ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported today that Florida’s Mike Summers will leave Gainesville to become the next Louisville offensive line coach.
The coaching change marks the third in the past week for the Cardinals. Bobby Petrino replaced former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham with Mississippi State DC Peter Sirmon, along with hiring Fresno State defensive backs coach Lorenzo Ward for the same position. Chris Klenakis will remain on-staff as the tight ends coach and also play a role in recruiting, after coaching the offensive line the last three seasons
Summers has had an extensive coaching relationship with Petrino. Summers was at Louisville during Petrino’s entire first run (2003-06), coaching three All-Big East linemen (George Bussey, Kurt Quarterman, Renardo Foster) along with former All-American Travis Leffew and first-round draft pick Eric Wood. Summers also coached under Petrino in his tenures with the Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas Razorbacks, and coached at Kentucky from 2010-2012.
While at Florida, Summers’ offensive line allowed only 16 sacks in 2014, a stark contrast from Louisville’s 47 allowed in 2016 (126th in the nation). Summers’ unit allowed 28 sacks last season.
In the state of Kentucky, fans of the state’s major basketball schools (UofL and UK) don’t agree on much. They disagree so much that many fans argue Louisville and Kentucky are two completely different geographical locations with no relationship. One thing the entire state can agree on, however; everybody hates Duke.
Duke is an all-time top-5 basketball program. That alone is cause for all other fan bases to despise a program. Add in all the easily unlikeable personalities like Christian Laettner, JJ Reddick, every Plumlee brother, Greg Paulus, this post would be too long to name them all, but you get my point. Duke has the stereotypical mold for the most hated player in college basketball, year in and year out. Crazily, we may be looking at the most hated player in Duke history between the two fan bases of the Bluegrass State, Grayson Allen.
On this weeks episode of the Nest Paige takes a siesta to watch the Women’s Basketball team take on FSU. Have no fear, Matt McGavic is here. The latest addition to the podcast roster had a ton of hot takes. He joined LJ, myself, Jeff Nunn & Justin Krueger as we recapped Pitt, tried to sort out the DC swap, previewed Duke & put to rest the year old notion that a hot dog is a sandwich. Tune in below!
Russ Yeast has been a solid Louisville commit. He even shut down his recruiting and didn’t take his last 2 official visits. That didn’t stop Oklahoma. They offered him a scholarship yesterday via his Twitter.
Here is the article in the Courier Journal article by Steve Jones about the offer. Read the rest of this entry
Darius Perry is from Wheeler High School in Marietta GA. He is a 4 star point guard that is ranked as the # 48 overall prospect by ESPN and #75 overall prospect nationally and No. 16 point guard by Scout.com. Darius had many offers including Memphis, Miami, Georgia, Alabama, Xavier, Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Florida State. Darius will likely back up Q next season before taking over as the teams starting point guard. He is known for his tenacious defense and has been compared to Terry Rozier. He committed to Louisville on August 16th and signed November 9th.
The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals host one of their old Big East rivals in the Pittsburgh Panthers (12-4) tonight at the KFC Yum! Center at 7PM on the ACC Network. Despite the one win/loss differential in the teams’ records (Louisville 13-3, Pittsburgh 12-4), the Cardinals currently stand as 11-point favorites for tonight’s game.
Adam Rittenberg of ESPN reports “Mississippi State and Louisville are swapping defensive coordinators. Mississippi State announced Todd Grantham will be its new defensive coordinator after three seasons with Louisville. Peter Sirmon is expected to take Grantham’s spot at Louisville after one season as Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator. FootballScoop.com first reported Sirmon’s move to Louisville. Sirmon had been in the mix for Colorado’s defensive coordinator vacancy.”
