VOLUME XVI • NUMBER 8 OCTOBER 12, 2011
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VOLUME XVI, NUMBER 8 • OCTOBER 12, 2011
EDITORIAL STAFF GENERAL MANAGER - Jack Coffee SENIOR WRITER AND EDITOR - Russ Brown OPERATIONS MANAGER - Howie Lindsey ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES - Mickey Clark, Betty Olsen and Blanche Kitchen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Dave Klotz, Shelley Feller, Gail Kamenish, Howie Lindsey and Chuck Feist CONTRIBUTING COLUMNISTS Matt Willinger, Jeff Wafford, Jason Puckett and Rick Cushing GRAPHIC DESIGNER - Scott Stortz COPY EDITOR - Rick Cushing
BATTLE IN CAROLINA Louisville’s undermanned team fought tooth and nail but fell short 14-7 at North Carolina Saturday. The Cardinals missed a pair of field goals and hurt themselves with penalties and mistakes. After the game, coach Charlie Strong said if the Cardinals can play with the same level of passion the rest of the season they can win games. - photo by Howie Lindsey
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BIG EAST WIDE OPEN?
9 OFFENSIVE CHANGES DON’T NET TDS
PASSIONATE PLAY AT UNC
Louisville coach Charlie Strong believes his team can be a factor in the Big East race. “There is so much parity because each week anyone can win in this conference,” he said.
But for a handful of mistakes, missed opportunities and nine penalties, Louisville could have come away from North Carolina with a win. Charlie Strong said his team played with passion and it showed Saturday.
Louisville offensive coordinator Mike Sanford didn’t make the trip to North Carolina with the team Saturday. New play-caller Shawn Watson’s offense Saturday produced yards, but few points as UofL fell 14-7.
19 GET ON THE ENERGY BUS
Ever heard of Energy Vampires? Baseball coach Dan McDonnell wants his players to either have an attitude adjustment or get off his ‘Energy Bus.’ “I’m looking for energy givers,” McDonnell said. The Cardinals have their annual Pizza Bowl this weekend.
Louisville scored three unanswered goals to beat No. 10 Indiana in Bloomington Wednesday night. “That was a big win because we had lost two in a row ... and now we have momentum.” senior Kenney Walker said.
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LOUISVILLE DEPTH CHART, UNC GAME STATS THREE THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED By Rick Cushing UOFL ATHLETICS GETTING IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM By Jack Coffee THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY By Howie Lindsey BEARCATS HAVE REBOUNDED - SO FAR By Rick Cushing LOUISVILLE-UNC GAME DAY PHOTO GALLERY By Howie Lindsey
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GAME STATS LOUISVILLE (2-3) vs. North Carolina (5-1) Date: Oct 08, 2011 Site: Chapel Hill, NC Stadium: Kenan Stadium Attendance: 51,500 SCORE BY QUARTERS NORTH CAROLINA LOUISVILLE
1 0 0
2 0 0
3 7 0
4 7 7
SCORE 14 7
SCORING SUMMARY: 3rd 07:11 NC - Bernard, G 3 yd run (Moore, T kick) 8 plays, 53 yards, TOP 4:13, LOU 0 - NC 7 4th 12:19 NC - Jones, D 43 yd pass from Renner, B (Moore, T kick) 5 plays, 66 yards, TOP 2:41, LOU 0 - NC 14 00:42 LOU - BROWN, D. 18 yd pass from BRIDGEWATER, T. (Philpott, Chris kick) 10 plays, 61 yards, TOP 1:53, LOU 7 - NC 14 KICKOFF TIME: 12:01 PM END OF GAME: 2:59 PM TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 2:58 OFFICIALS: REFEREE: JEFF MACONAGHY; UMPIRE: JIM ECKL; LINESMAN: STEVE MATARANTE; LINE JUDGE: TODD LAPENTA; BACK JUDGE: BRYAN PLATT; FIELD JUDGE: RICK SANTILLI; SIDE JUDGE: JAMES BRENNAN; SCORER: STEVE KIRSCHNER; TEMPERATURE: 68 DEG WIND: ENE @ 8 WEATHER: SUNNY
TEAM STATS FIRST DOWNS................... Rushing..................... Passing..................... Penalty..................... NET YARDS RUSHING............. Rushing Attempts............ Average Per Rush............ Rushing Touchdowns.......... Yards Gained Rushing........ Yards Lost Rushing.......... NET YARDS PASSING............. Completions-Attempts-Int.... Average Per Attempt......... Average Per Completion...... Passing Touchdowns.......... TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS........... Total offense plays......... Average Gain Per Play....... Fumbles: Number-Lost.......... Penalties: Number-Yards....... PUNTS-YARDS................... Average Yards Per Punt...... Net Yards Per Punt.......... Inside 20................... 50+ Yards................... Touchbacks.................. Fair catch.................. KICKOFFS-YARDS................ Average Yards Per Kickoff... Net Yards Per Kickoff....... Touchbacks.................. Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD. Average Per Return.......... Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD Average Per Return.......... Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD.. Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD. Miscellaneous Yards........... Possession Time............... 1st Quarter................. 2nd Quarter................. 3rd Quarter................. 4th Quarter.................
LOU 19 8 10 1 100 38 2.6 0 120 20 173 19-31-1 5.6 9.1 1 273 69 4.0 0-0 9-78 6-245 40.8 40.7 1 1 0 2 1-67 67.0 42.0 0 0-0-0 0.0 3-66-0 22.0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0 33:44 11:55 10:13 5:58 5:38
NC 11 5 5 1 86 32 2.7 1 121 35 178 12-19-0 9.4 14.8 1 264 51 5.2 2-1 7-51 6-245 40.8 37.5 1 2 1 2 3-193 64.3 42.3 0 2-1-0 0.5 1-25-0 25.0 1-2-0 0-0-0 0 26:16 3:05 4:47 9:02 9:22
Third-Down Conversions........ Fourth-Down Conversions....... Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... Touchdowns.................. Field goals................. Sacks By: Number-Yards........ PAT Kicks..................... Field Goals...................
7 of 15 0 of 1 1-3 1-3 0-3 4-27 1-1 0-2
5 of 13 0 of 1 1-1 1-1 0-1 2-11 2-2 0-0
INDIVIDUAL STATS Rushing BROWN, D. BRIDGEWATER, T. Wright, Jeremy Hogan, Kamal Perry, Senorise Totals...
No 18 11 7 1 1 38
Gain 55 38 16 11 0 120
Loss 8 11 1 0 0 20
Passing Att-Cmp-Int BRIDGEWATER, T. 19-30-1 BROWN, D. 0-1-0 Totals... 19-31-1
Net 47 27 15 11 0 100
Yds 173 0 173
Receiving Rogers, Eli BROWN, D. HARRIS, M. CHICHESTER, J. Smith, Andrell Davis, Jarrett MCGRIFF-CULVER Bellamy, Josh Wright, Jeremy Totals...
No. 5 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 19
Yds 56 33 26 17 11 10 9 7 4 173
TD 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punting Philpott, Chris Bleser, Josh Totals...
No. 2 4 6
Yds 84 161 245
Avg 42.0 40.2 40.8
All Returns Perry, Senorise Totals...
Punts No.Yds.Lg 0 0 0 0 0 0
TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 TD 1 0 1
Lg 9 9 8 11 0 11
Avg 2.6 2.5 2.1 11.0 0.0 2.6
Long 18 0 18
Sack 2 0 2
Long 15 18 16 10 11 10 9 7 4 18 Long 42 53 53
Kickoffs No.Yds.Lg 3 66 27 3 66 27
In20 0 1 1
Intercept No.Yds.Lg 0 0 0 0 0 0
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS Philpott, Chris 2nd 14:51 40 yds - Missed Philpott, Chris 2nd 00:06 36 yds - Missed Kickoffs Philpott, Chris
DEFENSIVE STATS No. Player 2 Brown, Preston 35 Conner, Anthony 46 Heyman, Dexter 29 Smith, Hakeem 36 Holton, Shenard 19 Floyd, Terell 17 Smith, Marcus 6 Scruggs, Greg 24 Brown, Daniel 93 Philon, Roy 90 Dubose, B.J. 25 Pryor, Calvin 43 Rogers, Deon 1 Bellamy, Josh 92 Dunn, Brandon 32 Perry, Senorise
Solo 3 6 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 . . .
Ast 6 . . 1 2 2 . 1 . 1 . . . 1 1 1
Tot 9 6 5 5 5 5 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
TB 0 0 0
CURRENT DEPTH CHART OFFENSE QUARTERBACK 5 Teddy Bridgewater 6-3 4 Will Stein (INJ) 5-10 10 Dominique Brown 6-2 RUNNING BACK 28 Jeremy Wright 5-11 10 Dominique Brown 6-2 20 Victor Anderson INJ. 5-10 32 Senorise Perry (or) 6-0 30 Kamal Hogan (or) 5-11 22 Corvin Lamb 5-9 X-WIDE RECEIVER 14 Andrell Smith 6-3 9 DeVante Parker INJ. 6-3 H-WIDE RECEIVER 82 Eli Rogers 5-10 1 Josh Bellamy INJ. 6-0 Z-WIDE RECEIVER 2 Michaelee Harris 6-2 89 Scott Radcliff 5-10 88 Jarrett Davis 5-10 TIGHT END 11 Josh Chichester 6-8 81 Chris White 6-4 85 Nate Nord 6-5 80 Stephon Ball INJ. 6-4 LEFT TACKLE 66 Alex Kupper 6-3 73 Hector Hernandez INJ. 6-5 78 Aaron Epps 6-5 LEFT GUARD 79 Jamon Brown 6-5 68 Kamran Joyer INJ. 6-3 70 John Miller INJ. 6-2 CENTER 55 Mario Benavides 6-4 62 John Clark 6-2 RIGHT GUARD 53 Jake Smith 6-3 72 Hunter Stout (or) 6-4 76 Chase Petersen 6-4 RIGHT TACKLE 75 Ryan Kessling 6-5 71 Chris Acosta 6-3
205 Fr. 176 Jr. 221 So. 199 221 189 201 209 206
So. So. Sr. So. r-Fr. Fr.
209 Jr. 180 Fr. 184 Fr. 206 Sr. 198 r-Fr. 182 Jr. 172 So. 240 243 248 231
Sr. r-Fr. Jr. Jr.
295 Jr. 294 Sr. 265 Fr. 320 Fr. 299 So. 308 Fr. 300 Jr. 305 Sr. 315 r-Fr. 291 So. 294 Fr. 314 Sr. 275 r-Fr.
DEFENSE FOX END 44 B.J. Butler 91 William Savoy 47 Malcolm Mitchell DEFENSIVE TACKLE 93 Roy Philon
6-2 6-1 6-2 6-3
276 So. 248 Sr. 236 So. 272 So.
95 Randy Salmon INJ. NOSE TACKLE 92 Brandon Dunn 99 Jamaine Brooks DEFENSIVE END 6 Greg Scruggs 17 Marcus Smith 90 B.J. Dubose SAM LINEBACKER 2 Preston Brown 31 Champ Lee MIKE LINEBACKER 46 Dexter Heyman 51 Mike Privott 37 Tyon Dixon WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER 48 Deiontrez Mount 24 Daniel Brown 43 Deon Rogers CORNERBACK 35 Anthony Conner 3 Charles Gaines INJ STRONG SAFETY 29 Hakeem Smith 27 Jermaine Reve FREE SAFETY 36 Shenard Holton 25 Calvin Pryor 33 Mike Evans CORNERBACK 41 Stephan Robinson 21 Adrian Bushell 5 Andrew Johnson INJ
308 So. 318 r-Fr.
6-4 6-4 6-4
280 Sr. 255 So. 257 Fr.
258 So. 204 So.
6-3 6-0 6-0
239 Sr. 224 So. 208 So.
6-5 6-1 6-2
215 Fr. 219 Jr. 200 So.
187 Sr. 176 Fr.
183 So. 175 Fr.
6-1 6-1 5-11
187 Jr. 190 Fr. 188 Sr.
5-8 5-11 5-10
175 r-Fr. 190 Jr. 178 Fr.
SPECIAL TEAMS PUNTER 12 Chris Philpott (or) 40 Josh Bleser PLACEKICKER 12 Chris Philpott (or) 35 Andrew Fletcher LONG SNAPPER 33 Grant Donovan 85 Nate Nord HOLDER 40 Josh Bleser 4 Will Stein PUNT RETURN 89 Scott Radcliff (or) 82 Eli Rogers KICKOFF RETURNS 28 Jeremy Wright 10 Dominique Brown
198 Sr. 213 Sr.
198 Sr. 170 r-Fr.
213 r-Fr. 248 Jr.
