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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Four Takeaways From Louisville’s 72-59 Win Over Indiana

Myisha Hines-Allen notched her fourth double-double on the season as she led the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals to a 72-59 victory over Indiana. Hines-Allen led all scorers with 25 points, on 12-of-17 shooting, to go along with 12 rebounds.

In a game where Louisville led wire to wire, it was easy to pinpoint the keys of success for the Cardinals.

Here are a few takeaways from this evening’s 72-59 victory over Indiana…

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Lamar Named To Manning Award List

Lamar Jackson

Press release from the University of Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Adding to his list of potential hardware for a standout junior season, University of Louisville quarterback has been named one of the 11 finalists for the Manning Award.

On Wednesday, Jackson became the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to be named the league’s Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons.

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Trevon Young Named Winner Of Brian Piccolo Award

Trevon Young

Press release from the University of Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – University of Louisville defensive end/outside linebacker Trevon Young has been named the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 2017 Brian Piccolo Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday.

The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1970 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the “most courageous” football player in the ACC. As a standout running back at Wake Forest, Piccolo was the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965 and played for the Chicago Bears before his career was cut short when he was stricken with cancer. His courageous fight against that disease was an inspiration to the Bears and the entire football community.

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Pitino UofL For Breach Of Contract

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Today, former head coach Rick Pitino announced he will be suing the University of Louisville athletic association for a breach of contract. He is looking for over $35 Million. In a statement released through his lawyer he is claiming his contract was breached when he was suspended and ultimately fired. Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal helps break it down below.

Beat The Buzzer: VJ King

VJ King- SFUofL athletics sat down with VJ King to find out a little more about the sophomore. What is the best advice he has ever received? Who is his celebrity crush? What would he name his Derby horse? Find out the answer to these and so much more below!

Cards in the NBA: November 30th

Welcome back everyone, its that time of the week again! Time for us to find out what our beloved former Cards are doing in the NBA!

 

*Stats reflect games played through November 28th

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes Per Game): 15.3

PPG (Points Per Game): 5.8

APG (Assists Per Game): 0.9

RPG (Rebounds Per Game): 4.5

SPG (Steals Per Game): 0.4

BPG (Blocks Per Game): 0.1

TPG (Turnovers Per Game): 0.8

FG%: 45.7

3P%: 25.0

FT%: 73.0

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Nunnsense | Lamar Coming Back To School Is Not Too Far-Fetched

Nunnsense

Lamar Jackson

Please don’t think that this article is saying that Lamar Jackson will return to Louisville for his senior year because nobody knows what he will decide. I’m just simply pointing out that there is plenty of reasons for him to return. As much as I would love another year with him, I won’t be upset either way. Whatever is best for Lamar is what I am in favor of. But I am not ready to say that it’s a foregone conclusion that Lamar will enter this years NFL draft. I believe there is a decent chance he returns.

If you follow the NFL mock drafts then you already know that Lamar is projected to go as high as the 2nd pick and as low as late second round. Personally, I only put stock into the mock drafts that use information from NFL scouts. Most of those mock drafts don’t have Lamar being drafted in the first round. The consensus is that there will be 3, possibly 4, quarterbacks taken in the first round and 2 taken in the second. Many of those say that Lamar will be the fifth quarterback taken. But all this is assuming that Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold decides to enter the draft. The rumor is that he is leaning towards returning to school. That means the supply of quarterbacks in the first round might not fit the demand therefore benefitting Lamar. However, if Darold does decide to enter the draft, it seems as though the consensus is that the first 2 quarterbacks taken would be Darnold and Josh Rosen from UCLA.  Read the rest of this entry

Bowl Projections: Week 13

The Cardinals certainly didn’t have the season they thought they’d have, but who cares… We’re still going bowling.

 

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Sporting News Bowl Projections Week 13

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Lamar Jackson Is…Unstoppable

Lamar Jackson

With one more game left in his Cardinal career (probably), Lamar Jackson has done more in those 3 years than most do in 4. He has shattered record after record, and has time to put his final stamp on an outstanding collegiate career.

Lamar Jackson Is A Finalist For Walter Camp Award

Lamar-with-WCPOY-Trophy-495x400-1.jpgPhoto Courtesy of waltercamp.org 

As all UofL fans know, Lamar Jackson was not a finalist for a couple of prominent college football awards; the Davey O’Brien Award for the best NCAA QB and the Maxwell Award for best all-around college player. However, Lamar is a finalist for another prestigious player of the year award.

Jackson has been named 1 of 5 finalists for the Walter Camp Award; along with Saquon Barkley, Bryce Love, Baker Mayfield, and Rashaad Penny. He won the award last year and now has a chance to be a two-time winner which has only been done 3 times previously. The other two-time winners were Colt McCoy, Archie Griffin, and OJ Simpson.

The Walter Camp Award is given annually to the collegiate player of the year. The award winner is decided upon by a group of both NCAA Division 1 FBS head coaches and sports information directors under the auspices of the Walter Camp Football Foundation per Wikipedia.

You can see Brett McMurphy’s tweet announcing the finalists below.

You can also read gocards.com story on Lamar being a finalist for the Walter Camp Award below courtesy of Rocco Gasparro.

