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Author Archives: Jeff Nunn

Nunnsense: The NCAA Overreached, Now It’s Time To Fight

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A lot of people think that since we write for a website, we get information before it is released to the public. In some cases we do but when the NCAA Committee on Infractions released its ruling on the U of L case, I was just like you – A fan listening to the radio and scrolling social media with my stomach in knots. And when I heard the voice of Steve Rummage reading the verdict, I was confused as I didn’t get the clarity I needed to know that this whole mess was behind us.

I wanted to write something right away to let you know that everything was going to be okay and to voice my displeasure with the ruling. I decided to wait a week to gather more information and also to prevent from writing a reactionary piece. Well, its been a week and here it is …. Read the rest of this entry

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The Progression Of PJCS Construction

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Construction work on the stadium began at the end of the regular season in late November. The first phase of the project which will be the seating structure for the interior bowl, will be in place but not completed for the beginning of the 2017 football season. Phase 2 will begin Jan. 1, 2018. The second phase will be the renovations to the Howard Schnellenberger team complex, which will include 100,000 square feet of space that will double the size of the team’s weight room and conditioning center. The tentative completion goal for the whole project was the 2019 season but faster than expected fundraising has moved the completion date up to the start of the 2018 season. The Cards open the 2018 season in Orlando against Alabama, so it appears the first game in the newly renovated PJCS will be on Saturday September 8th against the Indiana State Sycamores (AKA sacrificial lambs). Of course that is subject to change.

Enjoy some of the photos of the progress below – Read the rest of this entry

Pitino Says They Will Win Multiple Championships And Appeal NCAA Rulings (Video)

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Coach Rick Pitino ended today’s press conference saying that they will play in multiple final fours and win multiple championships before he is done at Louisville. He also said they will appeal the NCAA’s ruling. Watch the video below…. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: DeVante Parker Is Ready To Be An Elite NFL Receiver

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Photo: Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post

After being drafted 14th overall in the 2015 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, Card forever DeVante Parker has not exactly lived up to the elite receiver status that the Dolphins had hoped for. His 2 year career totals of 82 receptions, 1,238 yards and 7 touchdowns is more like what the Dolphins had hoped for in one year.

So what is the reason for Devante’s less than elite numbers? Well, it’s definitely Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Is Favorite To Win 2017 College World Series

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GamblersPalace.com has released their odds per the Courier-Journal. ( Read more about the Card in the Tweet below)

Louisville +260 (2.6 to 1)

Oregon State +330 (3.3 to 1)

LSU +330 (3.3 to 1)

Florida +525 (5.25 to 1)

Florida State +675 (6.75 to 1)

TCU +740 (7.4 to 1)

Cal State Fullerton +1150 (11.5 to 1)

Texas A&M +1500 (15 to 1)

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Athlon Sports Q&A With Lamar Jackson

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Athlon Sports sat down with Heisman winner Lamar Jackson for a Q & A. Lamar talks about having 2 years left at Louisville to win a championship. He also  talks about coach Petrino, signing autographs for kids, the Heisman and much more. It’s a very interesting article.

https://athlonsports.com/college-football/lamar-jackson-talks-heisman-louisville-football-coach-petrino

 

Louisville Wins Another NCAA Championship On Friday Night

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Per GOCARDS.com –
EUGENE, Ore. – University of Louisville senior Edwin Kibichiy jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on his way to the 2017 NCAA 3,000 Meter Steeplechase title on Friday evening at Hayward Field. He becomes just the second Cardinal to win an NCAA Outdoor title, behind Matt Hughes who won the 2010 and 2011 steeplechase title. The Louisville men finished 22nd with 11.5 points for the third best finish in school history.

“Edwin was simply amazing in the steeplechase today,” said head coach Dale Cowper. “He controlled the race from start to finish to become our fourth national champion in program history. He has been an amazing representative of our program. I can’t say enough about the way he has developed under Coach Walker’s guidance the last five years.”

Kibichiy won the event with a personal best time of 8:28.40. His nearest competitor finished almost three seconds behind. He surpassed his previous best finish of third at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. Kibichiy earns first team All-American honors for the second straight year.

He finishes his career at Louisville with four conference titles in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, including three straight ACC titles. He also won the event at the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round. This tops an impressive season by Kibichiy who also earned USTFCCCA All-American honors in cross country, while finishing eighth at nationals for the best individual finish in school history.

Nunnsense: They’re Coming Out Of The Woodwork

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I’m not the biggest baseball fan in the world. I tend to stay more focused on football but as a Louisville Cardinal, I follow almost every sport. While I am not the baseball guy on this site, I know the line-up, rotation and some facts. I try to listen or watch most of the games but I only attend a game or two every year.

To be honest, I had never been to a Louisville baseball game until about 2002,  even though I attended Louisville in the early ’90’s. I don’t consider myself a fair weather fan but it’s human nature that winning drives increased interest and attendance. Everyone wants to be part of something special. Read the rest of this entry

Super Regional Times, Dates And News Conference Recap

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NCAA BASEBALL LOUISVILLE SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE:

KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE
Game 1: Friday, June 9 – Noon (ESPN2)
Game 2: Saturday, June 10 – Noon (ESPN)
Game 3: Sunday, June 11 – Noon (ESPN or ESPN2)  ** if necessary**

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tickets for the University of Louisville’s 2017 NCAA Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium against Kentucky are officially sold out
If you already purchased tickets, Jim Patterson Stadium ticket windows will open at 10:30 a.m., on Friday. Will Call will be located near the main gates of the stadium. Player Pass List entrance will be located at the third base gate.