213 Sr. 176 Jr.
182 Jr. 184 Fr.
199 So. 221 So.
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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK CARDINAL FOOTBALL 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
HOPING FOR FAST START IN TITLE RACE AT CINCINNATI
UNDAUNTED, CARDS TAKE AIM AT ‘WIDE-OPEN’ BIG EAST By Russ Brown Despite an unimpressive non-conference performance and troubling problems in virtually every phase, coach Charlie Strong and his University of Louisville football team have their eyes on a big prize -- the Big East championship. And why not? Everybody else does. The league coaches contend there is no clearcut favorite for the title and that it’s anybody’s to claim, although No. 16 West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) certainly appears ready to justify its status as the preseason favorite. UofL (2-3) will open its Big East season against Cincinnati (4-1, 0-0) Saturday at noon in Paul Brown Stadium trying not only to get its league campaign off to a fast start but also to avoid its first three-game losing streak under Strong. The Cardinals have dropped back-to-back games to Marshall and North Carolina and have RUSS BROWN lost three of their last four. “We’re going into conference play now, and it’s all about us,” Strong said at his Monday press conference. “We need to play well. Every win, you get one up on someone. We have to be focused and play with some emotion. There’s so much parity because each week anyone can win in this conference, and that’s the message to our players. They have to understand anyone can win because there’s so much parity.” Strong pointed to the fact that a week after drubbing previously unbeaten and then-No. 16 South Florida 44-17, Pittsburgh turned around and was upset at Rutgers, 34-10. “It’s going to be about how well you play on the road,” Strong said. “You need to win some road games if you’re going to win this conference, and at home it has to be an automatic win for you. Then go steal one or two on the road.” With the eight-team Big East’s imbalanced schedule, UofL will have four games on the road this year vs. three at home, so any road victory is treasured. The Cards haven’t had a winning record in the conference or finished above sixth place since winning the title in 2006 under Bobby Petrino. “This is where it counts,” UofL defensive end William Savoy said. “It’s a 0-0 slate right now, and hopefully we can play well. The Big East is wide open, that’s the way it’s kind of always been in this conference. There’s really not a dominant team, and any team can win or get beat.” But the Cards have numerous problems to rectify before they can consider themselves a serious contender. Foremost are a sluggish running attack and a penchant for penalties. UofL is averaging just 116.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks 95th out of 120 FBS teams, and its offense taken as a whole isn’t any better. The Cards are 94th in total offense (342.4 ypg) and 112th in
Just as Dominique Brown did on this play, Louisville is heading full steam into a collision with the Big East this weekend. The Cardinals will take on Cincinnati Saturday at noon. - photo by Howie Lindsey
scoring at a mere 16.4 ppg. A change in coaches calling the plays against North Carolina didn’t help any, either. Strong replaced offensive coordinator Mike Sanford with quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson, but the Cards had their lowest total offense this season at 273 yards in the 14-7 defeat. Freshman Teddy Bridgewater, who has started the last two games at quarterback, is the likely starter again at Cincinnati. Strong said Will Stein still hasn’t fully recovered from a shoulder injury suffered against Kentucky but is close, and when he’s healthy both he and Bridgewater will play. “We have to do a better job of rushing the ball because what’s happening to us is we’re one-dimensional and we have to throw the ball, so people are bringing a lot of pressure and that’s why we’re getting sacks and Teddy’s having to elude tacklers and get outside,” Strong said. “We just need some guys to go make plays, take a 10-yard hitch and turn it into a 60-yard gain. We need that to happen on offense. And we haven’t had a running back yet go over 100 yards.” This game doesn’t appear to be a good opportunity to improve on those numbers because Cincinnati is allowing only 71.4 rushing yards per game -- fifth nationally -and has held its last two opponents to minus yardage on the ground. The Bearcats are also 15th in scoring defense, having given up only 16.6 ppg. “Make no mistake about it,” UC coach Butch Jones said. “We need to improve our physicality in all areas, just an overall program philosophy of being a tough football team. Not only physically, but mentally. In
football you still need to stop the run and be able to run the ball.” Louisville’s injury-riddled offensive line will have to engineer a complete turnaround if the Cards expect to move the ball consistently on the ground. “We have to be able to get a hat on people and drive people out of the way and create some holes and some spacing for our backs,” Strong said. Another lingering problem has been penalties. UofL had nine against North Carolina and is averaging 8.60 per game -- only four FBS teams have more. “The thing that has really been our Achilles’ heel is penalties,” Strong said. “The last four games we’re right at nine a game. It’s either a penalty on defense that allows an offense to continue to drive the ball, or offensively we get stopped because we’re not able to continue to drive the ball down the field. We’ve got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot, and that’s what we’re doing with all these penalties. We had some injuries, but that’s still no excuse. “If we just stop getting self-inflicted penalties or whatever it may be and run the ball on offense.... We’ve got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. If we can get those things done then we have a chance.” The Bearcats have won three straight since absorbing a 45-23 loss at Tennessee on Sept. 10, a game that both Jones and his players now see as a turning point in their season because of how they reacted to it. “They won the battle at the line of scrimmage that day,” Jones said. “You can come back and learn from your mistakes or you can wallow in self-pity and feel sorry for yourself. It’s been a point of emphasis
about playing with a hard edge.” Cincinnati beat the Cards 35-27 last year behind quarterback Zach Collaros’ passing and Isaiah Pead’s running. Collaros threw five touchdown passes and Pead rushed for 145 yards, and both are back. Collaros has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 1,035 yards and 10 TDs with just three interceptions this season, and Pead is averaging 94 yards per game rushing. “They’re very explosive,” Strong said of the Bearcats’ offense. PHILPOTT STRUGGLING Senior placekicker Chris Philpott missed two field-goal attempts at North Carolina -- from 40 and 36 yards -- and has now missed three in a row. All have been wide left. He also had an extra point blocked against Marshall. Last season Philpott was 14 of 18 on field goals, including a long kick of 46 yards against Arkansas State. Strong didn’t say whether he would replace Philpott with backup Andrew Fletcher, a redshirt freshman, or senior punter Josh Blesher against Cincinnati, but he did say he planned on using a different kicker had UofL gotten another chance against the Tar Heels. “Philpott’s a senior, and there’s no reason for him not to make it,” Strong said. “Those are just chip shots. Every day in practice he hits those, and one wasn’t even close. “We have to do a better job of connecting when we get the ball down there in the red zone. It’s all about confidence, and the thing you don’t ever want to do with a kicker is destroy his confidence. He just has to step up and make the field goal.”
OCTOBER 12, 2011
Three things you may have missed By Rick Cushing
LITANY OF ERRORS It’s difficult to find three things you may have missed in the UofL-UNC game because the Cardinals’ numerous errors were so glaringly obvious. None moreso than the five holding penalties that wiped out drives and the offsides penalty that led to UNC’s first touchdown. The Tar Heels were about to settle for a field-goal attempt when UofL jumped offsides and gave them a first down. The penalty was called on sophomore Brandon Dunn, but it appeared that three or four Cardinals jumped. (UNC coach Everett Winters admitted that there was some trickery involved.) Then there was the UofL player (Nate Nord) running on the field late as the Cards were attempting to convert a fourth-and-1 situation. That came following a timeout to discuss the play and makes it even more inexcusable. The play didn’t work, and it probably would not have worked even had Nord been in his position, but you can’t know. The coaches have to share in this gaffe. Then, too, there were the three timeouts unnecessarily called in the first half so that the Cards were out of timeouts with eight minutes to go in the half. Consequently, when the Cards took possession with two minutes left in the half and drove downfield, they were unable to stop the clock and ended up trying a field goal. Had they had a timeout or two they might have been able to score a touchdown, or at least get a couple of cracks at a TD. Burning the timeouts is a mistake that has to be owned by the coaches. Finally, there was the last-minute, onsides-kick attempt that was successful -- except that UofL was offsides. The penalty was called on No. 48 -- freshman Deiontrez Mount -- but it could clearly be seen that at least one other UofL player -- Victor Anderson -- also was offsides. A litany of errors usually spells D-E-F-E-A-T.
ROGERS MORE THAN A PASS-CATCHER Freshman wideout Eli Rogers continues to impress. The native of Miami, Fla., led the Cards in receiving with five catches for 56 yards, and he again showed that he is a terrific blocker. On UofL’s TD drive he came back to wipe out a UNC defender and allow freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater -- Rogers’ high school teammate -- to pick up more yardage on a scramble and, more importantly, to get out of bounds and stop the clock. That kind of block would make Rogers a fine successor to Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Hines Ward, a future Hall of Famer known and feared for his blocking skills. Way to go, Eli. From a lifelong Steelers fan, you’d look good in black and gold.
SMITH’S SACK FEST You couldn’t have missed this, but I must note the outstanding play of sophomore defensive end Marcus Smith. The converted quarterback (he gained about 40 pounds of muscle to make the shift to DE) had three sacks, which was more than the total number of tackles he had in his previous four games. He saw action sparingly in those games, however. His play against UNC should guarantee more playing time in the future. “Marcus is still young and still learning, but he’s athletic and he can make plays,” Strong said. “(Saturday) getting off blocks and sacking the quarterback. He did a really good job.”
Louisville players signalled for UofL possession after kicker Josh Bleser dribbled an onsides kick to himself in the final minute of UofL’s loss to North Carolina. Louisville was offsides on the play and was forced to rekick. The second try went directly to a UNC player. - photo by Howie Lindsey
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PASSIONATE PLAY SHOWS PROGRESS DESPITE LOSS AT UNC By Howie Lindsey The University of Louisville’s tough-asnails, second-year head football coach Charlie Strong is not the type to take delight in close calls or moral victories. But even he noted his team’s gutsy performance after they lost 14-7 at vastly moretalented North Carolina Saturday. “Somehow as a coaching staff we need to get our guys to come out and play like this every week, and come out with energy and come out with passion and come out like they really care about this team,” Strong said. “Then we can get good results.” Strong spent last week preaching to his team about the energy, effort and passion it takes to be a championship football team. He didn’t see any of the three during a dismal 1713 loss to 2-4 Marshall the previous week. HOWIE LINDSEY Word out of the football complex last week was that players were under intense pressure to improve or move out of their starting positions. True enough, the Cardinals had new starters at defensive tackle, outside linebacker and cornerback on defense. On offense, freshman Jamon Brown started at guard in place of Alex Kupper, who was moved to tackle because of any injury to Hector Hernandez. In addition to competition for starting roles, Strong pressed his team to understand the need for leadership to help move the team forward. He appeared to get some of the that leadership during the week of preparation for North Carolina. “Our players have to understand, if you take 100 players, you will have 10 that do everything you ask of them, you will have 10 that don’t want to listen to anything, and then there are going to be 80,” Strong explained. “We need the 10 that do everything you ask them to do to go lead those 80 and get them doing things the way we want them done. If we can get that leadership, then we will have an opportunity to finish this season the right way.” Strong’s 10 had the 80 playing well in the first half against North Carolina, especially on defense. The Cardinals dominated the statistics in the half, holding UNC scoreless and to just 62 yards on 18 plays and a fumble. The Tar Heels had just two first downs. Louisville’s offense, despite rolling up 188 yards, 13 first downs and holding the ball for more than 22 minutes in the half came away empty despite a pair of trips inside the red zone. One one trip the Cards were prepared to go for it on 4th-and-short inside the 10-yard line when they were flagged because of a substitution infraction. The Cardinals broke the huddle with 10 men, and Strong says it should have stayed that way.
Louisville’s defense, led by sack artist Marcus Smith, held UNC to just 62 yards in the first half. - photo by Howie Lindsey
“The young man was supposed to be in there, but when we are getting ready to snap the ball, we should just hold him there on the sideline and go with 10 guys,” Strong said. “On that play, the side judge was looking at our guy running onto the field and didn’t see the UNC player jump offsides. It should have been off-setting penalties.” Forced to kick a field goal there, Louisville senior Chris Philpott missed 36-yarder. Later he missed one from 40 that could have given Louisville a 3-0 lead heading into halftime. “We have to eliminate the mistakes,” Strong said. “We made some mistakes that were costly. The penalties were costly. We went out and missed two field goals, and that took points away. We are not a good enough football team to make mistakes.” Tied at 0-0, Louisville couldn’t maintain its intensity and focus in the second half. A fair-catch interference call on a punt gave North Carolina a short field to work with 11:24 left in the third quarter, and the Tar Heels took advantage, driving 53 yards in eight plays for a touchdown with 7:02 remaining in the quarter. The Cardinals had them stalled at 4th-and-2 on the 6-yard line, but sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Dunn was flagged for offsides, giving UNC a first down on the 3-yard line. The Tar Heels scored a TD one play later. Strong, who noted that UNC should have had a penalty as well on the play, said keeping his team focused on eliminating penalties is a priority. The Cardinals had nine penalties for 78 yards Saturday, several of them costly.
“Right now when a young man gets a penalty he runs, that’s the discipline we’re doing,” Strong said. “I would never question officiating. That’s their job, and I just coach the game. If we play hard then you don’t have to worry about the officials, but two or three of those calls were questionable. (One) holding call, I don’t know where it was coming from because we didn’t block anybody on that play. We just have to be smart. It’s all about discipline. We just have to play better; officiating is never going to cost us the game.” After amassing 188 yards in the first half, Louisville’s offense gained just nine yards on its first five possessions in the second half, with four of the possessions being three-and-out. “We have to improve on offense,” Strong said after the game, shaking his head. “If you look at us offensively, we were able to go run the football, and we have to do that if we are going to be a good football team.” Strong said part of the problem was that UNC knew UofL had to pass to get back into the game. “We don’t want to get into that situation because we know the issues with that offensive line,” Strong said. “We go out there today and we started (freshman) Jamon Brown who had just moved over from defense (11 days ago), but we have issues there and we had to start him at guard. We have to be able to get in a position because we can’t allow a team to be able to tee off and rush. That is what they were able to do because once they got up 7-0 they knew that we would have to pass, and once it
turned into a throwing game they could just tee off and come after our throwing game. Once it turned into a throwing game, that is where our weakness is right now.” The offense wasn’t the only unit in need of improvement. The defense, which had done so well eliminating big plays in the first half, gave up a 43-yard touchdown pass from Bryn Renner to Dwight Jones early in the fourth quarter. The play was particularly difficult to watch for Strong, a former defensive coordinator, because Louisville had two DBs converge on Jones near the 10-yard line, but he squirmed free and jogged into the end zone. “You can’t give up the big plays,” Strong said. “If you don’t give up that big play to make it 14-0, and we go and score and you make it 7-7. If you hold them after that we go to overtime. Defensively it is all about tackling. We tackled more effectively today, but you just can’t give up those big plays.... They just needed to get the guy on the ground. If we could have held him right there, we could have held them to a field goal or who knows if they would have got any points at all. We have to get him on the ground.” Facing a UNC defense giving up the underneath pass, Louisville marched down the field to score a touchdown on a 10-play, 61-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Dominique Brown with 42 seconds left on the clock. The Cardinals then tried an onsides kick and recovered it but were flagged for being offsides. The second kick was fielded easily by North Carolina. The Tar Heels got a first down a few plays later and ended the game in victory formation. “I just feel like the whole year is going to be challenging,” Strong said. “I just felt like it was going to be a roller coaster because of our youth and our small senior class. We are playing so many young guys that I figured this was going to happen. Each week, we just don’t know what team is going to show up.” But Strong reiterated how pleased he was with his team’s effort despite the loss. “We can build on how hard the guys played,” he said. “If we could play like that every week, we will build on that. You have to like the way we responded, we just didn’t like the result of the game.” QB TURNED SACK ARTIST These are the things of movie scripts. Marcus Smith came to UofL as a 195-pound quarterback from south Georgia and is now a 245-pound sack artist at defensive end. He had three sacks for a total of minus-24 yards against the Tar Heels. “Marcus is still young and still learning, but he’s athletic and he can make plays,” Strong said. “Getting off blocks and sacking the quarterback, he did a really good job.”
