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Nunnsense: How Charlie & Teddy Saved Louisville

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Most of you have heard that the Big 12 conference has begun research into expanding from 10 teams to possibly 12 or 14. Pretty soon there will just be the power 5 conferences and then everybody else. What if Louisville was one of those left out of the power 5? Where would we be and what would happen to our academic and athletic programs? I don’t really want to think about that and thanks to Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater, I don’t have to. Read the rest of this entry

College Coaches Best At Developing Players Into NFL Talent

Bobby Petrino

 

As you probably seen yesterday, the NFL released a list of the top 16 college coaches who were the best at developing NFL talent. I admit, I dropped the ball when it comes to sharing this story because I didn’t think many people would care even though I did. I spent the rest of the evening and this morning being asked: Where can I find that list? So I will give that to you in a moment. Here is what intrigued me. Seeing the response on social media from former players. I agree with the criticism on Strong but not Petrino. Petrino has consistently put people in the league, even when he was at Arkansas. He doesn’t just put players in the league, he puts them in for the long run. Guys like Eric Wood, William Gay, Harry Douglas, Gary Barnidge, Amobe Okoye, Michael Bush, Elvis Dumervil, Brendan Giacomini and many many more. 104 in total from both stints at UL,WKU,Auburn,Arkansas, Idaho & ASU. From assistant to Head Coach he has flat out gotten it done. He doesn’t deserve this criticism.

Who was criticizing? If you look deeper it was guys who didn’t see the field under Petrino or played for Charlie. A lot of people still angry about the way Charlie left. Understandable. But what cannot be denied is that we have had in place and still do have the best guys to get you into the league. The pipe set the table and these two guys ate. Bobby is still eating and will continue to. I have an issue with several of the guys ahead of Bobby. You be the judge. Here is the list of the top 16 guys who can get you to the league. Debate and enjoy!

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Nunnsense: Is Bobby Petrino Underpaid?

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I heard the news as announced on the 93.9 ESPN radio show, Mid-day with Marques Maybin by guest host Steve Rummage on Thursday, April 14th, that Bobby Petrino received a contract extension running through the 2023 season. To me, the duration of the contract didn’t matter because Bobby said that this was his ” destination job” so he is not going anywhere.

I know, I know. He left us in the middle of the night, he bailed on the Atlanta Falcons after 13 games and left Western Kentucky University after only 13 months even though he said at his WKU introductory press conference that hoped his tenure there “can be as long as possible.”  I hear all of your concerns and based on his previous history, I would be lying if I said it wasn’t in the back of my mind just a little bit. I also remember that just before he left Louisville, he pledged a large sum of money to Kosair Childrens Hospital. Most people don’t know that he fulfilled that pledge even though he had moved to Atlanta. He has always had a love for this city and especially Kosair hospital.

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Scandal Fatigue

Photo: uclublouisville.org

Photo: uclublouisville.org

My love affair with the University of Louisville and our athletic department started at an early age.  My family moved to Elizabethtown, KY when my dad retired from the US Army around the time I was entering the 6th grade.  Having lived the majority of my life in Germany, I had never really experienced college athletics.  I had no idea the passion, intensity, and support that this life-altering affair would have on me going forward.

I can say with one-hundred percent certainty that the choice to attend UofL was one of, if not the very best decisions I have made thus far in my life.  I couldn’t have had a better college experience.  I ended up joining and becoming President of a fraternity, was elected as President of the Student Council for the College of Education, met my wife who was also President of her sorority, and about a thousand other memories that I cherish that can still not fully explain my emotions or attachment to our wonderful university.

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Michaelee Harris will finish his career at Akron

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Michaelee Harris came to the University of Louisville for Charlie Strong’s FIRST season as head coach back in 2010. He still has one year of eligibility remaining, and he will use that at Akron in 2015. Countless knee injuries have led to Harris having a sixth year of eligibility.

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CBS Writer Has Louisville as Sleeper to win ACC in Football for 2015

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Tom Fornelli is a college football writer for CBSsports.com and recently listed five teams that he thinks can make serious runs to win their conference in 2015. The team that he thinks has the best shot out of his five? The Louisville Cardinals.

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CardinalSportsZone Podcast 5/4/15; NFL Draft & Feisty Steve

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! We talk about the record 10 NFL Drafted players. Does Strong get the credit or Petrino? Steve gets feisty plus much, much more. We have a podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

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Petrino + Strong = 10 NFL Draft Picks

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Petrino photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com Strong photo: livestream7.com

The Louisville Cardinals had a school record 10 players selected in this past weekend’s NFL Draft. They had the second most of any team, behind Florida State’s 11 picks. Regardless, that looks great for the program. But who do you think should get the most credit? The guy who coached them last season? Or the guy who brought most of those guys to UofL and developed them?

