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Lamar Is Ready For The NFL, Is The NFL Ready For Him?

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Lamar Jackson is a once in a life time athlete who made his mark not only on the University of Louisville record books, but college football record books as well. With the NFL draft just one week away, Lamar remains the draft’s biggest story. Lamar Jackson is ready for the NFL, but is the league ready for him? Mina Kimes and Domonique Foxworth with The Undefeated talk about how Lamar can change the NFL, if it’ll allow it.

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Chris Mack Joins Midday’s With Marques Maybin

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The University of Louisville men’s basketball head coach, Chris Mack, joined Midday’s with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage on Tuesday. They talked about everything from grad transfers, to workouts and everything in between! Listen in below!

Jaire Alexander Sits Down With NFL Network And UofL Career Highlights (Video)

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Louisville fans know that Jaire Alexander is the best cornerback in this years NFL draft. He knows that as well. He recently sat down and talked to the NFL Network about what his outfit for the draft will look like and what it will feel like to hear his name called.

Photo Gallery: Louisville Ladybirds 2017-188

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The Louisville Ladybirds play a huge part in the success of the Louisville athletic program. Not only are they the catalyst for keeping the fans entertained and the energy level up at the football and basketball games, they themselves have contributed approximately 7,954 National championships (I may have rounded up). They are a team that doesn’t settle for just being good, they strive for perfection – and usually achieve it! They are also very involved in community service and making appearances throughout the city. We appreciate and respect their hard work and dedication.

In honor of the Ladybirds defending their double national championships, here are some picture we captured of them from the 2017-2018 football and basketball seasons. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Cheer Brings Home Numerous National Titles

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The University of Louisville cheer squad had a record breaking weekend, winning numerous national titles across the board!

The All-Girl Cheer won their 5th straight title and 15th national title overall!

The large co-ed cheer won the 1A national title!

Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches involved. Way to represent The Ville!

Ladybirds Defend Double Title National Championships (Again)

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The University of Louisville Ladybirds went to Daytona with one goal in mind – defend their double titles. They did just that and they are now the reigning double title champions for the last 3 years! Congratulations to everyone on a great year!

Select-A-Seat Event At UofL Spring Game

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Saturday will be the first time in nearly 6 months that cardinal fans get an up close and personal view of the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium expansion. If you are interested in getting your seats in the new area, you can check out the information below on how to select your seat!

Deng Adel Declares For NBA Draft

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Deng Adel announced today that he has hired an agent and will remain in the NBA draft. He has endured some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows during his time at UofL, but he did it all with a smile on his face. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him the best of luck as he follows his dream to be come a professional.

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Itinerary For Spring Game Released (Including Details On A Chris Mack Autograph Session)

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Heading out to the UofL football spring game on Saturday? Wondering what the day will consist of? Here is your schedule for the day – including information on the Chris Mack autograph signing that will be held on the Papa John’s concourse when gates open.

The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on April 14 at 1 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission to the game is FREE.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • 8 a.m.: Parking lots open
  • 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Carnival FanFest
  • 11:30 a.m.: New Season Ticket Select-A-Seat Event
  • 12 p.m.: Stadium gates open
  • 12 p.m.: Coach Mack autograph signing – Stay tuned for details
  • 1 p.m.: Kickoff for the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game
  • Postgame: Autograph session
  • 3-6 p.m.: Carnival FanFest re-opens

STADIUM INFORMATION

PARKING: Free and open to all fans; lots around the stadium open at 8 a.m.

STADIUM GATES: Fans can enter Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at noon.

KICKOFF: The game begins at 1 p.m.

CONCESSIONS: $3 Happy Hour draft specials inside the stadium throughout the game.

CARNIVAL FANFEST

Fans are encouraged to head to BudLight StreetFest, located between Gates 3 and 5, for Fan Fest. Visit before and after the game for food vendors and drink specials in addition to carnival rides, music, family friendly games, and rides.

It is open 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Fan Fest is closed during the game and resumes from 3-6 p.m.

CARDINAL AUTHENTIC SALE

Looking to give your closet an upgrade? Shopping for an early present for a family member or fellow fan?

Cardinal Authentic, the official team store of the Louisville Cardinals, is having a spring sale at Fan Fest. Purchase officially licensed merchandise for up to 70 percent off.

SEASON TICKETS

Fans interested in purchasing new season tickets can participate in the Select-A-Seat event inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 11:30 a.m. This is the first time showcasing available seating locations for 2018 campaign.

