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Teddy Bridgewater & Calvin Pryor Have Accepted Invitations To Attend The 2014 NFL Draft

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect It’s been well noted that there will be some serious Louisville Cardinal representation in this year’s NFL Draft. On Tuesday we learned that two former Cardinals have accepted invitations to attend the draft on May, 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Former quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and safety Calvin Pryor will experience their...
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Getting To Know Rick Pitino’s Newest Assistant Coach: Kenny Johnson

Chris Howell | Herald-Times The news broke on Monday evening that Kenny Johnson would be leaving Tom Crean’s staff at Indiana to join Rick Pitino at Louisville. Johnson had been rumored as one of the top candidates for the job for the past week. Pitino mentioned at this final press conference of the 2013-14 season that he hoped to replace Kevin Keatts with a veteran and experienced...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

7-foot-1 Anas Osama Mahmoud Officially Signs With Louisville

Photo | RunDownReports.com We’ve known for the past few months that Louisville will be adding six new players to the roster in 2014, however only have had officially signed until this morning. UofL announced via a press release that 7-foot-1 center Anas Osama-Mahmoud has officially signed his national letter of intent with the program. “Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Louisville’s ACC Hoops Schedule For The Next Two Seasons

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect The University of Louisville basketball program’s Atlantic Coast Conference schedule for the next two seasons was released on Tuesday afternoon. Needless to say, this is without question one of the toughest conference schedules in the history of the program. The 18-game conference slate features games against each ACC team at least once, with two...
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Tom Jurich Made A Substantial Investment In The Entire Louisville Football Staff

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect When Tom Jurich was in the market for a new football coach at the beginning of the year, he needed to make a homerun hire. With the program heading into the ACC in 2014, sustaining the recent success on the gridiron was crucial for the University of Louisville. Hiring a proven winner like Bobby Petrino made perfect sense. However, it’s not...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Isaiah Briscoe Picks Up Louisville Offer: He Hopes To Visit Soon

Photo: | USA Today Sports With so many recruits coming in this year, it’s unlikely that Rick Pitino will sign a big class in 2015. Signing day for next year is a low way away, but at this point, I’d expect Louisville to add two or three signees next year. Considering there aren’t a ton of scholarships to hand out, it’s been pretty easy so far to determine who Coach Pitino’s...
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Kenny Johnson Will Join Rick Pitino’s Staff

Photo | USA Today Sports On Monday evening we learned that Rick Pitino has found the replacement for former assistant coach Kevin Keatts, who recently left Louisville to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington. Kenny Johnson will leave Tom Crean’s staff at Indiana to become an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville. Evan Daniels of Scout.com was the first to report the news....
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One NBA Scout Says Harrell Made The Right Decision & That Russ Has A Future In The League

Andy Lyons | Getty Images For the past two years, Rick Pitino has had two players that could have started their pro career and wound up returning to school. Russ Smith wasn’t regarded as a top pick, but had he decided to enter the draft last year, there is a good chance he would have been selected. Montrezl Harrell was projected to be taken with one of the first 20 picks in this...
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Andre McGee May Be Leaving Louisville For A Better Opportunity

Andy Lyons | Getty Images Rick Pitino already has one opening on his staff with top assistant Kevin Keatts being hired as the head coach at UNC-Wilmington. It appears that Keatts may not be the only staff member from last year’s team departing for another opportunity. Sources tell TheCardinalConnect.com that director of basketball operations Andre McGee could be leaving the program...
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NFL Teams In Need Of A Pass Rusher Are Focusing On Marcus Smith

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, hundreds of NFL hopefuls are traveling across the country for private visits and workouts with teams. As we get closer to draft day, it appears that teams are mostly bringing in only the guys who play the position that they need. When it comes to former Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith, he’s attracting...
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Kevin Ware Discusses His Departure From The Louisville Program

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect At this time last year former Louisville guard Kevin Ware was one of the most famous athletes on the planet. As crazy as it sounds, it’s the truth. Ware’s gruesome injury was the biggest storyline for Louisville’s 2013 National Championship run. A year later, Ware is now fully healthy, but he’s now a member of a different team. The Atlanta...
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Former Louisville Assistant Lands Head Coaching Gig

Jonathan Taylor | Getty Images Former Louisville assistant basketball coach Vince Taylor is expected to be named the head coach at Coppin State on Monday morning. Taylor spent seven years on the Louisville staff, four under Rick Pitino and three under Denny Crum. During his time at Louisville, Taylor played a key role in the recruitment of former Cardinal guards Reece Gaines and...
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Highlights: Snider, Onuaku & Johnson Shine At Derby Festival Classic