OCTOBER 12, 2011
UOFL ATHLETICS GETTING IT DONE BOTH ON THE FIELD, IN THE CLASSROOM Before we get too deep into the 2011-2012 school year, we need to look back and celebrate the academic achievements of University of Louisville student-athletes in 20102011. UofL was a winner not only athletically (more on that later) but academically. My guess is that when Louisville entered the Big East in 2005 the powers that be in Providence, R.I., never dreamed that it would be both the athletic and academic standard-bearer for the league. The UofL press release heading read: “The Cardinals had the most athletes (five) on the Big East Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence award list.” The BESASE awards are given “to one student-athlete in each Big East sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community.” To be eligible a student-athlete must have attained junior academic standing and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. Louisville had five award winners, with Notre Dame and Rutgers tied for second with JACK COFFEE three. UofL’s five winners were: Michael Eaton, cross country – Eaton was a two-time track All-American in the 10,000 meters and earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Nicole Youman, field hockey – Youman was the 2010 Big East Offensive Player of the Year and All-American second team. She was a four-time All-Big East selection and owns the school career and single-season assists marks. Chris Philpott, football – Philpott is a three-year kicker for the Cardinals and last season was second-leading scorer on the team. Sara-Maude Juneau, golf – Juneau was the Big East Player of the Year two consecutive seasons. She finished 20th at the NCAA East Regional. Austen Childs, tennis – Childs was a three-time Big East Player of the Year and a twotime All-American in singles. He also teamed with Viktor Maksimcuk to become Louisville’s first All-American doubles team. Swimming and diving also earned academic honors by being named among the highest in the nation in both team and individual grade-point average. The women’s team posted a 3.40 GPA, the men a 3.29. UofL had two swimmers -- Brendon Andrews and Alex Burtch -- named Scholar All-Americans for achieving GPAs of 3.5 or higher and qualifying for their respective national championships. Andrews and Burtch both were Big East champions. UofL swimmers and divers named Scholar All-American Honorable Mention were: Riley Martin, Michael Haefner, Kenneth Crapse, Tim Collins, David Zamkov, Nicole Landisch, Grite Apanaviciute, Lindsey LaPorte, Breann McDowell, Krissie Brandenburg, Fanny Lilliestrom, Raine Thompson and Lindsey Stephens. Second to the swimming and diving team was the track and field team with 10 students named USTFCCCA All-Academics. To earn the honor the athletes had to have a 3.35 GPA. Track and field and cross country honorees were: Rachel Gehret and Chinwe Okoro, four straight years, Monica Hernandez, Gabrielle Jackson, Andrea Sabbatine, Megan Schubert, Jenna Wargo, Weston Banks, Matt Bruce and Michael Eaton. The field hockey team was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team award list. The NAT award recognizes those institutions that achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2010-11 academic year. Additionally, 13 players were named to the NFHCA National Academic squad that recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2010-11 academic year. This year’s recipients were: Nikki Auker, Nikki Barry, Sophie Engelkes, Katie Flannery, Jacque Gerrick, Rachel Hollenbach, Natasha Leickly, Tuli Lim, Karah Nall, Kelsey Rosenmeier, Heather Stevens, Hayley Turner and Nicole Youman. Men’s basketball and lacrosse were both recognized in their respective sports as having the highest GPA in the Big East. Anna-Karin Ljunstrom of the golf team was recognized as Junior of the Year at UofL and carries a 3.746 GPA. Of interest to Cardinals fans is the position of the athletic program in team tournament standings in the Big East. In the 2010-2011 school year the Cards won seven tournament championships: men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s indoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, and men’s tennis. Notre Dame and Connecticut were tied for second with four titles. To show how far UofL has come, in its first season in the Big East (2005-2006) Notre Dame had 13 championships and Louisville two.
THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE LOCAL PAPER ON OCTOBER 12, 1912, THE DAY AFTER THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE’S FIRST INTERCOLLEGIATE FOOTBALL GAME
‘VARSITY’ SHOWS MUCH STRENGTH ______ Easy Victory of Red and Black Over Transylvania Encourages Followers of Eleven. ______ YOUNGSTERS TAKE UP GAME ______ THE victory of the University of Louisville eleven over the Transylvania team Friday afternoon by an overwhelming score was certainly an auspicious debut for the local school into Kentucky Intercollegiate football. While the Transylvania eleven is rather weak this year, the ease with which the Red and Black triumphed and the strength it showed indicates that Louisville is well represented. The University will play its next game on Thursday when it meets Central University at High School Park. While Central will undoubtedly prove a harder opponent than Transylvania and may capture the contest, the local eleven is sure to make a strong bid for the honors. Coach Larson was favored by having a splendid bunch of material to work with and has taken every advantage of the opportunity. In the game at Lexington Friday the men showed an excellent knowledge of inside football and this combined with their speed and weight makes them formidable against an aggregation in this section.
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CHANGES IN OFFENSIVE STAFF DON’T NET MORE TDS - YET By Howie Lindsey In the week leading up to Saturday’s North Carolina game, rumors swirled that Louisville coach Charlie Strong had a shakeup on his coaching staff. By Thursday, word that offensive coordinator Mike Sanford had been replaced as the primary signal caller hit the national media in the form of a somewhat misguided CBS Sports report (they said he’d been dismissed from the staff, which wasn’t true). On Friday, CardinalSports.com confirmed that Sanford did not make the trip to North Carolina with the team and that quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson would be calling the plays. On Saturday, sure enough, Sanford was nowhere to be found. Watson called all the plays, and graduate assistant Justin Burke, Louisville’s part-time starting quarterback last season, played the role of quarterback coach on the sideline. After the game, Strong addressed the change. “Mike Sanford is still a part of our staff, but today Shawn Watson called the plays,” he said. “I will say this, there was no confrontation at all - no physical or verbal altercation with me and Mike Sanford at all. I don’t know where that came from or whatever, but Shawn Watson will end up calling the plays and Mike Sanford will be back.” With Watson in the booth calling plays, the Cardinals moved the ball in the first half. The Cards rushed for 82 yards on 25 carries, and freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 11 of 16 passes for 106 yards. But just like the previous week against Marshall, Louisville came up empty in trips to the red zone, missing a pair of field goals. Furthermore, multiple penalties ruined several promising drives. “It was a little frustrating, but we just have to learn from those drives,” Bridgewater said. “Anytime you have that many penalties, you are going to have major setbacks.” In the second half the Cardinals’ makeshift offensive line (three former starters were out) and inexperience caught up with them. The Cardinals gained just 85 yards in the second half, and only the final drive of the game was successful. “Every drive, we got inside the 25 or the 20, but we just stalled,” Bridgewater said of the first half. “We just have to improve as a unit. Well, there is not much experience, but we have to eliminate those penalties, those mistakes.” So Watson’s play-calling gained yards, 273 of them, but netted only seven points. Strong said he saw improvement and believes Watson is the best choice for Louisville’s offense moving forward. “I’m happy with Watson calling the plays,” Strong said Monday. “He coaches the quarterbacks, so it’s all about the rhythm and the tempo, and he’s coaching that position so he’s all the time meeting with them and seeing it.” TEDDY UP TEMPO Bridgewater seems to thrive in a more uptempo rhythm. Against Marshall and Kentucky he led the offense down the field and scored
Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater handed off to former quarterback Dominique Brown. Bridgewater and Brown have been two of Louisville’s most-productive offensive threats. - photo by Howie Lindsey
when the Cardinals went to a mostly nohuddle attack. The same thing happened Saturday against UNC, but much of the success on the final drive could also be attributed to UNC’s loose prevent defense. “It was no different (under Watson than Sanford),” Bridgewater said. “I feel like when we went into the hurry-up offense we had the same tempo as last week. We just called the plays in the huddle, and I feel like we had nice tempo and nice rhythm.” Strong said he could see both Bridgewater and former starter Will Stein playing Saturday against Cincinnati if both are healthy, and he noted that he also prefers an up-tempo offense. “We tried that Saturday where we get into that speed-up game, and I think a lot of times Teddy functions a little better in that,” he said. “Get up on the ball and just go, go, go. That’s what you’re going to see out of Cincinnati. They run a ton of plays and they snap that ball in 15 seconds, so they put pressure on the defense. The game is about rhythm. If you allow the clock to run down, you allow the defense to stand there and give them a chance to catch their breath and rest. Get up there and just go with it.” Despite being under constant pressure from UNC’s NFL-sized defensive line, Bridgewater appeared more comfortable Saturday than the previous week against Marshall. His stats against the Tar Heels weren’t great, 19 of 31 for 173 yards and a touchdown with an interception, but he had a couple of big throws that landed just out of the hands of his receivers. “Teddy, each game he is getting better and better,” Strong said. “The thing he can do is feel the rush. He has good enough feet to get outside and make the throws. He made some good throws today, and the long one to (Josh) Bellamy, if we could have come down with that one, we would have been in good position. He’s able to manage the offense. And the thing he does, he’s so focused and he’s locked in. As we continue to play, he is going to get better and better.”
Strong said he does not believe the change will be an issue for the players. “What happens a lot of time with players is they don’t even notice it,” Strong said. “There was nothing said (to the players) because I think as a coach if you make a big deal out of it, then they feed off the coaches. Everybody just went about their business, and no kid ever said a word or asked a coach about it.” INJURIES GALORE When Strong met with radio broadcasters Paul Rogers, Drew Deener and Doug Ormay prior to the game to run down the changes to the depth chart due to injuries, the meeting lasted several minutes. That’s because the list of injuries was nearly a dozen names long. Starting right tackle Hector Hernandez, former starting guard John Miller, former starting guard Kamran Joyer, starting running back Victor Anderson, backup tight end Stephon Ball and starting wide receiver DeVante Parker were out, and former starting QB Will Stein was limited. And that’s just on offense! “Wow, if you look at just the offensive line, Hector Hernandez was out, Kamran Joyer was out and John Miller, so that makes three,” Strong said. “And then you look at DeVante Parker stin Burke Ju nt ta not there at wide receiver and sis as te Gradua quarterback of le Victor Anderson was out at ro e th ed ay pl n Watson was running back. We also had coach since Shaw x during bo s h’ ac co Randy Salmon out on the dee th up in a game. fensive front, so we were pretthe North Carolin dsey ty banged up. Some of those photo by Howie Lin guys were starters.” Bridgewater said he didn’t think the Cardinals’ offensive woes were due to Anderson and Parker’s absence. MORE QUESTIONS MONDAY “It wasn’t that tough,” Bridgewater said. Much of Strong’s weekly press conference “The guys behind Victor and DeVante do a Monday was dominated by questions about great job in practice, and they stepped up and Sanford being replaced by Watson as the play-caller and not making the trip to North played well.” Anderson did see the field on the onsides Carolina. kick in the final minute, but that was only beStrong was somewhat vague as to why Sanford was demoted but said he will meet cause he is on the hands team. He did not with Sanford this week to discuss his future play otherwise due to an ankle sprain. Some veteran football players will note that with the program. He added that Sanford has injuries tend to happen more the week after told him he still wants to be on the coaching a loss when a coach runs physical practices staff. “We are both professionals, we’re very ma- because he wants to see who on his team is ture and we’ve been in this business a long tough enough to take physical play, but Strong time,” Strong said of Sanford. “There’s going said practice was no different than normal last to be arguments, there’s going to be disagree- week. “Practice was not different, you are just goments and I respect Mike as a person, I respect ing to have injuries. It is going to happen,” his character, I respect who he is. “But the decision I made at that time I he said. Strong noted that the offensive line will get thought it was in the best interest of this program for us to move forward. It’s just like you better with time and renewed health. “They can improve, they can get much and your profession -- people are reassigned all the time and I just felt it would make our better than (Saturday),” he said. “We had a team better, it would make our program bet- guard in there, Jamon, who Mario (Benavides) ter. We just want to move forward with it. was having to tell which way to block. We had Mike is still a part of this staff; I haven’t reas- to move him late (from DE) because we had signed him a role yet, but he will be a part of injuries. He has potential because he is a good this staff.” athlete.”
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OCTOBER 12, 2011
GAME THREE PREVIEW - KENTUCKY
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Football coach Charlie Strong was happy with his team’s effort and passion during the North Carolina game last Saturday. He certainly wasn’t happy with the result, a 14-7 loss, but he was pleased with the way his team rebounded from the loss to Marshall the previous week. “Somehow as a coaching staff we need to get our guys to come out and play like this every week,” he said after the UNC game. “And come out with energy and come out with passion and come out like they really care about this team. Then we can get good results.” We were told the week of practice leading up to the North Carolina game was tough, and that the coaches were getting after the players all week long.
We believe the farther we get into the season, the worse that loss to Marshall will be. The Cardinals should be 3-2 right now, halfway to bowl eligibility with the Big East schedule still to play. Instead, the lack of passion and focus against Marshall has the team behind the eight ball for a bowl berth. The Thundering Herd followed up its 17-13 win over Louisville with a 16-6 loss at Central Florida to fall to 2-4 on the season. It looks very unlikely the Herd will finish with a winning record. Louisville’s only other losses under Strong to a team that ended the season with a losing record were to Kentucky (6-7) and Oregon State (5-7) last season. Saturday saw the starting debut for a handful of players with enormous potential. With outside linebacker Daniel Brown out of the starting lineup per a coaches’ decision, true freshman Deiontrez Mount stepped in and played. Mount’s 6-foot-6 frame and extremely long arms could make him a Brandon Johnson-type linebacker in the future. Also on defense, true freshman Terrell Floyd started at corner in place of Adrian Bushell. Floyd performed fairly well but gave up a big touchdown to UNC’s Dwight Jones, a future NFL draft pick. On offense, true freshman defensive tackle-turned-offensive guard Jamon Brown saw his first start as the line was retooled when Hector Hernandez and Kamran Joyer were unable to play. Brown has a lot to learn, and this was probably the worst game for him to learn it in. UNC’s defensive line has four NFL prospects, and DE Quinton Coples is rated the No. 1 defensive lineman in the draft, according to Mel Kiper (and No. 3 overall).
Prior to the season, we said the key to a potential bowl run would be the performance of the offensive line. Even more important, given a lack of depth, would be the O-line’s health. So far? Not so good. Louisville had true freshman John Miller make the starting lineup and then go down with a potentially season-ending injury in the UK game. Then last week starting fifth-year senior tackle Hector Hernandez went out with injury and junior Kamran Joyer, who had replaced Miller, also went down. That left Brown and seldom-used senior John Clark to fend off that massive North Carolina defensive line. Strong said it best: “We go out there today and we started Jamon Brown who had just moved over from defense (11 days ago). We have issues there and we had to start him at guard. We have to be able to get out of that position (getting behind by a touchdown or more late in the game) because we can’t allow a team to be able to tee off and rush.” Strong explained that by getting down 7-0 the Cards were forced to pass and that UNC then didn’t have to respect the run any longer.
