Monthly Archives: February 2016

Stand For Coach P: More Than Basketball

Rick Pitino


Times are hard.

That may be a bit of an understatement really, but it sums it up pretty well.  The worst thing about hard times, however, is the way that they make all of the people involved second guess everything in hopes of returning to the way things were before times became hard.  This is natural and I, for one,  pass no judgement.  In a time of despair people make rash decisions or don’t look at the big picture moving forward.  On cartoons, the character tricked into drinking ACME Hot Sauce immediately guzzles the bottle marked ‘Water’ that turns out to be something to make the heat even stronger. When they finally get water, it unknowingly makes  it even worse. The problem is obvious, they acted immediately to rid the burn from the hot sauce and did not stop to think about what could go wrong.

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ACC’s Pre-Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2016



Today Athlon’s put out their list for the Pre-Spring Top 25 players in Football for 2016. There were multiple Louisville sightings. Below the top 25 list are a list of 20 more to watch. I am guessing their honorable mentions. There is a Cardinal there as well.

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Athlon Ranks The Top 10 College Basketball/Football Coaching Tandems

Bobby Petrino

The fine people at Athlon’s have put out their list of top duos for College Basketball/Football Head Coaches.

1. Michigan State

Football: Mark Dantonio

Basketball: Tom Izzo

Here’s what makes up an elite coaching tandem: In four of the last five seasons, the football team has reached a major bowl (two Cotton Bowls, a Rose Bowl and Capital One Bowl) in the same season the basketball team reached the Sweet 16 or better. Since Jan. 2014 alone, Michigan State has accounted for:

• A Rose Bowl win and Big Ten football championship,

• An Elite Eight appearance and Big Ten tournament championship,

• A Cotton Bowl win,

• A Final Four and

• A College Football Semifinal appearance and Big Ten title.

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Starting Lineup: Faithful February

Hey remember when I said Louisville might want to leap into February? Well forget the final four y’all, its a leap year… 😒
Louisville has taken leaps and bounds this month. Out of bounds, that is. the saga that has weighed so heavily on my every day being, has taken it’s turn for the worst. And the worst for who? As we try to numb the pain, fans are left with a mind numbing number of questions. If we weren’t hurt enough when this issue surfaced, it was announced February 5, 2016 by the president of the university that effective immediately, he would self impose a ban based on evidentiary support.
**Disclaimer** Seeing as I don’t imagine the author of alleged guilt does a lot of leasurly reading in her spare time, I won’t be scripting this as so…


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Baseball America Top 25 February 29th


The latest Top 25 from Baseball America was released today. Many were intrigued to see where the Louisville Cardinals dropped to after a 1-2 weekend vs now #13 ranked Ole Miss. Quite a jump for the rebels and well deserved. The ACC has a whopping 7 teams ranked in the top 25 this week led by your Cards:

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New Football/Basketball Ticket Package

Cardinal Bird

With the large amount of hype coming into the next football and basketball season, finding tickets to all of the big games at an affordable price will be a tough task. The University of Louisville has put together one of the best ticket packages that they have ever released. The combo package includes a full basketball season ticket on the 300 level, and also five of the six home football games in the flight deck. The University of Kentucky football game is not included in the football package due to the contract the athletic departments have that include a larger amount of tickets for the away team.

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Rick Pitino Blog 2/29



It is time for another great edition of the Rick Pitino Blog brought to you by @KKCards!

Weekend Update 2/28

Cardinal Head


I know what you are thinking. Jeremy, we don’t want to read your recap of all sports at Louisville. We only care about the top ones. I had someone tell me that last week. For every sour patch kid there are a 100 people who support all sports at Louisville. I do this for you guys. I do it for CardNation. So for those of you who don’t feel like going to each team page and finding out the results, I bring you the weekend update. (Not like the SNL version)

#2 @UofLBaseball team suffered its first series loss on the road in more than a year falling 4-2 at No. 21 Ole Miss in Sunday afternoon’s decisive third game at Swayze Field.

Having won seven straight true road series entering the weekend, the Cardinals (5-2) dropped two of the three to the Rebels (6-1) ending a streak dating back to April 17-18, 2014 when they lost two of three at UCF. The loss also halted Louisville’s streak of nine straight regular season series wins against ranked opponents.

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Way Too Early Louisville Football Hype Video 2016

FootballvsMurray Tunnel Jamon

The way too early Football Hype video. It’s short but I hope I threw enough clips together to give you some positivity to hold you over till the Spring game. Read the rest of this entry

Rankins Evaluations From Combine


Here are a compilation of tweets from around CardNation on how Sheldon Rankins performed today at the NFL combine!

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2016 Women’s ACC Tournament Bracket

The Louisville Cardinals impressive season earned them the No. 2 seed.

UofL plays on Friday at 6PM.

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament First and Second Round Tickets











****Editors note: Glad to see that they have fixed the issue with the ticket distribution

The University of Louisville’s Athletic department released the following information regarding NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament first and second rounds.

Potential Ticket Information Should Louisville Host NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds

The University of Louisville is eligible to serve as a host for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament first and second rounds from March 18-21 in the KFC Yum! Center

Premium seat holders, who have the first right of refusal for tickets to all events in the arena, including shows, concerts, and games, have been offered a small window of opportunity to purchase tickets. Beginning Monday, Feb. 29, at noon, all Louisville women’s basketball season ticket holders will be given a pre-sale offer to obtain tickets. Using Ticketmaster, fans can select their specific seats for the two days of games.

