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The Louisville Football recruiting class of 2017 is shaping up to be the best recruiting class in program history. With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, let’s take a look at some of the remaining recruits the coaching staff has their eyes on.
24/7 Sports Rating: 4* (.9088)
19th ranked running back
Other School of Interest: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Missouri, USF
24/7 Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: Louisville (50%), Florida (50%)
After a very good week of games for the now No. 12 Louisville Cardinals, the Cardinals were bitten by the injury bug. Quentin Snider suffered a hip injury in the Duke game but finished the game, it was released Monday that he will miss the next 2-3 weeks due to the injury. Still, the Cardinals notched a win against then No. 7 Duke on Saturday and a win against Pitt on Wednesday pushing the Cards to 15-3 (3-2 in ACC).
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Louisville, KY — A monstrous first half gave the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals a 40 point win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 91-51.
The No. 9 Louisville Cardinals entered the evening looking for its 100th victory in the KFC Yum! Center on Denny Crum Court. Fresh off a 63-59 win against the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes, Louisville wanted to continue its streak.
On this episode we recap the Duke win and also look at what the next few games are going to be like without Quentin Snider. We discuss the addition of Mike Summers and what it means to Lousiville Football going forward. The crew talks about which player(s) they are excited to see for football next year. Also, we vent, and I yell at Krueger. All that and more on this episode.
“He is an athlete now at 6’8 like Luke Hancock, that’s what type of game he has, but when he loses that (weight) and gets to eight, seven percent body fat he’s going to be explosive and we are going to do it this summer and this is a great class. Best class I’ve had.”
We all know Pitino is prone to hyperbole but saying this is the best class he has had may be closer to the truth than we give him credit for, and I tend to agree with him. The goal going into recruiting was to get “Louisville guys.” With Jordan, Lance, Darius and Malik, I feel Pitino got everything he needs to hang another banner in the YUM Center. Looking forward to seeing these guys with the current team. The future is bright!
In the wee hours of the morning while most of CardNation was asleep, the Cards landed another commitment, this time from 4 star defensive end Aaron Odom. According to Scout.com, Odom is the 22nd ranked defensive end in the 2017 class, as well as the 1st ranked defensive end in the state of Mississippi. Odom flipped from Miss State to the Cards. Good to see that hiring of new defensive coaches Peter Sirmon and Lorenzo Ward is already paying early dividends on the recruiting front.
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“This is the kind of performance that defines the term “one-man orchestra” when it comes to basketball. Peyton Siva did every-freaking-thing to hand Alba Berlin a precious first victory in the Top 16. He came three boards short of a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and increased the number of possessions for his team with 5 steals. Essentially, he made his 4 turnovers look non-existent while he registered 35 points in the PIR evaluation system”
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After a short time in Turkey, Russ Smith has rejoined his former NBDL team, the Delaware 87ers. Russ was just in town and was court side for the Duke game. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal filed this report about Russ…
Lamar Jackson will enter the 2017 season looking to do what only one college football player has ever done. That is the tall task of repeating as the Heisman Trophy winner. Several players have been invited back to New York as a Heisman finalist the year after winning the award but only Ohio State’s Archie Griffin has heard his name called in consecutive years (1974 and 1975).
Today the D1 top 25 came out & to nobodies surprise the ACC was well represented. The ACC has 7, SEC 5, Pac 12 3, Big 12 2 & Big 10 with 1.
Great starting point for the Cards this year. A lot of room for improvement. It’s almost time to get back to Jim Patterson Stadium! Click more for the full list:
Man, what a wild ride this season was.
The 2016 season for the Louisville Football Cardinals was certainly a memorable one, although at times, it was for both the right and wrong reasons. Now that the dust has settled on one of the more noteworthy seasons in Cardinal Football history, its time to look back and ask ourselves: “Where are we now? Are we on the right track? What is the current state of the Louisville Football program?”
