Louisville Football S.I.D. Rocco Gasparro
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the spotlight of a national audience focused on a showdown between two top-ranked teams, the University of Louisville will honor the legacy of boxing legend Muhammad Ali during Saturday’s noon kickoff at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
During the course of Saturday’s nationally televised match-up between No. 2 Florida State and No. 10 Louisville, the Cardinals will conduct a number of special presentations to remember “The Greatest of All Time” (GOAT), who passed away on June 3 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
The legendary figure, who was born in Louisville, Ky., was a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist boxer, as well as a social activist and philanthropist.
“The Ali Family has been tremendous supporters of our program,” Vice-President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich said. “Muhammad Ali’s presence and generosity to our department will never be forgotten and the support Lonnie and her family have given in all aspects have meant a lot to me during the course of my career at the University of Louisville. They are treasured in our community and we wanted to properly thank them for everything they’ve meant to the city and the university.”
With Muhammad’s wife Lonnie and son Asaad scheduled to be in attendance at the crucial ACC contest, a 30-foot painting of Muhammad’s signature butterfly with the words Ali displayed in the middle will sit in the northwest corner of the end zone at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Louisville Athletics will be donating all its community service hours performed by its student-athletes for the upcoming athletic season. Last year, UofL student-athletes performed over 11,000 hours in the community – the highest total in the ACC.
Members of the Louisville football team will wear a customized helmet sticker with the same mark that is displayed in the end zone, while a commemorative coin, featuring team logos on one side and the butterfly logo on the other, will be presented to both teams by Asaad during the pregame coin toss.
The UofL student section will pay homage to “The Champ” as more than 3,000 specially-designed Ali T-shirts will be distributed for students to wear during the game.
During the first quarter, an on-field presentation will honor Lonnie for her work for the ALI IN ALL OF US initiative. The first element of this initiative is the ALI 75 Service campaign that encourages people around the world to give 75 hours of service in honor of Muhammad Ali’s lifetime of humanitarian efforts.
Special video tributes and highlights of Ali’s life and career will also be featured throughout the course of the game.
Statement from Tom Jurich, Vice-President and Director of Athletics at the University of Louisville:
“I would like to thank Dr. Ramsey for the years we have worked together. My wife Terrilynn and I love this city and the University of Louisville. We will support the governor and will continue to be committed to our university.”
Tom Jurich is out of the office and unavailable for further comment at this time. Thank you.
Here is the official press release from University of Louisville’s Athletic Director, Tom Jurich:
“All of us in the Cardinal Athletics family are deeply, deeply saddened with the passing of an absolute worldwide legend in Muhammad,” said Tom Jurich, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics. “While he was undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes in history, the Champ made a difference in the lives of so many around the world. His generosity with his time for anything we asked of him — or things he offered to do without us asking — was incredible, as was the financial commitment he and Lonnie made to our baseball program at UofL. It was a true honor for me to know him and he will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Lonnie and the entire family.”
Today the great leader of our nation, Card Nation that is, stepped up to bat (no pun intended) and gave coach Dan McDonnell exactly what he earned. Our Head Coach Dan McDonnell was granted a 10 year extension worth $1 million dollars a year in base salary. We talked about the significance of that deal earlier here. But at 1pm Tom Jurich stepped up to the podium and announced the extension followed by Dan McDonnell. Click below to watch that press conference
Jeff Fischel of the ACCDN dives into the rise of Louisville Football behind the leadership of Petrino & Jurich. It appears that the ACC has taken notice and we won’t be sneaking up on anybody. Football season can’t get here soon enough.
Here is footage from the presser today involving Tom Jurich after the NCAA Baseball Tournament field was revealed. The video was taken by CSZ Baseball correspondent Justin Krueger. Enjoy!
Here is a link from loyal CSZ reader Robby Dull from earlier today where @theACCDN ‘s own Jeff Fischel interviewed UofL AD Tom Jurich & head football coach Bobby Petrino. Enjoy!
I heard the news as announced on the 93.9 ESPN radio show, Mid-day with Marques Maybin by guest host Steve Rummage on Thursday, April 14th, that Bobby Petrino received a contract extension running through the 2023 season. To me, the duration of the contract didn’t matter because Bobby said that this was his ” destination job” so he is not going anywhere.
I know, I know. He left us in the middle of the night, he bailed on the Atlanta Falcons after 13 games and left Western Kentucky University after only 13 months even though he said at his WKU introductory press conference that hoped his tenure there “can be as long as possible.” I hear all of your concerns and based on his previous history, I would be lying if I said it wasn’t in the back of my mind just a little bit. I also remember that just before he left Louisville, he pledged a large sum of money to Kosair Childrens Hospital. Most people don’t know that he fulfilled that pledge even though he had moved to Atlanta. He has always had a love for this city and especially Kosair hospital.
Since the accusations all came spilling out, the mind of every Louisville faithful has been working in overdrive to untangle the web that Katina Powell (and the media) has so intricately woven. Reactions have varied from one end of the spectrum to the other – from those who refuse to believe anything like this could ever happen here to those who believe that the only way we move past the situation is to “clean house.” I took a stance against Sports Illustrated’s portrayal of the University of Louisville as a dangerous culture for women, but when it comes to the scandal itself, I’ve struggled to decide how I feel. I am going to go out on a limb and say this… I’m not naive enough to believe that it could never happen here. I’ve accepted that there is potential that these claims and accusations have some truth to them. The one thing that I can’t get on board with is the premature crucifixion of Rick Pitino.
