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Author Archives: Jeff Nunn

Post Practice Interviews 7-13-18

 

pactice 7-13-2018-58Jaylen Smith and Jon Greenard spoke with the media after today’s practice. Here  is a little bit of what they had to say…

Photo Gallery : Football Practice 7-13-18

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The Louisville football team held a rare open to the media practice today at the Trager Center. This wasn’t a practice in helmet and pads but rather a conditioning practice. The Cards warmed up, stretched and lifted a little inside. Then they headed out to the sand where they ran sprints, worked on vertical and long jumps and ran a few more drills. The hardest worker on offense and defense got to smash a rock with a sledgehammer at the end of practice. There were a couple of interviews after practice and I included a few up to date pics of the expansion progress of CARDINAL STADIUM. Enjoy! Football season is getting closer…

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Nunnsense | Louisville Has Best Receivers In The ACC

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The definition of best is “of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality.” As a fan you can use any number of factors to determine who you think is the best. Most fans just use their heart.

I prefer to use my eyes and statistics.

Based on my research, and what I have witnessed, it is my opinion that Louisville has the best receivers in the ACC. I want to also say that they could be top 5 in the country but I have not seen enough of the other receiving corps to fairly make that assessment. So I’ll just stick with my opinion that Louisville has the best receivers in the ACC and that they compare favorably with the top receivers in the country. Read the rest of this entry

Changing The Name Of Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium Is Not Likely Until 2041

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With all the recent controversy surrounding John Schnatter, Papa Johns founder, there has much talk on social media and around the water coolers of every work place in Louisville about changing the name of U of L’s football stadium. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it seems that the name won’t change unless John Schnatter changes it himself and the University approved the change. The name change can only occur once every 5 years and the new Stadium name “shall be that of John Schnatter, a person or entity closely affiliated with Schnatter, or his or its successors or assigns” – according to the contract between the University and Schnatter.  Here is a part of the contract…

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Nwora – Mack Press Conference

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Today at the Yum center practice facility on campus, Jordan Nwora and head coach, Chris Mack, addressed the media to discuss Jordan’s experience playing for the Nigerian national team.

Jordan talked about playing for his dad, who coached the Nigerian team, what he learned, his strength and conditioning and if he will play for the Nigerian team again.

Coach Mack talked about a wide variety of topics. He started with talking about Jordan playing for Nigeria and how well he rebounded the ball. He talked about getting his team into condition and that it’s not only about being big and strong. He also discussed the return of Akoy Agau, how nobody works harder than VJ King and that VJ and Ryan McMahon are becoming leaders. He also announced that transfer Matt Hanna is no longer with the team after only 1 day. Coach talks about the current roster and breaks down the new additions to the team. He starts the discussion of the roster at about the 7:45 mark of the shortened video of the press conference. (below) Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | What To Expect From Louisville Football This Season

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As we get closer and closer to the start of the college football season, every major publication will tell you how your team will perform this season. I just want to let you in on a little secret – They don’t really know. They just want to get clicks, sell subscriptions or magazines. They cover every college team and often times don’t do their due diligence but rather just give you the obvious, like ” Lamar Jackson’s production will be tough to replace.”

In about a month or so I will give you my annual game by game predictions. While I am not a college football coach, I’ll give you what I believe to be the truth no matter if it hurts or not. My predictions will be based what I have observed and from information I have obtained through conversations with both Louisville staff and student athletes and not an attempt to sell you on anything.

Until then, I want to give you a few things you can expect from the 2018-2019 version of the Louisville football team. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Putting An End To The Jurich Era

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In the wake of all the “scandals,” poor decisions, lack of leadership and actions without integrity at the University of Louisville, many people lost their jobs, reputations were damaged, feeling were hurt and fans were divided.

It was a tough time and it seems that things are starting to take a turn in the right direction. But we can’t move forwards until we let go of the past – so it’s time to finally put an end to the Jurich era.

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Nunnsense | 1991 Louisville vs. Alabama – Revisited

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Football season is still a long way away but September 1st gets closer everyday. Since we all know that the season kicks off against the Alabama Crimson Tide, I felt like it’s a good time to talk a walk down memory lane and revisit the 1991 matchup between the same 2 schools who will meet in the Camping World kickoff.

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The 1991 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl took place on January 1, 1991 in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium in front of a crowd of 69,098. Independent Louisville was led by head coach Howard Schnellenberger. Alabama was coached by Gene Stallings.

9-1-1 Louisville got invited to the Bowl game after much controversy over Arizona voters’ rejection of a state holiday in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Louisville players wore a jersey patch reading, “The Dream Lives On,” as well as a helmet decal representing the university’s cultural diversity. Alabama players wore black armbands with “MLK” on them. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Louisville Freshman Football Interviews

With all the excitement surrounding the progress of the Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium expansion, I felt like this would be a good time to revisit some interviews with four of the incoming freshman who will never know what it’s like to play in the open-ended PJCS.

This is your chance to get to know a few of these guys before they make their names known the field. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Sports Betting At The Yum? Yes, Please!

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As most of you have heard, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In a Forbes.com article by Marc Edelman, it’s simply explained like this, Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Highlights Of The ‘18 – ‘19 Louisville Football Schedule

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Ky Derby week is over and now it’s time to get back to all things Louisville. For me, it’s time to start looking ahead to football season. Yes, we still have all summer but football season will be here before you know it.  That’s why I want to go ahead and take a quick look at the highlights of the football schedule. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | KY Derby 144 Preview And Contenders

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Photo: Jeff Nunn

I want all of you to win money. In order to do that you need 2 things. 1) Knowledge 2) Luck. No matter how much you know, you still need a little bit of luck. Also keep in mind that an uneducated bet has very little chance of returning a profit. That’s where I come in. I want to give you enough information (without getting too technical) to make an educated wager that will improve your chances of making money this Derby.

