Monthly Archives: March 2018
Columbus, OH — The Louisville Cardinals ended its magical season with a crushing 73 – 63 loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The loss marks the end of Cardinal great, Myisha Hines-Allen’s career. The senior from New Jersey finished her career with 2,028 points and 1,151 rebounds. She is one of the only Louisville players to collect 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career, second to Angel McCoughtry. Hines-Allen ranks third in all-time in scoring for the Cardinals, second in career double-doubles with 45, and led the ACC in rebounding in 2017-18 averaging 9.9 per game.
Louisville Football Welcomes All 32 NFL Teams to Pro Day
The Cardinals had 21 work out in front of NFL teams in the Trager Center.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the National Football League Draft drawing near, the University of Louisville football program hosted its annual Pro Day on Thursday at the Trager Center.
Twenty-one players worked out in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
Players started the day at 9 a.m., with the measurables, including their heights, weights, and hand measurements. The group then moved on to the 225-pound bench press followed by the vertical and broad jump.
Louisville native Reggie Bonnafon put together impressive marks, with a 10-foot-7 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical. Charles Standberry also excelled in the exercises, which included a 34-inch vertical and 25 repetitions on the bench press. Read the rest of this entry
I was 9 years old the last time the University of Louisville hired a coach for basketball. I was in 2nd grade, I wasn’t allowed to have my ears pierced, I still hadn’t played a real game of volleyball, my hair had never been highlighted and The Backstreet Boys were all I listened to. Yet, I somehow vividly remember watching non flat-screen TV and watching Tom Jurich introduce Rick Pitino as the new head coach.
I was 26 the next time the University of Louisville hired a head coach for basketball. I am an alumni of the University of Louisville, three months away from graduating with my master’s degree, I have retired from volleyball, my hair has been almost every color imaginable and the Backstreet Boys are doing a reunion tour. I watched Chris Mack’s introductory press conference on my smart phone that is a handheld computer.
Should I just make a list of Awards Asia Durr has received this week??
The junior from Douglasville, Georgia continues to shine. Durr was named a WBCA All American.
She’s only the second Louisville player to earn the honor. Angel McCoughtry earned WBCA All-American honors in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Myisha Hines-Allen was named WBCA All-American Honorable Mention.
NFL analyst, Mike Mayock is self admittedly Lamar Jackson’s biggest fan. Mayock sat down with Lamar after his Pro Day at the University of Louisville and talked about everything that has happened in the last few months and what could happen in the next few.
Opening Day 2018 is now upon us. In my opinion, it should be a national holiday; baseball is, after all, America’s past time. A lot of football fans may debate me on that and my argument would be to simply quote James Earl Jones’ monologue in “Field of Dreams.” The game is a symbol of who we are deep down. Until the final, out is made everyone is given their due. There is no taking a knee to run out the clock in baseball. This year on Opening Day there will be a few more Cardinal 9 Alumni gracing the diamond than there were at this time last year. A testament to the tremendous job Coach Mac has done and the outstanding work these guys have put in on their own.
This week’s alumni spotlight shines on Cherokee, Iowa native Cody Ege. During his freshman year, Ege was cutting his teeth both in the outfield and on the mound as a two-way player, eventually making a full-time move to the bullpen. He was not a major contributor during his first two years at Louisville and his future seemed uncertain. However, that all changed in the summer between his sophomore and junior years.
Another accolade for Asia Durr.
The junior guard was one of five players named to the John R. Wooden All-American team.
The 42nd annual presentation of the prestigious John R. Wooden Award will close out the ESPN College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s on ESPN2 on Friday, April 6th, 2018.
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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
Chris Mack Chosen to Lead Louisville Men’s Basketball Program
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chris Mack, whose teams have participated in the NCAA Tournament in eight of his nine seasons as a head coach, has been selected as the head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team.
In nine seasons as the head coach at Xavier University, Mack guided the Musketeers to a 215-97 record and eight NCAA Tournament appearances (the last five straight years), including reaching the Sweet 16 on four occasions and the Elite Eight in 2017. His teams won or shared three conference regular season championships while compiling a 105-49 league record over nine seasons in the Big East and Atlantic 10.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
UofL’s Quentin Snider Selected to Participate in Inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville senior guard Quentin Snider has been selected to participate in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. This ground-breaking new event will pit 32 four-man teams consisting of players from every Division I college basketball conference against each other in a three day, 3-on-3 tournament. These teams, comprised of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, will compete for a $100,000 prize pool viewable live on Twitter and ESPN2 from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018 at St. Mary’s University’s Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio. Snider is one of four players selected from the ACC
To honor the Louisville Women’s Basketball team, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has declared Friday, March 30th, ‘Wear Red Day 2018.”
