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Louisville Football comes in at #12 in ESPN Football Power Index

Lamar Jackson

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The day after National Signing day there is still a buzz in the air about next years Louisville Football team. The Cards signed another great class and bring back around 18 starters. This means that the buzz isn’t just local anymore. Today ESPN put the Cards at #12 in their “Football Power Index”.

Does this mean Louisville will start out in the top 12 next season? Not necessarily, but it does mean Petrino’s team is picking up a lot of steam heading into the 16-17 season. Expect much more steam to pick up in the coming months. #L1C4


Video: Louisville stadium expansion “Coming Full Circle”

Vegas gives Louisville a 14/1 shot at cutting down the nets

NCAA Basketball: St. Francis-NY at Louisville

Louisville, KY, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Since the Cards’ win over #2 North Carolina on Monday I think we have all allowed ourselves to dream of a trip to Houston and the Final Four. Today we found out that we are not alone in that thought process. Vegas (Who we know somehow is usually accurate) gives Louisville the 7th best odds at 14/1 to cut down the nets in April.

Oklahoma, rightfully so, comes in at number 1 with 6/1 odds followed by UNC at 15/2. After that it looks like it is anyone’s game.

Oklahoma 6/1

North Carolina 15/2

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CardinalSportsZone Radio Show: Preview 1/30

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It’s GAMEDAY! At least it will be tomorrow morning when the CSZ radio show hits the 93.9 airwaves. If you are like us, you are going to wake up excited for the Cards’ “White Out” game against #11 Virginia. What better way to get ready than turning on 93.9 The Ville and spending the 10 o’clock hour with us!

  • Howie Lindsey ( and The Howie Lindsey Show) joins us at 10:30 to give you all the insight on the huge recruiting weekend for Louisville Football.
    • Will Louisville Football end up with the highest recruiting class in its history?
    • Do the Cards expect any commitments this weekend?
  • Just how important is this Virginia game and how can it help the Cards’ Monday night showdown with #2 UNC?
  • Dream with us for a few. What if the Cards beat both UVA AND UNC?!

Join us tomorrow from 10-11 on 93.9 The Ville for all this and more!! Of course if you won’t be by the radio, you can listen on the IHeart Radio and TuneIn Apps on your smartphone.

93.9 The Ville

CardinalSportsZone Radio Show Preview 1/23

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We at CSZ laugh at this snow. HA HA HA. This mildly cool, swimming weather wont keep us out of the 93.9 studios tomorrow from 10-11 am. The Red Rage Tailgate will join us in studio to recap the week that was and get your ready for the Cards’ trip to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech at 4 pm. What else will we talk about on the show? Here are a few topics…

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Kyle Bolin to start at QB against Virginia

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Bobby Petrino announced in his weekly press conference that Soph. Kyle Bolin would get his second consecutive start for the Cards this Saturday against Virginia. Petrino told Bolin to not worry about the QB competition and to just “go play”.

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Louisville commit VJ King to play at Fairdale High School


Former Fairdale high school basketball coach and current King Of The Bluegrass director Lloyd Gardner announced this morning on The Drew Deener show that 5 star Louisville commit VJ King will play at Fairdale this season. Gardner did not give a specific date for the event but said it WILL NOT be apart of the King of the Bluegrass tournament in December.

Gardner also went on to say that this game is contingent on King signing with Louisville in the early period and has received confirmation from King’s high school coach that he plans to do just that. King’s AAU coach also confirmed with Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal yesterday that King would sign in November.

Clemson loses another Offensive Linemen to injury Clemson football - Ryan Norton Clemson football – Ryan Norton

Clemson has already dealt with their fair share of injuries on the OL but now starting center Ryan Norton has also been ruled out for Thursday nights game in PJCS. Coach Dabo Swinney said Norton was “rolled up on” which cause an injury to his knee this week in practice.

Norton became a national story earlier this year after he benched pressed 640 pounds…………………..Yea that is a lot. In Norton’s place the Tigers will have Jay Guillermo who will be making just his second start. Getting a win is going to be a tough task for the Cards on Thursday but it is looking like the perfect scenario for the front seven to show us the dominant performance we have been looking for all along.

Montrezl Harrell agrees in principle to 3 year deal with Rockets



Just a day after pulling someone from a car crash Montrezl Harrell looks to have found a home in the NBA with the Houston Rockets agreeing in principle to a three year deal. The Rockets took Trez in the 2nd round of the draft and he went on to average 16.5 points and 8 rebounds in the summer league on his way to earning this contract. Houston, who has arguably the best scorer in the NBA in James Harden, will be a contender in the Western Conference for years to come so we are sure to hear plenty from Harrell for years to come!

Lamar Jackson named the starting QB going forward

(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Lamar Jackson wowed us all on Saturday in the Georgia Dome and according to Bobby Petrino we will get a chance to see that again. In Petrino’s  weekly news conference today he announced that Jackson would in fact be the starting QB when the Cards take the field against Houston.

This doesn’t come has a shock considering Jackson’s performance against Auburn throwing for 106 yards and running for 100 more. It will be interesting to see how the true freshman builds on his first performance but what is for sure is that the Lamar Jackson Era is upon us.

Times & dates for Louisville Football open practice

Photo: Tim Haag/

Photo: Tim Haag/

The Louisville Football team announced today they would hold practices open to the public from Saturday August 8th-Tuesday August 11th.

