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Louisville at Virginia: Postgame Recap

Entering today’s game, Louisville was sitting at 2-1 with a chance to move forward from their lackluster start and make a move in the right direction. Louisville not only failed on the scoreboard today, but a lot of the questions surrounding the team were answered in a way that everyone hoped was incorrect.

Louisville was beaten at Virginia today by a final score of 27-3. We saw both quarterbacks, Malik Cunningham and Puma Pass, prove to be ineffective and ill-prepared. Receivers drop passes that should undoubtedly be caught. A defense that lost its stinginess and confidence as the Hoos progressively wore them down. A coaching staff, that had a full week to prepare for this team behind Cunningham, look completely lost and out-coached. And a game so bad that I had to dig into my Kragthorpe memories to find a comparison.

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2019 4 Star Trinity G David Johnson Re-commits To UofL Basketball

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Photo Courtesy of David Johnson’s Twitter Account (@_daveordavid_)

Trinity High School’s David Johnson committed to Rick Pitino and his hometown UofL Cardinals back in September 2017, but ended up decommitting when the FBI scandal broke. Now, just a year later, Johnson, a 6’5 170 lbs G, has recommitted to Coach Chris Mack and the Cards.

Johnson is a 4 Star G and the 72nd ranked player in 2019 per 247sports composite rankings. He chose UofL over Tom Crean and the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Uniform Report: Virginia

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Take a look at what the Cardinals will be wearing in the first true road game of 2018.

Nunnsense | Louisville Football Is Fine. Right?

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If you take a step back and look at the schedule, you would realistically think that after 3 games, Louisville would be 2-1. Correct?  Well, Louisville is exactly 2-1. So everything is fine. Right? It would appear so just by looking at the record, but upon further review, the way that the 2-1 record was earned, was much more of a struggle than anticipated.

If you are like me then you thought Louisville would keep it within 17 points against Alabama. Turns out Alabama is much better than I thought. Chalk that loss up to getting beat by the best team in the country. The margin of defeat didn’t really matter.

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Men’s Basketball Red-White Tickets On Sale Now

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Want your first look at the 2018/2019 Louisville men’s basketball team? Here’s your chance! October 21st at 2 PM is the first Red-White game of the season and you can get your tickets below.

Louisville Football’s Cunningham Prepares for First Start at Quarterback (Video)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – 

Malik Cunningham’s dreams become reality in just four days, when the University of Louisville football program travels to Virginia on Saturday.

On Monday, UofL head coach Bobby Petrino announced that the 6-foot-1 quarterback will be the starter against the Cavaliers in the Cardinals’ ACC opener in Charlottesville, Va.

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Louisville Women Release 2018-19 Conference Schedule

 

It’s almost hoops season!!

Today, the Louisville Cardinals released the 2018-19 ACC schedule.

Last season, the Cardinals went 15-1 in conference, claiming the regular season title, as well as the ACC Tournament title.

The ACC proved to be the premier women’s basketball conference with eight teams notching 20-wins and eight teams in the NCAA Tournament. Two of the Final Four teams were of the ACC – including Louisville – and National Champions Notre Dame.

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2019 4 Star SF Samuell Williamson Commits To The Cards

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Photo Courtesy of Samuell Williamson’s Twitter Account (@S_Williamson35)

Chris Mack has the Cardinal Caravan rolling as UofL picks up their third commitment for the 2019 class in 4 Star F Samuell Williamson.

Williamson, a 6’6 180 lbs SF from Rockwall High School in Rockwall, TX, is ranked 44th overall in the 2019 class per 247sports composite rankings. He chose UofL over Kansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Florida, and a host of other schools. Luke Murray was his primary recruiter.

I have watched highlights of Williamson, but we at @CardSportZone also got to see him in person at the open gym the UofL Basketball team held on Saturday. This guy is a cool customer on the court with a high basketball IQ and we came away highly impressed.

Williamson is in constant motion without the ball on offense; always forcing his defender to move and working his way to get open. He loves to get open in the corners for 3s. What stood out on his highlights and in the practice was that his movement isn’t a token gesture. He always moves with purpose; either to create spacing for teammates to work or to get open. He loves to go back door on over eager defenders for alley oops or layups.

However, Williamson can also handle the ball in the open court and in the half court. His ball handling is as smooth as his personality seems to be. He handles like a 6’2 PG and can actually run some point. It is entirely possible to run an offense through him if need be.

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Photo Courtesy of Samuell Williamson’s Twitter Account (@S_Williamson35)

Williamson matches his ball handling with excellent court vision, awareness, and passing. In one of his highlights, he grabs a rebound, brings the ball up the court, and makes a nice pass between two unaware defenders to his teammate for an easy layup. At the open practice, he did an excellent job of feeding the post when a big had a favorable one on one matchup; he used very simple, crisp passes.

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Bobby Petrino Tweetcap: Virginia Preview

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UofL’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge Game Now Has A Time And Channel

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We already knew UofL Basketball and Coach Chris Mack would be facing Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans on November 27th at the KFC Yum Center. What we didn’t know was the time of the game and the channel that would carry it…until now.

