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  The fall semester at the University of Louisville is set to begin in a matter of days, but the men’s basketball program is still waiting on one of its key recruits to make it to campus. Jaylen Johnson, a 6’8, 4-star, hybrid forward from Ypsilanti, Michigan, is the lone member of Rick Pitino’s 6-man recruiting class who has yet to be cleared by the NCAA. Like Wayne Blackshear and Gorgui Dieng before him, it’s not because of poor grades or inadequate test scores, but rather an issue with transcripts finding their...Continue reading »

  Throughout his two (now three) stops as a head football coach at the collegiate level, Bobby Petrino has definitely had his ups and downs – both on and off the field. While there’s absolutely no denying his acumen and ability to develop a program over time, he’s not always had the most success when facing top notch competition. In fact, in 31 career games against ranked opponents, Petrino is 14-17 (4-5 at Louisville). So how does that rank nationally among other coaches from the power conferences? The Wall Street Journal...Continue reading »

  You knew there was going to be some attrition when Bobby Petrino took over for Charlie Strong as Louisville’s new head coach. There always is when a new regime comes to town. But there appears to be a fairly alarming trend growing at a particular position, one which most football purists consider the most important position group on a team: the Offensive Line. You can have an NFL-caliber QB all day long, but unless he has adequate protection and time to throw the ball and make plays down the field, it’s all for not. Just...Continue reading »

  On Monday night it was UofL defensive coordinator Todd Grantham that came out and shot down the now-infamous report from Sports Illustrated that eluded to some serious friction between he and head coach Bobby Petrino. One day later it was Petrino himself who held an impromptu media gathering following Tuesday afternoon’s practice and also refuted the report. “Like Todd said, it’s kind of laughable,” Petrino said. “I have the utmost respect for Todd. I think he’s an expert at everything he does on...Continue reading »

  As always, stellar work here from our good friend Mike Lindsay (Crums Revenge) over at the Crunch Zone. Mike gets us all ready for the upcoming 2014 season with a little help from Paul Rogers and Howard Schnellenberger. 2014 Football Hype Video: Respect All, Fear None from @CrumsRevenge on Vimeo. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 10.0/10 (5 votes cast)...

On this episode of LSL, we get an inside look at the commitment of Donovan Mitchell and the latest going on with UofL football from Mike Hughes. With Donovan: -What his recruiting process was like -What likes about UofL and Coach Pitino the most -Why he picked Louisville -His explosive AAU summer showings -Who he’s recruiting with him to Louisville With Mike: -The latest with the football team -His thoughts on the negative Petrino SI piece -Current depth chart analysis *You can listen to the podcast here. *iPod/iPad users, or if you...Continue reading »

The major question heading into the 2014 season is the new 3-4 scheme being implemented by Todd Grantham.  With only a handful of starters returning, it figures to be a learn-as-you-go process.  According to Grantham, his defensive alignment is designed to put pressure on the quarterback and turn him over.  The coaches are pleased with how far ahead the team is compared to where they were in spring ball, so with that said, let’s look at how Granthem fared in his four years at Georgia. 2010 Total Defense-Yards per game: 329 (national...Continue reading »

LSL takes to the airwaves of ESPN 680/105.7 and ESPNLouisville.com today at 6:00 talking all things UofL football, basketball, and recruiting.  At 6:30 we’ll be joined by future Cardinal and 5-star prospect Donovan Mitchell to get the insight behind his decision to attend Louisville.  In the second hour, we’ll talk to Mike Hughes of insidetheville.com to discuss some UofL football and the current depth chart.  To be a part of the show, hit us up at 267-9680 and tweet the show @LvilleSprtsLive.  VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating:...Continue reading »

Our friend Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com penned an up close and personal piece on how Petrino mended fences with AD Tom Jurich in a phone call back in 2012 after news of the motorcycle scandal broke.  It gives really good insight as to why Jurich made the decision to hire him again.  Time will tell if he’s truly a changed man, but so far he’s doing all the right things. Without that phone call, Jurich says he would have never rehired Petrino when Charlie Strong left for Texas after the past season. Without that phone call, there...Continue reading »

We recently caught up with Eli Rogers to find out how he’s been preparing for the 2014 campaign.  It’s safe to say that he’s excited to play in Petrino’s offense. LSL: How excited were you when you found out that Coach Petrino was coming here and that you’d be playing in his offense? ER: Very excited.  Knowing some of the older guys that played here under him like Harry Douglas, I’ve been able to talk to him to get some knowledge about it.  He’s going to put us in a place to succeed.  It’s...Continue reading »

The AP Poll was released and it had Louisville 6th in the “also receiving votes” category – with a total of 48 – good for 31st overall.  Fellow ACC members Florida State (#1), Clemson (#16), and North Carolina (#23) all had a spot in the preseason poll.  UofL first-time opponent Notre Dame checked in at #17.  Other conference mates Duke (71 votes), Virginia Tech (26), and Miami (16) joined the Cards in others category.  Obviously, Louisville needs to win to enter into the Top 25, but assuming they do to start off...Continue reading »

Last week, the Louisville Legend was just average in his NFL exhibition debut, going 6-13 for 49 yards against the Raiders.  Last night, got back to looking like he did here for three years when he engineered a comeback in the 4th quarter to help the Vikings beat the Cardinals, 30-28.  Bridgewater went 16-20 for 177 yards and 2 TDs, including an 83-yards game-winning drive in 1:11.  His second touchdown pass came with just 18 seconds left in the game.  Vikings’ Matt Cassel seems to have the starting job locked up due to his superb...Continue reading »

It’s getting closer….until then, here are some links to keep you content, for now. *Our friend Mark Blankenbaker wrote this piece on former Card Amobi Okoye and his battle with a rare disease.  Thankfully, he’s on the road to recovery. He frightened his nurses.  Aggressive behavior followed by seizures rampaged through Okoye’s body, at one point medical staff came into Amobi’s hospital room to find him standing on his bed and he couldn’t tell them why.  This wasn’t Amobi Okoye, this was a reaction to an extremely...Continue reading »