Staff from the ticket office will be available at Gate 2A prior to gates opening or on the concourse and at the box office throughout the day to answer questions.

General public on sale begins April 16.

RSVP FOR THE SELECT-A-SEA

 

COACH MACK AUTOGRAPH SESSION

Meet the newly named Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack. When the stadium gates open, Coach Mack will be on the concourse signing autographs. Details coming soon. Follow Louisville basketball on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for updates.

POSTERS

Get your hands on this year’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game poster, showcasing some fan favorites and Louisville’s 2018 schedule.

The posters are available at Fan Fest, throughout the concourse of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (Gates 3, 4, 5), and on the field after the game for autographs (while supplies last). A donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation is encouraged.

LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH SESSION

Meet the 2018 Louisville football team after the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game. The players are signing autographs on the field for 45 minutes after the game, and head coach Bobby Petrino is available for autographs on the field following his postgame media duties.

There is a maximum of two items per person to ensure the autograph lines moves in an efficient manner.

Ryan Lochte To Host TYR Derby Pro Swim Meet

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The UofL swim and dive program’s will host its third annual Derby Pro Meet. This is a Charity Event for the Drowning Prevention Foundation. It was announced that 12-time Olympic medalist, Ryan Lochte will be the host of this years event. To get your tickets, follow this link: http://www.derbyproswim.com/.

 

What Is Next For Anas Mahmoud?

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Anas Mahmoud recently sat down with KingFut, a website that covers Egyptian athletes from all over the world. Malek Shafel and Anas talked about everything from when he started playing basketball, how the recruiting process went and what is next for him. Anas did say that he plans on giving his best effort to the draft process this summer and he has signed with Leon Rose from CAA as his agent. His main goal still remains to graduate in May. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone, wish Anas the best of luck in the draft process!

Donovan Mitchell Breaks (Another) Jazz Rookie Record

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Donovan Mitchell continues to have break out game, after break out game. He has made his mark on the NBA and won over the hearts of Jazz fans in just a few short months. Last night marked another milestone in his early career, Donovan Mitchell has posted 20+ points in each of his last 10 games, marking the longest 20-point streak by a rookie in Jazz history. Keep it up Spida!

Chris Mack Basketball Camp Dates Announced

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Go ahead and mark your calendars, UofL basketball camp is back! Chris Mack announced yesterday that grades 3-8 would be June 25-28 and grades 1-6 will be July 23-26th. When more details are released by Coach Mack and the university, CSZ will pass them along to you!

Chris Mack Completes His Coaching Staff

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Press release from the University of Louisville:

Mack Fills UofL Coaching Staff with Three Experienced Assistants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three experienced assistant men’s basketball coaches have joined head coach Chris Mack’s staff at the University of Louisville, including Dino Gaudio, Luke Murray and Mike Pegues.

Pegues (pronounced puh-GEESE) has worked as an assistant coach with Mack for the past six seasons at Xavier, Murray has been an assistant coach with Mack for the past three seasons at Xavier, and Gaudio is a former basketball television analyst who has 23 years of collegiate coaching experience, including a stint at Wake Forest with Mack.

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Murray has operated on college basketball staffs for the last 11 seasons at Xavier, Rhode Island, Towson, Wagner and Arizona.  During his three seasons at Xavier (2015-18), the Musketeers produced an 81-26 record (.757) and advanced in the NCAA Tournament each year.  Their 2017-18 squad achieved a 29-6 record, won Xavier’s first Big East Conference regular season championship, earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the final Associated Press poll.  In addition, Murray played a key role as the Xavier staff assembled three straight nationally-ranked recruiting classes.

“Luke Murray is a superstar,” said Mack. “No detail goes unnoticed with Luke. Whether it’s working with our perimeter players, scouting, or recruiting, Luke excels. He’s one of the most organized, detailed and high-energy recruiters that I’ve ever been around. He carries the role of recruiting coordinator on the staff and allows us to leave no stone unturned when searching for the next University of Louisville great.

Murray worked two years at Rhode Island under current Connecticut coach Dan Hurley (2013-15), including the 2014-15 season when the Rams finished 23-10 overall, tied for second in the Atlantic 10 Conference and earned an NIT berth.

