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Nunnsense | Q&A With Louisville Football Signing Class of 2018 Part 1 – Jordan Travis

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Photo courtesy of Jordan Travis

Louisville picked up another great quarterback when Jordan Travis signed during the early signing period. Travis is rated as the top dual-threat quarterback in Florida by Scout.com. He was named Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year ( Lamar Jackson won the award in 2014). He completed 130-of-213 passes for 2,190 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 905 yards (on 70 carries – an average of 11.8 yards) and 16 more scores in his senior year.  Read the rest of this entry

Lamar Jackson Photo Gallery

Lamar Jackson

This past college football season, T.J. Barr and I had the privilege of witnessing the greatness of Lamar Jackson from the sideline. We also got to be around him at other events over the last 2 years. During those times, we were lucky enough to have our cameras with us. Now that Lamar is moving on, all we have is memories and we want to share some of our memories that we captured with all of our Cardinal family. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Will Lamar Stay Or Go?

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Lamar Jackson

There is a lot going on at The University of Louisville but the question everyone is asking is, “Will Lamar declare for the NFL draft or will he return for his senior year?”

It’s funny that everyone seems to have the answer. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who said that they know what he is going to do. Don’t believe anything you hear because nobody really knows, including Lamar.

Lamar said that he wouldn’t even entertain the idea until after the bowl game. While I believe that he and his mom probably didn’t start talking about it till after the bowl game, you would be crazy to believe that he hasn’t spent a few restless nights pondering what he should do by weighing the pros and cons. It’s just human nature.

Let’s be honest here. The only reason to leave is money and the only reason to stay is to put yourself in a better position to make more money in the future.  Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Year In Review – Plus Top 10 Photos Of 2017

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Well, we made it through another calendar year – and what a year it’s been.

Lets’s look back at some of the Nunnsense posts over the year and I’ll point out where I was right, and where I was wrong. We can also look at some of the most viewed posts as well as my top 10 favorite pictures of the year.
We started off the year with interviewing 3 of the 2017 men’s basketball class…

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Nunnsense | Give Padgett A Chance

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David Padgett- SF

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

Nunnsense | Lamar Coming Back To School Is Not Too Far-Fetched

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Lamar Jackson

Please don’t think that this article is saying that Lamar Jackson will return to Louisville for his senior year because nobody knows what he will decide. I’m just simply pointing out that there is plenty of reasons for him to return. As much as I would love another year with him, I won’t be upset either way. Whatever is best for Lamar is what I am in favor of. But I am not ready to say that it’s a foregone conclusion that Lamar will enter this years NFL draft. I believe there is a decent chance he returns.

If you follow the NFL mock drafts then you already know that Lamar is projected to go as high as the 2nd pick and as low as late second round. Personally, I only put stock into the mock drafts that use information from NFL scouts. Most of those mock drafts don’t have Lamar being drafted in the first round. The consensus is that there will be 3, possibly 4, quarterbacks taken in the first round and 2 taken in the second. Many of those say that Lamar will be the fifth quarterback taken. But all this is assuming that Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold decides to enter the draft. The rumor is that he is leaning towards returning to school. That means the supply of quarterbacks in the first round might not fit the demand therefore benefitting Lamar. However, if Darold does decide to enter the draft, it seems as though the consensus is that the first 2 quarterbacks taken would be Darnold and Josh Rosen from UCLA.  Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | The Disrespect Of Lamar Jackson – Will The Heisman Be Next?

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Lamar Jackson

The disrespect of the reigning Heisman trophy winner continues. The latest is the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien award. Yes, Lamar Jackson was not named a finalist for either award this year. Jackson won the 2016 Maxwell award and was 1 of 3 finalists for the 2016 Davey O’Brien award with Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield.

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Louisville Vs. Syracuse Photo Gallery

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Louisville defeated Syracuse 56-10 on Senior day. Get your full recap here. Here are some pics of a rainy, windy and exciting day… Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Will Saturday Be The Last Home Game For Lamar, Jaire, Petrino & Sirmon?

