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2019 GA ATH Jeremiah Pruitte Commits To The Cards

Jeremiah Pruitte

Photo Courtesy of Jeremiah Pruitte’s Twitter Account (@_jlp5)

UofL Football went down south to GA and got a commitment from 3 Star GA ATH Jeremiah Pruitte. Pruitte plays for Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA.

The 6’6 218 lbs player chose UofL over offers from Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Purdue, among others. Cardinals WR coach and co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway was the primary recruiter of Pruitte per 247sports.com.

 

Pruitte plays multiple positions for Wheeler High; among them OLB, WR, and TE.

In watching Pruitte’s Hudl highlights, he’s tall, he’s big, and he’s physical. One of his best attributes is his blocking. Pruitte is a great downfield blocker as a WR. His team utilizes this skill a lot in bubble screens. He’s able to seal off defenders and open a lane for the receiver with the football to gain yards.

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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”: 

UofL Family,

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.

Go Cards!

Sincerely,

Neeli Bendapudi

Two UofL Football Players Want Papa John’s Name Removed From Cardinal Stadium

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“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.

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John Schnatter Resigns From UofL Board Of Trustees

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Photo Courtesy of Insider Louisville

The University of Louisville released a statement today regarding the resignation of John Schnatter (Papa Johns) from the Board of Trustees.

Web Site Makes Annual Comparison Of Each ACC Football Team To Cars

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Each year CJ Pony Parts makes comparisons of NCAA football teams to different types of cars that fit the style of said teams. They do this by conference and started this year with ACC teams.

Last year, they compared UofL Football to a 2017 Chevy Volt. Odd choice for a team led by Lamar Jackson, but I digress.

This year, CJ Pony Parts chose the Falcon F7 to represent the 2018 version of Bobby Petrino’s Cardinals (click on story in tweet below to see pictures of the vehicle compared to UofL and for all other ACC teams).

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UofL Women’s Basketball Is Battling UConn For Super Talented 2019 4 Star Wing

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Photo Courtesy of Dan Ricci

It’s no doubt that Louisville’s Women’s basketball program has experienced a meteoric explosion in it’s rise to national prominence. Accidentally? No. Intentionally? Hell yeah! Louisville has experienced this explosive rise because:

1. They were deliberate in hiring not a good coach; but a great one.
2. The recruitment of quality players with great basketball skills and character.
3. Getting those players with high skill sets drafted into the WNBA.
4. The consistent ability of the coaches and players to secure significant program changing wins against some of the nation’s elite teams.

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2019 UofL Commit Josh Nickelberry Shows Out In Inaugural Battle For Georgia AAU Tournament

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2019 UofL Basketball commit Josh Nickelberry led his team, Game Elite Gold, to victory in the inaugural Battle for Georgia AAU tournament. His team competed in the 17U division, which was compiled of 8 teams. The tournament was filled with AAU teams that were Georgia based.

Nickelberry showed exactly why UofL fans will love him, as the 6’4 175 lbs G exhibited his shooting prowess all weekend. He rained down threes on every opponent Game Elite Gold faced. He also displayed some of his abilities as a passer and facilitator.

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UofL Football Announces Promotional Schedule And Mini-Plan Ticket Packages

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UofL Football today released a schedule of all the promotions that will be taking place at home games this year. This includes a black out for the Georgia Tech game and a 100th Season Celebration for the Indiana State game.

They also announced a 3-game mini-plan for tickets that will cost $150 for lower bowl and $100 for the UPS Flight Deck.

You can get all the details for all of the home game promotions and details for the 3-game mini-plans for tickets by clicking on the story in the tweet below.

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2019 FL TE Sam Snyder Commits To UofL Football

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Photo Courtesy of Sam Snyder’s Hudl Account

Coach Bobby Petrino picked up a commitment from up and coming 2019 FL TE Sam Snyder last night, July 6th.

Snyder a 6’5 215 lbs TE, plays for Fleming Island High School and resides in Orange Park, FL. Fleming chose UofL over offers from Maryland, Air Force, and Wake Forest, among others. In the past couple of months, offers really started to roll in for the athletic TE.

