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VOLUME XV, NUMBER 33 • APRIL 14, 2011

EDITORIAL STAFF GENERAL MANAGER - Jack Coffee SENIOR WRITER AND EDITOR - Russ Brown OPERATIONS MANAGER - Howie Lindsey ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES - Mickey Clark, Betty Olsen and Blanche Kitchen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Dave Klotz, Shelley Feller, Gail Kamenish, Howie Lindsey and Chuck Feist CONTRIBUTING COLUMNISTS Matt Willinger, Jeff Wafford, Jason Puckett and Rick Cushing GRAPHIC DESIGNER - Scott Stortz COPY EDITOR - Rick Cushing

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THE BIG PICTURE: LOUISVILLE’S MCDONALD’S CONNECTION Louisville will welcome three McDonald’s All-Americans to campus this summer when men’s recruits Chane Behanan (left) and Wayne Blackshear (right) report to campus. Women’s recruit Sara Hammond is expected to immediately contribute in the post. Behanan and Blackshear will be in town early for the Kentucky Derby Festival All-Star game Friday, April 22.

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Hampered by injuries most of the past two seasons, rising senior Vic Anderson hopes to regain the form that made him the 2008 Big East Rookie of the Year when he rushed for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns.

Rising senior Dexter Heyman has been praised this spring by coaches for his leadership. Heyman says he wants to lead by making plays. “If you are not making a lot of plays, you really can’t say much,” he said.

A glimpse inside spring football with coach Charlie Strong. The Cardinals will close spring workouts with the annual Red-White Scrimmage Friday at 7 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission is free.

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Baseball coach Dan McDonnell is done with the excuses. “The message at practice is that we are no longer freshmen, and we can’t use that excuse any more that we are young or inexperienced,” McDonnell said. 4 6 8 11 13

UCONN’S CALHOUN WEIGHING FUTURE

Kemba Walker and the UConn Huskies redeemed the Big East by winning the 2011 NCAA title last week, but coach Jim Calhoun has a big decision to make. Does he continue fighting or retire on top? He has been giving mixed signals.

SPRING FOOTBALL ROSTER SOME FINAL MUSINGS ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL By Jack Coffee THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY By Howie Lindsey TENNIS: WITH TOURNEY LOOMING, CARDS REGROUP By Russ Brown EX-TENNESSEE RECRUIT HAS EYES FOR THE CARDS By Jeff Wafford

Freshman Caralisa Connell has recorded 11 straight complete-game victories after taking over as UofL’s ace following an injury to Tori Collins. “She has really stepped up for us,” said coach Sandy Pearsall.

14-15 BIG EAST: CALHOUN WEIGHING HIS FUTURE By Russ Brown 16 SPRING SPORTS SCHEDULES 17 CARDINAL STARS OF THE WEEK By Howie Lindsey 20 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL ROSTERS


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NAME Josh Bellamy Michaelee Harris Preston Brown Charles Gaines Will Stein Teddy Bridgewater Damian Copeland Darius Ashley Dominique Brown Greg Scruggs Josh Chichester Chris Philpott Preston Pace Andrell Smith Marcus Smith Titus Teague Matthew Nakatani Joe Castaneda Victor Anderson Jarvis Giles Brandon Golson Jordon Paschal Terence Simien Daniel Brown Malik Curtley Aaron Nance Zed Evans Jermaine Reve Jeremy Wright Stephen Goodwin Hakeem Smith Kamal Hogan DeMarcus Topp Senorise Perry Mike Evans Grant Donovan George Durant Andrew Fletcher Anthony Conner Shenard Holton Tyon Dixon Lincoln Carr Kenneth Jaboin Chris Zelli Agyei Williams Josh Bleser Champ Lee Deon Rogers B.J. Butler Dexter Heyman Malcolm Mitchell Jarel McGriff-Culver Patrick Grant Mike Privott Jake Smith Mario Benavides Tarik Rollins Nick Heuser Zach Perkins John Clark Alex Kupper Kamran Joyer Chris Walker Chris Acosta Hunter Stout Hector Hernandez Ryan Kessling Chase Petersen Stephon Ball Chris White Stephan Robinson Nate Nord Kai Dominguez Jarrett Davis Scott Radcliff William Savoy Brandon Dunn Roy Philon Randy Salmon Drew Davis Jamaine Brooks

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ANDERSON DOING WELL ON COMEBACK TRAIL FROM INJURIES By Russ Brown When Victor Anderson lines up at halfback Friday night in the University of Louisville’s annual Red-White intrasquad spring game in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, he’ll be trying to put a successful cap on what he terms “a really good spring.” The senior from Louisville St. Xavier High School is attempting to stage a comeback from injuries that have hampered him the past two seasons and regain the form he showed as a freshman, when he rushed for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns to earn 2008 Big East Rookie of the Year honors. So far, so good. “Everything is going well up to this point,” he said. “I’m healthy and I’m feeling good. I’d say I’m about 95 percent. The trainers and strength staff have done a great RUSS BROWN job getting me back and keeping me healthy. Everything is full go. I’ve just got to keep progressing from here.” After his eye-catching debut season, Anderson’s UofL career took a turn for the worse, and he has been injury-prone ever since, causing him to miss numerous games and practices and limiting his effectiveness when he got on the field. As a sophomore he missed four games with a shoulder injury, gaining 473 yards and scoring five touchdowns before undergoing season-ending surgery. Last year he played in 10 of 13 games with another shoulder injury but was a virtual non-factor. He was limited to 64 carries for 286 yards with no TDs. “That’s part of football,” Anderson said. “It’s a physical game, especially the position I play, and I’ve had two shoulder injuries that have limited me in practice and games. It’s been really tough, but I’ve just got to keep the mindset that I’m going to stay healthy and keep working hard and stay in the weight and training room, and what happens, happens. “Football is a tough game, a physical game, and being a running back you’re going to take a lot of hits. So I’ve just got to keep my mind right and stay healthy.” Anderson acknowledges that people will question his durability until he proves he can take the punishment for an entire season and be a productive runner again, but he said he doesn’t think about those negative opinions. “I can’t let that get in my way,” he said. “I’ve just got to come out and practice every day and stay in the weight and training rooms and do what I can to help this team. If that’s play special teams or play running back and get 20 carries or three carries, that’s what I have to do. I’m not worried about what people think about me.” Bilal Powell’s departure after rushing for 1,405 yards and 11 touchdowns last season left a void at running back that Anderson, Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry will try to fill. They’ll compete for the starting job in

