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Meet New U of L Special Teams & Inside Linebackers Coach, Tony Grantham

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PRESS RELEASE:

Tony Grantham, Todd’s brother, was named the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville also on Thursday after spending the last six seasons at the Naval Academy.

Tony Grantham, in addition to serving the past six seasons as Navy’s outside linebackers coach, has been with the Naval Academy for 10 years overall.

He was influential in guiding Navy to a 9-4 record last season and a win over Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The 2013 Navy team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games, beat Army, and win a bowl game. The Navy defense held eight of its 13 opponents below their scoring average for the season.

“Tony is a great young coach,” said head coach Bobby Petrino. “I like what he did at Navy and am excited for him to bring his knowledge and enthusiasm to Louisville. Tony is a great addition to our defensive staff.”

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Meet New U of L Assistant Coach & DC: Todd Grantham

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PRESS RELEASE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Widely regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the country, Todd Grantham was tabbed by University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino to become the school’s defensive coordinator and safeties coach on Thursday.

Todd comes to Louisville after four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, including two seasons as the associate head coach. During his time with Georgia, the Bulldogs advanced to four-consecutive bowl games and compiled a 36-18-1 record with Grantham at the helm of the defense.

“To get a coach like Todd Grantham on our staff says a lot about our program,” Petrino said. “I’ve had the opportunity to compete against Todd’s defenses over the years and have been very impressed with his scheme and how hard his players compete. Todd will be a great addition to lead our defense.”

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Bowl Projections 12/2/13

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Here are the Bowl projections from around the country for the Cards as of this week:

Jerry Palm:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Miami, FL

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Phil Steele:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Duke

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Yahoo Sports:
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)
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ESPN:
BOWL (MATCHUP)                          Mark Schlabach             Brad Edwards
Russell Athletic (ACC vs. American) Miami (FL) vs. Louisville Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
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Scout.com:
Russell Athletic Bowl Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
ACC No. 3 vs. AAC No. 2 Projected Matchup: Duke vs. Louisville
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So there are the current projections which all of them have us going to Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl. We have Miami (3 votes) Va Tech (1) and Duke (2)
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Cards Hold Off Rival Memphis 24-17

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Ok guys where do we start? First off it is Senior Day and 38 degrees and it is time to honor the guys that came to give us all they had for 4-5 years. The turnout fluctuated. There were about 30k at kickoff, 40k at beginning of 2nd quarter, got up to around 45k at peak, then dropped to 30k after start of 4th and finally dipped to about 20-25 once Memphis started scoring in 4th quarter. We have to do better. We have to be there in our seats 30 minutes prior to kick-off. We have to stay until the clock hits 0:00. We have to fill up the stadium for senior day and every other day. We will likely be up to 70k seats within 2 years and I will tell you this, ACC away fans will make the trips and turn our home games into theirs.

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Most Memphis Fans Have Little Hope….

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I am sitting here after a long days work and as always I can’t sleep. Seeing that Senior Day is coming up on Saturday I thought to myself, wonder what Memphians think about our upcoming rivalry game Saturday. For as long as I can remember, Memphis has been our rival through many, many years and many conferences. The rivalry hasn’t been action packed with memories though. Lavell Boyd’s impossible catch from Chris Redman as time elapsed is the only standout memory for me. (video below) To me the rivalry was always special.  I wonder if they feel the same way.

The only way I knew to see how they felt was to wander over to the old message boards. I mean we are 23.5 point favorites Saturday at noon over the 3-6 Memphis Tigers. Normally when we are that big of a favorite the fan bases talk a lot of crap. We are 0-3 on Senior Day under Charlie Strong by a combined 13 points; do they have false hope? So I wandered on over to the Memphis message boards to see what was going on. Here’s a few comments:

The post was titled…….Bowl Eligible…..I swear!

fatherof25: With 3 games left, we must win out to get bowl eligible. We would have to upset Louisville but after that game we have 2 very winnable games against UConn (0 wins) and Temple (1 win). My guess is we get it. What are your predictions.

First off, congrats…..screen name says it all. You must be exhausted

TOGC: As much as I’d love to see us beat our rivals Louisville, I doubt it’s going to happen.  We’ll probably lose that one and win the last two. Still, 5 wins is an improvement over last season, especially considering that the AAC has been proven tougher than the old C-USA.

