
2 Florida (1) 23-2 1,543
3 Wichita State 27-0 1,489
4 Arizona 23-2 1,427
5 Duke 20-5 1,296
6 San Diego State 22-2 1,232
7 Cincinnati 23-3 1,157
8 Kansas 19-6 1,129
9 Villanova 22-3 1,020
10 Saint Louis 23-2 1,019
11 Louisville 21-4 991
11 Creighton 21-4 991
13 Michigan State 21-5 788
14 Virginia 21-5 752
15 Iowa 19-6 721
16 Wisconsin 21-5 609
17 Iowa State 19-5 597
18 Kentucky 19-6 579
19 Texas 20-5 577
20 Michigan 18-7 421
21 Connecticut 20-5 382
22 Memphis 19-6 204
23 UCLA 20-5 168
24 Ohio State 20-6 133
25 Gonzaga 23-4 112
  • Others receiving votes: North Carolina 54, Arizona State 45, Southern Methodist 21, Pittsburgh 21, Stephen F. Austin 8, Oklahoma 7, New Mexico 3, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Green Bay 1, Kansas State 1, Louisiana Tech 1
  • Dropped from rankings: Southern Methodist 23, Pittsburgh 25

****Update On Recruiting Rumors****

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Just got off the phone with a source. He informed me that if James Franklin is named the new HC at Penn State, 4* DE Lloyd Tubman may be back on the market. The current Vandy commit is a huge James Franklin guy so it would not surprise me to see him follow his coach up to Penn State if he is named the new Head Coach.

What does this have to do with Louisville you may be asking? The source informed me that the Cards have a good shot of flipping the commitment to Louisville. Charlie never offered Tubman despite Tubmans interest. Coach Strong did not recruit the city as well as he should have in my opinion so flipping a 4* commit would be great after todays news of decommits.

Source tells me if he decommits Tubman would consider Penn State, Louisville, Kentucky, Nebraska, & Purdue

Here are some Highlights:

Go Cards!

AAU Nationals to be held in Louisville

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Last night Evan Daniels of Scout.com broke the news that the AAU Basketball Nationals will be held in Louisville Ky starting this summer. For the last 10 years this event has been held in Orlando Florida at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. This is huge news for the city of Louisville and the surrounding areas for a number of reasons.

1. This will bring over 3 Million Dollars to the city each year.

2. Schools like Bellarmine, EKU, and others will be able to recruit much easier and more cost efficient.

3. For Louisville and uk this will event brings in the Elite basketball players in the nation for an entire week.

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Coaches Poll 10-6-13

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Rank Team Record Points First Place Votes Previous Rank
1

                Alabama                

5-0 1544 57 1
2

                Oregon                

5-0 1486 4 2
3

                Clemson                

5-0 1356 1 4
3

Ohio St.

6-0 1356 0 3
5

                Stanford                

5-0 1327 0 5
6

                Florida St.                

5-0 1188 0 8
7

                Georgia                

4-1 1130 0 6
8
 

                Louisville                

5-0 1105 0 7
9

                Texas A&M                

4-1 1067 0 9
10

                Oklahoma                

5-0 964 0 10
11

                LSU                

5-1 953 0 11
12

                South Carolina                

4-1 833 0 12
13

                UCLA                

4-0 807 0 13
14

                Miami                

5-0 747 0 14
15

                Baylor                

4-0 698 0 16
16

                Michigan                

5-0 591 0 17
17

                Florida                

4-1 574 0 19
18

                Northwestern                

4-1 393 0 15
19

                Washington                

4-1 366 0 18
20

                Oklahoma St.                

4-1 350 0 20
21

                Texas Tech                

5-0 336 0 22
22

                Fresno St.                

5-0 325 0 21
23

                Northern Illinois                

5-0 169 0 23
24

                Nebraska                

4-1 125 0 25
25

                Virginia Tech                

5-1 97 0 NR
Schools Dropped Out
Others Receiving Votes
Missouri (5-0) 86; Notre Dame (4-2) 58; Wisconsin (3-2) 29; Michigan State (4-1) 16; Auburn (4-1) 11; Central Florida (4-1) 11; Oregon State (4-1) 8; Rutgers (4-1) 8; Arizona (3-1) 4; Arizona State (3-2) 4; Ball State (5-1) 3; Brigham Young (3-2) 2.

Cards Go Wild In The 2nd Half Sunday, Win 4-2

 

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The #16th ranked University of Louisville Men’s Soccer were on a 2 game losing streak so they needed to come out Sunday and put CSU Bakersfield away early to get some of their mojo back. They did the most logical thing one can think of when you have lost two in a row..be down 2-0 at halftime. That would change quick. After a quick 50 seconds into the second half, the Cards got loose after Ockford scored a goal and 13 minutes later Ivan Gutierrez evened the score at 2 with his first career goal. Scoring cooled down for awhile until Zack Foxhoven scored the game winner 85 minutes in and Marlon Hairston added an insurance goal 88:59 in by knocking one in from deep right side. The Cards go to Orlando for their Athletic Conference opener at UCF on Saturday at 7 p.m., ET.

Go Cards!

Cards Fall To #17 uk Last Night

 

The Cards lost a hard fought battle last night in Lexington as the Volleyball Cards went down 3-2 to the 17th ranked kentucky team. After winning the first game the Cards dropped 2 straight. They won the fourth and were down big in the fifth before coming back to take the lead but ultimately losing in game 5. Maya McClendon’s lead the team with 17 kills and 16 digs. The Cards are now at 2-4 and unranked

Below is the official press release

Go Cards!

