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A funny thing happened this morning.   The sun came up.

After CardNation was power-bombed through a table from off of the top rope by the NCAA.  After being drug through the mud. After being spit on by local media, and local idiots with platforms. And after Louisville Twitter erupted.  The sun came up, the world did not end, the sky is still intact. Life. Went. On.

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NCAA Announces Infractions Against UofL Basketball

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After waiting and wondering for 600 plus days, the UofL basketball team finally learned their fates today as the NCAA handed down their ruling.

Things are still pretty unclear and we will tune into the scheduled presser at 12:30 which will have Pitino, Tom Jurich, and President Postel on hand.  Until then we have posted the infractions below:

 

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
  • Four years of probation from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2021.
  • A suspension from the first five ACC games of the 2017-18 season for the head coach. During the suspension, the head coach may not be present in the arena where the games are played and have no contact with the student-athletes or members of his coaching staff. The head coach also may not participate in any activities including, but not limited to, team travel, practice, video study and team meetings.
  • A 10-year show-cause period for the former operations director from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2027. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the former coach must restrict him from holding any athletically related duties and from having any contact with prospects and their families.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the former program assistant from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2018. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him can schedule an appearance before a panel of the COI to determine whether he should be subject to show-cause provisions.
  • A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 to July 2014. The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
  • A reduction in men’s basketball scholarships by two during the 2016-17 year (self-imposed by the university). Additionally, the university must reduce men’s basketball scholarships by four over the probation period. The university may take the reductions during any year of that period.
  • A prohibition of men’s basketball coaching travel during the April 2016 recruiting period, which resulted in a reduction of men’s basketball recruiting opportunities by 30 (self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction of recruiting travel during the July 2016 recruiting period by six days (self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction in the number of men’s basketball official visits to a total of 10 during the 2015-16 year. Additionally, the university will have no more than a total of 16 visits during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 years (self-imposed by the university).
  • During the probation period, men’s basketball prospects on unofficial visits may not stay overnight in any campus dorms or school-owned property.
  • A disassociation of the former operations director (self-imposed by the university). The public decision describes the details of his disassociation.
  • A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university). The university must also return to the NCAA the money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. 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.
  • A postseason ban for the men’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season (self-imposed by the university).

We will know more within the hour.

Cards & Purdue Will Play In 2017 ACC/B1G Challenge

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The 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge is set for the upcoming season and we will see the Cards face the Purdue Boilermakers for the second consecutive season.  The Cards are currently 2-1 in the challenge with victories over Ohio State in 2014 and Purdue in 2016. Their lone loss came at the hands of Michigan State in East Lansing back in 2015.

It seems the committee was not bothered by the fact that Louisville and Purdue faced each other in last year’s challenge. The Cards prevailed 71-64 behind 11 points from both Mangok Mathiang and Ray Spalding.  Purdue was led by big man Caleb Swanigan with 14 points. Swanigan opted for the NBA Draft after the season.

While most of us wanted a meeting with either Michigan or Maryland,  we admit the Purdue match-up should be a good one.   GO CARDS, BEAT PURDUE!!!!

 

Cards And Cats Basketball Date Is Set!!!

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While most people are buzzing about the upcoming Super Regional between the Cards and Cats, we now know the game date for the annual basketball game.  It was announced today the Cards and Cats will do battle in Lexington on Friday, yes Friday, December 29th which will leave the weekend open for one fan-base to celebrate while the other sulks.

We have all grew accustomed to the game being on a Saturday but the last match-up took place on a Wednesday and saw the Cards prevail with a 73-70 win.  It was their first win since the 2012-2013 season.  Kentucky currently holds a 34-16 advantage in the series. CBS will carry coverage of the game, the tip-off time has yet to be announced.

Should be a good game and will kick off trash talk for 2018 in grand fashion.

 

Brian Bowen Commits To Louisville

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Well that escalated quickly!!!! Days after an official visit to Louisville’s campus it has been announced that Brian Bowen, a Small Forward out of La Lumiere School in Saginaw, Michigan is officially a Louisville Cardinal!!!!

Bowen is a 5 star player and was also a McDonald’s All-American this year.  He is ranked the 13th best player in the ESPN100 and chooses the Cards over such schools as Arizona, Michigan State, and Texas to name a few.  Bowen was thought to be Michigan State bound but with the return of Miles Bridges that commitment became a bit uncertain.

