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Coach Walz Receives Revised Contract

All Hail, Vince Tyra.

In his first year – actually first few months – the Louisville Athletic Director has secured a five star head Basketball Coach in Chris Mack, revised the contracts of both Ken Lolla and Dan McDonnell. Now, Tyra has ensured Louisville’s Jeff Walz will remain with the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville’s Athletic Association personnel committee approved a contract extension for Louisville Basketball head Coach Jeff Walz.

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NCAA Reprimands Coach Jeff Walz

Today in laughable NCAA news: The NCAA has reprimanded Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.

According to the release, Coach Walz directed, “inappropriate and profane language,” toward committee members and NCAA staff seated at the scorers table during the loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

The NCAA has, “publicly reprimanded,” Coach Walz and issued a few laughable penalties. Coach Walz is suspended for the first NCAA post season game and his Final Four per diem allowance will be withheld.

 

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Louisville Lands Pitt Transfer Yacine Diop

Yacine Diop will transfer from Pitt to Louisville for her final season of eligibility.

Diop was Pitt’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Last season, Diop tied her career high of 26 points against Louisville.

The forward will be immediately eligible.

Myisha Hines-Allen Drafted To The Mystics

Myisha Hines-Allen is headed to the Washington Mystics!!

With the 19th pick, the Mystics selected Hines-Allen. While the Mystics are set in the post, Hines-Allen will add great value and undoubtedly will earn her time in the spotlight.

Congrats, Myisha!! We are so proud of you!!

Coach Jeff Walz To Lead 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 Team

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz has been tabbed as the head coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 team.

Delaware’s Natasha Adair and UCLA’s Cori Close will serve as his assistant coaches.

The trio will lead the team at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The top four finishing teams earn a qualifying berth into next summer’s 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

The dates have yet to be announced for this summer’s contest.

“I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again,” said Walz. “I had an amazing experience last summer in Japan as the head coach of the U23 team, and I have spent time with USA Basketball the past three summers. Working with USA Basketball is something that I have always dreamed of doing, and I look forward to leading the U18 team this summer. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and it is an honor to once again be entrusted with such an important role.”

 

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Louisville Basketball Releases 2018-19 ACC Schedule

Basketball season just ended and many Louisville fans – myself included – are already counting down the days until tip off.

Today, the ACC dropped conference home and away opponents.

In 2018-19, the Cardinals’ home schedule is highlighted by Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia.

See the full release below:

Coach Chris Mack Joins March Madness 365 With Andy Katz Podcast

Less than a month on the job and Coach Chris Mack has probably been the most visible coach Lousiville has had in a while.

Coach Mack is on Twitter, radio stations, tv and on a podcast with Andy Katz.

Coach Mack talks about his plans to bring competitiveness and intensity to the program and why the Louisville job was too good to pass up.

Listen below:

Donovan Mitchell Throws Major Shade At Ben Simmons

Is it Rookie of the Year or Shade Thrower of the Year??

Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons are in a head to head battle for the NBA’s coveted Rookie of the Year award. And neither are going down without a fight.

It’s been the biggest NBA feud we’ve seen since Russel Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Honestly, Donovan and Ben’s feud is highly entertaining.

The two have taken shot after shot. If it were a three-point contest, Simmons would be hitting 0%.

Simmons did an interview earlier in the week in which he stated he should 100% get the Rookie of the Year award. I mean, he has a good case. But, then, Simmons threw some MAJOR shade saying nobody else is even close.

Excuse me, sir, but, there’s this dude in the Western Conference tearing it up.

Donovan Mitchell clapped back with the following tweet:

But, on Tuesday evening, Donovan threw storm cloud level shade. The TRUE rookie walked into the arena with a clear message on his hoodie.

He ain’t play. And we’re all here for it.

* insert popcorn gif here *

Edit:

How do you watch this clip and not love Donny Buckets??

Draymond Green Says Donovan Mitchell Should Get Rookie Of The Year

It’s been a heated Rookie of the Year battle between Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell.

Simmons and Mitchell are the two clear front runners for the award. Some say both should get the award.

But, Draymond Green thinks Donovan Mitchell is the true ROY.

Donovan thanked Draymond by ending his career.

I only hope he yelled, “THAT’S FOR RUSS,” when Draymond hit the floor.

Myisha Hines-Allen Hosts WNBA Draft Party

What better way to send off senior Myisha Hines-Allen than celebrating with her on one of the most important days of her life??

Hines-Allen is hosting a WNBA Draft Party on Thursday, April 12th from 7PM – 10PM.

Space is limited so RSVP ASAP.

To reserve your spot, click here.

Location:

  • Berrytown Recreation Center
  • 1300 Heafer Road, Louisville, KY 40223

Tickets:

  • $5 for children & students
  • $10 for adults

Proceeds:

  • Proceeds will go to the Metro Parks Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR). This non-profit organization offers a wide range of recreational activities for individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities, along with their friends and families.

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi Is The University Of Louisville’s 18th President

After 615 days without a permanent President, a new leader has finally been named.

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi was announced as the 18th President of the University of Louisville. Dr. Bendapudi is the first female to preside over the university.

Her qualifications are no joke. Dr. Bendapudi is the current provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas. She is also a professor of Marketing in the KU School of Business.

Dr. Bendapudi is highly involved in several organizations and has received many prestigious honors and distinctions.

Her professional memberships include: American Marking Association (AMA), Association for Consumer Research, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), International Women’s Forum, National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors.

Dr. Bendapudi will begin her tenure as the President of the University of Louisville on May 15th, 2018.

Read more about Dr. Bendapudi: Dr. Neeli Bendapudi selected as the 18th president of the University of Louisville

Welcome to Louisville, President Bendapudi, we are extremely thrilled to have you lead us into the future.

Louisville Falls To Mississippi State In OT Thriller

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Photo Credit: Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier-Journal

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.

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Asia Durr Named To WBCA Coaches’ All-American Team

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.

Asia Durr Named To John R. Wooden All-American Team

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.

Read more: Asia Durr Named to John R. Wooden Award All-American Team

Mayor Fischer Declares Friday Wear Red Day

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.

Louisville Recruit To Participate In High School Women’s 3-Point Championship

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.

Russ Smith Talks NBA Hopes, G League, Success In China & Louisville

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.

Asia Durr Named USBWA First Team All-American

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.

The Front Paige: From Ah, Hell to All Hail

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.

Final Four Send Off: Paint Floyd Street Red Tuesday @ 4PM

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.

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