Strong said Monday that former starting quarterback Will Stein should be back to full strength by Saturday’s game against Cincinnati (noon on WHAS-11). That is good news for Louisville’s offense. As well as Teddy Bridgewater has played in Stein’s absence, having a steady hand to turn to at quarterback could be good. We don’t expect Stein to start, but Strong said he’d like to use both quarterbacks if they are healthy against the Bearcats.
An article in the Boston Globe Sunday reported that Boston College was responsible for blocking a UConn move to the ACC. “We didn’t want them in,” BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo told The Globe. “It was a matter of turf. We wanted to be the New England team.” It was good to hear a college administrator come out and say what many believe has long been a major factor in many expansion decisions, but it is still an UGLY sentiment. And it is the same sentiment that keeps such schools as Louisville, Florida State, Clemson and Georgia Tech from gaining entrance to the SEC. The Southeastern Conference has held to a gentleman’s agreement (established in 1992 after South Carolina was added) that the league would consider expansion candidates only from outside the current states already with an SEC school. For that reason, Louisville and others already in SEC states aren’t considered viable expansion candidates. From a strictly TV perspective it makes sense. Why add a team in a TV market you already have when you can go out and get a new TV market with a team like Missouri or North Carolina? But from a competitive standpoint (and from Louisville’s perspective) it stinks.
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DeFilippo also said that ESPN guided the ACC’s decision to add Syracuse and Pittsburgh last month. “We always keep our television partners close to us,” DeFilippo said. “You don’t get extra money for basketball. It’s 85 percent football money. TV -- ESPN -- is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball.” However, an unidentified ACC spokesperson denied DeFilippo’s assertion that ESPN guided the conference in its expansion. “We’ve got a great partnership and a great working relationship with ESPN,” the spokesperson said, “but they have never, and will never, dictate to us, especially in regards to expansion.” An ESPN spokesman also denied DeFilippo’s claim, saying, “The driving force on realignment lies with the conferences and universities.” We believe DeFilippo was speaking honestly and the ACC rep and the ESPN rep are covering their rears. Given that the Big East and ESPN have been partners for decades and that the league and the TV network were supposed to be working out a new TV deal, this move by ESPN screams of impropriety. Especially when one considers the talk that the Big East had an offer on the table to switch from ESPN to Comcast in the new TV deal last year. Was ESPN’s action in collusion with the ACC punishment of the Big East for getting bids from other TV networks?
UK basketball coach John Calipari was at his most transparent earlier this month when he boldly claimed that the University of Kentucky was the only major program in the state. Did you miss his comments? Let us frame them for you. He was standing outside the tent city of fans waiting for Midnight Madness tickets when he was asked by an interviewer whether he was surprised by the UK fan turnout and how UK fans respond to Kentucky basketball. “There’s no other state -- none -- as connected to their basketball program as this one,” he replied. “Because those other states have other programs. Michigan has Michigan State, California, UCLA has all those. North Carolina has Duke. It’s Kentucky throughout this whole state, and that’s what makes us unique.” Calipari’s comment was a clear shot at rival Louisville, one of the top-10 programs of all time, a two-time national champion, annually a top-5 finisher in attendance and the most profitable basketball program in the nation for two years running.
We liked Rick Bozich’s article accusing Calipari of letting his envy of Rick Pitino slip him up, and we like Pitino’s response when asked about Calipari’s comments by CBS Sports. “Four things I’ve learned in my 59 years about people,” Pitino said. “I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant and I ignore the paranoid.” Pitino then paused, before adding, “If the shoe fits anyone. Wear it.” The last line is the best of the comment, especially considering folks have said for years that Calipari has emulated everything about Rick Pitino, from his coaching style to his hairstyle to his Italian loafers. It could have been even better had Pitino actually completely ignored the comments and told CBS that he was ignoring them, but we’ll take the barb in response. There is something about being in that seat of power at Kentucky that gets to a coach’s head and makes him say demeaning things about Louisville and other schools. It is as if the madness of the fan base infects every basketball coach from Adolph Rupp on down and has led to some ignorant things being said when it comes to the University of Louisville.
Nothing came out of the SEC meeting Monday. That could be BAD news for the University of Louisville’s potential move to the Big12. Why? We’ll explain. First, most sources expected the SEC to issue a statement saying the SEC would pursue a 14th member. That essentially would have been a signal that the league had the votes to add Missouri. Then, most expected Missouri would apply for membership later this week. The Big 12 has said it would act quickly if Missouri left the league, meaning that Louisville likely would get the next call. So what now? Is the SEC’s non-statement a sign that they don’t have the votes to add Missouri? Or was today just a discussion and nothing was voted on? Either of those options is not good for Louisville. Could this be a sign that Missouri is leaning towards staying in the Big 12? It could be, and that also would be bad for Louisville because the Big 12 appears to be happy with 10 teams currently. So what happens next? If recent history is a guide - and it is - this won’t the be the end of the conference realignment discussion.
Whether UofL is going to be in the Big East in the future or not, we believe the league is doing a GOOD thing by adding football teams. The conference presidents and chancellors finally have authorized Commissioner John Marinatto to be more aggressive in his pursuit of new members. The presidents and chancellors met Monday morning and resoundingly voted to pursue expansion to 12 teams. The league, currently with six football-playing members - Louisville, West Virginia, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Connecticut and USF - will push to expand, and fast. The Big East statement said it all. “On a teleconference earlier today, our Presidents and Chancellors authorized the Big East Conference to engage in formal discussions with additional institutions and are considering moving to a model that includes 12 football-playing schools.” Prior to Monday’s announcement, the Big East also had resolved to go after at least two of the service academies. Prior to that, however, Marinatto was bound to the will of the league presidents, and a majority of them would approve an expansion, we’re told, only if it were a team like Penn State, Notre Dame or Maryland - all pipe dreams.
OCTOBER 12, 2011
DATE Sept. 3, 2011 Sept. 10, 2011 Sept. 17, 2011 Sept. 22, 2011 Oct. 1, 2011 Oct. 15, 2011 Oct. 22, 2011 Nov. 5, 2011 Nov. 12, 2011 Nov. 19, 2011 Nov. 26, 2011 Dec. 3, 2011
OPPONENT Austin Peay at Tennessee Akron NC State at Miami-OH Louisville at South Florida at Pittsburgh West Virginia at Rutgers at Syracuse Connecticut
TIME/RESULT W, 72-10 L, 45-23 W, 59-14 W, 44-14 W, 27-0 12:00 pm ET 12:00 pm ET TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
QB ZACH COLLAROS
2010 RESULTS DATE Sept. 4, 2010
OPPONENT RESULT at Fresno State L 28-14
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at NC State
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at West Virginia L 37-10
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Dec. 4, 2010
FAST FACTS Last year was UC’s first losing season since 2005. Freshman kick returner Ralph D. Abernathy IV (called RAD-4 by his teammates and fans) is a grandson of late Civil Rights leader Ralph Abernathy.
BEARCATS HAVE REBOUNDED – SO FAR BY RICK CUSHING Cincinnati went into this season determined to make amends for last year’s disappointing 4-8 record in Butch Jones’ first year as UC coach. He had replaced Brian Kelly, who left for his “dream job” HEAD COACH at Notre Dame after guiding the BUTCH JONES Bearcats to back-to-back Big East titles, and last year’s eight losses were one more than UC lost the previous three seasons under Kelly combined. So far, so good this season as the Bearcats are off to a 4-1 start, although their only loss came against their only quality opponent, 59-14 at Tennessee. They have beaten Austin Peay 72-10, Akron 59-14, North Carolina State 44-14 and Miami of Ohio 27-0. They had a bye week after blanking the RedHawks and should be primed and ready for the annual Keg of Nails battle with the Cardinals this Saturday. UC has won the last three meetings, including 35-27 last Oct. 15 in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. At that point the Bearcats were 3-3, but they proceeded to lose five of their last six games. UC’s biggest problems last year were a generous defense (UC ranked 119th in the country in touchdowns allowed), a sloppy offense (29 turnovers, last in the Big East) and a lack of discipline (the most penalized team in the league). Nine starters on defense returned, and UC has allowed only 38 points in their four victories. Even counting the Tennessee debacle, the Bearcats are allowing just 16.6 ppg, which is 15th in the country; they have totally reversed their proclivity for turnovers, ranking second in the country with a turnover margin of 2.40 this year (18 turnovers gained, just six lost); and they have reduced their penalties, with just 19 total this year (3.8 a game), first in the Big East. Leading the way on offense are a couple of seniors -- quarterback Zack Collaros (34th in the country in passing efficiency) and tailback Isaiah Pead (42nd in yards rushing per game at 94.6) – and on defense senior middle linebacker J.K. Schaffer is tied for 12th in the country with three interceptions, while senior DT Derek Wolfe and junior DE Dan Giordano are tied for 15th in the country with four sacks apiece. OFFENSE Collaros (6-0, 223) is having a fine senior season after throwing 14 interceptions last season. This year he has completed 84 of 133 passes for 1,035 yards (63.2 percent, 207.0 ypg) and 10 TDs with just three interceptions, and he has run 38 times for 182 yards (4.8 per carry, 36.4 per game) and three TDs. He is very athletic. Pead (5-11, 198) has rushed 71 times for 476 yards (6.7 per carry) and seven TDs, and he has caught eight passes for 64 yards and a TD. True freshman Jameel Poteat (5-11, 200), who de-committed from Pitt after the coaching upheaval there, has rushed 23 times for 108 yards (4.7 per carry, 21.6 per game) and one TD and has been seeing more action lately. The Bearcats have three receivers with double-digit receptions. Sophomore Anthony McClung (5-11½, 165) has 23 catches for 281 yards (12.2 per catch, 56.2 per game) and three TDs, senior D.J. Woods (6-0, 178) has 21 catches for 254 yards (12.1 per catch, 50.8 per game) and one TD, and JUCO transfer Kenbrell Thompkins (61, 196) has 19 catches for 249 yards (13.1 per catch, 49.8 per game) and two TDs. Senior TE Adrien Robinson (6-4½, 267) has only four catches but two of them have gone for TDs, including a 70-yarder. Woods also returns punts and is averaging 8.8 yards per return. The O-line was rebuilt, with only one starter returning
(senior LG Randy Martinez – 6-1, 290), but it has fared well. UC ranks 17th in the country at 220.80 rushing yards a game and has allowed just five sacks, which ranks 33rd in the country. UC is ninth in the country in scoring at 45 points a game and 44th in total offense at 440 ypg. Redshirt freshman Tony Miliano is 6 for 8 on field goals, with a long of 48 yards. He is 2 for 4 from beyond 40 yards. DEFENSE Schaffer (6-1, 232), who led the team in tackles last year and was named second-team All-Big East, again leads with 35, including 3.5 for a loss. Wolfe (6-5, 300) leads in tackles for a loss with seven, tied for 29th in the country, while Giordano (6-4, 261) has five. UC is seventh in the country in rushing defense, allowing just 70.6 ypg, 42nd in total defense at 338.6 ypg, second in tackles for a loss with 43 and tied for 10th in sacks with 18. The defensive backfield, which was horrible last year, hasn’t improved much statistically but is not allowing the long bomb. Overall, UC ranks 104th in the country in pass defense, allowing 278 yards a game. Junior Camerron Cheatham (5-8 ½, 195), senior Wesley Richardson (6-0, 202) and junior Drew Frey (6-3, 200) rank second, third and fourth on the team in tackles with 27, 24 and 23 respectively. Junior Pat O’Donnell is averaging 45.3 yards a punt, (41.56 net, eighth in the country), with a long of 76 yards and 9 of 16 downed inside the 20. PLAYERS TO WATCH Collaros is the key to stopping UC. Last year he threw for 275 yards and five TDs against UofL, and he ran seven times for 32 yards. Pead also gashed UofL’s defense last year, running 21 times for 145 yards, and Woods had two TD catches, including a 47-yarder. TEAM STRENGTHS UC’s spread offense spells trouble for opponents, and with three dangerous and productive receivers it really spreads the defense out. UofL, which has been burned by the long bomb this season, had best tighten up. TEAM WEAKNESSES The defensive backfield is the place to attack, although the D-line, with its high number of sacks, will make it difficult. COACHING RESUME Jones, 42, was 27-13 and won two MAC titles at Central Michigan, where he succeeded Kelly. He oversaw a potent offense there. Overall he is 35-22. Before taking over at Central Michigan in 2007 he was an assistant coach for 15 years, including two (2005-06) at West Virginia. KENTUCKIANS ON UC ROSTER There are just four Kentuckians on the UC roster – junior DL Adam Dempsey from Ft. Highlands, sophomore OL Dominic Mainello from Ft. Mitchell, senior kicker Shane Popham from Crestview Hills and redshirt freshman QB Nick West from Hebron. None has seen significant action this season. ALL-TIME SERIES UofL and UC have met 51 times in a series dating to 1929, with the Bearcats holding a 29-21-1 advantage. Before UC’s current three-game winning streak the Cards won five in a row, including a memorable 70-7 victory in 2004 after the Bearcats met at midfield before the game at PJCS and stomped on UofL’s logo. UC is 16-11 against the Cards in Cincinnati, although the teams have never met previously in Paul Brown Stadium, which is the Cincinnati Bengals’ home field.
