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James Hearns and Trevon Young spoke with the media after practice today.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dominant is a subtle way to describe the University of Louisville football team’s performance in last year’s victory over Florida State.
The Cardinals’ offense registered 530 yards and tallied 21 second-quarter points, while the defense accumulated five sacks, one interception, limited the Seminoles to 2 of 13 on third-down conversions, and stifled Florida State to 284 yards of offense.
Louisville heads into Saturday’s afternoon matchup with a 4-3 mark following rare consecutive losses, including a heart-breaking 45-42 decision against NC State, aiming to repeat that performance.
When Bobby Petrino was hired in 2014, his buyout was $10 million. That is what the school would have been owed if Petrino left before June 30, 2017. It dropped to $8.5 million until 2018, then to $7 million in 2019 and finally it drops to $5 million.
In April 2016, he signed a new 7 year contract but the buyout clause stayed the same.
But a clause in his contract reduces that buyout if athletic director, Tom Jurich is no longer athletic director. After today’s events, Petrino’s buyout is $4.25 million per his contract.
Coach Mike Summers, Reggie Bonnafon and Geron Christian spoke with the media following practice today.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville senior running back Reggie Bonnafon has played many positions and accomplished quite a bit on the football field as one of the hometown heroes.
The Louisville, Ky., native has thrown, rushed, and caught touchdowns during his career, but the 6-foot-3 senior added something to his resume last weekend versus Boston College – a 100-yard rushing game. Bonnafon carried 12 times for a career-best 107 yards, including a 64-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter that put the Cardinals ahead 21-7.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Heading into the last half of the season, the University of Louisville football team is looking to find the rhythm it had in getting off to a 4-1 start and hopes regain it at Florida State this weekend
After two consecutive losses, the Cardinals are heading to Tallahassee, Fla., to face the Seminoles in a key game for positioning in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Opening the season in the top five of both national polls, the Seminoles dropped their first two games of the year before winning two of their last contests, including a pair of ACC victories.
“Obviously, we go play a really good football team,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Florida State has great tradition. We know their quarterback (James Blackman) really well—he was here a couple of years ago in our quarterback academy. He’s a very talented young man. He can snap his wrist and throw the ball. And they have really good running backs, so we’ll be challenged against defensively. Read the rest of this entry
The day started with the jersey ceremony for Card forever Anthony Floyd. Then Card forever, Eric Wood, spelled out the C-A-R-D-S cheer. Louisville scored early and looked good because Boston College entered the day scoring 16.3 points per game and were 121st in the country in scoring before Saturday. But the Card defense gave up 45 points, 555 total yards (364 of those rushing yards). AJ Dillon ran for more yards (272) than any other Louisville opponent had before. Lamar was 19 of 39 passing for 332 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. He rushed for 180 yards on 22 carries and scored 3 rushing touchdowns. Dez Fitzpatrick finished with 7 catches , 127 yards and a touchdown.
Here are some pictures of the day…
(6) TCU vs Kansas State – TCU favored by 6 TV – FS1
(17) Michigan vs Indiana – Michigan favored by 7.5. TV – ABC
(20) N.C. State vs Pittsburgh – State favored by 11 TV – ACC Network
(24) Texas Tech vs West Virginia – Texas Tech favored by 3.5 TV – ESPNU
Purdue vs (7) Wisconsin – Wisconsin favored by 17 TV – Big10 Network
(10) Auburn vs LSU – Auburn favored by 7 TV – CBS
Georgia Tech vs (11) Miami – Miami favored by 6.5 TV – ABC
(12)Oklahoma vs Texas – Ok favored by 9 TV – ESPN
Baylor vs (14) Oklahoma State – OKST favored by 25.5 TV – FS1
(25) Navy vs Memphis – Navy favored by 3.5 TV – ESPNU
East Carolinas vs (22) UCF – UCF favored by 36 TV – CBS Sports Network
Arkansas vs (1) Alabama – Alabama favored by 31 TV – ESPN
Missouri vs (4) Georgia – UGA favored by30 TV – SEC Network
Cincinnati vs (18) South Florida – USF favored by 24 TV – ESPNU
Utah vs (13) USC – USC favored by 12.5. TV – ABC
(21) Michigan State vs Minnesota – MSU favored by 4 TV – Big10 Network
Boise State (19) San Diego State – SDSU favored 6.5 TV – CBS Sports Network
Oregon vs (23) Stanford – Stanford favored by 10 TV – TBD
In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Louisville men’s head basketball coach, David Padgett introduced new assistant coach Trent Johnson.
Johnson played at Boise State University from 1974 to 1978. He has 36 years of coaching experience as he was formally a head coach at Nevada (1999 – 2004), Stanford (2004 – 2008), LSU (2008 – 2012) and TCU (2012 – 2016) after being an assistant 4 different schools from 1986 – 1999. Read the rest of this entry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The all-time leader in interceptions at the University of Louisville, All-American safety Anthony Floyd will have his No. 24 jersey honored at the Boston College game on Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
It will be the 22nd jersey to be celebrated in the 99-year history of the program.
The Youngstown, Ohio, native, Floyd played for the Cardinals from 1999-02 and led the Cardinals to four-consecutive bowl appearances. He holds the school record and is currently tied for the Conference USA mark with 18 interceptions. He finished his illustrious career 271 tackles and 33 pass break-ups in three years as the starting safety.
I made it no secret that I was happy with the departure of defensive coordinator,Todd Grantham. I think he did a good job for most of his tenure but he reached a point where the defense no longer was getting better even with NFL talent. I mean, if I could figure out that he was going to blitz on every third down then so could any division one coach.
