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Card Crunching: Some optimism, some pessimism for Louisville football

July 29, 2014 0 Comments

The University of Louisville will continue its winning ways in the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to an analysis by Patrick Stevens of  the Syracuse Post-Standard, and he ranks UofL 23rd nationally in his pre-season picks.

“There’s the who-will-replace-Teddy-Bridgewater subplot, and that answer is sophomore Will Gardner. He has enough toys to toss or hand off to and a sharp offensive coach in Petrino to be in good shape to succeed.

“So what narrative isn’t being looked at enough? The defense, which was brilliantly constructed under former coach Charlie Strong but loses a bunch of talent and shifts to a 3-4. It can regress and the Cardinals will still be fine. But if it somehow stays in the top 20 nationally, Louisville’s ceiling will go up as well.”


Meanwhile, Caleb Calhoun over at Saturday Blitz believes media types are giving Bobby Petrino too much credit because he’s been successful at every college stop thus far.

“That doesn’t mean Petrino will automatically make you a winner. Faced with the task of winning at Arkansas, he stumbled to a 5-7 season his first year there.

“There are still some questions about the Cardinals going into the season, including the fact that their schedule is 10 times tougher than it was last year. While we know Petrino will succeed long term, all of these questions have to be addressed before we immediately assume Louisville will be good this year.”

Calhoun may have some valid issues, but one has to wonder how much the bias against the Big East and American Athletic conferences affects his opinions.

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– The Big 10 Conference is reportedly moving to a nine conference games during the 2016 season, making a series with UofL unlikely. according to Rick Bozich,  The series with would have made so much sense. The Hoosiers keep blowing opportunities to sell out Memorial Stadium.

– Numerous reports over the summer had Akoy Agau making strides to become a contributor for the UofL basketball team. But there’s always at least one significant injury during the off season and Agau’s number was called. He was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday for a sports hernia injury in Philadelphia.

– Jeff Walz is an assistant on the U.S. team on the U.S. team in the FIBA Under-18 Basketball Championships to be held Aug. 6-10 at Colorado Springs. South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is head coach. Training camp began Friday and the process of trimming down the roster from 28 players to 12.

– Starr Breedlove, a freshman on the women’s basketball team last season, has transferred to Troy University. Starr suffered a concussion early in the season and saw limited action in nine games.

– Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium will be August 27, two days before the men’s and women’s teams make their 2014 debute. The celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

One more tribute to Teddy Bridgewater, then it’s Will Gardner’s turn

July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Continuing tributes to Teddy Bridgewater could seem to be bit overdone to some, what with the University of Louisville football program on the cusp of a whole new era.

Teddy has moved on, taking his considerable talents and charisma to the Minnesota Vikings, winning the hearts of his mentors and fans in the Land of a Thousand Lakes.

Will Gardner brings the future.

Will Gardner brings the future.

The focus will quickly turn to Will Gardner and what he needs to do to maintain UofL’s tradition as Quarterback U. Gardner will be laboring in the shadow of Bridgewater for a while, bringing his own approach to the game. How long it takes for him emerge as the man depends on how his team performs during its first season in the ACC.

For this reason, I had second thoughts about using the latest video, produced by Evan Westendorf. It’s so good, however, that it would be a crime not to use it.

One more video for Teddy but the future belongs to Will Gardner at UofL.

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Five weeks to football

July 26, 2014 2 Comments

Five more weeks, football fans.

Aug. 5 — UofL fall camp begins. Open practice first five days.ACC-Football-Challenge

Aug. 14 — Kickoff Luncheon, Louisville Marriott Downtown, Noon. The luncheon is sold out.

Aug. 16 — Scrimmage, 9 a.m.; Fan Day, 3 p.m. Approximate starting lineups on display.

Sept. 1 — Tailgating, Noon; Miami, 8 p.m., inaugural game in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Wide receiver DeVante Parker echoed the collective view of many UofL fans the other day when expressed his frustration with Charlie Strong’s offensive philosophy.

“At times (last season) did get frustrating. Sometimes I’d catch the ball one time in a game or none at all. But I never really said anything,” he told the Courier-Journal.  “They were always putting their foot on the brake. They didn’t want to score anything.”

Never was that more obvious than when the Cardinals claimed a 28-7 lead over Central Florida in the third quarter last season. Time to bury the Knights, put  them away. We all know what happened, however, with UCF leaving Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with a 38-35 win, knocking UofL out of the top 15 and spoiling what could have been a perfect season.

Bobby Petrino will never be content with simply owning a lead.

Stoops says he wants UofL vs. UK football rivalry to continue

July 25, 2014 1 Comment

The football rivalry between the universities of Louisville and Kentucky will continue if Mark Stoops has any say on the series.