The piece was originally supposed to be a tag team live stream open discussion with Jeremy and I, following the Houston game. Prior to that game, Louisville was 9-1, and we had every reason to believe that we still had a legitimate shot to crack the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. While we still needed help from other teams, we still had hope that with our Heisman candidate quarterback and our high-octane offense, that we could still find a way.
Louisville, KY — In a race to the final buzzer, the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes gave the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals all it could handle. But, it was the Cardinals who emerged victorious, 63-59.
“They are a good team,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said of Miami’s ability to hang in the game. “They’re a top 15, top 12 team. That’s what going to happen.”
The No. 14 Miami Hurricanes entered the game looking for its third road win against a top-25 team. The Hurricanes are 2-1 on the road this season against ranked opponents and 2-2 versus top-15 opponents. Miami, fresh off handing Virginia Tech its first loss of the season, came into the KFC Yum! Center looking for a second consecutive top 15 win.
Louisville, KY — Louisville women’s hoops grabs two more McDonald’s All-Americans.
Late last night, ESPNU announced both the girls and boys selections for the McDonald’s All-American game.
Louisville signees Dana Evans (Gary, IN) and Loretta Kakala (CA) were selected to play in girls game. Evans will represent the East, while Kakala will represent the West.
The duo are the 10th and 11th signees in school history to earn the prestigious distinction. All of which have been recruited by Coach Jeff Walz.
Dana Evans, a 5’6 guard, is a five-star prospect currently ranked seventh overall by espnW HoopGurlz.
Earlier this week, Evans’ was also named to the Naismith High School Girl’s Player of the Year Midseason Team.
Loretta Kakala, a 6’3 forward, is also a five-star recruit currently ranked 25th by espnW HoopGurlz.
The McDonald’s All-American Game is on Wednesday, March 29th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Special Events Set for Upcoming UofL Men’s Basketball Games
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Honoring two past University of Louisville NCAA Final Four teams on their anniversaries and two “color” events are among upcoming special events at three of the remaining six UofL men’s basketball home games in the KFC Yum! Center.
UofL will close the month of January with its annual “White Out” game when the Cardinals face NC State in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 29. Fans are encouraged to wear white attire for the 1 p.m. game. Louisville has won six of its previous 10 games with “White Out” promotions, including knocking off four ranked opponents in those games when the arena was a bright white. UofL Coach Rick Pitino has drawn national attention when he wore a white suit for eight of the “White Out” games.
This year marks the 45th and 35th anniversaries of two UofL NCAA Final Four teams. The Cardinals will honor both the 1972 and 1982 Louisville teams that reached the NCAA Final Four by wearing adidas throwback uniforms with features similar to the 1982 team when UofL plays Syracuse on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
It is the 45th anniversary for UofL’s 1972 NCAA Final Four team (26-5 record), which was guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum in his first season with the Cardinals. The Missouri Valley Conference Co-Champions featured five senior starters, including All-America guard Jim Price (1,460 career points, 1969-72), forward Ron Thomas, whose 13.0 career rebounding average is the fourth-best ever at UofL (1970-72), and 1,000-point scorer Al Vilcheck (1,048 points, 1969-72).
This season also marks the 35th anniversary of the Cardinals’ 1982 Final Four team (23-10), which had six seniors on its roster. Crum’s fourth Final Four team, which was runner-up in the Metro Conference, included four starters that totaled over 1,000 career points in Derek Smith (1,826), Lancaster Gordon (1,614), Jerry Eaves (1,250) and Rodney McCray (1,247). The Cardinals beat UAB on its home floor to win the Mideast Regional.
The annual “Wear Red for the Seniors” game is set for March 4 at 2 p.m. when the Cardinals face Notre Dame in the final home game of the season. Cardinal fans are encouraged to wear red attire for that Senior Day event. Louisville has won 14 of its last 15 Senior Day games, including last year’s 56-53 victory over Georgia Tech as Chinanu Onuaku led the Cardinals with 17 points and 11 rebounds.