BOTTOM LINE Again, I believe it will be a close game, but unless the Cards can play smarter on offense (reduce their penalties, manage the clock better, get the right players on the field on time) I can’t see them winning. This is beginning more and more to look like a rebuilding season. There’s talent in the freshman and sophomore classes, but Kragthorpe just didn’t leave enough experienced players behind.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 15, 2011
CINCINNATI CINCINNATI, OHIO 12:00 PM ET
CARDINAL FOOTBALL PHOTOBASKETBALL GALLERY VS. NORTH CAROLINA WOMEN’S (L. to R.) Matt Wagner, Chris Sudduth and Lindsay Sudduth drove to the game from Atlanta to see their Cardinals play. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Louisville’s Andrell Smith tried to wrestle the ball away from a North Carolina defender in mid-air. Smith didn’t catch the ball, but the Cards got a first down on a pass interference call. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Louisville fans John and Steve Ryan and Jim Seay cheered on the Cardinals in North Carolina. - photo by Howie Lindsey
A large group of Louisville fans attended the UofL-UNC game as part of the inaugural Louisville SportsReport tour. The tour included a trip to the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, N.C. The group included (no order) Bill and Barbara Hancock, Mike and Jeff Seale, Rebecca Gamble, Carol Westerman, Bob Green, William and Leisa Schulz, Larry and Patricia Lambert, Curt and Charlene Zoeller, Pete and Jo Russell, Paul and Cindy Mattingly, Jack and Ronnie Swann, Elaine, Greg and Travis Huellemeier, Margaret, Glenn, Shelia, Michael and Bob Spalding, John Ryan and Ryan, Jim Seay, Edward and Catherine Bishop, Kenneth and Cheryl Stout, Kaye Edsell, Linda Patton, David and Paula Miller, Victor Gross, Scott Hulderson, Anthony and Elaine Martin and Tony State and tour guides Susan Higdon, Ron Reiger, Howie Lindsey and Jason Coffee. - photo by Howie Lindsey
(L. to R.) Brenda Lockard, Judy Harris, Berry Lockard, Karen Thompson, Tasso Harris and Mark Thompson cheered on the Cardinals from their seats in the middle of the UofL section Saturday. - photo by Howie Lindsey
(Front row, L. to R.) Wanda Lackey and Annette Carter and (Back row, L. to R.) Wilmettea McPherson and Marilyn Stanley. - photo by Howie Lindsey
OCTOBER 12, 2011
OCTOBER 12, 2011
2007 CARDINAL COFFEE NOTEBOOK BREAK CARAVAN RECRUITING
OCTOBER 12, 2011
CARDINAL FOOTBALL PHOTOBASKETBALL GALLERY VS. NORTH CAROLINA WOMEN’S
Freshman Terrell Floyd tried to push UNC’s Dwight Jones out of bounds. Later Floyd was joined by junior Shenard Holton, but neither could bring Jones down and he scampered into the end zone to put UNC up 14-7. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Louisville players (L. to R.) Mario Benavides, Jake Smith and Andrell Smith congratulated Dominique Brown on his touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Receiver Jarrett Davis jogged to the sideline after congratulating Brown. - photo by Howie Lindsey
There was a large and rowdy louisville crowd at the North Carolina game. The fans didn’t have a lot of points to cheer about, but they were spirited throughout. - photo by Howie Lindsey
(L. to R.) Anthony Marshall, Terika Haygood, Erika Haygood, Sherri McCobb, Teresa Lovick and Shawn Phillips were among the large Louisville crowd at the game. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Senior kicker Chris Philpott struggled during the North Carolina game. He missed a pair of field goals, one from 40 yards and the other from 36. He did connect on a PAT though. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Louisville coaches (L. to R.) Charlie Strong, Brian Jean-Mary (linebackers) and Vance Bedford (defensive coordinator) each began to yell instructions to their players seconds after this photo was taken. - photo by Howie Lindsey
OCTOBER 12, 2011
2007 CARDINAL COFFEE NOTEBOOK BREAK CARAVAN RECRUITING
PITINO EXPECTING BIG WEEKEND, RECRUITING-WISE By Jeff Wafford Rick Pitino and his coaching staff are set to host some big-time basketball prospects this weekend, just days after hosting a solid group of players last weekend. Andrew White, the No. 12 small forward and No. 56 player overall in the class of 2012, was expected to be on campus this weekend when the Cardinals open practice but came last weekend. White (66), who is rated as a four-star player, also has visited West Virginia and Kansas. He is expected to visit Texas at the end of the month. “The scheduling worked out for me to come in this weekend, because Coach (Kevin) Keatts and Coach Pitino have been recruiting me real hard lately and I wanted to see them, come in there and work out before their MidJEFF WAFFORD night Madness,” White said. “Those events are a lot of hype and that’s when the arena is full and people are bound to commit at an event like that. I wanted to get a chance to get there before that and look at them.” White, a senior from Chester (Va.) Miller School, admitted that another incentive for being in Louisville a full week ahead of the team’s opening practices is that he’d have the full attention of the UofL coaching staff. “I just want to go in there and see how the school will help me,” he noted. “I don’t want to get caught up in the hype.” While White wasn’t available for an interview by press time, he did say via text message that his visit to Louisville “was great.” White wasn’t the only player to stop by Belknap Campus over the weekend. A pair of highly rated players from the 2013 class also made quick visits to the campus while in town for an AAU event. Solomon Poole (6-1, guard), who is rated as a five-star recruit, is the No. 9 player in the class of 2013. He has an impressive bloodline when it comes to big-time college basketball as his brother Stacey plays for Kentucky and his father, Stacey Sr., played for Florida. “The main schools on me are Georgia, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, South Carolina, South Florida, Louisville, Memphis, Florida, Florida, LSU, and I just got a letter from Stanford,” Poole told Rivals.com in a recent interview. Troy Williams (6-7, small forward), who is rated as a four-star recruit, is the No. 14 player in the class of 2013. His uncle is legendary AAU coach Boo Williams, and the pair made visits to both Louisville and Kentucky last weekend. Williams, who said he’s had a scholarship offer from Louisville for a while, met with Pitino in person for the first time on
Friday and also visited the KFC Yum! Center. During the visit, he posted a picture of the inside of the arena on Twitter and described the arena as “magnificent.” He said that he also “got to see their dorms and their campus life. It seemed like everything was right there.” Williams, who hasn’t revealed his top list of schools at this point, has other visits planned and is starting to narrow his focus. “I go to Georgetown next weekend for their Midnight Madness,” he said.
“Louisville is in there. DePaul is recruiting hard. Florida is recruiting hard, and Virginia Tech.” The Cardinals are still expecting a few big visitors this weekend as they open practice on Friday. At least three visitors from the junior and senior class are expected to be in attendance -- D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Robert Upshaw and Derek Willis. Smith-Rivera (6-3, guard) is a five-star player from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) who also is considering Georgetown and several others. Smith-Rivera, who is originally from Indianapolis, is rated as the No. 5 point guard and No. 22 player overall in the class of 2012. Robert Upshaw (7-0, center) is a fourstar player from San Joaquin Memorial School (Calif.) who also is considering UNLV, USC, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas State and Fresno State. Upshaw is rated as the No. 8 center and No. 43 player overall in the class of 2013. Derek Willis (6-9, power forward) is a four-star player from Bullitt East H.S. (Ky.) who originally committed to Purdue before reopening his commitment. Willis, who is now considering the Boilermakers, Louisville and Indiana, was scheduled to visit Kentucky’s Midnight Madness this weekend but canceled that reservation to visit UofL.
2012 FOOTBALL COMMITS PROSPECT Sid Anvoots
HOMETOWN Indianapolis, IN
HIGH SCHOOL Bishop Chatard
Big, tough offensive lineman from a strong program in Indianapolis.
Rated one of the top kickers in the Southeast. Appleby figures to replace senior Chris Philpott.
Strong tight end with a big frame could easily develop into an offensive lineman. Bowles’ Dad played baseball for Kentucky.
Extremely quick athlete could play any number of positions at the collegiate level.
Louisville’s top choice at quarterback in the 2011 class. Also had offers from Alabama and Mississippi State.
Big, heavy and mean offensive lineman just set a school record with seven pancakes in one game.
Four-star defensive back is ranked the No. 2 overall prep school athlete in the class of 2011. Elite safety prospect.
South Euclid, OH
Fast with speed to burn. Likely a cornerback, but could also return kicks.
Port St. Lucie, FL
Three-star linebacker with great size and speed from a program that produced UofL players Deon Rogers and Mike Romano.
College Park, GA
Reminds fans of BJ Dubose or Aaron Epps. Tall, athletic lineman who will gain weight, strength.
Clone of Eric Wood? Maybe. Same height, same weight and same high school.
Bowling Green, KY
Has a long way to go to live up to his massive potential. Raw but huge frame.
Four-star defensive back is among the best cover men in the nation for 2011.
Short but strong linebacker with speed to play outside at Louisville.
Miami Gardens, FL
Could he be the fastest wide receiver in Florida for 2011? Maybe. Scouts really like him.
BIG OL COMMITMENT VISITS Deandre Herron (6-5, 325), an offensive lineman from Avon H.S. (Ind.) committed to Louisville in July. Two weekends ago the three-star player got a chance to see his future team and meet some future teammates in person. “It was great; we definitely have some funny guys coming in,” Herron said of the unofficial visit to UofL, mentioning how he enjoyed talking to committed players Kyle Bolin (2013 commit), Sid Anvoots, T.C. Klusman, Hunter Bowles and others on the visit. “It was definitely a good experience,” he added. Rated as the No. 39 offensive guard in the class of 2012, Herron acknowledged that meeting so many fellow committed players and forming an early bond was important. “You’ve committed to a school and you’re ready to settle there and not go and look somewhere else like some guys do,” he explained. “We all have a good bond, and if one person commits we call them and become friends with them and build that bond early. So when we go in there next year, nothing’s new. We just want to go in there and get some work done and help the team.” Like all Louisville fans, Herron was disappointed in the Cardinals’ loss to Marshall on the day he visited. “I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “When we went, the offensive line and the rest of the offense, you could see they really can’t run the ball. So the second thing to do when you have no other choice is to air it out, and they tried to do that. My observation is that some of us, especially on the offensive line, will be in there early (in our careers).” When asked whether any other colleges were still courting him, Herron talked like his commitment to Louisville would be hard to sway. “Only one school is still trying to push their luck, but I’m really like, hey, you all can try, but you’re not going to succeed,” he said. Herron has helped his squad to a 7-1 record so far this season, and they’ll play Zionville H.S. this Friday to try and force a three-way tie for first in their conference. “Personally, I’ve been doing OK,” Herron said when asked how he’s performed this season. “I think I can do better, and I’ve done better before. Now it’s at the end of the season and you have to wake up and play better because you only have a few more games to go and then, boom, you’re in college.” Herron added that while he always tries to improve, his biggest goal is to help his team win a state championship, and then he’ll focus on college. “I’m still just trying to go out there and work harder than everybody else, and I do that,” he said.
OCTOBER 12, 2011
CARDINAL GOVERNOR’S CUPFOOTBALL PHOTO GALLERY
CINCINNATI DEPTH CHART
2011 FOOTBALL ROSTER NO 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 18 19 19 19 20 21 22 22 23 24 25 26 27 27 28 29 29 30 31 32 33 33 34 35 35 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 42 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 49 51 53 54 55 56 57 59 62 65 66 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 99
NAME Josh Bellamy Michaelee Harris Preston Brown Charles Gaines Will Stein Teddy Bridgewater Greg Scruggs Damian Copeland Darius Ashley DeVante Parker Dominique Brown Josh Chichester Chris Philpott Preston Pace Andrell Smith Andrew Johnson Marcus Smith Matthew Nakatani Titus Teague Terell Floyd Joe Castaneda Jerry Arlinghaus Victor Anderson Adrian Bushell Jordon Paschal Corvin Lamb Terence Simien Daniel Brown Calvin Pryor Zed Evans Mike Addesa Jermaine Reve Jeremy Wright Stephen Goodwin Hakeem Smith Kamal Hogan DeMarcus Topp Senorise Perry Grant Donovan Mike Evans George Durant Andrew Fletcher Anthony Conner Shenard Holton Lincoln Carr Tyon Dixon Rashad Stewart Ryan Johnson Kenneth Jaboin Chris Zelli Agyei Williams Josh Bleser Stephan Robinson Champ Lee Jalen Harrington Deon Rogers B.J. Butler John Wallace Dexter Heyman Malcolm Mitchell Deiontrez Mount Patrick Grant Jarel McGriff-Culver Mike Privott Jake Smith Mike Romano Mario Benavides Tarik Rollins Nick Heuser Zach Perkins John Clark Dylan Kupper Alex Kupper Kamran Joyer Chris Walker John Miller Chris Acosta Hunter Stout Hector Hernandez Ryan Mack Ryan Kessling Chase Petersen Aaron Epps Jamon Brown Stephon Ball Chris White Eli Rogers Jerrell Moore Aaron Nance Nate Nord Kai Dominguez Jarrett Davis Scott Radcliff B.J. Dubose William Savoy Brandon Dunn Roy Philon Lorenzo Mauldin Randy Salmon Jamaine Brooks
HT 6-0 6-2 6-0 5-11 5-10 6-3 6-4 6-1 5-8 6-3 6-2 6-8 6-0 6-1 6-3 5-9 6-3 5-8 5-11 5-10 5-10 6-4 5-9 5-11 5-8 5-9 6-3 6-1 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-1 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-8 5-11 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-11 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-3 6-2 6-5 6-4 5-11 6-0 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-2 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-5 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-3 6-4 6-5 6-5 6-5 6-4 6-7 6-6 6-4 6-4 5-10 5-10 6-3 6-5 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-5 6-1 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-4
Wt 206 198 258 176 185 205 285 186 186 196 221 240 198 199 210 174 251 160 170 170 186 197 188 190 180 203 218 221 200 173 200 180 199 190 183 209 180 192 213 187 231 162 190 190 158 208 183 175 203 201 184 213 170 204 205 200 276 180 238 230 219 236 190 224 315 275 300 223 229 290 305 265 285 292 306 304 279 291 294 316 314 291 250 325 228 243 185 169 197 230 172 171 183 238 246 308 272 225 291 329
EXP WR WR LB CB QB QB DT WR CB WR QB TE K CB WR CB DE K CB CB DB QB RB CB CB RB S LB S CB LB S RB WR S RB WR RB LS S LB K CB S WR LB DB P DB LB S P CB LB LB LB DE P/K LB DE DE DL RB LB OL C C LB LB OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OT OL OT DT TE TE WR WR WR TE WR WR WR DE DE DT DT DE DT DL
HT/WT SR RS FR SO FR JR FR SR SO JR FR SO SR SR SR JR FR SO RS FR SO FR FR FR SR JR RS FR FR SR JR FR SO FR FR SO SO SO RS FR JR SO RS FR SR SO RS FR SR JR JR SO SO RS FR SR FR JR SR RS FR SO FR SO SO FR SR SO FR JR RS FR SO RS FR FR JR SO JR SO SR FR JR SO SO FR RS FR SO SR FR SR FR FR FR JR SO FR FR SO JR SO SO JR FR SR SO SO FR JR RS FR
HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Butte CC) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Cincinnati, Ohio (Northwest) Miami, Fla. (Central) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Bradenton, Fla. (Palmetto) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Louisville, Ky. (Ballard) Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods) West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) Atlanta, Ga. (St. Pius X Catholic) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Butte) Miami, Fla. (Palmetto) Miami, Fla. (Southridge) Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway) Shelbyville, Ky. (Shelby County) Pomona, Calif. (Pomona) Port Pierce, Fla. (Port St. Lucie) Covington, Ky. (Covington Catholic) Louisville, Ky. (Holy Cross) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) DeSoto, Texas (Cedar Valley CC) Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Sacramento, Calif. (San Mateo) Atlanta, Ga. (Douglass) Port St. Joe, Fla. (Port St. Joe) Seagoville, Texas (Seagoville) Bradenburg, Ky. (Meade County) Miami, Fla. (Northwest) Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Jonesboro, Ga. (Riverdale) Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph’s Regional) Paducah, Ky. (Paducah-Tilghman) Summerville, Ga. (Chattooga) Louisville, Ky. (Male) Los Angeles, Calif. (Nevada) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Boca Ciega) Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell) Houston, Texas (Butte CC) Bowling Green, Ky. (Warren East) Crestwood, Ky. (Oldham County) Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain) Marietta, Ga. (Drake) Louisville, Ky. (DeSales) Miami, Fla. (NIACC) Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jeffersonville) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Park Hills, Ky. (Covington Catholic) Louisville, Ky. (Central) Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson) Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek) Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Treasure Coast) Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola) Cecilia, Ky. (Central Hardin) Louisville, Ky. (Male) Stone Mountain, Ga. (Dunwoody) Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (Fort Walton Beach) Sunrise, Fla. (Boyd Anderson) Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove North) Norfolk, Va. (Lake Taylor) Jacksonville, Ala. (Jacksonville) Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Treasure Coast) Los Fresnos, Texas (Los Fresnos) Hollywood, Fla. (Clemson) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Shepherdsville, Ky. (North Bullitt) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Tampa, Fla. (Wesley Chapel) Louisville, Ky. (Ballard) Miami, Fla. (Central) Miami, Fla. (Hileah) Tampa, Fla. (Wharton) Naples, Fla. (Naples) Memphis, Tenn. (Wooddale) Tallahassee, Fla. (Chiles) Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville) Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek) Louisville, Ky. (Seneca) Boca Raton, Fla. (West Boca Raton) Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph’s Regional) Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Oakland Park, Fla. (Northeast) Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin) Louisville, Ky. (Pleasure Ridge Park) Lexington, Ky. (Bryan Station) Atlanta, Ga. (Maynard Jackson) Atlanta, Ga. (Hutchinson CC) Miami, Fla. (Palmetto)
OFFENSE LT 59 Alex Hoffman 6-7 299 Sr. 71 Eric Lefeld 6-6 281 Fr.
