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Lamar Jackson Photo Gallery

Lamar Jackson

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 Football Lands 2019 FL Offensive Lineman

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Photo Courtesy of Jamari Williams Twitter Account (@jamariwilliams3)

Coach Bobby Petrino continues to beef up his offensive line with the addition of 2019 FL OG Jamari Williams. Williams is a consensus 3 Star prospect out of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The 6’4 275 lbs Williams had offers from Mississippi State, NC State, Pitt, UK, Syracuse, and Purdue among others. Mike Summers was the primary recruiter for UofL according to 247 Sports.

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NCAA Reprimands Coach Jeff Walz

Today in laughable NCAA news: The NCAA has reprimanded Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.

According to the release, Coach Walz directed, “inappropriate and profane language,” toward committee members and NCAA staff seated at the scorers table during the loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

The NCAA has, “publicly reprimanded,” Coach Walz and issued a few laughable penalties. Coach Walz is suspended for the first NCAA post season game and his Final Four per diem allowance will be withheld.

 

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100 Years Of UofL Football

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football program has enjoyed a long history and will celebrate its 100th season in 2018.

Thursday is just the start of the year-long celebration, which also marks 100 days before the Cardinals open the season against defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 1 in the Camping World Kickoff game in Orlando, Fla. The nationally televised game will kick off at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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UofL Men’s Soccer Releases 2018 Schedule

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Photo: GoCards.com

Check out the schedule below and follow the links to get your tickets today!

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s soccer team released its 2018 schedule on Tuesday afternoon and the lineup features six matches against 2017 NCAA Championship qualifiers as well as 10 games at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

The Cardinals, who advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in the last eight seasons in 2017, will face another challenging slate for head coach Ken Lolla‘s 13th season. Louisville’s home schedule includes a pair of matches against NCAA qualifiers – Duke on Sept. 9 and Clemson on Oct. 20. Season tickets for the 2018 campaign are on sale now and can be purchased here.

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Donovan Mitchell Rookie Season Highlights (Video)

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Thanks to the Utah Jazz, we can all sit back and watch the awesomeness of  Donovan Mitchell’s rookie season. He was also named to the all-rookie first team in the NBA.

Take a look below!

Lance Thomas Transferring

 

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We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Lance nothing but the best moving forward.

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Forward Lance Thomas, who averaged 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 12 games as a freshman at the University of Louisville last season, has been provided his release to transfer to another institution.

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Around the Bases: May 22nd

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Louisville finished the regular season with a 3-1 record last week. The Cardinals fell short to Indiana 9-5 in extra innings, but rebounded to complete a series sweep of Notre Dame (5-4, 5-0 and 10-7 wins last weekend). The wins extended Louisville’s streak over the Fighting Irish to 16 games in a row.

Up next, the Cardinals begin pool play in the ACC Tournament against #4 Duke and #9 Wake Forest. Louisville (40-16) will be looking to reach their first ever ACC semifinals berth, and win their first conference tournament since 2009.

News & Notes

With postseason play officially started, the ACC released its all-conference teams, and Louisville tied NC State with a league-high seven selections. First baseman Logan Wyatt (.332 batting, 55 walks, 22 doubles) and outfielder Josh Stowers (.335, 11 doubles, seven home runs, 32 stolen bases) earned a spot on the first team, while weekend pitchers Adam Wolf (6-2, 2.33 ERA, 96 strikeouts) and Nick Bennett (7-1, 2.12 ERA) were selected to the second team. Devin Mann and Danny Oriente were on the All-ACC Third Team, with freshman pitcher Bobby Miller also earning a spot there as well as the All-ACC Freshman team. As a team, Louisville baseball has placed at least seven players on the All-ACC roster every season they’ve been in the conference.

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Cards In The Pros: May 22nd Update

Corey Ray was on an absolute tear this week mashing home runs at an astonishing rate. At one point this week he had homered 4 times in 3 games for the Biloxi Shuckers. It has happened, Cole Sturgeon was promoted this past week to AAA and is now playing with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Dean Kiekhefer was promoted to the Nashville Sound on the 19th and has continued to pitch well for the Oakland A’s since they signed him back on May 3rd. I know this has been heard for years now but Brendan McKay is putting up absolutely absurd numbers this season in the Rays farm system, he is certainly on the fast track to the Big Leagues at this pace.