the fall. Could Anderson have the kind of year that Powell had? “I’m just going to keep working hard and the offensive line is going to keep working hard, and as long as they’re pushing up front we’re going to keep running,” Anderson said. “As long as I’m healthy and the Lord blesses me, whatever He has in store for me I’m sure that will happen.” UofL running backs coach Kenny Carter said Anderson “looks good” but that he isn’t concerned about yardage numbers or other statistics for Anderson or any other running back, only victories. “It’s about us winning as many games as possible, and if he continues to contribute, he’ll help us do that,” Carter said. “I don’t base success on yards or catches. I base success on how much value you bring to the team -- how many plays you can make for us in critical situations.” Aside from the fact that he’s healthy now, Anderson believes he’ll also benefit from having studied the game for the last three years. “I’m very prepared,” he said. “I stay in the film room. I know defenses inside and outside. At first it was hard for me to pick up defensive fronts and coverages, but now it’s like clockwork.” Thanks to Powell’s surprising emergence, UofL boasted the best running attack in the Big East last season, leading the league with 174.9 yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry. Wright, a redshirt freshman, was UofL’s second-leading rusher behind Powell with 327 yards and four TDs last season. He is sitting out spring practice because of a knee injury. Perry, a sophomore-to-be, is a new addition to UofL’s running back corps, having been switched from defensive back at the end of last season. He is one of the fastest players on the team. “This is where he needs to be,” Carter said of Perry. “We played him all over the place because of different needs we had last year, but this is the position he needs to be.” Perry, who saw extensive action on special teams last year as a true freshman, said he has been very focused this spring because he wanted to show his teammates he could take hits. “They were saying my speed wasn’t going to help me and they were going to tear me up and this and that,” Perry said with a grin. Redshirt freshman Kamal Hogan also is in the mix, and Anderson said depth at the position should be good. “I think Kamal is going to help us out a lot,” he said. “We’ve got a wonderful group of guys, and as long as everyone is on the same page and we keep pushing each other we’ll be fine. We’re going to be as good as the last person in the room, but we don’t want there to be a last person. So we’re keeping competition high and teaching each other and helping each other as we go.”

Victor Anderson is hoping to return to his freshman form, when he was the 2008 Big East Rookie of the Year, as a senior. The speedy tailback has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons. “I’m healthy and feeling good,” he said. “I’d say I’m about 95 percent.” - photo by Shelley Feller

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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK LOUISVILLE BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON

COMMENTARY BY JACK COFFEE JACK@CARDINALSPORTS.COM

SOME FINAL MUSINGS ON THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON I get Rick Pitino’s point now about defense being the key to winning a national championship in college basketball. I haven’t seen the kind of defense played by Butler and especially by Connecticut in the title game since my grandma guarded the buffet table at the Mills’ family reunion. It was a good thing that the referees let them play because the game was as physical as any I have seen this season, including the supposedly brutal Big East. Butler’s Matt Howard looked as if he had just played in an NFL game, limping and bleeding at the final buzzer. Butler’s shooting reminded me of the kiddie league at your local church on Saturday morning, but that was due in large part to the phenomenal defense played by UConn. Butler finished with a field-goal percentage of 18.8; unheard of in this day of polished offensive performers and the marvelous Kentuckian Shelvin Mack. Mack was Butler’s only double-figure scorer in the game with 13 but made just 4 of 15 shots. The Huskies weren’t much better at 34.5 percent but did hit 14 of 16 free throws to Butler’s 8 of 14. Even worse was the three-point shooting: 9.1 percent for UConn, a team that shot 33 percent for the season, and 27.3 for Butler. One thing I did like about the game was that it was consistently officiated, with only 32 fouls called, 15 against UConn and 17 against Butler. Unlike many previous regular-season and tournament games, the refs had JACK COFFEE no impact on the final outcome of the game. This was a game where the team with the best athletes won. In spite of coming in second for the second year in a row, the story of this and last year’s final game is Butler University, a school with an enrollment of just 4,640, including post-graduates. Nine of their players live within an hour’s drive of the university, compared to UofL, which has only walk-on Tim Henderson from within an hour of campus. Butler coach Brad Stevens is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., not far from Indianapolis. This is definitely a home-grown operation. In the 2010 and 2011 tournament they were underdogs in every game they played. Even more remarkable is Butler’s second-place finish in the Horizon League after losing five league games, including two to regular-season champion Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Only by winning the league tournament did the Bulldogs assure themselves a place in the NCAA Tournament. The Horizon League was so poorly thought of by the NCAA Selection Committee that in spite of being league champs in the regular season Wisconsin-Milwaukee had to settle for the NIT, where they lost their first game to Northwestern of the Big Ten. The Horizon is a Greyhound league, which means that all the schools are close enough to ride the bus. Butler’s average attendance for home games is 7,178, and those games are played in 15,000-seat Hinkle Fieldhouse, an 80-year-old facility that has had more facelifts than Joan Rivers. Not bad for a school that has a total athletic budget of $11 million. ______________________________________ On to women’s basketball. In an attempt to increase the revenue of the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, the folks who manage the tournament make sure that as many schools as possible play their early rounds on or near their home court. I have no problem with that process, but it seems blatantly unfair in some cases. There’s no doubt that in spite of not winning the tournament this year the University of Connecticut is the dominant team in women’s basketball. It helps in their domination that the Big East has its league tournament in Storrs, where UConn is located, and like Duke in the men’s tournament, the Huskies always get to play their first- and secondround games in the NCAA Tournament either in Storrs or close to home. If you wonder how No. 11 seed Gonzaga made it all the way to the Elite Eight, you might look at their journey through the tournament that had them never leaving home, playing their first two games on campus and the second two (including a win over No. 7 seed Louisville) in the Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Spokane. If the NCAA really wants to increase attendance, it should schedule like the NIT and have the games at the highest seed’s arena. That would be fair to all and reward teams for a good season. Louisville’s having to travel to Spokane for a home game against Gonzaga despite having a higher seed was a little unfair. Have you ever tried to get to Spokane? ______________________________________ Finally, some of the dumb things said by TV commentators during the tournament: “The game shouldn’t be decided by the officials in the last minute.” Huh? “Butler will win the game because they will dominate inside and score at will.” Butler did not score a point in the paint in the first half and finished with just one basket in the paint. “The Big East is the most overrated conference in the world.” The “Big Least,” as Charles Barkley calls it, won it all. Of course, it didn’t take that statement for most of us to know that Barkley is a bozo.

