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Cardinal Sports Zone 5-14-16 On 93.9 The Ville

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We hope you didn’t miss TODAY’S episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone show on ESPN 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steven Rummage & the social media guru Jeremy were there to talk all things Cards! Today we talked at length about Nanu and his upcoming decision. Did he change overnight? We talk about that. Also A ton of love for the UofL Baseball team as the guys talk about the trip to Omaha! We went over all of this and also talked about Marcus Lee’s soul and UL-uk Football opening line: Is it right? Click below for today’s podcast!

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Is Bobby Petrino Building An Offense Around Lamar?

(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Well it is well after midnight on the night that the 2016 Men’s basketball season so unfairly ended. I will try to contain myself and save that for another post. As I sit here thumbing through Twitter and planning out my schedule for the next few months I can’t help but to get excited for Spring. I go to almost every University of Louisville Baseball game and will be in attendance at the YUM for the Lady Cards if we get that far but Spring is in the air. Spring practice leads to the Spring game. The Spring game leads to summer. Summer leads to the beginning of the 2016 College Football season. How will we handle a season without a QB controversy? Will we have yet another QB controversy. How will Jawon pan out? Those are the questions on my mind. I seen an article by the Courier-Journals Steve Jones that got me excited as well. Is CBP building a team around Lamar Jackson? I would have to say the answer is yes. Did you see the WR core he just signed? I will say now that they have the potential to be the best group of all time. That’s high praise but just I feel. I will share with you the article below and you tell me how you feel. I am somehow ready for Football about 4 months too early

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Future UL/ND Football Dates Announced


Today Notre Dame announced its future scheduling concerning ACC opponents through 2025. It was revealed that even though we were expecting a 2017 visit to Papa Johns, that we will not host the Irish until 2019 in the opening game of the season. That makes up for it a little. It was also announced that we will head back to South Bend in 2020 and the Irish will head back to the oven in 2023. That sounds so far away but sadly it isn’t. The first meeting with the Irish however is this season in South Bend on the 22nd of November. Glad to hear we will keep them in a regular rotation.

Go Cards!


Recruiting Rumors

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– As seen here earlier on CSZ, Poona Ford decommitted from Louisville this morning. Despite Twitter rumors, Poona was wavering on his commitment status before Charlie left. This was no surprise and no coach would have been able to solidify this commitment but Charlie.

– It was rumored that Daniel Gresham, former Texas commit, was all but lost once Charlie left but the following tweet gave us hope:

 dgresh2fresh     ‏@DanielGresham33     Protected Tweets            12h

I’m kinda getting excited about Petrino

So there is that…..

– Also with the coaching changes going on around the country, don’t be shocked to see a few guys come back home

– I was told this morning by a reliable source that both Damarcus Smith & Ace Wales will be applying for hardship transfers so they can come home. You got the feeling that neither ever wanted to be anywhere else but Teddy coming forced D.S. out and late with his commitment screwed Ace. interesting to see where this goes.

– Last but not least there is at least one SEC guy who is pondering coming home….Can’t say who but they would be a great get

Go Cards!

Coaches Poll 11/24/13


1. Alabama (11-0) (1544 points) (56 first-place votes)

2. Florida State (11-0) (1488) (6)

3. Ohio State (11-0) (1428)

4. Clemson (10-1) (1289)

5. Auburn (10-1) (1268)

6. Missouri (10-1) (1243)

7. Oklahoma State (10-1) (1225)

8. Baylor (9-1) (1009)

9. South Carolina (9-2) (1003)

10. Stanford (9-2) (981)

11. Michigan State (10-1) (962)

12. Oregon (9-2) (777)

13. Fresno State (10-0) (687)

14. Wisconsin (9-2) (661)

15. LSU (8-3) (646)

16. Louisville (10-1) (603)

17. Oklahoma (9-2) (581)

18. Arizona State (9-2) (574)

19. Central Florida (9-1) (512)

20. Northern Illinois (11-0) (459)

21. Texas A&M (8-3) (410)

22. UCLA (8-3) (257)

23. Southern California (9-3) (210)

24. Duke (9-2) (203)

25. Cincinnati (9-2) (47)

Dropped out: No. 23 Minnesota (8-3, lost to then No. 17 Wisconsin 20-7).