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Lamar and Jaire

Short answer - Yes, Yes, No and Hope So.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The writings & musings of Jeff Nunn do not necessarily reflect those of CSZ.

On Saturday, we will honor our senior class that has won 32 games over a four-year span and will make its fourth-straight appearance in a bowl game. The game against Syracuse at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is set for a 3:30 kick off and the seniors will be honored prior to the game. Louisville officially announced that a total of 14 seniors will walk on to their home field for the final time as a player. I hope that every fan gets in their seat early to show their appreciation for these student athletes. Also, during the game, former University of Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors will become the 23rd football player to have his jersey honored.

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Nunnsense | Lamar Could Play His Last Collegiate Game In Lexington

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Lamar Jackson

There is a very real possibility that Lamar Jackson could play his final game as a Cardinal in Lexington. I know it’s not what I want either but we must brace ourselves for that fact.  Selfishly, I want to see him play his senior year but the kid has given so much to the University and it’s fans,  I will support any decision he makes – He has earned it.

There are several scenarios that could happen but the one I hate the most is that Lamar walks off the C.M. Newton Grounds at Kroger Field inside Commonwealth Stadium, to a chorus of Boo’s because he just handed them another loss. Or even worse, the fans cheering because, despite Lamar’s efforts, our defense just couldn’t get the job done.

Scenarios for Lamar’s last game as a Cardinal

  • Louisville doesn’t become bowl eligible and he decides to enter the 2018 NFL draft.
  • Louisville goes to a bowl but Lamar doesn’t play to prevent injury and protect draft status.
  • Louisville goes to a lower level bowl and Lamar’s competitive juices refuse to let him sit out despite risk of injury.
  • Lamar decides to come back for his senior year and plays his last game in PPJC vs UK.
  • Lamar decides to come back for his senior year and plays his last game in a bowl game.

* Two of these scenarios would result in Lamar playing his last game in Lexington.  Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Dez Fitzpatrick Highlight Video

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Dez Fitzpatrick

Redshirt freshman, Dez Fitzpatrick has been one of the bright spots this year. Earlier I wrote that I though he would have a few highlight reel catches and maybe a big game but he was still a year away with Jaylen Smith and Seth Dawkins in front of him. With both Smith and Dawkins battling minor injuries this season, Fitzpatrick has made the most of it. However, they way he played vs Purdue let everyone know that he was ready for big time college football right now. He has become a solid receiver and he is definitely the future.

Dez currently has 39 receptions for 610 yards and 7 touchdowns. Against N.C. State he accumulated 10 receptions for 134 yards. He followed that up with a 7 reception, 127 yard game against Boston College.

As Always, GO CARDS!
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Top Stories: Weekend Edition

Here are the stories from this weekend at CardinalSportsZone.com!

2017-18 Louisville Basketball Media Day

Donovan Mitchell STUNS The Lakers

Photo Gallery: Second Red-White Scrimmage

Red-White Scrimmage #2: Press Conference

ACC Rookie Of The Year Race Heats Up On Saturday

UofL Commits Have A Showdown In The Sunshine State

Interim President Postel And ULAA Member Bill Stone Discuss Chuck Smrt

UofL Releases Tom Jurich’s Termination Letter

UofL Releases Vince Tyra’s Contract Details

Lamar Jackson 2X Heisman Winner

Current Heisman Odds 10/25/2017

Tom Jurich’s Team Fires Back Against Termination Letter

TweetCap: Coach Pitino’s Interview With Terry Meiners

Quit Sleeping On Lamar Jackson

A Letter From Pitino’s Nephew

Kevin Ware Stands Up For Pitino

Check Out Louisville Men’s Basketball Media Guide

Nunnsense | Give The O-Line Some Credit – UofL Leads Nation In First Downs

The Barbour Shop: Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie

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This Weeks Top 10 Stories At CSZ (Week Beginning 10-23)

Here are the top 10 stories from this week at CardinalSportsZone.com!