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HEYMAN PUTS ACTION BEFORE WORDS AS CARDS’ DEFENSIVE LEADER By Russ Brown Dexter Heyman has used this spring to try to get comfortable in his new role as one of the primary leaders of Louisville’s defense after following the lead of Brandon Heath for a year, and the transition appears to be going smoothly. “He’s grown quite a bit,” UofL defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said. After a recent practice, Heyman, a senior middle linebacker and the brother of former UofL defensive standout Earl Heyman, said he realizes that he’s being looked at as a pace-setter for the defense in practice, a role that will also translate to games this fall. “One thing I’m trying to take to heart is if I have a bad day, the defense has a bad day,” he said. “You’ve got to RUSS BROWN come out here with that exuberance, juice, moxie, every day, and that’s something I’m really working hard to do.” Heyman, a former Male High standout, said he isn’t adverse to being a vocal leader but that he tries to be a man of a action first and foremost. “If you’re not making a lot of plays, you really can’t say much,” he said. “...In the corporate world, everybody speaks money; on the football field, everybody speaks making a play. “So what I want to do is make some plays and establish myself before I start talking to everybody else. Let guys know from a mental and physical standpoint that, ‘Hey, I’m here and ready to practice.’ And from there, that’s when I can be more vocal.” Bedford said Heyman and others who aspire to be leaders on the defense have some big shoes to fill in replacing Heath. “We’re going to miss Brandon,” Bedford said. “He was our emotional leader, our physical leader. He was THE guy for us. It’s a big loss, but you know what -- that’s what college football is all about. Somebody leaves and somebody else has to step up and be a player, and right now Dexter is trying to do those things for us.” Last season the 6-foot-3, 238-pound Heyman started seven games and played in all 13 while adjusting not only to head coach Charlie Strong’s new system, but to a move from defensive end, where he had spent an unproductive sophomore year. He recorded 48 tackles and two sacks last year. Given his experience, intelligence and determination, Heyman could be poised

Linebacker Dexter Heyman, 46, here saluting the UofL Pep Band last season as it played the school fight song as it does after every home game, will be counted upon to provide leadership to the defense in 2011 as a senior. The Male High School grad plans to do it with his performance more so than with talk. Below, he exchanged a high five with a fan on the Card March before a home game. - photos by Dave Klotz

for an outstanding season in 2011. “He’s made very good strides,” Bedford said. “He’s playing better right now than he did at any time last year. He still has a long way to go,, don’t get me wrong. But he’ss making strides in the right di-rection. The biggest thing you u can see is he understands our ur defense more. He’s doing a solid job, and I think he’s going ng to have a good year. He knows ws this is his last go-round. You ou can see him communicating, ng, getting guys lined up, making ng checks, calling guys together as a group.” Heyman said he’s had his bad days and his good days this spring but feels that overallll it has been a productive camp for both him and the team. “You’re going to have some setbacks, everybody does,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out who I am and what I mean to this team, and the team is figuring out who I am and what I mean to them also. I think I’m maturing tremendously. “There are some things I need to shore up in terms of the mental part of the deal. And I think it goes for everybody when I say we need to develop more mental and physical toughness. That’s what spring is all about.” Heyman and rising junior Daniel Brown,

who started every game at weakside linebacker last season, are set as starters, but the third spot is up for grabs. Brown, who had 54 tackles, including 10 for loss, and three sacks in 2010, will probably be used at all three linebacking spots in various packages. “We’re moving him around to different positions because he’s starting to understand he needs to play more than one position,” Bedford said. “He’s a very active and athletic guy, and we’re going to try and use that to help us win some games.” As for the third starter at linebacker in UofL’s 4-3 alignment, that’s a spot that

may not be filled by the time spring practice ends with the Red-White intrasquad game in Papa trasq John’s John Cardinal Stadium Friday night. Frid “We’re moving guys “ around right now trying aro to find the ones who will wil give us a chance,” Bedford said. “We’ve Bed got two starters. Afgo ter that, you might as well stick your hand we in a bag and see who comes out because co we don’t know either. w After those two, we A have no idea.” h Among the candidates are sophomores Deon Rogers, Tyon Dixon Dixon, Preston Brown and Rogers Mike Priviott, and freshman Brandon Golson. “We’re coming along,” Heyman said last Saturday of the linebacking crew. “We’re getting those young guys caught up to speed. We’ve got guys like Ty showing some real toughness. Today the defense was kind of flat and he came out ready to hit, ready to practice. Those are the kind of guys you need at linebacker, and I think our linebackers are going to be very solid. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’ve got a long time to get there.” UofL will open the season on Sept. 1 at home against Murray State.


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Todd Sharp and the UofL spirit groups completely dominated the NDA and NCA Collegiate Championships over the weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Louisville LadyBirds won the NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Division 1-A title and also won the Grand Championship trophy for the best dance performance regardless of category. The LadyBirds nailed their routines and finished with an impressive score of 9.846. The Cardinals continued their dominating weekend in the cheer department, taking home national titles in Cheer Division I-A, Small Co-Ed Division I-A and All-Girl Division I-A. The All-Girl group also won the Grand Championship for all cheer squads in any category with a remarkable final score of 9.925. We hope to have more information about the program’s big wins for a feature in next week’s magazine.