His addition bolsters an already big recruiting class as Bowen joins the likes of other ESPN100 signees Malik Williams, Darius Perry, and Jordan Nwora.  Add Lance Thomas and this completes a dynamic class.  Bowen will now compete with V.J. King and Dewayne Sutton for playing time at the 3 spot.

Louisville is projected to be a top 10 team going into next season. With this addition one could argue they are now amongst the top 5.  Kudos to the Louisville staff for getting this done.  We here at CSZ welcome Brian to the Ville.

http://www.courtsidefilms.com/news_article/show/777196?referrer_id=1156386

Cards Could Potentially Add 5 Star Bowen

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It was discovered on Tuesday evening that Louisville hosted 5 Star SF Brian Bowen on a campus visit. Bowen, a McDonald’s All-American, was thought by many to be a solid Michigan State lean but after the return of Miles Bridges who opted to not enter the NBA draft deadline, it appears he is still searching for a school to land his services.

Louisville would join a list of schools trying to sign Bowen. So far he holds offers from such schools as Arizona, Michigan State, NC State, Texas, and UCLA just to name a few.  The SF position at Louisville is pretty stacked with the return of  Deng Adel and V.J. King although Pitino has hinted he will primarily use Adel as a shooting guard.  Add Dwayne Sutton to the mix and you have some nice depth at the 3 spot.

We here at CSZ will be keeping a close eye on this story.  Louisville is already a projected top 10 team next season and this would do nothing but bolster that claim.  “Crootin” remains a funny business. …

The Story Of A Champion

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Long before he came to Louisville, he was a champion.  Before his first college pass was an interception against Murray State on Sept. 1, 2011 or his last run was a final nail in Miami’s coffin on December 28th, 2013,  he was a champion.  Before he was Teddy 2 Gloves, Teddy Ice-water, Teddy Ballgame, TD Teddy, or whatever other name we derived for him, his first name was champion.    You have heard the saying, “not all heroes wear capes”. In this case not all champions have rings to prove it.

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The Overreaction Of Louisville Twitter

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It sucks…….we know.  You know, I know, CardNation knows.

While we all wished Donovan Mitchell luck and will cheer like hell when his name is called next month in the NBA draft, part of us now only have to wonder what could have been had he returned. But he isn’t and all we have is great memories and insane one handed dunk highlights.

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Jay Henderson To Transfer

 

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Another week, another transfer.   Following in the footsteps of Tyler Sharpe and Matz Stockman we now learn that walk-on Jay Henderson also intends to transfer from the Louisville Men’s basketball team.   Henderson originally came to Louisville after transferring from St. John’s.

Jay saw the floor sparingly only playing 2.1 minutes per game. However, he was constantly cheering on his teammates and still holds the title for the most glorious head of hair on the team.  We here at CSZ wish him the best wherever he lands.  Always a Card!

Akeem Hayes Commits To Cards

Louisville Football received a commitment from 5’10 WR Akeem Hayes on Thursday night.

Hayes, from Hollywood Florida’s Blanche Ely High School picked Louisville over the likes of Oregon,  NC State, Oregon State,  Marshall, and Wake Forest. He is a composite 3 star athlete from the same city that produced Lamar Jackson.

The Cards continue to add talent to their 2018 recruiting class. We here at CSZ welcome Akeem to the Ville!!!

Shaq Wiggins Transfers To Tennessee

Shaq Wiggins announced via Twitter that he will be transferring to Tennessee to continue his playing career. Shaq came to Louisville along with Josh Harvey-Clemons in 2014 after leaving Georgia.   

Shaq was a productive cornerback for Louisville but battled injuries the past few seasons and played sparingly.  Wiggins was known as a vocal teammate for the Cards and provided a lot of charisma to the locker room. We here at CSZ wish him the best as he takes his talent to Rocky Top

 

Tyler Sharpe Will Transfer

Freshman walk-on and former Bullitt East star Tyler Sharpe intends to transfer. He appeared in only 7 games this season scoring only 2 points.

With a loaded class coming that features Darius Perry and Jordan Nwora and the addition of Dwayne Sutton it would seem Sharpe would find playing time to be scarce next season. We here at CSZ wish Tyler the best wherever he lands. Always a Card!!

 

Cards Land Oklahoma CB Transfer

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The University of Louisville Football team landed a transfer this morning. Former Oklahoma defensive Back P.J. Mbanasor ( last name pronounced em-BAN-uh-sore) announced he would be joining the Cards via Twitter.

