UofL Basketball announced that the captains for the upcoming season will be junior G/F V.J. King and grad transfer Christen Cunningham.
Big things are expected from King as he has completely transformed his body and appears primed for a big junior year under the tutelage of his new coach Chris Mack.
Cunningham, a grad transfer from Samford, is a prototypical PG. He’s a quick, pass-first, facilitator. Cunningham will likely be relied upon heavily by Coach Mack due to his experience and leadership abilities.
Both captains were chosen by vote of their teammates. You can read the full press release below which includes more information about the captains.
Sooooo, it looks like Coach Mack made the right choice in his strength and conditioning coach…
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
UofL Men’s Basketball Season Tickets on Sale
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Season tickets for the University of Louisville’s 2018-19 20-game home men’s basketball schedule in the KFC Yum! Center are now available for purchase.
Under first year head coach Chris Mack, the Cardinals will face an impressive list of home games highlighted by teams such as Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and Notre Dame. The Cardinals enter their ninth season in the spectacular 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center with eight returning lettermen and four talented transfers among the accomplished UofL roster.
Today at the Yum center practice facility on campus, Jordan Nwora and head coach, Chris Mack, addressed the media to discuss Jordan’s experience playing for the Nigerian national team.
Jordan talked about playing for his dad, who coached the Nigerian team, what he learned, his strength and conditioning and if he will play for the Nigerian team again.
Coach Mack talked about a wide variety of topics. He started with talking about Jordan playing for Nigeria and how well he rebounded the ball. He talked about getting his team into condition and that it’s not only about being big and strong. He also discussed the return of Akoy Agau, how nobody works harder than VJ King and that VJ and Ryan McMahon are becoming leaders. He also announced that transfer Matt Hanna is no longer with the team after only 1 day. Coach talks about the current roster and breaks down the new additions to the team. He starts the discussion of the roster at about the 7:45 mark of the shortened video of the press conference. (below) Read the rest of this entry
Chris Mack promised at his opening press conference, there would no longer be “eras” when it came to UofL basketball. Three months on the job, and he has already shown how determined he is to keep that promise. The 2013 National Championship team held their 5 year celebration on Friday night and the former players talked about how Mack has gone above and beyond to make them feel welcomed on campus and in the program.
According to John Rothstein, Louisville and Western Kentucky will begin a four-year series at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Dec. 20, 2019.
As more details are released, Cardinal Sports Zone will have the information at your finger tips!
According to John Rothstein Louisville will host Michigan State in this year’s 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge!
This has now become officially official as both the UofL Men’s Basketball Twitter Account and ACC Men’s Basketball Twitter Account are both confirming UofL is indeed hosting Michigan State this season for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The game is scheduled for Tuesday 11/27 and has the potential to be a Top 25 matchup. A tip-off time and TV network have yet to be determined for the game according to UofL.
Robbie Valentine was on air with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage for the Tuesday May 15th edition of Middays with Marques Maybin. They discussed everything from Robbie’s upcoming 33rd (!) annual basketball camps to the type of recruits coach Mack has been bringing in. They also discussed the incredible Donovan Mitchell and the impact he has had on the Louisville and Utah communities thus far. Take a listen below!
The University of Louisville men’s basketball head coach, Chris Mack, joined Midday’s with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage on Tuesday. They talked about everything from grad transfers, to workouts and everything in between! Listen in below!
Heading out to the UofL football spring game on Saturday? Wondering what the day will consist of? Here is your schedule for the day – including information on the Chris Mack autograph signing that will be held on the Papa John’s concourse when gates open.
|The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on April 14 at 1 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission to the game is FREE.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
PARKING: Free and open to all fans; lots around the stadium open at 8 a.m.
STADIUM GATES: Fans can enter Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at noon.
KICKOFF: The game begins at 1 p.m.
CONCESSIONS: $3 Happy Hour draft specials inside the stadium throughout the game.
Fans are encouraged to head to BudLight StreetFest, located between Gates 3 and 5, for Fan Fest. Visit before and after the game for food vendors and drink specials in addition to carnival rides, music, family friendly games, and rides.
It is open 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Fan Fest is closed during the game and resumes from 3-6 p.m.
CARDINAL AUTHENTIC SALE
Looking to give your closet an upgrade? Shopping for an early present for a family member or fellow fan?
Cardinal Authentic, the official team store of the Louisville Cardinals, is having a spring sale at Fan Fest. Purchase officially licensed merchandise for up to 70 percent off.
Fans interested in purchasing new season tickets can participate in the Select-A-Seat event inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 11:30 a.m. This is the first time showcasing available seating locations for 2018 campaign.
Staff from the ticket office will be available at Gate 2A prior to gates opening or on the concourse and at the box office throughout the day to answer questions.
General public on sale begins April 16.
|COACH MACK AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Meet the newly named Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack. When the stadium gates open, Coach Mack will be on the concourse signing autographs. Details coming soon. Follow Louisville basketball on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for updates.
Get your hands on this year’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game poster, showcasing some fan favorites and Louisville’s 2018 schedule.
