Author Archives: Jeff Nunn
The NCAA had 60 days to respond to Louisville’s response, that they filed on January 17th, to the notice of allegations. Louisville’s response contested the NCAA’s fourth allegation, which stated that Cards head coach Rick Pitino “violated NCAA head coach responsibility legislation” as a result of infractions committed by former director of basketball operations Andre McGee from 2010-14.
Per Eric Crawford. (WDRB) – “The NCAA has rejected the University of Louisville’s claim that men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino adequately monitored the program, concluding that Pitino did not seek routine feedback about activities in a dormitory where a onetime aide arranged for strippers and prostitutes to entertain players and recruits.” Read the rest of this entry
The season is over and this the time when I am usually Mr. positive. This is the time when I would remind you that football practice has started and our team is led by the reigning Heisman trophy winner. This is the time I would also remind you that our baseball team is ranked #1 in the nation. This is also the time where I would point out that the swim and dive team just crowned another national champion for the sixth year in a row. I would also point out that the basketball team has some great recruits coming in and the team will probably be pre-season ranked in the top 3. Even though this is the time for me to be positive and lift you up, I just can’t do it. Not yet. I’m still hurting. I’m disappointed. I’m sad. I’m wounded. I need a hug. Read the rest of this entry
As I stared down at the court inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse after the 73-69 loss to Michigan, I felt sad, mad, disappointed and hurt. I stood there in disbelief thinking about what could have been. Then I started thinking about what the players were feeling. You know, the guys who actually put in the hard work and played their hearts out to get this far. They were probably 100 times more upset than I was. Imagine being that upset and disappointed and then having a microphone shoved in your face asking you about the future. Your answer would probably be an “in the moment” response and not a well thought out one.
Moments after walking off the court, Donovan Mitchell was asked if he would be going to the NBA or returning for his junior year at Louisville. His response to the reporters was “I can’t wait to win a national championship next year.” That was exactly what every Louisville fan wanted to hear. However, there is still a lot of time to change his mind. Underclassmen have till April 23rd for the early entry deadline for the NBA draft. If he decides to enter and doesn’t hire an agent, he has until May 24 to withdraw his name and return to school. Mitchell’s mom said that they would discuss his future as a family.
Rick Pitino said in a radio interview on 93.9 The Ville, that he told Mitchell, “If you want to go out there and work out for pro teams, I’d like to see you do it because it’ll make you better.”
Regardless of what he decides, he still loves the University of Louisville and he proved it last night as he (and a few other players) attended and cheered for the women’s team as they beat Tennessee to advance to the Sweet 16.
Several players and coach Pitono talked to the media today and had some interesting things to say.
It’s March and all eyes are on the top 10 men’s basketball team, the top 12 women’s basketball team and the number 1 college baseball team. All three of those teams deserve every ounce of praise and respect that the get. They have earned it and we are all very proud of them. Read the rest of this entry
Louisville received a 2 seed in the Midwest and will play on Friday in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Arena. Game time is still to be determined. Assuming Louisville beats JVST in the first round, they will play on Sunday against either Michigan or Oklahoma State. Again, game time is to be determined. Check back with Cardinal Sports Zone and we will put out the times once they are announced.
Mangok Mathiang is the only player on this years team that was on the 2013 championship team roster. Although he didn’t play he gained a wealth of experience. Mangok was ruled ineligible that year due to a delay in getting his high school transcript. Even though he was ineligible for the 2012-13 season, he was allowed to train and practice with the team. Practicing against Gourgi Dieng on a daily basis could only help develop the 6’10” Mathiang. Read the rest of this entry
There a few things you will need to become accustomed to this year if you are not already. Louisville baseball winning is one of them and the other is Brendan McKay winning awards. Here are his awards for his first 2 years at Louisville per GOCARDS.com, Read the rest of this entry
It seems like an annual event but Rick Pitino was named as a semifinalist for the Naismith coach of the year. Pitino is one of 10 semifinalist. Per gocards.com, The list will be narrowed to four finalists on March 16. After the finalists are chosen, fans will have an opportunity to participate in overall voting process. From 10 a.m. ET on March 20 through 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31 fans can cast their ballot at naismithtrophy.com/vote. One vote per person, per category, per day is permitted. The fan vote will account for 5% of the total vote.
click on tweet below for more details. Read the rest of this entry
This past Saturday afternoon the Louisville Cardinals polished off the Syracuse Orange with an unimaginable dunk from Donovan Mitchell. Many of you didn’t see it because you were on your way to your car but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, after Mitchell threw down that dunk, I couldn’t help but think that Syracuse has been on the wrong end of many great sports memories for the fans of Louisville athletics. Let’s reminisce over those good times. Read the rest of this entry
Card family, the future is bright. Jordan Nwora is 1 of 4 signees in the 2017 signing class. A class that just happens to be one of the best in Louisville history. Here is a video of what to expect next year.
Bleacher Report released their top 20 list of college football offenses for the 2017. No surprise that the schools near the top have Heisman candidates on their teams. What do they think about Louisville? Here is some of what they said,” Last season’s late collapse by Louisville could go one of two ways: First, it could mean college defenses around the country are learning how to scheme star quarterback Lamar Jackson. Or, it could mean Jackson spent this offseason working on diversifying his skill set to improve.
If it’s option B, the rest of the college football world should be scared.”
I’m going with option B. Here is the full list in this tweet below Read the rest of this entry
The defense last season was very good until the last 3 games. Ultimately, it may have cost Todd Grantham his job. With Grantham gone there will be a lot of changes on the defensive side of the ball. Losing the NFL talent of DeAngelo Brown, Keith Kelsey, Josh-Harvey Clemons and Devonte Fields is also another concern but can be an opportunity for some of the newcomers. Here are 5 guys that could make an immediate impact in the 2017 season. Read the rest of this entry