I also made it no secret that the hiring of Peter Sirmon was questionable in my opinion. Not because he wasn’t a good coach but the fact that we didn’t know if he was or not. I believe that being a coach at Louisville is no longer a stepping stone job but rather a destination job. Therefore I felt we didn’t need to hire an up and coming young coach who needed to prove himself. We needed to go out and get the best proven guy that we could.
Many people blasted Sirmon from the start because of his stats from his last job at Mississippi State. I decided to reserve judgement and give him a chance to prove himself.
Well, it’s only been six games but I’m seeing trends that I don’t like. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt because he has not had the services of his preseason All-American, Jaire Alexander, due to injury and Drew Bailey has been injured as well. Now linebacker Stacy Thomas is out. But that is all part of it and he needs to make adjustments to play with the personnel he has. Read the rest of this entry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Every football program needs a ray or two of sunshine now and again. For the Louisville football team, it’s coming in the form preseason All-American Jaire Alexander and one unusual element: rain.
The Cardinals are coming off a tough loss at NC State, with a stout defensive team in Boston College in waiting. Louisville has spent plenty of time since the Thursday night contest watching film and working in practice to correct those mistakes.
Practice wasn’t going to be easy, especially given the forecast, but that didn’t stop the Cardinals from picking up momentum heading into another league contest.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A steady rain didn’t damper the progress the University of Louisville football team was trying to make as it returned to full pads on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s Homecoming game versus Boston College at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals are coming off a 39-25 loss at NC State on Thursday and, at the direction of head coach Bobby Petrino, spent each day since then focusing on making adjustments.
“We’ve got to get better, and we’ve got to get better now so we can go win this game on Saturday,” Petrino said. “We’ve got to break them down, teach them and work them in individual drills, take them over to group drills, and then take them to the team periods. One of the things you have to do is keep going and keep working at it.” Read the rest of this entry
This guy is re-writing the University of Louisville record books as well as most of the ACC records. He is the reigning Heisman trophy winner but most importantly, he is a Louisville Cardinal. Here are some pics from this season… Read the rest of this entry
I know the Cards are not playing today but if you are feeling up to watching some college football, there are some really good games today. Here is your guide.
Wake Forest vs (2) Clemson– Clemson favored by 21.5 TV – ESPN2
Iowa State vs (3) Oklahoma – OK favored by 31 TV – FOX
(4) Penn State vs Northwestern – PSU favored by 14 TV – ABC
(5) Georgia vs Vanderbilt – UGA favored by 17 TV – ESPN
Ole Miss vs (12) Auburn – Auburn favored by 22 TV – SEC Network
The football season is at the halfway point. The Cards are 4-2 and still have 6 very winnable games remaining in the regular season. I think it’s time to look back at some of CSZ’s best photo’s from this season including a few from media day. Enjoy… Read the rest of this entry
If you listened to the introductory press conference of acting athletic director Vince Tyra and you were not impressed, then I’m not sure what will ever impress you. He said everything we wanted to hear and he said it with passion and confidence. For many, that was their first encounter with him because he said he keeps a low profile. He needed to make a great first impression – and he did. Most of us were sold right there on the spot.
But are you buying that he is the future? I believe that he could definitely be what the University needs to re-establish the athletic brand back to where it should be and where the fans expect it to be. Read the rest of this entry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Coming off a pair of lopsided wins, the University of Louisville football team steps back into Atlantic Coast Conference play with a top-25 matchup Thursday night matchup against No. 24 NC State at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.
Improving to 4-1 overall with home victories over Kent State and Murray State, the competition will get stiffer against one of the nation’s top defensive lines.
Led by All-America candidate Bradley Chubb, who ranks second nationally in tackles for loss and ninth in sacks, the Wolfpack – winners of four straight – boast the eighth-ranked rushing defense heading into the nationally televised contest. Read the rest of this entry
On Saturday, September 30th, the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Murray State Racers 55-10 at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. Lamar Jackson led the Cards with 4 touchdowns. Here are some pictures from the victory. Read the rest of this entry
Northwestern vs (10) Wisconsin – Wisconsin favored by 16.5 TV – ABC
(18) South Florida vs East Carolina – USF favored by 21.5 TV – CBSSN
Vanderbilt vs (21) Florida – Florida favored by 8 TV – ESPN
Indian vs (4) Penn State – PSU favored by 19 TV- Big10 network
(7) Georgia vs Tennessee – UGA favored by 8 TV – CBS
Murray State vs (17) Louisville – U of L favored by 47.5 TV – ACC network
Miami (OH) vs (22) Notre Dame – ND favored by 20.5. TV – NBCSN
(24) Mississippi State vs (13)Auburn – Auburn favored by 7.5 TV – ESPN
Troy vs (25) LSU – LSU favored by 20.5 TV – ESPNU
(2) Clemson vs (12) Virginia Tech – Clemson favored by 7.5 TV – ABC
(6) Washington vs Oregon State – UW favored by 26.5 TV – Pac12 network
(15) Oklahoma State vs Texas Tech – Oklahoma State favored by 10.5 TV – Fox
Ole Miss vs (1) Alabama – Alabama favored by 28 TV – ESPN
Northern Illinois vs (19) SDSU – SDSU favored by 9.5 TV – CBSSN
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Rick Pitino was the first person to say, “Louisville First, Cards Forever.” He said that the University, as well as himself, need to be reborn or rebranded so he came up with the slogan. He said that players needed to play for the name on the front of the jersey rather than only being concerned with the name on the back.
The University of Louisville Athletics Department quickly adopted the slogan and in March of 2012, launched a campaign that encouraged fans to use the slogan – “Louisville First, Cards Forever” and #L1C4 (Twitter hashtag) on all their social media. Read the rest of this entry