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Five Stories to Watch in Spring Football

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Spring football is underway in Louisville, as Bobby Petrino looks to return with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and a bevvy of studs. A new defensive coordinator, depth at skill positions and offensive line play will headline the top stories of U of L’s spring football in 2017. Louisville will also have open practice for fans on March 24th, March 28th and April 4th, with the Spring Game set for April 15th.

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ICYMI: News & Notes From Petrino’s Spring Ball Press Conference

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Yesterday we got to hear from head coach Bobby Petrino for the first time since National Signing Day last month, and we came away with a few interesting tidbits thus far.

Cornerback Shaq Wiggins and offensive lineman Chandler Jones will both be transferring for the University of Louisville. It is unknown whete they will heading, but we wish them both the best of luck.

Cornerback Alphonso Carter has been suspended from the team. Last month, he was found to have a loaded gun in his possession with no license to carry after he was pulled over for running a red light.

Wide receiver Jaylen Smith and outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard will miss all of spring ball due to both of them in recovery from surgeries. Smith had surgery of stress fracture in his foot while Greenard had hip surgery.

On the positive side, Petrino announced that defensive end James Hearns has fully recovered from his surgery and is now a “full go”. Henry Famurewa is still in partial recovery, but will see some action on the practice field. Trevon Young will also see some work on the practice field after missing all of last season with a hip injury.

Nunnsense: Meanwhile, Over At The Football Complex…

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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

A Tale Of Two Cultures

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Some people will do everything and ignore anything just to keep slandering your name.

Like most Louisville fans and supporters, I’ve reached a point where I’ve just grown tired of constantly hearing about UK fan Katina Powell and that whole scandal. We know that there was a grad assistant that paid for strippers/dancers for recruits and players. We know that Rick Pitino had an extramarital affair in the past. We know that Bobby Petrino also did the same thing, even if he wasn’t even our coach at the time. We know about Porcini. We know about the motorcycle. We know.

How do we know? Well, we have our good friends at all facets of the national sports media to always be there and remind us. Everyone from ESPN, to CBS Sports, to FS1, and so on and so forth reminding us nearly every time Louisville takes the court of all the acts that went down in Minardi Hall, with every single mention of it being followed up by vehement criticism. We have the likes of Michael Rosenberg crafting slam pieces with obvious negative bias. Even as recent as last night, we have people like Jay Williams criticizing Louisville’s culture simply because a player missed curfew.

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National Signing Day Analysis

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Yesterday, Louisville signed one of its top recruiting classes in the football program’s history. With a Heisman Trophy winner, new offensive line coach and defensive coordinator, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Louisville’s 2017 season. Who else is buzzworthy from this year’s recruiting class?

(Click on more below for the breakdown)

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2017 NSD Press Conference: Bobby Petrino

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Here is today’s signing day wrap-up from the man himself, Head Coach Bobby Petrino:

2017 UofL Football Signing Day Party

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PRESS RELEASE

ROCCO GASPARRO

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino will present the newest members of the Louisville Cardinals football team during U of L’s day-long coverage of National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

 

Highlighted by an open public event at 6:00 p.m. ET, Cardinals fans will hear first-hand from the Louisville coaching staff about this year’s incoming class, which is expected to be among the nation’s top-ranked groups.

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Early 2017 College Football National Title Odds

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This years National title game hasn’t even been played yet & the odds for next years winners are already out:

Bama 3-1

FSU 7-1

OhioSt/OU/USC 8-1

UL/LSU/Mich 12-1

Clem 18-1

Texas 25-1

Aub/OkSt/PSU 30-1 via

Cards Bowl Game Announced

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It’s official!

Get your tickets here!

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Nunnsense: UK Loss A Result Of Coaching Or Culture?

