Jim Ramsey basks in vote of confidence from UofL facultyGovernor Biven could be helpful, too

Jim Ramsey stays on course.
Jim Ramsey stays on course.

He’s not out of the woods yet, but there appears to be a clearer path ahead for Jim Ramsey.

Ramsey has received a nice boost from the Faculty Senate in a confidence vote on his ability to provide effective leadership at the University of Louisville. The Faculty Senate, an officially-recognized governance group for faculty members, voted 55% in favor of Ramsey as opposed to 40% against him. The remaining 5% abstained from voting.

The outcome indicates that Ramsey continues to enjoy strong support from the academic community, the people who interact with the UofL President on a daily basis. Finally given a chance to weigh in on the issue, a clear majority endorsed him.

“In politics, these numbers would be called a landslide,” wrote former UofL Board Chairman Bob Hughes on his Facebook page.

The outcome is the latest in a series of positive initiatives on behalf of Ramsey, including a full-page ad from supporters in the Courier-Journal and an online petition that includes the names of more than 450  people.

Some interesting names on that list, including Senator Mitch McConnell, Board Members Bob Benson, Ron Butt, Bruce Henderson and Bob Hughes, Vice President of Athletics Tom Jurich, and UofL Coaches Ken Lolla and Sandy Pearsall.

Governor Matt Bevin poses with Trustee Bob Hughes at a recent event. That's Trustee Bruce Henderson behind the Governor.
Governor Matt Bevin poses with Trustee Bob Hughes at a recent event. That’s UofL Trustee Bruce Henderson behind the Governor.

A scheduled no-confidence vote on April 20 by the Board of Trustees came and went without a vote. Governor Matt Bevin has yet to appoint two minority members to the board. The Governor, known for respecting Ramsey’s financial acumen, is taking his time to make the appointments.

Given the friction on the board, Gov. Bevin could best serve the University by reviewing some of ex-Gov. Steve Beshear’s appointments. Specifically he should question whether Craig Greenberg, Steve Campbell, Emily Bingham and Larry Hayes have the school’s best interests in mind. Their only objective appears to be getting rid of Ramsey.

Beshear is gone now.  Gov. Bevin may want to invite the aforementioned to submit their resignations. They are not leading and need to get out of the way.

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Nick Solak returns just in time for Louisville baseball

Nick Solak is back.

The All-American and team captain is back in the University of Louisville baseball team’s lineup after missing 18 games. An eternity in college baseball, especially when the player in question is the team’s most prolific hitter. He was batting .461 when he suffered a hand injury on March 26 against Virginia.

Solak says he is feeling no pain in his hand. “Just kind of picking up where I left off and getting on base, scoring runs, playing good defense, being a leader in the infield and on the team – if I stick to that I think I can help the team win,” he told the Courier-Journal.

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Catching up with Gorgui Dieng

So how did every University of Louisville fan’s favorite NBA player fare during his third season with Minnesota Timberwolves?

That would be Gorgui Dieng, of course.

Dieng, who left UofL following the 2013 NCAA championship, continued to improve. He posted his best numbers thus far, playing in all 82 games for Minnesota, in 39 of them as a starter.  He averaged 10.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

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Jude Schimmel gets her shot in WNBA camp

Jude Schimmel is back in the game. For how long is anybody’s guess.

She has been invited to participate in pre-season training camp by the Dallas Wings, a Women’s National Basketball Association franchise.

Schimmel, who played at the University of Louisville from 2011 through 2014, should know pretty soon whether she makes the squad. The Wings are scheduled to open the 2016 WNBA season on May 14th against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis.Jude-Schimmel2

She faces a major challenge. The Wings are already loaded at guard with Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor) returning from the Tulsa Shock. The franchise, which finished third in the Western Division last season, was renamed and moved to Dallas during the off season.

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Corey Ray just keeps getting better at Louisville

Corey Ray is the cream of the college position player crop. That’s according to D1Baseball.com, a premier site for college baseball.

“The Louisville star has done everything scouts have asked from, and has shown improvements in just about every facet of his game so far this spring,” writes analyst Frankie Piliere. “And scouts are fully taking notice, particularly in recent weeks.”

Corey Ray at home in Louisville.
Corey Ray at home in Louisville.

Coming out of high school, however, Ray didn’t want to play college baseball. He wanted to go straight to professional baseball after being drafted  by the Seattle Mariners in the thirty-third round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2013.

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