Preceding his time at Rhode Island, Murray spent two seasons (2011-13) as an assistant coach at Towson under Pat Skerry.  In 2012-13, he helped Towson orchestrate of one of college basketball’s greatest turnarounds as the Tigers set an NCAA record for the best one-season improvement, rising from a one-win campaign in 2011-12 to an 18-13 mark and a second-place finish in the CAA in 2012-13.  He was an integral part in attracting the top-rated recruiting class in the CAA for 2012-13, including 2013 and 2014 CAA Player of the Year and former Utah Jazz forward Jerrelle Benimon.

Murray was an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season under Hurley at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. In the 2009-10 season, Murray served as a graduate assistant on the Ari¬zona staff under former Xavier head coach Sean Miller, while working on his master’s degree in educational psychology. Murray broke into the collegiate coaching field as the director of basketball operations at Quinnipiac in the 2007-08 season.

A native of Palisades, N.Y., Murray earned a degree in sociology from Fairfield in 2007.  He and his wife, Kara, have one son Luke Jr., who was born in October 2017.

Mike Pegues

During Pegues’ six seasons at Xavier (2012-18), the Musketeers produced a 142-67 record (.679) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on five occasions, reaching an Elite Eight and Sweet 16.  Xavier’s  2017-18 squad achieved a 29-6 record, won Xavier’s first Big East Conference regular season championship, earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the final Associated Press poll.

Pegues contributed significantly to Xavier gathering multiple nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including three straight top 20 ranked classes in his final three years there.

“Mike Pegues is one of the best post coaches in the country,” said Mack. “He does a terrific job of teaching footwork, positioning and understanding of the game.  Having been with me for the past six seasons, it’s been impressive to see the development of big men during Mike’s tenure. Our players will love his energy, IQ for the game and his sincerity. His relationships with coaches around the country have allowed us to recruit from some of the best high school programs in the nation.”

Before his arrival at Xavier, Pegues spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Delaware, under head coach Monté Ross. Delaware finished 18-14 in Pegues’ final season, including a 12-6 record in the CAA.   Pegues served as video coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth during the 2009-10 season, helping the Rams to a 27-9 record and the Collegiate Basketball Invitational title.

Pegues had a stellar collegiate career at Delaware, where he earned a degree in communications in 2000.  The all-time leading scorer in Delaware men’s basketball history with 2,030 points, Pegues led the Blue Hens to two NCAA Tournament appearances while playing under former UD head coach and current Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey from 1996-2000.  He was a two-time All-District selection and a 2000 CoSIDA Academic All-American and became the first UD men’s player to be named the America East Conference Player of the Year as a junior. He was inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

A native of Washington, D.C., Pegues attended Delaware after an impressive career at national power DeMatha Catholic High School.

He played professionally in Italy, New Zealand, England and Argentina, as well as one season in the Continental Basketball Association. After suffering a knee injury, he returned close to home to teach at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. He served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Bishop O’Connell High School under Joe Wooten, son of legendary high school head coach Morgan Wooten. He also coached the DC Assault AAU squad.

Dino Gaudio

Gaudio has most recently served as a basketball analyst for ESPN for the past eight years, but has 23 years of collegiate coaching experience and has previously worked with Mack.

“Dino Gaudio is a home run for us,” said Mack. “He’s trusted, loyal and a person that I have always looked up to in this profession. Not many head coaches have the luxury of having a former head coach in the ACC on staff. Dino’s role on the floor coaching our players will be immense. Our players will benefit in ways that other staffs can’t duplicate. I’m excited to get him out of the studio and on to the basketball court where he belongs.”

In three seasons as the head coach at Wake Forest (2007-10), Gaudio guided the Demon Deacons to a 61-31 overall record and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.  His 2008-09 team opened the season with a program-best 16-0 start as the last unbeaten team in the nation, finished second in the ACC behind 2009 NCAA Champion North Carolina (who Wake Forest beat that season), and rose to the nation’s top-ranked team before finishing 12th in the final Associated Press poll.

In 2010, despite losing two players to early entry in the NBA Draft, Wake Forest won 20 games – including all five of its overtime games that season — and reached the NCAA Tournament.  He was twice recognized by a media organization as the ACC Coach of the Year, achieving that honor by Rivals.com in 2008 and CBSSports.com in 2009.

In his nine seasons at Wake Forest (2001-10), including six years as associate head coach and three as its head coach, the Demon Deacons compiled a 187-99 record, participated in six NCAA Tournaments and all 21 Demon Deacon seniors graduated. The only players in nine years who did not graduate were Chris Paul, Jeff Teague, James Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu, all who were first-round NBA draft selections after their sophomore seasons.  While at Wake Forest, secured a pair of top 15 recruiting classes, including the 2008 class that was rated third in the nation.

