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Louisville vs. Miami: Season Opener Preview

Photo: David Manning – USA Today Miami Hurricanes (0-0, 0-0) Head Coach: Al Golden – 4th Year @ at Miami (Career HC Record: 49-49, 0-2 in bowl games) Golden spent five years as the head coach of Temple before taking over the job at Miami; played at tight end for Penn State and one year for the New England Patriots. North Carolina 2013 Season: 9-4 (5-3, 2nd in ACC Coastal)...
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Petrino Says Michael Dyer Looks More Doubtful Each Day

Photo: The Cardinal Connect We likely won’t know for sure until Monday evening, but Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino doesn’t seem very confident that senior running back Michael Dyer will play in the season opener. Five days ago at his week one press conference, Petrino said that Dyer was questionable and hadn’t practiced since suffering a knee contusion two weeks ago in...
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Four Star Dual Threat Quarterback Lamar Jackson Has Committed To Louisville

Photo: Nike Football Just two days before the 2014 season opener, Bobby Petrino and the Louisville football program picked up a commitment from one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the class of 2015. On Saturday morning, Boynton Beach, FL., native Lamar Jackson made his verbal commitment public via his Twitter account. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound, dual threat QB is rated as a...
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Cardinal Connect TV – Episode 2: Previewing Monday Night’s Season Opener

On Thursday evening we recorded our second episode of the weekly webcast, which we are now calling Cardinal Connect TV. Brandon Zellers and myself discussed the DeVante Parker injury and how it will impact the team long term. We also spent a good majority of the show previewing the big season opener against Miami and briefly discussed the expected tailgating atmosphere.
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Despite Not Being The Starter, Bridgewater Knows He’s In A Good Place

Photo: Vikings.com Back in the day it was very uncommon to see rookie quarterbacks get the starting nod in week one of the NFL. Nowadays with guys like Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson coming in and having success, it’s becoming much more common. Former Louisville star Teddy Bridgewater got the start last night in the Vikings final preseason game, but the team announced...
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Louisville vs. Miami: Three Predictions

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect As we inch closer to the beginning of the 2014 college football season, and the dawn of a new era in Louisville football history – the ACC era, excitement surrounding the program may be at an all-time high. For Louisville’s week 1 opponent, however, things are currently in a state of flux, a transitional period perhaps. After 3 consecutive...
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Despite Injuries, Petrino & His Staff Are Confident In Their Offensive Depth

Photo: JD Coffey Since finding out on Monday afternoon that DeVante Parker would be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks, the big question has been who will step up in his place. As mentioned, replacing Parker isn’t something you can do with just one guy, but the staff is confident that they have enough weapons to fill the void. “I don’t think any pressure on anybody,” offensive...
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Texas Still Trying To Sell Over 9,000 Tickets Still For Charlie Strong’s Longhorn Debut

Photo: Brendan Maloney As of Wednesday afternoon, the University of Texas is still trying to sell over 9,000 tickets for their season opening game on Saturday against North Texas. Not only is this the Longhorns season opener, it’s former Louisville head coach Charlie Strong’s debut on the Texas sidelines. Call me crazy, but when you have great tradition and the largest fan base...
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Rick Pitino Provides Late Summer Update

Photo: Pete Cautilli Prior to the UofL Opening Weekend Kickoff Party at Captains Quarters on Wednesday evening, Rick Pitino spoke to the media to provide a late summer update. Here is a recap. Jaylen Johnson being cleared. It’s something we anticipated, but we’re glad,” Pitino said. He later went added that he was surprise that Johnson wasn’t as far behind as initially expected...
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With DeVante Parker Out, James Quick Has A Big Opportunity To Step Up

Jared Wickerham – Getty Images As Bobby Petrino mentioned on Monday, you can’t simply replace DeVante Parker with just one guy. It’ll take a collective effort from the offensive unit to fill the void that has been left with Parker sidelined. It helps that the wide receiver group is the deepest on the roster, but Parker is capable of making plays that most others can’t. ...
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The 2014-15 Louisville Basketball Schedule Has Been Released

Photo: Pete Cautilli On Wednesday afternoon the Atlantic Coast Conference released their entire 2014-15 basketball schedule for all league teams. Shortly after, the University of Louisville released the finalized scheduled for the upcoming season. With the  ACC being as loaded as it is along with having to face Ohio State, Kentucky, Minnesota and Indiana, this will be one of the...
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Miami Head Coach Al Golden Knows His Defense Will Have A Tall Task On Monday

Photo: Getty Images If there is one thing the world of college football has learned Bobby Petrino its that he is an offensive mastermind. Regardless of the personnel he has to work with, Petrino has proven that his offenses can put the ball in the endzone as good as anyone in the country. “I believe they put lights on the scoreboard for a reason,” Petrino said shortly after...
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How Will Russ Smith Spend His First NBA Paycheck?