Most of the top football recruits have already verbally committed to the college of their choice but a few still have not decided. One of those still undecided is wide receiver Jeff Thomas of East St. Louis (Ill). Thomas is rated by 247sports as the #7 wide receiver in this years class. With three weeks left until signing day, Thomas has visits planned to Louisville (this weekend), Miami and Tennessee. It’s widely believed that the final decision is between Louisville and Miami. It’s also believed that the thought of playing with the Heisman Trophy winner is very intriguing to Thomas. Here is an article from USATODAY about the remaining uncommitted top recruits in this years class. Read the rest of this entry
The Louisville Bats announced via Twitter that the Louisville Cardinals will host the Northern Kentucky Norse at Louisville Slugger Field on April 26th. This will be U of L’s first game at the downtown baseball stadium since 2003, when the Cardinals earned a 7-5 victory over rival Kentucky.
This also marks one of two college baseball events in 2017. Louisville Slugger Field was also designated as the host for the 2017 ACC Baseball Tournament on May 23rd-28th, after the Atlantic Coast Conference moved it from Charlotte last October.
Tickets are available for $5 from the Louisville Bats ticket office or online, but fans that have already bought an ACC Tournament or weekend package will be able to attend the game for free.
Louisville opens their season with a weekend series on Feb. 17-19 against Alabama State, Maryland and Ball State in Clearwater, FL. The Cardinals begin their home schedule on the 22nd against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky.
This years National title game hasn’t even been played yet & the odds for next years winners are already out:
Aub/OkSt/PSU 30-1 via
Opponents passed against Louisville 31.6 times per game and gained an average of 207.1 yards. The majority of those pass attempts were nowhere near cornerback Jaire Alexander. He has quickly become one of the best corners in the country in only his sophomore year. I would go as far to say that he is a shut down corner. Very impressive considering he started his high school career as wide receiver. He has the hands of a receiver, the footwork of Fred Astaire and closing speed that lures opposing quarterbacks to believe their receiver is open. However, opposing quarterbacks are now wise to this and rarely throw in his direction. The risk is just too great.
Louisville, KY — The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals started out slow against the Pittsburgh Panthers. But a high-octane fourth period led the Cardinals to a 73-52 win.
The Pittsburgh Panthers entered the KFC Yum! Center looking to get their first road win of the season against the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals.
After falling 77-70 on Wednesday to Notre Dame, the No. 9 Cardinals bounced back with a solid road victory over Georgia Tech by a score of 65-50.
It was an ugly game and aside from a late push by the Yellow Jackets, the Cardinals controlled the whole way. Donovan Mitchell led the Cards with 20 points, Quentin Snider had 12 points and 7 assists, Anas Mahmoud chipped in 10 points and added an assortment of blocks as well, and Ray Spalding owned the boards for the Cards by grabbing 12 rebounds.
It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t entirely impressive, but the Cards got their first conference win and their first conference road win by 15 points. Deng Adel was injured during the first half when he took a knee to the head and walked off with help and what appeared to be a concussion (which the commentator believed was “nothing but hurt feelings”). Donovan Mitchell had his 3rd straight 20+ point game and did it with his long-range shot. Anas continues to be an enforcer, and Quentin is running the offense with minimal turnovers. Hopefully Deng doesn’t miss much time because the ACC is a grind this year and there are no easy wins. However, the Cards took a step in the right direction with their win today.
Up next, the Cards host Pittsburgh on Wednesday at 7pm, the game can be seen on the ACC Network.
Magic was in the booth with us today as Jeremy flew solo for the first hour & then graciously Marques showed up & helped co-pilot the show. We talked to Danny Mosby from Birdgang who called in & talked to us about a tribute to Amzie Smith, the teenage role model who passed away yesterday after losing her battle with Cancer. We then talked about Donovan’s ability to handle the hype, Anas’ emergence & the importance of NCAAT resume builders. Steve came in for hour 2 & the bracketology talk ran wild! Great show as always! The Cardinal Sports Zone show on 93.9 The Ville is presented to you by Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net. We are also brought to you by Birdgang Brand Clothing, Cook Compression, Cardinal Phone Repair and Smith & Smith Renovations.
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