I would agree with that. Even though a lot of people have trashed this conference it ended up being a lot better than most thought

fatherof25: Yea that is the most likely scenario but I’m holding on to the fact that we play to the level of our competition. Look at them Ucf game. If it wasn’t for some bad luck in the last few minutes that’s a win. So while losing to Louisville is likely, you can’t count us out. BTW anyone going to the game?

Seems Very respectful, very level headed so far…….still can’t get over the 25….

TigerNMunford: I am one of the biggest Tiger fans around and if I had seen massive improvements in the offense then I would say we have a good shot against Loserville but I don’t think we have enough to get over that hump at their house. Not saying impossible but an extremely low probability at this point. Defense continues to impress but we are going to need points. I was there that night they flew their BE flag and we creamed them. I won’t give up hope but am glad to see how close we came. MTSU or UCF and we could be in a bowl. Heck, take away all the turnovers and we played Houston as well as everyone else. Win at least the 2 winnable games and give the Crudinals all we can. Team has improved, expectations will be higher next year. All in all, this was better than I expected based on the preseason. Competitive and most folks know they were in a game. More good times to come!

Ahhhh there’s the Loserville reference…..

bleedtigerblue: They need two more recruiting classes, according to the HC. Hope the coaches can find the underrated players like some other teams seem to do. Evaluation and recruiting is Job1. Thay said, we seem to overachieive when playing ranked rival teams in November, just ask Peyton Manning.

Now that’s just a little Overzealous…..and Who’s Thay? Is that Memphis’s war cry like the Saints or the Bengals….

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Tiger3760: When is the last time we played more then one ranked team in a year?  Three are ranked now. We were robbed at MTSU, and after watching that kid’s catch for UCF this weekend and how they beat us, I think they are a team of destiny this year. The SMU game was a stinker, but the defense almost pulled it out. Recruiting is going well, and the freshmen are starting to contribute. IMO, the future is very bright.

Agree with UCF being a team of destiny this year, recruiting isn’t going well, future isn’t bright..

Go Cards!

Only footage of “The Catch” I could find was in this Highlight reel of Lavell’s. Watch it all or go to the 8:09 mark. Sometimes I think because he really only got to play for 1 and a half seasons how great and clutch he really was. #L1C4

Bowl Projections: 10-18-13

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Here are the Bowl projections from around the country for the Cards as of this week:

Jerry Palm:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Virginia Tech

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Phil Steele:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Virginia Tech

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Yahoo Sports:
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)
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ESPN:
BOWL (MATCHUP)                          Mark Schlabach             Brad Edwards
Russell Athletic (ACC vs. American) Miami (FL) vs. Louisville Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
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Scout.com:
Sat, Dec 28   6:45 pm ESPN Russell Athletic Bowl Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL ACC No. 3 vs. AAC No. 2 Projected Matchup: Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
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So there are the current projections which all of them have us going to Orlando for the Florida Citrus Bowl. The opponents vary but all say Orlando.

Cards Hold Off The Coogs 20-13

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The newly anointed cardinal “BOOM” had hit all the major sports team at UofL this week. It was assumed we would see a boom on the Football field tonight and we did…kind of. The Cardinal D BOOMed when we needed them too as the D held high-powered Houston to under 200 total yards. On Offense Dominique Brown ran for a career-high of 137 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the third quarter, and No. 19 Louisville held on to beat Houston 20-13 on Saturday night. Teddy Bridgewater added 203 yards passing and an uncharacteristic TouchDown total of zero. Devante Parker had 4 catches for 72 yards. Preston Brown added nine tackles on Defense and Roy Philon, Marcus Smith & Lorenzo Mauldin all had a sack. John Wallace was 2-2 on Field Goals and 2-2 on extra points.

The game marked Louisville’s first Saturday night contest in five years and its first meeting against Houston since a 65-27 victory in 2004 – their second straight 60-point performance against the Cougars. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater had his streak of 21 games with a touchdown pass end. The Cards play Memphis at Noon on Saturday at PJCS.

Go Cards!

BlackOut!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enuff Said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Cards!

