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Louisville men’s soccer won the school’s first Big East Tournament championship Sunday in Harrison, N.J. The Cardinals tied with Providence 1-1 but won the title on penalty kicks, 3-2. - photo courtesy of BigEast.org
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WOMEN BATTLE NO. 4 TENNESSEE
Tia Gibbs and the Cardinals women earned Tennessee coach Pat Summitt’s respect during a wild and exciting opening game at the KFC Yum! Center. UofL fell 63-50 after trailing just 45-44 with 7:15 to go in front a record crowd of 22,134 fans.
VAN TREESE SETS GOOD EXAMPLE
Stephan Van Treese’s ‘selfless’ play is setting a good example for the Cardinals this season. He and his sophomore teammates, Rakeem Buckles, Peyton Siva and Mike Marra, are vastly improved, according to Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
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Senior quarterback Justin Burke and the Cardinals were inches away on a crucial 4th down in overtime. The Cardinals failed to convert and USF was able to kick a field goal to win the game. “I didn’t get low enough and I didn’t get enough push,” Burke said after the game.
CROSS COUNTRY: CARDINALS MEN RECEIVE AT-LARGE BID TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS By Howie Lindsey UOFL SHOWS ITS ‘TERRIFIC POTENTIAL’ IN DEBUT By Russ Brown GAME STATS - SOUTH FLORIDA; LOUISVILLE DEPTH CHART CARDS BOWLED OVER BY BULLS, OWN MISTAKES, 24-21 IN OT By Russ Brown USF STUMBLE HASN’T PREVENTED FANS FROM THINKING ABOUT BOWLS By Jack Coffee CARDS TAKE BLAME, ABSOLVE COACH, FOR 4TH-DOWN FAILURE By Russ Brown THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY By Howie Lindsey & Russ Brown RECORD CROWD SEES CARDS STAND TOE-TO-TOE WITH NO. 4 VOLS By Howie Lindsey WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. TENNESSEE PHOTO GALLERY
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MEN’S SOCCER WINS BIG EAST IN DRAMATIC FASHION By Howie Lindsey MEN’S SOCCER: LOUISVILLE PICKED AS NATION’S TOP SEED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT By Howie Lindsey CARDINAL FOOTBALL VS. SOUTH FLORIDA PHOTO GALLERY BIG SENIOR GROUP IS CATALYST FOR CARDS’ PROGRESS By Russ Brown LOUISVILLE AND WEST VIRGINIA ROSTERS GAMEDAY PREVIEW - WEST VIRGINIA By Rick Cushing CARDINAL STARS OF THE WEEK By Howie Lindsey RECRUITING: CARDS SIGN FOUR, CLASS IS RANKED NO. 7 By Jeff Wafford ‘SELFLESS’ VAN TREESE PART OF IMPROVED SOPH QUARTET By Russ Brown BIG EAST NOTEBOOK: EDSALL’S 4TH-DOWN GAMBLE PAYS OFF AS UCONN STUNS PITT By Russ Brown MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULES
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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK CROSS COUNTRY 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
CARDINALS MEN RECEIVE AT-LARGE BID TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS By Howie Lindsey The University of Louisville men’s cross country team earned an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Monday with a fifth-place finish at the Southeast Regional last Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. The Cardinals didn’t earn an automatic bid as one of the top two teams in their region, but they had a strong enough showing in the toughest region in the nation to earn their HOWIE LINDSEY fourth bid in the past five seasons. “I felt that our upperclassmen ran well and represented Louisville well,” cross country coach Brice Allen said after the regional but before UofL received its bid on Sunday. “We accomplished our goal by staying healthy, and I’m confident the men will move on to the national championship with the win over (nationally ranked) Virginia (which finished sixth).” The Cardinals, No. 20 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, were one of 13 squads to earn
at-large bids, completing the 31-team field that will compete in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The women’s 6K race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. ET (Louisville’s women didn’t qualify), followed by the men’s 10K at approximately 12:48 p.m. At the NCAA Southeast Regional, the Cardinals men finished fifth out of 34 teams. Senior Michael Eaton and junior Matt Hughes finished fourth and 13th, respectively, to earn all-Region honors. It is the fourth time Eaton has achieved the honor, the first time for Hughes. True freshmen Tyler Byrne and Ryan Eaton also put together notable performances, finishing 39th and 62nd, respectively. Finishing fourth for the Cardinals (59th overall) was junior Luke Lovelace. “Tyler and Ryan deserve praise,” Allen said. “Those two guys are putting together great freshmen campaigns for us. Ryan ran really well today, and Tyler has been a solid No. 3 man. I have a very optimistic about the future for those two.” Eaton’s 62nd-place finish doesn’t sound
great, but considering there were 231 elite runners in Saturday’s race it is quite an accomplishment. Byrne was seventh among freshmen in the race, and Eaton was 11th. 31 TEAMS WILL RUN Two teams qualified from each of the nine national regions - South, South Central, Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Great Lakes, Mountain and West. Then the NCAA picked 13 more teams to receive at-large bids. Before Saturday’s race, Allen said he could see six or seven teams making it from Louisville’s Southeast Region. And he was right on the money. William and Mary and Duke earned the automatic qualifying spots, and the NCAA gave four of the 13 at-large bids to the Southeast Region - with North Carolina State, Richmond, Louisville and Virginia each earning bids. The teams that finished seventh and eighth in Louisville’s region - Eastern Kentucky and Liberty - missed out on a bid, as did national powers North Carolina and Wake Forest, which finished ninth and 10th. Teams competing in the NCAA Cham-
pionships are as follows: Alabama, Arkansas, Brigham Young, California, Colorado, Duke, Florida State, Georgetown, Indiana, Iona, Louisville, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Portland, Princeton, Providence, Richmond, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas, Villanova, Virginia, William and Mary and Wisconsin. WOMEN FINISH 13TH UofL’s Kim Grieshaber earned all-Region honors for the first time in her career with a 21st-place showing in the women’s 6K to lead the Cards to a 13th-place team finish. She completed the course in 21:02.8, more than a minute better than her 6K time at the Big East Championships (22:40.8) two weeks ago. Trailing her by less than 20 seconds was Emily Borsare, who took 28th with a time of 21:18.4. Monica Hernandez (68th), Cassie Martin (144th) and Ariel Briggs (162nd) rounded out the group’s top-five finishers. “I think it’s great to have three all-region runners in Kim, Michael and Matt,” Allen said.
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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK LOUISVILLE BASKETBALL 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
CARDS MAKE BELIEVERS OF BUTLER DURING 88-73 WIN
UOFL SHOWS ITS ‘TERRIFIC POTENTIAL’ IN DEBUT By Russ Brown If, as coach Rick Pitino believes, his Louisville basketball team will get better on a weekly basis, that could be a scary thought for the Cardinals’ Big East Conference rivals. Making their official debut in the new KFC Yum! Center, the unranked and unnoticed Cards christened the arena in grand fashion, blitzing 2010 national runner-up Butler 88-73 in front of a festive crowd RUSS BROWN of 22,723. Count Butler coach Brad Stevens among those who think this could be a surprisingly successful season for UofL -- surprising in that the Cards failed to crack the preseason top-25 poll and were picked to finish eighth in the Big East after losing four starters from last year’s club. Instead, UofL made Butler (1-1) look like the unranked team, dominating from opening tip to final buzzer. The No. 16/18 Bulldogs bore no resemblance to a top 20-team or to the club that came within a basket of beating Duke in the NCAA championship game last April. They returned three starters off that team. “I don’t think it’s rocket science,” Stevens said. “We got outplayed in every way. We got caught up in the atmosphere, and it was a great atmosphere. And they are very good -- don’t let anybody tell you they aren’t. They have 10 or 11 players who could play a lot of places. All the Big East predictions are probably wrong, based on what I’ve seen.” What Stevens and his players saw was a relentless defensive effort that held the Bears to 35 percent shooting (21 of 60), including 23.3 percent (7 of 30) in the first half, which ended with Louisville in control 41-23. And on offense, they saw a crisp-passing outfit that constantly found the open man and produced 18 assists on 27 baskets. UofL also showcased its depth, even with Jared Swopshire sidelined indefinitely with a groin injury. In the first half alone Pitino used 10 players, with all but one scoring and seven getting two or more rebounds. When the smoke cleared, the Cards had five players in double figures, with sophomore forward Rakeem Buckles’ 17 points leading the way. Buckles also led all rebounders with 11 and got three steals. “That’s how I always play. I always play with a fire in me,” Buckles said. “It was a great win, man. The whole time preparing for them, I always felt that we could beat this team. They’re a great team, but we beat them and I’m very proud of this team and the way we played the game.” Terrence Jennings contributed 13 points and eight boards, while Preston Knowles and freshman guard Elisha Justice added 12 apiece and Mike Marra had 11 to go along with his team-high five assists. UofL had a 36-22 advantage in the paint, and its bench outscored the Bulldogs’ subs 36-16. “They’re just good basketball players,”
Louisville coach Rick Pitino said he was ‘real proud’ of his team after what he termed a ‘wonderful win’ Tuesday night against Butler.- photo by Dave Klotz
Stevens said of the Cards. “Buckles is REALLY good. Jennings is REALLY good on the interior. They have a lot of depth, a lot of good shooters and they’re tough. I know it’s a long year, but I can’t imagine with their depth and playing like that they won’t have a good year.” As you might expect, however, although he said he was pleased with many aspects of Louisville’s performance, Pitino wasn’t ready to pass judgment on his team quite yet. Too early. Too many games to play. Too much that can happen -- both positively and negatively -- between now and March. “I’m real proud of the guys,” Pitino said. “It was a wonderful win, and this team has terrific potential. Their attitude is tremendous, they work extra hard. They played their tails off. I just don’t know what we are. How could you rate our team? I can’t rate them on one win. But I do think this team is going to get a lot better.” Pitino liked UofL’s first-half defense when Butler struggled to get an open shot, and its first-half ballhandling. UofL committed only three turnovers in the first 20 minutes, despite its up-tempo style. The Cards wound up with 14 miscues, most of them coming after they had built a 24-point lead early in
the second half. “If we don’t turn the ball over much, we will play tough,” Pitino said. “And we did a very good job tonight protecting the basketball. That’s a starting point for us, but it’s just the beginning.” There is no disputing, though, that this was an important victory. It gave the Cards a resume-building win in a tipoff to a nonconference schedule that will provide few opportunities the rest of the way. UofL’s only remaining ranked opponent before it opens Big East play against Seton Hall on Jan. 5 will probably be Kentucky on Dec. 31. “In the old days of Louisville when you’re in Conference USA, this would be gigantic,” Pitino said. “The Butlers, Kentuckys, Vegases and Westerns are all very important, but we have the Big East.” At the moment, four Big East teams are ranked in the top 20 -- Pittsburgh at No. 5, Villanova (6), Syracuse (10) and Georgetown (20). With the win over Butler, UofL made its case for a top-25 ranking, too. “I think we gained a little respect tonight with the way we played the game,” Buckles said. “We still have a long way to go, but we definitely took a step toward getting respect.
“I’m sure throughout the nation no one expected us to beat Butler like this because they’re ranked and coming off a great season, but we studied them well and prepared very well and we were ready for the game. “The sky’s the limit for this team. We play together as a team, as everybody could see. We don’t rely on one person; we all feed off of each other, and that’s an advantage. We practice like that, and we were locked in. We had a good scouting report and we executed it.” UofL had Butler on its heels from the outset. The Cards jumped to an 8-0 lead and took control with a 10-3 spurt that increased an 11-9 advantage to 21-12. Then Knowles, who left the game with 5:11 left with a leg cramp, hit a three-pointer to spark a halfending 10-2 run for a 41-23 cushion. Louisville held Butler to one field goal in the first four minutes of the second half, and Peyton Siva scored seven of his nine points during that stretch to give the Cards their biggest lead at 50-26. The Bulldogs got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way, but a flurry of missed shots and turnovers by UofL made it semiinteresting for a while. With Butler trailing 68-57 heading into the final three minutes, Buckles provided the dagger with his second three-pointer (in four attempts). “We’re just excited right now,” Jennings said. “We proved that we’re a better basketball team than everybody thought we were. We can make a big run if we play like this all the time. We went out and played a great team in Butler, but we stuck to our scouting report. We played hard tonight. It was a great way to open up the new arena.” Pitino praised freshman point guard Justice, who was summoned to action when Siva picked up two early fouls. Besides his 12 points, most of which came from the foul line where he was 9 of 14, the 5-10 Kentucky Mr. Basketball from Dorton grabbed six rebounds and had two assists and just one turnover in 21 minutes. “Bullet (Justice) is a heck of a player,” Pitino said. “For him to come in and open a game like this.... The thing that impressed me the most was that he wanted the ball so much in key situations as a freshman. He didn’t want anyone else to handle the basketball except him. And that speaks volumes of his guts and his heart.” Said Justice: “I didn’t really expect to be in this situation, but with Peyton in foul trouble, I had to step up and be the best I could in that situation.” UofL will return to action Saturday night in the KFC Yum! Center against Jackson State, then will host Chattanooga Monday night. NOTE -- Pitino got in a good-natured jab at Kuric, who didn’t attempt a shot and was scoreless after ending the regular season last year with 22 points in the upset of No. 1 Syracuse in the final game in Freedom Hall. “It’s called good defense,” Pitino said. “Maybe they watched the Syracuse game. But Kyle hasn’t been the same since he won homecoming king. It has gone to his head.”
UofL VS. SOUTH FLORIDA GAME STATS
GAME STATS USF (6-3,3-2) vs. Louisville Cardinals (5-5,2-3) Date: Nov 13, 2010Site: Louisville, KY Stadium: Papa John’s Cardinal • Attendance: 43,887 SCORE BY QUARTERS USF Louisville Cardinals
1 0 7
2 3 10 3 7 0
4 OT 8 3 7 0
SCORE 24 21
SCORING SUMMARY: 1ST 07:30 LOU - SMITH, ANDRELL 20 YD PASS FROM BURKE, JUSTIN (PHILPOTT, CHRIS KICK) 4 PLAYS, 11 YARDS, TOP 1:45, USF 0 - LOU 7 2ND 08:58 USF - BONANI,MAIKON 39 YD FIELD GOAL 4 PLAYS, 5 YARDS, TOP 1:21, USF 3 - LOU 7 02:50 LOU - CHICHESTER, J. 2 YD PASS FROM BURKE, JUSTIN (PHILPOTT, CHRIS KICK) 14 PLAYS, 80 YARDS, TOP 6:08, USF 3 - LOU 14 02:33 USF - LAMAR, LINDSEY 100 YD KICKOFF RETURN (BONANI,MAIKON KICK) USF 10 - LOU 14 3RD 11:01 USF - BONANI,MAIKON 22 YD FIELD GOAL 7 PLAYS, 85 YARDS, TOP 3:24, USF 13 - LOU 14 4TH 11:43 USF - BOGAN,DONTAVIA 48 YD PASS FROM DANIELS,BJ (DANIELS,BJ RUSH) 1 PLAY, 48 YARDS, TOP 0:11, USF 21 - LOU 14 01:21 LOU - BELLAMY, JOSH 10 YD PASS FROM BURKE, JUSTIN (PHILPOTT, CHRIS KICK) 9 PLAYS, 46 YARDS, TOP 4:18, USF 21 - LOU 21 OT USF - BONANI,MAIKON 37 YD FIELD GOAL 4 PLAYS, 5 YARDS, USF 24 - LOU 21 KICKOFF TIME: 12:01PM END OF GAME: 3:21PM TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 3:20 OFFICIALS: REFEREE: J. MCGINN; UMPIRE: R. FEENEY; LINESMAN: M. FITZGERALD; LINE JUDGE: R. NEWELL; BACK JUDGE: J. DOWNEY; FIELD JUDGE: G. CROWTHER; SIDE JUDGE: J. BRENNAN; TEMPERATURE: 68 WIND: SSW-12 WEATHER: FAIR
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.
USF 10 6 3 1 172 39 4.4 0 196 24 87 11-19-0 4.6 7.9 1 259 58 4.5 1-1 5-55 7-260 37.1 37.6 2 1 0 1 5-336 67.2 37.6 1 2--2-0
LOU 21 10 8 3 182 49 3.7 0 193 11 146 16-31-2 4.7 9.1 3 328 80 4.1 0-0 8-63 8-284 35.5 33.2 3 0 1 1 4-261 65.2 20.0 2 1--3-0
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................. OT Quarter................. Third-Down Conversions........ Fourth-Down Conversions....... Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... Touchdowns.................. Field goals................. Sacks By: Number-Yards........ PAT Kicks..................... Field Goals...................
