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Louisville vs. Florida International: Three Predictions

Photo: JD Coffey: Jermaine Reve, Charles Gaines & Andrew Johnson. All three Miami natives will return home this weekend to take on FIU. “Revenge” is probably be posted somewhere in the Panthers’ locker room. Almost exactly one year ago to the day, September 21st, 2013, an FIU football team strolled into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with the intention of spoiling the Teddy...
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Reggie Bonnafon Says He’ll Be Playing For His Late Father When He Returns

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon will not travel with the team to Miami this weekend as they take on Florida International. Bonnafon’s father, Wallace, passed away unexpectedly earlier this week. Bobby Petrino shared the unfortunate news at Monday’s press conference. “Reggie is a real family guy. He had a close relationship with Wallace...
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Petrino Says There Is “Definitely A Chance” Michael Dyer Plays Against FIU

Photo: Pete Cautilli I think we can all agree that Louisville’s offense throughout the first three games of the season hasn’t been quite what we expected. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they’re missing two guys who were supposed to be two of the top play makers on the team. Wide receiver DeVante Parker suffered a fracture to the small toe on his left foot, which...
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The Louisville Staff Will Have An In-Home Visit With Perry Dozier Next Week

Photo: Kelly Kline – adidas Very shorty after five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney decided to reopen his recruiting, Rick Pitino and the Louisville staff decided to shift their attention to someone else. That someone else happens to be four star combo guard Perry Dozier. The 6-foot-6 Columbia, S.C., native had been on Louisville’s radar throughout the spring and summer,...
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Tom Jurich Named To NCAA’s Search Committee For New Executive VP Position

Photo: Pete Cautilli The NCAA has recently launched their search to hire a new executive vice president to oversee the Association’s regulatory functions. University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is one of nine people selected by NCAA President Mark Emmert has named to his search committee to help identify candidates for the new gig. –David Berst, vice president...
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College Basketball Moves Beyond the Love of the Game

Photo: Associated Press “College basketball is the most wholesome major sport in America.” That’s the statement a friend submitted for my consideration early this week. He and I, as many others recently have, were trying to piece together what it means to be a sports fan in today’s world. After making the declaration it’s easy to see why he’s right. The NFL’s problems...
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Louisville Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham Surpassing Expectations

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect When the news broke that Todd Grantham would be joining Louisville’s coaching staff and Georgia fans did everything short of helping coach Grantham pack his belongings into trucks. Georgia was finished with Todd Grantham’s act merely two years after four of his defensive starters were taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. ...
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Four Star Miami Commit Will Take An Official Visit To Louisville

Photo: 247Sports.com Bobby Petrino and his staff have been riding some serious momentum on the recruiting trail in recent weeks and it doesn’t appear that they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. The staff currently has commitments from 18 players in the 2015 class and are still targeting others. Dexter Williams, a 6-foot, 195-pound, running back from Winter Garden, FL., has been...
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Louisville vs. FIU: Predicted MVP’s

Photo: Pete Cautilli Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season on Saturday as they travel to Miami to take on Florida International. Here are the predicted MVP’s for the game. Offense At this point I think we can all agree that we need to see some vast improvement from Will Gardner. The Bobby Petrino style foot-to-throat...
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FIU Head Coach Ron Turner Concerned About Louisville’s Speed & Athleticism

Photo: Josh Ritchie Although they’re considered to be one of the worst teams in America and are coming off of a 17-points loss to Pittsburgh, Ron Turner and the Florida International Panthers are actually riding some momentum. Yes, really. The Panthers defeated FCS opponent Wagner in week two, which was just their second win in the last 14 games. FIU actually had the lead against...
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Bobby Petrino Says DeVante Parker Is “Slightly Ahead Of The Schedule”

Photo: JD Coffey I think we can all agree that the Louisville offense hasn’t exactly performed the way we expected throughout the first three weeks of the season. Outside of a dominant performance against FCS opponent Murray State, the Cardinal offense has been average at best. The offensive performance against Virginia on Saturday was as poor as I’ve seen from a Petrino coached...
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Report: Louisville Will No Longer Recruit Antonio Blakeney

Photo | Kelly Kline Shortly after announcing that he had decided to reopen his recruiting, five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney made it clear that despite his de-commitment from Louisville, he was still very high on the Cardinal program. Unfortunately for Blakeney, it doesn’t appear that the feeling is mutual. Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority was the first to report that...
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Better Late Than Never For Louisville Safety Gerod Holliman

Photo: JD Coffey Heading into this 2014 season safety Gerod Holliman hadn’t quite lived up to the high expectations from his prominent high school career. Three games into the 2014 season, Holliman has taken a huge step in the right direction and is one of just five players in the country to have three INT’s in the first three weeks. Name Team Yr. Games INT’s Senquez Golson...
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Louisville’s Total Defense Ranks 12th Nationally