RB 23 Isaiah Pead 5-11 198 Sr. 32 George Winn 5-11 195 Jr.
SS 26 Drew Frey 6-3 203 Jr. 25 Arryn Chenault 6-0 197 So.
LG 53 Randy Martinez 6-1 290 Sr. 66 Sean McClellan 6-4 272 So.
DEFENSE L 54 Walter Stewart 6-5 244 Jr. 58 Brandon Mills 5-10 245 Jr.
NICKEL 20 Chris Williams 5-11 194 Jr. 5 Reuben Johnson 5-10 191 Jr.
C 72 Evan Davis 6-4 285 Sr. 63 Dan Sprague 6-3 285 So.
T 95 Derek Wolfe 6-5 300 Sr. 44 Camaron Beard 6-5 279 Fr.
RG 76 Austen Bujnoch 6-5 280 So. 79 Andre Cureton 6-6 301 So.
N 40 John Hughes 6-4 305 Sr. 94 Jordan Stepp 6-1 273 So.
SPECIAL TEAMS LS 96 Tom DeTemple 6-2 236 Sr. 61 Kirk Willis 6-3 220 Fr.
RT 77 Sean Hooey 6-9 300 Jr. 62 Cory Keebler 6-7 286 Fr.
E 99 Dan Giordano 6-4 260 Jr. 45 Rob Trigg 6-3 265 Sr.
H 34 Pat O’Donnell 6-5 217 Jr. 11 Brendon Kay 6-4 233 Jr.
TE 88 Adrien Robinson 6-5 268 Sr. 18 Travis Kelce 6-6 252 Jr.
WLB 4 Maalik Bomar 6-2 219 Jr. 57 Clemente Casseus 6-1 205 Fr.
PK 14 Tony Miliano 6-2 200 Fr. 29 Shane Popham 6-0 182 Sr.
WR 1 Kenbrell Thompkins 6-1 196 Jr. 80 Alex Chisum 6-3 178 Fr.
MLB 37 JK Schaffer 6-1 232 Sr. 52 Dwight Jackson 6-1 205 Fr.
KO 34 Pat O’Donnell 6-5 217 Jr. 14 Tony Miliano 6-2 200 Fr.
WR 6 Anthony McClung 6-0 164 So. 7 Shaq Washington 5-9 165 Fr.
SLB 36 Ben Pooler 6-3 232 Sr.
P 34 Pat O’Donnell 6-5 217 Jr. 29 Shane Popham 6-0 182 Sr.
CB 21 Camerron Cheatham 5-9 190 Jr. 8 Adrian Witty 5-10 181 So.
CB 9 Dominique Battle 5-11 185 Sr. -or11 Deven Drane 5-11, 179, So.
WR 3 DJ Woods 6-0 178 Sr. 84 Orion Woodard 6-3 216 Sr.
KOR 19 Ralph David Abernathy IV 5-7 160 Fr. 2 Dyjuan Lewis 6-3 194 Fr.
FS 24 Wesley Richardson 6-0 200 Sr. 13 Pat Lambert 6-1 198 Jr.
QB 12 Zach Collaros 6-0 223 Sr. 4 Munchie Legaux 6-5 197 So.
PR 3 DJ Woods 6-0 178 Sr. 83 Danny Milligan 5-9 172 Jr. 1L
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OCTOBER 12, 2011
BIG EAST CONFERENCE BUT RAMSEY CONFIDENT CARDS ARE IN STRONG POSITION
MISSOURI HOLDS THE KEY TO UOFL’S CONFERENCE FUTURE By Russ Brown As the Big East desperately tries to ensure its survival in the rapidly changing conference landscape that seems to shift every hour or so, the University of Louisville’s athletic program is in limbo. Will UofL remain a member of a weakened Big East or bolt to the Big 12? Although athletic director Tom Jurich is always aggressive and pro-active in his efforts to strengthen the Cardinals, there is only so much he can do until other developments play out. Primarily, at this moment UofL officials are playing a waiting game involving Missouri, which is the one remaining domino that could dictate the Cards’ future. If the Tigers decide to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, then Louisville is likely to be invited to fill the void. If Missouri stays put and the Big 12 remains at 10 teams, UofL’s only option may be to remain in the Big East. The Big East has suffered a triple whammy lately. First, Pittsburgh and Syracuse moved to the ACC. Then TCU jilted the Big East for the Big 12 before it had even signed on officially. The Horned Frogs were scheduled to start competition in the Big East next fall, jumping from the Mountain West, and were considered a magic elixir that would significantly raise the league’s football profile. Following Monday’s teleconference, the Big East issued a statement saying it will consider adding six more football-playing schools to get to 12 members. The statement said that the Big East presidents and chancellors authorized commissioner John Marinatto to engage in formal discussions with institutions it has targeted in expansion and are considering expanding to 12. The conference didn’t identify the schools it will try to recruit. Jurich has been uncharacteristically silent publicly, but UofL President RUSS BROWN James Ramsey said in a radio interview last weekend that he’s confident Louisville has strong enough athletic and academic credentials that it will wind up in a good situation no matter what. “I think everyone is waiting to see what happens with Missouri, and there’s a lot of speculation about whether or not they’ll go to the SEC,” Ramsey said in an interview on WKRD-790. “That has implications one way or the other. Then of course the Big East. The Big East has been a great home for us; it’s great academic schools, it’s great media markets. “The Big East is doing everything it can to stay together. The loss of TCU was a huge loss. Pitt and Syracuse were big losses, but with TCU coming in I think you could really continue to build on the football. But with TCU leaving it’s much more difficult now.” Ramsey didn’t say whether UofL would prefer to stay in the Big East or join the Big 12. “We always will do, and our job is to do, what is in the very best interest of the University of Louisville,” he said. “Making tough decisions is tough, but it’s good when you have choices. And because of the leadership of Tom Jurich and the tremendous progress we’ve made in all areas of our athletic program we’ve always said there’ll be options for us. Ramsey said there is no timetable for a decison by UofL, which realistically can’t come to any conclusions until Missouri announces its intent. “I think everybody is working from all angles, from the Missouri issues to the Big East issues, to get this resolved as quickly as possible,” he said. “So I think there’s good will, good intent, to try to move forward and get back to a little bit of stability. We do run some risk the longer this goes on because I think the NCAA will be watching this to see if it’s something the universities and conferences can resolve themselves.” Ramsey added that he would rather not spend time on conference matters because he has so many other concerns about the university. “But at the same time athletics is an important part of our institution,” he said. “We have an outstanding athletics program; it is the window through which people see the university, and our student-athletes are great ambassadors for the university. So there are so many plusses to athletics that it’s part of the job description. “I can’t say enough about Tom and the great job he’s done because he does such a great job dealing with these issues that it allows myself and the provost to deal with what we need to deal with, and that is the academic issues. But yeah, it’s taking a lot of our time right now when we’re trying to focus on a number of other things. But we’ll do the best we can.” Missouri officials haven’t tipped their hand as to which way they’re leaning, but they’re the subject of an intense lobbying campaign to persuade them to stay in the Big 12. An open letter from the Kansas City Sports Commission and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to officials at Missouri ran as an ad in Kansas City newspapers last week, urging the school not to jump to the SEC. Meanwhile, the Big East is in big trouble, with the three defections leaving it with only six football-playing schools, one short of the minimum number needed to retain its automatic qualifying status for a BCS bowl bid after the current contract expires following the 2013 regular season. The next BCS conference evaluation -- for automatic BCS bowl bids for the 2014-17 regular seasons -- will be based on a league’s performance from 2010 through 2013 and is calculated on the conference membership as of Dec. 4 of this year. Besides Louisville, the Big East is in danger of losing two other members -- Connecticut and Rutgers -- both of which have expressed a desire to join the ACC. So the Big East is scrambling to add new football members. Big East presidents and
athletic directors had a conference call last Friday and another one Monday to discuss expansion and increasing the league’s exit fee from $5 million to $10 million. On the bright side, there appears to be no shortage of interested candidates. According to a report in Sunday’s Denver Post, the Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., wants to join the Big East. “Our interest is high in the Big East. That’s fair to say,” Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh told the Post. “This stuff is moving fast.” Along with Air Force, one of the latest schools to surface as a possible Big East member in football only is Boise State. Other Big East targets include Navy, Temple, East Carolina, Central Florida, Memphis and possibly Army, which has said it plans to remain an independent. One major stumbling block for both Air Louisville president Force and Boise State is finding a conference James Ramsey said for their other sports. The Post reported losing TCU was a big that the Falcons would try to move from the blow to the future of Mountain West, where Boise is also a memthe Big East. - photo ber, to the Missouri Valley. The Western Athby Howie Lindsey letic Conference would also be a possibility for both Air Force and Boise. Mueh said he hopes that if Air Force joins the Big East, Navy and Army would follow suit. “In my perfect world, with the Big East on the radar, I would love Air Force, Navy and Army to be in that conference together,” he said. “We could just sit back and wait, but that’s not in the best interests of my cadets. I need money to allow them to compete. For us, competition is a mission. It builds the leadership, self-confidence, discipline, teamwork, courage and stamina that we want in the officers we’re producing for America.” Air Force was offered a chance to join the Big 12 earlier this month, but Mueh passed on the extra $12 million in TV money because he felt his kids would be overmatched if they had to play schools such as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas. He obviously doesn’t feel the same about the Big East. However, Mueh lamented the current state of college athletics, saying: “There are terrible, terrible hard feelings in college athletics. I’m so disappointed with my fellow athletic directors. I think we have put the student-athlete in second place while chasing the dollar.” PITINO DISAPPOINTED IN PITT, SYRACUSE When UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino first reacted to news that Pitt and Syracuse were leaving the Big East for the ACC, he blogged that it was “the smart play.” Now that UConn has shown interest in joining those two schools in the ACC, Pitino in an interview with SNY.tv called that the “dumbest thing” he’s ever heard of. “With that being said, how can you want to leave?” he asked. “Why would you want to leave? My biggest mistake I made in my life is when I left Camelot (Kentucky) to lead the Boston Celtics in 1997. They’re leaving Camelot. It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.” He added: “It was a smart move for (Pittsburgh and Syracuse), in their minds. Syracuse and Pittsburgh’s presidents want something different. They’re not taking into consideration all the alumni that Syracuse has in the area. Pitt can go if they want, but it makes no sense with Connecticut because of the unbelievable success that Connecticut has had. To me, with Connecticut, I think it’s just a ridiculous move.” Pitino has been outspoken during the latest round of realignment as the Big East tries to hold itself together, and the point he makes is that UConn already has it good without having to look at the ACC. The Huskies’ football team has shown it can be successful by going to the Fiesta Bowl, and the men’s basketball team won the national championship last season. “Did you ever think that it ever crossed the mind of John Wooden to go into the Atlantic Coast Conference because they were bigger than the Pac-10 when he was winning 11 championships?” Pitino asked on SNY.tv. “Do you ever think it crossed his mind? No, when you’re a great winner, those things don’t cross your mind.” After the news broke that TCU also was leaving the Big East, Pitino said: “It’s one of the most disappointing things I’ve seen in 35 years in the game to see the thing break up like this. We’ve stayed loyal to it all along. We’ve stayed loyal, and by staying loyal we’re not sure what’s going to happen to us.” Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey said his school -- a Big East member in most sports other than football -- “is trying like heck” to help rebuild the league. “We’ve been through one rebuilding of the Big East,” he said, referring to departures in 2004 and 2005. “Hopefully, we can get through another, but TCU leaving is a blow, no question.”
FIVE-GAME TICKET PACKAGES GO ON SALE FOR 2011-12 A limited number of tickets for the University of Louisville’s home men’s basketball games in the KFC Yum! Center will be sold in groups of five. The tickets went on sale Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. The five-game ticket packages are located in the upper rows of the arena and are $175 each, with the exception of the first group which is an additional $5 because of the Hall of Fame Shootout special event. The first group, Plan 1, includes home games against UT Martin (Nov. 11), Long Beach State (Nov. 28), Memphis (Dec. 17), Georgetown (Dec. 28) and USF (Feb. 29). Plan 2 contains home games against Lamar (Nov. 13), Vanderbilt (Dec. 2), IUPUI (Dec. 7), Rutgers (Feb. 4) and Syracuse (Feb. 13). Plan 3 includes tickets to games against Arkansas State (Nov. 22), Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 10), Western Kentucky (Dec. 23), Villanova (Jan. 25) and Pittsburgh (Feb. 26). Plan 4 contains games against Ohio University (Nov. 25), College of Charleston (Dec. 20), Notre Dame (Jan. 7), DePaul (Jan. 14) and Connecticut (Feb. 6). Tickets may be purchased with no service fees by visiting either of the two UofL ticket offices, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium adjacent to Floyd Street or on the third floor of the Swain Student Activities Center, on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting www.
