With the opening of practice just around the corner, coach Steve Kragthorpe appears to hitting his stride on the recruiting trail.
Another quarterback commitment for the University of Louisville football team, the latest one coming from Mike Rocco, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound pro-style signal caller from LibertyÂ Christian Academy in Virginia.
Football bloodlines are fertile in the Rocco family. His father Frarnk Rocco, Jr. is a former Penn State quarterback. His brother Danny Rocco has been head coach at Liberty University for three years.
He had a passing completion percentage of 73.4% as a junior, completing 130 of 177 attempts, chalking up 28 touchdowns.
Smart, too, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average as he enters his senior year of high school.
How did Toney Douglas, the brother of former University of Louisville receiver Harry Douglas, go largely unnoticed by most Card fans for four years playing basketball at Florida State?
Toney, a foot-2 guard averaged 21.5 points per game for the Seminoles this past season and was the 29th pick in the NBA draft, going to the New York Knicks. Harry, of course, is now playing for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL.
They had an interesting sibling rivalry, which is nicely chronicled in a new New York Times piece, from which is excerpted:
“The backyard basketball games always ended with Toney rushing inside in a flood of tears after taking elbows and a beating from Harry, his elder by 18 months. Harry, grinning, soon followed inside their home in Jonesboro, Ga.
â€œToney would come in crying and saying, â€˜Daddy, Daddy,â€™Â â€ said Harry Douglas III, their father. â€œThen Harry would come in, smiling and saying, â€˜Daddy, I beat him, 140-4.â€™Â â€
“After Toney calmed down, his father would tell him that in the end, the games would make him tougher.”
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Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader:Â “When Kentucky’s standout defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was suspended for his entire senior season after testing positive for a substance banned by the NCAA, it left the Wildcats with only one returning starter (tackle Corey Peters) on its defensive line and zero proven ends.”
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If you were among the viewers who thought the six-overtime Syracuse-UConn basketball game in the Big East Tournament would never end, you were right. The game has been immortalized by the Big East in a new web site, www.sixovertimes.com, featuring an introduction video and synopsis of each overtime period, with over 10 minutes of video. Syracuse won, 127-117.
The swinging doors continue at the University of Louisville football complex, with the start of pre-season practice scheduled to begin Aug. 5th.
This time the person leaving is Dwayne Treolo, who has been the Head Trainer of the U of L football program since 1993. He left a job as an assistant trainer at UCLA to come work with Coach Howard Schnellenberger.
Treolo told Card Game that he is leaving to accept a sales position with Donjoy Orthopedics, a leading global provider of rehab devices, including knee braces. He assumes his new job on August 1, and will continue to live in the Louisville area.
Treolo always exhibited a distinguished presence on the Louisville sidelines, working closely with many players over the years. Michael Bush and Brian Brohm were two of his favorites, requiring ongoing attention for serious injuries. He has obviously been intricately involved in the rehabilitation of current players Scott Long and Trent Guy.
He said his decision to leave was not an easy one to make, and he wishes U of L well.
Cleo Robinson, a defensive end from Paul VI in Haddonfield, NJ, has made an oral commitment to play football at the University of Louisville. The 6-foot-11/2, 220-pound Robinson said he informed the Louisville coaches Friday.
A great day to visit the site of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium where construction continues full speed ahead, with less than a month and a half before the opening of the University of Louisville’s 2009 football season. From the observer’s unprofessional eye, the steel framework appears to be in place for all but one section of the east side of the stadium. For a larger view and possibly a computer wallpaper, click here.
The expansion will take seating capacity up to 55,000 more or less and will be ready for the 2010 season.