It was in the first three years at Wake Forest (2001-04) when Gaudio and Chris Mack were united under the late head coach Skip Prosser.  Mack left to be an assistant coach at Xavier.

In addition to Wake Forest, Gaudio’s 10 years of Division I head coaching experience included four seasons at Army (1993-97) and three years at Loyola (Md.) College (1997-2000).

At Army, Gaudio inherited a team that had gone just 4-22 the year before his arrival. In his second year, Gaudio led the Black Knights to a 12-16 record. Gaudio helped the Knights win the only two Patriot League Tournament games in the school’s 17 years of membership in the conference.  After his stint at Army, Gaudio was named the head coach at Loyola in 1997 and posted 12 wins in his first year and 13 in his second. The 25 victories in his first two campaigns marked the best start by any Greyhound coach over the previous 26 seasons.

Gaudio broke into the college ranks at Xavier, serving as an assistant coach for six years under Pete Gillen (1987-93).  In six years, Gaudio helped the Musketeers to a 136-49 record, five 20-win seasons and five NCAA Tournament berths. Xavier won four Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season crowns, three MCC Tournament titles and made the school’s first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1990.  He later returned to Xavier as an assistant under Skip Prosser in 2000-01 before moving to Wake Forest.

Gaudio’s association with Prosser began in 1981 when he served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling (W.Va.) while Prosser was head coach, and the duo led Central Catholic to the 1982 state championship.  When Prosser left to become an assistant coach at Xavier in 1985, Gaudio became the head coach at Central Catholic and promptly guided the Maroon Knights to the state championship game in his first season. The following season, Gaudio directed Central Catholic to a 22-4 record and the 1987 state AA championship.

A 1981 graduate of Ohio University, Gaudio earned double bachelor’s degrees in accounting and secondary education. He attained a master’s degree in secondary education from Xavier in 1991.

A native of Yorkville, Ohio, Gaudio and his wife, Maureen, have two adult daughters, Kaylan and Alyssa.

Lamar Was Born To Be A Quarterback

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When Lamar Jackson was a sophomore in high school, his coach ran an offense especially created for him. His coach called Lamar transferring to Boynton Beach “it was a gift from the football gods.” Jonathan Jones with Sports Illustrated talks about how different Lamar’s pre-draft experience has been different than most, but it doesn’t take away from his abilities.

Jordan Nwora Will Return For His Sophomore Season

 

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After last week’s introductory press conference of Chris Mack, Jordan Nwora told the media that he wanted to stay at the University of Louisville. He just needed to talk to Coach Mack by himself and have Coach Mack talk to his parents. He wanted to start building that trust. After things have started to settle down, Jordan’s dad did confirm that he will return next season. According to Jeff Greer, Jordan Nwora reached double digits in scoring 9 times this season, that is a number that is sure to increase next season as he will more than likely become a key player on the UofL roster.

New UofL Football Facility Walk Thru (Video)

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With a little over a week until UofL hosts the spring game for the 2018 season, it is time for a check in on the new facilities. Take a look below and let us know what you think!

Lamar Jackson Talks Pro Day, Combine And NFL Impact

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NFL analyst, Mike Mayock is self admittedly Lamar Jackson’s biggest fan. Mayock sat down with Lamar after his Pro Day at the University of Louisville and talked about everything that has happened in the last few months and what could happen in the next few.

Chris Mack Introductory Press Conference

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Chris Mack Chosen to Lead Louisville Men’s Basketball Program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chris Mack, whose teams have participated in the NCAA Tournament in eight of his nine seasons as a head coach, has been selected as the head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team.

In nine seasons as the head coach at Xavier University, Mack guided the Musketeers to a 215-97 record and eight NCAA Tournament appearances (the last five straight years), including reaching the Sweet 16 on four occasions and the Elite Eight in 2017.  His teams won or shared three conference regular season championships while compiling a 105-49 league record over nine seasons in the Big East and Atlantic 10.

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Quentin Snider Selected To Participate In Inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

UofL’s Quentin Snider Selected to Participate in Inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville senior guard Quentin Snider has been selected to participate in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. This ground-breaking new event will pit 32 four-man teams consisting of players from every Division I college basketball conference against each other in a three day, 3-on-3 tournament. These teams, comprised of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, will compete for a $100,000 prize pool viewable live on Twitter and ESPN2 from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018 at St. Mary’s University’s Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio. Snider is one of four players selected from the ACC

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