Measurables:

  • Height: 6’5
  • Weight: 215
  • 40 Time: 4.59
  • Vertical: 40 inches
  • Bench: 270

*stats provided by Hudl and 247sports

Snyder is an interesting player. He actually played primarily OT before switching to TE.

In watching his highlights as an OT, he’s a powerful blocker. He manhandles defenders at the point of attack and drives them to the ground. He displayed good footwork and technique on passing plays to keep defenders in front of him. This will translate well to the TE position, making him an every down TE.

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The Barbour Shop: Donovan Mitchell Continues Showing He Is A Man Of The People

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Photo Courtesy of the Utah Jazz

Donovan Mitchell is endearing himself to the people of Salt Lake City and to fans of all persuasions in the NBA. He flashes his charming grin and welcomes strangers almost as if they were family. I think it’s the only time in the history of man many people want to have a Spida as a houseguest.

Mitchell won over UofL fans in his two years here by playing hard on the court and being a man of the people off of it. Whenever he wasn’t busy with classes and practice, you might see him at a UofL baseball game or football game; sometimes alone, sometimes with a teammate or mates. And when he was there, he did not try to hide away beneath a disguise consisting of a lowered ball cap and sun glasses. He was visible and he was welcoming to any fan, young or old, that wished to shake his hand or take a photo with him.

Donovan Mitchell

Photo Courtesy of Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

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Lamar Jackson Collects Another ACC Accolade As He’s Named ACC Male Athlete Of The Year

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Lamar Jackson may now be a NFL QB after being selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round, but he just received another college accolade; this time from the ACC.

Lamar was bestowed with the Anthony J. McKevlin award for Male Athlete of the Year. He was given the honor after having a junior year in which he had nearly identical statistics to his sophomore, Heisman winning season.

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UofL Basketball Adds Walk On From Division III College In Maine

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Photo Courtesy of Matt Hanna’s Twitter Account (@MHanna_22)

UofL Basketball announced another new edition to the roster today when walk on Matt Hanna was added. Hanna is a 5’9 165 lbs G that played for Division III Colby College last season. You can read all the details about UofL’s new player in the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT: 

Matt Hanna joins UofL Men’s Basketball Team

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Matt Hanna, a 5-9, 165-pound guard from Milford, Mass., who played a season at Colby College, has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball team as a walk-on.

Hanna started 23 games last season at Colby College, an NCAA Division III school located in Waterville, Maine.  He averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and a team-leading 3.3 assists during his freshman year with the Mules and ranked second on the team with 23 steals.  He will redshirt the 2018-19 season at UofL and have three years of collegiate eligibility remaining.

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Sales Tax Now Required to be Charged on UofL Ticket Purchases

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Beginning July 1, the Kentucky Department of Revenue will require all non-profit organizations to collect sales tax on services including admission to sporting events.

With this new legislation, the University of Louisville will be required to add an additional six percent to the price of tickets to its athletic events.  This change will affect both season and single games tickets, but will not affect parking or donations.

The UofL ticket office will be making adjustments to ticket invoices as well as printed tickets.  The six percent sales tax will be added to the value of the ticket, showing one price inclusive of the tax.

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Mack Continues To Work To Dissolve “Eras” Of UofL Basketball

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Chris Mack promised at his opening press conference, there would no longer be “eras” when it came to UofL basketball. Three months on the job, and he has already shown how determined he is to keep that promise. The 2013 National Championship team held their 5 year celebration on Friday night and the former players talked about how Mack has gone above and beyond to make them feel welcomed on campus and in the program.

UofL Basketball Hosting Some Elite Talent On Campus This Week

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Coach Chris Mack has some very talented 2019 and 2020 players visiting UofL this week. He’s working hard to rebuild the brand and continue the tradition of UofL bringing in high level talent.

A 5 Star and a bunch of 4 Star players will be paying or have paid visits to campus to see what UofL and Coach Mack have to offer.

