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LSL caught up with UofL All-American Montrezl Harrell to get his take on the upcoming season and the leadership role he plays. LSL: It seemed that when you first set foot on campus you were a vocal leader.  Entering your junior year you are the leader.  How have you grown into that role through your three years here? MH: Throughout my three years I’ve had the chance to be around a lot of great leaders here and a lot of great people.  Peyton taught me  the right way of how to carry myself on and off the court.  Gorgui taught me my...Continue reading »

With the the beginning of the 2014-15 season about to get underway, it’s time to peruse the new media guide for some interesting tidbits and statistics.  Here are some that stand out: *Coach Pitino has five of UofL’s eight 30-win seasons. *Louisville has had 12-straight 20-win seasons. *UofL is tied for fourth-most Sweet 16s with 20. *The Cards have the second most wins (121) over the last four years. (Kansas, 123)  UofL’s 96 wins over the past 3 seasons is the most of anyone. *Louisville has a winning series record against...Continue reading »

With the first of two scrimmages and Media Day complete, there’s a ton to takeaway from Sunday’s activities.  Here’s what we can tell you after talking with the 2014-15 Cards…. *Trez has embraced the leadership role.  He learned a lot about that quality from Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng and is helping out whenever the opportunity presents itself.  In the scrimmage he was praising his teammates when they made plays and coaching them up when they made mistakes.  His fire and intensity remains unmatched.. *Terry Rozier...Continue reading »

*Two offensive play makers who have been silent this year both emerged on the same day as Michale Dyer ran for 173 yards on 24 carries and a TD while DeVante Parker caught 9 passes for 132 yards.  Welcome guys. *Will Gardner missed on some throws, but overall played a solid ball game going 21-36 for 203 yards with 2 TDs.  Perhaps more importantly, zero turnovers from him and the offense as a unit. *Eli Rogers and Kai De La Cruz both caught touchdown passes. *The offense didn’t really impress – outside of their first drive –...Continue reading »

Three of the four former UofL players who were drafted in last May’s NFL Draft have made their way into starting roles already this season.  Two of them – Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater and Buffalo’s Preston Brown – will battle it out on opposite sidelines.  You have to wonder….if Brown had a clear shot to sack Teddy, would Preston ease up and not hit him with as much force as he would a regular foe?  Tune in at 1:00 on Sunday to find out.  Brown is the Bills’ leading tackler with 45 stops, while...Continue reading »

  As tough of a loss as it was to Clemson last Saturday, two things stood out about Louisville’s football team: the defense is a legitimate top-5 defense capable of keeping the Cards in any game, and with the improvement of the offensive line, the offense is taking steps in the right direction. While the defense has proven to be for real, today will be a test for the offense. Was last week’s performance by the OL and QB Will Gardner a fluke, or is a sign of something greater to come? The Cards will get their chance to prove...Continue reading »

It certainly isn’t a new revelation that Nike runs things in the AAU circles, but Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal broke it down at every angle with fascinating analysis.  While the denials from Antonio Blakeney and his coaches won’t dissuade UofL fans from thinking that there are some shady things going on behind the scenes, you see how the Nike stranglehold is all but impossible to break.  Starting next year, adidas will pay Louisville nearly $8 million annually – the third most of any school in the nation – but...Continue reading »

The college hoops season officially tips off 4 weeks from today. The Armed Forces Classic game, which will be played on Nov. 14 at U.S. Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, will feature Louisville coach Rick Pitino against his son, Richard, who is in his second season as head coach at Minnesota. The Cards enter the season with lofty expectations. The USA Today Coaches’ Poll, which was released Thursday afternoon has the Cards just inside the top ten at No. 9. Staying there, however, will be challenging. In total, 15 of...Continue reading »

Video courtesy of Coach Petrino addressed the media after practice tonight and discussed the possibility of Parker returning as the Cards get set for N.C. State. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)...

Every single football season we have to endure the sickening love fest for the SEC.  Based on the preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll we could get a reprieve from that as the ACC is poised to take that superior title on the hardwood.  Louisville’s new league has five teams ranked, including four in the Top 10.  Your Cardinals are ranked 9th, while Duke is 3rd, UNC 6th, UVA 8th, and Syracuse 24th. UofL faces arguably its toughest schedule ever this year as non-conference opponent UK is ranked 1st and Ohio State is 20th. Five Atlantic Coast...Continue reading »

This defense is beast. *Teddy has learned a lot in his first two NFL starts (with video). The top lesson Bridgewater learned in a loss to Detroit was repeated success with a decision in practice doesn’t always translate to what he should do with the football during a game. Instead of Bridgewater throwing his first NFL touchdown pass on an attempt to Cordarelle Patterson, he suffered his first career interception (by Lions safety Glover Quin). It ended an efficient drive and Minnesota’s attempt to tie the score at 7. “You never want to...Continue reading »

Is the season really almost half over?  Time flies, especially in this case as the Cards have just five games remaining.  At this point in the season, we have a pretty good take on the teams UofL will face.  The second half of the year started with Clemson, and it will only get tougher from here on out.  Here’s how the final five opponents on Louisville’s schedule rank…. 5. N.C. State (4-3, 0-3 in ACC) The Wolfpack won their first four games this year against chump competition, but have dropped three straight against...Continue reading »

It’s not a shock that Will Gardner earned back the starting role after his performance against Clemson.  The sophomore signal caller nearly led Louisville to an improbable 4th quarter comeback.  With Petrino wanting a vertical passing game, Will is the best option.  However, the true freshman Bonnafon will still get some snaps against NC State.  It could look like the LeFors/Brohm system back in 2004 when Stefan started, but Brian came in and played in the second quarter. Gardner said his goal for the offense this week will be a...Continue reading »