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Category Archives: Basketball

Deng Adel Tabbed To Erving Award Watch List


Louisville junior, Deng Adel, has been tabbed to the Julius Erving Award Watch List.
Adel is one of 21 small forwards to be considered for the prestigious award. The award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on April 6, 2018.

Jay Bilas Interviews Rick Pitino

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In his first national appearance since the FBI scandal broke, Rick Pitino is sitting down with Jay Bilas. The interview will air at midnight on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.

Rick Pitino Files Federal Lawsuit Against Adidas

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Former University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has filed a federal lawsuit against Adidas.
The lawsuit alleges that Pitino was damaged by the company’s “outrageous conduct in conspiring to funnel money to the family of a basketball recruit.”

Pitino maintains his innocence in the matter claiming the he was not aware of the matter.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

ULAA Unanimously Votes to Terminate Rick Pitino’s Employment

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After hours of deliberation, the Universiry of Louisville’s Athletics Association has unanimously voted to terminate Hall of Fame head coach, Rick Pitino’s employment for “just cause.”
The move comes less than a month after Louisville was tied to a pay-for-play FBI investigation.

Rick Pitino served 16 seasons as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals.  Under Coach Pitino, the Cardinals made 14 NCAA appearances, including three final four trips and a National Championship in 2013. Pitino’s record at Louisville is 415 – 141.

Full Report On How 84 Schools And 6 Conferences Handled FBI Investigation

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Contrary to popular belief, UofL is not the only school being hit hard by the fallout of the FBI investigation into college basketball. The Associated Press asked 84 schools how they are handling the investigations, and 63 schools responded. Take a look at the full report, and let us know if you are surprised by any of the schools that declined to respond.

Pitino’s Attorney Distributes 53-Page Defense Of Rick Pitino


Rick Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, handed out a 53-page document to the media awaiting the ULAA’s decision on the employment of Pitino.
The document contains text messages between Pitino and Adidas Exec. Jim Gotto, as well as conversations regarding Brian Bowen with Christian Dawkins.

The document also contains a polygraph test and Pitino’s affidavit.

Read Pitino’s 53-page Defense

Rick Pitino Releases Info Supporting Innocence


Steve Pence, Rick Pitino’s attorney, released a 40 page document defending Coach Pitino’s innocence in the FBI pay-to-play investigation.

In the tweet below, we see a text Brian Bowen’s mother sent to Coach Pitino after the announcement of his unpaid leave.

Pitino also had Pence release his communication via text with Adidas Exec. Jim Gotto.

Below are texts between Christian Dawkins and Pitino.

ULAA Approves One Year Contract For David Padgett


The University of Louisville’s Athletic Association has approved a one year contract for acting men’s basketball head coach David Padgett.

Via Fred Cowgill

Red-White Game Highlights & Presser

Here are the Highlights & press conferences from after Friday night’s Red-White Game. I was going to just include with the recap and photo gallery from the other night but we lost to BC so who cares? Sorry, still grieving. Love Yall.

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Red-White Scrimmage Photo Gallery

 

Last night was a return to normalcy for cardinal Basketball and fans alike. With an expected attendance of 4,000 fans, once again we did not let them down. About 7,000 people showed up to watch the first Red-White Scrimmage of the season. Coach Padgett was very appreciative. “The ovation I received at the beginning of the scrimmage was extremely humbling” he said at the post game presser. The pre-game intros were high energy as you could tell Card Nation was ready to put the past in the past. The actual game was very entertaining highlighted by a pair of dunks on Anas, one by Deng & one by Jo Griffin. Oof. The Red team pulled away with a 94-80 victory over the white team despite the efforts of Gerald cheering the Red team on. For the Red team Deng Adel went for 32 points and 13 rebounds and Ray added 22 points and 16 boards of his own. “If Deng, Ray, Malik and that Frontcourt can rebound like that during the regular season, we are gonna be in good shape” said Padgett. For the White team VJ scored 30 but turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 9 times. Malik had 17 rebounds and Jordan Nwora added 18 points off of 50% shooting including 4-6 from 3 pt land. Overall it was a great night and you can tell that this is a high energy group who can score. Buckle up CardNation, it’s gonna be a fun ride this season. We need and deserve a fun one too. Oh yeah, Jeff Nunn took a lot of great pics, check them out!


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David Padgett’s Post Game Press Conference Red-White Scrimmage

Take a look at David Padgett’s post game press conference from the first red-white scrimmage.

Red – White Scrimmage Teams Announced

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Tonight is the fan’s first chance to see the UofL men’s basketball 2017-2018 team. You can see the team break downs below!