Photo | NextUpRecruits.com Three future Louisville Cardinals were on the winning side on Friday night in the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Quentin Snider, Chinanu Onuaku and Jaylen Johnson were a part of the White Team who defeated the Green Team 128 to 104. Snider was named the MVP and finished with eight points, nine assists and four rebounds with one steal...
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Three Future Cards Shine At The Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Clasic

Phoot | @SteveJones_CJ On Friday evening at the historic Freedom Hall, Louisville fans got a chance to get an early look at three future Cardinals at the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint. Quentin Snider, Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku were a part of the White Team who defeated the Green Team 128 to 104. Snider earned...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Country’s Top Up & Coming Recruiter Is Reportedly In The Mix To Join Pitino’s Staff

Earlier this week we learned that Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson was in the mix for the vacant spot on Rick Pitino’s staff. It doesn’t appear that Johnson has been offered the job at this point, but Scout.com reports that he’ll surely accept if offered. In the past 24 hours another name has surfaced as a potential replacement for Kevin Keatts. Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Takeaways: Derby Festival Classic Night of the Future Stars

I’ve been attending the annual “Night of the Future Stars” event for the past 17 years. Fortunately, I’m now able to cover an event that I used to cherish as a child. Over the years, I’ve grown to enjoy this more than the actual All Star game itself. The 3-PT shootout and slam dunk competition are always fun to watch and I believe you can really assess a lot about each...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adidas Deal Completes Louisville’s Transformation into National Powerhouse

  “But you ain’t bona fide!” That’s the excuse Ulysses Everett McGill (played by George Clooney) is given as to why he can’t reunite with his wife in O Brother Where Art Thou? The Big 12 likely said something to that effect when Louisville tried to rejoin its Big East buddy West Virginia in its new conference. It would turn out to be a grave mistake, because since that...
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In State Star Offered Preferred Walk-On Spot From Rick Pitino

Photo | TheRoadToRupp.com Nearly every season there is at least one player who is offered a preferred walk-on spot with the Louisville basketball program. Some have went on to have successful careers like Tim Henderson and others like Stuart Miller eventually transfer to play at a smaller level. I’d be willing to bet there are a couple of players that Rick Pitino has in mind to...
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Report: Indiana Assistant Kenny Johnson In The Mix To Join Louisville Staff

Photo | Associated Press Since it was announced that Rick Pitino’s top assistant Kevin Keatts would be leaving the program to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington, former assistant Ralph Willard is the only name being mentioned as a potential replacement. That changed earlier this week. Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson has become a hot commodity in recent weeks and there...
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Louisville’s $40 Million Adidas Mega Deal Placed Near Top of Apparel Deals

Photo | Adidas The Louisville Cardinals have signed a five-year and $40 million deal to extend their 16 year relationship with adidas. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy the deal places them among the top five for all college apparel deals. The deal ranks them just below Notre Dame’s ($9 million per year from Under Armor) and Michigan’s ($8.5 Million per year from adidas) massive...
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ESPN’s Mock Draft Has Teddy Bridgewater Dropping To The Second Round

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports Since leading Louisville to a blowout victory over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl in December, there hasn’t been a lot of positives vibes surrounding former Cardinal QB Teddy Bridgewater. At the last minute Bridgewater decided not to participate in most of the drills at the NFL combine. He then had his pro day at UofL that was described by the...
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Rick Pitino’s Front Court Should Be Vastly Improved Next Season

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect Louisville’s incoming recruiting class features more giants than some beanstalk themed children’s stories.  A minute’s battle could be just beyond the horizon for the Louisville Cardinals.  Mangok Mathiang and Montrezl Harrell return as your incumbent big men.  The back-up low post positions are gaping holes, and we only have these freshmen...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Significant Announcement Coming From UofL Athletics At 2 PM

Robert Deutsch – USA TODAY Sports The University of Louisville announced this morning that there will be a press conference on Thursday afternoon at 2 PM to make a big announcement. Athletic director Tom Jurich, volleyball coach Anne Kordes, soccer coach Ken Lolla and football coach Bobby Petrino will be in attendance at the announcement. The press release from UofL states that...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Quentin Snider, Chinanu Onuaku & Jaylen Johnson At Derby Classic Media Practice

Three of the six members in Rick Pitino’s 2014 class were in Louisville on Wednesday afternoon for the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic media gathering and practice. Point guard Quentin Snider, Forward Jaylen Johnson and Center Chinanu Onuaku are the three signees participating in the annual event.
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Chris Jones Puts The Rumors To Rest. He’ll Return For His Senior Season

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect As soon as Louisville’s season came to an end on Mar. 28, rumors regarding point guard Chris Jones began to circulate via Twitter and premium message boards. For some reason, there was a small percentage of the fan base that believed Jones had played his last game in a Cardinal uniform. Shortly after Montrezl Harrell announced that he would...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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