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Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell Already Embracing The In-State Rivalry

Photo: Kelly Kline Under Around Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell still has another season of prep ball before he’ll suit up in a Cardinal uniform, but he’s already embracing the Kentucky rivalry. Mitchell sent out this Tweet to the other two Louisville commitments from the 2015 class. When you tell your teacher to use the red marker instead of the blue because it's Kentucky...
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Freshman Matz Stockman Is Eager To Learn From Rick Pitino

Matz Stockman is one of the more unknown recruits in recent history for the Louisville basketball program. Most had never even heard of Stockman when he signed with Louisville last November. The Norway native wasn’t listed in any of the national recruiting websites and didn’t have scholarship offers from other programs. Stockman spent last year at The Canarias Basketball Academy...
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Chinanu Onuaku Is Physically Ready To Compete

Photo: Jacob Zimmer During a recent radio interview Rick Pitino stated that 6-foot-10 center Chinanu Onuaku was the only true freshman that the staff thinks is ready to play right now. He went on to say they’re still working with the others, but noted that “Nanu” is definitely physically ready to play right now. When arriving at media day this past weekend, had it not been...
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DeVante Parker Listed At No. 19 On Mel Kiper’s Big Board

Photo: Pete Cautilli Louisville star receiver DeVante Parker returned in a major way last Saturday in Louisville’s 30-18 win over NC State. In his first game back since suffering a foot injury in August, Parker tied a career high with 9 receptions and 132 yards. Prior to the injury, Parker was tabbed as one of the top NFL draft prospects at the receiver position. Although he was...
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Montrezl Harrell Says He Models His Game After Two Current NBA Players

Photo: Pete Cautilli Montrezl Harrell surprised a lot of people when he decided to return for his junior season. Harrell could be on an NBA roster right now had he wanted to, but fortunately for Rick Pitino the Tarboro, N.C. native decided to spend another year in college to work on his game. Harrell was asked at media day which current pro players he models his game after. His...
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The Memphis Grizzlies Have Waived Earl Clark

Photo: NBA.com With the 2014-15 NBA regular season less than a week away, teams around the league are starting to make cuts to trim their roster to the 15-player maximum. Unfortunately former Louisville forward Earl Clark was a causality of the roster trimming process. The Memphis Grizzlies announced on Thursday morning that they’ve released Clark along with former Marshall center...
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Three Stats That Suggest Louisville Can Beat Florida State

Photo: 247 Sports Here are a few stats you probably wouldn’t think of first when predicting the outcome of this game, but may well have an impact on proceedings. Running the Football & Controlling the Clock Florida State’s rushing offense: 106th Louisville’s rushing defense: 3rd Louisville’s rushing offense: 92nd Florida State’s rushing defense: 49th Louisville’s...
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Bruce Pearl Says Rick Pitino Is The Toughest Coach He’s Ever Faced

Photo: Butch Dill – AP Bruce Pearl returned to the SEC’s annual basketball media day on Wednesday. Pearl was the head coach at Tennessee from 2005-2011, but was let go after being sanctioned by the NCAA. After a three year hiatus, Pearl was hired to take over the Auburn hoops program in the spring. Pearl attracted a ton of attention from the media members in attendance on Wednesday...
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Despite Big Expectations, Wayne Blackshear Isn’t Feeling Any Pressure This Season

Photo: Pete Cautilli It’s now or never for senior forward Wayne Blackshear. The former McDonald’s All American has had an up and down first three years with the program. Blackshear has had success during his career, but he’s struggled with consistency to say the least. When the Chicago native committed to Louisville in Dec. of 2009, fans were ecstatic. Throughout his high...
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Louisville Steakhouse Will Remove Crab Legs From The Menu While Jameis Winston Is In Town

We’re now just one week away from what could arguably be the biggest home game in the history of the Louisville Cardinal football program. For the first time ever, Louisville will host the defending national champions. The Florida State Seminoles have won 23-straight games. Their last loss came in November of 2012 to the Florida Gators, who then lost to Louisville in the Sugar...
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Rick Pitino Says He Currently Has A Seven-Man Rotation

Photo: Pete Cautilli With the 2014-15 college basketball season quickly approaching, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino made the radio rounds on Wednesday. Pitino did a morning interview with 790 WKRD in the morning and 840 WHAS in the afternoon. In his morning interview Pitino said that after watching the tape from this past Sunday’s Red-White scrimmage he was more disappointed...
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Freshman Guard Shaqquan Aaron Is Eagar To Learn

Photo: Pete Cautilli When you’re a consensus top 30 recruit nationally you’re expected to make an impact in your first season in college. For Louisville freshman guard Shaqquan Aaron, it may take a little more time. Aaron is an extremely skilled guard with great length, but at 170-pounds, getting stronger will very important. “It’s a big difference,” Aaron said when asked...
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Offensive Lineman Aaron Epps Made The Most Of His Opportunity On Saturday