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame (8-3) 17; Minnesota (8-3) 12; Texas (7-3) 12; East Carolina (9-2) 11; Georgia (7-4) 8; Nebraska (8-3) 7; Louisiana-Lafayette (8-2) 6; Miami (Fla.) (8-3) 6; Arizona (7-4) 2; Vanderbilt (7-4) 2.

Sights And Sounds: UCF


The Cards fell to UCF last night 38-35. The Offense was led by Teddy Bridgewater who finished 29-38 for 341 yards and 2 TD, Dominique Brown added 88 yards and 2 TD and James Quick got his first collegiate TD off of a 30 yard fumble recovery that took place on a UCF punt attempt. Devante and Eli were the 2 TD recipients. Preston Brown had 12 tackles and Calvin Pryor added 11 tackles and 1 INT.  Below are some videos and pictures we got from the game, enjoy and remember that the season isn’t over!

Go Cards!

(Don’t forget to check out our facebook page photo gallery for more pictures)

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Louisville Signs Home And Home for 2015 And 2016 In Football


Whereas we don’t know who will take Marshall’s spot in 2014, we found out that there will indeed be decent replacement in rotation in 2015 & 2016. It was announced today that The University of Houston agreed to a home and home with Louisville playing first in Louisville in 2015, then in Houston in 2016.

“We’ve been committed to scheduling quality opponents that reward our fans and provide great competition for our team. When you look at the success sustained by Louisville, we feel like we’ve covered those two factors,” said Mack Rhoades, UH vice president for intercollegiate athletics. “We’ve had great competition with Louisville in the past as evident by the series record, and we look forward to keeping the spirited rivalry alive.”

Go Cards!

Cardinal Athletics: Weekend In Review


Here is what happened the weekend of Friday October 4th through Sunday October 6th around CardNation:

On Friday October 4th:

*In Field Hockey Pels’ Goal in OT Lifts No. 17 Field Hockey to a 2-1 Win over No. 18 Temple

*In Volleyball, Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl had 10 kills and a block to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-19, 25-14, 25-17 sweep of The American Conference foe SMU Friday night in Dallas.

*In Mens Golf, The first day of the seventh annual Brickyard Collegiate golf tournament, Robin Sciot-Siegrist fired a 3-under-par 69 as the University of Louisville Men’s Golf team fired a 1-over par 289. The Cardinals are in fifth place just seven shots behind second-ranked Georgia Tech.

*In Men’s Tennis, The University of Louisville Men’s Tennis team picked up two singles wins and a doubles victory on the first day of Notre Dame’s Bobby Bayliss Invitational. Freshmen Felipe Frias and Eric Bonfre won their singles matches with Frias defeating Western Michigan’s Stephen Payne 3-6,, 6-4, 6-1 and Bonfre topping Cleveland State’s Matt Kuelker 6-2, 6-3. Frias teamed with junior Chris Simich o beat Notre Dame’s Dougie Barnard and Eddy Covalschi 8-5 in doubles.

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Coaches Poll 10-6-13


Rank Team Record Points First Place Votes Previous Rank


5-0 1544 57 1


5-0 1486 4 2


5-0 1356 1 4

Ohio St.

6-0 1356 0 3


5-0 1327 0 5

                Florida St.                

5-0 1188 0 8


4-1 1130 0 6


5-0 1105 0 7

                Texas A&M                

4-1 1067 0 9


5-0 964 0 10


5-1 953 0 11

                South Carolina                

4-1 833 0 12


4-0 807 0 13


5-0 747 0 14


4-0 698 0 16


5-0 591 0 17


4-1 574 0 19


4-1 393 0 15


4-1 366 0 18

                Oklahoma St.                