-1.0 2-141-1 70.5 2-5-0 0-0-0 0 27:45 9:33 4:13 8:58 5:01 0:00 2 of 14 0 of 0 2-2 0-2 2-2 0-0 1-1 3-4
-3.0 4-128-0 32.0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0 32:15 5:27 10:47 6:02 9:59 0:00 8 of 18 1 of 2 3-3 3-3 0-3 2-10 3-3 0-0
INDIVIDUAL STATS Rushing Powell, Bilal BROWN, D. Wright, Jeremy ANDERSON, Vic Burke, Justin Donnell, Blayne Totals...
No 31 7 5 2 3 1 49
Gain 149 23 18 2 1 0 193
Loss 9 0 0 0 0 2 11
Passing Burke, Justin BROWN, D. Totals...
Att-Cmp-Int 16-30-1 0-1-1 16-31-2
Receiving Bellamy, Josh Smith, Andrell Powell, Bilal COPELAND, D. Beaumont, Doug Donnell, Blayne Wright, Jeremy Graham, Cameron CHICHESTER, J. Totals...
No. 5 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 16
Yds 58 43 2 15 9 8 6 3 2 146
Punting Philpott, Chris Totals...
No. 8 8
Yds 284 284
All Returns Beaumont, Doug Wright, Jeremy Totals...
Punts No.Yds.Lg 1 -3 0 0 0 0 1 -3 0
DEFENSIVE STATS No. Player 5 Heath, Brandon 29 Smith, Hakeem 19 Patrick, Johnny 24 Brown, Daniel 46 Heyman, Dexter 44 Butler, B.J. 52 Canady, Antwone 92 Dunn, Brandon 93 Philon, Roy 90 Tatum, Malcolm 36 Holton, Shenard 42 Burns, Bobby 10 BROWN, D. 8 Ashley, Darius 32 Perry, Senorise 58 Gnat, Rodney 43 Rogers, Deon 12 Philpott, Chris 6 Scruggs, Greg
Solo 9 5 4 4 2 3 2 3 2 . 1 1 1 1 1 1 . . .
Net 140 23 18 2 1 -2 182
Yds 146 0 146 TD 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TD 3 0 3
Lg 21 5 5 1 1 0 21 Long 20 0 20
Avg 4.5 3.3 3.6 1.0 0.3 -2.0 3.7 Sack 0 0 0
Long 17 20 5 15 9 8 6 3 2 20
Ast 2 4 1 1 3 1 2 . 1 3 1 1 . . . . 1 1 .
Tot 11 9 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 .
2010 DEPTH CHART OFFENSE QUARTERBACK 9 ADAM FROMAN (INJ.) 13 JUSTIN BURKE RUNNING BACK 15 BILAL POWELL (INJ.) 20 VICTOR ANDERSON 28 JEREMY WRIGHT X-WIDE RECEIVER 1 JOSH BELLAMY 11 JOSH CHICHESTER H-WIDE RECEIVER 27 DOUG BEAUMONT 89 SCOTT RADCLIFF Z-WIDE RECEIVER 14 ANDRELL SMITH 88 JARRETT DAVIS TIGHT END 83 CAMERON GRAHAM 82 PETE NOCHTA 85 NATE NORD LEFT TACKLE 78 BYRON STINGILY 73 HECTOR HERNANDEZ LEFT GUARD 79 MARK WETTERER (INJ.) 70 CONRAD THOMAS 68 KAMRAN JOYER CENTER 55 MARIO BENAVIDES 66 ALEX KUPPER RIGHT GUARD 65 JOSH BYROM 69 JOHN CLARK RIGHT TACKLE 76 GREG TOMCZYK 74 JEFF ADAMS
6-4 218 6-3 226
6-0 204 5-10 186 5-11 193
SR. JR. R-FR.
6-0 205 6-9 240
5-9 186 5-9 180 6-4 212 5-10 164
SR. SO. SO. FR.
6-4 242 6-6 245 6-5 233
SR. SR. SO.
6-5 300 6-5 279
6-5 398 6-6 325 6-3 301
SR. SR. R-FR.
6-4 295 6-3 289
6-5 305 6-2 292
6-6 287 6-8 295
Avg Long In20 TB 35.5 48 3 1 35.5 48 3 1 Kickoffs No.Yds.Lg 0 0 0 4 128 51 4 128 51
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Intercept No.Yds.Lg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FOX END 91 WILLIAM SAVOY 44 B.J. BUTLER 47 MALCOLM MITCHELL DEFENSIVE TACKLE 6 GREG SCRUGGS (INJ.) 92 BRANDON DUNN NOSE TACKLE 97 TIM HIGH 93 ROY PHILON 95 RANDY SALMON
6-1 245 6-2 264 6-2 235 6-4 273 6-3 282 6-2 298 6-3 277 6-3 291
JR. FR. R-FR. JR. FR. SR. R-FR. SO
DEFENSIVE END 58 RODNEY GNAT 90 MALCOLM TATUM SAM LINEBACKER 24 DANIEL BROWN 39 JACOB GEFFRAD MIKE LINEBACKER 46 DEXTER HEYMAN 2 PRESTON BROWN 52 ANTWONE CANADY WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER 5 BRANDON HEATH 41 EUGENE SOWELL CORNERBACK 42 BOBBY BURNS 8 DARIUS ASHLEY STRONG SAFETY 29 HAKEEM SMITH 23 TERENCE SIMIEN (INJ) FREE SAFETY 36 SHENARD HOLTON 33 MIKE EVANS CORNERBACK 19 JOHNNY PATRICK 31 CHAMP LEE (INJ.) 26 ZED EVANS
6-3 255 6-3 260
6-1 215 6-3 201
6-3 238 6-2 249 6-0 244
JR. FR. SR.
6-1 220 6-0 208
5-11 180 5-8 186
6-1 175 6-3 207
6-1 190 5-10 180
6-0 186 6-0 198 5-11 173
SR. R-FR. R-FR.
SPECIAL TEAMS PUNT RETURN 27 DOUG BEAUMONT 1 JOSH BELLAMY 89 SCOTT RADCLIFF KICK RETURN 28 JEREMY WRIGHT 1 JOSH BELLAMY 45 BLAYNE DONNELL HOLDER 4 WILL STEIN PUNTER 12 CHRIS PHILPOTT 40 JOSH BLESER 35 ANDREW FLETCHER KICKER 12 CHRIS PHILPOTT 35 ANDREW FLETCHER LONG SNAPPER 60 DANIEL WEEDMAN 65 JOSH BYROM
5-9, 187, SR., 3V 6-0, 205, JR., JC 5-10, 183, SO., 1V 5-11 193 R-FR. 6-0, 205, JR., JC 5-9, 190, SR. 3V 5-10, 185, SO., 1V 6-0, 191, JR., 2V 6-1, 201, JR., TR 5-8, 162, FR., HS 6-0, 191, JR., 2V 5-8, 162, FR., HS 5-11, 243, SR., 3V 6-5, 305, SR., 3V
NCAA SOCCER TICKETS GOING FAST LOUISVILLE MEN’S SOCCER TEAM EARNED THE TOP SEED IN THE 2010 NCAA TOURNAMENT AFTER WINNING THE BIG EAST REGULAR SEASON TITLE AND TOURNAMENT TITLES. LOUISVILLE EARNED A BYE FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF PLAY AND WILL HOST THE SECOND ROUND OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT. THE CARDINALS WILL FACE THE WINNER OF THE EAST TENNESSEE ST. AND COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON GAME ON SUNDAY AT 7 P.M. IN CARDINAL PARK. AS THE TOP SEED IN THE TOURNAMENT, THE CARDS WILL BE ABLE TO HOST THREE ROUNDS OF HOME GAMES. TICKETS ARE $7 FOR ADULTS AND $5 FOR YOUTH, STUDENTS AND SENIOR CITIZENS. TICKETS WENT ON SALE AT 9 A.M. TUESDAY AT THE ATHLETIC TICKET OFFICES. YOU CAN ALSO CALL THE ATHLETIC TICKET OFFICE AT 852-5151 FOR TICKETS. GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE CAN PURCHASE TICKETS FOR $3.
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CARDINAL FOOTBALL 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
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CARDS BOWLED OVER BY BULLS, OWN MISTAKES, 24-21 IN OT By Russ Brown Bowl eligibility for Louisville’s football team will have to wait a while longer, and time is running out for the Cardinals, who squandered a victory last Saturday that was theirs for the taking. While it isn’t always the case in a loss, this time the Cards (5-5, 2-3 Big East) can definitely blame themselves for their 24-21 overtime defeat by South Florida (6-3, 3-2) in front of 43,887 fans in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. UofL saw its chances for a third victory in four games squashed by slipshod special teams play on covering kickoffs and punting, drive-killing penalties, a couple of missed RUSS BROWN scoring opportunities deep in USF territory and, finally, a risky fourth-down gamble that failed and sealed its fate in the overtime. So a bowl celebration was put on hold at least until this Saturday when West Virginia (63, 2-2) invades PJCS for a noon kickoff. If the Cards lose to the Mountaineers, they’ll need a victory in their season finale at Rutgers (4-5, 1-3) on Nov. 26 to potentially earn their first bowl trip in four years. “We’ve got to win (Saturday),” senior quarterback Justin Burke said. “We wanted to be 8-4, now we’ve got to be 7-5.” Said sophomore center Mario Benavides, “I still think we’re going to a bowl game, definitely going to a bowl game.” Maybe so. But it will take a much better allaround performance against a West Virginia team that is more talented and much more explosive offensively than USF, which lost to the Mountaineers 20-6 in mid-October. WVU is coming off a dominating 37-10 victory last Saturday over Cincinnati -- a team that beat the Cards. “We still have two games left,” UofL coach Charlie Strong said. “We still have a chance to get bowl eligible, but we didn’t play well enough today to win a football game.” The loss ruined a successful return by running back Bilal Powell, who rushed for 140 yards on 31 carries after missing the previous game at Syracuse with a knee injury. It was his sixth 100-yard rushing performance this season, which ranks third in UofL history. “Bilal is the glue of our offense,” Strong said. “He keeps our offense going, and it was good to see him bounce back and play as well as he did.” USF won its third in a row and left PJCS with a victory for the first time in four tries after being outscored by an average of 32-12 in its previous visits. “Statistically, this game wasn’t pretty,” said first-year USF coach Skip Holtz, whose team managed just 259 yards of offense and converted only 2 of 14 third-down tries. “But they believed. They competed. They encouraged each other. We kept hearing that South Florida had never won up here. There’s winning ugly, but there’s no such thing as an ugly win.”
Josh Bellamy looked at the official to confirm that his 10-yard catch in the end zone with 1:21 left was a touchdown as South Florida DB Ricardo Dixon buried his head in his hands. With the extra point, UofL tied the score at 21 and forced overtime. - photo by Dave Klotz
There are, however, ugly losses, and this one fits the bill for Louisville. In the end, the game came down to the length of a finger, a few inches. That’s how much UofL needed for a first down from the USF 4-yard line on fourth down on the first series of overtime. But the Bulls crowded the line of scrimmage and stuffed Burke on a sneak that everyone in the stadium could see coming, then sophomore Maikon Bonani kicked a 37yard field goal to win the game. “It’s fourth and an inch, and if we can’t get an inch we don’t deserve to win the game,” Strong said. Benavides estimated the Cards needed about four inches. Burke said he thought he made it, but when the ball was marked by the officials it was still a couple of inches short and a review failed to overturn the original spot. “I thought I had it, but USF made a heck of a play and they got a lot of push, so who knows,” Burke said. “It’s not our call, and it’s not South Florida’s call. We’ve got to make a yard instead of an inch.” Strong and the Cards rightfully felt it shouldn’t have come down to that one play. UofL dominated most of the first half, with USF managing only 68 yards of offense. But the Bulls stayed in contention thanks to sloppy coverage on a kickoff return that enabled Lindsey Lamar to ramble 100 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes of the second quarter that narrowed the Bulls’ deficit to 14-10. Then in the third quarter the Cards moved to the USF 35- and 23-yard lines, but interceptions ended those threats. After building a 14-3 lead, UofL saw the Bulls score 18 unanswered points for a 21-14 lead before Burke’s clutch third-down, 10-yard touchdown pass to
Josh Bellamy with 1:21 remaining necessitated the overtime. “It was a very tough loss -- just to see (the Cards) battle back and get the game into overtime,” Strong said. “Offensively, we never really got into a rhythm, and penalties killed us. In the third quarter -- and if you look at the first quarter -- I felt like we could have put the game away. We got up 7-0, but we still had two or three other opportunities where we could have taken the ball and scored.” UofL took a 7-0 lead on Burke’s 20-yard TD pass over the middle to Andrell Smith midway through the first quarter, then made it 14-3 when Josh Chichester’s 2-yard TD reception capped an 80-yard drive with 2:50 left in the first half. Momentum was on UofL’s side. Briefly, as it turned out. Lamar jarred the Cards with his 100-yard kickoff return, during which UofL had a number of chances to bring him down. “That was one of the more impressive kickoff returns you’re going to see,” Holtz said. “Because he broke tackles, split it and ran into the pile, broke through some tackles, cut back to his left, slowed down to let everybody catch up to him so he had some blockers, cut back against the grain. It was pretty.” Well, pretty to one sideline contingent at least. To the Cards? Not so much. “That was real deflating,” UofL linebacker Brandon Heath said. “If we had gotten another stop, we’d have gone into halftime up 14-3 and you never know what would have happened coming out for the second half.” Said Benavides: “Honestly, deflating is not the word I want to use. It’s more like, ‘Darn it,’ because I have all the confidence in the world in our coaches and our defense. It’s like night
and day from last year. So when it happened, I was kind of like, ‘All right,’ whereas last year it was like, ‘Oh, man.’” The ‘Oh, mans’ probably came later, when Louisville turnovers foiled scoring chances. The first one came after USF had pulled within 14-13 on Bonani’s 22-yard field goal with 11:01 remaining in the third quarter. The Cards drove from their own 32 to the USF 35, but Burke was hit by defensive end Patrick Hampton as he threw on a first-down play, and the ball was picked off by free safety Jerrell Young. “I never felt the pressure coming,” Burke said. “But still, it probably wasn’t open anyway, so it was probably best to just cut your losses and throw it out of bounds.” UofL was on the move again on its next possession, driving to a first down on the USF 23. But freshman Dominque Brown, who had run 20 straight times out of the “WildCard” formation, attempted the first pass of his college career. It bounced off the helmet of USF linebacker Jacquian WIlliams and landed in the hands of defensive end Ryne Giddins. “That was UofL’s last threat until the TD catch by Bellamy in the final 90 seconds of regulation. “We came out and scored 14, and then it just kind of went downhill,” Bellamy said. “We lost a sense of urgency. I feel like we should have put up more points than that.” Daniels had only 30 yards passing through the first three quarters, but he boosted USF into a 21-14 lead with a 48-yard TD bomb to Dontavia Bogan, who caught the pass deep in the end zone despite being sandwiched by two UofL defenders who didn’t make a play on the ball. Then Daniels scored the two-point conversion. “Defensively, we played well until that long ball over our head,” Strong said. “We had a blitz called and they got in a formation where we couldn’t run it. So there was no pressure and they just threw it over our head.” After Bellamy’s TD, USF had a chance to win the game in regulation. With two seconds left, the Bulls lined up to attempt a 52-yard field goal. Strong tried to ice Bonani by calling a time out. When play resumed, Bonani’s kick sailed through the uprights and USF players began celebrating, but it was waved off because Strong had called another TO a split-second before the kick. Bonani missed the second attempt, sending the game into overtime. “I won’t lie to you guys, I was really nervous,” said Bonani, whose longest field goal this season is 47 yards. “After I kicked the first one down the middle, I was like, ‘Dang it Coach Strong, you really did this to me, didn’t you?’ Good job by him. As I took my step backward for the second attempt, there was a gust of wind, but it was my fault. I mis-hit the ball. I felt sad because I didn’t do my job for the team.” But with Louisville out of timeouts in the overtime there was no more ice available, and Bonani made good on his next chance to be a hero.