4* OT Lukayus McNeil Commits To Louisville

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It may be Boom time in Basketball but in Football season it’s TrainHorn time. Today the Cards recruiting train kept rolling as the cards picked up a commitment from 6’7 272 pound OT Lukayus McNeil. The pick up is crucial for the Cards Offensive line. Lukayus picked the Cards over Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Michigan State among a host of others. Lukayus is another multi-sport phenom as he plays basketball and even won the Indiana State Championship in shot put his Senior year. The crystal Ball Forecasts were way off on  this one having Mich St at 72%, IU at 20% and UL at 8%.

Go Cards!

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Bowl Projections: Week 12

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Here are the Bowl projections from around the country for the Cards as of this week:

Jerry Palm:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Virginia Tech

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Phil Steele:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Virginia Tech

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Yahoo Sports:
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Georgia Tech (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)
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ESPN:
BOWL (MATCHUP)                          Mark Schlabach             Brad Edwards
Russell Athletic (ACC vs. American) Miami (FL) vs. Louisville Miami (FL) vs. Louisville
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Scout.com:
Sat, Dec 28   6:45 pm ESPN Russell Athletic Bowl Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL ACC No. 3 vs. AAC No. 2Projected Matchup: Georgia Tech vs. Louisville
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Cardinal Athletics: Weekend In Review 11-10-13

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Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 8th through Sunday November 10th around CardNation:

Friday November 8th

Women’s Volleyball: Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl had 17 kills to help the University of Louisville remain unbeaten at 12-0 in the American Athletic Conference as they held off a determined University of Houston in five sets, 25-17, 25-18, 13-25, 23-25, 15-6. Brooke Mattingly added 10 kills and Janelle Jenkins pitching in 11 kills.  Maya McClendon and Katie George each had double-doubles for Louisville with 10 kills and 20 digs and 34 assists and 18 digs, respectively. Caitlin Welch led the Cards with 25 digs, including her 2,000th career dig, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat.

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Huge Jump In Polls For The Cards!

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The Cards make their biggest jump in the polls in recent memory (feels like forever) as the Cards vault from 16 to 13. Okay I am exagerating on the vault but considering we have only moved up 1 spot or down in the polls the past two years it feels like eternity. here is the full Coaches Poll.

Go Cards!

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CSZ Forecast: UCONN

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Last week the Cards had a bye week and after a grueling time for us fans since our last game @ USF, tonight we get UCONN. The overall series is tied 2-2. UL average points vs UCONN away is 26.5 and UCONN is averaging 24.75 in this series at home. The line for tonight is 28 with the over/under is at under 49.5. Here is what CSZ thinks the final score will be and how Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater will fair against UCONN:

Daryl (@Darylfoust4): 378 yards 4 TD 39-10 UL win

Jeremy (@Jeremy_CSZ): 437 yards 4 TD 55-3 UL win

Justin (@JRVille25): 323 yards 3 TD 38-0 UL win

Steve (@Stiz_CSZ): 410 yards 4 TD 48-7 UL win

Go Cards!

P.S. This is how excited I was earlier since we hadn’t played forever:

zconvoNo I wasn’t serious….lol

Bowl Projections: Week 11

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Here are the Bowl projections from around the country for the Cards as of this week:

Jerry Palm:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Miami, FL

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Phil Steele:

Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Miami, FL

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Yahoo Sports:
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)
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ESPN:
BOWL (MATCHUP)                          Mark Schlabach             Brad Edwards
Russell Athletic (ACC vs. American) Miami (FL) vs. Louisville Georgia Tech vs. Louisville
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Scout.com:
Sat, Dec 28   6:45 pm ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
ACC No. 3 vs. AAC No. 2

Projected Matchup: Georgia Tech vs. Louisville

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So there are the current projections which all of them have us going to Orlando for the Florida Citrus Bowl. However I believe it will be UCF playing in their home city and Louisville in the BCS for a second straight year. I project that we will play in the Sugar Bowl for the second straight season vs Mizzou, A&M or Auburn.
Go Cards!