Photo: Pete Cautilli It’s hard to believe it, but 1/4 of the 2014 regular season is now over. I think it’s safe to say that three games in there have been a handful of surprises. I seriously doubt very many fans expected Louisville to have one loss three games in. I also doubt that fans expected the defense to be outperforming the offense. All we heard throughout the summer months...
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The Cards Bounce Back On The Practice Field

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect During Monday’s press conference, Bobby Petrino made it clear that he wanted to see more out of his team during practice. He even admitted that the team didn’t have great practices leading up to Virginia. “We need to go out and compete in practice and really do a good job of making sure our players understand that they need to practice the...
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Will Pitino & His Staff Shift Their Attention To Perry Dozier?

Photo: Kelly Kline – Under Armour With Antonio Blakeney’s recent decision to reopen his recruiting, the question now is what will be the next move for Rick Pitino and his staff. Prior to Blakeney’s commitment, it was pretty much assumed that Louisville was finished with the 2015 class. Although Blakeney says he’s still considering Louisville and is very high on the Cardinal...
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Cardinal Connect TV: Episode 5

On Monday we recorded episode five of Cardinal Connect TV. Unfortunately, there is always much more to talk about when bad things happen. Myself, JD Coffey, Gabe Duverge and Brandon Zellers spent the majority of the show talking about the disappointing loss to Virginia and the concerns for the remainder of the season.
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Former Louisville Cardinals In The NFL: Week Two Recap

Photo: Getty Images Fifteen former Cardinals are currently on NFL rosters, and some shined over this past weekend. These are the statistics for some of your favorite former Cardinals from the second week of the NFL season. - Gary Barnidge (Cleaveland Browns)- Barnidge filled in last minute for the an injured Jordan Cameron.  Barnidge caught all four of his targets for forty one...
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Louisville Falls To No. 8 In ESPN’s Week Three ACC Power Rankings

Photo: Pete Cautilli As expected, Louisville’s loss to Virginia on Saturday has resulted in significant drop in ESPN’s weekly ACC Power Rankings. After getting wins over Miami and Murray State, Louisville was tied  with Virginia Tech for second place in week two’s rankings. In week three they’ve dropped all the way to No. 8. ESPN Week 3 ACC Power Rankings RANK TREND...
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Antonio Blakeney’s Coach Says The Decommitment Had Nothing To Do With Shoe Companies

Photo: JD Coffey The Louisville fan base received some unfortunate news on Monday evening as five star guard Antonio Blakeney announced that he would be reopening his recruiting. Blakeney was verbally committed to Louisville for just 11 days before deciding to put himself back on the market. A Tweet sent out by national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer led folks to believe that Blakaney’s...
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Louisville Opens As 28-Point Favorite Over FIU

Photo: FIU Athletics When you’re coming off a disappointing loss, there is nothing better than getting a big win to restore confidence. That is exactly what should happen for Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday as they travel to Miami, FL., to take on one of the worst teams in the country. The Florida International Panthers have lost 22 of their last 27 games...
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Louisville’s Loss To Virginia Doesn’t Ruin The Season, But It Leaves Plenty Of Questions

Photo: Pete Cautilli Everyone told you that the football game against The University of Virginia would be the first “measuring stick” game for the Cardinal’s in the ACC. Virginia is a team that habitually resides in the cellar of the Atlantic Coast Conference, so logic told you there was little to fear. Pundits and fans alike were either not aware of how the Cavalier defense...
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Antonio Blakeney Has Decommitted From Louisville

Photo: JD Coffey The Louisville Cardinal fan base hasn’t had much to cheer about within the past 48 hours. Just two days after the first football loss of the season, we’ve learned some unfortunate news regarding the basketball program. ESPN national recruiting analyst Reggie Rankin was the first to report that five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has informed the Louisville...
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Petrino Not Panicking After Disappointing Loss To Virginia

Photo: Pete Cautilli The Louisville football program suffered a humbling 23-21 loss on Saturday to the Virginia Cavaliers. This loss doesn’t ruin the season by any means, but it’s certainly a wake-up call. Most Louisville fans predicted that the Cardinals would win eight, nine or possibly even ten games in 2014. I can only speak for myself, but I doubt Virginia was one of the...
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Reggie Bonnfaon’s Father Has Passed Away

Photo: Pete Cautilli At Monday’afternoon’s press conference, Bobby Petrino shared some very unfortunate news. “We had a tragedy in the Cardinal family today. Reggie Bonnafon’s father Wallace passed away earlier,” Petrino told the media. “Reggie is a real family guy. He had a close relationship with Wallace as our staff did. I ask that everyone’s prayers and thoughts...
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