UofL fans owe themselves the experience of enjoying the $19 million Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium before the 2014 college soccer season comes to an end. The Louisville soccer team has two home games remaining during the regular season, including the final ACC home game against Clemson Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals and Tigers are tied with 4-2 conference marks with Syracuse on top of the ACC’s Atlantic Division. UofL is currently 11th nationally. Tickets are $12 for chairback seats and $9 for general admission.
The University of Louisville Marching Band traveled to Naptown Sunday for a special performance during halftime of the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts football game. Of course, the network cut away from the performance for the talking heads in the studio. Click on the photo for the video.
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Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn, the vision assistance family and soccer stadium builders, contributed 30 B&S Challenger Trumpets to the band on Monday. Their son Mark is assistant director of UofL bands.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced three additional football meetings between the Cardinals and the Irish, in addition to this season’s meeting Nov. 22 at South Bend.
Louisville will host Notre Dame on Sept. 2, 2019, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, at Notre Dame in 2020 and in Louisville in 2023. The games are part of an agreement between the Conference and Notre Dame to play five ACC teams each year in football.
Five years out for the first one here, plenty of time to expand Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Got a question or two for Tom Jurich? What’s next for the athletic program?
The University of Louisville athletic director will answer any and all questions at the fall gathering of the Central Cardinal Club, scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 11th at the PNC Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Jurich is always forthcoming, very candid, at these meetings, not leaving the podium until there are no more questions. Eager to address any speculation or issues.
A silent auction will include items donated by coaches of the department’s 22 programs, and there will be free wine tasting, door prizes, and raffle tickets for an authentic Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream jersey. Plus, a meal of course, featuring Italian grilled chicken and lasagna. Cost is $20 per person, with the doors opening at 3 p.m. Jurich will speak at 5:30.
Russ Smith, Luke Hancock and Stephan Van Treese have moved on, taking with them all their experience, all those record-setting wins, including two Final Four appearances and a national championship.
Basketball is back at the University of Louisville, with a lot of new faces at Sunday’s Red-White Scrimmage. So many of them at both ends of the court, making a printed copy of the roster almost a necessity.
They held a scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Sunday, something akin to a coming out party for players in new leadership roles and newcomers, resembling an all-star game more than a scrimmage with little defense despite the 75-72 score.
— Montrezl Harrell will again be a scoring machine but will he be better than 60% from the free throw line? Appeared lucky to hit one of three Sunday despite all the extra work on free throws during the off season. Looked like he had spent more time on three-point shots.
— Wayne Blackshear more assertive for sure, looking for more shots, aggressively going to the basket, pulling down 11 rebounds, five on the offensive end. Another new beginning for him, also changing his jersey number from No. 20 to No. 25.
— Chris Smith, trimmed down, quicker, taking charge in the closing minutes. Needing to carry over some of that enthusiasm to defense.
— Terry Rozier, the leading scorer with 25 points, could have doubled his production with better shot selection.
— Anton Gill is the guard who will create chaos when he goes in for a layup, making some of the unbelievable Russ-type.
— Anas Mahmoud, the seven-foot freshman from Cairo, mature beyond his years and experience, cool under pressure, could well be a leader before his time.
Lots of youth and growing up to do with one of the toughest schedules in the program’s history coming up. Rick Pitino will have to be patient.
Some significant steps forward during a football game in which the University of Louisville appeared to make a 30-18 win over North Carolina State more challenging than the crowd of 50,227 expected.
Just getting DeVante Parker back on the field would have been a plus, but he was back to his old form, confident, smooth and more than capable, pulling in a Will Gardner pass in full stride on the second play from scrimmage, accumuating 37 yards. He would catch eight more passes and account for 132 yards, Just getting a feel for the game again, the touchdowns will come later.
“I thought he played really well,” said Coach Bobby Petrino. “I was really impressed with the way he ran after the catch. I thought he’d get open, I thought he’d catch the ball, but I didn’t expect to see that many yards after the catch.”
Michael Dyer made an impression during practices leading up to the game, playing like he practiced, playing his best game since arriving at UofL a year ago, churning for 173 yards. He also caught a couple of passes for eight yards.The 46-yard touchdown dash with 44 seconds to go a fitting reward for the past week and all those months healing from injuries.
“I always tell our players they earn their playing time on the practice field, and we’ve tried to really live by that. And it’s shown up this year, so we’re just going to keep working on that,” said Petrino.
Will Gardner would finally get some time in the pocket, time to look for receivers, completing 21 of 36 attempts for 203 yards. Not Teddy Bridgewater numbers but Gardner’s still learning. Two touchdown passes, too, including a 13-yarder to Eli Rogers and a three-yarder to Kai DeLa Cruz.
No Louisville fumbles or interceptions, believe it or not. Thankfully an official review erased what appeared to be a Gardner fumble and an ugly North Carolina State return for a touchdown. Didn’t really happen. No turnovers.
No false starts. In fact, the UofL offensive line was responsible for only one violation, a holding penalty and was penalized for only 10 yards out of four penalties for 33 yards. A good day for Jamon Brown, Jake Smith, Tobijah Hughley, and Aaron Epps. Not so great for senior tackle Ryan Mack watching from the sideline.
Signs of improvement against a team that has lost eight straight conference games, but progress nevertheless.
Or as Petrino puts it, “We’re a work in progress.”