Lamar Named Back To Back ACC Offensive Player Of The Year And Player Of The Year

Lamar Jackson

Press Release From The University Of Louisville Athletics Department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Quarterback Lamar Jackson has etched his name throughout the University of Louisville’s and Atlantic Coast Conference’s record books.

 The junior signal-caller made history on Wednesday, becoming the only player in the ACC’s 65-year history to be named the league’s player and offensive player of the year in consecutive seasons.

The awards were chosen by a vote of a select 45-member media panel and the league’s 14 head coaches.

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Jurich’s Performance Reviews Come With High Regard

Tom Jurich

The University of Louisville fired athletic director Tom Jurich with just cause. What is that cause? Postel and other members of the board of trustees have condemned Tom of being a bully, and having little to no transparency while he held the position. Elaine Wise, chairperson of the department of humanities, begs to differ. In her performance review of Tom Jurich, she had nothing but praise and compliments regarding his leadership skills and abilities. You can read the full story below courtesy of the Courier Journal.

Louisville At Purdue: Pregame Breakdown

The No. 17 Louisville Cardinals travel to Purdue to take on the Boilermakers in the ACC/Big10 challenge tonight at 8pm, the game can be seen on ESPN. As it stands currently, Louisville is the underdog by 8.5 points.

Purdue started their season ranked and still boasts much of the height the Cards saw in last season’s matchup. Isaac Haas and Matt Haarms stand at 7’2″ and 7’3″, respectively. All 5 of Purdue’s starters average double-figure scoring, led by Carson Edwards at 18.0 PPG.

The Boilermakers competed in the Battle For Atlantis this past week and dropped 2 games to unranked teams but finished strong by throttling then No. 2 Arizona 89-64 to claim 7th place in the tournament.

Purdue relies heavily on their 3-point shooting for their offensive production. Their height will certainly challenge Anas Mahmoud and Ray Spalding, but the Cards’ backcourt will have to negate the outside threat in order to win tonight.

This is Louisville’s first real test of the season, and it’s a scary one especially because it’s on the road. I think the point spread of 8.5 is way too large and I believe Louisville will be the better team tonight.

Prediction: Louisville 75-Purdue 70.

Go Cards!

UofL Volleyball Earns All ACC Honors

Melanie McHenry & Maggie DeJong end a rally with a block

Press Release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Louisville junior setter Wilma Rivera has been selected as the 2017 ACC Setter of the Year with teammate Molly Sauer picking up her second ACC Defensive Player of the Year award. The awards were decided based on a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches, who could not vote for their own student-athletes.

ACC Co-Champion Louisville took home two major awards and 14 different schools are represented on the All-ACC Team, led by Louisville with six selections. Five student-athletes were recognized from NC State and Pitt, followed by three from Duke and Notre Dame, two from Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia Tech, and one each from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest.

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Amobi Okoye’s Fight To Never Give Up

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Photo Courtesy of the Dallas Morning News

Dragging a little after the Thanksgiving break? Needing some extra motivation to get through this Tuesday? Here is the story for you then.

Amobi Okoye had a full ride to Harvard, or a full ride to play football at the University of Louisville. He graduated high school at 16 and became the youngest player in the NCAA when he dressed for the University of Louisville. He graduated college a semester early and was the 10th overall pick to the Houston Texans in 2007. In March of 2013, he nearly died after he contracted a rare disease that also took his memory. Now, he is fighting to find his spot on an NFL roster.

You can watch or read the full story below.

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=21570426&sf174515904=1

 

Dez Fitzpatrick’s Freshman Highlights

Dez Fitzpatrick

One of the highs of the 2017 season was watching Dez Fitzpatrick make play after play. You always knew if Lamar needed to make a tight throw, Dez would be there to make the catch that left the rest of us cheering! Take a look at his highlights from his freshman season courtesy of our friends at WR Nation (there’s a lot of them)!

Kyle’s Korner For Kids Game Announced

Kyle Kuric

Photo: straitpinkie.com

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Toy Collection Planned for Dec. 11 Men’s Basketball Game

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — New toys will be collected and subsequently donated to Norton’s Children’s Hospital prior to the Cardinals’ Dec. 11 men’s basketball game against Bryant. New toys for any age or gender will be collected at the entrance of the KFC Yum! Center. A group of the toys will also be provided to the Home of the Innocents and Wesley House.

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Adidas Fires Back At Pitino

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(via GlobalFlare.com)

Adidas has come forward and asked a judge to dismiss Pitino’s case against the company. They have no new evidence, but they stand by the original findings and say that Pitino knew fully of the exchange of money to Brian Bowen’s family. It seems this is just the beginning of a very long, and ugly, battle.

UofL Volleyball Heads To The Big Dance

Amanda Green skies for a kill

The University of Louisville volleyball team found out last night they will be heading to Minnesota to play the first round of the NCAA tournament. They will taken on Northern Iowa on Friday at 5:30 EST. Good luck ladies!

Jackson Named ACC Offensive Back Of The Week (Again)

Press Release from the University of Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has been named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the third time this season after his performance in the Cardinals’ 44-17 win over Kentucky this past weekend.

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