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ticketmaster.com online, calling 1-800745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. For more information, contact the UofL ticket office at (502) 852-5151 or 1-800-633-7105. TERRACE OPEN HOUSE Fans interested in premium seats in the Terrace Section at the KFC Yum! Center should call Brandon Graves with the Cardinal Athletic Fund at (502) 852-7244 to reserve a spot in an open house Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. UofL will have staff on hand to answer any questions and help secure the best available seats to watch Coach Pitino and the Cards. Seats located in the Terrace are the last available premium seats for UofL men’s basketball. Terrace ticket holders experience tremendous individual seats located on the Suite Level with a great vantage point to watch 40 minutes of the best college basketball in the country. Terrace Seats are a good balance between having some exclusive amenities and areas for entertaining, while maintaining the great atmosphere and energy of college basketball. The Miller Lite Terrace Lounge is consistently the most lively area of the new arena. Terrace Seat perks include First Right of Refusal for Concerts and Special Events.
LOUISVILLE BASKETBALL KICKOFF LUNCHEONS Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon Thursday at noon Luncheon will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Louisville Downtown - SOLD OUT ______
Women’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon Friday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. KFC Yum! Center - SOLD OUT ______ UofL Hall of Fame Reception Friday, Oct. 28 Spirit Room of the KFC Yum! Center Reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person For more information, call UofL Athletics at (502) 852-0706, or email email@example.com.
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LOLA ARSLANBEKOVA - VOLLEYBALL For her third selection in a row to Cardinal Stars, the junior from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, led the Cardinals to a 2-0 week and was named Big East Player of the Week. Arslanbekova averaged 6.67 kills per set as the Cardinals earned straight-set conference victories on the road over Seton Hall and Rutgers. She averaged 20 kills in two matches and hit at a .349 clip. Arslanbekova leads the league in kills, averaging 5.09 per set, with 326 on the season. This is the third consecutive week she earned BE Player of the Week honors and fourth time this season she has won the award. CHRISTINE EXETER - WOMEN’S SOCCER The sophomore forward from Pickering, Ontario, scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, as UofL earned a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Georgetown Sunday. With their third straight overtime victory the Cardinals moved into first place in the National Division of the Big East Conference with a 5-1-2 record and improved to 7-5-3 overall, while the Hoyas dropped to 5-3-0 in league games and 11-5-0 overall. It was Exeter’s second two-goal performance of the weekend and fourth of her career. She also scored a pair of goals during Louisville’s 3-2 double-overtime win at Villanova Friday night. TARA LYONS - WOMEN’S GOLF The sophomore from Little River, S.C., was Louisville’s top finisher at the 2011 Tar Heel Invitational Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C. Lyons shot a threeround score of 4-over-par 220 to finish 29th, 13 strokes back from the leader, and help the UofL women finish tied for 12th with No. 2 Virginia in the 18-team event. Notre Dame, the only other Big East team at the event, finished 25 strokes behind Louisville in 18th place.The Cardinals had a team score of 884. UofL will wrap up the fall season at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown Oct. 24-26. KELSEY ROSENMEIER - FIELD HOCKEY The sophomore midfielder from Virginia Beach, Va., scored her second goal of the season at an opportune moment Saturday to push No. 20 Louisville ahead of Rutgers for good. Rosenmeier’s goal, off a pass from fellow sophomore Erin Schneidtmiller, came from the left post at the 47-minute mark with the game tied at 2. Louisville went on to win 4-2 to improve to 8-5, 2-2 in the Big East. Rutgers fell to 3-9, 1-3. “This was a great win for our program,” coach Justine Sowry said. “The last couple of weeks have been really tough, but we fought through it and this game was no exception. We played a quality opponent who gave everything they had. I was very happy with how we stuck to the game plan. We kept fighting and working hard for each other, and we came out with a great result.” ADAM HADWIN - MEN’S GOLF The former UofL golfer from Abbotsford, British Columbia, finished the Frys Open in San Martin, Calif., with a 68 on Sunday to card an 11-under-par 271 and in an eight-way tie for seventh. Hadwin shot a 71 in Round 1 and 68 in Round 2 to make the cut by four shots. He shot 64 on Saturday. Hadwin finished four shots ahead of Tiger Woods, seven ahead of Angel Cabrera, nine ahead of Steve Elkington and 10 ahead of Steve Flesch. The 5-foot-9, 157-pound Hadwin tied for second in the tournament in drive distance with a 294.3-yard average and had eagles in both the first (18th hole) and third (15th hole) rounds. He netted$130,312.50 for his performance. WESLEY KORIR - CROSS COUNTRY The former UofL cross country runner from Eldoret, Kenya, finished second in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Korir, who came into the race with one of the 10 slowest “elite runner” qualifying times for the race, made a move to the front with about eight miles to go by running a 4:36 mile to make it a three-man race between him and fellow Kenyans Moses Mosop and Bernard Kipyego. Korir was in the lead for a half-mile or so but eventually fell off the pace and into third place. In the final two miles he rallied to pass Kipyego and earn a second-place finish in 2:06:15, 38 seconds behind Mosop’s course-record 2:05.37 and 14 seconds ahead of Kipyego. “I’m excited and can’t ask for anything better than I got today,” Korir said. He was asked about his big move at mile 18 and said: “I had to break up the group. I don’t have as good of a kick, and I knew if I had any chance of finishing on the podium I had to do something. I talked to my coach (Ron Mann), and we felt at 18 or 19 miles I had to do something. I felt like that was the moment, I felt good and decided to go. I think I got it right. I knew Moses would come back, but I (wanted a podium finish) and that’s what I did.”
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MCDONNELL URGES CARDS TO ‘GET ON THE ENERGY BUS’ By Russ Brown As promised, this has been an unusual fall for the University of Louisville baseball team -- in more ways than one. And going into the final week of fall workouts coach Dan McDonnell is declaring the new approach a success, even though, of course, the true results won’t be known until the season gets under way next February. Disappointed and angry over the performance and overall attitude of his players while compiling a 32-29 record last season, McDonnell warned them during the exit meeting last May that they had better get ready for a demanding fall, and he and his staff have followed through. “It has definitely been different,” said senior pitcher Derek Self. “This is my fourth year here, and it’s been the hardest-working fall I’ve ever been put through.” RUSS BROWN But to good advantage, it appears. “It seems like everybody loves it,” Self added. “Nobody’s complaining, and I’m happy to see that.” In addition to intense workouts on the field, the wakeup calls several times a week come no later than 5:30 a.m. for weightlifting sessions at 6 o’clock. No excuses accepted. Same as a missed class. McDonnell isn’t as forgiving as he has been in the past. Practices often are followed by conditioning drills. It’s all geared toward improving on last year’s dropoff when the Cardinals wound up 14-13 in the Big East and in a four-way tie for fourth, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in McDonnell’s five seasons. McDonnell’s theme at the start of fall practice was, “Get on the Energy Bus.” “Last Memorial Day at the exit meeting, we made it very clear this would be one of the most challenging falls we’ve ever had here, so they were prepared for it,” McDonnell said. “We addressed it again when we got back to school. We’re going to take the right attitude, so the energy bus is about surrounding yourself with people who are enthusuiastic, positive, bring the right attitude, don’t hold people down. I don’t want energy vampires or energy takers, I’m looking for energy givers.” McDonnell also likes to point to a quote from former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, who has written, “Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man.” “You have to be uncommon,” McDonnell said. “There are 301 Division-1 teams. Sixty-four make it to the NCAAs, which is about 20 percent. I tell the players, ‘If you want to be in that 20 percent world, you
need to be uncommon. Eighty percent is not what we said we expect when we recruited you, and it’s not what you expect to be when you get here.’ Kids don’t come here to be common.” McDonnell said his goal is to build both mental and physical toughness in his team, which is still very young, with 15 newcomers -- including freshmen and junior college recruits -- and a large sophomore class. Most of the starting position players are still underclassmen. While the pitching staff includes three seniors, the only senior among the day-to-day regulars is All-Big East outfielder Stewart Ijames. “We really had to challenge these guys, really push them,” McDonnell said. “Not to say overload, but you want them to get a sense what it’s like during the spring from a mental and physical standpoint. College itself is a lot, and we wanted the young guys to be able to have success academically and socially, so we took a little different approach and put them through some tough times. It’s like, ‘Wow, my mind is tired, my body is tired, this is a lot.’ We’re trying to prepare them for the challenges they will face in spring.” Both McDonnell and Self believe the players have responded well to the stringent demands. “It’s been an enjoyable, gratifying fall,” McDonnell said. “I think the attitude and effort have been really good, they’ve taken to everything we’ve thrown at them. They know there are reasons behind everything we’re doing, and it’s to get them mentally and physically ready for the challenge of Division-1 baseball. So it’s been very productive to this point.” Said Self: “The young guys from last year matured a lot over the summer and are really performing well, and so are the new guys. These young guys are really stepping up and working hard. Me and the older guys are pretty impressed with them. Everyone is doing as much as we can because we’re trying to be an elite team, so the coaches and us are going to do everything in our power to get there.” UofL’s 2012 season prospectus got a boost when Self and junior Justin Amlung, both righthanded pitchers, decided to return to school instead of signing professional baseball contracts. Self was picked in the 27th round by the Oakland A’s, while Amlung was taken in the 39th round by the Cincinnati Reds. Amlung was 10-2 last season with a 2.31 ERA, while Self, primarily a reliever, was 3-3 with a 2.26 ERA in 21 appearances and 75 innings. “Those two guys will eventually play professional baseball,” McDonnell said. “But right now they’re dedicated and committed to leading the University of Louisville to another Big East championship and another NCAA bid in 2012.” The Cards also should be bolstered by an
Pitcher Justin Amlung returned to Louisville despite a sizeable offer from the Cincinnati Reds. photo by Howie Lindsey
influx of young talent. McDonnell’s 2011 recruiting class was rated 11th best in the nation by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Furthermore, two of Louisville’s returnees earned honors in summer baseball, with sophomore shortstop Alex Chittenden being named the top defensive player in the New England Collegiate Baseball League and righthanded pitcher Jeff Thompson, also a sophomore, being selected as the league’s top pro prospect. UofL’s fall workouts will conclude this
week with the annual Pizza Bowl intrasquad games, with the Cards being divided into two teams for the ThursdayFriday-Saturday games. “It’s a great way to wrap up fall,” McDonnell said. “We try to put as much pressure on them and make the games as intense as we can. It’s a lot of fun; there’s a lot of trash-talking. The winning team gets a plethora of pizza and the losing team gets the leftovers after standing behind the table and serving the winners.”