10 UofL Commits Have A Showdown In The Sunshine State

T9 Interim President Postel And ULAA Member Bill Stone Discuss Chuck Smrt

T9 UofL Releases Tom Jurich’s Termination Letter

8 UofL Releases Vince Tyra’s Contract Details

7 Lamar Jackson 2X Heisman Winner

6 Current Heisman Odds 10/25/2017

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Top Stories 10-25-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday at CardinalSportsZone.com!

A Letter From Pitino’s Nephew

Bobby Petrino Press Conference

Current Heisman Odds 10/25/2017

Interim President Postel And ULAA Member Bill Stone Discuss Chuck Smrt

Lane Kiffin Longs To Have Lamar Jackson In A FAU Uniform

Watch David Padgett At ACC Media Day

Get To Know David Padgett (Video)

UofL Releases Vince Tyra’s Contract Details

TweetCap: Coach Pitino’s Interview With Terry Meiners

Cardinals Attend ACC Media Day

Wake Forest Announces Black Out For Saturday’s Game

UofL Commits Have A Showdown In The Sunshine State

UofL Releases Tom Jurich’s Termination Letter

Tom Jurich’s Team Fires Back Against Termination Letter

UofL Athletics Considering Building An ACC Network Production Studio

Cardinals In The NBA: October 24th

Lamar Jackson Highlights VS Florida State

David Hale Puts Lamar Back On His Heisman Watch

Quit Sleeping On Lamar Jackson

2018 Pomeroy Men’s College Basketball Rankings 

Men’s Basketball Calendar Of Events

Kevin Ware Stands Up For Pitino

TWICA: October 23rd

Week 8: Tweets About Lamar Jackson

UofL Football Celebrates Victory Over FSU (Videos)

 

Dear Coach Pitino: An Open Letter From A Lifelong Louisville Fan

 

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Go Cards!

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Nunnsense | Give The O-Line Some Credit – UofL Leads Nation In First Downs

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Robbie Bell - offensive line

The biggest question going into this football season for the Louisville Cardinals was the offensive line. The Cards finished the 2016-17 season allowing 22 sacks in the final three games, finished 126th out of 128 in sacks allowed (47) and allowed the most sack yards in the country for the second straight year.

After just one game, the question seemed like it had its answer – And it wasn’t the answer we had hoped for. The big guys up front had five false start penalties in the first 16 minutes vs Purdue and finished with nine. They also added another penalty for an illegal snap. The “Here we go again” chorus starting ringing loudly through the Cardinal fan base. Read the rest of this entry

Top Stories 10-24-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday at CardinalSportsZone.com!

A Letter From Pitino’s Nephew

Bobby Petrino Press Conference

UofL Commits Have A Showdown In The Sunshine State

UofL Releases Tom Jurich’s Termination Letter

Tom Jurich’s Team Fires Back Against Termination Letter

UofL Athletics Considering Building An ACC Network Production Studio

Cardinals In The NBA: October 24th

Post Practice Interviews: 10-24-17

David Akers Inducted Into Eagles Hall Of Fame

Lamar Jackson Highlights VS Florida State

David Hale Puts Lamar Back On His Heisman Watch

Quit Sleeping On Lamar Jackson

2018 Pomeroy Men’s College Basketball Rankings

Four Takeaways From The Women’s Basketball Tip Off Luncheon

Men’s Basketball Calendar Of Events

Kevin Ware Stands Up For Pitino

TWICA: October 23rd

Week 8: Tweets About Lamar Jackson

UofL Football Celebrates Victory Over FSU (Videos)

Louisville At Florida State: Postgame Recap

Lee Corso Makes A Familiar Pick For UofL-Florida State Game

UofL Donor Withdraws $6 Million Pledge After Jurich Firing

Thank You Tom: A Tribute to the Legacy of Tom Jurich

UofL Appears Ready To Sever All Ties With Rick Pitino

With The Firing Of Jurich, Petrino Buyout Is Cut In Half

Jurich To Be Fired With Just Cause

Tom Jurich Has Been Fired

Video: Rick Pitino’s Full Interview With Jay Bilas

Jurich’s Legal Team Releases Statement

Dear Coach Pitino: An Open Letter From A Lifelong Louisville Fan

 

Thanks for reading all of this weeks top stories & for continuing to support CardinalSportsZone.com!
Go Cards!