Just for the record, when I refer to Bobby Petrino or Charlie Strong in this, it obviously includes their whole staff as well. Clearly guys like Todd Grantham and Clint Hurtt have a lot to do with the success of those head coaches, but for the sake of time, I will just refer to Petrino and Strong.

Let’s take a look at the 10 draft picks and try to figure out who is most responsible for them getting drafted…

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Will Stein to Continue Coaching at Texas

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Congratulations to former Louisville and Trinity quarterback Will Stein, who will be continuing his coaching career at the University of Texas with Coach Charlie Strong as a graduate assistant. Stein tweeted the following message last night.

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Miami Cornerback: “I remember them trying to run the score up.”

Photo: MiamiHerald.com

Photo: MiamiHerald.com

Brace yourself for this. A Charlie Strong-coached team has been accused of running the score up. Apparently, that is what the Cards were doing to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, according to cornerback Corn Elder. The following comes from the rest of the article on CanesWatch.com.

“Honestly, I remember them trying to run the score up,” he said. “Just disrespecting us, pretty much.”

After Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a safety on the opening drive, it was all Cardinals. They went up 22-2 at halftime and were still carving up UM’s defense in the final minutes.

“I feel like they were out there talking a lot of trash,” Elder said. “They have a lot of players from here. It was a confidence thing.”

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As time passes, I am OK with Charlie Strong’s move to Texas

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Photo: Getty Images

When the Vegas odds came out that Charlie Strong was the 2-1 favorite to land the head coaching job at Texas, I laughed. I said there was no way that would happen. He may leave someday, but Texas is not the place for him. He had turned down Tennessee, we were heading into the ACC, and we had all the momentum in the world. Charlie wasn’t going anywhere…

Well Charlie went. I was shocked, mad, upset, disappointed, felt betrayed once again by a head coach that said he wanted to be here. I wrote all about how I felt soon after it happened. Soon after, Bobby Petrino was hired, and a new chapter was beginning. We would head into the ACC with Bobby, a fresh start for everyone. Things still stung a little bit, because I was just curious how Strong would have done with his guys heading into the new league.

More than 6 months later, things are a little easier for me now. I am 100% excited for Bobby Petrino to lead us into the ACC and do some damage. And on the Charlie Strong side of things, I am fine with his decision. He took one of the top jobs in the country. Louisville is not a traditional powerhouse or football school, and you could tell that’s what he wanted. So he got it, and it was too good to pass up. What made it hurt was buying into the thought that we had found “our guy.” He was going to stay here forever and build us up because he loved it here.

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247 Sports says Petrino hire was 4th best; 1 spot behind Texas

Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

Kevin Ryan of 247 Sports released a Top 10 for new coaching hires from this off-season. The rankings are based on “past performance, fit at the new school, possibility of future success, and other criteria.”

Bobby Petrino was ranked as the 4th best hire. What sticks out if you look at the list is who is ranked as the 3rd best hire: Charlie Strong at Texas. What does this mean? Well, absolutely nothing really. But it’s July and these lists are fun to talk about sometimes.

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ESPN believes Calvin Pryor could be Defensive ROY

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We all knew watching Calvin Pryor last year that this wasn’t your average Safety. Over and over Pryor would make plays, whether a one handed INT or a monster hit, that would leave us speechless. While we knew he was special I don’t know that anyone grasp just how good Pryor may be. Upon arriving at Jets camp Pryor immediately started making an impact, so much so many people began speculating he could be moving into the starting role. ESPN has also taken notice and in Ashley Fox’s new article she makes the bold prediction that Calvin Pryor will be Defensive Rookie of the Year.

(From Article)

“Pryor’s head wasn’t spinning after his first minicamp. His mouth was running, yes, to the point that second-year quarterback Geno Smith quipped that Pryor had not earned the right to chirp. Yet.

But that is Pryor’s nature, and he is a perfect fit for the Jets. Pryor is, as Jets head coach Rex Ryan noted after selecting him, in the mold of Seattle safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas: big, brash, a vicious hitter with range, who is able to blitz from various spots on the field, and an enforcer for the back of the defense.

“It’s how we want to play defense,” Ryan said at the time, while noting: “Big hits still win games.”