There is still plenty of room for improvement, but Louisville’s offensive line took a huge step in the right direction against North Carolina State on Saturday. Will Gardner had good protection for the majority of the game and the offense was able to run for 166 yards. Not to mention, for the first time all season, the offensive line finished the game without a penalty. North Carolina...
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Chris Jones Is Happy That Pitino Made Him Loose Weight

Photo: Pete Cautilli Louisville senior point guard Chris Jones had big shoes to fill in his first season with the Cardinal program. Jones had to replace national champion Peyton Siva, arguably one of the best point guards to ever play for Louisville. The 2013 National Junior College POY had an up and down season last year and learned a lot. “Last year taught me that you’re not...
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Transcript From Bobby Petrino’s Appearance On The ACC Coaches Teleconference

J.D. Coffey – The Cardinal Connect Despite being on a bye-week, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino still participated in this week’s ACC Coaches Teleconference. Here is a recap/transcript of his call. Opening Statement We’re excited to have a bye week. We played eight straight games including a Monday night game and a Friday night game. I’m proud of how our coaches and players...
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Cardinal Connect TV – Episode 10: Bye Week Blues, Hoops Media Day & Red-White Scrimmage Recap

In episode number 10 of Cardinal Connect TV, Nick Coffey and Shane Burris recap Louisville’s win over NC State as DeVante Parker made his return and Michael Dyer had a breakout performance. Louisville hoops’ first red-white scrimmage was also a big topic along with the program’s annual media day. Cardinal Connect TV – Episode 10 from The Cardinal Connect on Vimeo.
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Jeff Walz & The Lady Cards Picked To Finish Third In Their First Season In The ACC

Photo: Jacob Zimmer Louisville women’s head basketball coach Jeff Walz is in Greensboro, N.C. this morning for his first ever appearance at ACC media day. In their first season in the league, the Lady Cards have been picked to finish third by the media and by the Blue Ribbons Panel. Senior forward Sara Hammond was named to the preseason all league team while freshmen McDonald...
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Anton Gill Ready For An Increased Role In His Sophomore Season

Photo: Petey Cautilli Louisville sophomore guard Anton Gill was the first original member of Rick Pitino’s 2013 recruiting class. Unfortunately, of the five signees, only Akoy Agau played less than Gill last season. Gill, a Raleigh, N.C. native, was highly regarded during his prep career and was tabbed as a five star prospect by Scout.com. Unfortunately for Gill, Louisville’s...
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Louisville & Notre Dame Extend Football Series

Photo: Getty Images On Tuesday afternoon the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the University of Louisville’s football series with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish had been extended with three more meetings between the two programs. Below is the official release from UofL. LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced three additional football meetings between the...
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It Took Longer Than Expected, But Michael Dyer Finally Had His Moment

Photo: Pete Cautilli I can only speak for myself, but I imagine I’m not the only one that was surprised that it took Michael Dyer more than a year and a half to put together his first 100+ rushing yard performance as a Louisville Cardinal. When you’re a former BCS national title game MVP, expectations are high. Unfortunately for Dyer, things haven’t gone exactly as planned...
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Terry Rozier Transitioning From Rookie To Veteran In Just One Year

Photo: Petey Cautilli No player on this year’s Louisville basketball roster will have to make a bigger transition than sophomore guard Terry Rozier. The Cleveland native had a solid freshman campaign, but it was difficult for Rozier to show just how good he was due to the fact that he was playing behind a consensus first team All American. Rozier played in every game last season...
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The Minnesota Timberwolves Have Picked Up The Third Year Of Gorgui Dieng’s Contract

Photo: @GorguiDieng On Monday afternoon the Minnesota Timberwolves announced that they’ve exercised the third year option on former Louisville center Gorgui Dieng’s contract. Dieng was selected 21st overall by Minnesota in the 2013 season and had a very solid rookie season. He played in 33 of the team’s final 35 games in this past season and appeared  in a total of 60 games...
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Photo Gallery From The Louisville Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon

Photo: Jacob Zimmer – ZymagePhotos.com The University of Louisville basketball program had their annual tip-off luncheon on Monday afternoon at the downtown Louisville Marriott. Each player was introduced followed by a positive speech from head coach Rick Pitino. Photographer extraordinaire Jacob Zimmer was on hand and got some great shots of the event. You can check out all of...
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Anas Mahmoud Isn’t Your Typical 7-Footer

Photo: Pete Cautilli Louisville freshman Anas Mahmoud isn’t your typical 7-footer. Mahmoud has already been tabbed as “The Big Egyptian” by Rick Pitino and although he’s big in stature, his style of play isn’t like your average big man. Throughout his recruitment, West Oaks High School head coach Shaun Wiseman said multiple times that he expects Mahmoud to play power forward...
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Brian Brohm’s Double-Reverse Flea Flicker Earns Top Play On Sports Center

Photo: Derek Leung – Getty Images Former Louisville star quarterback Brian Brohm is spending these days up north in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Brohm got his first career start with the Bombers this past weekend. Unfortunately for Brohm, not only did his team fall to Calgary 33-23, but he suffered a broken thumb during the game in will need surgery...
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