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
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OK, I’m a believer. In spite of the loss to South Florida, I feel strongly that we are in a new era of University of Louisville football. Most of us were so impressed with the initial decisions and changes Charlie Strong made upon taking over the program that it was evident that this guy knew what he was doing. But he still needed to win football games to convince the fans that the Cards were on their way. After 10 games and a 5-5 record there is no doubt that he and the assistants he has gathered around him can coach and win football games. I have to admit that before the season I was one of those who was realistic about the talent level of this year’s team and its ability to compete at the Division I level. I was miffed at those on Cardinalsports.com who talked of a six- or seven-win season right off the bat and even of a potential bowl invitation. I have faith, but it goes only so far. In my opinion they were getting their expectations way out of whack. I thought with the present talent level there was no way this team could win more than four games and probably would go 3-9 on the season. Now you know why I do so poorly picking winners on “Top Tom Lane” each week. But from the first game against Kentucky this team has steadily improved in every phase of the game. There were occasional setbacks -- such as against South Florida -- but fans could see things getting better overall game-to-game. Much like building the new arena, Coach Strong and his staff have been the architects of a plan that has produced a product with a strong foundation, and with future expansion a team that will make an impact nationally. When the fans look back on this season, I think the Syracuse game will be the one that stands out as a breakthrough for the Charlie Strong era. Going into the game there was a gap of 49 positions between Louisville and Syracuse in the CBSsports.com poll, with Syracuse at No. 27 and the Cards at No. 76. UofL was a decided underdog in the game, and very few (including me) thought the Cards had a chance at victory. Syracuse was a team that had won at South Florida, West Virginia and Cincinnati. What impressed me most about the game was the defensive effort and their ability to shut down an offense that was averaging 325 yards per game. The Cards held the Orange to 256, its lowest output of the season. The defensive game plan was the most effective since the Fiesta Bowl in shutting down the strength of the opposing offense. Rick Lantz, the defensive coordinator in 1989 and now with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, would have been proud of the effort. The blitzing kept the quarterback off balance so much that he could complete only short passes. And the Cards were so well prepared that they tackled the receivers almost as soon as they caught the ball. The effort in the second half reminded many viewers of the Florida teams that dominated on defense the past few years. How many of us watching the game actually thought Louisville could win after falling behind 17-14 at halftime? This is not a team with five NFL draft selections in the starting lineup like the Fiesta Bowl team that included Ray Buchanan, Ted Washington, Mark Sander, Mike Flores and Reggie Johnson. This is a team that starts five freshmen and sophomores and brings five true freshmen off the bench. If Strong and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford can get this kind of effort out of this group, what does the future hold? Now Louisville fans can start mulling over the unthinkable, a potential bowl game. With six bowl games available to the Big East and Notre Dame, six wins would almost assure the Cards of a bowl. Notre Dame is still a question mark, having only five wins and games against Army and USC in Los Angeles remaining on its schedule. With Pitt seeming to be in the driver’s seat for a BCS invitation as league champs (although the Panthers have three league games to go, with two on the road and a home game against West Virginia), the second-place invite to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, the third-place invite to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, and the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City (brrr) and the BBVA Compass Bowl (?) in Birmingham are up for grabs. I don’t know about you, but my vote goes to St. Petersburg or Orlando. Regardless of the bowl, three years in the bowl desert have made Cardinals fans eager for an invite anywhere, anytime and against anybody. The climate doesn’t really matter, just the thought of a post-season bowl has made Cardinals fans warm and fuzzy inside.
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
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CARDS TAKE BLAME, ABSOLVE COACH, FOR 4TH-DOWN FAILURE By Russ Brown With his first controversial decision as Louisville’s head football coach, Charlie Strong is certain to face criticism and second-guessing from Monday morning quarterbacks in the wake of the ill-fated fourth-down gamble in last Saturday’s 2421 overtime loss to South Florida. To some observers, the decision to go for it on a 4th-and-inches at the USF 4-yard line was an unnecessary risk on several fronts. First, even if UofL got the first down there was no guarantee that a touchdown was imminent. Secondly, too many bad things can happen in such a scenario: a penalty, a fumble, or -- as did happen -- a failure to convert. Foremost, though, is why take the chance? If, as Strong said afterward, RUSS BROWN he had confidence in his defense being able to hold USF out of the end zone on the Bulls’ ensuing possession, there was no burning reason for the Cards to forsake a chip-shot field goal for a potential TD. Kick a field goal and put the pressure on USF to either try and score a touchdown to win or kick a field goal to send the game into a second overtime. But at least come way with some points. Bottom line: Fail to get the first down and you hand the game to the Bulls on a sliver platter, which is what occurred. When quarterback Justin Burke’s sneak came up short, the game was essentially over. “That was big,” USF quarterback B.J. Daniels said. “All we had to do was kick a field goal.” Sure enough, USF ran three safe rushing plays before Maikon Bonani kicked the 37yard game-winner. But if second-guessing does indeed occur in some quarters, there was none being voiced by Strong or his players following the disappointing loss, which kept the Cards from becoming bowl eligible and taking some of the pressure off the next two games. There was also no lack of players willing to shoulder the blame for the defeat. First, Strong’s explanation: “It was my decision to go for it on fourth and an inch. We were running the football (well) and decided that we could get the first down and then get the touchdown. And then we would be up by seven and they would have to drive the ball, which I didn’t think they could go score on our defense. I didn’t think they could go score seven points. “The strength of our team is the offensive line. So you feel like if we get behind them, we’re going to get an inch with the quarterback. Maybe just stick the ball out, but it was just an inch we needed. And we ran the ball every snap until we got it down there. You just feel like we can go get this inch. You figure we’ve been moving the football that far, so we felt like we could get it. And then you go and kick a field goal and they go match your field goal and you’re still staying in overtime.” In the OT, UofL moved to a first down at the USF 13 on nine rushing yards by Bilal Powell and three by Dominque Brown. Then Jeremy Wright picked up nine yards on three consecutive carries, setting up the
Quarterback Justin Burke was unable to pick up a first down on this fourth-and-inches gamble in overtime against USF. “I didn’t get low enough and I didn’t get enough push,” Burke said. Said center Mario Benavides: “They pretty much read the sneak the whole way.... The D-linemen had their ears pinned back and their butts up.” - photo by Chuck Feist
RUNDOWN South Florida 24, UOFL 21 The game was over when: UofL failed to get a first down on a 4th-and-inches quarterback sneak by Justin Burke on the first series in overtime. That basically gave the win to USF. Burke had converted a 4th-and-inches the previous week at Syracuse, but the situation wasn’t nearly as grave. In that case, UofL had a 28-20 lead and the ball was on its 39yard line with three minutes left. Turning point: After taking a 14-3 lead and turning the momentum in their favor, the Cards gave up a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD by USF’s Lindsey Lamar 2/12 minutes before halftime.
fourth-down play. Center Mario Benavides estimated the Cards needed about four inches for a first down. Burke took the snap and tried to plunge ahead off a push by Benavides and right guard Josh Byrom, but he came up a couple of inches short. “I didn’t get low enough and I didn’t get enough push,” Burke said. “To be one inch away really hurts, but you’ve got to make a play. Coach Strong believes in us in doing that, and we didn’t get it done. “If it was a yard, tougher, but you’ve got to make inches. The strength of our team is the offensive line, so we put it on their backs all the time, and we put it on their backs in the fourth quarter. We were able to move the ball by running it. They did a heck of a job, and I think I let them down on that one inch.” Said Benavides: “They made a play, we didn’t. They had a couple nose guards, linebackers stacked in. They pretty much read the sneak the whole way. Everybody is coming off at an angle. The D-linemen had their ears pinned back and their butts up and it’s a different game when you get in those situations. “But I thought we had it because even with all that packed in there I felt like we got a decent push and Burke fell right in between me and the guard.” Burke and Benavides both said the offense supported Strong’s decision and said blame for failing to convert should be placed on the players’ shoulders. “That’s not on him, that’s on us,” Benavides said. “He believes in us. If he didn’t go for it, I might feel even worse. We just didn’t get it done. No special magic or anything like that. It’s football and it’s a physical game, and when it comes down to it we’ve got to make plays and we didn’t do that at the end today and we’ve got to do that next week against West Virginia.” Before the critical play, UofL’s offense had been inconsistent and had blown two scoring opportunities with interceptions. Burke threw for 114 of his 146 passing yards in the first half, and the Cards wound up with only 328 yards total offense, 140 of it on 31 carries by Powell. “We didn’t play well,” Burke said. “We had some good stretches, but their defense is really good. The offense didn’t take care
of what we needed to do. I think the defense played their butts off, they really did. We should have put more points up for them. I feel terrible leaving our defense out like that. We take all responsibility.” Well, not quite. Breakdowns in special teams contributed significantly to the loss, too. After Uof L had taken a 14-3 lead late in the second quarter, USF’s Lamar Lindsey returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, with seemingly almost every Cardinal on the field getting a shot at him and missing. And two short punts by Chris Philpott, who took over punting duties after Josh Bleser suffered an ankle injury against Pittsburgh, led to USF scores. Philpott’s 17-yarder from out of his end zone in the second period gave the Bulls the ball at the UofL 26, but the the Cards held them to a field goal. UofL wasn’t as fortunate the next time, when a 22-yard punt by Philpott gave USF possession at UofL’s 48. On the very next play Daniels connected with Dontavia Bogan for a touchdown. That was one of two critical big plays allowed by Louisville’s defense. The other was a 67-yard run by backup tailback Demetris Murray to the UofL 7, setting up a 22-yard field goal by Bonani. Otherwise, USF was limited to short gains. Take away those two plays and the Bulls had only 144 yards for an average of 2.6 yards per play. “It’s a whole team,” linebacker Brandon Heath said. “You win together and you lose together, that’s how it is. We had a lot of blown assignments and a lot of plays we didn’t capitalize on, so you put it on our shoulders, too. The plays they made was us missing assignments.” But Benavides disagreed, saying he felt the defense played well enough for UofL to win. “Give South Florida all the credit in the world,” Benavides said. “They won, and they’re an extremely talented team. But I feel like offensively and a little bit on special teams we let down. “Defense, every week they’re playing amazing. We can’t put this on them at all. We’re a team, but I’ll take responsibility because we’ve got to play better. Coaches will tell you it’s a team effort and that’s true, but we’ve got to make better plays on offense. I think our defense played really, really well.”
UofL Offensive Player of the Game: Bilal Powell returned to action after missing the Syracuse game with a knee injury and gained 140 yards on 31 carries. “He gave us a spark,” Burke said. “That’s the reason he’s the best back in the country. He doesn’t ever turn off.” UofL Defensive Player of the Game: Senior linebacker Brandon Heath was credited with 11 tackles, including one for a loss. Who’s Hot: Powell’s 140 yards made him only the sixth back in UofL history to rush for 100 yards in six or more games during a season, tying him with Michael Bush (2005), Anthony Shelman (1994) and Deon Booker (1998). Frank Moreau (1999) and Walter Peacock (1973) each did it seven times. Who’s Not: Special teams. In addition to Lamar’s kickoff return, UofL’s Chris Philpott squibbed punts of 17 and 22 yards. Philpott had a 7-yard punt at Syracuse the week before, and the Orange also returned a kickoff 37 yards. “Guys just have to do their job,” coach Charlie Strong said. “Guys have to go down and cover.” On the Rise: UofL held USF to 2 of 14 on third-down conversions and now ranks 10th in the FBS in that category, having limited opponents to a 32.56 conversion rate (42 of 129). Unfortunately, the Cards’ next two foes also rank in the top 10, with West Virginia’s defense leading the nation at 22.4 percent (28 of 125) and Rutgers No. 5 at 30.0 (36 of 120). On the Decline: UofL’s offense has suffered a remarkable drop in production over the past three weeks. Through their first seven games the Cards averaged 442 yards of offense per game, but in their last three they’ve generated only 272 ypg. Overall, they’ve dropped from the top 20 nationally to No. 54 at 391.2 ypg. Quotable: Strong, on whether he likes the rule that allows coaches to call a timeout right before the ball is snapped on a field-goal attempt: “Today I liked it.” When media members laughed at the answer, Strong added, “At least that’s something to smile about today.” Quotable, Part II: “Disappointing because we had this game in our hands. But we didn’t finish like the coaches always preach. We should have finished the game.” -- UofL free safety Shenard Holton.
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
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Saturday was a BAD way to lose. Louisville appeared to have the momentum going into overtime when USF kicker Maikon Bonani missed a field goal at the end of regulation. Then, when the Cardinals opened the overtime period with back-to-back-to-back-to-back successful running plays, it appeared they were on their way to another victory. But the final couple of plays were heartbreakers. First, Jeremy Wright was stopped short of a first down on third down. (Actually, it appeared to us that he had the first down, but the referee’s spot put him 4-6 inches shy). Then the Cards failed to get those 4-6 inches on fourth down. USF took over on the 25-yard line, rushed three times and kicked the game-winning field goal. Ouch.
We like Louisville coach Charlie Strong’s statement to his team in the locker room after the game. Sure, Strong could have walked in there and taken the blame for himself. Or he could have gone in there and told his team that everything will be all right, and they’ll get ‘em nice time. But he was brutally honest with his team after the game. “You get it to 4th-and-inches in the overtime, and we don’t get the first down. You don’t get that, you don’t deserve to win,” he said. “You don’t get a 4thand-inch, we don’t deserve to win the football game. That’s what I told our football team afterwards. I said, ‘We didn’t deserve to win this football game.’” That’s a tough thing for a coach to say and a tough thing for a team to hear after a tough loss, but it is also the truth. The locker room scene was UGLY for the Cardinals, according to some of the players. Mario Benavides said several players broke down crying after the game, and many others were sitting in their lockers silently angry. That’s a GOOD thing, according to Charlie Strong. “It’s adversity,” he said. “We just have to persevere through it and just learn from it. It’s good to see in the locker room. Nothing’s ever good about a loss, but just to see how hard our players took that loss.... It was very emotional in that locker room, and now you’re seeing that the program has turned. It’s a game you should have won.” Strong said he believes the program turned a corner when the players are this broken up after a loss. He said he wants a team that hates to lose, and he is molding this Louisville program into that kind of a mentality. “Fourth-and-an inch, guys learned from that lesson right there. At least they can say we went for it, Coach, and we didn’t get it. Just the toughness in this program - that’s what I want to build - is some toughness in this program. If I’m placed in that situation again, we’re going to go for it on fourth-and-an inch. I believe in our offensive line, which is the glue of our football team, which has five seniors, that we can get that.”
We get letters and e-mails each time we broach the subject of football attendance. Many people don’t like us bringing the subject up because they believe we are “bashing the fans.” We don’t mean to bash the fans that were in attendance at Saturday’s game - they were loud and fantastic, but those of you who bought tickets and didn’t show have some explaining to do. It was great weather, a perfect Saturday, and Louisville had a chance to clinch a bowl bid. Where were you? And if you couldn’t be there, why weren’t your tickets used? It was strange to see 11,000 or so empty seats during a game of this magnitude, especially when week-night games are frequently much better attended. Too many Saturday conflicts? We just don’t get it.
It was GOOD to see Louisville sign four extremely talented men’s basketball players last week. The Cardinals’ class is rated No. 7 in the nation by Rivals.com, and all four signed in the early signing period. That was a shock to some - Worldwide Wes and others - who doubted whether Louisville could get Wayne Blackshear to sign early. Rick Pitino said Blackshear and his mother were solidly in the Louisville camp all along and that he didn’t know where all the rumors that he may decommit were coming from. Blackshear signed with the Cardinals and ended that speculation. Blackshear is Louisville’s wing scorer of the future, Chane Behanan is Louisville’s workhorse forward of the future, and Zach Price is going to be a solid center in a couple of years when he stops growing and starts
filling out. And Angel Nunez, the small forward from New York City, has enormous potential despite being unranked by most of the ranking services. His athleticism and basketball skill combined with a better work ethic could make him a “rankings buster” in years to come. Terrence Williams was also a “rankings buster.” He went from outside the top-100 players in his senior class to being a first-round, lottery NBA Draft pick. It was GOOD to see former UofL assistant basketball coach Kevin Willard -- who is also the son of current Cardinals director of basketball operations Ralph Willard -- get his first victory as Seton Hall’s head coach Sunday when the Pirates blasted Cornell 92-68. A New York Post story said Seton Hall, coming off a 62-56 loss at No. 22 Temple, displayed all the qualities that have the Pirates considered a Big East sleeper this year -- defensive intensity, unselfish offense and solid shooting. Jeremy Hazell led the Hall with 28 points. Hazell, the Big East’s top returning scorer, hit 4 of 6 three-point shots, while teammate Jordan Theodore had 10 points, seven assists and three steals. Kevin will bring his team to the KFC Yum! Center for UofL’s Big East opener on Jan. 5.
On Monday, Sports Illustrated took a stab at predicting the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament. The magazine left out Louisville and Western Kentucky from the 68-team field. SI predicts eight Big East teams will make the field: Pitt, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown, West Virginia, Marquette, Seton Hall and Notre Dame. Louisville, starting the season without a single starter back from last year because Jared Swopshire is injured, will have a tough road to get an at-large bid this season. Looking at the schedule, it is entirely possible that Pittsburgh (5-4, 3-1) will miss a bowl game this season. Just a week ago, after Pitt beat up on Louisville 20-3 to move to 3-0 in the league, most people picked the Panthers to win out the rest of the season and make a BCS bowl. But now? After losing to Connecticut 30-28? The future doesn’t look bright. If the Panthers can lose to UConn, they can lose to anybody, including their last three opponents: South Florida, West Virginia and Cincinnati. They’ll be favored in the USF and Cincinnati games, but those games are on the road, and Pitt has been fairly bad on the road this season except for the Syracuse game. The West Virginia showdown on Nov. 26 could either be for the league title or for bowl eligibility - how crazy is that?
