Today in laughable NCAA news: The NCAA has reprimanded Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.
According to the release, Coach Walz directed, “inappropriate and profane language,” toward committee members and NCAA staff seated at the scorers table during the loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.
The NCAA has, “publicly reprimanded,” Coach Walz and issued a few laughable penalties. Coach Walz is suspended for the first NCAA post season game and his Final Four per diem allowance will be withheld.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Lance nothing but the best moving forward.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Forward Lance Thomas, who averaged 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 12 games as a freshman at the University of Louisville last season, has been provided his release to transfer to another institution.
Robbie Valentine was on air with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage for the Tuesday May 15th edition of Middays with Marques Maybin. They discussed everything from Robbie’s upcoming 33rd (!) annual basketball camps to the type of recruits coach Mack has been bringing in. They also discussed the incredible Donovan Mitchell and the impact he has had on the Louisville and Utah communities thus far. Take a listen below!
UofL has reached a settlement agreement with former Athletic Director Tom Jurich after a dispute over his firing last fall. It is interesting to note that the settlement refers to “Mr. Jurich’s retirement from the University in October 2017.” So, both parties are now calling this a retirement rather than a termination.
In the settlement, Jurich will receive a $4.5 million “settlement sum” and the ending of his career at UofL is now referred to as a “without cause” resignation instead of “with cause” termination as it had been previously.
UofL announced details for tomorrow’s big athletic equipment sale that is being held at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The sale starts at 9 am and will be next to Central Ave and in the Bronze Lot. Sales will only be made in person.
Also released was a list of items and their cost. The most expensive items will be game jerseys for football and baseball that are priced at $50 a piece. The least expensive will be socks and hats at only $1 a piece.
According to John Lewis with WDRB, cardnation will get their chance to celebrate the 2013 National Championship sometime in June thanks to the Louisville Sports Commission.
Venue: 4th Street Live!
Friday June 29, 2018
Doors open at 530pm & runs until 830pm
General admission tickets are $20 per person
Upper & lower level seating tickets are $60 per person (Only 100 available)
Chris Mack is hammering the 2019 class hard. Just last Friday he had a visit from 4 Star G Josh Nickelberry. Now, on June 2, he has a visit scheduled with another highly touted 4 Star G named Jahmius Ramsey.
Ramsey, a 6’4 180 lbs combo guard, plays for IMG Academy, but is originally from TX. He is the 3rd ranked CG and 35th ranked overall player in the 2019 class per 247sports.com.
Samford Grad Transfer Christen Cunningham is now officially a member of the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team after signing his financial aid papers.
The 6’2 G will join Darius Perry, Ryan McMahon, and VJ King in the back court for Coach Chris Mack and the Cards. His experience and playmaking ability will be invaluable to a team needing depth at the guard position.
Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:
Christen Cunningham Joins UofL Basketball Roster
2019 4 Star G Josh Nickelberry out of Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, NC is visiting UofL on Friday per Evan Daniels. It is an unofficial visit.
Nickelberry is a 6’4 175 lbs SG with offers from UNC, NC State, Florida, Baylor, Florida State, Auburn, Xavier, Georgetown, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and many others. He is ranked as the 53rd best player in the 2019 class by 247sports.com.
Welp. This sucks.
Yacine Diop will transfer from Pitt to Louisville for her final season of eligibility.
Diop was Pitt’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Last season, Diop tied her career high of 26 points against Louisville.
The forward will be immediately eligible.
UofL Basketball picked up a commitment today. It’s been a long time since that sentence has been written and it feels glorious. The committed player is 6’2 Grad Transfer PG Christen Cunningham out of Samford University.
Cunningham is actually from Georgetown, KY. He attended Henry Clay High School in Lexington and played for former UofL player Ellis Myles on his Louisville Magic AAU team. While at Samford, Cunningham was coached by Scott Padgett who is from Louisville and played under Pitino at that school down the road.
At Samford, Cunningham was a true PG. He was an excellent ball handler and floor leader with a physical style of play. Cunningham showed the ability to get to the rack and finish through contact. He has a nice midrange and 3 point shot. Where Cunningham truly shines, however, is his passing ability. He makes really nifty passes and his court vision allows him to see guys before they are open.
Kahil Fennell is coming to the University of Louisville after spending one year as an assistant coach at Portland State. He played three years at Redlands University where he graduated with a degree in history and earned all-academic honors.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to give a warm welcome to Kahil and his family. Welcome to Louisville!
Missouri G Courtney Ramey, one of the highest rated unsigned players left in the 2018 class, is scheduled to make a visit to the University of Louisville today.
It was about a week ago that UofL Head Coach Chris Mack announced that UofL was no longer recruiting 2018 4 Star PG and former UofL commit Courtney Ramey.
Many UofL media and fans were caught off guard that Mack mentioned a recruit by name and thought that definitively ended UofL’s pursuit of Ramey.
Former UofL player, fan favorite, and current Atlanta Hawk Damion Lee joined Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage on Middays with Marques Maybin on Friday.
He discussed a myriad of topics with Marques and Steve, offering a lot of honest insight. Some of the topics discussed were his recruiting process as a grad transfer, his time at UofL, his time in the G League, his NBA call up, UofL’s future with Chris Mack, among other topics. You can listen to the entire Damion Lee interview below.
Myisha Hines-Allen is headed to the Washington Mystics!!
With the 19th pick, the Mystics selected Hines-Allen. While the Mystics are set in the post, Hines-Allen will add great value and undoubtedly will earn her time in the spotlight.
Congrats, Myisha!! We are so proud of you!!
The University of Louisville men’s basketball head coach, Chris Mack, joined Midday’s with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage on Tuesday. They talked about everything from grad transfers, to workouts and everything in between! Listen in below!
Louisville head coach Jeff Walz has been tabbed as the head coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 team.
Delaware’s Natasha Adair and UCLA’s Cori Close will serve as his assistant coaches.
The trio will lead the team at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The top four finishing teams earn a qualifying berth into next summer’s 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
The dates have yet to be announced for this summer’s contest.
“I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again,” said Walz. “I had an amazing experience last summer in Japan as the head coach of the U23 team, and I have spent time with USA Basketball the past three summers. Working with USA Basketball is something that I have always dreamed of doing, and I look forward to leading the U18 team this summer. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and it is an honor to once again be entrusted with such an important role.”
Basketball season just ended and many Louisville fans – myself included – are already counting down the days until tip off.
Today, the ACC dropped conference home and away opponents.
In 2018-19, the Cardinals’ home schedule is highlighted by Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia.
See the full release below: