Need something to do on your lunch break today? Or just something to get you through this Tuesday? Our friends at the ACC Digital Network put together the full, condensed UofL VS Boston College game for your viewing pleasure.
Two Cardinal greats will be representing their teams in the German All-Star game today! Peyton Siva and Trey Lewis will both be starters in the game and you can catch it at 2 pm EST on the link provided below! Congratulations to both players, they deserve all the success in the world!
It is still yet to be determined who will be wearing the number 3 😉
Photo Courtesy of Robert Hicks’ Twitter Account (@1_JetSet)
Robert Hicks III is one of UofL’s highest rated recruits in this class. The LB from Miami powerhouse Central High School is 4 Star Under Armour All-American and is worthy of that ranking.
At 6’2 230 lbs, Hicks appears to be physically ready to step in and contribute. He’s an imposing looking figure on film. His speciality is as a run stopper and UofL can definitely use that with RBs like Cam Akers, AJ Dillon, and the others they’ll face in the ACC.
Hicks loves to shoot the gap and get tackles for loss. He’s great at it too because of his speed. (Stop me if you’ve read or heard that word in regards to this class) Hicks gets in the backfield quickly, often avoiding blocks simply because he’s a blur. It really helps him when he blitzes the QB too.
On film, his burst is so quick offensive linemen often don’t get a hand on him and the QB doesn’t get a chance to even begin to scan the field. Hicks is a high level player.
Photo Courtesy of Robert Hicks’ Twitter Account (@1_JetSet)
His strength is also noticeable. When Hicks is blocked, he can shed the block and make tackles on RBs. In one play, he bullied a big interior OL into the backfield to get a tackle for loss. It was interesting to see a LB do that.
His ferocity as a hitter is evident. Like a Christmas present, he wraps them up and delivers them to a punishing meeting with the ground. He’s a sound tackler and is very good at play recognition.
Hicks can also drop back in coverage. He appears to be used more in zone coverage than man. He’s capable and he can intercept a pass if a QB makes a mistake.
UofL landed what looks to be a star LB in the mold of Stacy Thomas or Keith Kelsey. However, I believe that the combination of strength and speed could make him better. That’s saying a lot because Thomas and Kelsey were really good. I look forward to seeing how he develops under Cort Dennison and Peter Sirmon.
See what you think of Robert Hicks III by checking out his Hudl highlights below.
On today’s Beat the Buzzer, UofL Athletics sits down with senior center, Anas Mahmoud. We find out what his comfort food is, who is the one celebrity he would leave tickets for and what is his best memory at UofL so far?
Rick Pitino once said that when the time came it was time for him to move on from UofL, he would walk away quietly. With no surprise, that doesn’t seem to be the case. He has now came out and said that he didn’t feel he had support anymore at UofL and that Papa John’s comments hurt his feelings.
Deng Adel, VJ King, Jordan Nwora and David Padgett met with the media after Sunday’s loss to Seton Hall. Hear what they had to say below.
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Now that it is December, we have found our first Grinch of the holiday season. His name is Kevin Willard. Willard was an assistant to He Who Shall Not Be Named (Pitino) from 2001-2007 and even recruited David Padgett. While he compliments how well David has handled everything the past few months, he also mentions that he has no emotional attachment to UofL since Pitino and Jurich are both gone. We also can’t fully blame him, he has been gone for a while. Either way, Sunday should be fun when Seaton Hall visits the Yum! Center at 4.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
Toy Collection Planned for Dec. 11 Men’s Basketball Game
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — New toys will be collected and subsequently donated to Norton’s Children’s Hospital prior to the Cardinals’ Dec. 11 men’s basketball game against Bryant. New toys for any age or gender will be collected at the entrance of the KFC Yum! Center. A group of the toys will also be provided to the Home of the Innocents and Wesley House.
Adidas has come forward and asked a judge to dismiss Pitino’s case against the company. They have no new evidence, but they stand by the original findings and say that Pitino knew fully of the exchange of money to Brian Bowen’s family. It seems this is just the beginning of a very long, and ugly, battle.
The University of Louisville has parted ways with associate head coach Kenny Johnson.
The release was sent moments after the institution announced freshman Brian Bowen would not be eligible to compete for or practice with the men’s basketball team.
See the full press release below.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has parted ways with associate head men’s basketball coach Kenny Johnson, terminating his employment per the provisions in his contract. The university will have no further comment on this personnel matter.
On Wednesday morning the University of Louisville announced Brian Bowen will NOT be eligible to compete for or practice with the institution’s men’s basketball program at any point in the future.
According to the press release, Bowen is eligible to transfer to another collegiate institution if he so chooses. It also states Bowen may choose to remain enrolled at the University of Louisville where he will continue to receive his athletics scholarship.
“Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled,” said UofL Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. “He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men’s basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very difficult period.”
The decision comes two months after the University of Louisville was implicated in an ongoing “pay-for-play” investigation conducted by the FBI.
Read the full press release below.
In the latest chapter of the Katina Powell saga, UofL has filed its official appeal against the NCAA Committee of Infractions ruling from June. The Courier Journal received these files through a public records request. UofL deems the ruling excessive especially since none of the players on the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 teams received the “benefits” Katina Powell claimed.
Once again, the Cardinals fall one spot in this week’s AP poll. Duke continues to hold onto the top spot with Arizona and Kansas rounding out the top 3. Any surprises to you in this week’s poll?
Donovan Spida Mitchell. He is one of the most beloved cardinals to wear the uniform in recent years, and rightfully so. He has been off to a great start in his professional career and just recently came through with a promise he made to his mom to buy her a new car. Andrew Sharp with Sports Illustrated ranks the top 15 in the rookie class based on the first month’s performance, and Donovan is getting the recognition he deserves.
Despite a future clouded by the possibility of NCAA investigation and the uncertainty of his own job status after the season, David Padgett is trying to salvage UofL Basketball’s recruiting classes for 2018 and beyond. It may be an uphill battle, but there are two highly thought of former commits still interested in the Cards.
The UofL athletic department sat down with UofL transfer, Steven Enoch on this week’s Beat the Buzzer. He talks about the best advice he has ever received, who is the most serious among his teammates and what his Kentucky Derby horse would be named, along with so much more!
When Quentin Snider, Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel committed to play basketball at the University of Louisville, they never could have guessed the obstacles they would be facing. They have played through the Katina Powell scandal and now the FBI one. They never let it bring them down though, they have been the solid foundation that the freshman and sophomores have needed. Jeff Borzello with ESPN.COM talks about how vital the upperclassman have been.
Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal recently sat down with interim head coach, David Padgett for 30 minutes, and got the inside scoop on how he is adjusting. They talked about everything from recruiting to adjusting to the size of his new office (hint, it is huge).
It was announced today that Deng Adel has been named to the preseason top 50 candidate list for the Wooden Award. The Wooden award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Congrats to Adel!