Speaking of bowls, it is entirely possible for Louisville to get paired up with Kentucky in the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 8. In fact, CBS Sports thinks that is what will happen. They have the Cards and Cats paired in their bowl projections released last week. Our take? Louisville still has work to do, but if the Cards get the invitation to the Birmingham Bowl there is NO WAY Kentucky will accept a bid to the bowl. We believe the Cats would do everything in their power to try to avoid getting into a bowl game with the Cardinals. Ever tried to give a house cat a bath? That’s what we picture when we think of SEC officials trying to convince UK’s administration to take their team to face the Cardinals at the end of this season.
Just a word about how remarkably awesome the first UofL men’s and women’s games were in the new KFC Yum! Center. The women battled No. 4 Tennessee for 33 of 40 minutes before falling behind in the final 7:15. And despite how well this young UofL team played, the real story was the crowd. A school- and Big East-record 22,134 fans packed the Yum! for the game, and it was loud and rowdy throughout the contest. The men beat No. 16 Butler Tuesday night in front of 22,734. The acoustics of the building make the sound level on the court extremely loud. And because there are video boards and fans on all sides of the court, the home-court advantage for the Cardinals is off the charts. The fans and the atmosphere were fun and upbeat for both games. Let’s keep that trend going this season.
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
RECORD CROWD SEES CARDS STAND TOE-TO-TOE WITH NO. 4 VOLS CARDINAL FOOTBALL
By Howie Lindsey The lights went down, the fireworks went off and the teams were introduced in front of a school- and league-record crowd of 22,124 at the opening game in the KFC Yum! Center last Friday night. And for a while -- for 33 minutes at least -- it appeared as if the unranked and unheralded University of Louisville women’s basketball team was going to pull off a monster upset against the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers. But UT freshman Meighan Simmons scored eight straight points to spark a 10-0 run that turned a 45-44 UT lead with 7:15 left into a 55-44 margin with 5:10 remaining. From there the Lady Vols kept the Cardinals at bay, winning 63-50 in both team’s seasonopener. “It was a wonderful thing to be a part of - to have 22,000-plus and a sellout crowd on opening HOWIE LINDSEY night, to retire Angel McCoughtry’s jersey,” UofL coach Jeff Walz said. “There were a lot of great things that went on tonight, but unfortunately the score wasn’t one of them. It wasn’t that great tonight.” While Walz wasn’t happy with the loss, most UofL fans merely hoped that the Cardinals would just “keep it close” against highly touted UT. That they did. Walz did say he liked his team’s effort. “I feel like we competed and gave good effort,” he said. “There is no question that this team can get better, and we are going to. We’re going to be competing at a high level soon.” Louisville pushed ahead to an 8-2 lead in the first five minutes. Tennessee pushed back, going on a 19-4 run to lead 21-12, but the Cardinals closed the gap and the game was largely within two possessions the rest of the first half. Each time the Lady Vols pushed ahead by more than a possession or two, the Cardinals, taking their cue from the loud and rowdy crowd, clawed their way back into the game. “There is no doubt about this Louisville team: They are a really tough-minded, very well-coached team, and we had our hands full throughout the game,” Hall of Fame UT coach Pat Summitt said. UofL cut the Tennessee lead to 32-31 in the first two minutes of the second half. Tennessee pushed out to a 45-36 advantage over the next eight minutes, but Louisville clawed back again. A three by junior Becky Burke cut the UT lead to 45-44 with 7:34 remaining. But that didn’t last long. “We cut the lead to one, and we drive in and we turn it over,” Walz said. “We were trying to drive in there, and we just kept turning the ball over. It’s not because we weren’t playing hard. Again, every player that went out there I thought competed at a high, high level.” Following the turnover, Simmons took over. She hit a jumper at the 7:09 mark, a three on the next possession and another three 30 seconds later. A layup by Shekinna Stricklen capped the 10-0 run.
Center Keshia Hines looked for someone to pass to as Tennessee center Kelley Hain applied defensive pressure. Hines had two points and three rebounds in UofL’s 63-50 loss in the inaugural game in the KFC Yum! Center. photo by Dave Klotz
“Meighan Simmons, I think, is the quickest guard to ever play at Tennessee,” Summitt said. “... She is just fearless, and I hope others will follow her lead. She just came up big for us. When I (first) watched her play, I knew she was a special player.” Two of UofL’s freshmen, center Sheronne Vails and point guard Shoni Schimmel, helped the Cardinals close within 5550 with 4:08 left, but Schimmel’s two free throws were the last points the Cardinals scored. The last seven minutes read like a horror novel for Walz. UofL hit just 2 of its last 14 shots as UT went from up one to a 13-point win. Simmons’ 22 points led all scorers, and Stricklen recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Vols outrebounded the Cardinals 53-29, collecting 20 offensive boards and turning those into 18 second-chance points. UofL was led by junior forward Monique Reid, who had 19 points and nine boards. No other Cardinal finished in double figures. NO WAY EIGHTH Louisville was rated eighth in the Big East coaches’ preseason poll. Told of that ranking after the game, Summitt laughed it off as folly. “Well, I think (Walz) needs to tell everybody that that’s where they belong, but we know better,” Summitt said. Summitt is extremely impressed with Walz and the program he’s running at Louisville. So impressed that she’s willing to start a multi-year series with the Cardinals. “He’s excellent,” Summitt said of Walz. “He’s really, really good, and he’s going to keep winning and he’s going to keep getting players. I think he does things the right way, and that’s why I would consider us trying to
Angel McCoughtry waved to the record crowd after receiving a framed copy of her UofL jersey from Vice President for Athletics Tom Jurich and senior woman administrator Julie Hermann before the game. McCoughtry, now starring with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, is UofL’s all-time leading scorer, both men and women.- photo by Dave Klotz
keep the series going.” SHAKY START FOR SHONI Schimmel, at times spectacular and other times frustratingly green, finished with nine points, eight turnovers, three rebounds and three steals. She had seven turnovers in the first half, six in the first seven minutes of play. “It was her first game,” Walz said. “... She wants to play well. She wants to perform, and she was over-excited. She was trying to make the big pass and trying to push the ball up the floor. I told her I wanted her to push the ball up the floor, but we just made a simple halftime adjustment. I told her you can’t throw it up the floor if nobody is guarding you. They weren’t guarding her. They were enticing her into throwing that length-of-thecourt pass, but nobody was stopping her from going the length of the court to the basket. In the second half she attacked and good things happened.” After the shaky first half, Schimmel was spectacular in the second. She had a hand in nearly every point UofL scored for the first 12 minutes of the half. She was credited with only three assists, but she had at least six, including a string of three straight possessions at one stretch in the second half. “As soon as she gets a grasp of (attacking the basket), and she will, we’ll be fine,” Walz said. “After seven turnovers in the first half she only turned the ball over one time in the second half. She got herself together, and she’ll be really good for us.” Schimmel showed fans a glimpse of her potential when she stole the ball, beat the Tennessee defense down the court and faked a pass, rolled the ball around her waist and shifted it back to her shooting
hand for an easy layup. On another possession she was looking left while dribbling up the court and threw a laser pass to the right through two defenders to a waiting Reid for a layup. “I don’t think anybody should be disappointed in what they saw from the kid today,” Walz said. “She has a chance to be a really great player here. She works her tail off, and I think we saw glimpses of what she can do.” CARDS CLOBBER OHIO After a strong, but ultimately losing effort against the Lady Vols, Louisville took care of business Sunday afternoon with an impressive 84-47 victory over host Ohio University. The Cardinals leaped to a 44-20 halftime lead with the help of nine points and four rebounds by Reid and eight points and four rebounds by Keshia Hines. UofL held the Bobcats to just 4-of-23 shooting with 13 turnovers in the half, and the Cards held OU without a point from the 15:17 mark to 7:17 as they increased their lead from 8-6 to 29-6. The Cards allowed Ohio to score 27 points in the second half on 10-of-28 shooting, but they scored 40 themselves and never allowed Ohio to get closer than 21 points. Walz played everyone on his bench, with freshman guard Charmaine Tay logging the most minutes -- 22. Four Cardinals scored in double figures, led by Becky Burke with 14 points, Schimmel and Reid with 13 apiece and Hines with 12. Schimmel had seven assists and one turnover in 20 minutes. The Cardinals will host Houston Baptist Wednesday night at 7 at the KFC Yum! Center, and they’ll host Southeast Missouri State on Friday, also at 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PHOTOS Monique Reid went up for a basket against No. 4 Tennessee. The junior forward finished with 19 points, the only UofL player in double figures. She also had nine rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal. photos by Dave Klotz
Freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel got off to a shaky start against Tennessee (7 turnovers in the first half), but she settled down and had just one TO in the second half. “She got herself together, and she’ll be really good for us,” coach Jeff Walz said.
Sophomore forward Asia Taylor dribbled upcourt against the Lady Vols. Taylor started but played just 10 minutes and was 0 for 4 from the field. - photos by Dave Klotz
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
CARDS WIN BIG EAST IN DRAMATIC FASHION By Howie Lindsey Andre Boudreaux dove to his right, stretching his body, and felt the ball thud off his hands and away from the goal. Knowing he had just clinched the Big East Tournament championship for UofL, Boudreaux leaped to his feet and sprinted downfield before being corralled by his teammates and mobbed near midfield. The Cardinals had just won the program’s first-ever Big East Tournament title. “I’m very proud of our guys today and the resiliency we showed,” coach Ken Lolla said. “Days like today we are simply reaping the seeds that have been sown over the last five years. These guys have invested a lot of time and effort into the season, and today is the result of that.” Boudreaux’s final block, on Providence’s last of five attempts in the first penalty-kick session, won the game for Louisville 3-2 after a 1-1 tie in regulation and two overtime periods. The block also meant Louisville stayed undefeated at 16-0-3 and was crucial in the Cardinals’ receiving the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament (seeds were announced just 24 hours after Louisville won the Big East Tournament). “There’s a power in the emotion of it,” Lolla said. “Winning it that way created a lot of emotion. We know how important it is to continue to show that emotion, express that emotion, and it breeds faith and belief each time that happens. “Winning it in PKs, we would have loved to win it in regulation, but it allowed us emotionally to even create a little bit more juice, a little bit more momentum and a little bit more belief in what we are doing.” Louisville should have won the championship in regulation. Neither team scored for the first 83 minutes of the 90-minute match. Then junior Colin Rolfe, a preseason All-American, scored the go-ahead goal from 20 yards away on a hard shot into the back of the net. The Cardinals appeared to be home free until a referee’s call with less than two minutes remaining gave Providence an easy chance to score. Chase Rodgers got whistled for a foul just a few yards from the goal on a play that looked clean on replay. Providence’s Matt Marcin nailed the free kick into the goal with 1:51 left to tie the score at 1. “I certainly would have preferred a different call or no call, but I know the referees have a responsibility to do the best they can,” Lolla said. “Like us as players and coaches, we don’t get everything right. The human quality is a wonderful part of the game - and you have to appreciate that part of the game that the referees may not always make the best calls. We accept it, and it created a very good opportunity to grow because of the adversity. We handled it really well.” Neither team scored in the final 1:50 of regulation, nor during the two 10-minute overtime periods. The penalty kicks were every bit as dramatic as one would expect. Providence got off to a bad start when defender John Raley’s shot missed off to the right of the goal. Louisville’s first shooter, freshman Dylan Mares, calmly kicked the ball into the left side of the net as Providence keeper Jhojan Obando jumped to the right. That put Louisville up 1-0. Providence tied the score at 1 when Marcin scored into the right side of the goal as Boudreaux leaped left. Marcin, who also scored the goal to send the game to overtime, calmly jogged back to his team’s huddle. Louisville’s Paolo DelPiccolo had his shot clank off the post on the left side of the goal near the upper ‘V’ as Obando jumped just a few feet away. Had DePiccolo’s shot been a few inches to the right, it would have lodged in the back of the net. Providence took a 2-1 lead when midfielder Anthony Baumann’s shot deflected off the right hand of Boudreaux and skittered into the net. But Nick DeLeon scored on a shot to the left side as the keeper dove right to tie the match at 2. Providence’s Michael Periera then was blocked by Boudreaux on the left side of the goal. That gave the Cardinals the opportunity to take the lead, and they did on a shot by Charlie Campbell. His quick shot to the left side of the goal put Louisville up 3-2 with just one round to go. Providence’s Wilder Arboleda had to make his penalty kick to keep his team alive, but his hard shot to the right side of the goal was punched away by Boudreaux. The Cardinals celebrated in a big heaping pile near midfield. The team was awarded the shiny metallic cup given to the Big East Tournament champions. The coaches began immediately looking ahead to the next challenge, the NCAA Tournament. “We, as coaches, just turned toward each other, shook hands and had a big hug,” Lolla said. “We knew it was another check mark, another big accomplishment. The celebration really will come later on. There is still more out there. The journey is still ongoing.” CARDS WIN AWARDS -- Junior Austin Berry won Big East Defender of the Year, leading goal-scorer Dylan Mares won Big East Freshman of the Year and Lolla and his coaching staff won Big East Coaching Staff of the Year at the Soccer Awards Banquet Thursday night.
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LOUISVILLE PICKED AS NATION’S TOP SEED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT By Howie Lindsey No. 8 seed UCLA (14-4-1). Louisville beat dinals completed a perfect run through University of Louisville men’s soccer Notre Dame twice this season, 2-0 on Oct. the Big East regular season (9-0-0) and ed at 16 and 1-0 in the semifinals of the Big East won the coach Ken Lolla and his team gathered ening Tournament last Frithe Yum! Practice Facility Monday evening to watch the ESPNU NCAA Selection ’s Show. They didn’t have to wait long of Louisville men nked University ra rk in pPa to ll d Bu an d ed Re at at to hear their name called. The undefe team picture a r fo d t se en po m 3) 0East Tourna Louisville was tabbed the No. 1 soccer team (16r winning the Big te af rg ay t.o nd as Su gE on urtesy of Bi Harrison, N. J., overall seed in the tournament and ence.- photos co e 3-2 over Provid m ga le tit was the first name mentioned by the ESPNU announcers when the show hit the air. “I was happyy ” with what I saw,” e forward Colin Rolfe e said. “We came g here today expecting d, to get that top seed, and we did it.” By virtue of beHOWIE LINDSEY ing one of the top 16 -0seeds, Louisville (16-03) earned a bye in the first round of the t 48-team tournament. In men’s soccer, the pus first four rounds are played on the campus of the higher-seeded team. That means UofL will host the winner of a match between East Tennessee State (15-5-0) and College of Charleston (10-4-3) Sunday at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park. If UofL coach Ken Lolla e the Cards continue to win, the accepted the award No. 1 seeding means they willll for Big East Soccer Coachin g Staff of d have home games in the Round the Year. He has led the Cards of 16 and the Elite Eight. to the No. 1 overall se ed in ory “When you look at the history the NCAA Soccer Tou n Mares la y rna D ment. g n in a e m b naof success in the NCAA TournaFresh after is trophy h d e te th p f e o c ie ac anment, having home-field advanEast Rook named Big led the Cards with at,” tage plays a huge part in that,” s n Year. Mare the regular seaso cord Lolla said. “If you look at our record Big East Tournament B in . ts ts in is o s p s 18 d two a n a ears, at home over the last few years, Su Sunday afternoon in Red ls a o g -- eight we’ve done very well here. It’s a Bull Arena in Harr Harrison, N.J. The Cardinals o our great advantage. We talked to day night. A win are No. 1 in all the national polls and No. ing to guys all season long about trying there and Louisville would advance 1 in the RPI comp computer rankings. put ourselves in a good spot to have home- to the College Cup, the final four teams, in The other top national seeds are No. field advantage through the NCAA Tourna- Santa Barbara, Calif., Dec. 10-12. 2 Maryland (17-2-1), No. 3 Akron (18-1ment.” Louisville will be a target in the tour- 1), No. 4 North Carolina (16-3-1), No. 5 The other side of Louisville’s bracket pits nament, a target of being the No. 1 SMU (15-2-0), No. 6 California (12-2-3), St. Peter’s (13-5-1) against Providence (12- overall seed. No. 7 South Carolina (12-6-2) and No. 5-3) in the first round, with the winner to “I think the season prepared us for 8 UCLA (14-4-1). The tournament’s only play national No. 16 seed Ohio State (10- this, though,” Lolla said. “When we were other undefeated team is Butler, the No. 5-3). Louisville hasn’t seen St. Peter’s, but a first-time No. 1 ranking during the sea- 13 seed at 16-0-3. Providence just pushed Louisville to penalty son, people told us, ‘Now you have a tarThrough one of the tougher schedules kicks to decide the Big East championship, get on your backs.’ We said it was great in the nation - seven Big East teams got and UofL tied Ohio State 0-0 on Sept. 22. preparation for the NCAA Tournament NCAA bids - Lolla has come to know that “We liked our draw, what we saw of it because we thought it would be the his team will consistently perform. during the show,” Rolfe said. “There are a same way. We expect to see everybody’s “I know that we’ll compete, I know lot of teams in our bracket that we’ve seen best game every single night. When we we’ll move the ball, I know that we’ll presbefore, so that will be interesting.” see that it will only make us better. We sure on defense and I know that we’ll be If Louisville gets past that Round of 16 saw that this season, and I think it makes very focused when the game starts,” he game with either St. Peter’s, Providence or us better prepared for where we are.” said. “It’s what we’ve done all year, and it’s Ohio State, they’d likely face either national Where they are is entering the tourna- gotten us to where we are.” No. 9 seed Notre Dame (10-5-4) or national ment as the favorite to win it. The CarLouisville’s not a one-scorer team.