Saturday August 8th- Veterans at 2:30 PM & Newcomers at 6:30 PM

Sunday August 9th- Veterans at 2:30 PM & Newcomers at 6:30 PM  

Monday August 10th- 4:20 PM (Everyone)

Tuesday August 11th- 4:20 PM (Everyone)

Practice will begin this Thursday August 6th.

Bobby Petrino ESPN “car wash” schedule


Bobby Petrino will go through the infamous ESPN ‘Car Wash” today and we have the full schedule here.

Petrino’s ESPN Car Wash Schedule
9:40 a.m. – SportsCenter
10 a.m. – ESPNU Front Row
10:20 a.m. – SCUE
10:40 a.m. – ESPN Digital Video – Chris Low
11 a.m. – ESPN Print – Adam Rittenberg
11:15 a.m. – Brett McMurphy
11:30 a.m. – Grantland- Holly Anderson
11:50 a.m. – ESPN ACC – Andrea Adelson
12 p.m. – ESPN Images
12:15 p.m. – Joe Schad
12:30 p.m. – ESPN Insider – Travis Haney
12:50 p.m. – Championship Drive Podcast
1:15 p.m. – Freddie Coleman
1:40 p.m. – College Football Daily
2 p.m. – Finebaum Show

Not going to lie pretty excited for that Finebaum interview.

“This one was different” A perspective of Jawon Pass choosing Louisville



Card Nation has been here before, hopes of football glory hinged on a high school football star picking up the hat with the “L” or the Cardinal bird on it and placing it on his head.

Sometimes it went our way, and other times the young man just made the wrong choice.😉

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Chinanu Onuaku selected to participate in the U19 USA Basketball Camp

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Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Sophomore Center Chinanu Onuaku was selected as one of 24 players who will be participating in the USA basketball Men’s U19 training camp that will be held in Colorado June 12-26. This camp is a try out to make the 12 man team that will go on to play in the FIBA U19 World Championships later this month in Greece.

The team now coached by Arizona’s Sean Miller is the same team that Montrezl Harrell was a member of in 2013. That summer really helped take Trez’s game to another level and you have to think Pitino hopes to see the same from Nanu.

From Press Release per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:

The 6-10, 230-pound Onuaku from Lanham, Md., started 26 games as a freshman in helping the Cardinals post a 27-9 record last season, reaching the final eight teams in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last eight years. An All-ACC Academic team selection, Onuaku averaged 3.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and was ninth in the ACC with 42 blocked shots last season.

Awesome video of the Louisville Football Strength and Conditioning

I absolutely loved the videos from spring practice but this new one may have taken the top spot. #RingTheBell

Louisville Basketball to play neutral site game against St. Louis this season

Per Jon Rothstein of CBS, St. Louis will be one of the non conference games for the Louisville Basketball team this season.

The Cards played St. Louis on their way to the Sweet 16 in 2014 but this will be the first regular season match up since the C-USA days. This is a solid addition to the already tough Louisville schedule and while it may not be a “blockbuster” game it is one that will look good on the resume come March.

One other thing to note, the date and time have not been announced but we do know that the Louisville Football team plays in the Battle of the Bluegrass on Nov. 28th which is the same weekend projected for this game.

Time and TV announced for Louisville vs Auburn

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Per Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the time and TV for what may be the most anticipated Louisville game ever has been set.

This will be the first time the Cards have kicked off on CBS since 1997 and outside of the rivalry weekends, the first SEC non-conference game on CBS since Alabama vs FSU in 2007 per @MattSmithCFB.

Tickets for the game on September 5th are still available at

Maverick Rowan to make reclassification decision in the next 2 weeks

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

If you are a Louisville Basketball fan you have probably heard the name Maverick Rowan. It was widely rumored that Rowan would attempt to finish the last couple classes he needed and graduate this summer. Rowan ran into a problem when his current high school Cardinal Gibbons seemed to not be sure how they could make this work. Last we heard Rowan was looking for a school to make this happen and it appears he may have done just that. Rowan’s father told the following to the Post-Gazette:

“Nothing is definite yet. We just have to make a decision,” said Ron Rowan. “I found a place he can graduate from. He can take the two classes he needs.

“If he decides he wants to go to college [this fall], then that’s a decision that needs to be within the next 10 days, because he will have to start summer school right after school ends [at Cardinal Gibbons]. If he doesn’t go to college, then there is a little bit of time to make a decision.”

Rowan’s father made it clear that the family had 3 options: stay at Cardinal Gibbons, go back to his original high school Lincoln Park, or graduate early and attend college. If Rowan opts for the latter expect him to be in a Louisville uniform next season.

Louisville lands 4 star QB Tylin Oden

Bobby Petrino received some good news today when 2016 4 star QB Tylin Oden (TN) chose Louisville. Oden picked the Cards over Mississippi State and WVU.

The 6’5 Oden is rated the #7 duel threat QB according to and gives Petrino his 10th commitment for the 2016 class. Oden has incredible arm strength and a lot of upside under the direction of Bobby Petrino. Look for Oden to most likely redshirt in his freshman season but the potential for playing time is there.

Look for the Cards to continue the pursuit of Jawon Pass but there is no doubt the staff is happy and are expecting big things from Oden.

UofL vs UK basketball game set for the day after Christmas

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According to the Herald Leader the Cards and the Cats will tip off on the basketball court December 26th this year. Rupp Arena will play host to the rivalry this season and game time hasn’t been set as of yet.

Great now that’s two nights in a row I won’t be able to sleep. Plan accordingly.