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UofL Still Awaiting Word From The NCAA Regarding Freshman Jaylen Johnson

Photo: 247 Sports The Louisville basketball program is currently in a situation that they’re all too familiar with. With just days until the 2014 fall semester begins, Rick Pitino is still waiting for the NCAA clearinghouse to make a decision regarding one of his incoming signees. UofL was in the same situation in 2010 with Gorgui Dieng. Despite having nearly a perfect ACT/SAT...
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Two Plays Have Transferred Out Of The Louisville Football Program

Photo: UofL Athletics It’s not uncommon for a handful of players to decide to transfer once a coaching change is made. When Bobby Petrino was named the head coach at Louisville in January, there weren’t any players that immediately decided to look elsewhere, but sure enough, over time, the program lost a few players. The decision to transfer usually comes right after a hire is...
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The Louisville Football Team Debuted Their Black Helmets During Today’s Practice

We’re just 12 days away from kicking off the 2013 Louisville football season, which means we’re also 12 days away from the return of the black uniforms. Petrino’s first tenure with the program is when we first saw the black uniforms. Steve Kragthorpe kept the black uni’s during his three years at Louisville, but once Charlie Strong took over, we never saw them again. During...
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Petrino Is Confident In His Team’s Ability To Rush The Passer

Photo: Andy Lyons – Getty I can only speak for myself, but I’m not too concerned about Louisville’s offense in the season opener against Miami on Sept. 1. The Canes have a respectable defense, but with Bobby Petrino calling the plays, I don’t think scoring points will be a problem when you consider the weapons he has at the skill positions. When it comes to the defensive...
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UofL Announces Opening Weekend Festivities

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals will play arguably the biggest game on the 2014 schedule on Sept. 1 when they open up the season against Miami. Not only is this a very important game, it’s also the first ever ACC match-up for the football program. Needless to say, this is a big weekend, therefore the folks at UofL are planning to...
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This 2014 Louisville Football Hype Video Is A Must Watch

Photo: The Cardinal Connect We’re now less than two weeks away from kicking off the 2014 Louisville football season. These next twelve days will likely go by much slower than we’d all like, but this awesome hype video from our friend Mike Lindsay AKA CrumsRevenge of TheCrunchZone.com should help hold you over. As always, Mike has outdone himself. The video is narrated by Howard...
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Sports Illustrated’s Petrino-Grantham Report Is Only a Sign of Things to Come

Andy Lyons – Getty Images One of the few benefits of the American Athletic Conference was peace and quiet. The Cardinals had a hard enough time getting any kind of media attention; they didn’t have to worry about negative spotlight. All they wanted was spotlight at all. That’s all changed now. With a bigger stage and a more controversial lead, this week marked the perfect example...
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Michael Dyer Listed As Day-to-Day With Minor Knee Injury

Photo: The Cardinal Connect One glaring take away from Tuesday’s Louisville football practice was the absence of senior running back Michael Dyer. Bobby Petrino has raved about the former BCS national championship game MVP multiple times in the past two weeks. Dyer looked great in Saturday’s open scrimmage, but went down with an injury and didn’t return. Petrino said following...
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ESPN’s College Football Power Index Isn’t High On Louisville This Season

Photo: The Cardinal Connect I can only speak for myself, but I wasn’t at all surprised that Louisville was left out of both preseason polls. When you look at the talent returning from last year’s team that went 12-1, I think it’s fair to say that Louisville could compete with just about anyone in the country. That said, I think the voters for both polls focus mainly on the...
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Four Star Running Back Has Louisville In His Final Five

Photo: 247 Sports Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals are currently riding some serious momentum on the recruiting trail. After somewhat of a slow start, Petrino has picked up four verbal commitments within the past few weeks. Two of those commitments came from Traveon Samuel and Khane Green who are the top two pledges for Louisville’s 2015 class at this point. When highly...
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Marijuana Charge Dismissed Against James Quick

Jamie Rhodes | USA TODAY Sports According to WDRB.com, charges against Louisville sophomore wide receiver James Quick stemming from his marijuana related citation earlier this summer have been dismissed. On May, 29 Quick was cited for possession of marijuana at his campus apartment. According to the University of Louisville citations obtained by The Courier Journal, officers found...
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Todd Grantham Laughs Off Sports Illustrated’s Report Regarding Feud With Petrino

Photo: Pete Cautilli It took just a few hours for someone to reach out to Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to get his comments Sports Illustrated’s report. Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel’s report claims that there is “significant friction” between Grantham and Petrino. They also claim that Petrino would have already gotten rid of his defensive coordinator it...
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Sports Illustrated Claims There Is “Significant Friction” Between Petrino & Grantham