Lolla has built the program to a point where 11 players have scored a goal this sseason, eight players have five or m more points and four have 10 or more more. That makes for a remarkably toug tough squad to defend. “I think what makes us dangerous is we are balanced,” Lolla said. “Th “There is no one guy that you can key on in any situation. Because of tha that, it makes it difficult for you to be stopped.” The Cardinals are led in scoring by freshman Dylan Mares with eight go goals and two assists for 18 points. Ro Rolfe, the leading scorer last seaso son, has six goals and five assists (1 (17 points) and is typically the foccus of the opponent’s defense. JJunior forward Nick DeLeon has ssix goals and an assist (13 points), aand jun nior midfielder Kenney Walker ha has two go goals and se seven assis sists (11 po points). L o l l a sai said being able to hos host home g a m e s thro throughout the second, t h i rd and fourth rounds of the NCAA Tournament could be crucial to lifting his team into the program’s first-ever Sweet 16 - or better yet - College Cup Final Four. “We’re going to make a strong plea for the fans to come out and support us,” he said. “The home-field advantage is huge. Our fans have played a huge part in our success at home this season. When they are out in force, our guys feed energy off of that crowd. We so much want them to come out - need them to come out. We don’t just want them to be there, either. We want them to be a part of our success.” Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths, students and senior citizens. Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the athletic ticket offices. You also can call the athletic ticket office at 502, 8525151 for tickets. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $3 apiece.
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CARDINAL FOOTBALL VS. SOUTH FLORIDA PHOTO GALLERY Junior Josh Chichester hauled in a 2-yard TD pass from Justin Burke late in the first half to give the Cards a 14-3 lead. - photo by Dave Klotz Coach Charlie Strong gestured toward the field during UofLâ€™s game with South Florida last Saturday. - photo by Dave Klotz
Senior linebacker Brandon Heath (6) and senior defensive end Malcolm Tatum combined to flatten USF running back Moise Plancher. Heath led the Cards with 11 tackles. Tatum had three. - photo by Shelley Feller
CARDINAL FOOTBALL PHOTO GALLERY Justin Burke let a pass go against South Florida. The senior was 16 of 30 for 146 yards and three TDs with an interception. photo by Shelley Feller
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CARDINAL FOOTBALL 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
UPSET OF WVU, BOWL ELIGIBILITY WOULD BE FITTING TRIBUTE
BIG SENIOR GROUP IS CATALYST FOR CARDS’ PROGRESS By Russ Brown When Charlie Strong took the head football coaching job at Louisville, one of the many unknowns he faced as he stepped into uncharted territory involved the Cardinals’ large senior class -- 24 strong. He wasn’t sure about either their skill level or how they would react to the stringent demands of the new coaching staff. He found out about six months later when fall camp opened, and he has had nothing but praise for the seniors since. They’ve been a major part of the foundation for his rebuilding program, and they’ve helped take the Cardinals -- surprisingly -- to the brink of RUSS BROWN bowl eligibility. Among them are 13 starters, eight on offense, who will be playing their final home game Saturday at noon when UofL (5-5, 2-3) meets West Virginia (63, 2-2) in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The group includes leading rusher Bilal Powell, starting quarterbacks Justin Burke and Adam Froman, the top two leading receivers, Doug Beaumont and Cameron Graham, virtually the entire offensive line, secondary veteran Johnny Patrick and defensive leader Brandon Heath, a linebacker. Patrick has played in 43 games for Louisville, starting 38. Beaumont has 30 starts among his 44 appearances, and Heath has played in 39 games, 17 as a starter. For weeks now Strong has praised the seniors for their willingness to accept the new staff and has credited them with whatever success the Cards have enjoyed this season. “It’s a group of guys that have played a lot of football here,” Strong said during his weekly press conference Monday. “That’s why I felt it was so important to get those guys to a bowl. Just look at what those guys have done this season. All of them have played well. “It’s a group that at the beginning of the season everybody was sitting around saying, ‘Wow, can we get these guys to go play?’ Or, ‘How good are these guys?’ For our senior class to step up and play the way they’ve played, that’s why we’ve had the season we’ve had to this point because of how well they’ve played and the leadership they’ve shown.” Strong said he believes the seniors were so open to him and his staff because they had grown weary of losing. None of them have played on a winning team, the best record during their tenure being a 6-6 slate in 2007, although some were around as redshirt freshmen for UofL’s 2006 Orange Bowl championship. “It was a lot of work,” Strong said. “You watch a group of guys that just said, ‘Hey, I’m tired of this program being in the condition it’s in. Let’s go change this program and start right now.’ Each one of the seniors made an effort to change the football team this season. These guys have really stepped up as leaders.” One of those seniors, offensive guard Josh
Senior DE Malcolm Tatum (90) and sophomore linebacker Daniel Brown combined to stop USF running back Moise Plancher. photo by Shelley Feller
Byrom, remembers the trepidation the players initially felt after their first introductory meeting last December with Strong, who spent nearly an hour criticizing them for their various shortcomings, both on and off the field. “We were just so excited because you hear so many great things about Coach Strong and where he came from,” Byrom said. “I’ll never forget. We’re all so pumped in the team meeting waiting for him to get there, and he comes in and says, ‘It’s a pleasure to be here.’ Then he just ripped us apart for about 45 minutes.” Byrom said a major part of Strong’s talk involved academics. “We had a lot of guys here who weren’t real high on going to class,” Byrom said. “And he ripped the team, saying, ‘You haven’t won a game in this long,’ haven’t done this or that in this long. Then he started calling out individuals and saying, ‘You think I care if you had one interception last year’ and stuff like that. He really brought us back to reality. “So I was a little nervous about how guys were going to react to that. He walked out and we all sat there for a couple minutes just looking at each other like, ‘Oh man, I don’t know about this.’ But it was good. We needed it. “We took it in stride, took it the right way. You really had no choice to resist because it was, either you’re with us or you’re not. The seniors really led the group and let guys know if you don’t want to be here, get out, and that’s the same attitude Coach Strong had. Guys shaped up, our GPA is back up there and this team has really come together.” Now the seniors have a chance to take the
next step and go out with a bang -- by upsetting West Virginia in front of friends and family on Senior Day and probably securing UofL’s first bowl bid in four years in the process. “If we could pull this one out, it would be great,” Byrom said. But it won’t be easy. West Virginia ranks among the nation’s leaders in most of the major defensive categories, including total defense (253.3 ypg), scoring defense (13.22 ppg) and rushing defense (94.89 ypg). And the Mountaineers got their offense cranked up in a 37-10 rout of Cincinnati last Saturday in Morgantown. “With our defense, if we score 20 or 21 points, I already know that’s a victory in the books,” WVU senior wide receiver Jock Sanders said. “I know our defense because I bonded with our team and I know all those seniors and those guys who are on defense because I have to go against them every day. I know what they can do.” Against UC, the Mountaineers also showed what they can do when they eliminate penalties and turnovers in crucial situations. Before beating the Bearcats WVU had scored just 27 points in back-to-back losses to Syracuse and Connecticut. “Penalties and turnovers played a big part in our three losses this year,” WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen said. “We’ve got to not shoot ourselves in the foot. And when we don’t, we’re a pretty good offense.” Against UC, West Virginia got four firsthalf touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Geno Smith and used a stable of running backs, led by Noel Devine, to grind out 245 rushing yards. “Our offense is based on what the defense gives us,” Smith said. “When we don’t
turn the ball over and make mistakes we’re pretty good.” “Offensively, they have a lot of speed,” Strong said. “(Smith) is playing well, Devine, Sanders.... They like to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers, and their offensive line is big and solid. We’re going to have to play very well to win this game.” UofL will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak against West Virginia, which also has beaten the Cards in five of the last six meetings. UofL’s only win during that stretch came in 2006, 44-34. LATE NIGHT WITH CHARLIE During his weekly press conference Monday, Strong wasn’t backing away from his decision to go for a first down on fourthand-inches on the South Florida 4-yard line in overtime of Louisville’s 24-21 loss. In fact, Strong said he sent a mass text message to all of his players late Saturday night encouraging them and saying he would make the same call again. “I said, ‘Tough loss,’” Strong told the media. “‘I believe in each one of you. We’re a really good football team, and you are a very special group of guys. If I had to do it all over again, I would go for it on fourth-and-inches. That’s how much I believe in each one of you.’ I got a bunch of texts back. I thought they’d be doing something else on a Saturday night.” Byrom, who received the text about 11:30 p.m., said he and his teammates found Strong’s message uplifting in the face of an extremely disappointing and emotionally draining loss. “It almost brought a smile to my face,” Byrom said. “Just knowing that he believes in us. He sends motivational texts during the week, but it’s usually letting us know what we haven’t done here the past few years. “It was tough not getting that (first down), but it’s good to know he believes in us. We were feeling down and out, and that message really helped. It calmed us down, helped us regroup and get back together.” Strong and Byrom both said the Cards took this loss harder than any of the others during the season, taking it as a sign of how far the program has progressed. “It let me know this team really cares,” Byrom said. “It was very emotional after the game, many guys in tears just sitting in their locker with their pads on because that one hurt. You feel like you have it and you’re all excited and you don’t get that fourth-andone and it’s tough. But we have a 24-hour rule: Win or lose, you move on and get ready for the next game.” Said Strong: “Adversity. We have to persevere through it and learn from it. Nothing is ever good about a loss ... but to see how hard our players took that loss, you see our program is turning.” QUOTABLE: After Byrom praised Doug Beaumont, one of his roommates, he noted that it took him a while to learn Beaumont’s name when he arrived on campus as a freshman. “When I first got here, I didn’t really know his name but I knew he was Mr. Football in Kentucky, so I just called him Mr. Football. He didn’t like that too much.”
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HT 6-0 6-2 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-1 6-1 6-1 5-8 6-4 6-2 6-4 6-8 6-0 6-3 6-1 6-3 6-0 5-10 6-3 5-11 6-5 6-0 5-9 6-2 5-8 5-10 6-3 6-1 5-10 6-3 5-11 5-9 5-11 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-1 5-9 6-0 6-0 5-8 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-9 6-3 6-3 5-11 6-1 6-0 5-11 6-2 6-2 6-0 5-8 6-3 6-2 6-4 6-4 6-0 6-0 6-4 6-0 6-4 6-0 6-3 6-4 5-11 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-5 6-3 6-0 6-3 6-3 6-6 6-3 6-4 6-5 6-8 6-5 6-6 6-6 6-5 6-5 6-4 6-5 6-5 6-4 6-0 6-5 6-4 6-0 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-4 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-4 6-2 6-1 6-6
WT 205 184 249 207 185 203 215 175 186 220 215 269 240 191 229 204 210 215 180 234 170 200 190 184 203 171 180 218 219 185 197 173 187 199 175 206 185 182 195 180 192 182 215 202 162 190 190 190 158 188 204 184 201 208 180 185 264 218 190 238 230 215 230 227 244 313 242 304 229 253 302 243 238 311 290 291 305 285 292 292 300 315 262 278 282 298 314 299 320 300 319 223 248 246 253 165 230 239 172 190 165 183 253 282 276 287 291 236 298 275 284
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HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Butte CC) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Cincinnati, Ohio (Northwest) Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Miami, Florida (NIACC) West Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Lakes) Bradenton, Fla. (Palmetto) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC) Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) Atlanta, Ga. (Str. Pius X Catholic) Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Butte) Miami, Fla. (Palmetto) Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson) Paducah, Ky. (Paducah-Tilghman) Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway) Pomona, Calif. (Pomona) Louisville, Ky. (Valley) Deland, Fla. (Deland) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Alliance, Ohio (Alliance) Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) Louisville, Ky. (Male) Sacramento, Calif. (San Mateo) Atlanta, Ga. (Douglass) Paducah, Ky. (Paducah-Tilghman) Louisville, Ky. (Seneca) Seagoville, Texas (Seagoville) Louisville, Ky. (Male) Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge) Jonesboro, Ga. (Riverdale) Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph’s Regional) Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson) Summerville, Ga. (Chattooga) Lexington, Ky. (Henry Clay) Bellflower, Calif. (Nevada) Louisville, Ky. (Male) Covington, Ky. (Holmes) St. Petersburg, Fla. (Boca Ciega) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell) Houston, Texas (Butte CC) Bowling Green, Ky. (Warren East) Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain) Crestwood, Ky. (South Oldham) Oakland Park, Fla. (Northeast) Oakland Park, Fla. (Northeast) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Park Hills, Ky. (Covington Catholic) Birmingham, Ala. (Shades Valley) Spanaway, Wash. (Butte) Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Treasure Coast) Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola) Louisville, Ky. (Manual) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Louisville, Ky. (Male) Stone Mountain, Ga. (Dunwoody) Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin) Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek) Norfolk, Va. (Lake Taylor) Swainsboro, Ga. (Hutchinson) Jacksonville, Ala. (Jacksonville) Louisville, Ky. (Air Force) Los Fresnos, Texas (Los Fresnos) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Jacksonville, Fla. (Wolfson) Shepherdsville, Ky. (North Bullitt) Louisville, Ky. (Christian Academy) Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Louisville, Ky. (Butler) Somerset, N.J. (Franklin) McKee’s Rock, Pa. (Montour) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Louisville, Ky. (St. XAvier) Tampa, Fla. (Wesley Chapel) Louisville, Ky. (Ballard) Douglasville, Ga. (Douglas County) Miami, Fla. (Hialeah) Tampa, Fla. (Wharton) Naples, Fla. (Naples) Cadiz, Ky. (Trigg County) Tallahassee, Fla. (Chiles) Long Valley, N.J. (The Hun School) Brazil, Ind. (College of the Canyons) Country Club Hills, Ill. (Joliet) Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson) Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Collins, Miss. (Jones County) Lexington, Ky. (Tates Creek) Inglewood, Calif. (El Camino) Louisville, Ky. (Central) Boca Raton, Fla. (West Boca Raton) Cincinnati, Ohio (Glen Estes) Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph’s Regional) Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek) Louisville, Ky. (Trinity) Moss Point, Miss. (Gulf Coast CC) Louisville, Ky. (Pleasure Ridge Park) Lexington, Ky. (Bryan Station) San Jose, Calif. (Foothill) Atlanta, Ga. (Hutchinson CC) Sunrise, Fla. (Boyd Anderson) Compton, Calif. (El Camino) Fort Mitchell, Ky. (Beechwood) Cold Springs, Ky. (Newport Central Catholic)
NAME Tavon Austin Pat Miller Robert Sands Brad Starks Eddie Davis Qudral Forte Tom Ferrari Ivan McCartney Will Johnson Noel Devine Andrew Goldbaugh Terrell Morning Keith Tandy Brodrick Jenkins Jock Sanders Stedman Bailey Michael Dorsey Barry Brunetti Sidney Glover Bruce Irvin Geno Smith Josh DePasquale Jewone Snow Cotey Wallace Coley White Jeremy Johnson Wes Tonkery Brantwon Bowser Anthony Vecchio Ishmael Banks Brandon Hogan Benji Powers Eain Smith Kwabena Asante Travis Bell Trey Johnson Darwin Cook Trippe Hale Daquan Hargrett J.T. Thomas Pat Lazear Ryan Clarke Terence Garvin Shawne Alston John Howard Derek Knight Lawrence Smith Gregg Pugnetti Matt Lindamood Tyler Bitancurt Nick Cadwell Ricky Kovatch Donovan Miles Casey Vance Taige Redman Corey Smith Anthony Leonard Chris Snook Doug Rigg Jeremy Kash Troy Gloster Josh Contraguerro Najee Goode Trent Lusk Tyler Anderson Branko Busick Jamal Nelson Matt Timmerman John Bassler Eric Jobe Donovan Pearson Jeff Braun Don Barclay Chad Snodgrass Marquis Wallace Quinton Spain Glenn Gress Mike Calicchio Cole Bowers Jordan Weingart Joseph Madsen Pat Eger Will Clarke Josh Jenkins C.J. Huffman Nick Kindler Ryan Nehlen J.D. Woods Jack Crossin Reginald Rembert Trevor Demko Cody Nutter Tyler Rader Tyler Urban Chris Neild J.B. Lageman Bryan Logsdon Soraya Ogbebar Larry Ford Scooter Berry Josh Taylor Chris Palmer Julian Miller Curtis Feigt Jorge Wright