All Louisville residents are encouraged to wear red in support of the Louisville Cardinals as it battles for a spot in the National Championship.
Despite taking the NBA by storm, being a Rookie of the Year candidate, and winning the Slam Dunk Contest, Donovan Mitchell still intends on finishing his degree at UofL.
Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune, wrote a feature article about Donovan and how his mother made sure that, in spite of his dislike for academics, he would get a great education.
Louisville signee, Mykasa Robinson will participate in the American Family Insurance High School Women’s 3-Point Championship.
The contest will air on April 1st at 3:30 PM on CBS.
Robinson is listed as the # 4 Point Guard – & 13th ranked overall – in the 2018 class.
UofL Football is having their Pro Day on Thursday and according to UofL Football’s recruiting Twitter Account @UofLFBRecruiting, it will start at 10 am and the NFL Network will broadcast it.
Former Louisville guard, Russ Smith, joined Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype podcast.
Russ discusses his hopes to play in the NBA, his success in the G League and China, Louisville’s Title and Coach Pitino.
Listen to the full podcast below.
Louisville junior, Asia Durr, keeps racking up the accolades.
On Sunday, Durr was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Lexington Regional. On Monday, she earned AP First Team All-American honors.
Today, Durr was named a USBWA First Team All-American.
Durr is averaging 18.7 points per game.
After months of speculation, Chris Mack was formally announced as the new head coach of the University of Louisville. Coach Mack had previously been the head coach at Xavier University since 2009 with a record of 215-97. He lead the Muskateers to be outright champions in the Big East as well as a number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament this year.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to welcome Coach Mack and his family to CardNation and we look forward to seeing him lead this program!
Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Andre McGee, Katina Powell, Chuck Smrt, Dr. Postel, David Padgett and Vince Tyra are all names associated with the University of Louisville that have dominated the media over the last 2 years. For better or worse these are the facts.
For the majority of the people who read this, you all know almost everything that has happened in full detail. We all can have differing opinions on who should still have a job and who should have been fired – I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is how the rest of the sports world views the University in athletics and as a whole. Read the rest of this entry
It’s no secret; the University of Louisville has not had the brightest days in recent years.
Both the university and athletics have been through the wringer. Scandal after scandal. Front page ESPN news and bottom screen tickers. It’s been extremely rough and extremely public.
Since October 2015, the university has had a dark cloud hanging over it.
Fans have been mocked. The beloved University of Louisville went from being seen as a national renowned institution to almost losing accreditation.
From alleged stripper parties to mismanagement of university funds, a lack of transparency to an over zealous Governor who wants absolute control; the university has suffered.
However, the tides are changing. The clouds are parting and the storm is starting to pass.
Let’s just reflect on the last week.
- Louisville Men’s Swimming & Diving finished ninth at the NCAA Championship – a team best.
- Marcelo Acosta was named an All-American.
- Louisville Football hosted Pro Day that was broadcast on the NFL Network.
- Louisville Women’s Basketball won the Lexington Regional and earned a spot in the Women’s Final Four.
- Asia Durr was named the Lexington Regional Most Outstanding Player.
- Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen we’re named AP All-Americans.
- Vince Tyra was named the permanent Athletic Director.
- Chris Mack was named the head coach of the Louisville Men’s Basketball team.
It’s starting to feel like the good ol’ days again.
For months it has felt like a never ending cycle of bad news. Hit after hit. The reputation of the university has been tarnished by a few rogue employees.
We lost a lot; respect, admiration, a Hall of Fame head coach and a top notch Athletic Director.
“They say the darkest clouds elicit the brightest lightning bolt. That lightning bolt is coming” – Coach Chris Mack
During his introductory press conference, Louisville head coach Chris Mack delivered the message all Louisville fans needed to hear…
He’s going to work his ass off to make the fans proud of Louisville Basketball again.
While yesterday signaled the end of the Pitino Era, it marked the beginning of a new era. An era that is scary, uncharted. An era that is exciting.
Louisville took a punch to the gut when the NCAA took the Final Four and National Championship banners. But, like Muhammad Ali, we got back up and kept fighting.
We are resilient.
And under Coach Mack, we will return to our rightful spot at the top of college hoops.
Gather your favorite red clothing, your red wig, your face paint, your accessories, your beads, your poms and line Floyd Street to send the Cardinals to Columbus for the Final Four.
Louisville will depart from the Yum! Center Practice Facility ( 2432 S. Floyd Street ON CAMPUS).
Fans are encouraged to arrive around 4. PM. The team will depart at 4:30 PM.