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Lamar Jackson Photo Gallery

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This past college football season, T.J. Barr and I had the privilege of witnessing the greatness of Lamar Jackson from the sideline. We also got to be around him at other events over the last 2 years. During those times, we were lucky enough to have our cameras with us. Now that Lamar is moving on, all we have is memories and we want to share some of our memories that we captured with all of our Cardinal family. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

UofL Spring Football Schedule Announced

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The 2018 football spring game and schedule have been announced!  Open practice days are not known at this time. Once those dates are announced, this story will be updated.

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Louisville’s Defense Stuns Virginia, 51 – 39

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The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals used its defense to get past the Virginia Cavaliers in a 51 – 39 decision.

Louisville and Virginia battled through much of the first quarter. With 3:14 remaining in the first frame, the Cardinals and the Cavaliers were tied at 11. But, a pair of free throw shots from Bianca Dunham pushed Louisville ahead, 13 – 11. The Cavaliers would not come closer than four points the remainder of the match.

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Beginning Of The End: The Spreadsheets Start To Leak

The FBI investigation that took down Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino has always promised that Rick was just the tip of the iceberg. (Credit Keith for the reference, kinda) Earlier this week a spreadsheet that would validate that was being speculated on. This morning parts of that began to leak. Yahoo.com & Louisville resident Pat Forde released info on the spreadsheet & brought new information to light. Here’s the link to the local fanboys interview. (Suck it, Dakich).

Editor’s note-

My cousin who’s a diehard uk fan asked if they could vacate this season since Knox is on this list.

Maybe.

 

Enjoy

 

Tramain Thomas Added To UofL Football Staff

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two-time all-Southeastern Conference defensive back Tramain Thomas was named a defensive quality control coach at the University of Louisville, football head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Friday.

A four-year letterwinner at Arkansas, Thomas was a standout safety for Petrino, who served as the head coach of the Razorbacks from 2008-11.

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Darrell Griffith To Present Donovan Mitchell With His Dunk Contest Trophy

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The Utah Jazz announced today that Jazz alumnus Darrell Griffith will make an appearance on Friday, Feb. 23 as the team takes on the Portland Trail Blazers in its first game back from the All-Star Break. Griffith, the first ever Jazz NBA Slam Dunk Contest representative in 1984 and 1985, will also participate in a pre-game recognition honoring Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell for winning the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend. As a tribute to the former Jazz man known as Dr. Dunkenstein, Mitchell wore Griffith’s No. 35 uniform for one of his dunks as he jumped over his sister, comedian Kevin Hart and Hart’s son.

Time Change For UofL Baseball’s Friday Game

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

TIME CHANGE: First Pitch for Friday’s Louisville Baseball Home Game with Youngstown State Moved to 2 p.m.

Cardinals and Penguins are slated for Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Online: http://gocards.com/news/2018/2/22/first-pitch-for-fridays-home-baseball-game-with-youngstown-state-moved-to-2-pm.aspx?path=baseball

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Nunnsense | The Banner Is Gone – Time To Move On

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I’ve been dreading the appeals decision just like most kids dread going to the dentist. At least when you go to the dentist, you have an appointment and you can prepare your mind prior to going in. The NCAA left us hanging and then dropped the news on a random Tuesday without warning. Although most of us knew what the outcome would be, we still held out a little bit of hope that we could keep the banner – It didn’t happen.

So what now?

Well, many folks are screaming that Louisville needs to fight by suing the NCAA. Many are saying that if this administration doesn’t fight then they don’t care about us or the University. Read the rest of this entry

Coach Pitino Releases Statement On Ongoing FBI Investigation

At the end of his statement regarding the vacation of the 2013 National Championship, former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino offered a typed statement concerning his involvement in the ongoing FBI “pay-for-play” investigation.

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Louisville at Duke: Pregame Breakdown

The 2nd leg of Louisville’s pivotal 5-game stretch starts at 9pm tonight at Duke and can be seen on ESPN. Duke currently sits as an 11.5-point favorite.

For the last 3 games, Duke has been without star freshman, Marvin Bagley III. As of now, there is no official word on whether he will play or not, but either way this Duke team is one of, if not the most talented team in the country. Everyone knows who Grayson Allen is, shutting him down is obviously priority number 1. Coach K has also perfected Calipari’s one-and-done and replenished his freshman class with studs. Bagley headlines this year’s class, but Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter Jr. have been great this year as well.

Louisville missed a good opportunity to get a win at home against UNC. Entering this stretch, 3-2 was my goal for this team. That goal became a lot harder with the UNC loss and now Louisville will have to win either at Duke tonight or at home against Virginia to get the big win they need before the ACC tournament starts.

I have a good feeling about tonight’s game. I think we’ll see a sense of urgency from the guys and they’ll give Duke all they can handle. The game will come down to the last few minutes and Louisville could win, but Duke will close the game with free throws. I’ve been wrong before, and I hope I am again tonight.