Letters of Suspension for Kenny Johnson And Jordan Fair

Kenny Johnson photo courtesy 247sports.com. Jordan Fair photo courtesy of gocards.com 

Kenny Johnson’s and Jordan Fair’s Letters of Suspension were obtained by the Courier Journal through an Open Records request yesterday. The letters were actually composed by Acting Athletic Director Vince Tyra and sent out to both coaches on October 6th.

Of course, we all already know Jordan Fair has now been fired without cause and Johnson remains on paid administrative leave.

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Mens Basketball Practice Report From Mr. L

Once again we have a report from practice from the anonymous Mr. L. I promise you all it’s not me. As we head towards tonight’s first Red-White game of the 2017-18 season, here are some things from practice this week to look forward to.

Q – becoming more vocal and a very good leader. Playing well and is a complete floor general. Shooting very well also, and has improved his quickness and defense a bit.

Deng – Best nba prospect on the team according to a lot of folks at Pro day. Very good 2-way player on both sides and will be a game changer for the Cards. Attacking on offense!

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I Got Your Back: Part 2

Two weeks ago, the college basketball world was turned upside-down for a handful of schools. The FBI had uncovered 3 years of information into their investigation covering shoe companies, powerhouse division programs, and illegal benefits given to recruits. Some, like Arizona, Oklahoma State, USC, and Auburn, were named outright. Then, there were a few schools anonymously mentioned simply as “University 5” or “University 6”. Details were released about the anonymous schools, which led to speculation as to who those unnamed schools could be. “University 6” pretty obviously described the University of Louisville. We as fans knew that the description was frighteningly accurate,  and while some of us (myself included) didn’t want to face the reality until it was confirmed, deep down, we all knew our beloved university was in turmoil, once again.

As we waited for some source of credible confirmation, Twitter and Facebook feeds filled with assumptions and jumped-to conclusions. Rationally thinking, my thought process was, “no way would our program be that irresponsible to try something so obviously wrong while on probation.” None of it made sense, but the writing was on the wall. As more information came to light, it became more and more abundantly clear that the UofL basketball program had put itself into a hole that even an “I had no idea” statement couldn’t get them out of it. When it was confirmed that Louisville was in fact “University 6”, the next questions that needed to be answered were, “who?” and “why?”. No way would Rick Pitino allow this to happen after being so adamantly against the monopoly shoe companies had on College Basketball. Our team was already set to be a top-10 team, why would we risk all of this just to add one player? It didn’t make sense, and it still doesn’t.

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Trent Johnson Named New Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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Courtesy of Star-Telegram

Former TCU, LSU and Stanford coach, Trent Johnson was officially named as the assistant of the UofL Men’s Basketball team. Jonshon was let go from TCU in March of 2016, but everyone surrounding the program had nothing but positive things to say about his integrity and character.

“His record won’t be deemed a success. But Trent Johnson’s time at TCU won a lot of people over because of the way he conducted himself and ran his program.” – Gil Lebreton with Star-Telegram.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to send a warm welcome to coach Johnson and look forward to seeing him on the court this season.

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Mini Plan Tickets For Men’s Basketball Go On Sale October 12th

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It was announced today that Mini Plan tickets for UofL men’s basketball will go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM. Fans can select their choice of six games in priority seating in 4 different packages. Check out the full details below.

Former 2018 Commit Still Interested In UofL

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After a visit from UofL Acting Head Coach David Padgett yesterday, Courtney Ramey appears to still have a strong interest in UofL despite the FBI bombshell and the suspension of Rick Pitino.

Jody Demling, of Cardinal Authority, spoke with Ramey’s father Terrell Ramey about what Padgett said to he and his son during his visit and where UofL stands in his son’s recruitment.

Terrell Ramey told Demling that the allure of UofL for his son was originally Rick Pitino, but that Courtney eventually fell in love with the city and the fans. Terrell Ramey said that Courtney “bought into the whole L1C4.”

He also said that Padgett was actually more involved in Courtney’s recruitment than Pitino and that during this visit he apologized profusely for the situation.

In the article, Terrell Ramey gives Jody Demling a very interesting tidbit of information some UofL fans may like. According to the elder Ramey, David Padgett has his sights set on becoming UofL’s full time Head Coach eventually and he is trying to rebuild the damaged 2018 class.

You can read Jody Demling’s full article below.

 

UofL Assistants Could Be Fired By Monday

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According to the Courier Journal, Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair could be officially terminated as early as Monday. The ULAA will meet Monday to discuss the next steps following the fall out of the FBI investigation that was brought to light just two weeks ago. You can read the full outline of their contracts below.

David Padgett Interviewed On “We Need To Talk”

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Tuesday night, acting head coach David Padgett talked to the ladies of “We Need To Talk”. He touched on everything from his relationship with Rick Pitino, to his expectations for the season. You can listen to the full interview below.