Cardinal Athletics: Weekend In Review 10-27-13

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Here is what happened the weekend of Friday October 25th through Sunday October 27th around CardNation:

Friday October 25th:

Women’s Volleyball: Emily Juhl had 21 kills, hitting .528 with two blocks to lead the University of Louisville to a 23-25, -25-10,25-17, 25-20 win over Rutgers in Volleyball action Friday night in Piscataway, N.J. Maya McClendon had her seventh double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs.  Hannah Kvitle had three aces and three kills at setter.  U of L moves to 13-7 and 8-0 in The American.

Women’s Soccer: Junior Erin Yenney scored on a penalty kick to lift Louisville to a 5-4 win in overtime over Cincinnati at Gettler Stadium on Friday night to wrap up the regular season.  Louisville improves to 12-4-1 on the year and 8-1-0 in league play.  The Bearcats fall to 8-10-1 overall and 4-4-1 in league play. Shannon Dennehey added 2 goals.

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Maxwell Semifinalists Announced

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The Semifinalists were announced today for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the Nation’s best Football Player. To absolutely nobodies surprise Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is on that list. Teddy has had an unbelievable season this year throwing for 2557 yards (319.6 avg per game) while completing an astronomical 73.7% of his passes. Teddy has thrown 23 Touchdown passes to only 2 Interceptions. Click Below to see full list.

Go Cards!

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Pryor Named Jim Thorpe Semifinalist

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University of Louisville junior safety Calvin Pryor has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s outstanding defensive back. The 15 semifinalists were announced today by the Jim Thorpe Association.

Pryor is a third-year junior from Port St. Joe, Fla., and Port St. Joe High School. He is second on the Cardinals in tackles this season with 47 and leads the team with three interceptions. He registered 11 tackles and an interception in Louisville’s lone loss of the season versus UCF on Oct. 18 and was credited with a career-high 14 tackles in a win over Rutgers on Oct. 10.

A three-year starter for the Cardinals, Pryor has made 28 consecutive starts dating back to the 2011 season. He recorded a career-best 100 tackles last season.

Thorpe Award finalists will be announced Nov. 25. 

College Football Coaches Poll 10/27/13

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Heres the full USA Today Coaches poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV
1 Alabama 8-0 1542 56 1
Crimson Tide
2 Oregon 8-0 1483 6 2
Ducks
3 Florida State 7-0 1419 0 3
Seminoles
4 Ohio State 8-0 1375 0 4
Buckeyes
5 Baylor 7-0 1293 0 5
Bears
6 Miami 7-0 1190 0 6
Hurricanes
7 Stanford 7-1 1182 0 8
Cardinal
8 Clemson 7-1 1064 0 10
Tigers
9 Oklahoma 7-1 933 0 12
Sooners
10 Missouri 7-1 834 0 7
Tigers
11 Auburn 7-1 804 0 17
Tigers
12 Oklahoma State 7-1 803 0 13
Cowboys
13 LSU 7-2 802 0 13
Tigers
14 Texas A&M 7-2 758 0 15
Aggies
15 Texas Tech 7-1 673 0 9
Red Raiders
16 South Carolina 6-2 627 0 20
Gamecocks
17 Louisville 7-1 579 0 16
Cardinals
18 Fresno State 7-0 542 0 18
Bulldogs
19 UCLA 5-2 432 0 11
Bruins
20 Northern Illinois 8-0 373 0 22
Huskies
21 Michigan 6-1 309 0 23
Wolverines
22 Central Florida 7-1 300 0 25
Knights
23 Wisconsin 5-2 253 0 24
Badgers
24 Michigan State 7-1 237 0 NR
Spartans
25 Notre Dame 6-2 83 0 NR
Fighting Irish
Schools Dropped Out

No. 19 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Nebraska.

Others Receiving Votes

Arizona State 57; Virginia Tech 53; Texas 31; Oregon State 22; Brigham Young 21; Houston 21; Georgia 20; Duke 8; Minnesota 6; Mississippi 6; Nebraska 6; Florida 4; Ball State 4; Iowa 1.

