We all know that Papa Johns founder, John Schnatter, used a word that is totally unacceptable. A chain reaction of events followed, one of which was the changing of the name of the University of Louisville football stadium to Cardinal Stadium, dropping Schnatter’s name from the title.
After Schnatter’s unacceptable remarks were made public by Forbes, I immediately looked up and thoroughly read through the naming rights contract between Schnatter and the University. The contract is very one-sided in favor of Schnatter and it gives him rights over the stadium name until December 30th 2040. It appeared as though the name of the stadium wouldn’t change despite the millions of new name suggestions on social media. While it was fun to come up with new names, I highly doubted the name would be changed before the year 2041.
Enter new University president, Neeli Bendapudi. She quickly met with her board and trusted advisors. After the meeting she announced that the Stadium would now be called Cardinal Stadium. Read the rest of this entry
UofL President Neeli Bendapudi’s Official Statement On Removal Of Papa John’s Name From Cardinal Stadium
Below is the official statement from UofL President Neeli Bendapudi regarding the removal of Papa John Schnatter’s name from Cardinal Stadium and the renaming of the stadium as “Cardinal Stadium”:
In moments of crisis, the best communities find a way to come together. Over the last 24 hours our community has been fractured by the comments made by former UofL trustee John Schnatter. These comments were hurtful and unacceptable, and they do not reflect the values of our university. I have decided, with the support of our Board of Trustees, to rename our football stadium “Cardinal Stadium” and to remove John Schnatter’s name from the Center for Free Enterprise at our College of Business effective immediately.
I have stated since my first day on this job that my commitment to the University of Louisville is to make it a great place to learn, a great place to work, and a great place in which to invest. We can only accomplish this if we truly celebrate diversity, foster equity, and aim to achieve inclusion.
I appreciate your support as we have reviewed this difficult situation. By taking this action, we renew our community’s commitment to speaking up when it matters, doing what is right, and coming together as one team – our Cardinal family – to heal and move forward. The brightest days for this university are still ahead.
“Papa” John Schnatter has come under a storm of controversy after he admitted to using the N-word during a conference call. He resigned from the UofL Board of Trustees and from the position of chairman of the company he founded.
There is, however, another thorny issue that remains unresolved. His name adorns the football stadium UofL plays in and, by contract (click here for contract details), it will remain there in some form until at least 2040.
With all the recent controversy surrounding John Schnatter, Papa Johns founder, there has much talk on social media and around the water coolers of every work place in Louisville about changing the name of U of L’s football stadium. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it seems that the name won’t change unless John Schnatter changes it himself and the University approved the change. The name change can only occur once every 5 years and the new Stadium name “shall be that of John Schnatter, a person or entity closely affiliated with Schnatter, or his or its successors or assigns” – according to the contract between the University and Schnatter. Here is a part of the contract…
As we get closer and closer to the start of the college football season, every major publication will tell you how your team will perform this season. I just want to let you in on a little secret – They don’t really know. They just want to get clicks, sell subscriptions or magazines. They cover every college team and often times don’t do their due diligence but rather just give you the obvious, like ” Lamar Jackson’s production will be tough to replace.”
In about a month or so I will give you my annual game by game predictions. While I am not a college football coach, I’ll give you what I believe to be the truth no matter if it hurts or not. My predictions will be based what I have observed and from information I have obtained through conversations with both Louisville staff and student athletes and not an attempt to sell you on anything.
Until then, I want to give you a few things you can expect from the 2018-2019 version of the Louisville football team. Read the rest of this entry
It was announced on Monday that UofL will use ANC for the video boards for the newly expanded Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. This is the same company that installed and operates the video boards at Jim Patterson, Lynn Stadium and Ulmer Stadium. You can see the full details of the agreement below.
In the wake of all the “scandals,” poor decisions, lack of leadership and actions without integrity at the University of Louisville, many people lost their jobs, reputations were damaged, feeling were hurt and fans were divided.
It was a tough time and it seems that things are starting to take a turn in the right direction. But we can’t move forwards until we let go of the past – so it’s time to finally put an end to the Jurich era.
Bobby Petrino, Nick Petrino, Kolby Smith, Chris Klenakis, Lonnie Galloway and Mike Summers all sat down with the media today to give a summer update on the UofL football team. You can catch Bobby’s full interview in a video format at the end!
With all the excitement surrounding the progress of the Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium expansion, I felt like this would be a good time to revisit some interviews with four of the incoming freshman who will never know what it’s like to play in the open-ended PJCS.
This is your chance to get to know a few of these guys before they make their names known the field. Read the rest of this entry
Not to wish away summer, but is it football season yet?
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team returned to campus Monday night to begin summer workouts.
While the Cardinals begin training for the 2018 campaign, construction continues on the expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.
Today, the media gathered for a tour of the north end zone expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Below are photos from the closed event as well as a rough outline of what is in store for the Cardinal football players of today and tomorrow.
The Cardinals open the 2018 season — their 100th in program history — against Alabama on September 1st. U of L opens their home slate with a September 8th tilt against Indiana State. Read the rest of this entry
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football program has enjoyed a long history and will celebrate its 100th season in 2018.
Thursday is just the start of the year-long celebration, which also marks 100 days before the Cardinals open the season against defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 1 in the Camping World Kickoff game in Orlando, Fla. The nationally televised game will kick off at 8 p.m. on ABC.
UofL will be playing 5 weekend night games this year!! Three of the games will be on Saturdays (including the home opener) and two will be on Fridays.
Looking to upgrade your summer wardrobe? Here is your chance! Finally we have the return of the truck sale!
This Saturday (May 19th) from 9a-2p at the football parking lot near central avenue you can dig through some gear and find something new!
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville athletics department is doing a little spring cleaning this weekend, and UofL fans will reap the benefits.
The Cardinals are giving fans an opportunity to purchase official merchandise at a Yard Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Bronze Lot, which is located next to Central Ave.
Official sideline apparel, practice uniforms, game jerseys, footwear, headwear, other game equipment will be available at discounted prices. Cash and credit cards will be the accepted forms of payment.
Ky Derby week is over and now it’s time to get back to all things Louisville. For me, it’s time to start looking ahead to football season. Yes, we still have all summer but football season will be here before you know it. That’s why I want to go ahead and take a quick look at the highlights of the football schedule. Read the rest of this entry
Lamar Jackson is transitioning into his role as a Baltimore Raven. After his first two days of rookie minicamp, he met with the media, see what all he had to say below!
Want to meet Cardnial Forever and current Cincinnati Bengal, Preston Brown? Here is your chance!
On Saturday May 19th, at Molly Malone’s in the Highlands – support the Preston Brown Foundation for youth education initiatives! Expect great time with sports talk Q&A, autograph signing, free signed 8×10 photo, and 1/2 price appetizer with each advanced ticket!!!
Follow this link to get your tickets NOW : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cincinnati-bengal-uofl-alum-preston-brown-nfl-meet-greet-tickets-45792864691
Lamar Jackson was formally introduced as a Raven today along with his new coaches and fellow draft pick, Hayden Hurst. While the coaches are still keeping things tight lipped about what they plan to do with all of Lamar’s talents, one thing is for sure. Lamar will be a quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens. Check out all of the videos from Lamar’s first NFL press conference below!
Good luck watching this without tearing up.