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Video: Highlights of UofL soccer’s 2-1 win over UK

September 23, 2014 0 Comments

Tim Kubel, a 165-pound freshman from Stuttgart, Germany, scored his first goal ever for the University of Louisville to lead his soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Kentucky at Lexington Tuesday.

The two UofL goals ended a four-game winning streak for the Wildcats, who had held opponents scoreless during those games. Louisville improved its record to 4-1-1, and sets its sights on ACC foe Pittsburgh Friday at Lynn Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

 

Louisville soccer faces streaking UK team

September 23, 2014 0 Comments

The University of Louisville’s ninth-ranked soccer team will square off against archrival Kentucky Tuesday at the Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, hoping to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Wildcats in Louisville last season.

Ken Lolla

Ken Lolla

Could be a real challenge for the Cardinals because UK hasn’t allowed a goal in four straight wins, one of which was 1-0 decision over then No. 1-ranked Notre Dame. UofL, meanwhile, is coming off consecutive wins over Boston College and Duke and has a 3-1-1 won-loss-tie record.

Ken Lolla’s team is currently in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 2-0 mark, while UK has yet to play a Conference USA foe.

The game will be televised on SEC Plus, which isn’t available on Time Warner Cable. However, it may be available on ESPN3, where it is listed on the schedule and the slot was working Tuesday morning.

Admission to the game for all fans will be one penny each, with proceeds going to the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington.

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The Louisville vs Wake Forest football game Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will be televised by ESPNU with a 3:30 p.m. kick off and announcers Clay Matvick and Anthony Becht calling the game. The game will also be carried on Sirius Radio on Channel 108 and on XM on Channel 193.

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Mark Blankenbaker, who runs the Crunch Zone fan blog, will be getting married Friday, somehow persuading his bride-to-be not to have their fall wedding on a football Saturday.

He will make the Wake Forest game at Papa John’s but the couple will be honeymooning next week and could miss the Syracuse telecast. One out of two is not bad for the groom.

Best of luck to the happy couple as they begin their journey.

Adidas goes extraterrestial for Louisville football against Florida State

September 22, 2014 7 Comments

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The uniforms the University of Louisville football team will wear against Florida State would make the Cantina characters in Star Wars jealous.

Halloween Eve don’t you know? Don’t be surprised if Chewbacca and Hans Solo aren’t staggering around on the party deck, along with Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader and Greedo.

Greedo

Greedo

Adidas tells us the uniform is the only true compression uniform system in the industry, with Shockweb fabric fitting tighter to the body, making players more difficult to tackle. “Techfit Shockweb is lighter, helping to make the player fast and increasing his range of motion to support the athlete’s performance at the highest levels.”

The grey uniform will feature camoflauge accents and a chrome red Cardinals logo. A large, Old English “L” covers the chest of the compression base layer, while the jersey will feature lightweight, carbon black lettering and numbering outlined in bold red.

Heavy stuff for purist football fans who are more interested in good football than gadgetry and gimmicks. But probably the ultimate for a younger generation of players and fans who seem to put as much stock in the apparel as they do in personalities and talents of the people who are the game changers. The more they tamper with the shoes, the gaudier the look, some basketball players resembling clown with their clodhoppers.

Sprintframe cleats.

Sprintframe cleats.

Adidas says the shoes for the uniform come “with the lightest cleat in the game at 6.7 ounces. The cleat has a Sprintski upper with Shockweb reinforcement and a Sprintframe plate that provides maximum acceleration and multi-directional traction.”

All the extra advantages could offset some of the deficiencies in the UofL offense, which will be helpful if Florida State is still No. 1 and undefeated when it comes to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

 

James Quick makes leap from potential to indispensable for Louisville football

September 21, 2014 0 Comments

Took a while, but James Quick may have arrived.JQ

Quick was not a quick study, making only six catches and some memorable drops during a disappointing freshman year last season. Disappointing because he was a five-star recruit, an elite propect, expected to be an immediate threat.

Flash forward to the fourth game of his sophomore season, a week after he was involved in a muffed punt that led to Louisville’s only loss this season.

Fortunately for the Cardinals, Quick had a career day against Florida International, with seven catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He added 61 yards on seven punt returns for a total of 235 yards for the game.

Quick couldn’t have chosen a better time to emerge. Despite the 34  points on the University of Louisville’s side of the scoreboard, the offense was struggling, managing only 12 yards rushing and 324 yards passing.  He wants the ball, demands it, and he’s going to be seeing a lot of more of it this season.

