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Photo – Miami Herald Statistics have long been an intriguing component to the analysis of sports.  In college basketball you have Ken Pomeroy and Luke Winn as noted statistical gurus.  In college football you have Phil Steele and Bill Connelly. SB Nation’s Connelly put together an extensive and entertaining preview encompassing all things UofL football.  From the hire of Petrino down to the  younger and more inexperienced defense.  He uses numbers, trends, and percentages to paint the pitcure of how the 2014 season could...Continue reading »

Photo – 247Sports Like Raymond Spalding, 6’2 PG Bryant Crawford left UofL’s campus with an offer to play for Coach Pitino. With his prior relationship with new assistant coach Kenny Johnson, could Crawford become the first commitment of the 2015 class?  As is the case when prospects visit campus, Coach P didn’t pressure him for a commitment.   Crawford wants to make his decision before his senior year starts at the very latest.  After visiting UofL and Villanova last week, he’s gotten a better handle on how...Continue reading »

(Photo – 247 Sports) Today’s a pretty damn good example of the up-and-down nature of college football recruiting. Just two hours after losing key secondary prospect, Kareem Ali, Louisville strikes back by gaining a commitment from Citra, Florida running back James “Dynamite” Allen. The 5-10, 180 lb, consensus 3-star tailback ultimately chose the Cards over Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati. UofL Running Backs coach Kolby Smith was the lead on this recruitment and helped seal the deal after a...Continue reading »

(Photo – 247 Sports) Bobby Petrino and his staff made it a priority to recruit Kareem Ali extremely hard over the last two months, but today the 4-star defensive back chose Maryland over Louisville, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. A US Army All-American, the 5-10, 175 lb speedster from Sicklerville, New Jersey, told a crowd at his Timber Creek High School that he felt most comfortable with the Maryland staff and that the proximity to his home helped make his final decision. Louisville continues to look for help in the secondary and will...Continue reading »

Photo – Athlon Sports Late last year, Athlon Sports went behind the scenes with the equipment staff of Louisville’s football program.  They followed their every move as they prepared for the last game of the regular season in Cincinnati.  When one thinks of the equipment or the equipment staff, it generally consists of what kind of uniform the team will wear in addition to the helmet and cleats.  However, once you read this piece, you’ll quickly realize that there is much more involved in the day-to-day operations than...Continue reading »

Photo – Louisville’s own, Raymond Spalding (Trinity HS) left his UofL visit with an offer from Coach Pitino.  With that, the 4-star Spalding, who’s ranked as the 55th best prospect in the 2015 class by 247Sports, now has the Cards atop his list.  The C-J’s Steve Jones caught up with him after his visit and the big man made it known just how happy he was. “Coming to me, a hometown kid, it’s just great to have that under my belt,” Spalding said. “… (Pitino) mentioned to me that I’m a...Continue reading »

Photo – 247Sports Coach Pitino seems to do his best work on the recruiting trail when he gets his targets on campus and is able to spend some one-on-one time with them.  With recruiting specalist in new assistant Kenny Johnson now on staff, Coach P figures to be primed to land another top 5-10 recruiting haul for 2015.  That quest begins today as UofL will host a trio of 2015 4-star prospects in PF #27 Deng Adel, PG #52 Bryant Crawford, and PF/C #55 Raymond Spalding and one standout from the class of 2016, G Eli Wright.  According...Continue reading »

On the show, the guys talked about a host of all things UofL sports related. -UofL baseball’s CWS appearance -UofL accepting “second chance” players -James Quick’s citation -Updates on UofL basketball recruiting with Scout.com’s Evan Daniels *The impact players from the 2014 class *Who could be the first commits for 2015 *The visit of Adel and Crawford *Who Pitino and staff will be watching this summer -Louisville and ACC football talk with Athlon Sports’ Steven Lassan *Where UofL is projected to finish *The...Continue reading »

The only sports talk show in town dedicated solely to talking UofL football, basketball, and recruiting is back today at 6:00 with a two-hour show on ESPN 680/105.7 and ESPNLouisville.com.  The guys will talk about UofL’s CWS appearance and analyze their chances to win it all.  Also, the guys will discuss the positives and the negatives of accepting “second chance” players.  In the second hour, we’ll get a UofL hoops recruiting updated from Scout.com’s National Recruiting Director Evan Daniels and talk some...Continue reading »

Photo – theACC.com One of the obvious advantages of Louisville’s move to the ACC was the schedule upgrade.  Per the ACC’s scheduling agrrement with the Fighting Irish, the Cards will play Notre Dame once every three years, and that is sure to give UofL an out-of-conference schedule boost.  Next year, Louisville will play Auburn in Atlanta and welcome in Houston, giving the Cards another formidable schedule in 2015.  A former LSL radio guest and columnist for The Oklahoman, Berry Tramel ranked every team’s non-conference...Continue reading »

Photo – @NCAACWS After Ole Miss knocked off Louisiana last night, the eight-team field bound for Omaha was finalized.  The elite eight get things started on Saturday.  Here’s a look at the opening round schedule in this double elimination format. Saturday, June 14 UC-Irvine vs. Texas Louisville vs. Vanderbilt Sunday June 15 Texas Tech vs. TCU Virginia vs. Mississippi   VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...

  (Photo — 247 Sports) Louisville received its third commitment for the class of 2015 as Hiram, Georgia linebacker Jonathan Greenard gave his pledge to the Cards yesterday. The 6-4, 220 pound Greenard knew he wanted to go to Louisville before he attended the Cards camp on Sunday and the visit this weekend simply sealed the deal. Greenard, a three-star recruit, is rated as the #83 outside linebacker nationally by 247 Sports and the 110th best prospect in Georgia. His offer sheet included Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee State,...Continue reading »

Former University of Louisville sacks leader Marcus Smith has signed a four-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith was one of three Cards, along with Teddy Bridgewater and Calvin Pryor, selected in the first-round, going 19th overall. It took a while for the two sides to reach an agreement but that was due to figuring out the money for the fifth year, which is a team option for first-round draft selections under the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement. Here’s the full blog post from the Philadelphia Inquirer. The...Continue reading »