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It’s GOOD to see the Cards’ top assistant basketball coach, Steve Masiello, land a prime head coaching job. On Monday, Manhattan College officially announced Masiello as its new coach, and he is to be introduced at the school Wednesday during an official press conference. “I am honored and humbled to be the next coach of Manhattan College,” stated Masiello in a press release Monday. “I am eager to lead the Jaspers back to prominence as being a premier program in the conference and re-establishing our rich tradition and winning history.” Masiello heads back to his native New York after spending six years as an assistant at UofL. Over his six-year tenure here Masiello helped the Cards to a 148-61 (.708) record, six straight 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Elite Eight twice (2008 and 2009). Masiello played a vital role in building Louisville’s 2009 Big East championship team that won 31 games, including a program-record 16 in conference, and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.

GOOD

Rick Pitino must be extremely proud of Masiello, who has grown from a kid to a man during his time playing for and working under Pitino. Pitino was there to see Masiello before he ever entered high school. “Steve has been a tireless worker in his six years at Louisville,” Pitino said. “I’ve seen him grow from a ball boy with the New York Knicks to an outstanding teacher of the game. I’m real proud of his efforts, and I know he will do an unbelievable job turning Manhattan back into a winner.” Masiello was an assistant coach at Manhattan from 2001-05, a period that included two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2003 and 2004). “Steve is a winner who has had success at each of his previous coaching stops and during his collegiate playing career at Kentucky,” said Manhattan College athletic director Bob Byrnes. “We are extremely fortunate to hire a well-respected, highly experienced coach who is familiar with building a winning tradition here at Manhattan College from his days as an assistant.”

UGLY

Like a lot of other people, college coaches included, Pitino had both his GOOD and BAD predictions as an analyst for CBS and ESPN during the NCAA Tournament, but his final projection was definitely UGLY. Pitino, whose team defeated both Butler and Connecticut (twice in three meetings) this season, picked the Bulldogs to beat the Huskies in the title game. He said UConn was tired. “My observation is that Connecticut’s a tired team right now,” Pitino said. “I think Kemba (Walker) is worn out. I think Butler is the winner because of it.” Another factor Pitino pointed to as giving Butler an edge was its three-point shooting. “I thought Kentucky had wide-open shots in the first half and didn’t make any,” Pitino said, referring to UConn’s semifinal victory over the Wildcats. “You’ve got to stop the 3-point line against Butler to win the game. Butler has a distinct edge at the 3-point line. One team is a very good 3-point shooting team, and one is not.” True, Butler wound up with a significant advantage from beyond the arc, hitting 9 of 33 treys to UConn’s 1 of 11, but that wasn’t enough to overcome Butler’s horrendous 3 of 31 shooting over the rest of the court. The Bulldogs finished 12 of 64 for 18.8 percent, the worst ever for a title game.

GOOD

The Big East had GOOD representation in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll during most of the season, but UConn was the only team that landed in the top 10 in the final poll, earning the No. 1 spot with its national championship. The Huskies received 30 of 31 first-place votes, with the other going to Ohio State. Pittsburgh was the next-highest Big East team in the rankings at No. 12, while Notre Dame finished 14th, Syracuse 18th and Marquette 20th. Louisville skidded all the way from 11th to 22nd. West Virginia, St. John’s, Cincinnati and Georgetown were among others receiving votes.

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Prior to UConn’s making its remarkable run to both the Big East and NCAA titles, we were beginning to wonder whether the Big East men’s basketball schedule didn’t need to be reworked in order to give league teams a better shot in the postseason. We’re not sure what that would have entailed, but it had been a frustrating seven years since a Big East team had won the national title, and the league’s 7-7 record in the first round this year seemed to indicate a problem, with the league’s teams entering the dance too weary from a tough 18-game league schedule and grueling conference tourney. UConn winning it all didn’t solve those questions, but it certainly takes away one of the primary points of argument. The league had three teams win titles from 1999-2004 (UConn in 1999 and 2004 and Syracuse in 2003), but since the league was reconstituted with 16 teams in 2006 no Big East team had made the title game. Now the league has a champion under the new format, and hopefully it provides a path for other teams in the league to win it in the future. We all agree that the Big East is the nation’s toughest and deepest league. Having a league member take home the national title seems only right.

GOOD

More than four dozen University of Louisville medical, dental and nursing students will run in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and give their medals to critically ill patients being treated by UofL Pediatrics faculty. The students are participating in Medals4Mettle, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization that links athletes and critically ill individuals. The students will meet their buddies Tuesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. at a party in the Norton Hospital auditorium. The patients will give their partners friendship bracelets to wear during the race. Many of the teams will exchange e-mails and phone calls during the weeks leading up to the race on April 30. “Our patients really enjoy being ‘running buddies’ with the students,” explained Dr. Salvatore Bertolone, chief of the UofL Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant. “Conversely, this helps our students become better doctors and nurses because they get to experience the impact that disease has on patients and their families. This makes it real.” The students will present their medals to their patient partners at an awards ceremony on Sunday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the Norton Hospital auditorium. What a cool ceremony that will be! The UofL connection to Medals4Mettle was created by Dr. Riley Jones during his first year of medical school. “During the first two years of Med School you spend all day sitting in the classroom learning the science of medicine,” he said. “Most of us don’t go to Medical School to be scientists, so it’s nice to feel like I am a part of the patient’s experience.” The charity was founded in 2005 by Indianapolis surgeon Steven Isenberg, who donated his medal from the 2003 Chicago Marathon to colleague Les Taylor, who was battling prostate cancer.

GOOD BAD

The BAD and UGLY case of Karen Cunagin Sypher finally reached its end (or at least we all HOPE it’s the end) when Sypher reported to federal prison last Wednesday. The convicted extortionist was sentenced to serve 87 months in the Marianna (Fla.) Federal Prison Camp for Women for her role in trying to extort millions from Pitino and her repeated lies to federal investigators. Sypher, who is continuing to cycle through lawyers in an attempt to gain a new trial, dropped another motion for a new trial. Instead, she released a statement through new lawyer David Nolan that they would refile the motion for a new trial soon along with what she calls “new evidence.” Can we just be done with it? We hope any judge that looks at her next motion for a new trial will be as expedient as judge Charles Simpson was in denying her most recent attempt at prolonging her “day in court.”

