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Photo – @GoCards It had been all but official for a few months, but organizers of the prestigious Jimmy V Classic announced the UofL-IU match-up today.  Louisville will play the Hoosiers at approximately 9:30 pm on December 9th on ESPN.  Maryland and Villanova will square off before that nightcap at 7:00. The matchup was long rumored, and U of L coach Rick Pitino has talked openly about it. But on Wednesday, the event’s organizers announced details — that U of L will tip off against the Hoosiers at 9 p.m. Dec. 9, or 30 minutes...Continue reading »

Photo – miamiherald.com With the NFL Draft roughly five weeks away, prepare yourself to be bombarded with multiple mock drafts until then.  In the latest mock from Yahoo! Sports, Shaun King projects Cleveland to take Teddy with the 4th pick and hard hitting safety Calvin Pryor 21st overall to Green Bay.  As it stands currently, UCF’s Blake Bortles is projected to be the first QB taken. 4. Cleveland Browns Needs: QB, RB and OG The pick: Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville) – Cleveland’s brass wasn’t at Bridgewater’s...Continue reading »

(Photo – GoCards.com) As the University of Louisville football team grinds through spring practice, the coaching staff continues to roll out their new scheme. The transition won’t be easy, but Bobby Pertrino and his assistants appear pleased with what they’ve seen so far. Yesterday, in an interview with gocards.com, Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee gave an update on how the UofL Offense is progressing after just eight practices: “I think the quarterbacks had a tough week,” McGee said after Saturday’s...Continue reading »

(Photo – Gary Jones / AP) On the surface, there were plenty of haters and negative spin on former Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson’s offense. His methodical approach left plenty to be desired and almost always left the door open for opponents to make a late-game run. But when you have a defense like the one Charlie Strong fielded for four years, a lot of those blemishes can be adequately covered up. All that said, though his offense may not have been dazzling to the eye or spike the imagination, Watson did develop...Continue reading »

(Photo – Getty Images) Major props to Kevin Westendorf for putting together this fantastic video that highlights the amazing run of the Louisville men’s basketball team over the last three years. Hopefully we find ourselves in the midst of one of these things again in the near future. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 7.9/10 (8 votes cast)...

(Photo – espn.go.com) ESPN’s ACC Blog writer David M Hale pens an article of the coming 2014 ACC Football season’s most indispensable players. It shows the other players besides reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston that if they were to be lost to injury or other circumstance would have their team in a “State of Emergency.” Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville  If nothing else, Louisville’s new defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, will know just how tough things can be without Mauldin by the time the spring...Continue reading »

(Photo – 247sports.com) Freshman L.J. Scott has made a big first impression on the UofL Football coaching staff early in his career at UofL. Not only has he moved in behind returning starter Dominique Brown so far, he has seen time in Spring Practice running with the 1’s  so far. Scott has moved up  fast in the rotations by working hard in the weight room and having the ability of being able to grasp what Scott calls a “demanding offensive system:” “It’s a very demanding offense,” Scott said. “I...Continue reading »

Photo – Davis Sherman & Jordan Johnson/Getty Images The news isn’t surprising, but it’s still very cool all the same.  Former Cardinal Gorgui Dieng was named the Western Conference’s Rookie of the Month.  In March, Gorgui started six games and posted five double-doubles, averaging 8.6 ppg and 8.3 rpg while shooting 61% from the field.  His best game was against Houston when he went beast-mode, scoring 22 points and hauling in 21 boards. Wolves center Gorgui Dieng isn’t surprised by his recent success on the...Continue reading »

Photo – GoCards.com UofL – and the city of Louisville for that matter – knows how to throw a party.  Next week’s spring game will be a prime example of that as the festivities get underway at 4:00.  Beer, games for the kids, and discounted UofL merchandise highlight the events surrounding the main event. There are lots of activities surrounding the spring game, starting at 4 p.m. There will be live music in the Street Fest area with food, $2 beers and carnival rides for both children and adults. Tickets for rides...Continue reading »

(Photo – AP) In the grand scheme of things, the question that matters most to a majority of college sports fans in regards to their favorite programs is, “What have you done for me lately?” Now, “lately” can be broadly defined, as some fans have more patience than others, but as one of the most successful eras of Louisville basketball came to a crushing end last weekend, head coach Rick Pitino will have his work cut out for him entering the first year of the juggernaut ACC. Gone are experienced leaders Luke Hancock,...Continue reading »

(Photo – USA Today) Louisville head coach Rick Pitino met with the assembled media today to reflect on the season and look ahead to 2014-2015. Pitino gave an update on Montrezl Harrell’s draft status, Kevin Ware’s transfer, the need for Wayne Blackhear to step up next year, the strength of the returning backcourt, the uncertainty of the incoming freshmen and the great run over the past three seasons. * Video courtesy of the Courier Journal VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 7.4/10 (9 votes cast)...

(Photo – Jeff Reinking / UofL Athletics) For the first time in exactly 20 years, a member of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team is an AP 1st Team All-American. Senior combo guard Russ Smith received the third highest number of votes (behind Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Duke’s Jabari Parker) en route to being named to the prestigious squad. Cliff Rozier, in 1994, was the last UofL player to be named to an AP first team. Smith averaged 18.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.1 steals and shot 40.5%...Continue reading »

“Why don’t top recruits want to come to UofL and play for Pitino?” That’s just one of the posts I have seen on a message board in the aftermath of the Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky. Before I dissect the aforementioned statement, let’s take a quick look at that loss that has everyone, including your humble LSL contributor depressed. UofL lost a game to UK – a program us as UofL fans love to hate – after  leading for approximately 38 minutes and 55 seconds of it. So basically, UK led for 65 seconds. Was UofL...Continue reading »