Louisville women skate past Clemson, win streak at 13

Briahanna Jackson gets her shot backc.
Briahanna Jackson gets her groove back.

Thirteen wins in a row for the University of Louisville women basketball team, none of them as easy as the 75-33 romp over Clemson witnessed by 8,379 at the KFC Yum! Center Thursday.

Briahanna Jackson was back to her old self, lots of smiles and high fives between baskets. She made three of four attempts from behind the three-point line, leading all scorers with 13 points. Three assists, two steals and five rebounds as well. When Jackson is happy, everybody’s happy.

That would certainly include Samantha Fuehting, a freshman making her third start at UofL. She was filling in for Myisha Hines-Allen who returned home this week for the funeral of a grandparent in New Jersey. Fuehring would score 12 points and pull down five rebounds in 29 minutes.

Asia Durr added 12 points, connecting on five of eight attempts, and Mariya Moore wound up with 10.

The eighth consecutive loss for Clemson, now 4-16, and hasn’t won a game since Dec. 26th. The Cardinals are 16-5 overall and 8-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Louisville football gets Clemson, Florida State early

Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson

It’s going to take a while, if ever, for teams to figure out how to stop University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. A possible lucky break in getting Florida State and Clemson early on the 2016 football schedule.

Yeah, we know Deshaun Watson returns next season at Clemson. We also know he runs in slow motion compared to Jackson. That could be a problem for Clemson against a veteran Louisville defense next season.

Louisville will square off against Florida State at home in week three and travel to Clemson two weeks later.  Get off to a good start this time around and it could be a special season for the Cardinals.

“This another challenging schedule overall,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “We have six teams who played in bowl games last season and three teams that finished the year ranked in the top 25. We have a lot of work to do before we start playing games, but with an experienced team returning, they understand the challenges ahead of them and know what kind of preparation is needed to be a successful football team.”

Houston is other nationally-ranked team on the 2016 schedule, on the road in the second-to-last game.

UofL will also play Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Charlotte at home. The road schedule also includes Syracuse, Marshall, Virginia, and Boston College.

The 2016 football schedule:
Date Opponent Location Time
Thursday, Sept. 1 Charlotte PJCS TBA
Friday, Sept. 9 at Syracuse Syracuse TBA
Saturday, Sept. 17 Florida State PJCS TBA
Saturday, Sept. 24 at Marshall Huntington, WV TBA
Saturday, Oct. 1 at Clemson Clemson, SC TBA
Friday, Oct. 14 Duke PJCS TBA
Saturday, Oct. 22 NC State PJCS TBA
Saturday, Oct. 29 at Virginia Charlottesville, VA TBA
Saturday, Nov. 5 at Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA TBA
Saturday, Nov. 12 Wake Forest PJCS TBA
Saturday, Nov. 19 at Houston Houston TBA
Saturday, Nov. 26 Kentucky PJCS TBA
Saturday, Dec. 3 ACC Title Game Charlotte, NC TBA

Looking ahead for Louisville football at Clemson

Give it up for Alabama, the national champion in college football for the fourth time in seven years. The Southeastern Conference has claimed the honor five times, with Auburn claiming the prize in 2012.

One of the best national championship games in recent memory. Clemson amassing great respect for the Atlantic Coast Conference, positioned to claim the title until an onside kick in the fourth quarter transferred momentum over to Alabama, the 45-40 winner.

Clemson's Memorial Stadium awaits Louisville football team in 2016.
Clemson’s Memorial Stadium awaits Louisville football team in 2016.

Clemson, returning as many as 17 starters on offense and defense, will more than likely enter 2016 as the No. 1 team in the pre-season polls. Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was a candidate for player honors this season, will be a prohibitive favorite to win Heisman Trophy honors.

Yes that Clemson, the team that only managed to beat a young University of Louisville team by 20-17 in the second game of the season at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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Long days in many ways for Louisville football

Brandon Radcliff finds some running room, setting up UofL's first touchdown in the third quarter.
Brandon Radcliff finds some running room, setting up UofL’s first touchdown in the third quarter with a six-yard carry to the 3-yard-line. Jeremy Smith would score two plays later. Offense still very much a work in progress.

The University of Louisville football team could be looking at the worst possible scenario after losing its first three games, the first 0-3 start since 1984. No surprise really with all the personnel changes since last season.

Too soon for any dooms day scenarios, however, considering how competitive UofL has been in every game, three or four plays away from completely opposite results. Two straight games that could have gone into overtime had some field goals been converted.

Amazing really, considering the young guys on the offensive line, the porous defense against the run, the lack of any consistent offense, and the quarterback dilemma. And, of course, the unpredictability of the quarterbacks and the field goal kicking.

So close. Yet so far away from turning things around. We must already conclude that this will not be a special season. Already at a place where some fans are doubting whether this team knows how to win. That’s absurd, of course, because this coaching staff and the majority of the players are accustomed to winning.

What’s missing this season was the patsy to get things off to an easier start. Some think UofL will finally get one patsy next week when Samford shows up at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. That may not be the case with Samford have romped over Central Arkansas 45-16 and Florida A&M 58-21 in its first two games. What the Bulldogs will provide is another pretty strong test for UofL’s defense.

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Personally the disappointment of UofL fighting back cut the deficit to three points only to have John Wallace miss another field goal attempt was topped only by returning to the parking lot. Surrounded by a lot of disappointed, some angry, fans from the crowd of 55,396, the third largest crowd in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium history.

Adding to the disappointment was the inability of the two-year-old vehicle to start, the ignition system apparently programmed into thinking the observer was trying to steal his own car. Numerous attempts by fellow tailgaters and the towing service unable to trick the car into starting.

Rather than wait for AAA to arrive two or three hours in the wee hours of the morning, the observer choosing the leave the car overnight. Thanks to Mark and Michelle Mitchell for going out their way to take the observer and his wife home. No sleep coming Thursday night, no possible way, with the disappointment of the game and the frustration with the car.

AAA arrives Friday morning after an hour-and-a-half wait, Chris Lininger, the expert on batteries and car starters, patiently, between numerous calls to the car dealership, trying one last thing, and amazingly coming up with a solution. If that last one hadn’t worked, the wrecker was next with a tow to the dealership and a humongous auto repair bill.

Finally, collapsing in bed Friday afternoon. Things could have been much worse, stronger for all the challenges.

Louisville baseball survives slugfest with Clemson

The game was almost four hours long, and there were a dozen hits for each team, nine walks, three errors and 17 runners left on base.

The University of Louisville baseball team got all it could handle from Clemson in the first seven innings. The Tigers racking up 10 hits off UofL righthander Josh Rogers, owning a 5-4 lead, looking formidable, getting its act together as the ACC tournament nears.

UofL, meanwhile, focused on its first ACC regular title. The bats coming to life in eighth inning, with Nick Solak and Corey Ray leading off the inning with home runs. Brandon McKay getting a base on balls, scoring on a hit by Will Smith, Zach Lucas singling, making it home on another single by Logan Taylor.

Another series win in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the University of Louisville baseball team, the series decided by a 9-5 win. UofL is now 21-3 in the ACC and 37-11 overall.

If there is a concern, it is with some of the starting pitchers. Kyle Funkhouser and Josh Rogers were battered for a total of 17 hits and nine runs in the Clemson series. Former starter Anthony Kidston is clearly struggling, with an 0-4 record and a 5.85 earned run average.

UofL next travels to Lexington for the second game against Kentucky in a week. Don’t be surprised if UK comes back with Logan Salow and Dylan Dwyer who held UofL to one hit in the first eight innings in the last game.