GOOD

It’s GOOD to see the current 11-game winning streak of the UofL softball team, and it’s especially amazing that the Cards have fashioned their streak in light of injuries and with five freshmen in the lineup, including the battery of Caralisa Connell and catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod. The other freshmen starters are DH/catcher Taner Fowler, right fielder Hannah Kiyohara and second baseman Katie Keller. “I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” coach Sandy Pearsall said. “It’s been very exciting to see how they’ve stepped up in light of so many injuries that we’ve had.” Two starting pitchers are out – staff ace Tori Collins, a junior, hasn’t played since blanking Kentucky 6-0 on March 23 (12 games ago) because of a stress fracture, and sophomore Chelsea Leonard tore her ACL in a game against Texas on Feb. 13 and is out for the season – and starting center fielder Jordan Trimble, a sophomore, is out for the season after breaking her ankle on Feb. 27 in the 14th game of the season. Trimble and Kiyohara are tied for the team lead in hitting at .410.

SIMPLY STUPID

TWEET OF THE WEEK

UCF coach George O’Leary says he won’t let Louisville Seneca quarterback DaMarcus Smith out of his signed letter of intent. The local star was committed to his hometown school, Louisville, for more than a year before making a switch to UCF in the final weeks of the recruiting season. Since then, Smith has been trying to get out of that signed NLI so that he can pursue another school, likely Louisville. O’Leary, who was fired from Notre Dame for including false credentials on a resume, said he wants to maintain the integrity of the letter. Yeah, right.

@dchaynes1 (UofL baseball player Drew Haynes) Just crushed my roommates’ tagalongs. Sorry Nate.


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SPRING PRACTICE PHOTO GALLERY

Zed Evans (26) tackled Scott Radcliffe (89) during a tackling drill between receivers and defensive backs. The Cards are undermanned due to injuries, but Louisville’s staff concentrated their efforts on improving the healthy players. - photo by Howie Lindsey

Louisville coach Charlie Strong and his team will take the field at 7 p.m. Friday night for the annual RedWhite Spring Game. Admission to the game is free, with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m. - photo by Howie Lindsey

Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt considered an offer from Auburn but chose to stay at Louisville to help build the program. Hurtt, named National Recruiter of the Year by ESPN, is a rising star in the coaching community not just for his recruiting, but also his detailed understanding of defensive systems. - photo by Howie Lindsey

Junior Will Stein, pictured here duirng last spring’s Red-White Game, is the leader currently at quarterback. Stein is in competition with sophomore Dominique Brown and freshman Teddy Bridgewater for the starting spot. - photo by Dave Klotz


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Louisville players start each workout with stretching and quick runs to get the blood pumping and muscles loose. The red jersey to the right is Josh Chichester, and Will Stein is next to him in the green “no contact” jersey common for quarterbacks. The defense typically wears white. - photos by Shelley Feller

Sophomore Dominique Brown practiced handing off to Vic Anderson during early spring workouts. Brown took snaps at quarterback last season but typically ran the ball himself. This season he hopes to hand off or pass as well. - photo by Howie Lindsey

Senorise Perry, foreground, took a handoff and looked for a gap to run during a run-blocking drill. Perry was a high school running back, but worked out at wide receiver and defensive back last season. - photo by Howie Lindsey

Kids under 13 are invited to a free football open house at the Trager Center from 5-6:15 before Friday night’s spring game. Last year, NFL players like Breno Giacomini were present to run drills with young fans. - photo by Shelley Feller


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LOUISVILLE TENNIS

ECARMA’S BOLD PLAN BACKFIRES, AND UOFL IS REELING

WITH LEAGUE TOURNEY LOOMING, CARDS TRYING TO REGROUP By Russ Brown Rex Ecarma thought he had a good, maybe even foolproof, blueprint for success for his 2011 University of Louisville men’s tennis team. But it didn’t work out quite the way he expected, so now he’s trying to regroup in time to make another strong postseason run. With a veteran team consisting of four talented seniors, Ecarma saw a chance for UofL to earn one of the top seven seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Unlike the NCAA basketball tournament, seeding for the RUSS BROWN men’s tennis tourney is strictly computer-based and relies heavily on strength of schedule. For instance, a loss to a top-10 team counts as only one-tenth of a loss, whereas a defeat at the hands of a club not ranked among the first 75 counts as a full loss. So Ecarma put together a demanding early-season schedule featuring 10 matches against eight top-10 teams, all on the road. He figured that even a 5-5 split would be enough to position the Cardinals, who started the season ranked No. 13, for a high seed in the NCAAs. But Ecarma’s grand plan didn’t work out so well. “Mathematically, I had it all figured out,” he said. “We have the toughest non-conference schedule in America, bar

none. I tried to raise the bar as high as I possibly could, realizing if we go 5-5 we’re sitting (in the NCAAs) with one of the top seven seeds. I had it all figured out and felt really good about it until we lost all 10. Now I feel like crawling into a hole.” Injuries and illness contributed to one of Louisville’s worst slumps under Ecarma, a stretch in which the Cards lost nine of 10 matches after winning their first eight, six of them by shutouts. Robert Hall, the reigning Big East Tournament MVP, suffered a pulled abdominal muscle, then sprained his ankle while walking in his backyard and talking on his cell phone. Victor Maksimcuk and Alejandro Calligari both were slowed by the flu bug, which hit Ecarma even harder, forcing two trips to the hospital. This coming after the team had been totally healthy for two straight seasons. “It was crazy, it was really a rare time,” Ecarma said. “With the teams we were playing, if you’re one or two men short you’re a dead man. We weren’t playing that badly; we were actually playing pretty good, but pretty good doesn’t do it.” Indeed, even though the Cards weren’t at full strength, they were competitive. In a four-week span they lost seven matches to five teams that have accounted for the last seven national championships -- Southern Cal (twice), Georgia (twice), Pepperdine, UCLA and Baylor. “We had our chances to win three of those,” Ecarma said. “If we do that, I’m

