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Recent Highlights From Three Of UofL’s Four 2019 Commits

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Photo Courtesy of Samuell Williamson’s Twitter Account (@S_Williamson35)

Two weekends ago, Chris Mack picked up a huge commitment from 2019 4 Star SF Samuell Williamson. The 6’6 Texas native is 45th ranked player in the 2019 class per 247sports composite rankings.

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UofL Vs Florida State 2017 Football Game (Video)

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Need some football to get you to Saturday? Check out last year’s UofL vs Florida State game, where Louisville grabbed their second straight win against the Seminoles.

2019 4 Star Trinity G David Johnson Re-commits To UofL Basketball

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Trinity High School’s David Johnson committed to Rick Pitino and his hometown UofL Cardinals back in September 2017, but ended up decommitting when the FBI scandal broke. Now, just a year later, Johnson, a 6’5 170 lbs G, has recommitted to Coach Chris Mack and the Cards.

Johnson is a 4 Star G and the 72nd ranked player in 2019 per 247sports composite rankings. He chose UofL over Tom Crean and the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Chris Mack Looks To Cement His 2019 Recruiting Class Next Weekend

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Chris Mack has come in like a whirlwind, an irresistible force, and began rebuilding the brand of UofL Basketball; a brand that is as rich in tradition as any school.

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Photo Courtesy of Chris Mack’s Twitter Account (@CoachChrisMack)

He started by welcoming all players from all eras to come home. Then, he set about transforming the current roster both in physical appearance and in their style of play. Now, he’s out on the recruiting trail showing the college basketball world that UofL’s brand is not dead; that, in fact, it was merely dormant and it is ready to rise up and enjoy a new birth of relevancy on the national stage.

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2019 4 Star SF Samuell Williamson Commits To The Cards

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Photo Courtesy of Samuell Williamson’s Twitter Account (@S_Williamson35)

Chris Mack has the Cardinal Caravan rolling as UofL picks up their third commitment for the 2019 class in 4 Star F Samuell Williamson.

Williamson, a 6’6 180 lbs SF from Rockwall High School in Rockwall, TX, is ranked 44th overall in the 2019 class per 247sports composite rankings. He chose UofL over Kansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Florida, and a host of other schools. Luke Murray was his primary recruiter.

I have watched highlights of Williamson, but we at @CardSportZone also got to see him in person at the open gym the UofL Basketball team held on Saturday. This guy is a cool customer on the court with a high basketball IQ and we came away highly impressed.

Williamson is in constant motion without the ball on offense; always forcing his defender to move and working his way to get open. He loves to get open in the corners for 3s. What stood out on his highlights and in the practice was that his movement isn’t a token gesture. He always moves with purpose; either to create spacing for teammates to work or to get open. He loves to go back door on over eager defenders for alley oops or layups.

However, Williamson can also handle the ball in the open court and in the half court. His ball handling is as smooth as his personality seems to be. He handles like a 6’2 PG and can actually run some point. It is entirely possible to run an offense through him if need be.

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Photo Courtesy of Samuell Williamson’s Twitter Account (@S_Williamson35)

Williamson matches his ball handling with excellent court vision, awareness, and passing. In one of his highlights, he grabs a rebound, brings the ball up the court, and makes a nice pass between two unaware defenders to his teammate for an easy layup. At the open practice, he did an excellent job of feeding the post when a big had a favorable one on one matchup; he used very simple, crisp passes.

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UofL’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge Game Now Has A Time And Channel

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We already knew UofL Basketball and Coach Chris Mack would be facing Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans on November 27th at the KFC Yum Center. What we didn’t know was the time of the game and the channel that would carry it…until now.

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Bowl Projections: 9-6-18

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USA Today released their bowl projections after week one of the college football season. They have UofL in a bowl fans are quite familiar with against an opponent the Cards have beaten down once before.

That’s right Card Nation, it’s the Belk Bowl on December 29th. UofL fans have bad memories of Teddy Bridgewater getting pummeled by NC State in the 2011 game and Nick Chubb wrecking our defense in Bobby Petrino’s first season back as coach.

The projected opponent is Florida; the team UofL beat down in the 2013 Sugar Bowl to make Kirk Herbstreit eat his words.I don’t mind this projection at all. UofL gets to beat Florida again, which their neighbors down the road haven’t done in over 30 years, and we fans get to exorcise the Belk Bowl demons that haunt our memories.

Bring on the Belk Bowl and bring on Florida…unless, of course, the Cards go 10-1 the rest of the season and make a New Year’s Six bowl.

Chris Mack Talked With Jon Rothstein On His Weekly Podcast

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UofL coach Chris Mack joined Jon Rothstein on his weekly “College Basketball Today” podcast Tuesday.

Coach Mack discussed why he chose to leave Xavier for UofL and what he thinks the ceiling is for the 2018-2019 Cardinals, among other topics.

Click the tweet above to give it a listen.

UofL Press Conference 9-5-18 (Video)

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UofL held a press conference this evening after practice to talk about what they learned from the loss from Alabama and what they are working on to get better as the season progresses.

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UofL Sideline Props Make Uniswag List

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Photo Courtesy of John Ramsey’s Twitter Account (@JohnRamseyUofL)

Uniswag wrote an article about some of the top sideline props being used by college football teams this year. UofL made the list for their Muhammad Ali Turnover Belt and Touchdown Gloves.

