Found December 01, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Without its shot-blocking center, Louisville got big efforts from its backcourt and a seldom-used backup to escape a Saturday scare from Illinois State. Guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva traded turns taking over in the second half of the No. 5 Cardinals' 69-66 comeback win. Stephan Van Treese sparked Louisville in the middle, playing 34 minutes off the bench in place of Gorgui Dieng, who is out with a broken left wrist. Smith had 14 of his 24 points in the second half while Siva 15 of his 20 after the break to help the Cardinals overcame an eight-point halftime deficit. ''We were eventually going to make a run,'' Smith said. ''We just picked up our energy and effort. They are a great team.'' Down three with a chance to tie, Illinois State's Tyler Brown airballed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance to force OT, drawing considerable contact from L...

No. 5 Louisville posting up little-used big men

Louisville's Zach Price and Stephan Van Treese a week ago spent most of the game watching their teammates play. Now they're holding down the middle for the No. 5 Cardinals (5-1). With starting center Gorgui Dieng sidelined until January with a broken left wrist he suffered eight days ago, the two reserves are getting extended minutes. Price and Treese enter Saturday'...

College Football: Louisville Coach Charlie Strong, ‘I ain’t going nowhere no time soon’

For those wondering if Charlie Strong is seriously considering leaving the Louisville Cardinals (the team that received a BCS bowl invitation to play the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl) for Auburn, Tennessee, or Arkansas, here’s your answer—at least according to one of the Cardinal’s most recent commits, Finesse Middleton. Middleton, a 6-foot, 249-pound player, said U of...

Video: Charlie Strong Responds To Rumors That He Is Interviewing For Other Jobs

Following Louisville’s win over Rutgers on Thursday night, Charlie Strong finally spoke on the record regarding the rumors that he has interviewed for the Auburn job. Coach Strong had some pretty strong words for the media. Pun was absolutely intended there. Just 12 hours after this post game news conference, multiple Tennessee media members reported that Strong interviewed in...

Charlie Strong, staying or leaving?

Charlie Strong poses with Tom Jurich, his current boss, and Seth Hancock (left), a close friend and advisor.  (UofLCardGame photo) So will Charlie Strong stay or go? The name of the University of Louisville football coach keeps coming up with every potential SEC vacancy that comes up. Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn. You name it and Strong has been rumored to have been on the short...

Sugar couldn’t be sweeter for Charlie Strong and Louisville

The script just keeps getting revised for Charlie Strong’s future. His University of Louisville football team was beckoned to the Atlantic Coast Conference this week, starting in 2014, dramatically changing the outlook for his program’s future. If he were talking to other schools about possible jobs, he had to be having second and third thoughts. Money is no object. If he wants...

Defensive Tackle Finesse Middleton Switches Commitment From Ole Miss To Louisville

Finesse Middleton, a 6-foot-2 255-pound defensive tackle from Garden City, AL., had been committed to Ole Miss since late July, but had a change of heart over the weekend while on his official visit to Louisville. Middleton switched his commitment from the Rebels to the Cards earlier today. This was Middleton’s second visit to Louisville in recent months. He visited unofficially...

Louisville 69 – Illinois State 66: Peyton Siva Leads The Cards To A Tough Win

Louisville’s performance in the first half was as bad as I’ve seen this team play in the last few years. The Cards looked very lethargic and were getting outworked by a veteran and talented Illinois State team. Although the Cards didn’t have a strong performance overall, the effort in the second half made a huge difference and led to a 69-66 win over one of the best mid-major...

Louisville celebrates Big East championship (raw video)

If there is one thing I absolutely love about covering college football, it is getting a chance to head down to the field for the final moments of a game and witnessing the raw emotion that comes from the thrill of victory. Thursday night I got a chance to do that as Louisville topped Rutgers to win the Big East’s automatic BCS berth, in all likelihood. Here is how I saw the final...

Strong meets old mates - Gators - in bowl

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong will see a familiar program on the other sideline when the Cardinals play in the AllState Sugar Bowl. U of L will play Strong’s former team – Florida – in the Jan. 2 bowl at 8:30 p.m.

Matchup brings back memories for Strong

Every once in a while, the phone will ring. When he answers, there’s always a smile on the face of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong. Many of the Florida players that Strong recruited to Gainesville have called him in recent years to congratulate him on what the 52-yard old head coach has done with the Cardinals. Strong is now preparing to coach against the program that jumpstarted...

No. 5 Louisville 69, Illinois St. 66

Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva added 20, including four 3-pointers, to help No. 5 Louisville edge Illinois State 69-66 on Saturday. Down 3 with a chance to tie, Illinois State's Tyler Brown airballed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance at overtime, drawing considerable...

Illinois State falls short in upset of Louisville

Illinois State coach Dan Muller nearly had a signature win in just his seventh game. Coming close doesn't interest him. The first-year coach and his Redbirds came into No. 5 Louisville and narrowly fell 69-66 after leading all but the first 39 seconds of the first half and most of the second. ''We don't come for moral victories,'' said Muller, who led Illinois...

From the locker room: Cards escape Redbirds

5th-ranked Louisville overcame a double-digit first half deficit to hold off the upset-minded Illinois State Redbirds. has post game comments from Rick Pitino, Wayne Blackshear, Peyton Siva and Stephan Van Treese.
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