 

 

Elvis Dumervil Has Signed With The 49ers

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Card forever, Elvis Dumervil has signed a two-year deal with the San Fransisco 49ers. Dumervil, who is 33 , has 99 sacks in his 10-year career.  Dumervil is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He tied his career-high with 17 sacks for Baltimore in 2014 but an Achilles tendon injury limited him to just 6 sacks in 2015. After off-season surgery, Dumervil just appeared in 8 games last season with only 3 sacks. Baltimore released him on March 8th in a cost-cutting move, freeing up $6 million in cap space.

Adam Wells of Bleacher Report says “Last year was the first time Dumervil has missed more than one game in a season since 2011. It may have been a bit of bad luck at the wrong time for the 33-year-old, leading the Ravens to dump him when his value was at its lowest.

In a league that places incredible value on pass-rushers, Dumervil could end up being a steal this offseason. He may have to be limited more at this stage of his career, getting on the field in obvious passing situations, but no one will care as long as he still gets to the quarterback.”

New 49ers General Manager John Lynch Tweeted, “Faithful – Just added another stud to harass QBs. Thrilled to announce we’ve agreed to terms w/ (Elvis Dumervil). Welcome to the squad. #BrickByBrick”

 

 

Nunnsense: This Football Season Is Going To Be A Special One

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Everyone in the world knows that the reigning Heisman trophy winner plays for the University of Louisville. Only about half of the world knows that Jaire Alexander also plays for Louisville. The majority of those people who know about Jaire are quarterbacks and coaches. Well, that is about to change. Read the rest of this entry

Times & Television Announced For First Three Football Games

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Per GoCards.com;

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Details of the University of Louisville’s 2017 football schedule are beginning to come into focus.

The Atlantic Coast Conference on Wednesday announced the television and times for the Cardinals’ first three games of the season.

Louisville opens the season with a neutral-site contest on Sept. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., against Purdue in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff to be televised nationally by FOX. It is the first meeting between the two schools since 1987.

The Cardinals start the league portion of their schedule on Sept. 9 at North Carolina, with a noon contest on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2.

Clemson, the 2017 national champions, will serve as Louisville’s first home game. The matchup between the schools is set for Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Can Lamar Win The Heisman Again?

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Can he – YES.  Will he – Maybe. The Heisman Trophy has been given out annually since 1935 to “the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” In the 81 year history of the Heisman trophy, there have been 80  players who have won the trophy. The reason is that only 1 player has ever won the award twice – Archie Griffin  (1974 and 1975).

Lamar Jackson is not the first player to have a chance to repeat as the award winner but he is currently the only player with a chance to repeat. I know that statement is obvious but I make it to remind you just hard it’s  going to be to repeat. If that statement is obvious to you and I, then think about every opponent he and the Cards will face this year. They are all aware too and would love nothing more than to beat the reigning Heisman trophy winner or, at minimum, would love to sack him. If Lamar is going to repeat, he will have to do so with a target on his back. Read the rest of this entry

Cards Still Projected Preseason Top 10 Despite Loss Of Mitchell And Johnson

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CBS sports has updated their preseason 25 to reflect the changes in rosters for those schools who have underclassmen that have entered the NBA draft and hired an agent. The rankings will change again once the deadline to return to school has passed and 2017-18 rosters become more definite.

For now, the Cards find themselves still in the top 10. The possible addition of one more player to this year’s class or the possible departure of Deng Adel could have an impact on the final preseason poll.

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Welcome To Louisville ACC Baseball Fans

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All of us here at Cardinal Sports Zone as well as the city of Louisville and the University of Louisville would like to welcome all the ACC baseball fans to our great city. While you are here we hope you have a safe and enjoyable time. We have put together an informational guide, complete with tournament brackets, ticket options, places to visit as well as dining options.

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Dan McDonnell Earns 500th Career Win (Video)

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With a 4-2 win over Clemson on Friday, coach McDonnell earned his 500th win and the folks of the Louisville video team put together this wonderful video honoring him and his accomplishments. Enjoy …

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Louisville Football Women’s Clinic

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Louisville will host it’s annual Women’s Clinic on June 3rd at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Register at http://www.cardinalfootballcamps.com.  Walk-ups are welcome.

cost – $70

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Nunnsense: Mitchell Is Gone -Is Adel Or Johnson Coming Back?

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Thanks to a new rule put in place last year, players can declare for the NBA Draft before April 23 and remove their names before the deadline on May 24th while still retaining their college eligibility. The NBA Draft is June 22nd. Read the rest of this entry

Kelsey and Hikutini Sign NFL Contracts

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Cards forever, Keith Keksey and Cole Hikutini both have signed rookie free agent deals in the NFL.  Read the rest of this entry

Rick Pitino To Play Basketball In The Masters 55+ Division

 

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For the past few years I have heard many stories about how well Rick Pitino can still shoot the ball. While I have yet to witness it, many of his players will attest that he’s a pretty shooter, especially from the free throw line.  Read the rest of this entry