Mbanasor was a 4 star recruit out of high school. He played in 10 games with the Sooners in 2015 but redshirted the entire 2016 season. We here at CSZ welcome PJ to the VILLE!!!

UCONN Transfer Picks Louisville

EnochSteven Enoch has confirmed reports that he will transfer to Louisville to continue his playing career.  At 6’11 Enoch will be counted on to help at the 4 or 5 spot for the Cards.  He will be forced to sit under NCAA rules next season but will then have two years of eligibility remaining.

A former 4 star prospect out of high school, Enoch averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds with the Huskies last season. He typically saw 12 minutes of play per game.  We here at Cardinal Sports Zone welcome Steven to the Ville!!!!

 

Alphonso Carter Announces Transfer

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Cardinal cornerback Alphonso Carter announced via Twitter that he was released from the team after meeting with Coach Bobby Petrino and will be transferring to another school to continue his eligibility.  Carter was suspended indefinitely last fall after he was pulled over by LMPD and there was a loaded gun found in the car.  Although he was facing felony gun possession, he was eventually charged with misdemeanor gun charges to which he plead guilty to.

Carter,  6’3 corner who originally transferred from Tennessee to Louisville has already earned his Bachelor’s degree and will be eligible to play immediately in the fall of 2017.  Carter is the second cornerback to transfer in the past few weeks as Shaq Wiggins also announced he will be leaving UofL.   We here at CSZ wish Alphonso good luck wherever he winds up playing next season.

Welcome Back NCAA Tournament

It was announced today that the NCAA has chosen Louisville to host a Regional in the NCAA Tournament. The KFC YUM! Center will open its doors the weekend of March 28th and 30th. Louisville last hosted the big dance in 2016 and hosted eventual champion Villanova.

The most exciting part of this news is that the city is on display nationally.  Congrats to the city of Louisville.

http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2017-04-18/2019-2022-future-di-ncaa-championship-sites

BucketHatism: Spring Game

ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Please be seated.  Saturday afternoon marked the beginning of the long 4 1/2 month wait for tailgating, horrible football taeks, bold ACC predictions, and CARDS-FIRST-DOWN chants (more on this later).   Sure the baseball team is rolling through Spring with it’s eyes set on Omaha.  The NBA Playoffs also known as “when the pros actually try” has begun but lets not act like the dead period is not quickly approaching.  So if you didn’t make it out to the Spring Game I would suggest you invest in YouTube and catch some old games. Fact of the matter is, the Spring Game is just a nice fix until September.

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BucketHatism: Spring Practice

“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Please be seated, the BHK is back off his weekend bender of wings, basketball and busted brackets to announce that the joy that is football is back for the month of April.  Today Bobby Petrino held his presser to give us all a glimpse of what to expect and what the team will be working on.  I know I am not the only Card fan that still has a sour taste in my mouth from how last season ended. We went from the highs of curb stomping FSU, receiving a visit from College Gameday, and a prime-time game in Death Valley to seeing Lamar nearly decapitated in Houston, watching the Governor’s Cup get kidnapped, and watching LSU do the cha-cha slide in our backfield for 4 quarters………but I digress.

The thing is, as young as this team was last year they are back and more experienced. More importantly they are pissed off at how they ended the season after being 9-1 on the verge of the playoffs.  Lamar winning the Heisman salvaged the disappointing ending but you have to think the team is still very much hungry for redemption.  Here some things, and players that the BHK is interested to see in the Spring game.

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BucketHatism: 2017 Football Schedule

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

FOLKS!!!  I have been approached by a few people needing an explanation for my recent hiatus from Twitter. Basically I spend a lot of time on the damn thing and I have to go into detox once a year only to relapse again.   But look at the bright side, each time this happens a bunch of crazy stuff happens and I am left without a place to vent or celebrate. So I usually end up telling my fiance or anyone who will listen that we got a new recruit, B-Dubs has a secret code for free wings, and blue cheese is straight ass-water.

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BucketHatology: Purdue

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The BHK has decided to help fund his wedding by teaching classes at an unnamed and un-accredited University here in Louisville.  I would tell you the University and location but I am no snitch, unlike graduates from IU.  So after some of the basketball games I will be providing lecture notes and taking shots at Tom Crean because I can and he is too busy smooching his son to read this anyway.

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