POS WR CB CB WR CB CB QB WR TE RB WR WR CB CB WR WR S QB CB DE QB QB LB QB QB QB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB RB S RB CB CB RB LB LB RB CB RB K CB CB P FB K CB FB LB LB LB P LB FB LB LS LB LB LB LS LB LB DT OL OL OL DT OL OL OL OL OL DT OL OL OL OL OL DE OL DT OL WR WR WR WR DE LS OL TE DT DE TE TE DE DT DT DT DT DT DT
HT 5-9 5-10 6-5 6-3 6-0 6-1 6-1 6-3 6-2 5-8 5-9 6-1 5-10 5-10 5-7 5-10 6-3 6-0 5-11 6-3 6-3 5-11 6-3 6-1 6-0 6-2 6-1 5-11 5-9 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-11 5-10 6-2 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-6 6-2 6-0 6-0 6-3 5-11 5-11 5-11 5-9 6-1 6-0 6-1 5-9 6-2 6-1 5-9 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-2 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-11 6-1 5-9 6-2 6-0 5-11 6-3 6-4 6-2 6-0 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-5 6-6 6-2 6-5 6-5 6-3 6-4 6-6 6-6 6-3 6-1 6-6 6-2 6-0 5-10 5-7 6-6 6-3 6-3 6-5 6-2 6-3 6-5 6-5 6-3 6-1 6-1 6-3 6-4 6-6 6-2
WT 173 183 221 190 186 190 178 183 238 180 170 175 198 182 179 195 210 207 207 235 210 199 230 180 175 175 190 190 157 185 189 181 204 190 187 172 205 198 188 225 237 247 215 222 198 201 178 208 234 198 188 239 234 227 221 214 246 237 215 206 200 213 238 194 240 231 272 294 295 290 270 308 304 296 290 330 250 290 289 288 290 288 265 300 278 285 198 192 170 157 245 241 291 249 301 266 258 249 255 287 278 285 260 284 264
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HOMETOWN BALTIMORE, MD BIRMINGHAM, AL CAROL CITY, FL UNIONVILLE, VA TAMPA, FL ATLANTA, GA ASHLAND, PA MIRAMAR, FL DAYTON, OH FORT MYERS, FL WHEELING, WV PEMBROKE PINES, FL HOPKINSVILLE, KY FORT MYERS, FL SAINT PETERSBURG, FL MIRAMAR, FL WARREN, OH MEMPHIS, TN WARREN, OH WALNUT, CA MIRAMAR, FL HOUSTON, PA CANTON, OH WELLSBURG, WV DAPHNE, AL KOUNTZE, TX SHINNSTON, WV PHOENIX, AZ MORGANTOWN, WV RICHMOND, VA MANASSAS, VA WILLIAMSTOWN, WV MIRAMAR, FL SILVER SPRING, MD BELLE GLADE, FL RICHMOND, VA CLEVELAND, OH MOBILE, AL MIAMI, FL FORT LAUDERDALE, FL BETHESDA, MD GLEN BURNIE, MD BALTIMORE, MD HAMPTON, VA CINCINNATI, OH DETROIT, MI MIAMI, FL FAIRFAX, VA PARKERSBURG, WV SPRINGFIELD, VA LEESBURG, VA DUBLIN, OH STAFFORD, VA SENECA ROCKS, WV KEYSER, WV BUNKER HILL, WV MCKEESPORT, PA MEDINA, OH ORADELL, NJ CENTERVILLE, OH GERMANTOWN, MD WHEELING, WV CLEVELAND, OH MORGANTOWN, WV MORGANTOWN, WV STEUBENVILLE, OH LAUREL, MD LITTLE FALLS, NJ NEW WINDSOR, MD LA PLATA, MD DANVILLE, WV WESTMINSTER, MD CRANBERRY, PA CROSS LANES, WV RICHMOND, VA PETERSBURG, VA CLARKS SUMMIT, PA LONG ISLAND, NY ONA, WV GAINESVILLE, FL CHARDON, OH JEFFERSON HILLS, PA PITTSBURGH, PA PARKERSBURG, WV HURRICANE, WV CAMP HILL, PA MORGANTOWN, WV NAPLES, FL BERWICK, PA MORGANTOWN, WV KULPMONT, PA PARKERSBURG, WV CROSS LANES, WV NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA STROUDSBURG, PA HUNTINGTON, WV BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV -GEORGETOWN, SC NORTH BABYLON, NY MIRAMAR, FL PHILADELPHIA, PA COLUMBUS, OH MERCERSBURG, PA MIAMI, FL
2010 SCHEDULE DATE Sept. 4, 2010 Sept. 10, 2010
OPPONNENT Coastal Carolina at Marshall
TIME/RESULT W, 31-0 W, 24-21
Sept. 18, 2010 Sept. 25, 2010 Oct. 9, 2010 Oct. 14, 2010
Maryland (ESPNU) at LSU UNLV South Florida
W, 31-17 L, 20-14 W, 49-10 W, 20-6
Oct. 23, 2010 Oct. 29, 2010 Nov. 13, 2010 Nov. 20, 2010 Nov. 26, 2010
Syracuse at Connecticut Cincinnati at Louisville at Pittsburgh
L, 19-14 L, 16-13 W, 37-10 12 Noon TBA
Dec. 4, 2010
RB NOEL DEVINE
2009 RESULTS DATE Sept. 5, 2009 Sept. 12, 2009 Sept. 19, 2009 Oct. 1, 2009 Oct. 10, 2009 Oct. 17, 2009 Oct. 24, 2009 Oct. 30, 2009 Nov. 7, 2009 Nov. 13, 2009 Nov. 27, 2009 Dec. 5, 2009 Jan. 1, 2010
OPPONNENT Liberty East Carolina at Auburn Colorado at Syracuse Marshall Connecticut at South Florida Louisville at Cincinnati Pittsburgh at Rutgers vs. Florida State
RESULT W 33-20 W 35-20 L 41-30 W 35-24 W 34-13 W 24-7 W 28-24 L 30-19 W 17-9 L 24-21 W 19-16 W 24-21 L 33-21
RECORD 1-0 2-0 2-1 3-1 4-1 (1-0) 5-1 6-1 (2-0) 6-2 (2-1) 7-2 (3-1) 7-3 (3-2) 8-3 (4-2) 9-3 (5-2) 9-4
FAST FACTS - WEST VIRGINIA PLAYS TWO OF THE TOP THREE TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE RIGHT BEFORE VISITJNG LOUISVILLE AND THEN RIVAL PITTSBURGH THE WEEK AFTER. - THE MOUNTAINEERS HAVE WON BOWL GAMES IN FOUR OF THE LAST FIVE SEASONS.
TEAM BREAKDOWN BY RICK CUSHING A LOOK BACK The Mountaineers have had an up-and-down season. Three straight wins, followed by a 20-14 loss at then-No. 15 LSU, followed by two more wins, put WVU at 5-1 and in the top HEAD COACH 20. But then came a shocking BILL STEWART 19-14 Homecoming Day loss to Syracuse, followed by a 1613 overtime loss at Connecticut, and the “Fire-theCoach” fans were howling. Until last Saturday, when the Mountaineers walloped visiting Cincinnati 37-10 and, at 6-3, 2-2, have a chance to redeem themselves by winning the Big East title and its BCS bowl bid. To win that title, WVU will have to beat Pittsburgh in the Steel City on Nov. 26. But first, WVU will have to beat Louisville in the Derby City this Saturday. “We’ve got to win the next game in Louisville,” said sophomore quarterback Geno Smith. “We’re not even thinking about Pitt right now.” So the Cards figure to get WVU’s best effort, and if the Mountaineers play as they did against Cincinnati, that means trouble. They jumped to a 30-0 lead in the first half and cruised, with Smith throwing four TD passes and the defense limiting UC to 281 yards, nearly 140 below its season average, and forcing four turnovers. They limited UC to 60 rushing yards, and they sacked Tony Collaros five times, intercepted him twice, forced him to fumble once and recorded a safety when he was called for intentional grounding in the end zone. “That was a total team victory,” said WVU coach Bill Stewart. “I had hoped that we could make some adjustments, and we did. We made a complete overhaul the last two weeks and we found some things we needed to do better, and we did that today.” WVU posted 29 first downs, 245 yards rushing and had a 13-minute advantage in time of possession. In the second half the Mountaineers went predominantly to the ground, attempting only three passes and at one point running the ball 22 straight times against a worn-out Cincinnati defense. WVU took heart when Pitt lost at Connecticut last Thursday. There are now five teams in the Big East with a shot at the title, with only Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers being out of contention because of three league losses. “We came out with every intent on winning today, and we felt after Pitt lost that it gave us a second life,” Smith said. DEFENSE IS THE MAINSTAY The Mountaineers employ an unusual 3-3-5 defense that has been confounding opponents for years. This season is no exception. In fact, WVU’s defense has been lights out this season. The Mountaineers rank seventh in the country and first in the Big East in both rushing and passing defense (94.89 rushing ypg, 158.44 passing ypg), fourth in the country in overall defense (253.33 ypg) and third in scoring defense (13.22 ppg). Throughout the team’s ups and downs this year, the D has been a constant. UofL’s offense will be facing its biggest challenge Saturday. DEFENSE GETTING IN OPPONENTS’ BACKFIELD Through nine games WVU has 61 tackles for a loss (second in Big East, tied for 27th in the country), including 28 sacks, which leads the Big East and is fourth in the country. Against UC the Mountaineers had 13 tackles for a loss, including five sacks. The leading sack masters are junior DE Bruce Irvin (6-3, 235) with eight, junior nose tackle Julian Miller (6-4, 260) with seven and senior LB J.T. Thomas (6-2, 225) and junior LB Najee Goode (6-1, 238) with six apiece. TANDY A DANDY Redshirt junior cornerback Keith Tandy (5-10, 198) from Hopkinsville, the lone Kentuckian on WVU’s roster, is tied for seventh in the country and tied for the lead in the Big East with five interceptions. He’s also sixth on the team with 39 tackles (two for a loss), and he’s forced a fumble. Against UC he had five tackles, four pass breakups and a tackle for a loss in addition to his INT. OFFENSIVE NUMBERS ARE DOWN WVU led the Big East in rushing last season at 186.4 ypg, but this season the Mountaineers are third in the league and 44th in the country at 166.56 ypg. WVU is 69th in the country in passing at 208.44 ypg, 63rd in total offense at 375.00 ypg and tied for 74th in scoring
at 25.89 ppg. SMITH COMING OFF BEST GAME After two lackluster performances in losses to Syracuse and UConn, Smith (6-3, 210) was superb against Cincinnati. He was 15 of 25 for 174 yards with an interception, with two TD passes to Tavon Austin (32 and 10 yards) and two to Jock Sanders (48 and 5 yards). This is Smith’s first year as a fulltime starter. On the season he’s 178 of 273 (65.2 percent) for 1,870 yards (207.8 average) and 19 TDs with six interceptions. He’s run the ball 64 times for a net gain of 76 yards. He’s been sacked 17 times. RUNNING GAME COMING AROUND With leading rusher Noel Devine (5-8, 180) slowed by injury for much of the season, WVU recently has turned to sophomore Shawne Alston (5-11, 222), and he has delivered. Against UC he had 17 carries for 75 yards, and Devine, who’s still not 100 percent but is getting better, had 77 on 18 carries. WVU rushed for a season-high 245 yards against UC. For the season Devine has rushed 161 times for 770 yards (4.8-yard average, 85.6 a game) and five TDs. That’s down from last season, when he rushed for 1,465 yards and 13 TDs and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Alston has rushed 23 times for 107 yards (4.7-yard average). Also a weapon is sophomore fullback Ryan Clarke (6-0, 247), who has rushed 64 times for 230 yards (3.6 average) and two TDs. He ripped off a 20-yard run up the middle on a third-and-short against UC. SANDERS POISED TO SET SCHOOL RECORD Sanders, a 5-7, 179-pound senior flanker, has 189 receptions, just two shy of the school record set by David Saunders in 1998. In its game notes after dusting UC, WVU said, “Sanders should get the record this Saturday at Louisville.” The Cards have been challenged! For the season Sanders leads the team with 52 catches for 528 yards (9.8 per catch, 56.4 a game) and four TDs. THREE OTHER RECEIVERS POSE THREATS The Cards can’t afford to pay too much attention to Devine, because WVU has three other productive receivers. Austin, a 5-9, 173-pound sophomore, actually leads the team in receiving yards per game at 58.7 (44 catches for 528 yards, 12.0 average per catch) and in TD catches with five, and junior Brad Starks (6-3, 190) leads in average yards per catch at 16.1 (16 for 257 and four TDs). Also dangerous is 5-10, 195-pound redshirt freshman Stedman Bailey (17 catches for 231 yards – 13.6 per catch – and three TDs), while Devine is a threat (25 catches for 130 yards and a TD). TURNOVERS HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM WVU is tied for 83rd in the country in turnover margin at minus-.33, which is perhaps the main reason for the team’s inconsistency. The Mountaineers have 10 interceptions as opposed to seven by their foes, but they’ve lost 12 fumbles while recovering only six. Against Syracuse Smith threw three interceptions, and WVU lost four fumbles against UConn, the final one coming in OT when the Mountaineers had a first and goal at the 2-yard line. But they made just two TOs against UC, Smith’s INT and a fumble late in the game by a backup. “As you can see, it was just a tale of turnovers,” Smith said of the difference between the UC victory and the two previous losses. “It’s the same amount of yards. It’s the same effort. It’s when we turn it over we lose.” BITANCOURT A CAPABLE FG KICKER Sophomore place-kicker Tyler Bitancourt is having another good year following a very good freshman campaign, when he made 13 of 15 FG attempts. This season he’s 9 of 12, but he’s only 1 of 3 from beyond 40 yards. PUNTING GAME AVERAGE Senior Greg Pugnetti is averaging 41.7 yards on 51 punts, with 19 downed inside the 20, but his net punting average (36.82 yards) ranks fourth in the Big East and 53rd in the country. ALL-TIME SERIES UofL and WVU have met 11 times in a series that dates to 1984, with the Mountaineers holding a 9-2 advantage. They have won the last three. The Cards’ two wins came in their 1990 Fiesta Bowl season (9-7) and in their 2006 Orange Bowl season (44-34). The latter victory was a signature one. Both teams were undefeated, WVU was ranked No. 3, and the nationally televised night game was played before a PJCS jampacked with a frenzied White-Out crowd.
NOVEMBER 20, 2010
WEST VIRGINIA LOUISVILLE, KY 12 Noon
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
CARDINAL STARS OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL EATON - CROSS COUNTRY The redshirt senior from Bowling Green, Ky., earned his fourth all-Region honor with a fourth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville. He covered the 10,000-meter course in 30:20.02 and helped Louisville finish fifth in the region as a team. Because the Cardinals finished ahead of nationally ranked Virginia, they earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which will held next Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.
AUSTIN BERRY - MEN’S SOCCER The redshirt junior from Cincinnati was named Big East Defender of the Year at last Thursday’s Big East Soccer Awards Banquet in Short Hills, N.J. Berry, who was the second UofL player to be named Defender of the Year (Phil Edginton won the award last season), helped Louisville achieve an undefeated season. He started all 16 regular-season games and helped UofL attain a 0.56 goalagainst average and a .750 save percentage. Berry also finished the regular season with three goals and two assists.
DYLAN MARES - MEN’S SOCCER Also honored at the banquet was Mares. The freshman forward from Zionsville, Ind., is the second Louisville player to earn Big East Rookie of the Year honors after Colin Rolfe won the award in 2008. Mares led the team with 18 points in the regular season and recorded a team-high eight goals. His 1.38 pointsper-game average ranked fifth in the league, and his 0.62 goals per game was fourth. He earned Big East Rookie of the Week honors twice this season (Sept. 27 and Oct. 25) and Big East Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 4. Mares was named to the All-Big East second team and, of course, the All-Rookie team. ANDRE BOUDREAUX - MEN’S SOCCER The junior goalkeeper from New Orleans stopped two of the five penalty kicks he faced and got a hand on another one in a remarkable display of quickness and nerves of steel during the penalty-kick overtime period to decide the Big East Tournament champions Sunday at Red Bull Park in Harrison, N.J. Boudreaux, who finished the season with a remarkably good 0.56 goals-against average, blocked the final Providence attempt to clinch the championship for UofL and then leaped to his feet and sprinted down the field before he was wrangled by teammates in a dog-pile celebration near midfield. LOLA ARSLANBEKOVA - VOLLEYBALL The sophomore from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, had 15 kills and two blocks to lead Louisville to a 15-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-13 victory over Syracuse in the final regular-season Big East match. “Syracuse was playing with such emotion from their Senior Day ceremonies in the first set,” coach Leonid Yelin said. “We just had to stay even-keeled and take care of ourselves and hopefully let them burn out a little bit after the strong start.” UofL hit .406 for the match and outblocked the Orange 12-5. The Cardinals improved to 18-7, 12-2 in the Big East and clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament. BILAL POWELL - FOOTBALL The senior from Clermont, Fla., had 140 yards on 31 carries against South Florida Saturday, just a week after being held out of action against Syracuse because of a bruised knee. Powell reached the 100-yard mark for the sixth time this season and seventh time in his career. The six 100-yard games in one season ranks third in school history, tied with Michael Bush in 2005, Anthony Shelman in 1994 and Deon Booker in 1988. The record holders are Frank Moreau (1999) and Walter Peacock (1973), who each had seven in a season. Powell could match or surpass that record with two (or three with a bowl) games left this season. Powell has 1,207 yards this season. He was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker award last week. ROBERT HALL - MEN’S TENNIS The junior from Bowling Green, Ky., won the Bryant Draw Consolation Championship at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Hall defeated Radford’s Stijn Meulemans 6-2, 6-2 in the consolation title match to cap a 3-1 run in the tournament. He posted an 8-5 singles record last season, which tied for the team lead. He also paired with Alejandro Calligari for a 9-3 doubles record.
