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While we continue to countdown the days until Louisville is set to square off against Purdue up at Lucas Oil Stadium, get to know wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick. He talks about everything from his favorite food, what his hometown is known for, and even his favorite emoji.
As a part of the “Coming Full Circle” campaign to turn the horseshoe-shaped Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium into a completely 4 sided stadium, the Cardinal Athletic Fund revealed a new aspect of the new section of the stadium called the “Three Stripe Zone”.
In the Three Stripe Zone part of the new section, fans will not only have a great view, but additional perks as well. This includes cushioned chairback seating, increased leg room, and priority on the football parking waiting list.
However, there are only 534 seats available in the Three Stripe Zone. If you want to join the waiting list for this prestigious football experience, follow the link here.
Adding to the preseason hype, both Lamar Jackson and Jaire Alexander were named to the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award watch lists respectively. As you may remember, although Alexander’s stellar season was not enough to warrant being a Bednarik finalist, Jackson on the other hand won last year’s Maxwell Award, just one of many awards for the now junior QB.
After having 53-12 campaign in 2017, as well as ending the season in Omaha, Louisville Baseball head coach Dan McDonnell won Baseball America’s National Coach of the Year award. This is the second time that McDonnell has won the award.
This afternoon on Twitter, Class of 2018 linebacker Robert Hicks III announced his decision to commit to the University of Louisville.
Hicks III is the 262nd ranked prospect according to the ESPN300 list for the Class of 2018, and is also listed as a 4* recruit by the same website. He is the 8th best linebacker in the class, and was also fielding offers from Kentucky, Oregon, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
This morning, the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets negotiated a blockbuster trade that sent super star point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets. Originally reported, in return the Clippers received the Rockets’ 2018 1st round pick, Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. But it is also apparent that power forward, and former Louisville Cardinal Montrezl Harrell was also included in the trade package.
Depending on the status of whether or not Blake Griffin decides to resign with LA, this could potentially mean an increase in minutes for Harrell, as he rarely saw the floor in Houston’s 2017 postseason. Harrell became a fan favorite while at Louisville due the frequency of his ferocious and high flying dunks, and was also a part of the 2013 National Championship team.
Late last night, former Louisville guard Chris Jones was shot in the leg following an altercation on a basketball court in his hometown of Memphis, TN. Fortunately, his injury was non-life threatening, and his condition is listed as “non-critical”. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him a speedy recovery.
Following the historic 2017 season for the Cardinal Nine, the program announced today the summer assignments for the remaining players who either did not graduate or did not sign major league deals.
The team ended with a mark of 53-12, as well as earned a berth to its fourth College World Series, and third in five years. The team was also ACC Atlantic Division champs for the third straight year in a row, and also saw Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year honors with Brendan McKay, Dan McDonnell and Devin Hairston respectively.
Louisville Cardinals Summer 2017 Assignments:
As you probably know by now, the NCAA came down hard on the Louisville Cardinals basketball program in the wake of the Andre McGee/Katina Powell sex scandal. The program faces the potential of getting 100+ wins vacated, as well as the 2012 Final Four and 2013 National Championship. Lost in the sanctions though, was the forfeiture of all conference revenue sharing gained from the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA postseasons. Also, “future revenue distributions that are scheduled to be provided to the university from those tournaments also must be withheld by the conference and forfeited to the NCAA“.
So essentially, UofL has to give up all the TV money they earned, and they have to give it up to the NCAA. They also have to give up any potential money they would earn in royalties from those 4 postseasons, and also give it up to the NCAA. Because, you know, the NCAA says those wins and title don’t exist anymore. So how can you make money off them? Well, that doesn’t seem to be a problem for them.
Huh, fancy that? The official locker room 2013 National Championship (which doesn’t exist, mind you) shirt has had a drastic price reduction from an official NCAA licensee. In fact, both Fanatics and CBS Sports have the same shirt listed with the same exact price reduction.
Purely coincidence, right?
This is just an addition to the long list of hypocrisies that the NCAA has committed over the years. Trying to figure out a way to still make money off a 4 year old event, that you ruled doesn’t even exist anymore? This is so shady that it’s almost brilliant.
