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Author Archives: Shawn Barbour

No Cancellation This Time As 2018 G Courtney Ramey Visits UofL Today

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Missouri G Courtney Ramey, one of the highest rated unsigned players left in the 2018 class, is scheduled to make a visit to the University of Louisville today.

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2019 UofL Football QB Commit Invited To Under Armour All-America Camp

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UofL 2019 QB commit Jaden Johnson has been invited to participate in Under Armour’s All-America Football Camp in Chicago, IL.

The camp, per Jaden Johnson’s tweet above, will be on May 6th from 8 am to 2:30 pm.

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UofL Is Reentering 2018 G Courtney Ramey’s Recruitment

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It was about a week ago that UofL Head Coach Chris Mack announced that UofL was no longer recruiting 2018 4 Star PG and former UofL commit Courtney Ramey.

Many UofL media and fans were caught off guard that Mack mentioned a recruit by name and thought that definitively ended UofL’s pursuit of Ramey.

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UofL Football Picks Up Commitment From 2019 KY Offensive Lineman

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UofL Football picked up another commitment from an in-state recruit tonight in Jack Randolph from Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, KY.

Randolph, a 6’3 290 lbs OT chose UofL over offers from Cincinnati, EKU, Georgia State, Morehead State, and Middle Tennessee State. He also had interest from Purdue, Vanderbilt, and WKU. UofL’s primary recruiter for Randolph was Offensive Line Coach and Co-offensive Coordinator Mike Summers per 247sports.com.

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Highlights From UofL Football Spring Game Postgame Presser

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UofL held its annual football spring game last night and afterwards Coach Bobby Petrino, red shirt sophomore QB Jawon Pass, and red shirt sophomore WR Dez Fitzpatrick gave some of their thoughts on the game.

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Season Tickets For UofL Football Set To Go On Sale Monday

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On Friday, UofL Football announced season tickets for the upcoming 2018 season will be available to purchase on Monday.

Per the release, “The home slate opens against Indiana State in the newly expanded Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, which will feature three new video boards, brand-new seating in the North end zone, club seats, and 12 field-level suites.”

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Damion Lee Joins Middays With Marques Maybin

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Former UofL player, fan favorite, and current Atlanta Hawk Damion Lee joined Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage on Middays with Marques Maybin on Friday.

He discussed a myriad of topics with Marques and Steve, offering a lot of honest insight. Some of the topics discussed were his recruiting process as a grad transfer, his time at UofL, his time in the G League, his NBA call up, UofL’s future with Chris Mack, among other topics. You can listen to the entire Damion Lee interview below.

Donovan Mitchell Breaks NBA Rookie Record

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Donovan Mitchell continues to wow everyone with his amazing rookie year with the Utah Jazz. Tonight, he just broke a record previously owned by a talented guard by the name of Damian Lillard.

Donovan now owns the record for most made 3 pointers by a rookie at 186. He still has the potential to add to the record before the regular season concludes. Here is a video of the record-breaking shot.

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UofL Football Releases Details For Upcoming Spring Game

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UofL Football’s annual Spring Game is upon us. It is set for April 14 at 1 pm. UofL has issued a press release detailing all the planned events and festivities for the day.

Among the information is when the parking lots will open and that Coach Bobby Petrino and players will sign autographs at the conclusion of the game.

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Ray Spalding Will Hire Agent And Remain In NBA Draft

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UofL Junior F Ray Spalding announced via his Instagram account that he will hire an agent and remain in the NBA Draft.

The Trinity High School product had a productive 3 years at his hometown university with his best year being this year. Spalding averaged 12.3 points a game and led the team in rebounding averaging 8.7 a game this season. He earned 2018 All-ACC Honorable Mention Team.

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Donovan Mitchell Intends To Get His Degree From UofL

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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.

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UofL Football Announces Details of 2018 Pro Day

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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.

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UofL Basketball Players Give Thoughts About Their Futures After NIT Loss

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After UofL’s NIT loss, UofL players were asked by a host of reporters about their futures. Though none of them provided definitive answers about their futures, they did provide some clues.

Ray Spalding and Deng Adel were 2 players that provided some definitive answers. Both players advised they are going to test the NBA waters, but did not rule out returning to school afterwards.

