Ken Pomeroy released his first peek into the 2018 season with his preseason rankings. The cardinals come in at number 16 entering their first season under acting head coach, David Padgett. What do you think about the rankings?
Today the women’s basketball team hosted its annual tip off luncheon.
There was a different vibe this year. You could feel the excitement and anticipation.
You could also feel the longing for something… Anything to get past the drama that unfolded last week.
Coach Jeff Walz delivered. His flawless speech was inspiring. It gave fans the reassurance we needed, letting fans know he’s either going to retire or get fired at Louisville.
“Look around at what a remarkable crowd we have here again, supporting these young women,” said Walz. “It has been an interesting few weeks, but these women have stayed focused, taking care of business in the classroom, and working extremely hard on the basketball court.”
Here are four takeaways from the luncheon:
1. This team is stacked.
- Myisha Hines-Allen is in the best shape of her playing career. Hines-Allen has been one of the most physical players in the game. She had speed, accuracy. Yet, somehow she’s going to be better this season… That’s scary.
- Asia Durr is fresh off a summer of representing Team USA. Durr was Team USA’s leading scorer in Tokyo for the U-23 Four Nations Tournament. She was also invited to the Team USA Training Camp to compete against 25 WNBA players and four other collegiate players for a spot on the national team. She played along side some of the games greatest, such as Sue Bird.
- Sam Fuehring noticeable looks different. Gone is the lanky girl. She has been replaced with a woman who looks like she could go out and win the Kentucky Muscle body building competition. She was already one of the most physical players on the court. Now she has the strength to battle in the paint. This can only translate to success on the court.
- Arica Carter is back. AC spent last season on the bench next to Coach Walz. She learned another facet of the game. Coach Walz joked that AC was 0-of-18 from three her freshman season. Now, she’s become a reliable shooter.
2. This team is in shape. Durr spoke about it during her Q & A session at the luncheon. She said the team has been running… A LOT.
“The hard work in the preseason has paid off and everyone is just so excited for this year. I can’t wait to get started,” Durr told fans.
Looking at the women, they look leaner, stronger. Two qualities that translate well on the court.
3. This team has all the pieces to make a deep run in March. Again, the unforgiving schedule will be an advantage come post season. Out of the gate, Louisville faces Ohio State in Columbus. The Cards will matchup against six non-conference opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament just a season ago, five of them before conference play begins. There are no off games this season.
4. From strength of players to strength of schedule, it’s certainly going to be a fantastic season. You do NOT want to miss out. Go to GoCards.com/WBBTickets to secure your seats today.
Check out some of the sights and sounds from today’s luncheon below.
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.
In his first national appearance since the FBI scandal broke, Rick Pitino is sitting down with Jay Bilas. The interview will air at midnight on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.
In what could go down as the biggest mistake in the history of the University of Lohisville, Athletic Director Tom Jurich has been fired with “cause.”
Reports began to leak last night that the board had decided to fire Jurich. Fans immediately took to social media to express their opinions on the decision.
Jurich has been on paid administrative leave since September 28th.
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.
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!
On Wednesday, NCAA President, Mark Emmert, announced the NCAA was forming a commission for college basketball.
The announcement comes after the FBI arrested four assistance college basketball coaches and six other individuals in connection to a “pay for play” scheme.
According to the release from the NCAA, President Mark Emmert says the commission will focus on, “the relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities.”
Emmert also explains the commission will examine the effect of the NBA’s one-and-done rule, as well as, “creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability.”
Dr. Condoleezza Rice will chair the commission. Dr. Rice was appointed national security advisor by President George W. Bush in 2001, becoming the first African-American female (and second woman) to hold the post. She also served as the 66th Secretary of State from 2005 through 2009.
NCAA President has also tabbed the following to serve on the commission:
- Mary Sue Coleman: President Association of American Universities
- General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired: Chairman of USA Basketball
- Mark Emmert: President, NCAA
- Jeremy Foley: Athletics Director Emeritus,University of Florida Athletic Association
- Jefferey A. Hathaway: Vice President/Director of Athletics, Hofstra University
- Grant Hill: Owner/Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks
- Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: President, University of Notre Dame
- Mike Montgomery: Retired Basketball Coach, Analyst, Pac-12 Networks & Westwood One Sports
- G.P. “Bud” Peterson: President, Georgia Institute of Technology
- David Robinson: Founder, Admiral Capital Group
- Kathryn Ruemmler: Former White House Counsel; Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
- Gene Smith: Sr. Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed; Athletics Director, Ohio State University
- John Thompson III: Board of Directors, National Association of Basketball Coaches
Courtesy of Star-Telegram
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the moment the latest scandal involving UofL basketball broke, it felt like everything crashed within seconds. Anfernee Simons who is ranked in the top 10 nationally withdrew his commitment to UofL shortly after the news broke, and has since been reached out to by 27 different schools. Simon’s mom has said they are open to hearing from David Padgett, but that it hasn’t happened yet. Courtney Ramey was another player who decommitted in the days following the scandal, and he will be Padgett’s first focus. David travels to St. Louis to visit him today. Ramey’s dad did confirm to Jeff Greer that this visit was happening and that Padgett was one of the main recruiters of his son. You can read Jeff Greer’s full article below.
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.
According to Kenny Klein, current staffers Michael Bowden, Logan Baumann and R.J Evans are now in temporary coaching roles.
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?
The meeting wrapped up with a Q & A session, led by acting President Dr. Gregory Postel and board chair David Grissom, regarding the closed portion of the meeting.
Below are the highlights of the Q & A session:
– Dr. Postel spoke freely about the status of theuniversity’s accreditation, stating, “we’ve made really substantial progress,” to maintain accreditation. He noted that after the site meeting with SACS, the university was left with a few housekeeping items. The university will submit a report back to SACS in November.
– Regarding the contract with Adidas, Dr. Postel acknowledged that he was aware of the negotiations with Adidas. He made it clear that the agreement is for next year. However, he notes that the he and the board need to study the agreement to understand it. Dr. Postel added, “if it’s been tainted, we want no part.”
– On notification of any NCAA violations, Dr. Postel advised that the university had not received any notice from the NCAA regarding the ongoing investigation.
– Regarding Tom Jurich’s status and whether Grissom had received outside pressure, Grissom indicated that he had not received any outside pressure to retain Jurich.
– Dr. Postel was asked if he was concerned that donors would pull their donations if Jurich is not retained. Dr. Postel replied, “donors donate money to the university, NOT people.”
– Dr. Postel mentioned that he plans to meet with the athletic coaches tomorrow. He also announced the Athletic Association would meet today at 1 PM to discuss Coach Rick Pitino. A press conference to name an interim Athletic Director is set for tomorrow at 1 PM.