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The Breakdown – Florida State Edition   Getting to Know the Seminoles: Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher Offensive Coordinator: Randy Sanders/Lawrence Dawsey Defensive Coordinator: Charles Kelly Record: 2-3   The 2017 season began with high expectations and a great deal of optimism for Florida State. The Noles were expected to go toe to toe with Alabama in the season opener and regardless of the outcome, they would still be favored in every game the rest of the way. 11-1, an ACC Title and a spot in the final 4 were all on the table. However,...Continue reading »

The defense has reached Kragthorpian levels of ineptness. Missed tackles, 10 men on the field, receivers wide open, and opponents finding success running the same play repeatedly. The list goes on and on. Sirmon should’ve been canned midway through the 4th quarter of the Boston College embarrassment.  Coach Petrino’s hire of him has been nothing short of disastrous and he shoulders a lot of the blame as well.  In could be even more frustrating than the horrible product on the field is Sirmon’s salary.  According...Continue reading »

The year was 1996. The hysteria surrounding Rick Pitino’s juggernaut teams at the University of Kentucky was unbearable for this eleven and twelve-year-old Louisville fan living in the deep end of western Kentucky. All we heard about was scoring 86 points at LSU…in the first half. I got sick of hearing about those denim uniforms. Are we sure Converse didn’t pay Ron Mercer a few grand to attend UK? Man times have changed. Pitino marginalized Denny Crum. Made him look old before the age of 60. I watched in horror as Alvin Sims’...Continue reading »

The Chicago Bulls are making their final roster cuts this weekend, one of which includes former Louisville Cardinals forward Jaylen Johnson.  Following the Chicago Bulls’ preseason finale, the team began to make its initial roster cuts to trim their roster to comply with NBA requirements. The league mandates a 15-player maximum roster; however, an additional two players can be placed in the two-way contract slots, which is new for the 2017-18 season. Amongst the Bulls’ first trimmings was a name familiar to Louisville fans....Continue reading »

Want to take out your frustrations on North Carolina athletics tonight? Louisville men’s soccer is giving you the chance. Louisville men’s soccer (#5) hosts North Carolina (#4) in an ACC tilt. This could be arguably be the biggest regular-season game we’ve ever seen at Lynn Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30. In true UofL sports fashion, there will be $1 beer happy hour throughout the women’s game at 5:30 until kickoff for the men’s game. Louisville sports. Friday night. $1 beers. Pinch me because I feel like...Continue reading »

Getting to Know the Eagles:  Head Coach: Steve Addazio Offensive Coordinator: Scot Loeffler Defensive Coordinator: Jim Reid   Record: 2-4   There might not be another team that has changed less since Louisville joined the ACC than Boston College. It feels like I could easily copy and paste a Breakdown from one of the last two years and it would still apply. The Eagles are once again searching for a pulse on offense and on defense possess one of the better units in the country in certain categories.     Offense:   BC...Continue reading »

There is a theory making the rounds on social media and Louisville fan sites that without the leadership of Tom Jurich, athletics at the University of Louisville is all but dead. That theory, to but it bluntly, is a load of crap. Acting school president Greg Postel and chairman of the board of trustees J. David Grissom, the backers of this theory will tell you, hate athletics. They are nothing but snobby academics who want nothing to do with anything that involves anything outside of academic research and progress. There are some who will...Continue reading »

  Will the old Bobby Petrino please stand up? This is the question Louisville football fans are continuing to ask as their team distances themselves further and further from relevance. Now halfway through his fourth season of his second stint at Louisville, his record since returning is now 30-15 following Thursday night’s disheartening loss at NC State. It’s not that losing on the road to a ranked opponent is a bad thing, especially on a short week, but rather it is a continuation of a slippery, downhill path the Cards have been...Continue reading »

Cue the gif of Jon Snow unsheathing his sword at the attacking army. I have some ideas on how Louisville football can still be successful this year. That’s the good news. The bad news is that our definition of successful has changed since Thursday night’s 39-25 loss on the road to NC State. This situation is so frustrating. Defensively, I’m seeing so many similarities to Kragthorpe’s first season as head coach. As the season goes on, it’s as if every strength the team fades away if the defense is poor. Here in...Continue reading »

Thursday night at 8:00 Louisville kicks off at N.C. State in a Top 25 matchup.  Thursday night. Road game. Top 25 opponent. Bobby Petrino. Rutgers 2006. Houston 2016.  Gulp.  If you’re a Louisville football fan, you have reason to be nervous about this huge game for both programs. This is a game that I think establishes the outlook for the rest of the season for either program. The winners ceiling is raised. The losers ceiling gets lower.  Louisville opens as four-point favorite. There’s reason for that. Dave Doeren’s...Continue reading »

After starting all 82 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2016-17, another change may be coming for Gorgui Dieng.  When it comes to health and consistency in the NBA, there is one former Louisville Cardinal that embodies both of these terms.  Gorgui Dieng, a 2013 NCAA National Champion, has showcased consecutive seasons of playing all 82 regular season games for the Minnesota Timberwolves. It is rare for this to happen once for an NBA player, but to do it twice is unfathomable.  Through four seasons as a professional baller,...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – NC State Edition Getting to Know the Wolfpack: Head Coach: Dave Doeren Offensive Coordinator: Elijah Drinkwitz Defensive Coordinator: Dave Huxtable Record: 4-1 National Rank: #24   The Wolfpack started the season with a loss in a shoot out to South Carolina. NC State has gone on to win four in a row including a road victory at Florida State. The Pack entered the AP Top 25 this week for the first time since 2010.   Offense: The offense is led by Redshirt Junior Quarterback Ryan Finley. Finley (6’4”, 210lbs) is...Continue reading »

  Montrezl Harrell needed to break out of the Houston Rockets’ frontcourt logjam; however, the former Louisville Cardinal finds himself in a familiar situation in Los Angeles.  After being drafted 32nd overall in 2015 by the Houston Rockets, Montrezl Harrell has been waiting for a consistent contributing role in the NBA.  From playing 379 minutes in his rookie season to receiving 1,064 minutes (including 14 starts) as an NBA sophomore, Harrell’s role remained ever-changing while with the Rockets.  Whenever his...Continue reading »