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Photo Gallery: WBB vs. Oregon St.- Elite Eight

The Louisville women’s basketball team dominated in Lexington this weekend and moved on to the Final Four in Columbus, OH. Louisville beat Oregon St. 76-43 in the Elite Eight with a performance that looked like they were ready to compete for a championship.

Check out the full recap: Louisville’s Quickness Stuns Oregon State, Cardinals Head To Final Four

Go Cards!

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Coach Pitino Releases Statement On Ongoing FBI Investigation

At the end of his statement regarding the vacation of the 2013 National Championship, former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino offered a typed statement concerning his involvement in the ongoing FBI “pay-for-play” investigation.

The Banner Coming Down Changes Nothing For The 2013 National Championship Players

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Just because there is no longer a banner hanging in the Yum! Center stating “2013 NCAA National Champions” –  does not mean the players think their accomplishment means less.

#L1C4 #MyBrothers4Life

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It’s disappointing to say the least. That being said, it doesn’t change very much if anything for myself, my family, and much of the Louisville community I’ve spoken to. That championship game was the last time my father had all his kids under one roof. That experience meant and still means very much to all of us. I couldn’t disagree more with the ruling and decision on the appeal. I haven’t really had time to wrap my head around it but at least as a community we can start moving in the right direction with this behind us. I look forward to being a Louisville fan forever and cheering on DP and this current team. I wouldn’t change a thing about my college decision. I am honored to be a Louisville Cardinal and to have played under one of the greatest basketball coaches ever Rick Pitino.

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It’s all good still got that RING.

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UofL Loses NCAA Appeal

 

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Today, it was announced that UofL lost their appeal against the NCAA. The program faces four years of probation going forward, and must vacate the records from the 2010-14 seasons, which could include 123 victories, two Big East Conference Championships, and an American Athletic Conference championship. The school will be ordered to return its financial shares from four NCAA Tournaments.

This is devastating news for the fan base, former players and the university as a whole. As this means UofL will not be listed as the 2013 National Champions in the record book moving forward or have been to the 2012 Final Four.

Nonetheless, April 8, 2013 will forever be remembered as the day the University of Louisville won their third National Championship.

While moral victories are difficult to accept, there are plenty of things the NCAA can never take away from us. We all remember watching Luke Hancock winning MOP after hitting three after three after three. Tim Henderson put the dagger through Wichita State’s heart. The sound of the crowd when Trezl put down one of the best dunks we have ever witnessed. Or the heart and leadership of Peyton Siva and the insane way Russ Smith would move through defenders. The brotherhood that shined after Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg in the Elite 8.

I know I stood there with tears down my cheeks as that final buzzer went off, hugging my friends and fellow students and soaked in that moment. The NCAA can never take that moment from me.

The 2013 team was and remains special. That is something NOBODY can take from us.

Elite 8 Match Up For UofL Soccer

The number 4 overall seed UofL Cardinals will take on Akron tonight at 7 PM. You can still purchase tickets below and there are a TON of awesome ways to do so!

Ticket promotions:

  • FREE STUDENT TICKETS: All UofL students (with student ID) receive FREE general admission tickets to Friday’s NCAA quarterfinal match courtesy of Louisville Cardinals Athletics and the Cardinals men’s soccer program.
  • FACULTY/STAFF TICKETS: All UofL faculty and staff will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to Friday’s match courtesy of the Cardinals men’s soccer program. Faculty/staff tickets must be redeemed prior to 4 p.m., ET on Friday, Dec. 1. Faculty/staff tickets must be redeemed (with university ID) at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Ticket Office during normal operating hours.
  • GROUP TICKETS: Groups of 10 or more can purchase $3 general admission/berm tickets
  • LOUISVILLE CITY FC TICKET PROMOTION: Anyone arriving at Lynn Stadium for Friday’s match wearing Louisville City FC apparel can purchase $3 general admission/berm tickets

The winner of this match will go on to the College Cup! Get out and support this team!

UofL Men’s Soccer Advance To Elite 8

What a way to cap off a fantastic weekend for UofL sports! Congratulations are in order for the men’s soccer team, as they defeated Colgate tonight in the Sweet 16 round this evening. They will take on Akron Friday, 7 PM at Lynn Stadium. Be sure to get out to Lynn and support this team!

UofL Appeals NCAA Infraction’s Ruling

Louisville Cardinals head coach Pitino holds up the trophy as he and his team celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in their NCAA men's Final Four championship basketball game in Atlanta

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.

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.

NCAA Forms Commission On College Basketball


On Wednesday, NCAA President, Mark Emmert, announced the NCAA was forming a commission for college basketball.
The announcement comes after the FBI arrested four assistance college basketball coaches and six other individuals in connection to a “pay for play” scheme.

According to the release from the NCAA, President Mark Emmert says the commission will focus on, “the relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities.”

Emmert also explains the commission will examine the effect of the NBA’s one-and-done rule, as well as, “creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability.”

Dr. Condoleezza Rice will chair the commission. Dr. Rice was appointed national security advisor by President George W. Bush in 2001, becoming the first African-American female (and second woman) to hold the post. She also served as the 66th Secretary of State from 2005 through 2009.