sitting here as a happy coach who’s not in a hole and whose team is ranked in the top 10.” Instead, though, Ecarma is faced with trying to rebuild the confidence of several of his players before UofL tries to defend its title in the Big East Tournament April 28-May 1 at Notre Dame. Ecarma said Calligari is in a slump and that both three-time all-Big East performer Maksimcuk and Andrew Carter are struggling mentally. “We’ve got to get those guys back in synch,” Ecarma said. “I don’t think it’s an effort thing or a motivational thing. I think they’re discouraged. They’re doubting themselves. Nobody saw this coming, so you have good players questioning their ability. All we need is for one of those three to pick it up and we’re winning again.” On the bright side, the Cards do have some players who are playing well. A new doubles combination of Austen Childs and Adam Donaldson has a five-match winning streak, and Austen has won his last eight singles matches in the No. 1 slot. Hall and Simon Childs each has won four of his last five matches, and UofL has taken four of the last five doubles points. “But that’s not enough,” Ecarma said. “Those guys need a supporting cast, and that’s where we’re falling short because we can’t find one more guy.” Ecarma said he has tried a number of different tactics to try and get his players back on track, ranging from encourage-

ment and non-confrontational positive reinforcement to demanding more accountability and asking them when “they’re going to man up.” His latest approach is to increase the intensity of the practices and make them more regimented and unrelenting. “It’s not about being mad and brutalizing players,” he said. “If the players feel strong, they can outlast the opponent, so I’m doing everything possible to prepare them to the point where they will have more confidence. The ship isn’t sinking, it’s just not sailing at the speed everybody thought it would.” Despite its problems, there is little danger that UofL won’t land an NCAA berth. The Cards are currently ranked No. 31, and last year the top 45 teams all got tournament bids. Still, this is something new for the Cards, whose 11 losses are as many as they had in the previous two years combined. At least Ecarma has a while to work things out because UofL has only two matches over nearly a three-week span prior to the Big East Tournament -- home tests Sunday against Indiana and April 24 vs. Notre Dame. “That’s a lot of time to train, prepare and really build these guys up to make one last run,” Ecarma said. “I still feel we’re almost kind of a sleeping giant. I wouldn’t bet against us, and I don’t think anybody is going to want to play the Cards in the (NCAA) regional.”


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NO MORE ALIBIS FOR CARDS’ BASEBALL PLAYERS By Russ Brown (Editor’s Notes: Statistics are through 28 games) One day after the University of Louisville’s baseball season officially reached the halfway point last week, sounds of “The Graduation Song” wafted repeatedly through the Cardinals’ clubhouse at Jim Patterson Stadium. It wasn’t that coach Dan McDonnell was trying to get a head start on this May’s academic ceremonies, he just thinks it’s time for his players to move on from a sports education standpoint. RUSS BROWN So he has banned any further talk or description of the Cards’ being young and inexperienced, even though that’s an accurate portrayal of their situation. Or at least was, in McDonnell’s mind. “The message at practice is that we are no longer freshmen and we can’t use that excuse any more that we’re young or inexperienced,” he explained. “For this team, they’ve played half a season together, so we have to take another step in the program.” It’s true that so far UofL hasn’t lived up to McDonnell’s lofty standards, struggling at times during an up-and-down seven weeks that produced a so-so 18-10 record heading into last weekend’s three-game series at Cincinnati. But as young (sorry, Dan) as they are, playing as many as six freshmen and sophomores in many games, the Cards haven’t exactly embarrassed themselves. UofL lost numerous key players off last year’s club that won a school-record 50 games and earned a No. 7 seeding in the NCAA Tournament, but it is currently ranked No. 25 nationally, has an RPI in the top 50 and is in second place in the Big East Conference, hot on league-leading Connecticut’s heels. “So it’s not like the season is a bust,” McDonnell said. “Coming off last year ranked in the top 10 most of the year, vying for a national seed, it’s a little step back. But we don’t want to step too far back. “I can sit here today and understand why we’re where we’re at, but I’m hard-pressed to do that because of the goals I have for this program. I’m hard-headed, stubborn and very competitive, and the last thing I want to do is sell this team short. I want to keep the bar high, demand a lot from the kids and expect a lot from them.” Besides, there are plenty of games left and UofL under McDonnell has always been a hard-charging team during the last six weeks or so of the regular season, steadily improving early and then playing its best baseball late.

Head coach Dan McDonnell has a young squad, but the UofL coach has banned any further talk of inexperience being an acceptable excuse for substandard play. “We can’t use that excuse any more,” he said. “...They’ve played half a season together, so we have to take another step in the program.”- photo by Howie Lindsey

“I’m very optimistic because the good thing about this club is we are graduating halfway through the season and we will no longer be talking about our youth,” McDonnell said. “I’m hoping this is the last interview I do where the emphasis is placed on young guys. The second half we’ll be mentally tougher, and traditionally we’ve always played well the second half of season. We take great pride in getting better and really teaching guys as the season goes on. The mistakes we make in March, we hope not to make the rest of season.” UofL, the defending regular-season Big East champion, was picked in the preseason poll to finish third in the league this time around behind UConn and St. John’s, but the league is well-balanced and the Cards should remain in contention for the title down to the wire. “It’s still early, but I don’t think anything has really changed from the start of the season,” McDonnell said. “I love the parity in the league, and I love how anyone can beat any other team. That’s good for everybody; it makes for a strong league, and every weekend is a real challenge. I feel good about where we’re at. You’ve got to stay healthy and play well down the stretch. Health is the major factor in where teams will finish.” Due to its inexperience (oops), Louisville’s main problem to this point has been inconsistency. Great pitching some days, other days not. Great defense for a week or two, then lapses for a couple of games. Putting together good innings or a good game offensively, but not repeating it enough. “I have to say I was expecting this to a

