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Category Archives: Basketball Recruiting

Preseason Coaches Poll Announced

The preseason coaches’ poll was announced today. The Cards come in ranked number 16 to start the season. They start the year on November 10th against George Mason at the Yum! Center.

UofL Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Single Game Tickets Go On Sale 10/18/2017

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Single tickets for the 2017-2018 non-conference UofL Men’s basketball season will go on sale tomorrow, October 18th, at 10 AM. They will vary between $35 and $40 and this excludes the Indiana game, which will be $85. Tickets can be purchased at the UofL Ticket Office at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or online at http://www.TicketMaster.com.

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.

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.

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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Trent Johnson Named New Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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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.

Men’s Basketball Luncheon Tickets Now Available

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The annual Men’s Basketball Luncheon tickets went on sale today. The lunch will take place on October 26th, doors will open at 11:30 with lunch beginning at noon. Presented by Clark & Riggs Printing and WAVE3, at the Grand Ballroom of the Louisville Downtown Marriott, tickets are $45 a piece and you will hear from acting head coach, David Padgett at the event. Find out how to buy your tickets and support the team and Coach Padgett below.

Dear Coach Pitino: An Open Letter From A Lifelong Louisville Fan


Dear Coach Rick Pitino,
It is truly hard to image entering the KFC Yum! Center and not, first hearing you, then seeing you on the sidelines. You have been the figure head of the University of Louisville’s basketball team for much of my childhood.

What has transpired the past few years under your reign, it breaks my heart. Whether you knew about the issues, that’s irrelevant at this point.

It has been hard to be a Louisville Basketball fan… The play on the court has been tremendous. Your play calling, flawless at its best. But, the constant harassment from other fan bases… It was hard.

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Pitino’s Contract To Be Terminated

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Today officially begins the end of the Pitino era. For better or for worse, the board unanimously voted to begin the process of terminating his contract. What do you think about this latest development?

Pitino Maintains His Innocence

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Rick Pitino had a brief phone call with the Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer, in which he continues to say he is an innocent bystander in the FBI’s investigation of bribery in college basketball. Pitino also mentions that he hopes this team wins the national championship and he loves them, and David Padgett. David was announced as the interim head coach on Friday evening. He also disclosed that he has left for Miami and plans on selling his house here in Louisville. You can read the full conversation below.

Top Stories 9-29-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday September 29th at CardinalSportsZone.com!

David Padgett’s Introductory Press Conference

Russ Smith Drops The Heat On Middays

Captains’ Press Conference

Everything You Need to Know: Louisville v. Murray State

The Barbour Shop: You Can Still Be Proud to be a Louisville Cardinal

Keith Kelsey Signed To Steelers’ Practice Squad

Terry Meiners Shares Rick Pitino Text

Tom Jurich Speaks Out

David Padgett Announced Interim Head Coach

UofL Football Visitor List: Murray State

Cardinal Volleyball Sweeps #21 FSU

Rick Pitino’s Personal Statement

Football Coaches Hitting Recruiting Trail

Dickie V’s Comments After Talk With Rick Pitino

Nunnsense: Hey Rick, What Happened To Louisville First?

Cards Come Forward And Show Love To Jurich

Players Show Support For Pitino

UofL Removes Adidas Logo From Social Media

ESPN Reports Brian Bowen Suspended Indefinitely

Tom Jurich Issues Public Statement

Louisville Loses Simons & Ramey

Rick Pitino Has Been Fired

Details Of Pitino’s Contract

Tom Jurich Has Been Relieved Of Duties At UofL

Statement From Coach Rick Pitino

Louisville Confirmed To Be Part Of DOJ/FBI Recruiting Scandal

Louisville Vs Kent State Photo Gallery – Part 2

Bobby Petrino Presser 9-25-17

Louisville vs. Kent State Photo Gallery – Part 1

42 Yard TD Run By A Squirrel

TWICA: September 25th

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Captains’ Press Conference

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For the first time since the bribery scandal broke, we got to hear from the players themselves. The 2017/2018 captains, Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel, and Quentin Snider sat down with the media today to address everything that has transpired in the last 72 hours.

 

David Padgett’s Introductory Press Conference

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Today at 5 PM, David Padgett was formally introduced at the University of Louisville’s interim head basketball coach. This was the move the players and fans alike were rooting for. Hear for yourself what he had to say in his first press conference below.

David Padgett Announced Interim Head Coach

The 'shiner' under Padgett's right eye came from an errant elbow in practice

David Padgett has been named interim head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. He was signed to a six month contract. David Padgett played for UofL from 2005-2008. He had previously been working as an assistant coach for the Cardinals. Padgett was a fan favorite while playing as a Card and the immediate favorite of most fans when the position became open. He was also the first choice of the current players on the team. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone are thrilled about this announcement and look forward to the season with David at charge.