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
CARDS SIGN FOUR, CLASS IS RANKED NO. 7 IN THE NATION By Jeff Wafford University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff signed four players to National Letters of Intent last week, good for the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation, according to Rivals.com. The class includes a trio of players ranked inside the top 100 – Chane Behanan (a 6-7 power forward), Wayne Blackshear (a 6-5 small forward) and Zach Price JEFF WAFFORD (a 6-11 center) – along with Angel Nunez (a 6-7 small forward). “This is a terrific recruiting class for us,” Pitino said. “…It’s a terrific recruiting class because all the young men have the attitude I want to coach. All the young men have tremendous upside, they can improve a great deal, and they are all players that can play right away, so we are very excited to announce this recruiting class.” The highest-rated player in the class is Behanan, a five-star power forward from Bowling Green H.S. (Ky.) who is rated as the No. 5 power forward in this class and No. 23 player overall. Behanan also had scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Connecticut, West Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio State. “Chane Behanan reminds me of Rodney McCray,” Pitino said. “Some people tried to say (Jamal) Mashburn, but he really reminds me more of Rodney McCray. He has guard skills as well as forward skills, and that is the highest compliment because I thought Rodney McCray was a great basketball player. “(Chane) is explosive; he’ll do some things jumping-wise that I don’t quite believe for his size. When you look at him you think of someone that is very powerful, but you can’t imagine how high he jumps. He’s a very good passer, he can score, he can play multiple positions, he can step away from the basket and he can post up. He uses screens well, he’s very physical and he’ll be a terrific Big East basketball player.” Blackshear (6-5, 210) is a four-star small forward from Morgan Park H.S. (Chicago) who is rated as the No. 9 player at his position and the No. 32 player overall in the class of 2011. Blackshear chose the Cards over Illinois, Kentucky, Texas and others. “Wayne is a young man that just has tremendous potential,” Pitino said. “He has as much potential as any player I have ever recruited because he is 6-5, long, a terrific defensive player, a very good rebounder from the guard spot, a good shooter. He is an explosive jumper, and he’s ... got the whole package.” Pitino scoffed at reports over the last several months that Blackshear had looked at other schools after making his initial commitment to the Cards last year, indicating he and his coaches felt confident in Blackshear’s commitment all along. Price (6-11, 240) is a four-star center from Jeffersontown H.S. (Louisville) who is rated as the No. 6 center and No. 72 overall player in the class of 2011. Price also considered Ohio State, Cincinnati and others. “Zach Price is a young man that also has great upside,” Pitino said. “He is 6-10, 6-11, and he’s a lefty, which poses problems for people.... He has a very good touch.” The final player announced by Pitino was Angel Nunez (6-7, 180), a small for-
ward from Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) who is rated as a three-star player. Nunez, who chose the Cardinals over offers from Arkansas, Arizona, St. John’s, West Virginia and several others, actually sent his letter of intent in a day later than the rest of the group because his mother in New York City had to sign the paperwork before it could be sent to UofL. “I watched him play as a sophomore and I liked him a lot,” Pitino said of Nunez. “(I) saw him play early on as a junior, and we got off him. Then I saw him again and really liked him again. I think he has the attributes that I witnessed in Francisco Garcia.... He is going to need a strength program, but he has very good basketball skills.” “He is a very good shooter; he has that high arching shot like Francisco did,” Pitino added. “He is a very good passer. He is somebody that I think has loads of potential. But like Gorgui (Dieng) and like Francisco, he has to get stronger physically.” Overall, Pitino called the group a “terrific” set of players who are not only good athletes but also “very good basketball players.” “They can all pass, catch and shoot,” he explained. “Zach at 6-foot-11 is a very good basketball player who really understands the game. I think Wayne is a great athlete, but he is also a terrific basketball player. He understands what to do with the basketball, he understands how to play defense, he understands passing. Chane probably has got the most to learn because he is going to have to play multiple positions when he gets here. He is also very advanced as a basketball player. Angel is in the same boat. They are all very good basketball players and athletes.” Pitino noted that UofL will be taking a trip to Australia prior to next season, which would give the young group of players an extra 10 days of practice to get acquainted with their new teammates and the UofL system. The Cards’ four-man class ranks them seventh overall and third in the Big East. Kentucky holds the No. 1 ranking, with four players ranked in the top 25. St. John’s is rated No. 2 with a whopping six commitments, five of whom are rated in the top 100. Duke, North Carolina, Arkansas and Syracuse also rank ahead of the Cardinals. Texas, Arizona and Illinois round out the top 10. Western Kentucky snuck into the rankings at No. 25. Another interesting note about the 2011 class is that Pitino may not be done adding to it. Heading into signing day, Pitino was awaiting a decision from at least one player – 5-11 point guard Angel Rodriguez from Dr. Krop H.S. (Miami). The three-star guard committed to Kansas State but did not sign a letter of intent, meaning he still can be recruited before he signs in the spring. However, Pitino mentioned recently that depending on the play of freshman point guard Elisha Justice he may not recruit a point guard in the 2011 class. That could become an interesting storyline to follow as the season goes on. While only a handful of top-100 recruits remain uncommitted and unsigned at this point, funny things can start happening when coaches leave schools or when players opt out of LOIs for other reasons. It’s not entirely out of the question that Pitino could also look toward the junior college ranks.
RIVALS.COM’S 2011 TEAM RANKINGS 1. KENTUCKY 2011 commits (National rank) PG Marquis Teague (2) SF Mike Gilchrist (3) PF Anthony Davis (6) PF Kyle Wiltjer (25)
2. ST. JOHN’S 2011 commits (National rank) C Norvel Pelle (19) SG D’Angelo Harrison (41) SF Jakarr Sampson (44) SF Maurice Harkless (45) SF Dominique Pointer (81) SG Nurideen Lindsey
3. DUKE 2011 commits (National rank) SG Austin Rivers (1) PG Quinn Cook (28) SF Michael Gbinije (31) C Marshall Plumlee (82)
4. NORTH CAROLINA 2011 commits (National rank) PF James McAdoo (8) SF P.J. Hairston (14)
5. ARKANSAS 2011 commits (National rank) PG B.J. Young (18) PG Ky Madden (27) PF Hunter Mickelson (98) PF Devonta Abron (106) PF Aaron Ross (147)
John Calipari is at it again with his third consecutive No. 1 recruiting class at Kentucky. Teague, a dynamic point guard, and Gilchrist, a versatile small forward, are the top prospects at their position. Power forwards Davis and Wiltjer are both multi-talented post players and inside/outside threats.
Steve Lavin is making a statement with his 2011 recruiting. He has three four-star forwards headed to St. John’s. Pointer, Sampson and Harkless are athletic, versatile forwards who can contribute in multiple ways. Fourstar combo guard D’Angelo Harrison is a scoring machine. JUCO standout Nurideen Lindsey is also known for his ability to fill it up. The jewel of the class, however, is Pelle, a five-star post man who is bubbling over with athleticism
Austin Rivers, the top prospect in the country, puts Duke in the No. 3 spot nationally and top spot in the ACC. Steady point guard Cook gives Duke a top-tier backcourt. Gbinije gives the reigning national champions a multidimensional wing player with a complete game. Plumlee, a four-star center, brings length and athleticism to the Duke frontcourt.
Rival programs better have gotten their licks in last year because Roy Williams is adding more top-flight talent to an already deep roster. McAdoo is as quick as any power forward in the country and Hairston is a bruising scorer with deep range. The pressure is on John Pelphrey and his staff to produce, and they are doing so on the recruiting trail. Young blew up over the spring and summer and is among the nation’s most explosive scorers. Madden is a versatile combo guard on the cusp of being a five-star. Mickelson is a swift big man from in-state and Ross is another local product who can score facing the hoop. Abron, another ranked power forward, rounds out the class.
Syracuse has a second consecutive top 10 recruiting class. Christmas is one of the top shot-blockers in the 2011 class. A talented combo guard, 2011 commits (National rank) Carter-Williams, is loaded with upside. Rounding out Syracuse’s class is C Rakeem Christmas (12) PG Michael Carter-Williams (16) Cooney, who will be expected to knock down shots from the wing. SG Trevor Cooney
7. LOUISVILLE 2011 commits (National rank) PF Chane Behanan (23) SF Wayne Blackshear (32) C Zach Price (72) SF Angel Nunez
8. TEXAS 2011 commits (National rank) PG Myck Kabongo (24) SG Sheldon McClellan (52) PF Jonathan Holmes (83) SG Julien Lewis (96)
9. ARIZONA 2011 commits (National rank) PG Josiah Turner (10) SG Nick Johnson (40) PF Sidiki Johnson (71)
10. ILLINOIS 2011 commits (National rank) SF Mycheal Henry (36) PG Tracy Abrams (50) PF Mike Shaw (58) C Nnanna Egwu (93)
With his off-the-court drama behind him, Rick Pitino can continue to focus on a potential blockbuster class. Behanan is a tough, physical scorer with offensive skill. Blackshear is a no-nonsense wing. Price and Taylor give the Cardinals added versatility inside and on the wing.
Texas lost the commitment of top-10 prospect DeAndre Daniels, but the Longhorns still retain a top-10 recruiting class. Kabongo, a speedy point guard, leads the class. McClellan and Lewis are both athletic wing prospects who know how to score. A four-star prospect, Holmes, provides size to the class.
Sean Miller is working hard to put Arizona back on top and he’s got the best early class on the West Coast. Arizona native Nick Johnson is a highlight waiting to happen and Sidiki Johnson is a rugged rebounder who can score in the post. Top-10 prospect and the No. 2-ranked point guard Josiah Turner is the jewel of the three-man class. Bruce Weber and his staff continue to lock down local four-star talent. Henry is a wing with size and scoring punch, while Abrams is among the top floor generals in the country. Shaw is a physical and versatile forward. Egwu needs work offensively but has size and blocks shots.
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
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LOUISVILLE BEATS BUTLER Each week members of our esteemed media panel will try to prove they are smarter than sportscaster Tom Lane. Longtime Louisville SportsReport subscribers will remember that our media members used to test their football knowledge against a dog, but that proved to be far too challenging. The panel will battle it out by trying to pick the winners of 10 games per week during the college football season to earn the honor of top dog in the LSR’s Top Tom contest.
Sophomore Peyton Siva looked up at the scoreboard and smiled during Louisville’s win over No. 16 Butler Tuesday night at the new KFC Yum! Center. - photo by Dave Klotz
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Hakeem Smith tackled USF’s Bradley Battles during Saturday’s game. Smith has been one of the brightest stars on Louisville’s defense this season. - photo by Dave Klotz
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
2007 LOUISVILLE CARDINAL BASKETBALL CARAVAN 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
‘SELFLESS’ VAN TREESE PART OF IMPROVED SOPHOMORE QUARTET By Russ Brown Stephan Van Treese will probably have an expanded role on this year’s University of Louisville basketball team, but that doesn’t mean the 6-foot-9 sophomore forward is suddenly going to turn into a scoring machine. Scoring isn’t Van Treese’s forte’. It’s the other things, like running the floor, rebounding and playing defense, that will earn him minutes on the Cardinals’ front line, which will be shorthanded until -- or if -- junior forward Jared Swopshire returns from his injury. “Van Treese is without ego,” UofL coach Rick Pitino said. “He doesn’t care about scoring. He RUSS BROWN just cares about rebounding, getting up and down the floor, setting great screens. He’s a totally selfless player who just helps the team win.” Even in high school, Van Treese wasn’t a prolific scorer. He averaged a modest 12.3 points for Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis as a senior, while also contibuting 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 blocked shots. “Throughout my whole career I’ve never had to score for my team to win,” Van Treese said. “I usually just do whatever it takes for my team to win. I don’t care about scoring too much. I run the floor real well and concentrate on getting the ball out on fast breaks, rebounding, blocking shots, doing all the hustle things.” Watching Van Treese in high school, Pitino realized he wasn’t getting a scorer, but he liked the other things he saw. Other schools, however, were apparently turned off by Van Treese’s relative lack of offensive production. UCLA and other major programs who had recruited him as a sophomore and junior fell by the wayside. “He’s not someone who’s going to score a lot of points,” Pitino said. “He’s not going to blow you away with his scoring ability. But he makes his team win.” As a freshman last season Van Treese saw limited action for the Cards, appearing in 16 games for a total of only 44 minutes. But his improvement, coupled with the indefinite absence of Swopshire, should lead to much more time on the court this season. Just how much remains to be seen, but he drew a starting assignment in UofL’s exhibition game against Kentucky Wesleyan last week and played 19 minutes in the Cards’ 96-54 rout. He had nine points, eight rebounds and three steals while hitting 4 of 5 shots. “I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better since last season,” he said. “Just by playing in Coach P’s system and learning how he runs everything, this year I feel a lot more confident in my play. I feel great. I’m running the floor, been in the weight room, so I feel a lot stronger.”
Sophomores Rakeem Buckles and Peyton Siva, freshman Tim Henderson and sophomore Mike Marra got a charge from the action on the court late in UofL’s 96-54 romp over Kentucky Wesleyan last Thursday. - photo by Dave Klotz
Pitino said there are certain combinations that play better together, and that Van Treese meshes well with 6-10 freshman Gorgui Dieng. “Van Treese may be better with certain people. He plays very well with Gorgui,” Pitino said. Said Van Treese: “Me and Gorgui, we’ve been playing real well together. He can pass the ball really well, and he’s tall and really long. It’s hard for people to block me out because I’m going for every offensive rebound, and then they have to worry about Gorgui. Us going to the boards, it’s pretty hard for the other team to get the rebound. It’s working out nice. He’s a character, but we play real well together.” Van Treese is one of four sophomores who have improved significantly and figure to have more of an impact this season, the others being forward Rakeem Buckles and guards Peyton Siva and Mike Marra. Siva is the starting point guard, Buckles figured to start in the season-opener against Butler Tuesday night, and Marra should get plenty of quality minutes off the bench, and maybe a starting assignment now and then. Marra led the Cards against Wesleyan with 22 points on 6 of 8 three-point shooting. “I think all the sophomores are significantly better,” Pitino said. “I think you take your biggest leap from freshman to sophomore season, and all four guys have done that. I think freshman year they’re trying to almost memorize, they just can’t play instinctively. They’re trying to learn new offenses, trying to learn new defenses, different terminology. The second year they just rely on their instincts, and it’s much easier for them. “From freshman to sophomore year, unless you’re a ready-made high school AllAmerican who’s going to go to the pros, they just make the normal progression, and that
whole class has improved dramatically.” Van Treese said that over the summer all four sophomores were in the gym pushing each other to get better. “That’s how the sophomore class is; we’re hard-working,” he said. “Just knowing what the expectations are before the season and what we needed to work on during the summer was important. Last year I didn’t really know what to expect. This year I know more what my role is, so I knew what to try and do.” Starting center Terrence Jennings is a junior, so he can identify with the sophomores, what they went through as rookies and how they advanced going into their second season in the program. “It comes with maturity, understanding the game and learning and listening to Coach P and playing hard,” he said. Pitino said he isn’t as hard on freshmen now as he used to be, which is undoubtedly good news to this year’s rookie class of Dieng and guards Elijah Justice, Russ Smith, Tim Henderson and Mark Jackson Jr. “I’m not as difficult on them as you may think,” Pitino said. “Ten years ago was different. But you realize you’re dealing with a spoiled culture, and you realize how to deal with them. I’m more tough physically on them than I am mentally. It’s different times, different person. If you watched our practices 10 years ago and today you would say it’s the same drills, same intensity, but it’s just that the players are different in terms of their mental approach and how you deal with them.” NOTE: Swopshire has missed all of preseason practice so far with a groin injury, and Pitino said the 6-8 junior who was UofL’s top returning scorer and rebounder (7.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is “out for the long haul.” Pitino added that he doesn’t expect Swopshire to be an “impact player” until late February, at best.
