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Photo – arizonasports.com *Russ makes his second trip to Phoenix for a workout with the Suns. Louisville’s Russ Smith returned to US Airways Center on Friday to work out for the Suns for a second time. Smith, who averaged over 18 points in each of the past two seasons as point guard and won a national championship with the Cardinals in 2013, is also going to Los Angeles on Monday for a second workout with the Clippers. The NBA draft is Thursday. Smith said Phoenix is the first team he’s worked out for twice. He said he thinks...Continue reading »

When it was announced that Louisville would be ACC bound in November of 2012, we made it LSL’s goal to get John Swofford on the program.  After over a year-and-a-half of trying, we finally did.  Here is our interview with him back in late April.  Among the topics discussed were how the UofL-ACC courtship went down, how Louisville will fit in, the potential ACC network, and football scheduling. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...

Photo – theACC.com With the addition of Louisville, the ACC becomes the nation’s supreme college basketball league.  This conference has it all, multiple national championships, Final Fours, Hall of Fame coaches, the list goes on and on.  Here’s how the Cards compare to their peers in this elite league, complete with UofL’s wins and losses against them and each school’s NCAA Tournament history. Boston College (2-3) 18 NCAA Tournament Appearances (22-19) Clemson (3-0) 11 NCAA Tournament appearances (9-11) Duke (4-5) 38...Continue reading »

Photo: @JohnLewisTweets *The city’s abuzz about three letters being stitched into the PJCS turf today. *Calvin Pryor is already being mentioned as a candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Calvin Pryor has been known at various times throughout his life as “Third Man,” “Bone Crusher” and the “Louisville Slugger.” By the time the 2014 season is complete, he should have another moniker on his résumé: NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. The 18th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the New York Jets...Continue reading »

(Photo – Getty Images) For some quick background, every year right before the draft, Sports Illustrated interviews a conglomerate of 6 NBA scouts and get feedback on 60 college and international prospects. The scouts are bunched into one pseudonym called “Finch” and the comments are scaled down to appear as though they all came from one person. As it turns out, these scouts were quite pleased with what they’ve seen from Russ Smith, while Chane Behanan appears to have hurt his chances even more. Here’s the link...Continue reading »

(Photo – USA Today) Now that minicamps are over, NFL teams will take a quick break from the gridiron before the start of summer training camp and the 2014-2015 regular season. Last Friday, NFL.com picked its winners and losers from minicamp and Teddy Bridgewater was selected as one of its six winners. Teddy Bridgewater: No quarterback prospect took more slings and arrows during the buildup to the draft. No rookie quarterback quietly impressed more during offseason practices. While it’s always smart to be wary of minicamp hype,...Continue reading »

(Photo – Getty Images) Louisville sophomore center Mangok Mathiang made great strides late last season. And now, the 6-10 big man will have a bigger role this year with the loss of Stephan Van Treese, a key contributor to Louisville’s 31-win campaign in 2013-2014. Van Treese was instrumental on the backboards (5.7 rpg), which provided a big boost for the Cards after junior forward Chane Behanan was dismissed from the program. In order for Rick Pitino’s squad to have a successful season Mathiang, who averaged 3.6 points, 3.6...Continue reading »

(Photo – ESPN) A little less than two weeks ago, Bryant Crawford made an unofficial visit to Louisville and departed with a scholarship offer. The 6’2, 175 lbs, DC-area point guard (a consensus 4-star recruit according to all four of the major scouting services) left the campus impressed with the facilities, players and perhaps above all else, the coaching staff. As The Courier Journal’s Steve Jones points out, Crawford has a long-standing history with new UofL assistant Kenny Johnson and that relationship has helped propel...Continue reading »

(Photo- Getty Images) For almost two months now, Russ Smith has been zig-zagging across the country on a one-man hoops tour that’s ultimately led him to work out for 14 teams. He also played in the Chicago and Los Angeles combines which included at least one representative from all 30 NBA franchises. However, all the red-eye flights and overall exhaustion are drawing to a close as the NBA Draft takes place this Thursday night in New York City. Smith and 59 other former college (or international) stars will find out their fate once and...Continue reading »

Photo – chicagotribune.com CBSChicago.com’s Chris Emma tweeted out last night that Northwestern RB Malin Jones will be transferring to Louisville. Jones, a 3-star prospect coming out of high school was granted his release from NU on the 6th of this month.  Jones received an offer from Louisville back in 2012 along with Notre Dame, Iowa, and Illinois.  During this past season for the Wildcats, he played sparingly, appearing in just eight games, catching one pass and getting three rushing attempts. He was interviewed back in March...Continue reading »

On LSL, we got an update on Chane Behanan’s training for the upcoming draft and reminisced about his time at UofL. With Chane: -The teams he has worked out for -His chances of being drafted or signing with a team for the summer league -How his dismissal from the program has helped him grow -What he learned from Coach Pitino -Reliving his clutch performance in the second half of the title game -3 things that happened in the Michigan game that told him why Louisville would win the championship With Mike: -His take on the recent football...Continue reading »

Photo – newsok.com If you were able to catch the LSL radio show a few weeks back, Mike Hughes of insidetheville.com said that if you were worried about the lack of commitments, the month of June would calm your fears.  UofL received its third commitment this week as 3-star WR Dahu Green (6’4/205 lb.) from Oklahoma City pledged to Louisville.  Green camped at UofL this past weekend and loved everything about the program.  He also holds offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Wake Forest, and Washington State  among...Continue reading »

Photo – Petrino Family Foundation When Bobby Petrino returned to coach the Cardinals, he admitted that his actions will be the only way to earn the total trust back from the fans.  Yesterday, he and his family took a huge step in that direction as the newly created Petrino Family Foundation donated over $1 million to Kosair’s Children Hospital, a scholarship program at UofL, and the UofL marching band. The foundation made three initial grants totaling more than $1 million. Grants were given to the Kosair Children’s Hospital...Continue reading »