Louisville 76 – Duke 81

Go Cards!

Video: Coach Pitino Responds To NCAA Ruling

Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino spoke to the media in New York City about his thoughts on the NCAA vacating the 2013 Championship.

RAW VIDEO: Former U of L coach Rick Pitino calls NCAA ruling ‘unjust’

Donovan Mitchell Will Debut Custom Louisville Dame 4s

He’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Donovan Mitchell tweeted a photo of a pair of custom red, Louisville Dame 4s.

The rookie, who tweeted his support for Louisville after the NCAA denied its appeal, has been a fantastic ambassador for the University of Louisville.

Hey, Donovan, can I get a pair??

The Banner Coming Down Changes Nothing For The 2013 National Championship Players

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Just because there is no longer a banner hanging in the Yum! Center stating “2013 NCAA National Champions” –  does not mean the players think their accomplishment means less.

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It’s disappointing to say the least. That being said, it doesn’t change very much if anything for myself, my family, and much of the Louisville community I’ve spoken to. That championship game was the last time my father had all his kids under one roof. That experience meant and still means very much to all of us. I couldn’t disagree more with the ruling and decision on the appeal. I haven’t really had time to wrap my head around it but at least as a community we can start moving in the right direction with this behind us. I look forward to being a Louisville fan forever and cheering on DP and this current team. I wouldn’t change a thing about my college decision. I am honored to be a Louisville Cardinal and to have played under one of the greatest basketball coaches ever Rick Pitino.

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It’s all good still got that RING.

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A Tribute to Todd Esser

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With the home opener today for the 2018 University of Louisville baseball team, there is a bit of a hole in the stands.  Not a literal hole, but a deeper, intangible one.  A hole that cannot be replaced, nor should it ever try to be filled.  I’m talking about Todd Esser, quite possibly the greatest fan of Cardinal baseball the University has ever seen.  That’s not to take away anything from Jim Patterson or the Jurich’s.  However, Todd Esser was on a different level of fandom.  

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U of L Opens Home Slate with 4-2 Win Over EKU

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#13 Louisville (4-0) used a four run second inning, led by RBI singles from Devin Mann and Drew Campbell, to edge out a 4-2 win over Eastern Kentucky (0-4) in their home opener.

The win marked the 11th straight for Louisville in the series, extending their all-time record to 68-48-1 against the Colonels.

It was another game where Louisville allowed early runs in the first, but rebounded with a strong second inning. EKU’s Nick Howie drove in an RBI triple in the first, giving the Colonels an early 2-0 lead.

Louisville then responded in the second with a four-run outing. Drew Campbell drove in an RBI single to right field, with Devin Mann adding a two-RBI single of his own. In between, a bases loaded walk from Jake Snider added another run for the Cardinals.

It would be a quiet day for both teams, afterwards. EKU had opportunities late in the game, but couldn’t capitalize on them. Shay Smiddy worked his way out of the sixth and seventh innings with runners on base, while Sam Bordner closed the ninth with three strikeouts after allowing a lead-off single.

Tyler Romanik (2-5, one run) was the only Colonel batters with multiple hits in the game. Nick Howie finished 1-4 at the plate, with two RBIs on his triple in the first inning.

For Louisville, Devin Mann and Drew Campbell finished 2-for-4 at the plate, with Mann driving in two RBIs and Campbell landing one. Jake Snider also had a 1-for-2 showing at the plate, with an RBI and two walks. Ethan Stringer also recorded a hit in the game for Louisville.

Bryan Hoeing got the weekday start, after making an appearance in Friday’s win against Richmond. Hoeing allowed the RBI triple in the first, but finished five innings of work with three hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Shay Smiddy, Adam Elliott and Sam Bordner made appearances out of the bullpen, combining for four shutout innings. With Bordner’s shutout ninth inning, he has not allowed a run in 24 of his last 25 appearances.

Also of note, this was U of L’s first ticketed game of 2018. Attendance was 2,535 for the game, up 15% from last year’s home opener against EKU. The game was moved from one day ahead to Tuesday, due to possible inclement weather on Wednesday. One game won’t foreshadow any trends regarding attendance, but it’ll be an ongoing story as the season progresses.

Up next, Louisville will host a weekend series against Youngstown State. Friday’s opener is set to start at 3 p.m., with Saturday & Sunday’s game both starting at 1 p.m.

