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UofL Donor Withdraws $6 Million Pledge After Jurich Firing


A Louisville man has withdrawn a roughly $6 Million pledge in the wake of Tom Jurich’s firing.

According to the Courier-Journal, 88-year old investor and retired pilot, Max Baumgardner has withdrawn his $6.3 Million pledge. Baumgardner sees the move as a protest of his own.

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Preseason Coaches Poll Announced

The preseason coaches’ poll was announced today. The Cards come in ranked number 16 to start the season. They start the year on November 10th against George Mason at the Yum! Center.

Women’s Hoops Racks Up Accolades At ACC Media Day


Jeff Walz’s team is racking up the accolades at ACC Media Day.

As announced in a previous post, junior guard Asia Durr was tabbed ACC Preseason Player of the Year by the ACC coaches.

In addition, Durr and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen earned All-ACC preseason honors from both the league’s coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel. While, Freshman Dana Evans was one of five players named to the Newcomer Watch List.

The Cardinals were picked to finish second by the league’s 15 coaches, receiving one first place vote. While the Blue Ribbon Panel also pegged Louisville to finish second, receiving five first place votes.

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


The ACC has voted to move to an 18 game conference schedule beginning in the 2019-2020 season.

“The move to an 18-game conference schedule will strengthen the already compelling matchups and build upon both traditional and new rivalries,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Playing more games against conference teams will enhance the student-athlete experience and benefit our fans, and the optimal time to make this change is with the launch of the ACC Network.”

Teams will continue to face each other once. However, four teams will play twice.

Asia Durr Named ACC Preseason Player Of The Year

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Junior guard, Asia Durr, has been named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year by the ACC coaches.

This marks the second consecutive season that a Louisville player has been given the prestigious title. Last year, Myisha Hines-Allen earned the honor.

Video: Rick Pitino’s Full Interview With Jay Bilas

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Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino sat down with ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Jay Bilas, for his first interview post firing.
In the emotional interview, Coach Pitino discusses his future coaching, his involvement in the ongoing FBI investigation, the support he’s received and vindication.

Watch the full interview: Pitino: Adidas took ‘my love and passion away from me’

Coach Petrino Speaks About Tom Jurich

On his weekly radio show, Coach Bobby Petrino opened with kind words about former Athletic Director Tom Jurich.

“I’d just like to take a minute here, after what happened today, to thank Tom Jurich for everything that he did for me and my family and this university,” Petrino said. “When you drive around campus and you look around and you see all the amazing facilities that we have, that was Tom’s vision and hard work and dedication to be able to get that done.

“One thing I think everyone really needs to understand is, Tom’s biggest thing was that he wanted to do everything he possibly could do for a student-athlete. The student-athlete comes first, and that we need to give him every opportunity to get the best education and the best experience being a student-athlete here at the university. I just thought I needed to take a minute and thank him for everything he’s done.”

Jurich’s Legal Team Releases Statement


Tom Jurich’s legal team has released a statement regarding the firing of the 20 year Athletic Director.

Thank you, Tom Jurich.

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 http://www.TicketMaster.com.

Deng Adel Tabbed To Erving Award Watch List


Louisville junior, Deng Adel, has been tabbed to the Julius Erving Award Watch List.
Adel is one of 21 small forwards to be considered for the prestigious award. The award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on April 6, 2018.

Jay Bilas Interviews Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino

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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.

Tom Jurich Has Been Fired

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In what could go down as the biggest mistake in the history of the University of Lohisville, Athletic Director Tom Jurich has been fired with “cause.”
Reports began to leak last night that the board had decided to fire Jurich. Fans immediately took to social media to express their opinions on the decision.
Jurich has been on paid administrative leave since September 28th.

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Rick Pitino Files Federal Lawsuit Against Adidas

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Former University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has filed a federal lawsuit against Adidas.
The lawsuit alleges that Pitino was damaged by the company’s “outrageous conduct in conspiring to funnel money to the family of a basketball recruit.”

Pitino maintains his innocence in the matter claiming the he was not aware of the matter.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

ULAA Unanimously Votes to Terminate Rick Pitino’s Employment

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After hours of deliberation, the Universiry of Louisville’s Athletics Association has unanimously voted to terminate Hall of Fame head coach, Rick Pitino’s employment for “just cause.”
The move comes less than a month after Louisville was tied to a pay-for-play FBI investigation.

Rick Pitino served 16 seasons as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals.  Under Coach Pitino, the Cardinals made 14 NCAA appearances, including three final four trips and a National Championship in 2013. Pitino’s record at Louisville is 415 – 141.

Full Report On How 84 Schools And 6 Conferences Handled FBI Investigation

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Contrary to popular belief, UofL is not the only school being hit hard by the fallout of the FBI investigation into college basketball. The Associated Press asked 84 schools how they are handling the investigations, and 63 schools responded. Take a look at the full report, and let us know if you are surprised by any of the schools that declined to respond.

Pitino’s Attorney Distributes 53-Page Defense Of Rick Pitino


Rick Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, handed out a 53-page document to the media awaiting the ULAA’s decision on the employment of Pitino.
The document contains text messages between Pitino and Adidas Exec. Jim Gotto, as well as conversations regarding Brian Bowen with Christian Dawkins.

The document also contains a polygraph test and Pitino’s affidavit.

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Rick Pitino Releases Info Supporting Innocence


Steve Pence, Rick Pitino’s attorney, released a 40 page document defending Coach Pitino’s innocence in the FBI pay-to-play investigation.

In the tweet below, we see a text Brian Bowen’s mother sent to Coach Pitino after the announcement of his unpaid leave.

Pitino also had Pence release his communication via text with Adidas Exec. Jim Gotto.

Below are texts between Christian Dawkins and Pitino.

Dick Vitale Takes To Twitter In Defense Of Rick Pitino

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During the ULAA Meeting, at which Coach Rick Pitino’s fate as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals was being discussed, Dick Vitale took to Twitter to defend his long time friend.
In a series of tweets, Vitale explains why Louisville’s board is making a huge mistake.

ULAA Approves One Year Contract For David Padgett


The University of Louisville’s Athletic Association has approved a one year contract for acting men’s basketball head coach David Padgett.

Via Fred Cowgill

David Padgett’s Post Game Press Conference Red-White Scrimmage

Take a look at David Padgett’s post game press conference from the first red-white scrimmage.