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Must have for UofL football fans & their 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.

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

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Battle for backup quarterback will intensify at UofL

July 21, 2014 0 Comments

Backup quarterback Kyle Bolin injured a knee during the off-season and could take a while to fully recover, according to a Courier-Journal report.

Kyle Bolin

Kyle Bolin

Bolin’s status comes as a surprise, made public by Coach Bobby Petrino during the Atlantic Coast Conference meetings in Greensboro, N.C. He’s already had surgery, according to the coach, and his workouts have been limited this summer, meaning Bolin will have to work himself back into playing condition.

Petrino has indicated Will Gardner will be the likely starter so the battle for backup will intensify when fall practice begins during the first week of August.

The UofL roster lists five other quarterbacks. They include Reggie Bonnafon, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound freshman from Trinity, Brett Nelson, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt junior transfer from Southwestern Community College in California, Ethan Horton, a 6-foot, 205-pound redshirt freshman from Leslie County, Ky., Pat Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound junior transfer from Georgia Military, and Reggie Green, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound junior transfer, also from Georgia Military.

While Bonnafon would be the popular choice because of his local ties, Petrino isn’t about to declare anything just yet, saying that he hopes the Trinity product “competes for the job.”

Mark Stoops sabotages UofL-UK Governor’s Cup event

July 21, 2014 5 Comments

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops won’t be attending the annual Governor’s Cup Luncheon in Louisville on Wednesday, indicating that he couldn’t spare a full day away from his fledgling program.

Whatever the reason, his reluctance to participate puts Stoops in a bad light, with little regard for the UofL vs. UK rivalry or the organizers of the annual event.  Poor manners, bad etiquette, boorish behavior casting a shadow over what has been a fun event since the football rivalry was renewed in 1994.

Mark Stoops

Mark Stoops

The Governor’s Cup Luncheon has traditionally a unique opportunity for UofL and UK partisans to get together in a casual setting, play some golf, break bread together and trade a few jabs in a setting which, if not always friendly, was less than the hostile atmosphere in which usually meet.

The primary benefit of the rivalry and the luncheon was promoting football in a state that has lagged behind the rest of the country, having to be dragged into the current century where football is the undisputed king of college sports. As an Ohio native and the football coach at a school like UK, Stoops should be among the first to promote the sport in Kentucky.

The actual game won’t be played until Nov. 29 and the event could have been rescheduled but that doesn’t excuse Stoops’ oafish behavior.

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Time for another Maker’s Mark special label. Details of the newest  commemorative bottle will be announced Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Yum! Practice Center. Tom Jurich (via teleconference), men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and men’s soccer coach Ken Lolla will participate. Proceeds going to the UofL Academic Center for Excellence to be built on the UofL campus.

Petrino, Herring & Notre Dame tickets at annual boosters club meeting

July 18, 2014 2 Comments

Heads up. The observer won a Rick Pitino-autographed 2013 NCAA basketball at this event last year with a five-dollar raffle ticket.

One of the best kept secrets on the University of Louisville fan calendar is the annual summer meeting of the Central Cardinal Club, which includes a silent auction, a buffet, and includes insights from key people within the athletic program. Lots of inside information is often passed along to the oldest UofL boosters group, which provides scholarship money to different sports.notre-dame-football-tickets-2

This year’s event, which will include Bobby Petrino, head football coach, and Christine Herring, senior women’s administrator, is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 12, starting at 4 p.m. at the PNC Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Twenty dollars per person.

The silent auction is sometimes quite special, offering opportunities to bid on some unique items provided by the coaches. This year a special raffle features two tickets for the Notre Dame game. The silent auction will include autographed memorabilia, gift baskets, sports camps, and Cardinal apparel. Expect some special ACC items as well.

Membership in the Central Cardinal Club is not required but attendees obviously will have an opportunity to join. Deadline for reservations is August 6th.  Here’s the reservation form in PDF format:  Dinner_Reservation_Form_August_2014

Tough decision leads Robert Clark from UofL to Samford

July 18, 2014 4 Comments

Robert Clark, who would have been a senior wide receiver on the University of Louisville football team, is transferring, taking his talents to Samford University.  He could be missed because he’s a talented receiver with good hands and great speed.Robert Clark 2

Clark, remember, transferred to UofL along with Gerald Christian, another wide receiver from the University of Florida in 2011. He had to sit out a year in 2012 but when he got his chance last season, he caught 25 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown in 13 games. He was clearly headed in the right direction, destined for more playing time this season.

Former UofL Coach Charlie Strong once compared Clark to Lorenzo Mauldin saying, “Mauldin is a player who goes 100 miles per hour. It doesn’t matter whether we’re in shorts or full pads, he going to go full speed. Robert Clark is the same way. He goes hard every play. If he runs 100 yards down the field, he’s going to sprint back. It’s just amazing to watch his athletic ability.”

Life in college football can be tough for players like Clark, however. Sitting out a season, making good when he finally gets his chance, only to see the coach who lured him away from Florida take a job at Texas during the player’s senior season. He has, in fact, already graduated and was ready to focus full-time on football.

But it became clear to him under new/old UofL Coach Bobby Petrino that his aspirations would never be realized and playing time would be limited, with fellow seniors Kai De La Cruz, Eli Rogers and Michaelee Harris constantly getting called before him during practice sessions.

Tough decision, transferring but there’s no joy in watching games from the bench.

One has to admire Clark for recognizing the position he was in and taking charge of his destiny. He wants to be in the game, even if that means going to a Division I-AA FCS program in Birmingham. We wish him well.

Black look is back, UofL football releases media guide

July 17, 2014 1 Comment

The media guide is out for the University of Louisville football program, featuring all-black uniforms on the cover so I guess we’re going to be seeing a lot of black this year.

Media Guide in PDF format

Media Guide in PDF format

Personally my favorite was always the black uniforms with the white helmets, a very distinctive look, good guy look. The all black approach reminds me too much of Cincinnati and the Bearcats, and is somewhat suggestive of a perfidious approach, probably because of a one-time rivalry with the UC program.

But if that’s what Coach Bobby Petrino and the current players prefer, I guess we’ll have to adapt.

The roster is still heavily laden with Florida players, with a total of 33 from the Sunshine State. There are 24 from Kentucky with at least seven players from Louisville. Georgia is next with 10, Ohio with nine, North Carolina and Indiana with four, and Tennessee and South Carolina with two. A couple of players — Aaron and Gabe Ahner — hail from Japan, believe it or not.

There are 22 seniors, 25 juniors, 23 sophomores, 16 redshirt freshmen (five-year players), and 19 players listed as freshmen.

The 212-page media guide is in PDF format and be accessed by clicking on the accompanying graphic.

Campus Insiders: Good ACC start seen for Louisville football

July 16, 2014 0 Comments

A great presentation, with some interesting and entertaining insights, as Campus Insiders issues a sunny forecast with a solid 9-3 record for University of Louisville football during its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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