Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Andre McGee, Katina Powell, Chuck Smrt, Dr. Postel, David Padgett and Vince Tyra are all names associated with the University of Louisville that have dominated the media over the last 2 years. For better or worse these are the facts.
For the majority of the people who read this, you all know almost everything that has happened in full detail. We all can have differing opinions on who should still have a job and who should have been fired – I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is how the rest of the sports world views the University in athletics and as a whole. Read the rest of this entry
David Padgett is not a hall of fame coach but, like Batman to Gotham, he was exactly what Louisville needed him to be.
“I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be.” – Batman
He willingly accepted the head coaching position at a program that was in complete turmoil. Some media outlets went as far as to call the program a “dumpster fire.” He willingly accepted the job knowing there was a small chance to succeed. He willingly accepted the job knowing the high expectations of the fan base. He willingly accepted the job knowing he had to follow 40+ years of a hall of fame coach pacing the sidelines. He willingly accepted the job knowing it would only be for 1 season. He willingly accepted the job knowing he had about 27 minutes till the season started and he had exactly 0 assistant coaches. He willingly accepted the job knowing two of his family members were battling cancer. He willingly accepted the job because he knew the team needed him and the fans needed him. Read the rest of this entry
David Padgett was officially told that the University of Louisville will be going in a different direction with their coaching search. While this was expected, it does not mean it makes it easier to hear. David Padgett stepped up and did the absolute best he could with a situation that was nearly doomed from the start. David does mention that he will be looking for other head coaching positions moving forward and we here at Cardinal Sports Zone sincerely wish him the best in that search. Whatever team is lucky enough to name him head coach, is in for a special treat. THANK YOU DAVID!
This men’s basketball season will continue on and I am blaming it on the fans. Maybe blame isn’t the correct way to say that so I’ll say “credit the fans” because I am happy that the season isn’t over. I love watching some Cardinal basketball – and if some is good, then more is better. I know there are many of you who feel the same way. About 10,000 of you came out to the Yum Center on Tuesday night to prove it. I’m thankful for all of you.
This UofL basketball season has been, well, disappointing. It was a letdown before practice even started. We lost a coach, an Athletic Director, and our sanity. Our team of great young men were forced to endure more mega media attention and questions about scandals they had no part in. People pelted them with cheap insults and petty taunts.
This team has talent yet it seems they can’t find a way to mesh it together to work properly and consistently. I think it’s a byproduct of scandal fatigue for the team. We fans have it and it’s obvious the players do. Nearly all of the Cards issues are mental. It’s as if they think too much and are slow to react on the floor. So many mental lapses led to the only consistency being inconsistency.
Well, there isn’t much to say. No words are going to heal the pain that this loss has brought to Cardnation tonight. The team showed heart and fight all night long. They controlled the #1 team in the country for 39 minutes. Coach Padgett said that this is the toughest loss he has ever experienced. Many in Cardnation are going to feel the same way after this result. This game meant so much to this team that is in desperate need of a signature win. Not to mention this should have been the game that ended the drought against Virginia.
All that being said, this team has one more game left before tournament play. The Cards travel to N.C. State in two days to fight for their seeding in the conference and NCAA tournament. This team has the opportunity to end the season on a high note and head into the ACC tournament with some momentum. This one hurts, but it’s not the end for this team or the seniors.
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The Louisville Men’s basketball team held their Senior Day before Thursday’s game against Virginia. The senior managers were honored along with seniors Quentin Snider and Anas Mahmoud.
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Since the day David Padgett took over as head basketball coach, nothing has exactly been normal. The only thing normal is uncertainty. Today was no different. In his weekly pregame press conference, instead of starting out by previewing this week’s opponent (Duke), He opened it up for questions regarding the news that Louisville had lost their appeal with the NCAA and that the banner would be taken down. He talked about how he handled it with his team and that he contacted some of the 2013 team. David spoke from his heart, and as he always does, he handled everything with class, compassion and was honest – Especially when he called out the NCAA saying that they could have waited until our season is over
Here is the full press conference,
That’s right. I said it! Louisville will upset both North Carolina (2/17) and Virginia (3/1) inside the KFC Yum! Center. They will make it to the semi-finals of the ACC tournament and then make a NCAA tournament run that ends in the Elite 8.
I’m crazy, you say. Well, maybe, but that’s a story for another day. How could I predict such an outcome? It’s easy – I have faith. I have faith in this team. I have faith in this fan base. I have faith in our coach. And if everyone has the same faith, then anything is possible. Read the rest of this entry
Head coach David Padgett previews the matchup against Georgia Tech in his press conference this afternoon.
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Sometimes I just gotta keep it real
I have loved the University of Louisville for a very long time. I have lived in this city my whole life and spent about 5 years living on campus. The University is very dear to my heart and that’s why this whole thing is killing me and just wearing me out. I have fatigue and am in dire need of some normalcy. But I also understand that sometimes things must get worse before they can get better. I also know that I don’t want them to rush on making decisions just for the sake of trying to get back to normal. Although I am fatigued, I’ll wait a little longer if that means getting things done the right way – Ya know, with integrity, morals and a plan. Read the rest of this entry
David Padgett and Anas Mahmoud talked to the media about the upcoming game vs Florida State on Saturday.
Coach David Padgett sits down Jon Rothstein to discuss multiple topics from Rick Pitino’s influence on him as a coach to how this year’s team has preformed. This is a very good listen!
Yesterday, all the head coaches of the men’s basketball teams of the ACC partook in a teleconference. You can hear what everyone had to say below thanks to our friends at the ACC Digital Network.
If you only have time to catch what David Padgett says, he comes on about the 1:22 mark.
Here are the highlights and pressers from after today’s much needed 71-62 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Anas came through with another strong game today and Ray Spalding appears to be slowly shifting into the player we all thought he would be coming into this year. He scored 10 points and added 14 rebounds.
Here’s Louisville Head coach David Padgett
This week’s edition is more of a rant rather than an informational, educational, entertainment or editorial piece.
I’ve had all I can take of the negative talk and bashing of our current men’s basketball coach. I don’t get on the message boards because I can only take so much before I call out people’s ignorance but I do get on Facebook and Twitter and that’s enough for me. It seems that after every game, I see many people complaining about this team, their performance and especially their coach. It’s a bad look and Lord knows we don’t need anymore of that.
It is my belief that most of these people are diehard Rick Pitino fans. I get that some of you will back Rick to the day you die but this isn’t about him. This is about the University of Louisville. Nobody is bigger than the University, – not me – not you – not Rick – not Tom – not Dr. Postel – NOBODY! It’s time to move on and put all of this behind us. Support the school you love unconditionally. But we can’t do that if we are divided.
That’s why we can’t have people calling out our basketball coach after just a few games. I understand the frustration and I believe it’s OK to call out the coaches, who get paid a lot of money, if they are not performing up to their pay grade but at least give coach Padgett a chance. Read the rest of this entry
Deng Adel, VJ King, Jordan Nwora and David Padgett met with the media after Sunday’s loss to Seton Hall. Hear what they had to say below.
The Cards bounce back from a tough opening week to trounce SIU 84-42. The freshman are the continued pleasant surprise as all of the guys got in tonight and did their thing. Nwora went for 18 pts & 8 reb, Perry went for 10 points & 7 assists, Sutton added 8 pts & 6 reb & Redding scored 2 three pointers in the final minutes. Deng Adel was the player of the game with 16 pts, 7 reb & 4 stls. Here are the highlights:
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