Here’s a rundown of each of these players.

QUDUS WAHAB

Qudus Wahab

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority and 247sports.com

2019 4 Star C

  • Height – 6’10
  • Weight – 230 lbs
  • High School – Flint Hill School (Ashburn, VA) originally from Nigeria
  • Offer Date – 6/23/18
  • Visit Date – 6/23/18

Wahab visited UofL on June 23 and left with an offer in hand. Mike Pegues is the lead recruiter for UofL. Other schools recruiting Wahab include Syracuse, UConn, Virginia Tech, and Clemson, among others per 247sports.

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Khwan Fore Is Officially In The Fold For The Cards

Khwan Fore

Photo Courtesy of Louisville Men’s Basketball Twitter Account (@LouisvilleMBB)

Back on June 2, Khwan Fore committed to UofL as a grad transfer. Fore is a G that had played for the Richmond Spiders. Now Fore is officially part of the University of Louisville basketball roster after signing his financial aid papers today.

The 6’0 175 lbs G originally committed to Tennessee as a grad transfer in May before reopening his recruitment. He averaged 11.1 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, and 1.7 steals per game for Richmond last year.

Fore is an athletic powerful G that will provide valuable minutes, likely from the bench. His defense and experience will be relied upon by Coach Mack.

By the way, he also loves to dunk. His dunking prowess at Richmond was such that Richmond made a YouTube video studying the physics of his dunks (thanks to John Lewis of WDRB for finding this awesome video and tweeting about it). Check it out below. Lets bring back the Doctors of Dunk and the Dunking Cardinal.

UofL Football Away Tickets Now On Sale

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Follow the Cards on the road by purchasing your tickets today!

What game are you heading to this fall?

A Cardinal Returns To The Nest: Akoy Agau Is Back At UofL

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Photo Courtesy of scout.com and 247sports.com

A prodigal son has returned to UofL Basketball; a player long forgotten after he transferred to Georgetown. Chris Mack has brought back Akoy Agau as a grad transfer. So, Agau’s career has now come full circle and shall end where it began. This has been in the works for a few weeks.

Agau, a 6’8 230 lbs F from NE, played at UofL for 2 seasons. While he did show a little promise in very limited playing time, he never quite capitalized on it.

The inability of Agau to reach his potential likely has to do with two issues. The first is Agau having to battle Montrezl Harrell for playing time. Obviously, it was a losing battle for him competing against a future pro for playing time.

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The Barbour Shop: Shop Talk With 2019 QB Commit Jaden Johnson

Jaden Johnson

Photo Courtesy of Jaden Johnson’s Twitter Account (@JadenJohnson524)

Back on November 1, 2017, UofL got a commitment from 3 Star QB Jaden Johnson.

  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 208 lbs
  • 40 Time: 4.8
  • Shuttle Time: 4.4
  • Vertical Jump: 29.5 inches
  • Bench Press: 315 lbs
  • Squat: 555 lbs

*stats courtesy of Hudl

Johnson chose UofL over his hometown school Memphis and Georgia. He is rated the 14th best pro style QB in the nation per 247sports.

Many UofL fans feel like the already know Jaden due to his presence on social media. They constantly see him exalting the virtues of UofL to other football recruits attempting to persuade them to join Uncaged 19. It’s not often a player who hasn’t even set foot on campus or has yet to throw a pass in uniform garners status as a fan favorite. It appears Jaden is doing this, winning over UofL fans with his Twitter charm.

Luckily, I got to interview Jaden to find out more about him as a player and as a person. So, sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy this edition of the Barbour Shop.

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How UofL Recruiting Targets Did At NBPA Top 100 Camp

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Photo Courtesy of NBPA.com

UofL basketball had one commit and several top recruiting targets participate in the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp this weekend; players UofL has been recruiting hard or that have visited campus.

We will give a run down of each player, their stats for the weekend, and each player’s best game.

*All stats courtesy of basketball.exposureevents.com or prepcircuit.com 

(Click more for recruit breakdowns)

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