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The 2013 Doak Walker Award Watch List was announced today (and will be officially released tomorrow), and two Louisville Cardinals made the cut, as reported by Jonathan Lintner of the Courier-Journal. University of Louisville running backs Dominique Brown and Senorise Perry, as well as Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, appear on the Doak Walker Award watch list released Thursday. … Brown, a redshirt junior, missed last season with an injury but in 2011 rushed for 533 yards and four touchdowns. The former high school quarterback out of Cincinnati, Ohio, switched...Continue reading »

  I have to admit, the ESPY awards typically do absolutely nothing for me but I tuned in last night. The reason? Quite simple, actually…..Russ Smith was there. And if Russ is in the house, there’s going to be some guaranteed comedy (unintentional or otherwise). For those that didn’t hear, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was nominated for the “best coach” ESPY but due to recruiting obligations, elected not to attend. Instead, he sent Russ Smith, Wayne Blackshear, Andre McGee and Peyton Siva in his place. The idea was to supposedly ...Continue reading »

photo – zimbio.com The Florida Gators have been complaining about the Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville the entire offseason and it may not stop for a while. Former Florida safety Josh Evans, junior quarerback Jeff Driskel, and senior defensive lineman Dominique Easley have already chimed in with excuses. Now, it’s Florida football coach Will Muschamp’s turn. Muschamp was asked if the Georgia game would be an extra emphasis in the offseason, like it was following the Gators’ crushing loss to Georgia in 2007, when the Bulldogs stormed the end zone...Continue reading »

Photo – USA Today   Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater’s preseason hype continues today as he was named to the Davey O’Brien watchlist. The award, which is given out annually to the nation’s top QB, is just another feather in the cap for the mild-mannered Bridgewater who continues to rack up accolades both on and off the field. Last year the award went to Johnny Manziel (everybody’s favorite street-fighting, drunk-driving, A&M-bashing Heisman winner). The O’Brien trophy recipient is voted on by the media instead of ex-players...Continue reading »

  You will get your healthy dose of Louisville Sports Live Wednesday as we fill in for Bob Valvano’s “V Show”  from noon to 3 then return to the airwaves for LSL at 6:00 on ESPN 680 and ESPNLouisville.com.  During the V Show, we will talk to insidetheville.com’s Mike Hughes at 12:30 to get the latest on UofL basketball recruiting from the three major tournaments this past weekend.  We’ll also talk to our good friend Andrea Adelson, ESPN.com’s ACC blogger at 1:30 to preview the upcoming football season.  In the third hour, we will...Continue reading »

photo – zimbio.com Some people say that Louisville just flat dominated the Florida football juggernaut; others say UF wasn’t interested.  Apparently, that same narrative applies to one Gator as DE Dominique Easley spoke out of both sides of his mouth about their Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville. It begs the question, did Florida take the game off? Defensive lineman Dominique Easley scoffed at the idea. “We didn’t take a game off, they were just better than us,” he said. “They were just better. Any loss you take with you.” That’s...Continue reading »

(photo – Zimbio) Without a doubt, the two teams with the most talented backcourt recruiting classes for 2014 are Louisville and North Carolina. The debate has already begun as to whether the Tar Heel class of Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry or the Cards class of Quentin Snider, Jaquan Lyle and Shaqquan Aaron will be the better group in college. In late November, the two trios will have the opportunity to talk a little smack between themselves. The bracket for the 2013 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip Off was just announced, and if Louisville and North...Continue reading »

photo – si.com Just three short years ago, many UofL fans were losing their patience with Coach Pitino (myself included).  There was the disappointing Elite Eight loss to Michigan State, the extortion trial, an ugly 20-13 season the following year, and a second consecutive first round loss to in-state foe Morehead State.  Then it all changed in March of 2012 in New York City.  The Cards ran through the Big East tournament, and plowed their way to New Orleans and the Final Four.  They – of course – followed that campaign with a spectacular 35-5 season...Continue reading »

  We all remember the scene inside the tunnel following Louisville’s dramatic come-from-behind  victory over Rutgers to seal the Big  East Championship and deliver the team to New Orleans as a participant in the prestigious Sugar Bowl. Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and star QB Teddy Bridgewater embraced each other, both with tears streaming down their faces. It was a powerful photo and one that directly showcased the bond between the pair. Fast-forward eight months later and that bond has only grown. Yahoo’s Pat Forde just released this outstanding...Continue reading »

  Another day, another Card in contention for a prestigious college football award. This time it’s junior wide out DeVante Parker who was just named to the annual Fred Biletnikoff watch list which is given out annually to the nation’s top wide receiver. Parker is coming off the most productive season of his career. He was a 2012 first team All-BIG EAST selection after posting 40 catches for 744 yards (18.6 avg.) and a team-high 10 touchdowns, which was tied with Anthony Cummings (1990) and Arnold Jackson (1998). The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder enters his junior...Continue reading »