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Nunnsense | Lamar And Reggie Will Become Steelers

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With the NFL draft only 1 week away, the NFL mock draft sites are getting more traffic than Shelbyville road during the week before Christmas. And with the University of Louisville having several players that are likely to get drafted, us Louisville fans are contributing to that traffic. Most of us are trying to figure out where Lamar Jackson will be tormenting defenses for the next few years.

The 2018 NFL draft officially begins on Thursday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, April 28. The starting times for each day are:  Round 1, Thursday: 8 p.m. – Rounds 2-3, Friday: 7 p.m. – Rounds 4-7, Saturday: 12 p.m. It will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

You can watch it live,

Thursday: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Friday: NFL Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Saturday: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

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Nunnsense | 10 Things To Watch At The Spring Game

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The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on Friday, April 13 at 7:30p.m. inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission to the game is FREE.

Parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 p.m. Drink specials will be available on the Norton Healthcare Terrace for only $3. StreetFest will open at 5:30.

All of the events and fan-friendly entertainment is awesome but I’m just here for some football. This will be your first and last look at the 2018-2019 edition of the Louisville football team until probably August. Because the public has not been allowed to any of the spring practices, you will have to watch closely for the answers to all your questions and try to take in as much as you can. Here are the top 10 things that I will be looking for or paying attention to… Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: Jamon Brown 1st Annual Celebrity Golf Scramble

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The first annual Jamon Brown Foundation Celebrity golf scramble was held on Monday, April 9th at Lake Forest Country Club. The scramble was in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless with the Petrino Family Foundation as the title sponsor. In attendance were many great former Cards including, Denny Crum, Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Michael Bush, Marques Maybin, Keith Kelsey, Tony Williams, Keith Towbridge, Luke Whitehead, Mario Urrutia and a few others. Kentucky legend Jack “Goose” Givens also showed his support. There were some amazing silent auction prizes as well as raffle gifts.

If you missed it this year, you should go ahead and start planning on attending next year. I promise you, it’s worth it. If you want to find out info on how to play, donate or become hole sponsor for next year, contact Danny Mosby at danny.mosby@gmail.com

Here are some pics from before the scramble… Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: Louisville Ladybirds 2017-18

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The Louisville Ladybirds play a huge part in the success of the Louisville athletic program. Not only are they the catalyst for keeping the fans entertained and the energy level up at the football and basketball games, they themselves have contributed approximately 7,954 National championships (I may have rounded up). They are a team that doesn’t settle for just being good, they strive for perfection – and usually achieve it! They are also very involved in community service and making appearances throughout the city. We appreciate and respect their hard work and dedication.

In honor of the Ladybirds defending their double national championships, here are some picture we captured of them from the 2017-2018 football and basketball seasons. Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: Football Pro Day 2018

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Louisville Football Welcomes All 32 NFL Teams to Pro Day

The Cardinals had 21 work out in front of NFL teams in the Trager Center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the National Football League Draft drawing near, the University of Louisville football program hosted its annual Pro Day on Thursday at the Trager Center.

Twenty-one players worked out in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Players started the day at 9 a.m., with the measurables, including their heights, weights, and hand measurements. The group then moved on to the 225-pound bench press followed by the vertical and broad jump.

Louisville native Reggie Bonnafon put together impressive marks, with a 10-foot-7 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical. Charles Standberry also excelled in the exercises, which included a 34-inch vertical and 25 repetitions on the bench press. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | How Does The Rest Of The World View Louisville?

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Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Andre McGee, Katina Powell, Chuck Smrt, Dr. Postel, David Padgett and Vince Tyra are all names associated with the University of Louisville that have dominated the media over the last 2 years. For better or worse these are the facts.

For the majority of the people who read this, you all know almost everything that has happened in full detail. We all can have differing opinions on who should still have a job and who should have been fired – I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is how the rest of the sports world views the University in athletics and as a whole.  Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: WBB vs Stanford – NCAA Third Round

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Louisville women’s basketball continued their march towards a championship with a third round victory over Stanford in Lexington on Friday night. Click Here for full recap.

Couldn’t make it to the game? We got you covered from both ends of the court. Here is another great photo gallery from Jeff Nunn & TJ Barr from Cardinal Sports Zone. Enjoy!

Nunnsense | David Padgett was Louisville’s Batman

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David Padgett is not a hall of fame coach but, like Batman to Gotham, he was exactly what Louisville needed him to be.

“I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be.” – Batman

He willingly accepted the head coaching position at a program that was in complete turmoil. Some media outlets went as far as to call the program a “dumpster fire.” He willingly accepted the job knowing there was a small chance to succeed. He willingly accepted the job knowing the high expectations of the fan base. He willingly accepted the job knowing he had to follow 40+ years of a hall of fame coach pacing the sidelines. He willingly accepted the job knowing it would only be for 1 season. He willingly accepted the job knowing he had about 27 minutes till the season started and he had exactly 0 assistant coaches. He willingly accepted the job knowing two of his family members were battling cancer. He willingly accepted the job because he knew the team needed him and the fans needed him. Read the rest of this entry