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OCTOBER 10/14/11 Red-White Scrimmage KFC YUM! CENTER 10/22/11 Red-White Scrimmage KFC YUM! CENTER 10/26/11 vs. PIKEVILLE * KFC YUM! CENTER NOVEMBER 11/03/11 vs. BELLARMINE * KFC YUM! CENTER GLOBAL SPORTS INVITATIONAL 11/11/11 vs. TENNESSEE-MARTIN KFC YUM! CENTER 11/13/11 vs. LAMAR KFC YUM! CENTER 11/22/11 vs. ARKANSAS STATE KFC YUM! CENTER 11/25/11 vs. OHIO KFC YUM! CENTER 11/28/11 vs. LONG BEACH STATE KFC YUM! CENTER 11/19/11 at Butler Indianapolis, Ind. DECEMBER BIG EAST / SEC CHALLENGE 12/02/11 vs. VANDERBILT TV KFC YUM! CENTER 12/07/11 vs. IUPUI KFC YUM! CENTER 12/10/11 vs. FAIR. DICKINSON KFC YUM! CENTER BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME SHOOTOUT 12/17/11 vs. MEMPHIS TV KFC YUM! CENTER 12/20/11 vs. C. OF CHARLESTON KFC YUM! CENTER BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC 12/23/11 vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 12/28/11 vs. GEORGETOWN # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 12/31/11 at Kentucky TV Lexington, Ky. JANUARY 01/03/12 at St. John’s # TV New York, N.Y. 01/07/12 vs. NOTRE DAME # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 01/10/12 at Providence # TV Providence, R.I. 01/14/12 vs. DE PAUL # KFC YUM! CENTER 01/16/12 at Marquette # TV Milwaukee, Wis. 01/21/12 at Pittsburgh # TV Pittsburgh, Pa. 01/25/12 vs. VILLANOVA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 01/28/12 at Seton Hall # Newark, N.J. FEBRUARY 02/04/12 vs. RUTGERS # KFC YUM! CENTER 02/06/12 vs. CONNECTICUT # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 02/11/12 at West Virginia # TV Morgantown, W.Va. 02/13/12 vs. SYRACUSE # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 02/18/12 at DePaul # Chicago, Ill. 02/23/12 at Cincinnati # TV Cincinnati, Ohio 02/26/12 vs. PITTSBURGH # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 02/29/12 vs. USF # KFC YUM! CENTER MARCH 03/03/12 at Syracuse # TV Syracuse, N.Y. BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden) 03/06-10/12 TBD * - Exhibition game, # - Big East Conference game
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BIG EAST NOTEBOOK
2011 BIG EAST FOOTBALL SCHEDULES
GENO, WEST VIRGINIA’S ‘DYNAMIC’ OFFENSE ON A ROLL By Russ Brown West Virginia is looking more and more like it is going to live up to its preseason billing as the favorite to win the Big East football championship, but it’s still hard to draw any conclusions about any serious challengers to the Mountaineers. At this point, it looks as if there are none. At one point South Florida was ranked in the top 25 and was considered a possible title contender. But then came its 44-17 loss at Pittsburgh, and the Panthers’ impressive all-around performance stamped them as a threat. But then Pitt was embarrased 34-10 Saturday by Rutgers, which is making a bid to go from last to first with a league-leading 2-0 record (4-1 overall). West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) should have no trouble staying unbeaten in conference play when it travels to Syracuse (4-2, 0-2) for a Friday night ESPN/ESPN2 game on Oct. 21 after a bye week. The most interesting Big East game this Saturday features UofL at UC in the conference opener for both. GARRISON BOOSTS MOUNTAINEERS True freshman running back Dustin Garrison has given No. 16 West Virginia a muchneeded ground attack to complement quarterback Geno Smith’s passing, which is not good news for Big East defensive units. Garrison followed his 291-yard performance against Bowling Green with a respectable 80 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the Mountaineers’ 43-16 rout of visiting Connecticut, which entered the game second in the conference in rushing defense. Smith, meanwhile, continued to carve up defenses with his passing, completing 27 of 45 for 450 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. “We knew they’d play the run, but they played it a lot,” Garrison said. “Coach (Mike) Holgorsen noticed it and started running play action and stuff like that, throwing the ball deep.” WVU now has scored more than 34 points in five of its six games and is averaging 503.5 yards of total offense (11th in the FBS) and 40.8 points (12th nationally). Smith, who has completed 64 percent of his throws, ranks seventh in the country in passing yards per game at 359.8 and seventh in total offense (357.7 ypg). Now if the Mountaineers can just find a cure for their slow starts. They struggled out of the gate for the fifth time, with their 10 first-half points being their fewest this season. “We may have been pressing because we all want to make plays,” Smith said. “When we try to do too much, we make uncharacteristic mistakes. But when we just go out, have fun and just play the game and do what we’re coached to do, the offense is dynamic and we can strike on anyone at any time.” West Virginia proved that in the second half, exploding for 23 unanswered points in a 7-minute, 44-second stretch in the third quarter. The Mountaineers defense came to life, too, limiting UConn to two first downs and 97 yards after halftime. Huskies quarterback Johnny McEntee was sacked five times. “That was a heck of a second half,” Holgorsen said. “That was a dominating performance from our defense. They were fantastic.” Said UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni: “It was
a game that got out of whack.” Sort of like the Huskies’ entire season. A Hartford Courant columnist, under a headline that read, “For the Huskies, Season On The Stink,” wrote that UConn fell apart, was “dismal” and “stunk.” UConn hosts USF (4-1, 0-1) Saturday. NOVA OR NOT FOR RUTGERS? Rutgers coach Greg Schiano opted to start true freshman Gary Nova at quarterback instead of more experienced sophomore Chas Dodd in the Scarlet Knights’ win over Pitt, but he declined to commit to Nova for Saturday’s game against Navy. Although Nova threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns, he completed only 46 percent of his attempts. “We have to go through our evaluations and what we see in practice,” Schiano said. “Every decision we make is based on what gives us the best chance to win. They’re both great kids, and they’re both great competitors. They’re both good quarterbacks. We know we have two good ones. The one thing you see with Gary is that he’s never overwhelmed. He’s always ready to go, and Chas is the same. We have two cool customers, which is good. We’ll sort it out this week.” Schiano’s move wasn’t surprising considering that Nova had come off the bench the previous week to rally Rutgers to a 19-16 double-overtime victory at Syracuse. “I’m never going to say that I played as well as I wanted to,” said Nova, a New Jersey native who led Don Bosco High to a 24-0 record and two state championships in his two years as a starter. “I’m real hard on myself, but we got the win and that’s all that matters.” Nova’s most impressive play came in the third quarter when he hit fullback Joe Martinek on a perfectly timed screen pass that Martinek was able to take 60 yards for a TD. “There were some rough stretches, and there were some good stretches,” Schiano said. “It was an all-out blitz on that screen. You either get that one off or you get smacked. He got it off, though, and it was a huge play.” Rutgers and Nova, who decommitted to Pitt when coach Dave Wannstedt was fired, will visit Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for a nationally televised Friday night game on Oct. 21. GRAHAM TAKES BLAME FOR LOSS A week after watching Pittsburgh play its best game of the season in upsetting thenNo. 16 USF, the Panthers were horrid against Rutgers. They threw four interceptions, committed nine penalties, converted only 2 of 14 third-down chances, allowed six sacks and gave up a huge kickoff return after getting back in the game in the fourth quarter. New coach Todd Graham took the blame for the embarrassing performance. “We did not have our guys prepared to play, and they (Rutgers) came out and whupped our tail,” he said. “It’s my job to get the team ready, and the responsibility for every single thing today goes right here on me. It’s very disappointing and unacceptable how we played. It’s very inconsistent to go from our best game last week to our worst, but give Rutgers an awful lot of credit.” Pitt linebacker Max Gruder said there was plenty of blame to go around. “There were breakdowns in all areas of offense, defense, special teams,” he said. “It’s silly to blame one person, and it definitely wasn’t on Coach Graham’s shoulders.” Even another outstanding performance
by Ray Graham, who rushed for 165 yards, wasn’t enough to save the Panthers. With Pitt trailing 6-3 at halftime, Todd Graham benched starting QB Tino Sunseri -- who was 7 of 15 for 52 yards with two interceptions in the first half -- and inserted freshman Tyler Anderson. But Anderson threw an interception on his second series that set up a Rutgers TD. “We were trying to get some rhythm,” Todd Graham said. “We were trying to get a spark, make something happen. We thought Trey could move a little better (in the pocket) and get out of trouble. Quarterback was not our issue. Whoever we had at quarterback, the way we protected him, was not going to be successful.” ‘CUSE ESCAPES AGAIN Owner of the wobbliest and most misleading 4-2 record in the FBS, Syracuse -- which could easily be 0-6 -- has a bye week to celebrate its latest escape, a 37-34 squeaker over an awful Tulane team in the mostly empty Superdome in New Orleans. The winning points came on Ross Krautman’s 21-yard field goal as time expired, dropping Tulane to 2-4. “We weren’t able to put them away -- to their credit,” Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said after watching his team blow two 17-point leads. “We haven’t come out striking on both sides yet,” said running back Antwon Bailey, who gained 111 yards on 24 carries. “When we do, it’s going to be scary.” The Orange has now won two games in overtime, one by three points and another by seven. And it lost a double-overtime game to Rutgers by three points, in addition to a 38-17 defeat at Southern Cal. “If you don’t have any heart conditions, you should definitely come out and watch us,” said Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, who threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another TD. “We’re fun. We’ve played in a lot of situations you can only dream of, you know what I mean? Two minutes to go to win the game. Let’s see what you’ve got. I’m telling you, we’re a fun team to watch.” UofL fans will get their chance to see what Nassib means when Syracuse visits PJCS on Oct. 29 for Homecoming following a home game against West Virginia. LAVIN SURGERY SUCCESSFUL St. John’’s coach Steve Lavin, 47, had successful surgery to treat prostate cancer last week at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. According to Lavin’’s physicians, the surgery went as planned and there were no complications. Lavin is expected to return to his full-time coaching responsibilities after a recovery period. Lavin announced in April that he was diagnosed the previous September with an early stage of the disease. After continuing his coaching duties for about a year while pursuing a physician-recommended course of active surveillance, Lavin changed his treatment path to surgery. Dr. Peter T. Scardino, chairman of the department of surgery at Sloan-Kettering, said he anticpates a “quick and full recovery” for Lavin. “It is highly likely that this treatment will completely cure Coach Lavin’s condition and, because of his age and overall health, we anticipate a full return to his coaching duties,” Dr. Scardino said in a statement.
CINCINNATI Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Thu., Sept. 22 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 15 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Austin Peay at Tennessee Akron North Carolina State at Miami (Ohio) LOUISVILLE at USF at PITTSBURGH WEST VIRGINIA at RUTGERS at SYRACUSE CONNECTICUT
W, 72-10 L, 45-23 W, 59-14 W, 44-14 W, 27-0
CONNECTICUT Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Fri., Sept. 16 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Wed., Oct. 26 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Fordham at Vanderbilt Iowa State at Buffalo Western Michigan at WEST VIRGINIA USF at PITTSBURGH SYRACUSE LOUISVILLE RUTGERS at CINCINNATI
W, 35-3 L, 24-21 L, 24-20 W, 17-3 L, 38-31 L, 43-16
LOUISVILLE Thu., Sept. 1 Fri., Sept. 9 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Fri., Nov. 25
Murray State Florida International at Kentucky Marshall at North Carolina at CINCINNATI RUTGERS SYRACUSE at WEST VIRGINIA PITTSBURGH at CONNECTICUT at USF
W, 21-9 L, 24-17 W, 24-17 L, 17-13 L, 14-7
PITTSBURGH Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Thu., Sept. 29 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Wed., Oct. 26 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Fri., Nov. 25 Sat., Dec. 3
Buffalo Maine at Iowa Notre Dame USF at RUTGERS Utah CONNECTICUT CINCINNATI at LOUISVILLE at WEST VIRGINIA SYRACUSE
W, 35-16 W, 35-29 L, 31-27 L, 15-12 W, 44-17
RUTGERS Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26
North Carolina Central at North Carolina Ohio at SYRACUSE PITTSBURGH Navy at LOUISVILLE WEST VIRGINIA USF at Army CINCINNATI at CONNECTICUT
W, 48-0 L, 24-22 W, 38-26 W, 19-16 2OT W, 34-10
USF Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Thu., Sept. 29 Sat., Oct. 15 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Nov. 5 Fri., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 19 Fri., Nov. 25 Thu., Dec. 1
at Notre Dame Ball State Florida A&M UTEP at PITTSBURGH at CONNECTICUT CINCINNATI at RUTGERS at SYRACUSE Miami (Fla.) LOUISVILLE WEST VIRGINIA
W, 23-20 W, 37-7 W, 70-17 W, 52-24 L, 44-17
SYRACUSE Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Fri., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Wake Forest Rhode Island at Southern California Toledo RUTGERS at Tulane WEST VIRGINIA at LOUISVILLE at CONNECTICUT USF CINCINNATI at PITTSBURGH
W, 36-29 OT W, 21-14 L, 38-17 W, 33-30 OT L, 19-16 2OT W, 37-34
WEST VIRGINIA Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Fri., Nov. 25 Thu., Dec. 1
Marshall Norfolk State at Maryland LSU Bowling Green CONNECTICUT at SYRACUSE at RUTGERS LOUISVILLE at CINCINNATI PITTSBURGH at USF
W, 34-13 W, 55-12 W, 37-31 L, 47-21 W, 55-10 w, 43-16
OCTOBER 12, 2011
CARDS TOPPLE TOP-10 INDIANA IN BLOOMINGTON By Howie Lindsey The No. 11 Louisville men’s soccer team rallied after falling behind by two goals to defeat No. 6 Indiana 3-2 in overtime last Wednesday night in Bloomington. The Cardinals were down 2-0 but scored three unanswered goals, including one in overtime to post their first victory in Bloomington in nine tries. “It was a hard-fought game, and we didn’t play too well in the first half,” senior Kenney Walker said. “We got down 2-0, but we fought back hard. We actually scored two goals within a minute. We got the game-winner in overtime. It was great.” Louisville (7-3) fell behind in the first 10 minutes on a far-post goal by Indiana’s Eriq Zavaleta. A pair of saves by Louisville keeper Andre Boudreaux in the 15th and 18th minutes stopped the game from getting out of hand early. IU made it 2-0 in the 56th minute on a header by Jacob Bushue that was deflected by teammate Alec Purdie into the goal. But Indiana (6-2-2) could not hold back Louisville’s offensive attack. The Cardinals got the ball in front of the Hoosiers’ net in the 73rd minute as Austin Berry headed the ball to Colin Rolfe, who sneaked a shot past the keeper. UofL regained possession and 47 seconds later Rolfe threw the ball in to Nick DeLeon, who flicked the ball to Walker, who scored Louisville’s second goal in less than a minute. With the score tied, both teams had several chances for a game-winner, but none closer than Buck Tufty’s 81st-minute goal
Neither team scored, but there was no shortage of scoring chances. Louisville finished the game with a 31-23 shot advantage, a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 9-4 corner-kick advantage. Boudreaux finished with three saves, and Syracuse keeper Phil Boerger finished with seven. Rolfe led the Cardinals with three shots on goal.
Nick DeLeon (foreground) flicked a pass to Kenney Walker (background) for the game-tying goal against Indiana Wednesday. - file photo by Howie Lindsey
that was called back for being offsides. The game went to overtime, where UofL won it on a shot by Walker off a quick cross from Andrew Farrell. “That was a big win because we had lost two in a row,” Walker said. “That would have been our third loss, and now we have momentum heading into the Big East.” SCORELESS TIE WITH ORANGE Louisville (7-3-1, 0-2-1) finished in a scoreless tie with Syracuse (2-7-1, 0-21) last Saturday night in Cardinal Park. It marked the third straight overtime game for the Cardinals.
ROLFE A FINALIST Rolfe is one of 10 student-athletes selected as finalists for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in collegiate men’s soccer. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas - community, classroom, character and competition. Rolfe, a Hermann Trophy candidate, currently leads the team in scoring and recently dished out a career-high three assists against Butler. He was the second runnerup for the Hermann Trophy last season and the only finalist to return to school in 2011. He was named the preseason Big East Offensive Player of the Year. Last season he was named to the All-Big East first team for the second straight year. He also was a consensus All-American for the second straight year and was named to the Big East All-Tournament team and the College Cup All-Tournament team. The Lowe’s finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine
the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through Nov. 14. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winners during the 2011 NCAA Men’s College Cup championship. The Men’s College Cup will take place Dec. 9 and 11 in Hoover, Ala. BERRY EARNS HONOR UofL senior defender Austin Berry was named Big East Defender of the Week for last week. Berry helped UofL blank Syracuse in a 0-0 tie as well as stage a 3-2 comefrom-behind win at Indiana. Berry came up with two blocks in the 80th minute against the Hoosiers after having a header assist on UofL’s first goal. Berry and the defense held the Hoosiers to just one shot in the overtime period. He also helped the Cardinals to their sixth shutout of the season against Syracuse. They held the Orange to just four shots on goal in 110 minutes. UP NEXT The Cardinals will be back in action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as they host the Cincinnati Bearcats in Cardinal Park. UofL will play at St. John’s Saturday night at 7:30 before returning for two home games next week. On Oct. 18 the Cardinals will face USF, and on Oct. 22 they will take on Rutgers. Both games will be at 7 p.m.
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Louisville fans (L. to R.) Kate Marsh, Mason and Spencer Brown, Sara Marsh, Loree Marsh and Jennifer Brown were down front near the field at the North Carolina game. - photo by Howie Lindsey Louisville fans Jackson Deye and Nathan McElroy tailgated before a recent football game.
Cayla Wade showed her Louisville pride. Her father, Michael, and her mother, LeAnn, also are Louisville fans.
Averie Kelty (6 months old), is the daughter of UofL grads Derek and Kelly Kelty. She was pictured enjoying her first UofL game.
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Niraj Patel and his wife, Vandana, and their children, Shaan, NIkhal and Meera, cheered for the Cardinals Saturday. - photo by Howie Lindsey