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Louisville At Florida State: Postgame Recap

Well, Louisville battled, looked inspired, and fought through adversity to defeat FSU 31-28 in Tallahassee.

It wasn’t pretty, at all. But it was a successful road trip that put this team in a much better position than they were in before the game clock hit zeros. Louisville started hot early, with Lamar rushing for an easy touchdown on the first drive of the game. FSU answered with a drive of their own, making the score 7-7. It took awhile for another score to happen, and that score came off a Lamar Jackson fumble that the Seminoles ran home for 6.

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UofL Basketball To Name Greg Paulus Assistant Coach

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Today, Acting Head Coach David Padgett and Acting Athletic Director Vince Tyra are set to announce the addition of Greg Paulus to the UofL Men’s Basketball coaching staff per Courier Journal reporter Jeff Greer.

Paulus played 4 years under legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. 3 of his 4 years were as Duke’s starting Point Guard before he was relegated to the bench for his senior year.

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Paulus then took an interest in football and, as a graduate transfer, transferred to Syracuse and was their starting Quarterback for one season. He led the team to a 4-8 record.

*one of those losses to Steve K***** at Louisville. K’s final victory

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After trying out for the NFL, Paulus joined the ranks of college basketball again. This time as a coach. In 2010, he was hired as an assistant coach at Navy. Then in 2011, he was hired by Thad Matta to the position of video coordinator for the Ohio State University basketball team. Eventually, in 2013, Matta promoted him to assistant coach and he coached there through last season.

Paulus was born in Ohio and raised in Wisconsin until his family settled in Syracuse, NY, where he attended high school at Christian Brothers Academy.

You can read more about UofL’s newest assistant coach in Jeff Greer’s article below.

UofL has officially announced Greg Paulus’ hiring. Here is the official press release from Kenny Klein on

Nunnsense | Pitino, Jurich And The Future Of Louisville


There is so much going on with the University of Louisville right now and everyone has an opinion. All of this is starting to wear on me – especially all the Card on Card crime. In case you forgot, we are all on the same team no matter who our basketball coach, athletic director or president is. We all want what is best for the University and sometimes it’s hard to see what is best. The easy decision isn’t always the best decision. I’m not going to tell you how you should feel about Pitino, Jurich or our future but here is how you should feel. Read the rest of this entry

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

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All good things must come to an end. I didn’t see Tom Jurich’s tenure coming to an end in such an inglorious fashion. I enjoyed having him as Athletic Director of my Alma Mater because I believe he cared about UofL Athletics as much as I do.

I was born here in Louisville, raised here in Louisville, and I graduated from Louisville. I am Louisville. UofL sports is woven into the intricate fabric of Louisville. I love the games, the atmosphere, the camaraderie of fans, the players, and the games. It’s all wondrous to me. And to me, the face of UofL Athletics wasn’t a coach, it was Tommy “The Turtleneck” Jurich.

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UofL Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Single Game Tickets Go On Sale 10/18/2017

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Single tickets for the 2017-2018 non-conference UofL Men’s basketball season will go on sale tomorrow, October 18th, at 10 AM. They will vary between $35 and $40 and this excludes the Indiana game, which will be $85. Tickets can be purchased at the UofL Ticket Office at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or online at

Jay Bilas Interviews Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino


In his first national appearance since the FBI scandal broke, Rick Pitino is sitting down with Jay Bilas. The interview will air at midnight on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.

Bobby Petrino Press Conference Tweetcap 10/16/17


Here is a TweetCap of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach, Bobby Petrino via @UofLFootball

Teddy Bridgewater Is Returning

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The Sports Gods have not graced us UofL fans with much good news these past 2 weeks, but they have chosen to grace us with some today.

Teddy Bridgewater, per ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen, has been cleared to return to practice for the Vikings.

That’s not the end of the good news. Per Ian Rapoport, the national insider for the NFL Network and, the Vikings are looking to activate Teddy this week or next week from the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Vikings anticipate Teddy will play this year, according to Rapoport. There is no mention of what game is being targeted for Teddy’s return.

Finally, some great news for UofL fans. We all love Teddy and can’t wait to see him on the field again.

We have an update from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Teddy gets to start practice Wednesday! The great news got even better in regards to Teddy. Here’s hoping we UofL fans get to see him in game action soon.