Follow all of Team CSZ on Social Media here!

Check out our phenomenal photo galleries here!

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Top Stories 10-23-17

Here are the top stories from this week at CardinalSportsZone.com!

A Letter From Pitino’s Nephew

Bobby Petrino Press Conference

Lamar Jackson Highlights VS Florida State

David Hale Puts Lamar Back On His Heisman Watch

Quit Sleeping On Lamar Jackson

2018 Pomeroy Men’s College Basketball Rankings

Four Takeaways From The Women’s Basketball Tip Off Luncheon

Men’s Basketball Calendar Of Events

Kevin Ware Stands Up For Pitino

TWICA: October 23rd

Week 8: Tweets About Lamar Jackson

UofL Football Celebrates Victory Over FSU (Videos)

Louisville At Florida State: Postgame Recap

Lee Corso Makes A Familiar Pick For UofL-Florida State Game

UofL Donor Withdraws $6 Million Pledge After Jurich Firing

Thank You Tom: A Tribute to the Legacy of Tom Jurich

UofL Appears Ready To Sever All Ties With Rick Pitino

With The Firing Of Jurich, Petrino Buyout Is Cut In Half

Jurich To Be Fired With Just Cause

Tom Jurich Has Been Fired

Video: Rick Pitino’s Full Interview With Jay Bilas

Jurich’s Legal Team Releases Statement

Dear Coach Pitino: An Open Letter From A Lifelong Louisville Fan

 

Thanks for reading all of this weeks top stories & for continuing to support CardinalSportsZone.com!
Go Cards!

Follow all of Team CSZ on Social Media here!

Check out our phenomenal photo galleries here!

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Top Stories 10-22-17

Here are the top 10 stories from this weekend at CardinalSportsZone.com!

10 Lee Corso Makes A Familiar Pick For UofL-Florida State Game

9 UofL Donor Withdraws $6 Million Pledge After Jurich Firing

8  Thank You Tom: A Tribute to the Legacy of Tom Jurich

UofL Appears Ready To Sever All Ties With Rick Pitino

With The Firing Of Jurich, Petrino Buyout Is Cut In Half

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This Weeks Top 10 Stories

Here are the top 10 stories from this week at CardinalSportsZone.com!

10 Thank You Tom: A Tribute to the Legacy of Tom Jurich

9 UofL Appears Ready To Sever All Ties With Rick Pitino

8 Rick Pitino Releases Info Supporting Innocence

7 With The Firing Of Jurich, Petrino Buyout Is Cut In Half

6 Jurich To Be Fired With Just Cause

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Top Stories 10-19-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday October 19th at CardinalSportsZone.com!

Teddy’s Comeback Press Conference

Dear Coach Pitino: An Open Letter From A Lifelong Louisville Fan

A Non-Fitting Farewell For A Lost Legend

Video: Rick Pitino’s Full Interview With Jay Bilas

Nunnsense | Pitino, Jurich And The Future Of Louisville

UofL Appears Ready To Sever All Ties With Rick Pitino

Asia Durr Named ACC Preseason Player Of The Year

ACC WBB Moves To 18 Game Conference Schedule In ‘19-‘20

Women’s Hoops Racks Up Accolades At ACC Media Day

UofL Basketball To Name Greg Paulus Assistant Coach

Preseason Coaches Poll Announced

Sadness Around UofL Athletic Department In The Wake Of Jurich’s Firing

Tom Jurich Has Been Fired

Post Practice Interviews: 10-18-17

Coach Petrino Speaks About Tom Jurich

With The Firing Of Jurich, Petrino Buyout Is Cut In Half

Thank You Tom: A Tribute to the Legacy of Tom Jurich

Jurich’s Legal Team Releases Statement

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