CARDS LINEUP IS A GUESSING GAME By Russ Brown Don’t get to used to the starting lineup you saw against Butler Tuesday night. It could change when the Cardinals meet Jackson State Saturday night. And again on Monday when Chattanooga visits the KFC Yum! Center. And again ... Well, you get the idea. UofL coach Rick Pitino said he has so many players who are relatively equal, but with various attributes, that the Cards’ starting lineup and substitution pattern may be in a state of flux for the foreseeable future. The only sure starters at this stage are point guard Peyton Siva and center Terrence Jennings. You’d seemingly have to put sophomore forward Rakeem Buckles, who came on strong down the stretch last season, in that category, too. But Pitino isn’t sure. One day, Pitino said, he and his coaching staff think Buckles is a starter, then next day Stephan Van Treese, next day Mike Marra, next day Gorgui Dieng, and so on. “Our practices are a lot of fun,” Pitino said. “Every day we come to a different conclusion as to who the starting five is. And I don’t mean in terms of ability. I use the analogy of the (1995-96 championship season) at Kentucky. I tried to start the best five players, but they weren’t the five players who meshed the best together, and when I moved Anthony Epps into the backcourt (at point guard) we became a great basketball team. So we’re trying to find that out right now -- who meshes the best together.” As an indication of the parity on this UofL team, what Pitino considers his second unit has beaten the No. 1 group more often than the first unit has prevailed. “And that’s quite unusual,” Pitino said. “It’s scary, but it could also be a big positive. There are 11 players that are very close; they have different types of skills and talents. Van Treese is the only guy separating himself from the pack right now in terms of hustle plays. “From a starting lineup standpoint, my mind changes every day. I couldn’t tell you who’s starting, who’s not starting. I think we’ve got 11 guys who can play the game. It’s a matter of how we match up defensively that will determine certain things.” Going into the season-opener against Butler, Pitino also said he had no idea what to expect from his team, and he challenged the media to take a guess. “I don’t know our basketball team real well, I really don’t,” he said. “I don’t think if you polled each other on who’s going to be the leading scorer on the team this year, I don’t think you could guess right because I can’t guess right. Who’s going to be the leading rebounder, I couldn’t tell you. The leading assist guy, I’m not too sure about that. Leading steal guy, I’m not too sure. I’ve never been in a situation like that before. It’s interesting.” Pitino said the Big East is also a mystery to him. Pittsburgh was a solid choice to win the championship in the coaches’ preseason poll, but there was very little consensus on the other teams. UofL was tabbed eighth, and Pitino’s pick to win the title was St. John’s. “The Big East this year is really a conference of you don’t know,” Pitino said. “I can’t tell you. You just don’t know until you get into conference play.” Pitino says he does know one thing for certain, however. “We’re going to get a lot better. We have tremendous growth in our team. We’ll improve each week. The great thing about this team is every week we see improvement both offensively and defensively.” Siva said the main things that have become obvious to him at this point are that the Cards have adapted well to the fast-paced style ordered by their coach, and that they’re a good-shooting and well-balanced team. “I’m certain we can get out and run and get each other open shots,” Siva said. “We have great shooters. I don’t think we have anyone the defense can key on.”
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
2007 BIGCARDINAL EAST NOTEBOOK CARAVAN 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
HUSKIES GIVE AN ASSIST TO OTHER LEAGUE HOPEFULS
EDSALL’S 4TH-DOWN GAMBLE PAYS OFF AS UCONN STUNS PITT By Russ Brown Louisville’s Charlie Strong wasn’t the only Big East coach who was in a gambling mood last week. So was Connecticut’s Randy Edsall, and his roll of the dice against Pittsburgh was ultimately more successful than was Strong’s. Playing in front of a home crowd of 35,391 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford last Thursday night on ESPN, UConn faced a fourthand-1 from its own 19-yard line with 2:50 left while clinging to a 30-28 lead. Not an inch, a yard. Edsall decided to give the ball to running back Jordan Todman and go for it. If Pitt stopped Todman, all the Panthers would have to do to win RUSS BROWN the game is make a short field goal. Pitt would be 4-0 in the Big East, and it would be see you later for the rest of the league. For UConn (now 5-4 and 3-3) it was sudden death for the Big East season. “I think I said, ‘Defense, can you stop them?’” Edsall said. “And before they could answer, I said, ‘We’re going for it.’” Todman, who finished with career highs of 222 yards on 37 carries, then gained 4 yards for the first down, and from there the Huskies ran out the clock. “I don’t think I could have lived with myself if I said I’m going to punt the ball,” Edsall said. “Some people might say it takes a lot of cojones to make that call. I took a look in the eyes of the offensive linemen and Jordan, and knowing the heart and guts Todman has, I wanted us to control our own destiny. “I just saw Pittsburgh take the ball down the field on our defense, boom, boom, boom. I saw what our offensive line had done. I think I would have done a disservice to the offensive team if I took them off the field.” Said Todman: “I had a lot of confidence in our offensive line that they would get a good push and I’d just lean forward. I would have never thought of punting -- let’s just run it, get it and put it away.” UConn did the rest of the league a huge favor. There are four teams in the conference with two losses who now feel that they have a shot at the title -- UConn, Syracuse, USF and West Virginia. And speaking of Todman, Edsall was stunned that his junior wasn’t selected as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award even though he is the No. 2 rusher in the nation with an average of 147 yards per game. (UofL’s Bilal Powell, No. 5 at 134.1, is on the list.) “All that stuff is political,” Edsall said. “I think people just look at certain things, and it’s political. Donald Brown should have won it (two years ago). It’s all political. We just worry about doing our stuff on the field. Certain things just amaze you sometimes, but you worry about what you can control, and you know that those kids would trade that stuff for helping their team win.”
UConn coach Randy Edsall, with the Huskies clinging to a 30-28 lead over Pittsburgh, went for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 19-yard line with 2:50 left. The gamble paid off, and UConn handed Pitt its first conference loss. - photo by BigEast.org
PITT MAKES IT HARDER The loss was a major blow for Pitt (5-4, 3-1), which suffered a meltdown in almost every phase of the game. On offense, quarterback Tino Sunseri was off-target and was intercepted twice on Pitt’s first four possessions. On defense, the Panthers couldn’t tackle Todman even though they hadn’t given up 100 yards rushing to any back all season. And on special teams, UConn’s Nick Williams returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, the Panthers fumbled a fourth-quarter kickoff return, which led to a UConn TD, and usually reliable Dan Hutchins shanked two second-half punts. Ironically, the next day, Hutchins was named one of the 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter. “I thought they pushed us around some,” Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. “I don’t have an answer, except our maturity to play a game on the road on national TV -- we didn’t get it done. We didn’t handle it in any phase. It’s disappointing.” The Panthers’ margin of error now has shrunk considerably. Pitt has three league games remaining, two of them on the road -- at USF Saturday and at Cincinnati on Dec. 4. The Panthers’ home game is the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia at Heinz Field on Nov. 26. “We preach Big East, Big East, Big East championship,” running back Ray Graham said. “It was very disappointing to go in there and lose that game. It makes things a lot hard-
er than it should be.” One more loss will take the conference race and the opportunity to represent the league in a BCS bowl out of Pitt’s hands because tiebreaking rules would come into play. Then almost anything could happen. Of course, there are legitimate questions about whether any team in the Big East is worthy of a BCS bowl. PLAYERS DEFEND STEWART Maybe West Virginia’s impressive 37-10 rout of Cincinnati in Morgantown last Saturday will get some of the fans off the back of WVU coach and all-around nice guy Bill Stewart -- at least until the next loss, which could conceivably come Saturday when the Mountaineers take on Louisville in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Stewart wasn’t a popular choice when he replaced Rich Rodriguez three years ago and hasn’t been able to win over much of the fan base since. Criticism escalated to an all-time high recently after WVU dropped back-toback Big East games to underdogs Syracuse (19-14) and UConn (16-13 in OT). Upset fans have made “Fire Bill Stewart” Facebook pages and web sites, and one is selling merchandise with “Fire Coach Stewart” on it. “If I don’t know about it, obviously it doesn’t affect me,” Stewart said. “But I’m sure there’s a lot of things being said. That’s the right of Americans. We have the right to our opinions.” Prior to the Cincinnati game, Stewart’s players felt the necessity to defend their coach.
“Most of those people don’t know what’s going on inside these walls,” senior wide receiver Jock Sanders said, adding that he doesn’t read or listen to what fans are saying and tells his teammates to do the same. “I don’t even listen to the good stuff,” he said. “Why listen to the good stuff or the bad stuff? Most people don’t even know what they’re talking about. Most of these people have never played a down in their entire life. So, why pay attention to those things and let them get you sidetracked? “All we can do is go about it and talk to each other inside these walls -- because we know what’s really going on.” Sophomore quarterback Geno Smith said Stewart “is a guy we look up to and listen to” and that Stewart “lifts us up and builds our confidence.” “I can see, from a fan’s point of view, it can be frustrating because you don’t want your team to lose,” Smith added. “And as players, it can be frustrating because you don’t want to lose either, and you’re out there playing hard. Every team practices hard and comes out with the intent to win every game and every play.” JONES EQUALS KELLY ... IN LOSSES Hard to believe, but with UC’s loss to WVU Bearcats coach Butch Jones has lost as many games in his first year -- six -- as predecessor Brian Kelly lost in his three seasons. “We’re going through some things that are uncharted water right now, for our coaches and for our players,” Jones said. “Our faith is being tested, but through adversity we’ll be stronger. We’re going to be fine.We’re going to do this the right way.” Cincinnati’s only Big East victory was 3527 over Louisville on Oct. 15 in PJCS. Since then the Bearcats (3-6, 1-3) have lost three in a row -- to USF, Syracuse and WVU. They’ll host Rutgers Saturday, travel to UConn Nov. 27, then end the season at home against Pitt on Dec. 4. “It’s the small things,” Jones said. “It’s the details. And right now we don’t play with attention to detail. It’s frustrating, and you’ve just got to keep working on it.” The UC offense was hoping to get a boost from the return of quarterback Zach Collaros, who missed the Syracuse game with a bruised left knee. But Collaros was intercepted twice, lost a fumble, took a safety when he was called for intentional grounding in the end zone and was sacked five times. He finished 25 of 45 for 221 yards, with no touchdowns. Like his teammates and coaches, center Jason Kelce is having a hard time figuring out why the Bearcats’ season has turned into such a disaster after back-to-back Big East championships. “The only thing I can think of is lack of attention,” Kelce said. “I think at the beginning of the year we lacked a lot of passion. Now we come out and we want to play, but I don’t think the guys really focus on just making sure that you don’t make a mistake. It’s getting
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BIG EAST NOTEBOOK very old very fast.” ORANGE A MAJOR SUCCESS STORY You could have made a lot of money betting that Syracuse (7-3, 4-2) would become one of the first Big East teams to become bowl eligible this season. But after edging Rutgers 13-10, the Orange -- picked to finish next-to-last in the league in the coaches’ preseason poll -- is assured of making its first bowl appearance since 2004. Syracuse, the only Big East team currently receiving votes in the AP top 25, is writing one of college football’s biggest success stories this season, and coach Doug Marrone believes there are more chapters to come. “I just came out of the locker room where I told the players there’s a lot of great stories on this team,” Marrone said minutes after the win over Rutgers had guaranteed Syracuse’s first winning record since 2001. “I said those stories need to come out.” Marrone added that he is “excited for the kids,” adding, “I’m not a person who doesn’t have a personality. I might not show it, but inside of me is such a great joy for the players. And not just for the players. It starts with them, but for the community and the fans and the lettermen. “We’re not where we need to be yet. We’re not even close. But I think now people realize we’re moving in the right direction.” Freshman Ross Krautman provided the winning points for Syracuse with a 24-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining at Rutgers Stadium. “I think the way the game ended showed a lot about what’s gone on in this program,” Marrone said. “They’re a team of great character. They trust in each other. They believe in each other.” “It’s awesome,” senior punter Rob Long said. “We had tears of joy. We knew we did it as a team.” Krautman is now 15 of 16 on field-goal tries this season. RUTGERS QB PICTURE MUDDLED Rutgers (4-5, 1-3), which will host UofL in the Cards’ season finale on Nov. 26, continues to play musical chairs with its quarterbacks -- sophomore Tom Savage and true freshman Chas Dodd. Savage lost his starting job to Dodd before the Pitt game on Oct. 23, benched as much for his performance as for several nagging injuries. Dodd then made three consecutive starts but was replaced by Savage at the start of the second half against Syracuse. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said he turned to Savage because, “I didn’t think we were very productive. Sometimes you just have to do what you believe is best. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong. You’ve got to do what you think at the moment.” Dodd had completed just 3 of 11 passes for 30 yards in the first half, with two sacks, and had missed several open receivers. Savage came on to complete 6 of 12 for 76 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also was sacked twice. No word on which QB will start Saturday at Cincinnati. With the loss to Syracuse, Rutgers’ streak
of five straight bowl appearances is in jeopardy, with the Scarlet Knights needing to win two of their last three games to become eligible. “You don’t look at it as winning two of the final three,” Schiano said. “You look at it as winning one of one. As long as I’m the head coach, you won’t see us hit the panic button here. We have a way of doing things. At times it has worked very well, other times medium, and other times not so well. “But that’s the way we do it. I really do hope that in doing that it’ll help us be successful against Cincinnati. As we’ve seen, there are no guarantees. But I know one thing, if we try any other way it won’t work.” ‘NOVA PLAYER BENCHED Villanova freshman basketball player JayVaughn Pinkston has been charged with two counts of simple assault and harassment by police and will not play in any games for the Wildcats pending the results of an internal review, the university said last week. Pinkston, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., was involved in an incident with several other students at a party in Upper Merion, a Philadelphia suburb, according to a statement issued by the university. Upper Merion police said officers had to go to a hospital to take an assault report. Villanova issued the following: “Villanova has opened its own internal review to determine whether Code of Student Conduct violations had occurred in this matter. The university is moving forward with this review as quickly and diligently as possible in order to assure fairness to everyone.” The university said Pinkston will be allowed to practice and participate in team activities but will not play in games. “JayVaughn is very aware of the seriousness of this matter and how it could impact the team,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said in the statement. “He understands there is a great lesson to be learned here.” Pinkston was named a McDonald’s AllAmerican at Bishop Loughlin High School. He also was named New York City’s Player of the Year as a senior. His absence leaves the Wildcats with eight available scholarship players. HOYAS’ AYEGBA TO SIT A WHILE Georgetown freshman Moses Ayegba has been ruled ineligible for the season’s first nine games by the NCAA for a violation of its pre-enrollment rules. According to a statement from coach John Thompson III, the 6-foot-8, 250-pound center from Kano, Nigeria, received a plane ticket to the United States from someone outside of his immediate family. “Because of this, the NCAA has ruled that he is ineligible for the first nine contests,” Thompson said in the statement. Georgetown appealed the NCAA’s ruling, but it was rejected. Ayegba played at Progressive Christian Academy in Camp Springs, Md., where he averaged 15 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocks per game. He’s one of four Georgetown freshmen expected to see playing time this season.
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS - NOV. 15 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Geno Smith • So. • QB • West Virginia • Miami, Fla.
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Lawrence Wilson • Sr. • LB • Connecticut • Tuscaloosa, Ala.
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK Ross Krautman • Fr. • K • Syracuse • Franklin Lakes, N.J.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut — Had career highs of 37 carries and 222 rushing yards in a 30-28 win against Pittsburgh. Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville — Had a career-high 31 carries for 140 yards in a 24-21 overtime loss to USF. Jeremy Deering, WR, Rutgers — Rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in a 13-10 loss to Syracuse. Maikon Bonani, K, USF — Hit 3-of-4 field goal attempts, including the gamewinner in overtime, in a 24-21 win at Louisville.. Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse — Had 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 13-10 win at Rutgers.
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2010-11 MEN’S SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT (TELEVISION) SITE OCTOBER Sun. 31 NORTHERN KENTUCKY / exhibition KFC Yum! Center
TIME/RES RECORD W, 83-66
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DECEMBER Wed. 1 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL in GLOBAL SPORTS SHOOTOUT Sat. 4 SOUTH ALABAMA Wed. 8 SAN FRANCISCO Sat. 11 UNLV (ESPNU) in BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC Tues. 14 DREXEL (ESPNU) Sat. 18 GARDNER-WEBB Wed. 22 at Western Kentucky Mon. 27 MORGAN STATE Fri. 31 KENTUCKY (CBS) JANUARY Wed. 5 Sun. 9 Wed. 12 Sat. 15 Wed. 19 Sat. 22 Wed. 26 Sat. 29 Mon. 31
SETON HALL at USF at Villanova MARQUETTE ST. JOHN’S at Providence WEST VIRGINIA at Connecticut at Georgetown
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