Maybe I’ll go take a class at UNC about how to be as sleazy as them.
The following is a candid update letter, regarding the NCAA’s ruling, from Rick Pitino to members of “Friends of the Ville”, a philanthropy group managed by the university.
“June 21, 2017
Dear Friends of the Ville
I am writing to you as close supporters and Friends of the Ville members. You are special to me and I realize you have endured a lot over the last two years. When the news first came out in 2015, it sunk my emotions to the lowest point anyone could possibly imagine. I write this letter to tell you and encourage you to keep your spirits high.
The Russ Smith Foundation, TBM and Sullivan’s Tap House have teamed up to form a charity basketball event in honor of Officer Nick Rodman, who was killed in the line of duty this past March. The event will feature the Metro City Stars, a team comprised of former Louisville players and prominent local figures up against a team of members of the LMPD, and will be hosted by Ballard High School this upcoming Saturday, June 24th at 6:30.
Metro City Stars Roster:
Russ Smith, Sr.
Peyton Siva, Jr.
Prior to tomorrow’s matchup against the #3 Florida Gators, the #7 Louisville Cardinals took to the practice field, where Defensive Player of the Year Devin Hairston was mic’d up.
Couldn’t make the trip up to Omaha? Check out this short video with the sights and sounds of Louisville’s thrilling 8-4 victory over Texas A&M, as well as some of the pageantry surrounding the College World Series.
Following their 8-4 victory over Texas A&M in game 1 of the College World Series, the Louisville Baseball team speaks to the media.
Earlier today on Twitter, Russ Smith became another one of the former UofL players to offer his thoughts on the NCAA’s harsh sanctions imposed on the University of Louisville.
He took to Twitter to talk about those who have actively cheered for UofL’s downfall. Read below:
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Even though the Cards don’t play their first game in the College World Series until tomorrow, play in Omaha began today, with Oregon State coming from behind to defeat Cal State Fullerton. Florida State and LSU will face off tonight in the Saturday nightcap.
However, the CWS can be confusing. Many look at the teams and think:
“Who plays who?”
“Who does UofL play?”
“This team lost, are they still in?”
Well I will break it down for you. The College World Series consists of two 4 team double-elimination brackets, with the winner of each bracket facing off in a best-of-three series to determine the champion. Basically, each bracket acts like how the Regionals round works, and the CWS Final acts like how the Super Regional round works.
Oregon State vs. Cal St. Fullerton
Florida State vs. LSU
Louisville vs. Texas A&M
TCU vs. Florida
I’ll use bracket 1 for example. At the time of this post, Oregon State defeated Cal St. Fullerton and LSU defeated. Oregon State will go on to face LSU, and Cal St. Fullerton will face FSU. Since the loser of the Cal St. Fullerton vs FSU game will have two losses, that team will be eliminated. It is a de facto elimination game.
The winner of the elimantion game will then face the loser of the Oregon State vs. LSU game, in yet another elimination game. Once that game has concluded, there will only be two teams left in the bracket, with one team having one loss and the other having none. Those two teams play either one or two games until one of the teams is eliminated.
If that sounds too confusing, essentially, the teams in each bracket play until 3 of the 4 teams have two losses. Once a team reaches 2 losses, they are done in Omaha and will play no more baseball.
Once there has been winner declared in both brackets, those two teams will face off in a best-of-three series in the College World Series Championship.
In case you haven’t been paying attention to the red-hot Louisville Cardinals baseball team (which you should have) this postseason, you’ve probably noticed that all of the players have suddenly dyed their hair blonde. This also includes head coach Dan McDonnell, as pictured above. Why is that? Well, relief pitcher Jake Sparger decided to go around the team and talk to them about the change in hairdos.
Following Brendan McKay and Lincoln Henzman winning the Dick Howser Trophy and Stopper Of The Year award respectively, both players speak to the media and are presented with their awards.
Prior to their game against Texas A&M tomorrow in the College World Series, UofL closing pitcher Lincoln Henzman was awarded the Stopper Of The Year award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association this afternoon. Henzman is the second Cardinal to win the award (Nick Burdi, 2014), and his 16 saves rank #2 in all of Division I baseball.