Lamar Jackson Highlights From Boston College

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Unfortunately, UofL lost the football game against Boston College. It hurt. It was terrible. However, there was just a glimmer of goodness in all the gloom. That glimmer was Lamar Jackson.

Lamar once again put up insane numbers, as he nearly always does. He threw for 332 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 180 yards and 3 TDs. That’s a total of 512 total yards and 5 TDs by himself!

Lamar is a special talent that we UofL fans may never see the likes of again. Take a look at his highlights below courtesy of the ACC Digital Network and GoCards YouTube accounts. Enjoy the art that Lamar has wrought on the field.

Louisville vs Boston College: Postgame Thoughts

After allowing what I saw at PJCS yesterday to digest, I feel stable enough to finally write about it. Louisville entered yesterday’s game against Boston College as a 19-point favorite at home, but walked away with a 45-42 loss.

The talk all week had been, “I don’t think we’ll lose, but I’ll need to see something that shows me corrections have been made and glaring problems have been fixed to have hope on the road at FSU next week.” I don’t think you could find a fan yesterday that honestly believed we’d lose, let alone, allow the 114th ranked offense in the nation to put up 555 total yards and 45 points. But obviously, all of that happened.

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Nunnsense| Louisville Can Make The Orange Bowl With A Little Help From The Defense


I made it no secret that I was happy with the departure of defensive coordinator,Todd Grantham. I think he did a good job for most of his tenure but he reached a point where the defense no longer was getting better even with NFL talent. I mean, if I could figure out that he was going to blitz on every third down then so could any division one coach.

I also made it no secret that the hiring of Peter Sirmon was questionable in my opinion. Not because he wasn’t a good coach but the fact that we didn’t know if he was or not. I believe that being a coach at Louisville is no longer a stepping stone job but rather a destination job. Therefore I felt we didn’t need to hire an up and coming young coach who needed to prove himself. We needed to go out and get the best proven guy that we could.

Many people blasted Sirmon from the start because of his stats from his last job at Mississippi State. I decided to reserve judgement and give him a chance to prove himself.

Well, it’s only been six games but I’m seeing trends that I don’t like. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt because he has not had the services of his preseason All-American, Jaire Alexander, due to injury and Drew Bailey has been injured as well. Now linebacker Stacy Thomas is out. But that is all part of it and he needs to make adjustments to play with the personnel he has.  Read the rest of this entry

Trent Johnson Named New Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Trent Johnson

Courtesy of Star-Telegram

Former TCU, LSU and Stanford coach, Trent Johnson was officially named as the assistant of the UofL Men’s Basketball team. Jonshon was let go from TCU in March of 2016, but everyone surrounding the program had nothing but positive things to say about his integrity and character.

“His record won’t be deemed a success. But Trent Johnson’s time at TCU won a lot of people over because of the way he conducted himself and ran his program.” – Gil Lebreton with Star-Telegram.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to send a warm welcome to coach Johnson and look forward to seeing him on the court this season.

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Former 2018 Commit Still Interested In UofL

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After a visit from UofL Acting Head Coach David Padgett yesterday, Courtney Ramey appears to still have a strong interest in UofL despite the FBI bombshell and the suspension of Rick Pitino.

Jody Demling, of Cardinal Authority, spoke with Ramey’s father Terrell Ramey about what Padgett said to he and his son during his visit and where UofL stands in his son’s recruitment.

Terrell Ramey told Demling that the allure of UofL for his son was originally Rick Pitino, but that Courtney eventually fell in love with the city and the fans. Terrell Ramey said that Courtney “bought into the whole L1C4.”

He also said that Padgett was actually more involved in Courtney’s recruitment than Pitino and that during this visit he apologized profusely for the situation.

In the article, Terrell Ramey gives Jody Demling a very interesting tidbit of information some UofL fans may like. According to the elder Ramey, David Padgett has his sights set on becoming UofL’s full time Head Coach eventually and he is trying to rebuild the damaged 2018 class.

You can read Jody Demling’s full article below.


WDRB’s Bill Lamb States His Case For UofL To Keep Tom Jurich

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WDRB’s Bill Lamb, in his “Point of View” editorial segment last night, offered his opinion on the situation between the UofL Board of Trustees and suspended Athletic Director Tom Jurich.