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Louisville Volleyball Projected To Win The AAC, Also Preseason Conference P.O.Y And All-Conference Team Announced

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Well in the case the P in P.O.Y. stands for players. Seniors Emily Juhl and Brooke Mattingly have been tabbed the American Athletic Conferences’ inaugural Pre-season Players Of The Year. Also the Cards were tabbed to win the conference in its’ first season. 4 Cards were named 1st team pre-season all-conference selections including 3 unanimous picks. Sr Caitlin Welch joins Mattingly and Juhl as unanimous selections. Hannah Kvittle was the 4th person selected. The following is a press release via TheAmerican.org

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Montrezl At Adidas Nations Highlight Clip

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Up late and I found this video from Adidas Nations I thought my CardFam would enjoy….

Go Cards!

Football Mini-Plans On Sale Tomorrow

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Are you REaDy? I know I am. Football season is around the corner, just 4 short weeks away. This season is surely to be one of the most exciting in the school’s history. CardNation you need to get out and attend the games and show support for your squad. While season tickets are about sold out, the university announced that once again there will be three game mini-packages released tomorrow for the upcoming season. Single game tickets will also be available starting tomorrow. The following press release is courtesy of GOCards.com…

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Adam Hadwin Update: U.S Open Championship

UofL’s own, Adam Hadwin is currently tied for 148 in the 113th U.S Open Championship.

Inclement weather yesterday lead to two delays in the first round of the U.S Open. Louisville’s Adam Hadwin’s tee time was delayed to 6:01pm, forcing him, along with many others, to finish the first round early this morning.

Hadwin got in five holes before officials called golfers in due to darkness at 8:15pm.

Through the first five, Hadwin was even par. He started out this morning making par on six before three straight bogeys to finish out the front nine, scoring 39, +3, on the front nine.

Hadwin started the back nine out with a bogey on 10 followed by two birdies on 11 and 12. The round went downhill from there. Hadwin bogeyed 13, 14 and 15, putting him at +7. On 16, Adam had a double bogey followed by two more bogeys on 17 and 18.

A rough start for Adam Hadwin in the first round. He shot 81 in the first round, +11.

As of right now, the projected cut going into the weekend is +4.

With the greens playing fast, Hadwin needs to take advantage of every shot today to avoid being cut before the weekend.

Adam Hadwin tees off in the second round at 12:01pm. Coverage is live on ESPN.

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Former Louisville Golf Star in the U.S. Open

Former Louisville golf star, Adam Hadwin, is appearing in his second majors championship this weekend at the 2013 U.S. Open Championship.

Adam Hadwin was one of three co-medallists after going nine under through 36 holes in the U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. His performance earned him a ticket to play at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania for the 113th U.S. Open Championship.

Hadwin’s first majors championship appearance was in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, DC. Finishing tied for 39th, he was the top Canadian at the championship.

Adam is back at the Open this year competing with some of the best in the sport such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson.

Hadwin tees off at 6:01pm. Live coverage is on ESPN until 3pm when it switches over to NBC (WAVE 3).

Send your kids to 2013 Camp Rondo!!

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Rajon Rondo will host his annual basketball camp this year at Mid America Sports Complex in Louisville. We have all the details for you right here!

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OSU Pres. Gordon Gee spouts off and UofL Responds

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By: Steven Rummage

Gordon Gee comments:

The top goal of Big Ten presidents is to “make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity,” Gee said. “So you won’t see us adding Louisville,” which is also joining the ACC.

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Louisville’s Response:

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“I would say in that particular president’s case, it’s not unusual at all, to make statements, and then have to retract them later,” U of L president Dr. James Ramsey said. “I thank my lucky stars I’m not president of Ohio State and had some of the probation problems and some of the NCAA problems  that they’ve had.”

 

Additional Response

““We understand this is not the first time President Gee has made statements he has regretted. We accept his apology. But we will go ahead and send information to his office that might improve his knowledge of the school which is, perhaps, experiencing the sharpest upward trajectory of its academic and athletic programs of any school in the country.”

Am I the only one that is kind of seeing President Ramsey in a Greek God role right now! Gosh I love this University. Oh and Gee also took shots at Uk………Which I’m ok with.

 

 

 

Paintin’ Siva

Press Release

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“Paintin’ Siva” Limited Edition Art Print Hand Signed by Peyton Siva

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     The “Paintin’ Siva” Special Edition Art Print has just been released and is available for a limited time only. Hand-signed by Peyton Siva (2013 NCAA National Champion) and the artist, the print is of an original painting by renowned artist Aaron Kizer.

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Title Take 2-Meet The Huskies

Title Take 2-Meet The Huskies

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National Championship Game Preview

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Elite Once More! UL 77 Oregon 69

Post Game Wrap Up

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Coming into the game, coach Rick Pitino knew that this Oregon team was highly under seeded. Starting out the game, Louisville forced turnovers early and attacked the paint, with all 10 of their first points coming from the paint. Peyton Siva was in early foul trouble and had to sit down. It appeared that the Cardinals would struggle without Siva, however it was the opposite. The Louisville bench stepped up and players like Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock filled in the gap, as the Cards got up to a 24-8 lead early. As time ticked down, Oregon began to chop away at the lead. The Ducks went into the locker room, starving for a sign of life, down 45-31.

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