Attend every UofL game with the Golden Ticket

Two tickets to every University of Louisville basketball and football game during the 2018-19 season? How about the Oaks and Kentucky Derby in May? The Louisville Bats’ season? The Quaker State 400?

That’s what’s up for grabs in the Louisville Sports Commission’s annual Golden Ticket raffle. Only 400 chances are available at $100 each, with proceeds going to the LSC’s ongoing efforts to attract top-flight sports events to the community.

Not that Card Game would encourage it, but the winner would also have the option of selecting UK tickets. Two tickets to the 2019 Paul Hornung Award Banquet would also be included. 

Click HERE to purchase your ticket.

UofL Trustees cleared some obstacles for Bendapudi

While much has been made of all the time needed to hire the new President, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees was not wasting any time filling some other key positions. A number of their recent actions will enable Neeli Bendapudi to focus on other priorities when she assumes the office on May 15th.

Bendapudi had to be pleased that the Vince Tyra has already been hired as Athletic Director and that Tyra had named Chris Mack as Head Basketball Coach.  Starting from scratch wasn’t an option, the positions needing to be filled quickly to avoid losing basketball players from the current team.

Marketing expertise is exactly what the University of Louisville needs right now, and Bendapudi is uniquely qualified to provide the leadership ...

But there were other openings, equally if not more important to the University, that needed to be addressed. 

Just this week UofL announced the choice for the new Dean of the J.B. Speed Engineering School, vacated by Neville Pinto who filled in f0r the UofL Presidency on an interim basis before becoming President at the University of Cincinnati. Emmanuel Collins, chairman of mechanical engineering at Florida A&M-Florida State, will be Dean starting July 1.

An appointment that didn’t get much attention a while back was that of Colin Crawford as the 24th dean of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  Previously he had served as a professor of environmental law at Tulane University. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and degrees in modern history from Cambridge and Columbia Universities. 

With so many key positions already filled, Bendapudi will be able to turn her attention to marketing and fundraising, which are her areas of expertise. The direction of the school’s fundraising efforts is in limbo, with Bryan Robinson, who last year succeeded Keith Inman as Interim Vice President for Advancement, having resigned in February.

Before becoming Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Kansas, she was Dean of the School of Business, where she increased  undergraduate enrollment in the school by 62 percent, improved undergraduate job placement from 55 percent to 77 percent, and oversaw almost $200 million in fundraising for the school.  She also received many department, school and national teaching awards.

With the appointment of a woman, a person of color, and an individual with a foreign heritage, the UofL Board of Trustees has scored a major public relations victory with the liberal mainstream media. The media agenda of advancing diversity for the sole purpose of diversity is clear, and these advantages can not be overstated.

Marketing expertise is exactly what the University of Louisville needs right now, and Bendapudi is uniquely qualified to provide the leadership that has been sorely missing over the last two years.  The new President has a strong track record of success and, early indications are that she is supremely confident, has amazing enthusiasm, and is determined that UofL will be a much greater university.

Cardinal Stadium expansion nearing the home stretch

The breadth and scope of the expanded football facilities at Cardinal Stadium will never be fully comprehended by the average fan. But the changes will be phenomenal for existing and future members of the University of Louisville football program.

Stadium Manager Michael Ortman takes us behind the scenes in the video with a progress report on the status of the football complex, which is being quadrupled in size. Stadium expansion, which will increase seating between 5,000 and 6,000 seats, will raise capacity to 60,000-plus for the 2018 season.

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Some rare Lamar Jackson memorabilia is going be auctioned off at the Petrino Family Foundation Coaches & Cocktails Reception on Thursday, April 12. The event, which will be held in the stadium PNC Club from 6 to 9 p.m., is sponsored by Planet Fitness.

According to promotional materials, “We have everything from signed Heisman footballs, Lamar Jackson signed jerseys and helmets, and even some awesome custom autographed Lamar Jackson prints. If you are looking for an autographed Lamar Jackson item, the Coaches and Cocktails Reception is the place for you!”

Individual tickets are $100, couples for $150, and tables for $650. Place your orders here.

New President describes UofL as diamond in the rough

“I really believe the best days for the University of Louisville are yet to come. I have no doubt in my mind or I wouldn’t be here.”

The 18th President of UofL, Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, responded enthusiastically when she was asked about taking over a university that has had more than its share of issues over the past two years. 

“And that’s not because of any magic I will bring, or any secret sauce I bring, but I believe in the people here. Our location is unbeatable. We can be such an attractive. I mean, come on, the food, the music, the arts scene, the sports, we have it all. I think it’s a thriving environment, I think it’s a fabulous university, with the calibre of our faculty, our staff and our students.

“Will it be challenging? Probably. But I have talked to a few, very loyal alumni, who are eager to say, ‘How can we help? What can we do?’ So I’m very enthused about the opportunity.

In response to a question about dwindling state funding, Dr. Bendapudi said, “I think that’s a concern of all public universities. Legislators face great pressures so it’s our job to articulate why investment in higher education is one of the best things any region can do for economic development. When you think of what attracts employers, what creates a tax base. Quite frankly, it’s access to talent. Our environment as an urban university positions us uniquely and I have complete confidence that this Legislature and this Governor wants to see the University of Louisville strong and thriving after the period of uncertainty we went through.”

As for past scandals, she said the way to avoid them is a) to set the tone. Culture is what you tolerate. We want to protect the University of Louisville and the Cardinals for the long term. That is the best way to succeed. The second way is to be incredibly accessible to students, faculty and staff. The leader cannot be everywhere but the leader can absolutely set the tone for who we are, what we want to be and what we will not tolerate.”

She also complimented the UofL Board of Trustees, describing it as an exceptional board, the commitment, the care, the calibre of oversight they will bring. “I am very confident that they do not want to do anything that hurts the university. We owe it to our student, our staff, our faculty and certainly to our alumni.”

Quite an outstanding first impression from an accomplished individual and academic who says she plans to be at UofL for the long term. She’s really good with those L signs, too.

Welcome to UofL, Dr. Bendapudi. 


Hines-Allen leaves a legacy after overtime loss in Final Four

Myisha Hines-Allen had to know it was all but over the moment no whistle was blown after she was muscled into the backstop on that layup in the closing seconds. A throw down of epic proportions, no way was she going to be allowed to make that shot.

Four great seasons for come to an end for Myisha Hines-Allen in the Final Four at Columbus.

A sad way to end a brilliant career for one of all-time greats in the annals of University of Louisville women’s basketball. Just 10 seconds earlier she had given the Cardinals a three-point lead, choosing to widen the lead instead of waiting to get fouled or running out the clock.

Fate had made it possible, a championship opportunity had beckoned, but it had slipped through their fingers. Mississippi State would take full advantage, wearing down the Cardinals 73-63 in overtime. Leaving Myisha in tears, frustrating UofL fans again in a non-existent rivalry with a team from somewhere in Mississippi.

Hines-Allen will be remembered in a lot of different ways by UofL fans, mostly for the toughness with which she played, especially during her senior season in her team to a 36-3 won-lost record, the best in the school’s history.

Hines-Allen became just the second UofL women’s player with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Angel McCoughtry in that elite company. She has 16 double-doubles this season and her 45 career double-doubles rank second in school history. She also has 373 total rebounds this season, the most in program history.

The leadership yoke now falls to her teammates, in good hands with players like Asia Durr, Sam Fuehring and Arica Carter. Each of them making significant contributions during a memorable season, hopefully stronger, wiser and more determined.

The play of Hines-Allen during her final season at UofL should provide plenty of inspiration. Filling her shoes will be a major challenge.