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When the news broke last night of Antonio Blakeney’s decommitment, 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Jerry Meyer took to twitter insinuating that Nike swayed his quick decision.  We won’t bore you with re-hashing the entire situation and surrounding circumstances again, but the C-J’s Adam Himmelsbach spoke to Meyer and got a lot more information about his initial thoughts on how Nike – and Blakeney’s inner circle – ultimately got what they wanted.  An elite recruit all but sure to sign with a Nike...Continue reading »

  5-star SG Antonio Blakeney has visited Louisville 5 times and stated when he committed, he had been wanting to do so for more than 2 months, but now he has all of a sudden changed his story. After decommitting late Monday night, he stated he “rushed” into his decision and wanted to see more schools. So to recap: visited Louisville 5 times, had been wanting to commit for 2 months, but now says it was a “rushed” decision. That logic seems a little fishy, does it not? Now factor in that the 4 schools he wants to...Continue reading »

  Here’s the thing about college basketball recruiting: it’s simply impossible to get into the mind of a 17 or 18-year-old kid. Hell, I know when I was that age indecision and being spontaneous were synonymous with one another and often times led to mistakes or making the wrong choice in life. I can’t imagine the weight that these 4 and 5-star recruits feel as they prepare to make what could be the biggest decision of their lives up to that point: which college to attend. After all, for better or worse, it will provide...Continue reading »

  You can nitpick about the Louisville offense all you want, and with pretty good reason. After the unit’s subpar, turnover-riddled performance on Saturday against Virginia, obviously there’s plenty of room for improvement. But one part of this team that has excelled and looked pretty damn effective through its first three games, is the defense. In particular, two of their safeties: James Sample and Gerod Holliman. As a whole, the Louisville defense (which ranks 12th in the nation in total defense) is allowing just 19.0 points...Continue reading »

It seems like the news of Devante Parker’s broken fifth metatarsal came out a few months ago, but in actuality it’s only been three weeks.  However, the good news is that he’s progressing nicely and is eager to get back on the field.  After viewing the Cards’ often inept offense, Coach Petrino and Co. can use him sooner rather than later.  The C-J’s Jeff Greer asked the UofL head coach about him, and he provided an update.  Parker’s now some three weeks into a rehabilitation process that could last...Continue reading »

After just 11 days, 5-star SG Antonio Blakeney has withdrawn his verbal commitment to UofL.  He told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels back when he committed that he had known that he had wanted to attend Louisville for about two months prior to his commitment. So how and why did this all come about?  Shoe Companies – or in a word, Nike.  All of the finalists on Blakeney’s final list – UK, Florida, Oregon, LSU – were schools with the swoosh.  Speculation is already at a fever pitch that he will soon visit Kentucky. ...Continue reading »

  It was the last thing anyone could have expected from a Bobby Petrino-coached football team, but after his Louisville team was taken down at Virginia 23-21, there is no question the Cards offense has some serious work to do. It was a sobering and embarrassing performance for the team as a whole Saturday afternoon, but QB Will Gardner’s sub-par play along with the failure of the offensive line to provide sufficient protection were the lowlights of Louisville’s first loss of the season. While many of the hiccups can be corrected...Continue reading »

  Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino met with the media this afternoon for his regularly scheduled weekly press conference and discussed a multitude of subjects including: the key events that led to the team’s loss against Virginia, health updates, the current state of the offense and what to expect on the road from FIU this Saturday. There doesn’t appear to be any more fallout from the near-brawl / scrum that occurred just before halftime during Saturday’s game against Virginia. Petrino said that he has not heard...Continue reading »

  After what can only be described as an extremely surprising and devastating loss on the road to Virginia, Louisville’s overall stock has predictably fallen dramatically over the last few days. The Cards were widely considered one of the very best teams in the ACC and were expected to compete for the conference title (or at worse, finish somewhere in the top 3-4). But after seeing their undisciplined, inconsistent performance on Saturday, a lot of fans and media have begun to hit the panic button. And with good reason. The UVA...Continue reading »

Week Three is in the books, and it was a great one for the ACC.  Here’s how UofL’s opponents fared. Miami (2-1) – beat Arkansas State, 41-20 Murray State (1-1) BYE Virginia (2-1) beat #21 Louisville, 23-21 FIU (1-2) lost to Pitt, 42-25 Wake Forest (1-2) lost to Utah State, 36-24 Syracuse (2-0) beat Central Michigan, 40-3 #23 Clemson (1-1) BYE NC State (3-0) beat South Florida, 49-17 #1 Florida State (2-0) BYE Boston College (2-1) beat #9  USC, 37-31 #11 Notre Dame (3-0) beat Purdue, 30-14 Kentucky (2-1) lost to Florida,...Continue reading »