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UofL Football Looks For Offensive Improvements Moving Forward (Video)

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – LOUISVILLE, Ky. A short-term memory isnt always a desirable trait, but in order to grow and move forward, its one the University of Louisville football teams offense is adopting.

While the unit didnt experience the success its achieved on a weekly basis under head coach Bobby Petrino, the Cardinals are ready to move forward and attack the 11 regular-season games that await and that begins with Saturdays home opener against Indiana State.

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Bobby Petrino Reflects On Alabama And Previews Indiana State In Weekly Press Conference

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic director:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There’s no question University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino was disappointed in the outcome last Saturday versus Alabama.
However, Petrino was able to pull some positives away from the 51-14 loss to the defending national champions.|

“Alabama is a very good football team,” Petrino said at his Monday press conference. “They are solid in all three phases. I was happy Jawon Pass stayed in there and competed. He finished the game and I was impressed with his mindset.

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Louisville 14 – Alabama 51: Postgame Recap

Last night, the unranked Louisville Cardinals traveled to Orlando to take on the No. 1 defending champ, Alabama. The Cards weren’t expected to win or even get close (the spread was 24) and those expectations proved to be accurate. The Tide jumped ahead early and never looked back behind rising star, Tua Tagovailoa. The final score was 51-14.

Though the final score was lopsided, the Cards didn’t play bad at first. They missed opportunities which caused the score to snowball and then seemingly gave up once the score got out of hand. Puma Pass and the offensive line were bright spots, however. The offensive line didn’t give up their first sack until late in the 3rd quarter and only allowed 3 all game. Puma threw a couple questionable passes that were intercepted (one of them returned for a touchdown), but otherwise the first time starter looked poised and made some throws against the scariest defensive front the Cards will see all season.

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UofL Football Will Have Muhammad Ali Inspired TD & TO Celebration Gear

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John Ramsey helped put Bobby Petrinos idea into motion by creating the Touchdown Gloves and Turnover Belt. Lonnie Ali also helped make this possible and we are excited to see the team honor The Greatest, every game!

Uniform Report: UofL VS Alabama

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They’re backkkkkkkk. The red chrome helmets will return to top off the new uniforms the football team received this year for the 2018 season opener against Alabama. Check out the video below, courtesy of UofL Football Equipment and UofL Football Recruiting and let us know what you think!

The Barbour Shop: 10 Things I Hate About You: Alabama

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Photo Courtesy of ESPN PUBLIC RELATIONS and the Courier Journal

I have done this before and thought I’d resurrect it. Without further ado…10 Things I Hate About You Alabama.

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Photo Courtesy of alabamamaps.ua.edu

10) I hate driving through your long a** state just to get to Panama City. That’s torture under the Geneva Convention. Look it up.

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Photo Courtesy of rolltide.com

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UofL Basketball Announces “Louisville Live” Event

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UofL Basketball announced this morning a special event for fans called “Louisville Live.”The event will be held at the unique venue of 4th Street Live from 7-9 pm on September 28th with admission beginning at 6 pm.

It’s a chance to wow recruits, let the players have some fun, and infuse the fan base with some much-needed excitement.

There will be plenty of activities for fans and, best of all, it’s free! Head on out to see new Coach Chris Mack and his 2018-2019 UofL squad. Click on the tweet above for the full details of the event.

CBS Sports Poll Of College Basketball Coaches Names The Best 2018 Coaching Hires

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CBS Sports polled over 100 NCAA D1 coaches anonymously and asked them who the best coaching hire of 2018 was. By 1 percent of the vote, UofL’s hiring of Chris Mack was dubbed the best hire followed by UCONN’s hire of Dan Hurley. Mack garnered 32 percent of the votes to Hurley’s 31 percent.

CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander provides quotes from the anonymous coaches about the coaches in this poll, gives some background on those coaches, and also list previous winners of the poll. Last year’s winner was Archie Miller, by the way.

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2018 Louisville Football Preview: Pt 8 Quarterbacks

Last season: Lamar Jackson followed his 2016 Heisman campaign with another Heisman-worthy season. Don’t take this as a disservice to Lamar Jackson, but I’m not going to spend much of this article talking about the greatest player in Louisville/college football history. Like this team has to do, we as fans also have to move on from Lamar and shift our focus to our QB now, Puma Pass.

In the 5 games that Puma saw action, he went 23-33 for 238 yards with 2 touchdowns and a passer rating of 150.3. While his competition was mainly the reserve units, he still showed off his arm strength and accuracy. He also ran for 62 yards on 13 carries with 1 touchdown, showcasing his athleticism.

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UofL Football Press Conference 8-29-18 (Video)

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Photo Courtesy of Pete Nochta’s Twitter Account (@pete_nochta13)

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

Louisville Defense Prepares for Plenty of Unknowns in 2018 Season Opener

The Cardinals open the season on Saturday night on ABC.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -There are a lot of uncertainties for the University of Louisville football teams defense heading into Saturday nights season opener versus Alabama.

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has brought a new scheme and attitude on that side of the football. Despite the numerous question marks, UofL head coach Bobby Petrino likes what hes seen on defense this fall.

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