Photo: Nick Laham – Getty There a lot of differences between being a college basketball player and a professional basketball player. The biggest difference is the fact that you’re now being paid to play the game. In the NBA, basketball is your full time job and you’re greatly compensated for it. Former Louisville star Russ Smith is one of sixty players drafted into the NBA...
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Miami Players Are Pissed That Louisville Ran The Score Up On Them Last Season

Photo: Pete Cautilli For the first time in the history of the program, the Louisville football team will open the season against the same opponent that they closed the previous season with. Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals destroyed the Miami Hurricanes 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28. A little over eight months later, the two seams are set to meet again as...
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Video: The Louisville Defensive Staff Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You’d have to be living under a rock to now know about the infamous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has quickly taken over the planet. On Tuesday after practice, the defensive coaching staff for the Louisville football program accepted the challenge from the Petrino family and have no challenged all of CardNation.
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Scout.com Ranks Rick Pitino’s 2015 Recruiting Class Second Best Nationally

Photo: 247 Sports Earlier this month 247Sports.com released their updated 2015 college basketball recruiting class rankings and tabbed Pitino’s three-man class as the second best in the country. On Tuesday afternoon the folks at Scout.com did exactly the same. The Scout’s individual player rankings have Louisville with two five star prospects in Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell...
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Bridgewater put ad in Louisville student paper to thank fans

Photo: Pete Cautilli Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may go down as the most beloved Cardinal in the history of the program. The Miami native made an instant impact for UofL since stepping on campus in 2010. The love that Bridgewater received from the fans is something I’ve never seen in all of my years following the program. For that, Bridgewater is very appreciative...
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Containing Miami Running Back Duke Johnson Will Be Crucial For Louisville

Joel Auerbach – Getty Images When Louisville demolished the Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, the Canes were without their top offensive player. Running back Duke Johnson was having a sensational sophomore campaign in 2013, but it was cut short due a broken ankle. Johnson had 920 rushing yards in Miami’s first eight games before the injury. In twenty career games...
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Madden Ratings For All Former Louisville Cardinals

Photo: MaddenNow.com If you’re a die hard gamer, you’ve probably taken today off of work or decided not to go to class since EA Sports’ Madden 2015 was released at midnight. Those who’ve already snagged their copy may want to check out the overall ratings for each former Louisville Cardinal who appears on the game. H/T to KentuckySports.co for the scoop. Defensive end Elvis...
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We Could See Some Sloppy Football On Monday Night At PJCS

Photo: Lauren Purkey We may be in for some sloppy football next Monday when Louisville kicks off their season against Miami. We’re still six days away, but as of today, there is a 40% chance of storms for next Monday. If there is one thing we know, it is that the weather is truly unpredictable and meteorologists are often incorrect. That said, things would change substantially...
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Michael Dyer Questionable For The Season Opener

Photo: Mark Zerof -USA Today Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals will be without their top play-maker, DeVante Parker, when they take the field for the season opener against Miami next week. Unfortunately, it appears that Parker may not be the only offensive weapon that is unavailable in week one. Senior running back Michael Dyer left the open scrimmage on Aug. 17 with a knee...
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Week One Depth Chart Breakdown

Photo: The Cardinal Connect On Monday afternoon the University of Louisville Football Program released the first official depth chart of the season. While there are no major surprises, here is a breakdown of what we learned. Offense With the toe injury to DeVante Parker, the first thing I directed my eyes to was the Wide Receiver position. The slot receiver spot has belonged to Eli...
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Miami’s Starting Quarterback Is The Son Of The “Bye Felicia” Girl From Friday

Miami starting quarterback, Brad Kaaya, probably thought that next Monday’s season opener against Louisville would be a day off for him.  Kaaya knocked the well traveled transfer, Jake Heapps, out of contention for the starting job against the Cardinals. Kaaya now has the daunting task of not losing his new job on what was supposed to be his day off.  Your Louisville Cardinals...
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The 2014-15 Louisville Basketball Roster Has Been Released

Photo: Pete Cautilli With incoming freshman Jaylen Johnson now officially with the program, Rick Pitino’s roster for the 2014-15 season is complete. The program released their updated roster on Monday evening with all of the of the incoming freshman listed. All returning players will keep their number from last season, other than Wayne Blackshear. He’ll now wear No. 25, which...
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Montrezl Harrell Named A Preseason Blue Ribbon First Team All American

For the third consecutive year, the Louisville Basketball program has had a player named to the Preseason Blue Ribbon All American Team. In 2012-13 it was Peyton Siva, in 2013-14 it was Russ Smith and this year it is Montrezl Harrell. Blue Ribbon Yearbook has been publishing preseason college football and basketball previews for more than 20 years and has a solid reputation among...
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