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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.

UofL Basketball To Name Greg Paulus Assistant Coach

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Today, Acting Head Coach David Padgett and Acting Athletic Director Vince Tyra are set to announce the addition of Greg Paulus to the UofL Men’s Basketball coaching staff per Courier Journal reporter Jeff Greer.

Paulus played 4 years under legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. 3 of his 4 years were as Duke’s starting Point Guard before he was relegated to the bench for his senior year.

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Paulus then took an interest in football and, as a graduate transfer, transferred to Syracuse and was their starting Quarterback for one season. He led the team to a 4-8 record.

*one of those losses to Steve K***** at Louisville. K’s final victory

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After trying out for the NFL, Paulus joined the ranks of college basketball again. This time as a coach. In 2010, he was hired as an assistant coach at Navy. Then in 2011, he was hired by Thad Matta to the position of video coordinator for the Ohio State University basketball team. Eventually, in 2013, Matta promoted him to assistant coach and he coached there through last season.

Paulus was born in Ohio and raised in Wisconsin until his family settled in Syracuse, NY, where he attended high school at Christian Brothers Academy.

You can read more about UofL’s newest assistant coach in Jeff Greer’s article below.

UofL has officially announced Greg Paulus’ hiring. Here is the official press release from Kenny Klein on

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

Jay Bilas Interviews 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.

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


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.

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.

Red – White Scrimmage Teams Announced


Tonight is the fan’s first chance to see the UofL men’s basketball 2017-2018 team. You can see the team break downs below!

Trent Johnson Named New Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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Former TCU, LSU and Stanford coach, Trent Johnson was officially named as the assistant of the UofL Men’s Basketball team. Jonshon was let go from TCU in March of 2016, but everyone surrounding the program had nothing but positive things to say about his integrity and character.

“His record won’t be deemed a success. But Trent Johnson’s time at TCU won a lot of people over because of the way he conducted himself and ran his program.” – Gil Lebreton with Star-Telegram.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to send a warm welcome to coach Johnson and look forward to seeing him on the court this season.

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Mini Plan Tickets For Men’s Basketball Go On Sale October 12th


It was announced today that Mini Plan tickets for UofL men’s basketball will go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM. Fans can select their choice of six games in priority seating in 4 different packages. Check out the full details below.

UofL Assistants Could Be Fired By Monday


According to the Courier Journal, Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair could be officially terminated as early as Monday. The ULAA will meet Monday to discuss the next steps following the fall out of the FBI investigation that was brought to light just two weeks ago. You can read the full outline of their contracts below.

David Padgett Interviewed On “We Need To Talk”


Tuesday night, acting head coach David Padgett talked to the ladies of “We Need To Talk”. He touched on everything from his relationship with Rick Pitino, to his expectations for the season. You can listen to the full interview below.

Padgett Hitting The Recruiting Trail: Ramey Up First

From the moment the latest scandal involving UofL basketball broke, it felt like everything crashed within seconds. Anfernee Simons who is ranked in the top 10 nationally withdrew  his commitment to UofL shortly after the news broke, and has since been reached out to by 27 different schools. Simon’s mom has said they are open to hearing from David Padgett, but that it hasn’t happened yet. Courtney Ramey was another player who decommitted in the days following the scandal, and he will be Padgett’s first focus. David travels to St. Louis to visit him today. Ramey’s dad did confirm to Jeff Greer that this visit was happening and that Padgett was one of the main recruiters of his son. You can read Jeff Greer’s full article below.

Men’s Basketball Luncheon Tickets Now Available

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The annual Men’s Basketball Luncheon tickets went on sale today. The lunch will take place on October 26th, doors will open at 11:30 with lunch beginning at noon. Presented by Clark & Riggs Printing and WAVE3, at the Grand Ballroom of the Louisville Downtown Marriott, tickets are $45 a piece and you will hear from acting head coach, David Padgett at the event. Find out how to buy your tickets and support the team and Coach Padgett below.

UofL Basketball Names Temporary Coaches

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According to Kenny Klein, current staffers Michael Bowden, Logan Baumann and R.J Evans are now in temporary coaching roles.

One College Basketball Writer Thinks UofL Can Recover Quickly From Its Scandals

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CBS Sports college basketball columnist Gary Parrish doesn’t seem to think UofL basketball will be down as long as others think. He wrote an article and in it he pointed out reasons why he thinks that’s the case.

Parrish believes the most important thing to ensure UofL basketball rejoins the ranks of the elite quickly, is hiring the right coach after this basketball season.

You can read his article below to see how and why he thinks this can be achieved. At the very least, it provides UofL fans with a glimmer of hope in these dark times.


Dear Coach Pitino: An Open Letter From A Lifelong Louisville Fan

Dear Coach Rick Pitino,
It is truly hard to image entering the KFC Yum! Center and not, first hearing you, then seeing you on the sidelines. You have been the figure head of the University of Louisville’s basketball team for much of my childhood.

What has transpired the past few years under your reign, it breaks my heart. Whether you knew about the issues, that’s irrelevant at this point.

It has been hard to be a Louisville Basketball fan… The play on the court has been tremendous. Your play calling, flawless at its best. But, the constant harassment from other fan bases… It was hard.

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Pitino’s Contract To Be Terminated


Today officially begins the end of the Pitino era. For better or for worse, the board unanimously voted to begin the process of terminating his contract. What do you think about this latest development?

Rick Pitino’s Letter Of Suspension


Eric Crawford with WDRB released the letter that Rick Pitino received on Wednesday, notifying him of his suspension. You can see the full letter below.

Brian Bowen Hires Attorney


Bowen1According to Tim Sullivan, Brian Bowen has hired Miami attorney Jason Setchen in an effort to play this season for UofL. As of Sunday night, Brian is still on campus but is not permitted in any team activity or practices. This is a developing story, stay with CSZ as more details are released.

Pitino Maintains His Innocence


Rick Pitino had a brief phone call with the Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer, in which he continues to say he is an innocent bystander in the FBI’s investigation of bribery in college basketball. Pitino also mentions that he hopes this team wins the national championship and he loves them, and David Padgett. David was announced as the interim head coach on Friday evening. He also disclosed that he has left for Miami and plans on selling his house here in Louisville. You can read the full conversation below.