We have survived the “slow” part of the year and got through June and July! And even then, I think our shows were pretty good. Now we are in August, and that one hour just flies by! Today, we talked a lot about the Alabama game in 2018, the upcoming Auburn game, the fact that Auburn fans are buying our tickets, and much more. Click the soundcloud link below and give it a listen. Oh, and I love our ending music of “Today was a good day” by Ice Cube, but it was different today and it was fantastic.
According to CBS Sports, the Louisville Cardinals had the second best 2014-15 season in college sports behind only Ohio State. Five sports were rated: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and a “wild card” sport. According to the article, the wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.
Here is a little more explanation of how this was calculated:
The newest commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle will feature Tom Jurich. The bottles will benefit the University of Louisville’s Academic Center of Excellence. The bottles will be on retail shelves on Friday July 25 and cost around $50.
From Kenny Klein:
Tomorrow the ACC will announce the Men’s College Basketball pairings for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. The Cards will begin their first season of play in the ACC this season and it is one that will set up some blockbuster match ups for Pitino and company. A lot of questions will be answered tomorrow:
Who will the Cards play twice?
Will the Cards go to the Dean Dome or Cameron?
Will the ACC take the Big East approach and have the Cards play Duke, UNC, and Cuse all twice?
All these questions and more will be answered tomorrow at 11 AM so have your calenders out and ready!
The ACC pairings will be released on their website TheACC.com
If you read the title of this post, you may think it isn’t a big deal, just another award for Rick Pitino. Then when I say that the runner-up was Tom Jurich and in third place was Teddy Bridgewater, you may think that this was a poll done on Louisville’s campus. This is actually the Lexington Hearald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year, and it is voted on by media members in Kentucky. So yes, in a Lexington-based newspaper, the top 3 vote-getters were Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, and Teddy Bridgewater. Not too bad. Other interesting finishers in the top 10: Charlie Strong and 9th and Russ Smith at 10th.
Top 10 in voting
1. Rick Pitino
2. Tom Jurich
3. Teddy Bridgewater
4. Dominique Hawkins
5. Kenny Perry
6. Makayla Epps
7. Antonio Andrews
8. A’dia Mathies
9. Charlie Strong
10. Russ Smith
Pitino becomes the first person to win this award three times. He also won it in 1990 and 1996. In 2013, Pitino led the Cardinals to a National Championship, was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had a horse (Goldencents) run in the Kentucky Derby, got a tattoo, caught a marlin, and drank a lot of coconut water.
Your move 2014.
Photo courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com
On Thursday evening it was announced that Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt would be leaving UofL to be an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears. We wish him nothing but the best in the future. Hurtt posted the following message on his facebook page:
“It’s never easy saying bye to people or places that you love. Not in a million years did I think I would ever leave the University of Miami but I also knew that if I was going to grow professionally I had to leave the nest seeing that the U was all that I knew. With the exception of Greg Schiano and Bill Young I had been in the same defense practically for 10 of my 13 years with them as player/ga/coach.
Louisville was the perfect situation, the challenge of rebuilding a program, a sleeping giant to the college football world, a rising head coach that I knew I could learn so much from and a fan base second to none in college football.
These past 4 years have been memories I’ll never forget and relationships that will never be broken. Tom Jurich is as good as gold some may feel me leaving for this opportunity is not right but he totally understood why I wanted this. No different then the reason I came here-to grow in this profession. He respected it and understood I told him this wasn’t a ploy to “hide out” and go to Texas. Lol people really don’t know me if they think I’m a follower. I follow one person and that’s God.
I love Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford but I stated to Charlie long before this is what I wanted to do, coach in the NFL. Toughest part was telling the DL today and I’ll see the rest of the boys tomorrow.
Card Nation I want to thank you for all your support and how gracious you’ve been to my family and I since we’ve been here. We will still be rooting to no end for OUR CARDINALS this season and every season to come after. Good luck to Coach Petrino and his staff can’t wait to see them beat the hell out of every dam body!! #L1C4 #Cardinaldiehardfan!”
Are you serious, Tom Jurich?
I imagine his response goes somewhat along the lines of…. “As a motorcycle wreck, Daryl”.
Of course I was reluctant to the idea of bringing back a former coach of ours. I thought it was just a far fetched joking desire from a broken-hearted Cardnation. I figured we were ready to keep progressing forward with the train that Charlie Strong abruptly jumped off of. And yes, as @the_redbird7 termed it, I’m still ‘smad’ at Charlie for bailing. For the second time in the past year I feel like the girl that got dumped. Once, yes I actually got dumped by my boyfriend of four years and the second time by my football coach of four years. Almost immediately we saw Coach flaunt his new ‘Texas girlfriend’ on the internet. Didn’t you ever watch Spongebob, Charlie?!
Photo courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com
By Lloyd Spence:
As Head Coach Charlie Strong walked out the door last weekend to The University of Texas, the search for the next coach began in one of the strangest possible places.
University of Louisville Athletic Director aka “The Card-Father”, Tom Jurich, decided to start his search (despite major personal reservations) in Bowling Green, KY with the man that lead the Football program to places it had only reached under Hall of Fame Coach Howard Schnellenberger. As that search evolved, Bobby Petrino, who led the Cardinals from 2003 to 2007 and was the current Head Coach of Western Kentucky University, quickly became the “target coach” to lead the program into its new conference home, The ACC.
I have been trying to write this post in my head for a few days now, because even before it was official, it looked pretty good that Bobby Petrino was going to be named our next head coach. I am glad that I waited until today to write it because I was able to attend the official press conference and hear Petrino and Tom Jurich speak in person. That just sealed the deal on what I already knew: that I love the hire of Bobby Petrino as our next coach for the University of Louisville football team.