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Teddy Bridgewater Is Now A Jet

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Teddy Bridgewater is trading in his purple and gold uniform and the sound of Viking horns for a green and white uniform and the sound of thousands of taxi cab horns. Teddy has moved on from the Minnesota Vikings and has joined the New York Jets.

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Donovan Mitchell Inspiring UofL Fans And Former Teammates With Electric Rookie Season

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UofL has endured losing a banner and a coach. It has endured a tumultuous season with arguably more downs than ups. Even though he no longer wears a UofL uniform, Donovan Mitchell has provided the university and the city with a little light in a sea of darkness.

Journalist Eric Woodyard traveled to Louisville to see the unique connection Donovan Mitchell has to his college town. He talked with UofL students, UofL fans, and current players Ryan McMahon and Deng Adel to see what impact Donovan’s electric rookie year has had on them.

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The Barbour Shop: Despite UofL Basketball’s Disappointing Season, I Still Got This Team’s Back

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This UofL basketball season has been, well, disappointing. It was a letdown before practice even started. We lost a coach, an Athletic Director, and our sanity. Our team of great young men were forced to endure more mega media attention and questions about scandals they had no part in. People pelted them with cheap insults and petty taunts.

This team has talent yet it seems they can’t find a way to mesh it together to work properly and consistently. I think it’s a byproduct of scandal fatigue for the team. We fans have it and it’s obvious the players do. Nearly all of the Cards issues are mental. It’s as if they think too much and are slow to react on the floor. So many mental lapses led to the only consistency being inconsistency.

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Cards At The Combine: NFL Combine Results For 5 Former Cards

Many UofL fans kept up with how well our 5 invitees have been doing at the NFL Combine this past weekend. Lamar Jackson, Trevon Young, Jaire Alexander, Geron Christian, and James Hearns all participated in the big showcase of talent before the draft.

Below we will give official measurements, highlights of drills, interviews, and other information about UofL’s 5 invitees.

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UofL Football Loses Staff Member To Oregon

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UofL Football recruited the state of Florida, especially south Florida, well. The man who had a huge influence on this was south Florida native Stephen Field. He and the rest of the staff brought in possibly UofL’s best ever recruiting class with a good number of the recruits from Florida.

It was announced today that Coach Field was leaving UofL for a position on Oregon’s staff. There he will reunite with Cort Dennison.

In April of last year, Field was hired to the position of “Director of High School Relations” for UofL. Judging by the talent in this class, he did an excellent job in that role.

Coach Field was kind enough to tweet out a nice good-bye to the UofL community proving what a classy man he is.

UofL has some big shoes to fill with the loss of Coach Field. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Coach Field all the best at his new home.

Past Meets Present: Darrell Griffith Presents Donovan Mitchell With The Slam Dunk Trophy (Video)

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Tonight in Salt Lake City, UT past and present came together as Cards and Jazz Legend Darrell Griffith presented former Card and current Jazz player Donovan Mitchell with his Slam Dunk Championship trophy.

It was an awesome sight to behold for any UofL fan; arguably the greatest player in UofL history and a man whose number hangs in the rafters of the Jazz’s arena, giving love to a former UofL star and a man whose number may one day hang with his.

After the week we UofL fans have had, we deserve this kind of sentimental and wonderful thing. It’s awesome to see two men who are L1C4 to the core get to share a special moment together in a place where one is a legend and one is working on becoming one.

Donovan Mitchell Wearing Special Kicks In Support Of 2013 Title Team

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When news broke Tuesday that UofL Men’s Basketball was being stripped of its 2013 National Championship, Donovan Mitchell was as upset as all UofL fans. On Wednesday, he announced he was going to wear special UofL themed sneakers in his game tonight for the Utah Jazz. We now have photographic confirmation he is wearing the shoes.

Notice that Donovan added the names of every single player from the 2013 title team on the side of the shoes. He also added the number “2013” on the back left shoe and the word “Champs” on the back of the right shoe. And boy are they some sweet looking kicks.

Donovan wanted to pay homage to a special group of players, to his former coach, to his alma mater, and to all of the UofL fans. Donovan is a star in the making in the NBA. It’s awesome to know that no matter what he’s always L1C4.