LATEST STORIES FROM THE CARDINAL CONNECT

Vegas Insider: Louisville Opens As 2 1/2 Point Favorite Over Miami

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect We’re now five weeks away from the first game of the 2015 Louisville football season. Pretty exciting, right? With college football season approaching, the boys in Vegas released odds for some of the weekend’s first games. VegasInsider.com has Louisville as a 2 ½ point favorite over the Miami Hurricanes. For those that aren’t very knowledgeable...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pitino’s Top Target Trims His List To Seven

Photo | Nike EYBL If you follow Louisville basketball recruiting then you’re well aware of who Antonio Blakeney. The Florida native was one of the first prospects from the 2015 recruiting class that picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville. He’s been a top target for Pitino and staff for the past year. With two commitments now on board for Louisville, the staff has now shifted...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Petrino Lands His Tenth Commitment From The 2015 Class

Photo | Scout.com Bobby Petrino picked up his tenth commitment from the 2015 class on Monday afternoon. Tim Bonner, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound, defensive end from Demopolis, AL., informed the Cardinal coaching staff of his verbal pledge earlier today. Bonner isn’t ranked very highly and in fact doesn’t have any stars by any of the three national recruiting outlets (Rivals, Scout and...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje Plans To Visit Louisville

Photo | 247 Sports With two seven-footers brought in with the 2014 recruiting class, the center position wasn’t thought to be a top priority for Rick Pitino and his staff in 2015. At the moment, Louisville has two commitments – small forward Deng Adel and power forward Ray Spalding. The staff has shifted a lot of their attention to five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney. While...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

If There Is One Player Who Will Break A Backboard In A Real Game, It’s Montrezl Harrell

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect I don’t write things with the intention or belief that any member of a University of Louisville athletic program reads what is posted here.  It would be foolish and presumptuous of me to think that my opinion could have an impact on any real live game scenario. That being said, I need someone to reach out to Montrezl Harrell for me.  I need...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former Florida Commit Is High On Louisville

Photo | 247 Sports The majority of the commitments that Bobby Petrino has from the 2015 class came following the program’s annual junior camp in mid June. A handful of prospects were high on Louisville, but the visit to campus was the final thing that they needed to see before making a college decision. It’s very common for players to be committed to a school, but continue to...
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Montrezl Harrell Shattered Another Backboard On Sunday Afternoon

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect In just a few months time, Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell has managed do break a backboard while dunking a basketball. In late April, while working out in Florida, Harrell broke a backboard at a high school while playing pick-up basketball. It turns out Harrell did it again on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati during a summer league game...
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Kentucky’s Mark Stoops Says The UofL-UK Rivalry Will Continue Regardless Of SEC Scheduling

While the University of Louisville football program participated in their first ever ACC media day on Monday, they still managed to share the local headlines with the Kentucky program. Shortly before Bobby Petrino took the podium in Greensboro on Monday afternoon, University of Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely confirmed reports that head football coach Mark Stoops would not be attending...
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DeVante Parker Is Likely To Shatter School Records In Petrino’s Offense

Andy Lyons | Getty Images Despite having a twelve win season and a Russell Athletic Bowl trophy, there was a good portion of the Louisville fan base that wasn’t pleased with the overall product that Charlie Strong and his staff put on the field in 2013. Of course, winning is all that matters, but I know I’m not alone in thinking that last year’s team was capable of scoring...
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Highlights: Antonio Blakeney At The AAU Nationals On Thursday Morning

Photo | 247Sports.com Antonio Blakeney, Rick Pitino’s current top target in the 2015 class is currently participating in the AAU Nationals event here in Louisville. Pitino has been on hand at each of the five star prospect’s games over the past two days. In his first game on Thursday morning, Blakeney finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Here are some highlights...
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Charlie Strong Has A Mess On His Hands In Texas

Erich Schlegel | Getty Images When hired to take over the Louisville football program in December of 2009, Charlie Strong had quite a mess to clean up. All of the momentum that Bobby Petrino had built from 2003-06 was crushed by Steve Kragthorpe in just three years. The program was at one of its lowest points in the past 50 years when Strong was hired. Fortunately it took Strong...
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Ray Spalding’s Grandmother Played A Role In His Decision To Stay Home

Photo: WSTXSports.com There is something special about a highly regarded homegrown prospect who decides to stick around and attend the University of Louisville. Some of the best players in the history of the Louisville basketball program were from right here in the Derby City. Male High School’s Darrell Griffith led the program to their first ever national championship, while Ballard’s...
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Anton Gill Expected To Have A Much Larger Role In His Sophomore Season