His highlight video against FIU, courtesy of the ACC:

Holliman steals spur Louisville’s 34-3 rout of FIU

September 20, 2014 0 Comments

One long game, a trying experience, prolonged by a mix of inclement weather and inconsistent football.

The University of Louisville’s offense is the opposite extreme of the defense thus far. The ultimate success of this year’s season is likely be more of a reflection of Todd Grantham’s direction than Bobby Petrino’s hallmark.

UofL’s 34-3 win over Florida International was much closer than the score indicates, with the final outcome largely influenced by two consecutive Gerod Holliman’s interceptions. 2-Louisville-vs.-Florida-International

Until Holliman made his first pick of an Alex McGough pass, taking it 32 yards to the end zone, the UofL offense was struggling. Thanks to the lack of much protection from his offensive line, Will Gardner was running for his life again.

Holliman would then make his second consecutive interception of the day, and Petrino was ready to pounce on the shaken FIU defense. UofL would tack on two more touchdowns in the final two minutes and seven seconds, taking a 28-0 lead to the lockerroom at half time.

Despite completing two touchdown passes, Gardner was still feeling his way out there. Lacking much mobility, he’s still getting passes deflected, going down too easily, and giving up the ball too often. Still not taking advantage of his size, more mannequin than macho. His deficiencies are made worse by the fact that he’s not getting much protection from his offensive line.

James Quick, meanwhile, is going in the opposite direction, gaining confidence, taking advantage of his five-star capabilities, finding gaping holes in the FIU defense, scoring two touchdowns on 74-yard and 37-yard pass plays.

Gardner failed to get up following his final sack with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, and no information has been forthcoming.

UofL celebrates $1 billion endowment, thanks to 75,000 donors

September 18, 2014 1 Comment

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Keith Inman

Keith Inman

The University of Louisville hosted another community celebration Thursday evening, this time with a laser show using the Grawemeyer administration building as a multimedia backdrop to thank the more than 75,000 donors who contributed more than $1 billion to UofL’s Charting Our Course fundraising campaign.

The campaign, under the staff direction of President James Ramsey and Keith Inman, vice president of university advancement, puts UofL in select company among 52 public U.S. universities with a capital endowment of over one billion dollars.

Civic leaders active in the campaign included Junior Bridgeman, of Bridgeman Foods; Chuck Denny, of PNC Bank, Henry Heuser, Jr., of the Henry Vogt Foundation, the late Chester Porter, Porter Bancorp, and the late Owsley B. Frazier, Brown-Forman Distillers.

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Adidas remains right choice for Louisville basketball

September 18, 2014 0 Comments

The latest recruiting fiasco in which a basketball recruit chooses the University of Louisville only to quickly change his mind may have some administrators and fans wondering if UofL made a mistake in renewing their apparel and shoe contract with Adidas.

Antonio Blakeney so excited and committed when he announced, only to turn a cold shoulder 11 days later.3nikevsadidas

Back in April, UofL and Adidas agreed to a five-year deal valued at almost $40 million, placing Louisville among the top five athletic departments nationally in footwear and apparel rights among all brands. Tom Jurich said Adidas was the only company he had considered. Whether Nike would have wanted to be the provider will probably never be known, but the deal did not go unnoticed by Nike.

Nike is to tennis shoes what Marlboro is to cigarettes, the dominant market leader, with the inherent ability to set the rules and control the marketplace.  Only in this case, Nike apparently is able to exert its control even further, imposing its will on players, coaches, schools, amateur leagues and fans. Without any repercussions from the NCAA.

WDRB analyst Eric Crawford writes: “If you’re looking to fight the war of shoe company involvement in college sports, you missed it. It’s over. The shoe companies won.”  Then he goes on to suggest that it’s a good thing for players since coaches and schools receive millions of dollars from shoe companies.

While one may respect Crawford, he’s off base on this one, considering that college players aren’t supposed to be receiving extra benefits from anyone. Why not just go ahead and let the boosters fill the players’ pockets because they also donate millions to schools and athletic programs? Open it up for everybody.

While it may require a major sea change and considerable time, Nike’s pervasive influence in collegiate athletics can’t be allowed to go unchallenged. It makes a mockery of the amateur system, rewarding only those who perpetuate the deception.

If the ultimate objective is to preserve the integrity of college athletics, Louisville made the right decision in going with Adidas. If it’s anything else, everybody loses.

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