The posters are available at Fan Fest, throughout the concourse of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (Gates 3, 4, 5), and on the field after the game for autographs (while supplies last). A donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation is encouraged.
LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Meet the 2018 Louisville football team after the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game. The players are signing autographs on the field for 45 minutes after the game, and head coach Bobby Petrino is available for autographs on the field following his postgame media duties.
There is a maximum of two items per person to ensure the autograph lines moves in an efficient manner.
Go ahead and mark your calendars, UofL basketball camp is back! Chris Mack announced yesterday that grades 3-8 would be June 25-28 and grades 1-6 will be July 23-26th. When more details are released by Coach Mack and the university, CSZ will pass them along to you!
Press release from the University of Louisville:
Mack Fills UofL Coaching Staff with Three Experienced Assistants
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three experienced assistant men’s basketball coaches have joined head coach Chris Mack’s staff at the University of Louisville, including Dino Gaudio, Luke Murray and Mike Pegues.
Pegues (pronounced puh-GEESE) has worked as an assistant coach with Mack for the past six seasons at Xavier, Murray has been an assistant coach with Mack for the past three seasons at Xavier, and Gaudio is a former basketball television analyst who has 23 years of collegiate coaching experience, including a stint at Wake Forest with Mack.
Murray has operated on college basketball staffs for the last 11 seasons at Xavier, Rhode Island, Towson, Wagner and Arizona. During his three seasons at Xavier (2015-18), the Musketeers produced an 81-26 record (.757) and advanced in the NCAA Tournament each year. Their 2017-18 squad achieved a 29-6 record, won Xavier’s first Big East Conference regular season championship, earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the final Associated Press poll. In addition, Murray played a key role as the Xavier staff assembled three straight nationally-ranked recruiting classes.
“Luke Murray is a superstar,” said Mack. “No detail goes unnoticed with Luke. Whether it’s working with our perimeter players, scouting, or recruiting, Luke excels. He’s one of the most organized, detailed and high-energy recruiters that I’ve ever been around. He carries the role of recruiting coordinator on the staff and allows us to leave no stone unturned when searching for the next University of Louisville great.
Murray worked two years at Rhode Island under current Connecticut coach Dan Hurley (2013-15), including the 2014-15 season when the Rams finished 23-10 overall, tied for second in the Atlantic 10 Conference and earned an NIT berth.
Preceding his time at Rhode Island, Murray spent two seasons (2011-13) as an assistant coach at Towson under Pat Skerry. In 2012-13, he helped Towson orchestrate of one of college basketball’s greatest turnarounds as the Tigers set an NCAA record for the best one-season improvement, rising from a one-win campaign in 2011-12 to an 18-13 mark and a second-place finish in the CAA in 2012-13. He was an integral part in attracting the top-rated recruiting class in the CAA for 2012-13, including 2013 and 2014 CAA Player of the Year and former Utah Jazz forward Jerrelle Benimon.
Murray was an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season under Hurley at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. In the 2009-10 season, Murray served as a graduate assistant on the Ari¬zona staff under former Xavier head coach Sean Miller, while working on his master’s degree in educational psychology. Murray broke into the collegiate coaching field as the director of basketball operations at Quinnipiac in the 2007-08 season.
A native of Palisades, N.Y., Murray earned a degree in sociology from Fairfield in 2007. He and his wife, Kara, have one son Luke Jr., who was born in October 2017.
During Pegues’ six seasons at Xavier (2012-18), the Musketeers produced a 142-67 record (.679) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on five occasions, reaching an Elite Eight and Sweet 16. Xavier’s 2017-18 squad achieved a 29-6 record, won Xavier’s first Big East Conference regular season championship, earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the final Associated Press poll.
Pegues contributed significantly to Xavier gathering multiple nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including three straight top 20 ranked classes in his final three years there.
“Mike Pegues is one of the best post coaches in the country,” said Mack. “He does a terrific job of teaching footwork, positioning and understanding of the game. Having been with me for the past six seasons, it’s been impressive to see the development of big men during Mike’s tenure. Our players will love his energy, IQ for the game and his sincerity. His relationships with coaches around the country have allowed us to recruit from some of the best high school programs in the nation.”
Before his arrival at Xavier, Pegues spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Delaware, under head coach Monté Ross. Delaware finished 18-14 in Pegues’ final season, including a 12-6 record in the CAA. Pegues served as video coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth during the 2009-10 season, helping the Rams to a 27-9 record and the Collegiate Basketball Invitational title.
Pegues had a stellar collegiate career at Delaware, where he earned a degree in communications in 2000. The all-time leading scorer in Delaware men’s basketball history with 2,030 points, Pegues led the Blue Hens to two NCAA Tournament appearances while playing under former UD head coach and current Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey from 1996-2000. He was a two-time All-District selection and a 2000 CoSIDA Academic All-American and became the first UD men’s player to be named the America East Conference Player of the Year as a junior. He was inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
A native of Washington, D.C., Pegues attended Delaware after an impressive career at national power DeMatha Catholic High School.