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect Anton Gill arrived on campus last season amid much fanfare and admiration for the incoming class.  Unfortunately, not much of the calamity was directed at this particular former Hargrave Academy product. Gill’s prep school teammate, Terry Rozier, was quickly seen as a reliable hand for the Cardinals at an early part of last season.  Gill was...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Teddy Bridgewater Throws Out The First Pitch For The Minnesota Twins

Photo | MLB.com Our beloved Teddy Bridgewater threw out the first pitch for the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Wednesday their game against the Cleveland Indians. Although it sailed a bit high, I’d say Teddy’s pitch was solid. Now that he’s a professional, there are much more public relation obligations for Bridgewater. Despite being a good sport about it, Teddy hasn...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Antonio Blakeney Put On A Show In Front Of Rick Pitino This Morning

Photo | Orlando Sentinel With the AAU Nationals being held in Louisville this year, some of the top college basketball coaches from around the country have traveled to the Derby City to check out the elite amateur talent. With this event basically being in his backyard, it should come as no surprise that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was on hand for the Thursday morning games...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Petrino Will Open Up The First Week Of Practice For The Fans

Andy Lyons | Getty Images Louisville Cardinal football junkies who can’t wait until Sept. 1 to get their first taste of action got some good news on Wednesday afternoon. At the annual Governor’s Cup Luncheon, Bobby Petrino announced that he’ll be opening up the first week of practices for fans who want to attend. The practices Aug. 5-9 will all be open to the fans. There will...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Confirmed: Former Washington St. QB Tyler Bruggman Is Headed To Louisville

Photo | Washington State Athletics On Wednesday afternoon, The Cardinal Connect reported that former Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman was in the process of transferring to Louisville, per sources. Just hours later it’s now been officially confirmed that Bruggman will in fact enroll at Louisville. The Phoenix, AZ., native will have to sit out during the 2014 season due...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Keg Of Nails Rivalry May Not Be Over For Good

Outside of Kentucky, Cincinnati is probably the biggest rivalry for the University of Louisville when it comes to the gridiron. There’s not nearly as much hatred between the two fan bases, but there is definitely a lot of history. Louisville has played Cincinnati in football more than they’ve played any other opponent. Unfortunately, due to the recent conference carousel, the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Petrino Family Foundation Announces Exclusive Tailgate Party

The Petrino Family Foundation, established by U of L Head Football Coach Bobby Petrino and his family, is thrilled to announce the kickoff of their Petrino Family Foundation Tailgate Parties for the 2014 football season.  Proceeds from the tailgates will go towards the Foundation’s pledges including the Children’s Hospital Foundation through the Trauma Program at Kosair Children’s...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

DeVante Parker Named Preseason First Team All ACC

Jamie Rhodes | USA Today Sports On Wednesday morning that Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2014 Preseason Conference Team. In Louisville’s first season in the league, senior wide receiver DeVante Parker is the only Cardinal to be honored by the league’s respected media members. The team was selected by the media attending the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff held this past Sunday...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

All Signs Point To Former Washington St. QB Tyler Bruggman Landing At Louisville

Photo | CougCenter.com Earlier this month it was reveled that Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman would be transferring from the program. Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reported that Louisville, Duke, Indiana and Arkansas were the four schools that WSU granted Bruggman a release to. Bruggman was competing for the second string spot for the Cougars this past Spring before decidign...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Prince Ali Will Take An Official Visit To Louisville On Sept. 6

Jim Rassol | Sun Sentinel With the month of July coming to an end, the majority of the top prospects in the 2015 class are starting to line up their five allotted official visits in the fall. Four star shooting guard Prince Ali announced on Tuesday that he’s already scheduled two official visits within the next couple of months. The Miami native tells Evan Daniels of Scout.com...
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Vikings Offensive Coordinator Says Bridgewater Should Have Been A Top 10 Pick

Brad Penner | USA Today Sports It wasn’t always for good reason, but former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was one of the more talked about prospects heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. Unfortunately for Teddy, his lackluster Pro Day workout led to the majority of the national media writing him off as a guy who didn’t deserve to be taken in the first round. The Minnesota...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Antonio Blakeney Says Rick Pitino Is Still Showing Him That He’s A Top Priority

Photo: Orlando Sentinel Five star scoring guard Antonio Blakeney has been top target for Rick Pitino and his coaching staff for well over a year now. Apparently that hasn’t changed despite picking up two commitments from the 2015 class within the past week.  In a matter of six days, Rick Pitino reeled in five star swingman Deng Adel and four star power forward Raymond Spalding...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bobby Petrino Has High Expectations In His First Season Back At Louisville

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect The Louisville football program will experience some major changes in 2014 in their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I’ve always thought that it makes more sense to rank/evaluate a schedule at the end of the season rather than before the season begins. That said, when you look at the opponents on the slate in 2014, this is expected...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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