4-1 350 0 20

                Texas Tech                

5-0 336 0 22

                Fresno St.                

5-0 325 0 21

                Northern Illinois                

5-0 169 0 23


4-1 125 0 25

                Virginia Tech                

5-1 97 0 NR
Schools Dropped Out
Others Receiving Votes
Missouri (5-0) 86; Notre Dame (4-2) 58; Wisconsin (3-2) 29; Michigan State (4-1) 16; Auburn (4-1) 11; Central Florida (4-1) 11; Oregon State (4-1) 8; Rutgers (4-1) 8; Arizona (3-1) 4; Arizona State (3-2) 4; Ball State (5-1) 3; Brigham Young (3-2) 2.

Current Odds For UL/uk 9-11-13


It’s UL/uk game week, so every morning I will update you on the betting odds for this weekends Governors Cup matchup. The spread opened Sunday with Louisville + 7.5. The spread has been updated on multiple sites but the odds show it will be a closer game than most expected it to be. Here are the current odds as of 9:0 A.M. on Tuesday September 11th 2013

Go Cards!

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Current Odds For UL/uk


It’s UL/uk game week, so every morning I will update you on the betting odds for this weekends Governors Cup matchup. The spread opened Sunday with Louisville + 7.5. I am not a betting person so I had to get clarification on if this meant points, Touchdowns or season victories….Then I thought well the points is just ridiculous. But I was wrong. The spread has been updated on multiple sites but the odds show it will be a closer game than most expected it to be. Here are the current odds.

Go Cards!

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AP Top 25 Sept 3


The first AP Top 25 poll of the season has been released and this is what the top 10 looks like:


The Cards move up one spot   from #9 to #8. If you notice the Cards almost caught up to “Johnny Football” at #7, maybe we will get the respect to move up as the season goes, I hope so.

To see full poll go to link below:

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UofL/uk Football Game Moved


Well the news coming out today is that starting next season, the Battle for the Bluegrass will be moved to the final game of the season. Reasons given were scarce but is believed to be a direct result of a request by the ACC and SEC conferences. When asked about it Louisville AD Tom Jurich said he was disappointed in the move.

Go Cards!

Football Mini-Plans On Sale Tomorrow


Are you REaDy? I know I am. Football season is around the corner, just 4 short weeks away. This season is surely to be one of the most exciting in the school’s history. CardNation you need to get out and attend the games and show support for your squad. While season tickets are about sold out, the university announced that once again there will be three game mini-packages released tomorrow for the upcoming season. Single game tickets will also be available starting tomorrow. The following press release is courtesy of…

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Butkus And Lombardi Watch Lists


The Butkus and Lombardi watch lists were revealed today for the 2013 college football season. The Butkus award is given to a player who is recognized as the best of the best linebackers in America. The Lombardi award goes annually to the college football lineman — offense or defense — who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Preston Brown was named to both. This is one of the most memorable preseasons in recent memory as 10 players have been named to the 12  lists so far. This is shaping up to be an even more special year. Cant wait for this season to start. Tomorrow the Biletnikoff award watch list will be released for the nation’s top wide receiver and I expect to see a Cardinal presence there also.

Go Cards!

Below are both lists:

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Deion Branch 4th Annual Skills And Drills Football Camp

The 4th annual Deion Branch skills and drills football camp will be held this Saturday June 1st at St X high school in Louisville, KY. Details can be found in the flyer below with more info being available at There are only 3 days left to sign up with limited spots available. I caught up with Deion and asked him why was it so important to have this camp in Louisville.

Deion: Louisville is my second home. It’s a blessing to come home and give back to the city that has supported me throughout my entire career! Go Cards!

Follow Deion on Twitter at @DeionBranch84