Top Stories 2007-08

With the departure of the University of Louisville baseball team from the NCAA Tournament, the 2007-08 season has ground to a halt. The year certainly had its ups and downs. Here are my choices of the big stories from a memorable year. If some have been overlooked, and they probably have, let me know:

basball An Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA following one-sided wins over Tennessee, Oklahoma and Boise State.
basball A nine-game win streak that includes victories over Georgetown, Marquette and Notre Dame.
basball David Padgett makes miraculous return after his college basketball career appears to be over.
basballEarl Clark changes his mind and returns to U of L after declaring for the draft.
basball New Downtown Arena secures bond insurance, ensuring that the project is on target for 2010.
basball Samardo Samuels signs with U of L.

51HX64E3NDL._AA280_ The football team wraps up a disappointing season with a come-from-behind win over Rutgers.
51HX64E3NDL._AA280_ Ron English accepts position as Defensive Coordinator.
51HX64E3NDL._AA280_Jeff Brohm accepts job as Offensive Coordinator.
51HX64E3NDL._AA280_ Darius Ashley, top running back in Ohio, signs with U of L.
51HX64E3NDL._AA280_ Brian Brohm drafted by the Green Bay Packers
51HX64E3NDL._AA280_ Harry Douglas drafted by Atlanta Falcons.
51HX64E3NDL._AA280_ Kentucky Legislature approves expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

bball The Baseball Cards make it to the NCAA Tournament for a second year in a row.
bball Dan McDonnell’s team compiles a 41-20 record, second best in school history.
bball Chris Dominguez named to Associated Press’ All America third team.
bball Dominguez named co-Most Valuable Player in the Big East.
bball Dominguez joined by Derrick Alfonso and Justin Marks on Big East first team, Andrew Clark and B. J. Rosenberg on the second team, and Justin McClanahan and Stewart Ijames on the third team.

basball Lady Cards basketball team makes Sweet Sixteen in NCAA Tournament.
basball Angel McCoughtry named to numerous All America teams.
basball Jeff Walz wraps up a top 10 recruiting recruiting class.

vball Volleyball Cards (22-7) make 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
vball Co-champions of the Big East Conference.

vball Soccer team makes NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.
vballDefeats college soccer power Indiana in overtime.

stick U of L Women’s Lacrosse Team is formed, makes debut in new lacrosse stadium.

ashoe.jpg Ron Mann named assistant coach for U.S. Olympic track and field team.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “Top Stories 2007-08

  • June 2, 2008 at 11:21 am

    *Ron English accepts Defensive Coordinator job, leaving the University of Michigan.

  • June 2, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    KC, thanks. Fixed that once but from another computer and it didn’t take.

  • June 2, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Mens basketball team went to elite eight

  • June 3, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    The UofL men’s golf squad finishing in the top 10 at nationals

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