degree, but it’s been a challenge all year, not knowing what you’re going to get or who you can count on,” McDonnell said. “We’ve done some really good things, and then we’ve done some really poor things I’ve been disappointed with. But I’m not going to back off. I’m going to accept the challenge and say, ‘OK, there’s a standard and expectation level of playing in this program.’” UofL’s strong suit has been its pitching, particulary the bullpen, where Derek Self (20, one save, 0.68 ERA) and Tony Zych (0-1, seven saves, 2.92 ERA), both junior righthanders, have excelled. McDonnell said he can’t describe one or the other as the set-up man, long middle reliever or closer, calling both “rocks in our bullpen.” “They’re two guys on the back end of our rotation that have a ton of experience,” he added. “They’ve started and closed Big East games, pitched in regionals, pitched in the Cape Cod League AllStar Game. They’ve made it easier on the younger guys.” UofL’s most consistent starter has been sophomore right-hander Justin Amlung (60, 0.92 ERA) from St. Xavier High School. Matt Koch (3-3, 2.95 ERA) and Mike Nastold (3-2, 1.74 ERA), both also sophomore righties, are the other weekend starters. Nastold is coming off a long layoff after Tommy John surgery and is improving by the week. McDonnell calls the 6-0, 174-pound Amlung “very competitive,” adding, “Don’t let his size fool you. That’s a mean, fierce, tough competitor. He really competes, and it’s fun

to watch the process of him growing.” UofL leads the Big East with a 2.45 ERA, and the defense has been solid in the long run, with its .973 fielding percentage ranking second in the conference. “You feel our pitching is going to give us a chance to be in every game,” McDonnell said. Offensively, it’s another story. Known for being a power-hitting, high-scoring machine under McDonnell, UofL is lagging far behind last year’s pace. In 2010 the Cards finished with a .314 batting average, 88 home runs and 163 doubles while averaging 11 hits and 7.40 runs per game. This season they’re hitting just .255, ninth in the Big East, and averaging only 8.3 hits and 4.75 runs. At their current rate, they’ll finish the regular season, or 56 games, with a mere 28 homers and 88 doubles. Eight Cards hit over .300 last season. This year the only regular batting at that level is junior second baseman Ryan Wright at .303. Wright is one of four veterans who are the staple of the lineup, the others being senior catcher J.J. Ethel, senior left fielder Drew Haynes and junior right fielder Stewart Ijames. A large part of the drop-off in UofL’s production can probably be attributed to the new regulations for bats, which now are engineered to react like a wooden bat. So the ball doesn’t explode off the bat as it used to, making extra base hits -- and hits in general -- harder to come by. That has forced McDonnell to change his philosophy. He has always recruited hitters to fit his go-for-broke, free-swinging offensive style of play, but he now finds himself spending more time teaching certain facets of the game that were only complementary parts of the Cards’ attack in the past. “We signed guys to hit the three-run home run and fit into our specific offensive scheme,” McDonnell said. “We’re learning on the fly and adapting to the way college baseball is being played, with more sacrifice bunting, more hit and runs. We hit and ran four times in one game, and in years past we might not hit and run four times in a month. “We were an American League team playing for the three-run homer or a big inning, and that was great. But now we’re more of a National League team, moving players into scoring position, playing for one run as opposed to three runs. “We’re doing offensive drills we haven’t done in four years. It’s just the way it is. I’m not making excuses, just stating facts. We’re up to the challenge of adjusting and adapting, and we’ve done it to a degree ... but it’s taking a little bit of time.” At any rate, now that Graduation Day has come and gone, the Cards can start working on their post-grad degrees.


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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK

EX-TENNESSEE RECRUIT HAS EYES FOR THE CARDS By Jeff Wafford Kevin Ware, a 6-4 combination guard from Rockdale County H.S. (Ga.), has received a release from his National Letter of Intent to the University of Tennessee and has started the process of looking for another school. The No. 14 shooting guard in the class of 2012 and the No. 56 player overall, Ware is still considering the Volunteers, along with Central Florida, UCLA, Alabama, Louisville, Georgia, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and others. Kentucky also has inquired about Ware, but he has shown no interest in the Wildcats at this point. Last week Ware told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that Louisville was the leader for his services at this point. He averaged 19 points and nine rebounds as a JEFF WAFFORD senior, leading his high school team to its first state championship game since 1987. Adding Ware to a class that already includes McDonald’s All-Americans Wayne Blackshear (a 6-5 guard) and Chane Behanan (a 6-7 forward), as well as Zach Price (a 6-11 forward) and Angel Nunez (a 6-6 forward), would make Louisville’s top-10 class even stronger. Ware is expected to participate in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic and the Night of the Future Stars on April 21-22, so he’ll get a chance to get up close and personal with Louisville fans, as well as check out UofL’s new arena. WALZ LANDS VERBAL COMMITMENT Monny Esther Niamke, a 5-11 point guard from France, made a verbal commitment to coach Jeff Walz and his women’s basketball program last week, according to Passion Hoops International. According to PHI’s web site, Niamke is a “French point guard sensation” who had offers from programs in the Big East, Big 10, Pac-10, SEC and ACC. “The aggressive French speedster has a wonderful strong frame built for high-level Division 1 collegiate basketball,” PHI.com reported on its blog. “The Big East just got a lot faster with Niamke around. Try not to blink, you may miss it!” CARDS IN LEAD FOR GA TIGHT END When it comes to football recruiting, family ties can always help. Such may be the case for Louisville as it courts Banneker H.S. (Ga.) tight end Larry Jefferson (6-5, 218), who spent his spring break last week in Louisville with family members who live here. “Everything’s lovely,” Jefferson said when asked how his time in Louisville has been. “Everything has been good, the coaching staff and all that. When I get back home, I’m going to make my decision, before foot-

Highly thought of shooting guard Kevin Ware is strongly considering UofL after being released from his National Letter of Intent by Tennessee. You can see Ware in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic on April 22 in the KFC Yum! Center.