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No. 10 Louisville, Myisha Hines-Allen Close Out the Regular Season with a BANG!

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Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals finished the regular season with a huge 65-36 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Cardinals came out strong in the first period out scoring the Pittsburgh Panthers, 27-6. Louisville won the tip and scored first as Myisha Hines-Allen drove to the bucket for two.

Hines-Allen grabbed a quick six points and Briahanna Jackson added two to put the Cardinals up, 8-0, and forcing a Pittsburgh timeout.

The Louisville defense held the Panthers scoreless until the 4:37 mark when Brenna Wise drove to the bucket for a lay-up, bringing the score to 14-2.

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No. 10 Louisville Battles the Pittsburgh Panthers In The Last Game of the Regular Season

(Photo Credit: University of Louisville Sports Informtion Office/

Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals soar to a galaxy far far away as Jedi Master Jeff Walz prepares his tenth-ranked Jedi Cardinals for the Pittsburgh Panthers of the Dark Side.
The Louisville Cardinals are celebrating the last regular season game by honoring Star Wars. So come out to the KFC Yum! Center at 12:30PM dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and join in the fun as Louisville caps off a spectacular season.

Louisville is currently on a five game win streak and has won 20 of their last 21 contests. The Cardinals have earned the No. 2 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Last Time Out 

Louisville proved their dominance with a 71-59 road win against the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes. The Cardinals finished the regular season with an 8-0 record on the road in ACC play.

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Louisville Falls Short At Miami

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

The Cardinals had a 62-58 lead with about 4 minutes left to go. All seemed well then they suffered a 4+ scoring drought and Miami took advantage and won 73-65. The Canes went on a 10-0 run to take a 68-62 lead and pulled away late. 1 field goal in the last 5 minutes of the game killed the Cards today, they beat themselves down the stretch by being loose with the ball and taking bad shots.

Trey Lewis had 13, Chinanu Onuaku had 10, and Quentin Snider finished with 14. Damion Lee had a rough day going 3-12 for 6 points. Sadly, unless a miracle happens and Miami and UNC drop 2 of their remaining games, the Cards lost their chance at an ACC regular season title. The Cards host Georgia Tech on Tuesday at 8pm and can be watched on Wave3. I’m always proud to be a Cardinal (especially when Miami fans are so jealous of our program that they act the way they did today). Two games left with this special team, cherish these moments. As always, Go Cards!

Cardinal Sports Zone Radio 2/27/16

93.9 The Ville

We had a blast this morning at Cardinal Towne on the CardinalSportsZone show on ESPN 93.9 The Ville! Your host Steve Rummage asked you to call or tweet us and tell us how you would be celebrating/supporting/watching these final 3 games. We talk outrage on WBB NCAA tourney tickets and brought renowned swimsuit model Dave (@TheRed_Rage) in to join Steve & Jeremy this week. Tons of calls and interaction on social media were received and we couldn’t thank you enough for the support! Tune in to the Cardinal Sports Zone show every Saturday at 10 am on ESPN 93.9 FM The Ville! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by Doug Budd and Red Edge Realty at!


Louisville vs. Miami Preview

Cardinal Head

The Louisville Cardinals travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes today at 2 on WHAS. As of right now, Miami is a 3.5 point favorite over the Cards in a game that holds a lot of meaning.

Both Louisville and Miami are tied for second in the ACC, one game behind North Carolina. North Carolina goes on the road today at Virginia in a game I expect them to lose. If the Cards win today, and North Carolina loses, your Louisville Cardinals will be in first place in the ACC because of the win over the Tar Heels back on February 1st. This Louisville team has nothing to lose, and they’ll play like that today. My prediction is the Cards win 76-70 and the Tar Heels also fall 67-62 to Virginia. Only a few games left, bring it home boys. Go Cards!

Softball Home Opener (Photo Slideshow)

DSC_1237The Lady Cards opened the season with nine straight games away from home, going 6-3. Today they returned home to Ulmer stadium to host the Red & Black Softball Classic. It started with an opening game at 1:00 vs. Cleveland State an a 3:00 vs. Kent State. They play Saturday (2/27) at 1:00 vs. Cleveland State and again at 3:00 vs. North Dakota State. They also have a Sunday  (2/28) home game vs. Kent State. On Wednesday (3/2) the Cards head to Nashville to take on Lipscomb University before they open up ACC play vs. Georgia Tech on 3/5 and 3/6 at Ulmer Stadium. Read the rest of this entry

Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Holders Get First Dibs For Women’s NCAA Tourney Tickets (Poll Included)


Sources informed CSZ around 5pm that there is a new uprising at the University of Louisville. The athletic department has decided to give the Men’s season ticket holders first dibs on the Women’s NCAA tournament action at the KFC YUM! Center. The words “livid” “absurd” & “screwed over” were used to describe the feeling of the women’s season ticket holders & team. We will talk about this more in-depth tomorrow morning on the CardinalSportsZone show on ESPN 93.9 FM THE VILLE at 10am.

Sheldon Rankins Combine Info Via @UofLFootball

Good luck to Sheldon and Go Cards!