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UofL Releases Information For Fans Regarding UofL’s Home Opener

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Photo Courtesy of Pete Nochta’s Twitter Account (@pete_nochta13)

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

UofL Fans Information for Saturdays Home Football Opener at Cardinal Stadium

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The first season with a sparkling new end zone expansion, an earlier entrance to parking lots for the opening game, and value menu concession options are among the items that University of Louisville football fans will notice when the Cardinals kick off their first home game of the season on Sept. 8 against Indiana State at 7 p.m.

Stadium Expansion

The north end zone expansion has completed the stadium bowl and provided many new fan experience opportunities. The expansion includes 800 modern club seats, 68 new premium loge level boxes and 12 exclusive field level suites. Two new 40-foot by 80-foot LED video boards in the north end zones and a new 24-foot by 92-foot video board in the south end zone provide high resolution video content. An additional of four (4) new ribbon boards are in place throughout the stadium seating bowl. All seating within the stadium are chair back seats, making it the only university owned and operated football stadium in the nation with that feature.

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Experiences From The Alabama-UofL Game

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The Day Before the Game

First off, Id like to thank every member of Card Nation that made the trip to Orlando. Whether it was by plane, car, or shuttle bus, thank you. Wherever we went in Orlando there were a few Cards fans; some seemed optimistic about a win, while others were just happy to see the start of the college football season regardless of the opponent.

The Morning/Afternoon of the Game Day

Going out to breakfast that morning was an adventure. Alabama fans appeared to have taken over Orlando. The amount of Louisville fans were few and far between. Perhaps our fans were still recovering from hitting up the bars and clubs the night before.

Finally, we decided to just grab a bite from IHOP. The service was great, but I couldve done without the numerous amounts of “Roll Tide” chants; that was very annoying.

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The Barbour Shop: 10 Things I Hate About You: Alabama

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I have done this before and thought I’d resurrect it. Without further ado…10 Things I Hate About You Alabama.

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10) I hate driving through your long a** state just to get to Panama City. That’s torture under the Geneva Convention. Look it up.

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A Special Angelic Cardinal Needs Your Help CardNation

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There’s a very special UofL fan that needs your help. She has no voice, for she cannot talk. She cannot get up and get what she wants, for she cannot walk. She cannot even really move and she is fed through a feeding tube. She cannot regulate her own body temperature or her sodium or really anything. This causes seizures and frequent hospital visits.

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UofL Basketball Announces “Louisville Live” Event

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UofL Basketball announced this morning a special event for fans called “Louisville Live.”The event will be held at the unique venue of 4th Street Live from 7-9 pm on September 28th with admission beginning at 6 pm.

It’s a chance to wow recruits, let the players have some fun, and infuse the fan base with some much-needed excitement.

There will be plenty of activities for fans and, best of all, it’s free! Head on out to see new Coach Chris Mack and his 2018-2019 UofL squad. Click on the tweet above for the full details of the event.

CBS Sports Poll Of College Basketball Coaches Names The Best 2018 Coaching Hires

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CBS Sports polled over 100 NCAA D1 coaches anonymously and asked them who the best coaching hire of 2018 was. By 1 percent of the vote, UofL’s hiring of Chris Mack was dubbed the best hire followed by UCONN’s hire of Dan Hurley. Mack garnered 32 percent of the votes to Hurley’s 31 percent.

CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander provides quotes from the anonymous coaches about the coaches in this poll, gives some background on those coaches, and also list previous winners of the poll. Last year’s winner was Archie Miller, by the way.

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UofL Football Press Conference 8-29-18 (Video)

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Photo Courtesy of Pete Nochta’s Twitter Account (@pete_nochta13)

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

Louisville Defense Prepares for Plenty of Unknowns in 2018 Season Opener

The Cardinals open the season on Saturday night on ABC.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -There are a lot of uncertainties for the University of Louisville football teams defense heading into Saturday nights season opener versus Alabama.

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has brought a new scheme and attitude on that side of the football. Despite the numerous question marks, UofL head coach Bobby Petrino likes what hes seen on defense this fall.

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A Familiar Face Returns to UofL Football In Running Back Jeremy Smith

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RB Jeremy Smith, who announced back in December that he would be transferring from UofL for his final year of eligibility, has instead returned to UofL to finish out his college career.

Smith played in the opener against Purdue last year, but suffered an injury to his foot before the next game and was forced to miss the rest of the season. He originally intended to apply for a medical redshirt and finish his career at UofL.

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UofL Announces Bobby Petrino Radio Show Will Air On Thursdays

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Bobby Petrino Radio Show, originating from The Sports & Social Club at Fourth Street Live!, will kick off a new season of University of Louisville football when the popular event begins Thursday at a new time.

The Sports & Social Club, located at 427 S. Fourth Street, once again will again be the exclusive location for all 12 broadcasts. New this season, all shows will air live from 6-7 p.m. and can be heard on 790 WKRD AM and GoCards.com.

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UofL Football Press Conference 8-28-18 (Video)

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UofL Football held a press conference after Tuesday’s practice which featured the offensive line.

Co-offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Mike Summers, along with starting offensive linemen Lukayus McNeil and Mekhi Becton, talked with media about how camp went, what they intend to do once they step on the field, and the excitement of playing Alabama.

Check out the presser below.