The UK football coach was in Louisville Friday for the Wildcats’ annual football luncheon, declaring the rivalry to be “very important” to him and the program, telling the Courier-Journal:helmets

“Any time you’re an in-state rivalry, it’s important. I think both groups, both institutions, have such strong fans and fan bases, it’s important to them; it’s important to our players, it’s important to us. There’s no denying that,” Stoops said.

“If you ask me, and certainly Charlie (Strong) and I have had discussions — I don’t know Coach (Bobby Petrino) as well — but sometimes people don’t realize there’s 11 other games that we’ve gotta get to. But it is important, and we embrace that challenge.”

Stoops is also in favor of preserving the rivalry for the long haul, assuming the Southeastern Conference keeps its current eight-game league schedule.

“Oh, yeah, I do,” Stoops said. “As you know, that’s probably above my pay grade, but I do anticipate that staying.”

Quite a turnabout in his public positioning from three days ago when it was announced he was skipping the Governor’s Cup luncheon. Stoops obviously had plenty of feedback from the UK administration and fan base during that time.

Having UK on the schedule every year should please Bobby Petrino.

Louisville doesn’t need Kentucky on football schedule

July 23, 2014 6 Comments

Courier-Journal columnist Tim Sullivan writes in his latest column that a noisy segment of the University of Kentucky fan base would prefer that UK stop playing Louisville in football altogether. I’m inclined to agree with them but for different reasons.

They’re tired of losing to Louisville and want to get out while UK still owns an edge in the all-time series. The Wildcats have a tough enough schedule with Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia and other SEC teams every year without playing a strong in-state rival.

There’s talk that UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart has been discussing a future series with Cincinnati, which would give Kentucky more exposure in talent-rich Ohio. If they think UC is going to be a pushover, they haven’t paying attention to the Bearcats’ program in recent years. For the sake of Cincinnati, stuck outside the Big Five conferences, I hope the series is finalized.

Tom Jurich doesn't want to end the football series.

Tom Jurich

As for UofL, the time for the Cardinals needing to play Kentucky has long since passed. Entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference guarantees that UofL will have a respectable schedule every year on out, with teams like Florida State, Clemson and the occasional game against Notre Dame.

A UofL win over Kentucky has never meant much to the outside world. Having Wildcats on the docket does not enhance the Cardinals’ strength of schedule. A loss to the Wildcats in a rivalry game, where emotion often prevails, could be devastating, especially if the game is the last one in the season.

For some reason Tom Jurich still insists that he wants to keep playing Kentucky every season. Could it be that Tom takes some satisfaction in continuing the series in part because UK wants out of it? He knows the game will always be the game of the season for many Wildcat fans, the opponent they hate the most, the team they most would like to beat. That makes it difficult for Barnhart to escape the series gracefully.

I’ve personally never enjoyed sitting a couple seats away from UK fans on the same row at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or, heaven forbid, having them seated in the row behind me. While we may have good relationships with them on other days, that all changes on game day.  At best, relationships between serious UofL and UK fan are strained when it comes to sports.

If Kentucky doesn’t want to play Louisville, and UofL doesn’t need UK any more, let them go their way, and we’ll go ours.

Petrino opens gate for five days of UofL football camp

July 23, 2014 0 Comments

Bobby Petrino knows what University of Louisville football fans want, and keeps on doing the right things.bobby petrino

He’s rolling out the welcome mat, inviting fans to attend as many practice sessions as they can stand during the first five days of fall camp, August 5 through 9th on the UofL practice fields. There will be two practices the first four days, with newcomers and some returnees practicing at 8:50 a.m. and the veterans taking the field at 4:20 p.m. One practice is set for the fifth day, a Saturday, at 3 p.m.

Fan Day is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 16, which will include a scrimmage kicking off at 9 a.m. and fan-player interaction activities at 3 p.m. The fan event has almost resembled a carnival in recent years with numerous rides and attractions for youngsters.

Must have for UofL football fans & faithful companions

July 22, 2014 1 Comment

Screenshot 2014-07-22 22.30.18 Always looking for something different for the University of Louisville man cave? This unique bedstead is the ultimate  for UofL football fans who lavish love on man’s best friend.

Your dog will always have a seat on the 50-yard line in this NCAA Stadium Pet Bed from Stadium Cribs. The stadium shell is made of heavily durable 100% polyester duck fabric for a long lasting comfortable pet bed experience. The bed is machine washable. Available in three sizes for pooch comfort — small, medium and large — for $59, $69 and $79, respectively.

The site also features a UofL football video and some of the program’s milestones. A real tail-wagger.

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