Lamb explains that he believes that Tom Jurich should be retained. He argues that Jurich’s full body of work should be taken into account. Speaking on Jurich, Lamb says, “No person in the history of the University has done more to build it into what it is today than Tom Jurich.” He specifically mentions Jurich’s work in getting UofL into the ACC as a major factor for retaining him.

Lamb believes that the posturing by certain Board members and their rabid attempt to oust Jurich, “has a lot more to do with their egos than what’s right for UofL.”

When speaking of the certain, unnamed Board members, Lamb states, “I believe there are Board members who are willing tear UofL down just to show how powerful they’ve become. It’s all about them, not the University.”

He also mentions that some big money donors hope to persuade other Board members to step up, do the right thing, and vote to keep Jurich.

You can see Bill Lamb’s full “Point of View” segment below.

Football Recruiting: Weekly Stats for UofL Commits/Recruits


By Shawn Barbour & Sam Basden


We at Cardinal Sports Zone are starting a weekly feature detailing UofL Football recruits/commits stats for the past week’s games. We will provide stats for some, if not all, commits and target recruits each week.

Player/Position/High School/State



Jordan Travis/QB/Benjamin/FL

Travis passed for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 71-18 drubbing of Westminster.

Manuel Allen/WR/Rancho Verde/CA

Allen had 2 catches for 63 yards. He also returned 3 punts for touchdowns for Rancho Verde in their blowout win 75-0 over Canyon Springs.

Javian Hawkins/RB/Cocoa/FL

Hawkins had 8 carries for 76 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns in a 56-0 win over Everglades Prep Academy. He averaged 9.5 yards a carry.

Trenell Troutman/S/St Thomas Aquinas/FL

Troutman had 3 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle in St Thomas Aquinas’ 14-0 win over Deerfield Beach.

Dejmi Dumervil Jean/DT/St Thomas Aquinas/FL 

Dumervil Jean, nephew of Louisville legend Elvis Dumervil, had a good game in St Thomas Aquinas’ 14-0 win over Deerfield. He recorded 5 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles.

Telly Plummer/ATH/Langston Hughes/GA

Plummer recorded 2 solo and 2 assisted tackles in Langston Hughes’ 40-7 win over South Paulding.


Target Recruits:

Nik Bonitto/OLB/St Thomas Aquinas/FL

Bonitto is a heavily sought after recruit for the UofL coaching staff. He had 3 sacks, 7 total tackles (5 solo and 2 assisted, and recorded an interception in a 14-0 win over Deerfield Beach.

All stats courtesy of 



Teddy Bridgewater Expected To Start Practicing Next Week


TeddyIn some much needed good news for Cardnation, the Vikings are hoping for Teddy to be back practicing next week! He will be evaluated Monday to determine if he can move forward. We here at CSZ, continue to wish Teddy all of the best during his recovery.

Padgett Hitting The Recruiting Trail: Ramey Up First

From the moment the latest scandal involving UofL basketball broke, it felt like everything crashed within seconds. Anfernee Simons who is ranked in the top 10 nationally withdrew  his commitment to UofL shortly after the news broke, and has since been reached out to by 27 different schools. Simon’s mom has said they are open to hearing from David Padgett, but that it hasn’t happened yet. Courtney Ramey was another player who decommitted in the days following the scandal, and he will be Padgett’s first focus. David travels to St. Louis to visit him today. Ramey’s dad did confirm to Jeff Greer that this visit was happening and that Padgett was one of the main recruiters of his son. You can read Jeff Greer’s full article below.

Bobby Petrino’s Press Conference: BC


The awesome people at UofL Athletics put together a clip of today’s press conference. Take a look for yourself below!



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team continues to search for answers in the wake of its loss to NC State last Thursday at Carter-Finley Stadium to drop to 4-2 overall, 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

With six games remaining on the schedule – beginning with Saturday’s Homecoming contest versus Boston College – the Cardinals are hoping to find some of those solutions beginning this weekend. Read the rest of this entry

Bobby Petrino Press Conference Tweetcap 10/9/2017


Here is a TweetCap of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach, Bobby Petrino via @UofLFootball

How To Watch Coach Petrino’s Press Conference At 1:30

Bobby Petrino

Bobby Petrino will preview Boston College today at 1:30. You can see below how to watch the press conference.