Latest Bowl Projections For The Cards

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Here are the latest bowl projections:

Non-BCS Bowls

Dec. 21 New Mexico (Albuquerque): San Jose State (MWC No. 4/5) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 7)

Dec. 21 Las Vegas (Las Vegas): Utah State (MWC No. 1) vs. Arizona (Pac-12 No. 5)

Dec. 21 Famous Idaho Potato (Boise): *Louisiana-Monroe (MWC) vs. Bowling Green (MAC No. 3)

Dec. 21 New Orleans (New Orleans): Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. Tulane (C-USA)

Dec. 23 Beef O’Brady’s (St. Petersburg): *Toledo (AAC No. 6) vs. East Carolina (C-USA)

Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): Colorado State (MWC) vs. Middle Tennessee (C-USA)

Dec. 26 Little Caesars (Detroit): *Western Kentucky (Big Ten No. 8) vs. Ball State (MAC)

Dec. 26 Poinsettia (San Diego): Boise State (MWC No. 2) vs. *Ohio (Army)

Dec. 27 Military (Washington, D.C.): Pittsburgh (ACC No. 8) vs. Tulsa (C-USA)

Dec. 27 Texas (Houston): TCU (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Indiana (Big Ten No. 6)

Dec. 27 Kraft Fight Hunger (San Francisco): Oregon State (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. BYU (BYU)

Dec. 28 Pinstripe (New York City): *Notre Dame (Big 12 No. 7) vs. Rutgers (AAC No. 4)

Dec. 28 Belk (Charlotte): Georgia Tech (ACC No. 5) vs. Houston (AAC No. 3)

Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)

Dec. 28 Buffalo Wild Wings (Phoenix): Texas (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Michigan (Big Ten No. 4/5)

Dec. 30 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Wyoming (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)

Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Boston College (ACC No. 6) vs. Auburn (SEC No. 7)

Dec. 30 Alamo (San Antonio): Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 3) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 No. 2)

Dec. 30 Holiday (San Diego): Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12 No. 3)

Dec. 31 Independence (Shreveport): North Carolina (ACC No. 7) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC No. 10)

Dec. 31 Sun (El Paso): Virginia Tech (ACC No. 4) vs. Washington (Pac-12 No. 4)

Dec. 31 Liberty (Memphis): Marshall (C-USA No. 1) vs. Tennessee (AAC/SEC No. 8/9)

Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A (Atlanta): Clemson (ACC No. 2) vs. Ole Miss (SEC No. 5)

Jan. 1 Gator (Jacksonville): Iowa (Big Ten No. 4/5) vs. Georgia (SEC No. 6)

Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas (Dallas): Northwestern (Big Ten No. 7) vs. Rice (C-USA)

Jan. 1 Capital One (Orlando): Michigan State (Big Ten No. 2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC No. 2)

Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Nebraska (Big Ten No. 3) vs. South Carolina (SEC)

Jan. 3 Cotton (Arlington): Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC)

Jan. 4 BBVA Compass (Birmingham): Cincinnati (AAC No. 5/C-USA) vs. Florida (SEC No. 8/9)

Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com (Mobile): Northern Illinois (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt No. 2)

BCS bowls

Jan. 1 Rose (Pasadena): Ohio State (Big Ten No. 1) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 No. 1)

Jan. 1 Fiesta (Glendale): Baylor (Big 12 No. 1) vs. Fresno State (BCS)

Jan. 2 Sugar (New Orleans): Missouri (SEC No. 1) vs. Central Florida (BCS)

Jan. 3 Orange (Miami): Florida State (ACC No. 1) vs. Wisconsin (BCS)

Jan. 6 BCS national championship (Pasadena): Alabama (BCS No. 1) vs. Oregon (BCS No. 2)

 

Go Cards!

Official Statement From UofL Regarding Clint Hurtt

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As many of you know by now, a decision has been made by A.D. Tom Jurich in regards to the situation regarding Recruiter and D-Line Coach Clint Hurtt. That decision was to retain his services. I for one am happy that we get to keep this man on staff at Louisville. The things he does for these young kids on and off the field are amazing. Each of the players I talked to have mentioned he is like a father to them. I do understand that some of you may not agree with me however I am entitled to my opinion. I firmly believe if there was even one thing that the AD seen that made him think that Mr Hurtt was bad for business here that he would have terminated him today. If you trust in Tom Jurich to do the right thing by now then I don’t know that you ever will. He has done too much to build up our sports program to have anything tear it down. Here is the official statement released around 1:55 pm to the media:

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