He played professionally in Italy, New Zealand, England and Argentina, as well as one season in the Continental Basketball Association. After suffering a knee injury, he returned close to home to teach at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. He served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Bishop O’Connell High School under Joe Wooten, son of legendary high school head coach Morgan Wooten. He also coached the DC Assault AAU squad.
Gaudio has most recently served as a basketball analyst for ESPN for the past eight years, but has 23 years of collegiate coaching experience and has previously worked with Mack.
“Dino Gaudio is a home run for us,” said Mack. “He’s trusted, loyal and a person that I have always looked up to in this profession. Not many head coaches have the luxury of having a former head coach in the ACC on staff. Dino’s role on the floor coaching our players will be immense. Our players will benefit in ways that other staffs can’t duplicate. I’m excited to get him out of the studio and on to the basketball court where he belongs.”
In three seasons as the head coach at Wake Forest (2007-10), Gaudio guided the Demon Deacons to a 61-31 overall record and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. His 2008-09 team opened the season with a program-best 16-0 start as the last unbeaten team in the nation, finished second in the ACC behind 2009 NCAA Champion North Carolina (who Wake Forest beat that season), and rose to the nation’s top-ranked team before finishing 12th in the final Associated Press poll.
In 2010, despite losing two players to early entry in the NBA Draft, Wake Forest won 20 games – including all five of its overtime games that season — and reached the NCAA Tournament. He was twice recognized by a media organization as the ACC Coach of the Year, achieving that honor by Rivals.com in 2008 and CBSSports.com in 2009.
In his nine seasons at Wake Forest (2001-10), including six years as associate head coach and three as its head coach, the Demon Deacons compiled a 187-99 record, participated in six NCAA Tournaments and all 21 Demon Deacon seniors graduated. The only players in nine years who did not graduate were Chris Paul, Jeff Teague, James Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu, all who were first-round NBA draft selections after their sophomore seasons. While at Wake Forest, secured a pair of top 15 recruiting classes, including the 2008 class that was rated third in the nation.
It was in the first three years at Wake Forest (2001-04) when Gaudio and Chris Mack were united under the late head coach Skip Prosser. Mack left to be an assistant coach at Xavier.
In addition to Wake Forest, Gaudio’s 10 years of Division I head coaching experience included four seasons at Army (1993-97) and three years at Loyola (Md.) College (1997-2000).
At Army, Gaudio inherited a team that had gone just 4-22 the year before his arrival. In his second year, Gaudio led the Black Knights to a 12-16 record. Gaudio helped the Knights win the only two Patriot League Tournament games in the school’s 17 years of membership in the conference. After his stint at Army, Gaudio was named the head coach at Loyola in 1997 and posted 12 wins in his first year and 13 in his second. The 25 victories in his first two campaigns marked the best start by any Greyhound coach over the previous 26 seasons.
Gaudio broke into the college ranks at Xavier, serving as an assistant coach for six years under Pete Gillen (1987-93). In six years, Gaudio helped the Musketeers to a 136-49 record, five 20-win seasons and five NCAA Tournament berths. Xavier won four Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season crowns, three MCC Tournament titles and made the school’s first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1990. He later returned to Xavier as an assistant under Skip Prosser in 2000-01 before moving to Wake Forest.
Gaudio’s association with Prosser began in 1981 when he served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling (W.Va.) while Prosser was head coach, and the duo led Central Catholic to the 1982 state championship. When Prosser left to become an assistant coach at Xavier in 1985, Gaudio became the head coach at Central Catholic and promptly guided the Maroon Knights to the state championship game in his first season. The following season, Gaudio directed Central Catholic to a 22-4 record and the 1987 state AA championship.
A 1981 graduate of Ohio University, Gaudio earned double bachelor’s degrees in accounting and secondary education. He attained a master’s degree in secondary education from Xavier in 1991.
A native of Yorkville, Ohio, Gaudio and his wife, Maureen, have two adult daughters, Kaylan and Alyssa.
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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
Chris Mack Chosen to Lead Louisville Men’s Basketball Program
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chris Mack, whose teams have participated in the NCAA Tournament in eight of his nine seasons as a head coach, has been selected as the head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team.
In nine seasons as the head coach at Xavier University, Mack guided the Musketeers to a 215-97 record and eight NCAA Tournament appearances (the last five straight years), including reaching the Sweet 16 on four occasions and the Elite Eight in 2017. His teams won or shared three conference regular season championships while compiling a 105-49 league record over nine seasons in the Big East and Atlantic 10.
After months of speculation, Chris Mack was formally announced as the new head coach of the University of Louisville. Coach Mack had previously been the head coach at Xavier University since 2009 with a record of 215-97. He lead the Muskateers to be outright champions in the Big East as well as a number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament this year.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to welcome Coach Mack and his family to CardNation and we look forward to seeing him lead this program!
For months, Chris Mack has been the name atop the UofL list for candidates for the head coaching job. This weekend, the first step in that becoming possible , takes place. Chris Mack himself has confirmed this to a USA Today network reporter in Cincinnati. Tyra said in his press conference yesterday his goal is to have a coach hired in the next 8-10 days.