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(Photo – Adidas)   With just two players committed in the class of 2014, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino still has a number of top-flight five-star prospects on his recruiting board. Top-25 players Cliff Alexander, Trey Lyles, Goodluck Okonoboh, Myles Turner, Isaiah Whitehead, Leron Black and Kelly Oubre all hold offers from the Cardinals at this point. There’s a strong possibility that Louisville ends up with at least one (possibly two) of those players listed. That said, the basketball writers over at CBS Sports asked...Continue reading »

  When I went down and caught the first open team practice last week, being completely honest, it was hard to tell much of anything. The players were still in shorts and without pads and were basically, in the words of defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, “playing basketball.” There was no hitting, no real physical contact and everything was mostly a walk-through of sorts. Don’t get me wrong, it was still pretty damn cool to be down there watching your favorite team up close and personal, but it wasn’t truly football....Continue reading »

  When I think back to the 2006 season, I remember how high expectations were. Most fans thought the Cards would win the Big East, probably by going undefeated or at worst with a single loss, and represent the conference in the Orange Bowl. They achieved that feat, nearly going undefeated (had it not been for William Gay an — ahh, never mind. We all know the story) and ultimately dispatching Wake Forest in Miami in early January. The following year expectations were also sky-high as the team began the season ranked in the top-10...Continue reading »

After Hurricane Krag ransacked and destroyed the program, Tom Jurich needed the perfect fit to re-build the foundation that was torn down in just three years.  That perfect fit was Charlie Strong.  SI’s Pete Thamel tells the story of how the pursuit and hiring of Coach Strong went down and the consequent success soon thereafter. At the end of Louisville’s flogging of Florida in the Sugar Bowl in January, as confetti fell from the sky and fans poured onto the field, coach Charlie Strong and athletic director Tom Jurich locked...Continue reading »

On this show, the guys bring on CBSSports.com’s college basketball blogger Matt Norlander, recent football commitment Chris Nelson, and the Courier’s recruiting analyst Steve Jones.  Plus, we play UofL’s “Get on the Train” promo, then compare it to the absolute mess that it USF’s “Get on the Bus” (at 49:25). With Matt: (approx. 24:15 on podcast) -his thoughts on the championship run -why Louisville should be preseason #1 -the outlook of the AAC -who will challenge the Cards in their quest to...Continue reading »

photo – midwestballers.com It’s no secret that Trey Lyles, James Blackmon Jr., and JaQuan Lyle are good friends. All three players used to be teammates on the AAU basketball circuit and they enjoy playing together. In an interview with the Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones, here’s what Blackmon Jr. had to say about the possibility of playing with Lyle. “Me and JaQuan play well together, and we know how each other plays from playing on AAU together, so that would be a good fit, but I really don’t know who they have...Continue reading »

  Louisville is in the process of potentially putting together their finest recruiting class in the history of the program. They already have two consensus 5-star guards / wings in the fold with JaQuan Lyle and Shaqquan Aaron, and now they’re looking to add 2-3 big men to round out their 2014 haul. Their #1 target for the frontcourt is 6-9 stretch power forward Trey Lyles and we’ve learned that he plans on taking his first official visit to Louisville on Labor Day weekend later this month. Lyles’ father, Tom, told the...Continue reading »

*If the Cards need any extra motivation or bulletin board material, Sporting News’ Matt Hayes provides it as he has UofL on Upset Alert. Ohio at Louisville (-11) The entire season—not just the season opener—will be a mental grind for Louisville, the sudden sleeper darling of nearly everyone with a poll vote. Let me remind everyone that Louisville lost to UConn in overtime last season, and got smoked by Syracuse. Were it not for a truly awful call of illegal man downfield against Rutgers in the regular season finale, the Cardinals...Continue reading »

(photo – Associated Press) Sports Illustrated released their Top 25 college football teams today, and Charlie Strong’s group came in at #7, two spots higher than their ESPN ranking of #9. SI’s Zac Ellis previews the Cards, highlighting the return of Teddy Bridgewater and the addition of Michael Dyer as two of the main reasons for the team’s high ranking, although all of us know that it is really because the Sports Illustrated media is in bed with Tom Jurich and the university. Anyway, here is a synopsis of what Ellis...Continue reading »

(Photo – 247 Sports)   Good God. This video was originally posted back in May by the guys over at Ball is Life, but this is the first time I remember seeing it (and even if it did make its rounds at one point, it’s worth another look). A couple of things stand out: First, he has the best handle I can remember a UofL guard having in recent memory. He’s quick, has a killer first step and shields the ball well in traffic. Second, he can score from anywhere on the court. Fifteen footer – check. Three ball – check....Continue reading »