NCAA President has also tabbed the following to serve on the commission:

  • Mary Sue Coleman: President Association of American Universities
  • General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired: Chairman of USA Basketball
  • Mark Emmert: President, NCAA
  • Jeremy Foley: Athletics Director Emeritus,University  of Florida Athletic Association
  • Jefferey A. Hathaway: Vice President/Director of Athletics, Hofstra University
  • Grant Hill: Owner/Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks
  • Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: President, University of Notre Dame
  • Mike Montgomery: Retired Basketball Coach, Analyst, Pac-12 Networks & Westwood One Sports
  • G.P. “Bud” Peterson: President, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • David Robinson: Founder, Admiral Capital Group
  • Kathryn Ruemmler: Former White House Counsel; Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Gene Smith: Sr. Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed; Athletics Director, Ohio State University
  • John Thompson III: Board of Directors, National Association of Basketball Coaches

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CardNation, Let Your Voice Be Heard: David Padgett For Interim Head Coach


Putting it simply, We CANNOT have Tom Crean at the helm of Louisville Basketball.
Not for one day.

Not for one month.

Not for one year.

Not EVER.

If you would like to email Dr. Postel to express your feelings about who you feel should be an interim coach, I have included his email below. Tell him we support David Padgett for Interim Head Coach.

Gregory.postel@louisville.edu

Can The NBA And NCAA Ever Work Together?

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Everyone knows that there is some tensions with the NBA and NCAA relationship, especially when it comes to preparing college basketball players for the NBA. Jonathan Givony with ESPN.COM goes into more detail about how that could soon be changing.

The NCAA brought 19 college basketball athletes to Indianapolis this past weekend for the Elite Student-Athlete Symposium, an educational program that attempted to tackle head-on “the challenges and pitfalls” highly touted prospects face, with an eye toward helping them pursue a career in professional basketball.

Louisville’s VJ King and Anas Mahmoud were both in attendance.

NCAA Considering Major Change For D1 Transfer Rules

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Swish Appeal reported that the NCAA is considering a major change to the way D1 athletes can transfer. If this ruling happens, transfers would be able to play right away, as long as they meet a minimum GPA requirement. Stay tuned to CSZ while the story updates.

UofL Athletics Sends Supplies To Harvey Victims

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University of Louisville student-athletes will be loading a semi-truck full of Louisville athletic apparel to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Here at Cardinal Sports Zone, our thoughts and prayers are still with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

UofL Field Hockey’s Player Spotlight

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Today the fans get to know the University of Louisville’s 2017 Field Hockey team. This player spot light focuses on freshman Louisville native, Elizabeth Allgeier. We find out what her nickname is, what game day rituals she has as well as her post college ambitions. Here is today’s player spotlight.

BirdGang18 Has The Women’s Lacrosse Team Ready To Play

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The University of Louisville Lacrosse team is going for their fifth straight NCAA appearance. Coach Kellie Young is thrilled to see what the incoming freshman can do to get them there. See the breakdown for each player below and be sure to catch the Lacrosse team in action this spring.

http://gocards.com/news/2017/8/28/incoming-freshman-class-has-womens-lacrosse-excited-about-2018-campaign.aspx

Prayers Out To Butler University Soccer

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Courtesy of Butler University Soccer Twitter

Cardinal Sports Zone would like to wish a speedy recovery to Butler University’s Men’s Soccer player, Jared Timmer. Prayers go out to him. The Junior captain had suffered a lower leg injury in the game tonight against UofL in front of his dad.

Spectator Alex Sherrard said:

“I didn’t see the injury up close but he was laying there screaming and motioning for the trainers. His left leg was hanging loose and contorted to the left side. Looked like he completely blew out his knee. Had to be taken off the field by stretcher and sent to the hospital. His Dad looked completely crushed.”

UofL Field Hockey Beats Reigning National Champions

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The University of Louisville Field Hockey team defeated Delaware, the defending national champions. The Cards won 3-1 and are currently ranked 9th in the nation!

Fast Facts With Lamar Jackson

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On today’s Fast Facts, the fine people with Louisville athletics sit down with 2016 Heisman Winner, Lamar Jackson. The fans find out if he prefers dogs or cats, would he go hang gliding or white water rafting, and where is his favorite hang out spot in Louisville? Here is Fast Facts with Lamar Jackson.

Russ Smith Isn’t Giving Up On NBA Dream

 

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Russ Smith is currently playing in China, averaging 57.7 points per game. Let me say that again, Russ Smith is averaging 57.7 points per game in China. At one point this year, he was averaging 61.2. That is just flat out RussdiculousYet somehow, the NBA scouts aren’t taking much notice. Russ sat down with YARON WEITZMAN  of Bleacher Report and talked about the rollercoaster he has been on since he graduated from the University of Louisville. You can read the full article below, and let us know when you think Russ will finally get the respect he deserves. 

 

UofL Football Kickoff Luncheon

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College football is upon us! Yesterday the University of Louisville football team held its annual kickoff luncheon. Check out the highlights below!