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  It’s been a huge week on the recruiting trail for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals, and the ripple effect has been felt throughout college basketball. With the addition of Deng Adel, UofL now has a pair of long, athletic wings that should help to build the foundation for a strong program over the next few years in the ACC. Adel, a 5-star combo forward from Victory Rock Prep, in Sarasota, Florida (by way of Sudan and Australia), gives Pitino a multi-faceted weapon that can play inside and out and should cause plenty of...Continue reading »

*It’s not something we didn’t already know, but once again, a study from Emory found that CardNation is the best fanbase in college basketball.  The supporters of the Cayuts are 7th.  They are currently burning couches and wearing cut-off blue jean shorts in protest. As we publish our ranking of college basketball fan base support across the “power” conferences (AAC, ACC, Big 12, Big 10, Big East, SEC, & PAC 12), we can already hear the abuse we are about to take on Twitter and through the media.  Our rankings are based...Continue reading »

  Louisville head coach Rick Pitino mentioned it last week during his press conference and today the news has become official: Russ Smith has signed a guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Although exact numbers weren’t released (club policy), the deal appears to include 2 guaranteed years with a team option for a third. Essentially, a standard rookie contract. The guys at Bourbon Street Shots – the ESPN New Orleans affiliate – have some good additional info on the details of the deal. Congrats to Russ,...Continue reading »

  University of Louisville senior wide receiver DeVante Parker was named to the the 2014 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, which is sponsored by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. Parker is one of the game’s most dominating wide receivers after a productive 2013 season. The 6-foot-3...Continue reading »

  After the Pistons acquired veteran point guard DJ Augustine on Monday night, you knew it had to spell the beginning of the end for former Louisville point guard Peyton Siva. Detroit was saddled with 18 players on a roster that could only fit 15. Somebody had to go. Siva, along with former UK center Josh Harrellson were the two casualties after everything was said and done. The Pistons drafted Spencer Dinwittie (Colorado) with the 29th pick in the first round and also signed former all-star Caron Butler last week. Siva was averaging...Continue reading »

Louisville senior linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin and senior center Jake Smith added on to their preseason accolades yesterday. Mauldin was added to the 51-member Butkus Award watch list, while Smith earned a spot on the Lombardi Award watch list. The Butkus Award is given to the nation’s best linebacker, and the Lombardi Trophy is handed out to the top player on either side of the ball who sets up within ten yards of the center and no more than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. It’s the third preseason honor for both players....Continue reading »

Coach Pitino started his 2015 class off with a bang as 5-star stud Deng Adel verballed to UofL this afternoon.  The talented 6’7 / 185 lb. small forward is the perfect fit in Pitino’s system; he’s a team-first type of player whose game continues to blossom.  He’s able to play the 3 and the 4 and can mix it up in the paint, evidenced by his 26-point, 7-rebound game in front of Pitino at last weekend’s adidas Unrivaled tournament.  Coach P and Coach Balado put the full court press on Adel over the last week,...Continue reading »

  Coming off one of the most successful seasons in UofL football history will certainly be hard to top in 2014-2015. Charlie Strong’s swan song (jesus christ that sounds stupid……but I’m too lazy to delete it) saw Louisville go 12-1 and cap the run by pummeling Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. And had it not been for a 3rd quarter meltdown at home against UCF, the Cards likely could have won their third BCS game in 7 years (after all, the Knights went on to murder Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl). But a lot has changed...Continue reading »

  Although he technically chose Louisville and committed back in early June, Aaron Cochran never received that same reciprocal pledge from the Cards. That is, until this weekend when Cochran made an unofficial visit to UofL and Bobby Petrino and the staff formally accepted his commitment. The 6’3, 260 lb, Defensive End prospect (he also plays Tight End for Grady High School near Atlanta) also held offers from South Alabama, Old Dominion and Central Florida. However, he recently camped at Ole Miss and was reportedly receiving interest...Continue reading »

*The ACC released its football media guide online. *Mauldin and Parker will represent Louisville at the ACC Kickoff on July 20-21. *Washington State QB Tyler Bruggman is transferring and Louisville is on his short list. According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, former 4-Star Quarterback Tyler Bruggman is transferring from Washington State and Duke is one of the schools he’s been released to. Arkansas, Louisville and Indiana are the three other schools that the Cougars granted releases to. Coming out of high school, Bruggman committed...Continue reading »

*Russ shook off a rough first half and helped lead the Pelicans to a win in their summer league opener.  He posted 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.  Checkout the highlights HERE.  Note: Samardo Samuels wasn’t listed in the box score. ”So in the first half, I was kind of getting thrown off and I was actually watching some of the other players on where they were taking off. I’m humbled enough to learn from my opponents.”    Smith was a consensus All-American during his four seasons at the University...Continue reading »

One of the last pieces of Louisville’s 2014 recruiting class just fell into place as 7’2 Norwegian center Matz Stockman received his Visa and can now travel, live and play in the United States. The news was first reported by Jody Demling of the Cardinal Authority last night after he spoke with with Rick Pitino. Stockman remains mostly a mystery to fans and recruiting analysts after playing overseas and then seeing limited action during a brief AAU stopover in Maryland last fall. However, what is known at this point is that he remains...Continue reading »

  One very noteworthy piece of news that came out of Rick Pitino’s press conference yesterday afternoon was the fact that former Louisville All-American Russ Smith has reportedly signed a guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Though, Pitino noted that Smith has not formally signed the papers, the deal is done and pen just has to meet paper at this point. Smith’s father, Russ Sr., confirmed the report with the Courier Journal and said that his son has indeed signed a two year deal that includes an option for a...Continue reading »