Weekly statistics are from the week of 5/14-5/21/2018

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ACC Baseball Tournament Schedule And Seeds Released

 

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Best of luck to the Cardinal 9 in the ACC tournament

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The pairings and schedule for the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship were released Sunday morning and No. 5 seeded Louisville will begin its pool-play schedule Wednesday at 11 a.m., ET against No. 9 Wake Forest at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

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ACC Releases More Kickoff Times For 2018 Football Season

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UofL will be playing 5 weekend night games this year!! Three of the games will be on Saturdays (including the home opener) and two will be on Fridays.

 

Bennett’s Eight Inning Gem Delivers 5-0 Win for Louisville

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Nick Bennett delivered one of the best performances of his young career, pitching eight shutout innings as #25 Louisville (39-16) cruised to a 5-0 win over Notre Dame (24-27). Read the rest of this entry

Robbie Valentine Stopped In On Middays With Marques Maybin

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Photo Courtesy of KFCYumCenter.com

Robbie Valentine was on air with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage for the Tuesday May 15th edition of Middays with Marques Maybin. They discussed everything from Robbie’s upcoming 33rd (!) annual basketball camps to the type of recruits coach Mack has been bringing in. They also discussed the incredible Donovan Mitchell and the impact he has had on the Louisville and Utah communities thus far. Take a listen below!

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UofL Reaches Settlement With Tom Jurich

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UofL has reached a settlement agreement with former Athletic Director Tom Jurich after a dispute over his firing last fall. It is interesting to note that the settlement refers to “Mr. Jurich’s retirement from the University in October 2017.” So, both parties are now calling this a retirement rather than a termination.

In the settlement, Jurich will receive a $4.5 million “settlement sum” and the ending of his career at UofL is now referred to as a “without cause” resignation instead of “with cause” termination as it had been previously.

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Details For Tomorrow’s Athletic Equipment Sale

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Photo Courtesy of UofL Equipment Twitter Account (@UofLEquipment)

UofL announced details for tomorrow’s big athletic equipment sale that is being held at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The sale starts at 9 am and will be next to Central Ave and in the Bronze Lot. Sales will only be made in person.

Also released was a list of items and their cost. The most expensive items will be game jerseys for football and baseball that are priced at $50 a piece. The least expensive will be socks and hats at only $1 a piece.

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Photo Gallery: VJ King 17-18

Below is a photographic recap of VJ King’s 2017-18 season. VJ started the majority of games for Louisville, but he will be relied upon more in the upcoming season due to the departure of Deng Adel and Quentin Snider.

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Britton’s Walk Off Saves Louisville with 5-4 Win

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In a pinch-hitting role, freshman Zach Britton came off the bench and came up big for #25 Louisville. His walkoff hit to left field in the bottom ninth gave the Cardinals (38-16) a 5-4 win over Notre Dame (24-26) to start their weekend series against the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame jumped ahead in the first inning. An error while trying to put out Matt Vierling resulted in a run scoring for the Fighting Irish, giving them an early 1-0 lead in the inning.

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NCAA Baseball Tournament Projections: May 17th

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After Louisville’s 9-5 loss to Indiana on Tuesday, the Cardinals look to finish their regular season with a weekend series against Notre Dame. #25 Louisville (37-16) then has one last chance to bolster their resume with the ACC Tournament next week, looking to win their first conference tournament since 2009.

Here’s a look at where Louisville currently sits in NCAA Tournament projections, and what they can do in the final weeks to improve their resume.

Where Louisville Currently Sits

D1Baseball currently has U of L as the #2 seed in Minnesota’s regional, along with the Washington Huskies (25-22) and Bryant Bulldogs (29-20-1). Baseball America also has Louisville as the #2 seed but heading to Georgia’s regional, paired with the Bulldogs along with the Troy Trojans (36-17) and Canisius Golden Griffins (28-20).

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Nunnsense | Sports Betting At The Yum? Yes, Please!

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As most of you have heard, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In a Forbes.com article by Marc Edelman, it’s simply explained like this, Read the rest of this entry

Jawon Pass Is Ready To Take Charge

 

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Our friends at the ACC Digital Network put together a great highlight reel of Puma Pass. Take a look at the new era of UofL football.

2013 Championship Celebration Planned For June

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According to John Lewis with WDRB, cardnation will get their chance to celebrate the 2013 National Championship sometime in June thanks to the Louisville Sports Commission.

**Update**

Venue: 4th Street Live!

Friday June 29, 2018

Doors open at 530pm & runs until 830pm

General admission tickets are $20 per person

Upper & lower level seating tickets are $60 per person (Only 100 available)