Photo: The Cardinal Connect By now I’m sure you’ve all heard about the piece of news that Sports Illustrated released on Monday afternoon regarding the Louisville Football program. If you haven’t, I’ll gladly bring you up to speed. In SI’s “Weekly Read,” Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans report that Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino has had multiple feuds with defensive...
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The Cardinal Connect Webcast: Episode 1

We recorded our debut webcast over the weekend. The first edition was somewhat of a trial run, but make sure you check it out. The audio of the show will still be available as a standard podcast and will also still be available on iTunes. You should be able to view from within The Cardinal Connect smart phone app without any problems. If you’re watching on your mobile device, make...
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Louisville Football: Preseason Bowl Projections

Photo: Getty Images We’re still two weeks away from kicking off the 2014 Louisville football season, but it’s never too early to start looking at bowl projections. Some national outlets wait to release their projections until the season actually starts, however Athlon Sports, Sporting News, CBS Sports and College Football guru Phil Steele have all released preseason bowl predictions...
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Taquan Dean Will Spend This Season In Spain

Photo: Air Avellino Former Louisville sharp shooter Taquan Dean will be spending the 2014-15 season playing professionally in Spain. According to EuroBasket.com, Dean has signed with Gipuzkoa San Sebastian of Spain’s top professional league. Since graduating from Louisville in 2005, Dean has played professionally in Italy, Russia, Spain, Greece and Turkey. The former Cardinal spent...
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Charles Gaines Discusses Louisville’s First Two Weeks Of Practice

Photo: Pete Cautilli – TheCardinalConnect Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals are now in week three of their 2014 fall camp. The most interesting and entertaining young man on the roster this season is junior cornerback Charles Gaines. He recently sat down with UofL PA announcer Sean Moth to give an update on how things are going so far in practice. When Charles Gaines speaks, we listen.
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Louisville Football Position Preview: Quarterbacks

Photo: JD Coffey – The Cardinal Connect Maybe I’m crazy, but I honestly think Bobby Petrino has more offense weapons in 2014 than he’s ever had. I realize that is a bold statement, but I don’t think Louisville has never been this loaded at wide receiver and running back. Not only is there proven depth, but the second string wideouts and halfbacks could start for the majority...
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Bilal Powell Making The Most Of His Opportunities In The Preseason

Photo: ESPN.com Former Louisville running back Bilal Powell is going up against some stiff competition this season within the New York Jets backfield. Powell had his best season as a professional in 2013-14 where played in every game for the Jets and started more than half of the time. He finished with 697 yards on the season, averaging four yards per carry. In his fourth season...
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Louisville Unranked In The Preseason AP Poll

Photo: Pete Cautulli-The Cardinal Connect As expected, Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals weren’t ranked when the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll was released on Sunday afternoon. It’s not that I’m not confident that Louisville could compete with the majority of the top 25, however they’ve not been getting much respect from the national media therefore it...
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Teddy Bridgewater Provides Late Game Heroics For The Minnesota Vikings

Photo: Vikings.com Former Louisville star Teddy Bridgewater put together his best performance as a professional quarterback on Saturday evening for the Minnesota Vikings. Teddy split the QB duties with veteran Matt Cassel and while both performed well, it was Bridgewater who won the game for Minnesota. With just 53-seconds left in the game,. Bridgewater put together a 7-play, 83...
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Petrino Says The Cards Are Further Along Than He Expected

Photo: Pete Cautilli The Louisville football program had a busy day on Saturday. The team conducted a scrimmage that was open to the public. They later followed it up with the annual “Fan Day” festivities. Although there is still plenty that needs to be worked on prior to the Sept. 1 season opener, Coach Petrino seemed pleased with what he saw from his team on Saturday. “I...
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Donovan Mitchell: The Road To Louisville

No one had a better month of July than Rick Pitino’s latest commitment, Donovan Mitchell. Prior to the summer circuit, Mitchell was thought to be a borderline top 100 prospect and wasn’t being courted by very many of the nation’s top programs. Pitino and assistant coach Kenny Johnson watched Mitchell in action at the Breakout Classic in Philadelphia during the first open contact...
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Todd Grantham Likes What He’s Seeing From Gerod Holliman

Photo: David Butler USA Today It’s been well noted throughout the past few weeks that the one of the areas for the Louisville football program without a lot of proven experience is the safety position. Junior College transfer James Sample arrived on campus just in time and is expected to help fill the void. Former cornerback Terrel Floyd was converted to safety in July and will...
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Updated Mobile Apps For The Cardinal Connect

Each year here at The Cardinal Connect we try to make changes/upgrades for our viewers. I feel that it is important to keep things as fresh and as modern as possible. Therefore, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made some changes to the mobile apps for The Cardinal Connect. If you have the mobile app for iOS/iPhone then all you need to do is run the upgrade. However, keep...
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