“Pryor played three seasons at Louisville. He started the final seven games as a true freshman and developed a reputation as a hitter, hence the nickname “Louisville Slugger.” As a junior last season, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Pryor knocked an opponent out of each game of a three-game stretch. He finished his collegiate career as Louisville’s all-time leader with nine forced fumbles. He also had seven interceptions.”

“It is inevitable that Pryor will make big hits. He should be able to create turnovers. He will make plays. And if Pryor does so from the jump, he should add another line to his résumé: NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.”

Whether Pryor wins ROY or not I think we all can agree the “Louisville Slugger” will have the best nickname in all of football.

Teddy Bridgewater Highlights from Vikings Camp

Well Teddy dominated the first Camps session for the Minnesota Vikings like we all expected. I’d say there will be a few GM’s that wont be listening to Mike Mayok’s advice next season.

Latest Louisville Football Hype Video

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Well this video just has everything. Great job by “tatville.” The football Cardinal logo moving his legs, Teddy Bridgewater, Ralph Dawkins, HENRY MILLER, Brian Brohm, and more. Pretty much most of the best plays in the history of Louisville football. Not much else to say about this one, but enjoy!

QB Max Wittek won’t play FBS football in 2014

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former USC quarterback Max Wittek is a name that we have been hearing for months now. He is transferring from Southern California and the main schools he has been considering are Louisville, Texas, and Hawaii. With Louisville and Texas being two of those, obviously this was of interest. Speaking of that, why don’t more kids consider Hawaii? Wouldn’t that be a fun place to go to college? Anyway…

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Wittek will not graduate this spring, but he will in December. Had he graduated this spring, he could transfer with no restrictions and would have had two seasons to play, including 2014. If he transfers after he graduates in the fall semester, he will have to sit out the 2014 season and have only one year of eligibility left according to cbssports.com. That is, of course, unless he decides to transfer to an FCS (formerly Division I-AA) school, in which case he could play in 2014 without sitting out.

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Charlie Strong: Get off the train and on the…bus?

Austin American-Statesman photo by Brian Davis

Austin American-Statesman photo by Brian Davis

Remember the guy that didn’t really care for much media attention while here at Louisville? Not that there was much media responsibility anyway, but it just wasn’t his thing. For his hour long radio show once per week, he would usually do about half of it and then let another coach handle the rest. Surely you remember that version of Charlie Strong right?

Well the Charlie Strong of Texas is now going on a BUS TOUR around the state of Texas. It is sort of like the Cardinal Caravan here. That same Cardinal Caravan that (according to Eric Crawford) made 6 stops last year and Strong was on only one of those stops. He talked for about 20 minutes and then didn’t take questions from the media. I am sure he loves this whole bus tour thing, right?

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ESPN’s Andrea Adelson: Everything is different in Louisville

Garry Jones/AP

Garry Jones/AP

ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson was recently in Louisville to take in spring practice and talk to head coach Bobby Petrino. In her article, she talks about how different things are now with Petrino and staff back in charge. At the bottom of this post, there is a link to the original post on ESPN.com that also has the video interview with Petrino. Here is some of Adelson’s article…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It is hard to miss the giant poster of Teddy Bridgewater hanging in the lobby of the Louisville football complex, celebrating the Cardinals’ momentous win over Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl two years ago.

Bridgewater’s rise was concurrent to the football program’s latest ascent to national prominence, but the truth is he was the most notable player on a defensive-minded football team led by a defensive-minded coach who stressed a physical, ball-control style of football that did not always showcase its talented quarterback.

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George Rushing down to Wisconsin and TCU; eliminates Louisville

George Rushing

George Rushing

If you have followed the George Rushing recruitment, you probably have a headache. Rushing was committed to Louisville when Charlie Strong was here. When Bobby Petrino was hired, Rushing decommitted. Petrino and his staff kept recruiting Rushing and he started to favor the Cards again. In fact, it seemed solid a couple weeks ago that Rushing would end up as apart of the class for Louisville again.

Rushing will announce his decision tonight, and it was thought to be down to Louisville, Wisconsin, and TCU. But now it seems that Louisville has been eliminated and Rushing will decide between the Badgers and Horned Frogs. All signs point to Rushing choosing Wisconsin. We wish him nothing but the best.

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Goodbye Charlie/Welcome back Bobby (Video)

This is a pretty cool video here. If you read my thoughts on how the Charlie Strong saga went down, you know I was bitter about the situation. But even in saying that, the video of him crowd surfing in the locker room is still one of the best clips ever, can’t deny that.

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