David Padgett Reacts To The Appeal News During Press Conference

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Since the day David Padgett took over as head basketball coach, nothing has exactly  been normal. The only thing normal is uncertainty. Today was no different. In his weekly pregame press conference, instead of starting out by previewing this week’s opponent (Duke), He opened it up for questions regarding the news that Louisville had lost their appeal with the NCAA and that the banner would be taken down. He talked about how he handled it with his team and that he contacted some of the 2013 team.  David spoke from his heart, and as he always does, he handled everything with class, compassion and was honest – Especially when he called out the NCAA saying that they could have waited until our season is over

Here is the full press conference,

UofL Loses NCAA Appeal

 

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Today, it was announced that UofL lost their appeal against the NCAA. The program faces four years of probation going forward, and must vacate the records from the 2010-14 seasons, which could include 123 victories, two Big East Conference Championships, and an American Athletic Conference championship. The school will be ordered to return its financial shares from four NCAA Tournaments.

This is devastating news for the fan base, former players and the university as a whole. As this means UofL will not be listed as the 2013 National Champions in the record book moving forward or have been to the 2012 Final Four.

Nonetheless, April 8, 2013 will forever be remembered as the day the University of Louisville won their third National Championship.

While moral victories are difficult to accept, there are plenty of things the NCAA can never take away from us. We all remember watching Luke Hancock winning MOP after hitting three after three after three. Tim Henderson put the dagger through Wichita State’s heart. The sound of the crowd when Trezl put down one of the best dunks we have ever witnessed. Or the heart and leadership of Peyton Siva and the insane way Russ Smith would move through defenders. The brotherhood that shined after Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg in the Elite 8.

I know I stood there with tears down my cheeks as that final buzzer went off, hugging my friends and fellow students and soaked in that moment. The NCAA can never take that moment from me.

The 2013 team was and remains special. That is something NOBODY can take from us.

Weekend Softball Wrap-Up

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This was a busy weekend for the softball team in Raleigh, North Carolina. They competed in the ACC / Big Ten challenge against Northwestern & Ohio State. Here is how they did.

Friday:

Northwestern Game 1:

This game was a crazy back and forth game. The Cards were down 6-2 with when the comeback led by seniors Jena Jordan & Jamie Soles. Morgan Hensley pitched very well as well. She pitched 7 innings only allowing 3 runs. Caitlin Ferguson was 3-5 at the plate with 2 RBI’s. Jena Jordan hit a three run home run in the top of the 7th to tie the score.

Cards: 7  Northwestern: 6

Northwestern Game 2:

In this game the offense didn’t along until the bottom of the forth. The Cards started with a lead off single by junior Madison Cousineau. Jamie Soles hit a single to score Maddy Newman replaced Madison as a pinch runner. Freshman Danielle Watson pitched a complete game only allowing two runs on three hits gaining her fourth win of the season. Coach Pearsall was very pleased how the team preformed in both games.

Cards: 3 Northwestern: 2

Saturday:

Ohio State Game 1:

This game was very hard defeat for the cards in extra innings. Sophomore Caitlin Ferguson went 3-4 with 2 runs and an RBI. Junior Megan Hensley hit a two run home as well. Danielle Watson pitched 1.2 innings allowing three runs while only striking out one picking up her first loss of the season.

Cards: 5 Buckeyes: 6

Sunday:

Ohio State Game 2:

The offense only produced three hits in a 4-0 defeat against the Buckeyes. Freshman Danielle Watson pitched four innings giving up one run on three hits while picking up her second loss of the game.  The Cards had opportunities to gets runs on the board but just pushed them across. Coach Pearsall loved the effort in the first match up with the Buckeyes on Saturday but wasn’t happy with Sunday’s Performance.

Cards: 0 Buckeyes: 4

Up Next For The Cards: Cards travel back to Orlando for D-9 Citrus Classic.

Catching Up With The Cards

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Our new weekly series, catching up with the Cards, will help you keep up with all of your favorite former Cards. Our newest contributor, Brendan Holba, will give you the run down on every former Card that played Baseball at the University of Louisville. It is his first time blogging and we really hope you enjoy. Let’s Catch up with three Cards!

 

*Author’s Note
Players listed in order by the year they were drafted or signed as a free agent.
Justin Marks
The lefty from Owensboro, Kentucky completed the season in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers.  Marks pitched in the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Ray’s totaling 1.1 innings, surrendering 2 hits including a home run.  He did complete the outing with a strikeout and a walk.  In May, Marks was claimed off of waivers by the Dodgers and is currently a free agent heading into the spring.  His final line for 2017 at the AAA level:
8-4 with a 5.11 era,  in 75.2 innings he gave up 76 hits and 43 earned runs to go along with 71 strikeouts, 36 walks and a  .259 batting average against with a 1.48 whip.

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*Home Opener Changed For UofL Baseball*

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Louisville Baseball Home-Opener with EKU Moved to Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Expected inclement weather forces schedule change for Cardinals and Colonels

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Due to expected inclement weather, the 13th-ranked Louisville baseball team’s 2018 home-opener against Eastern Kentucky will be played one day earlier than originally scheduled as the Cardinals and Colonels will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.

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