Jurich gets Indiana in basketball and football

Another wish has come true during Tom Jurich’s tenure as vice president of athletics at the University of Louisville with Friday’s announcement that UofL and Indiana University have completed scheduling arrangement to compete in both basketball and football.

A natural rivalry with only 92 miles separating Louisville and Bloomington. Long overdue and Jurich has been working on this for years. Don’t ever doubt TJ when it comes to getting things done.Indiana Logo

Three-game series in each sport, with games to be played at Indianapolis, in Louisville and at Bloomington.

In basketball, the teams will tip-off in their first game at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2016, followed by games at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 2017 and at Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Sept. 2018.

“I’ve felt for a long time that these series were a natural for fans from both universities and I’m thrilled to see it come to fruition,” said Jurich.  “We have played each other in most sports and it has been a very friendly rivalry.  There are a lot of fans in Southern Indiana that support both schools who I know will particularly enjoy the competition.”

In football, the series will kick off on Sept. 23, 2023 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 7, 2024, and at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington on Dec. 8, 2025.

A pity that the football series is so far into the future, especially for some long time followers of UofL football, including this observer. At least we have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s going to happen. If we’re still around, don’t crowd us while we’re navigating those stadium steps.

Jurich has worked on this for so long that it had to be a monumental challenge. Not that IU will ever be a great football power, but it’s a series that needed to happen. Tom embraces the big challenges and, sooner or later, they become a reality. With everything he has accomplished at UofL, one wonders what’s left for him to work on. He’s paved the road for his coaches to follow through on the playing fields.

Louisville gets Indiana’s attention with Purdue football opener

The first thought after learning that Purdue will be the opening opponent of UofL’s 2017 college football season was that this was Tom Jurich’s way of getting Indiana University’s attention.

Jurich has attempted to get Indiana on the football schedule for years but the Hoosiers have been reluctant to do so. Scheduling their arch rival sends a strong message to IU administrators.

The next question was about how the UofL-Purdue football game will affect negotiations for a basketball series with Indiana. Second hand reports indicate that a home, away and neutral site series has been in the works. Lots of anticipation, especially from Rick Pitino but the discussions have dragged on for a while.

A Louisville-Indiana basketball series (or football for that matter) would be lucrative for both schools. The Hoosiers may have needed more than a nudge.

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Louisville and Kentucky will meet up in baseball again for the second time in a week Wednesday in Lexington. Expect the game to go down to the wire again. It’s that kind of season for the Cardinals.

UofL will go with freshman right hander Kade McClure on the mound, with a 1-0 won-lost record and 3.09 earned run average. He’s an imposing presence, standing in at 6-foot-7, 234 pounds. Kentucky will counter with sophomore left hander Zach Logue, who is 2-2 with a 5.04 earned run average.

A UofL press release indicates the 6:30 p.m. game is on the SEC Network, but there’s some confusion because the network schedule doesn’t list the game.  It also indicates the game is on WatchESPN.com. Cross your fingers.

Indiana denies UofL baseball shot at national seed

University of Louisville President Jim Ramsey throws out the first pitch in the UofL-Indiana baseball game. A little high but the pitch made it to the plate.
University of Louisville President Jim Ramsey throws out the first pitch in the UofL-Indiana baseball game. A little high with the ball sailing high above the plate.

Just when the University of Louisville baseball seems to be putting things together, along comes Indiana again.

UofL badly needed a win Tuesday over eighth-ranked Indiana to legitimize its No. 5 ranking in the NCAA standings and position itself for a national seeding. Oh, so close going into the top of the ninth, UofL creeping back into the game, trailing 3-2.

The Hoosiers would score four runs the ninth inning, however, thumping Louisville 7-2.  The fatal blow was a 403-foot home run over the centerfield fence on a pitch from Cole Sturgeon to IU’s Kyle Schwarber pushing three runs across the plate.

The loss, the third to IU this season, removes any possibility of Louisville obtaining one of the eight national seeds.

After winning 11 of 12 with the Hoosiers from 2008-12, the Cardinals have lost six of the last seven. Louisville third baseman

Alex Chittenden did manage to reach base for the 14th straight game. He doubled and scored on a hit by Kyle Gibson in the seventh inning.

UofL, currently tied with Central Florida for first place in the conference, next hosts Cincinnati in a three-game series starting Thursday. UCF travels to UConn for three games.

UofL, Indiana meet in basketball 2014-15 season

Madison Square Garden will be the site for a long-awaited resumption of competition between the University of Louisville and Indiana basketball programs.

The teams will meet in the Jimmy V Classic on December 9, 2014, according to details of a contract revealed by the Indianapolis Star, which had filed an open records request to nail down the information.

IU spokesman J.D. Campbell confirmed that the Hoosiers will play in the Jimmy V Classic. But, he added, “Usually a matchup is announced by ESPN, and until the event is finalized by ESPN, it would be premature to say any matchup is official.”

A contract is a contract. Now get to work on football. Competition in both sports makes too much sense.

U of L- Indiana go 8 p.m. Saturday

BMeyHIvCAAAvOmVThe hits just keep coming for UofL athletics, as personified by this image by CardVader82 on Twitter.

The University of Louisville and Indiana baseball teams will begin their respective journeys in the NCAA tournament Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. Oregon State and Kansas State will meet earlier at 3 p.m.

Sunday will include the winner of the No. 1 national seed North Carolina/South Carolina Super Regional vs. North Carolina State at 3 p.m., and No. 4 national seed LSU squaring off against UCLA at 8 p.m. (CT).

The losers of Saturday’s games will play at 3 p.m. on Monday, while Saturday’s winners face off at 8 p.m. Monday. The losers of Sunday’s games will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, while Sunday’s winners go Tuesday at 8 p.m.