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Photo: Bleacher Report

I am one of the most positive people you will ever meet. I also call it like I see it. I try not to be a homer but sometimes my heart overtakes my head. Coming into the UK game I didn’t really think there was a chance Louisville could lose. Then I listened to the talk shows, read the tweets and listened to everyone’s over exuberant confident proclamations about the outcome of the game. I kept hearing “we are going to make it six in a row” and thinking how hard it is to do that and how UK was due to win one. I quickly brushed that thought out of my head and carried on with my own confidence. I figured there is no way we lose at home with the Heisman favorite. There is no way we come out uninspired or flat after the beat-down from Houston and Bobby doesn’t lose to Kentucky. Right? Read the rest of this entry

Louisville vs Kentucky: Postgame Recap

Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

In the shock of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats came into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium a 26.5 point underdog, but left victors of the Battle for Governor’s Cup by a final score of 41-38. With barely over a minute to go, the Cardinal offense had the ball at the UK 9-yard line and it appeared as though the Cards would escape with a narrow victory. A Lamar Jackson fumble, followed by a 47-yard field goal from Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis with 12 seconds left sealed the fate of the home team.

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Louisville v. Kentucky Preview

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Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

Last Time: Down 21-0, Bobby Petrino replaced Kyle Bolin with Lamar Jackson, and the Cardinals completed the largest comeback victory in the rivalry’s history. Louisville scored 31 unanswered points in the second half, en route to a 38-24 win in Lexington. Jackson ran for a then-school record 186 yards as a quarterback with two rushing touchdowns, and added a passing touchdown to James Quick. Louisville held Kentucky’s passing game down, keeping starting quarterback Drew Barker at 6-for-22 for 128 yards.

The Cards and the Cats are currently tied 14-14 all-time, but Louisville has won the last five games.

About the Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats enter this week’s game at 6-5, finally bowl eligible for the first time in the Mark Stoops era. It was noted that the last two seasons, Louisville ended Kentucky’s bowl aspirations each time, but now it will be interesting to see where Stoops’ team will be mentally, after achieving bowl eligibility against Austin Peay last week.

It didn’t start out that way, though. After two crushing losses to Southern Miss and Florida, Stoops turned to JUCO transfer Stephen Johnson as the new quarterback, who has since given the Kentucky offense a new wrinkle that has kept them alive. The offense doesn’t go into a pass-first mode anymore; they now run the ball with an impressive stable of running backs, and then parlay that into deep shots down the field with guys like Jeff Badet. It’s a simple formula, but it’s given Kentucky its best offense in the Stoops era and why they’re bowl eligible.

On defense, Mark Stoops was known as a great mind at Florida State, but Kentucky’s has not been as impressive in 2016. They have a solid linebacker group and a decent duo at cornerback, but the rest leave a lot to be desired going against better, faster athletes in space. But a good running game will grind the clock and keeps opposing offenses – and respectively, Kentucky’s maligned defense – off the field; it’s why the Dallas Cowboys have been so successful in the NFL, and why Kentucky can realistically compete against Louisville tomorrow.

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Louisville At Houston: Post Game Recap

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Photo Credit to Collegefootballnews.com

Well, I put off writing this as long as I could but here it is. Even after a full day to let what took place on Thursday fully sink in, I still am dumbfounded at what I watched happen. In my lifetime as a Louisville fan, I have never seen a performance like the one on Thursday, regardless of sport. Everything was right there for this team to take and make an undeniable case for their inclusion in the College Football Playoff, and the lack of preparation, execution, and adjustment is just unacceptable. Lamar Jackson has every right to personally put the Offensive Line through sprints and I sincerely hope he voiced his frustrations (in a leadership way, of course). 11 sacks allowed (a school record for most allowed) against the most elusive quarterback in college football (possibly in the history of college football) is impressive for all the wrong reasons.

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BucketHatism: Houston

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

(sips bourbon)  Morning, afternoon, whatever. The BHK has stumbled into the courtroom today after one of the most frustrating losses he is ever had to sit through.  Before we begin, yes I am drinking at work and no your feelings about it are not going to be taken into consideration.  Through the last 11 games we have seen the highs and lows of a season. We have tackled Death Valley, while covering what does and does not constitute as bad juju.  We have mocked commentators and got blocked by Tom Davis. We have made friends and enemies with Slim Tully.  We have even instituted the chicken prance into our daily routine.  Despite what happened in Houston last night, this season was one of the best ones I have ever been a part of and we still have 2 games and a Heisman ceremony left.

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BucketHatism: Wake Forest

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Good day folks. As we settle in on this Monday, days away from a game that could decide whether or not that collision course with a National Championship will be realized or destroyed in a matter of hours, I want to remind everyone to enjoy this moment.   We have the nation’s best player and possibly the schools first Heisman winner.

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Bobby Petrino Presser 11/7/16

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Here is the video footage from today’s press conference with Louisville Football Head Coach Bobby Petrino:

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BucketHatism: Boston College

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

*****Editors Note*****

The BHK does not necessarily reflect the ideas, thoughts or mission statement of CSZ.com. I mean he probably does but we are like Bennett and we aren’t in it. So stop telling on him to me.-Jeremy

Good morning folks. Before I begin I want to say if you are a sensitive reader who gets offended by EVERY SINGLE THING on the interwebs stop reading now.  Matter of fact, you may want to stop reading my posts altogether.   I have no time to coddle and pacify  people who follow me and my CSZ crew on Twitter.  A rivalry is just that. You don’t like your opponent, you make fun of their fan base, you take shots at their players (tastefully), and you move on.   Apparently,  a Twitter follower by the name of @RedsFanSince61 was rubbed wrong about comments made toward Patrick Towels that he, king of the internet, deemed hateful.   Yes….THAT Patrick Towles, the same Patrick Towels that sets his alarm each morning to mention Louisville at some point of the day.

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Louisville at Boston College: Postgame Recap

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After the first College Football Playoff Rankings were released on Tuesday, the Louisville Cardinals found themselves on the outside looking in, as expected. What wasn’t expected was how far outside they were. After spending the majority of the season in the top 5 of the polls (#5 in the AP Poll for last few weeks), Louisville was jumped by Ohio State and Texas A&M in the first installation of this year’s College Football Playoff Rankings. Ranked 7th, the Cards still have a shot to get in, but they have to be impressive (I don’t buy the committee saying “margin of victory doesn’t factor in”, Bobby put the committee on the spot with his sportsmanship comment). Anyways, the Louisville Cardinals were exactly that yesterday, impressive. The Cards made a statement with a 52-7 victory over Boston College on the road.

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Louisville at Virginia: Postgame Recap

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It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t the way we pictured it, but the number 5 team in the nation got an important road win against Virginia. The Cavaliers always seem to give the Cards a hard time, even and especially when they are over-matched. Two years ago, the Cavaliers pulled off the stunning upset over the then top-25 ranked Cardinals, last year it was battle the whole game with a late score to put the game away, this year’s game followed the same script. The Cardinals found themselves down 10-7 at halftime, the lowest point total in a half this season. And with 1:57 left to play, Louisville found themselves in dangerous territory down 25-24, then Lamar pulled off maybe his most memorable Heisman moment yet.

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BucketHatism: NC State

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Thank you, please be seated.  Before we begin the BHK would like to address an incident that happened on the inter-webs last week.  During the recent presidential debate the BHK had a brain fart and actually engaged in a profanity laced tirade with a Twitter follower.  Though no one wins in this situation, the BHK took the bait and things went downhill from there.  What I don’t condone is the threats against the other person involved. The BHK appreciates all his supporters but he is not a fan of alleged death threats the other party claims to have received.  Everyone chill out, Twitter is just a place for us to vent, laugh, talk about binge watching, predict who dies on The Walking Dead, make fun of slapd*cks, use BOFA jokes, and lambaste Logan’s Roadhouse food all in 140 characters or less.  That being said, lets get to the notes from this past weekend’s curbstomping of NC State.

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