ball season starts.” Jefferson said one of the things the UofL coaching staff has been telling him is they can give him an opportunity to play early, and that he will be given a chance to play on offense as a tight end. When asked what impressed him most about UofL, he said: “The football stadium, and being on the football field. I didn’t know it was like that - the size of it and everything.” Another thing working in the Cardinals’ favor is his having family in the city. “That helps a whole bunch, to have family up here,” Jefferson said. Other than Louisville, Jefferson named Oregon, Virginia Tech, Auburn, North Carolina and Georgia as the other schools he is considering. “Louisville is the top right now,” he said. “They are number one.” LOUISVILLE IN EARLY FOR GA DE Sheldon Rankins (6-3, 260), a defensive end from Eastside H.S. (Ga.), picked up an early offer from Louisville, and he has stayed in contact with the Cardinals. UofL was the third to offer Rankin in the recruiting process, but he found out about it in a different manner than his previous ones. “(Our coach) didn’t call us into his office or anything,” he said. “He stood up in front of our whole team and he said, ‘We have some announcements’. He asked us (Rankins and defensive tackle Shaquille Huff) to stand up, and I’m thinking we were in trouble. Then he said we had both been offered a full scholarship to Louisville. It was surprising, but it felt good.” Since picking up that offer, Rankins has kept in contact with Louisville, and specifically defensive line coach Clint Hurtt. “He’s a real cool guy,” Rankins said. “I like him as a person, and I’d like to come up there and see what kind of person he is.” Rankins, who said he likely will visit UofL this May, said he and Huff have talked about playing together in college, and that UofL coaches have mentioned that they would like that to happen as well. “We’re like best friends, so we’ve always

talked about playing together,” Rankins said. “We’ve talked to (Louisville) about it. They said that should give them a leg up. They want to get us both up there.” Rankins, who said he still is considering “every school that has offered,” named Vanderbilt, N.C. State, North Carolina, Boston College, South Florida, Mississippi State, Indiana and Illinois, among others. What’s he ultimately looking for in a school? “First, I don’t necessarily want to be given a spot, but I want to be given an equal opportunity to come in and contribute,” he said. “Secondly, I want to go pre-medicine and do something in sports, so education is a big part of it. Third, it comes down to family atmosphere within the program.” INDY TEAMMATES VISIT Kevin Brown (6-1, 195), a safety from Lawrence Central H.S. (Indianapolis), and teammate Wes Rogers (6-5, 275, OL) made an unofficial visit to Louisville over the weekend to check in on one of Charlie Strong’s practices. “I went down there Saturday,” said Brown, who has offers from Ball State, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. “I thought it was pretty cool. They really had an up-tempo style, and they had a nice flow to the practice. It was a real intense, aggres-

sive practice, and they were getting after it. I got a chance to talk to the coaches, and it was a good experience. I look forward to going back soon.” Brown said he spoke with strength coach Pat Moorer and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. While the Cardinals haven’t offered Brown and he noted that he is aware they signed a lot of defensive backs in the upcoming class, he also noted that Bedford wouldn’t have invited him to make the visit if the Cards weren’t interested. It was Brown’s first visit to UofL, but he said he plans to come down in the future, and that he may even come down for the Cardinals’ spring game this weekend. Aside from the schools that have offered, Brown said several other schools top his list. “I’m basically looking at Wisconsin, Michigan State and I’m thinking Purdue, because that’s just one of those schools growing up that I’ve always wanted to go to,” he said. “Those are my main three schools, but that’s not in stone. But those are my three major interests, academically and athletically.” He said he feels confident that Wisconsin and Michigan State will offer soon because he has had “a lot of contact” with those schools.


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BIG EAST NOTEBOOK

HUSKIES’ UNLIKELY TITLE RUN HELPS REDEEM BIG EAST

UCONN’S CALHOUN STILL WEIGHING HIS FUTURE By Russ Brown Now that Connecticut has redeemed the Big East Conference to an extent with its remarkable national championship run, the focus has shifted to what’s next for aging coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun, who will turn 69 next month, has sent mixed signals and hasn’t officially said whether he will return for his 25th season at the school and 39th overall after becoming the oldest coach to win a national title with last week’s 5341 victory over Butler. While saying on the Dan Patrick Show last week that he was not planning any press conferences and was doing what he normally does after the season -- takRUSS BROWN ing time to reconsider his future -- Calhoun added, “I plan to be back. I have recruiting trips set up.” But then he hedged a bit, indicating he would be on those trips anyway, whether he was coming back or not, in order to properly set up the program. “I’m doing everything that I would to come back or the fact that if I wasn’t here this program would be in the shape I want it to be,” said Calhoun, who led UConn to its -- and his -- third national championship as the Huskies won their last 11 games, including five in five days in the Big East Tournament. Calhoun is suspended for the first three Big East games of next season because of NCAA violations. He told Patrick he preferred sitting out this season, but that didn’t happen. “I volunteered, just to let you know, and this is the first time I publicly have said this, to sit out the games this year because I took full responsibility for anything that happened within my program,” he said. “Whether I agree or disagree with the NCAA is not important.... The answer was no. “I would have liked to have done it at the end of the season. I thought that would have been more fair because why start it up next year again?” Having become just the fifth coach in history to win at least three national championships, it seems the perfect time for Calhoun to walk away. It may also be the perfect time for him to keep coaching due to the young talent UConn returns next season. Assuming first-team All-American Kemba Walker turns pro as expected, freshman Jeremy Lamb, one of the country’s most improved players since November, heads the Huskies’ fountain of youth. Lamb was one of three freshman starters, 6-9 starting center Alex Oriakhi was just a sophomore, and several key reserves also return. “He’s energized. He’s thrilled,” UConn director of basketball administration Glen Miller told The Hartford Courant. “He’s liked this team from Day One. Every day he came to practice he was energized and anxious to get on the court. None of this is drudgery for him. So I don’t see the end in sight based on the energy, enthusiasm and

NCAA Tournament MVP Kemba Walker (holding the trophy) posed with teammates after Connecticut beat Butler 53-41 last week to win the school’s third national title. Only the top of UConn coach Jim Calhoun’s head is visible behind the team.

Walker, a junior who was named a first team All-American, is expected to declare for the NBA Draft Tuesday after press time, but he said last week that’s not a done deal. “I’m thinking back-to-back (championships),” he said. “We’ll have a great team. We’ll have the same team, actually.”

the passion he’s displayed all year.” Several players also said they expect Calhoun to return. “He just has a passion for the game,” Walker said. “He’s a competitor. I don’t think he wants to give it up.” “One thing he always says is he loves the game,” Oriakhi said. “From what I see, I don’t see any signs of him slowing down. Said sophomore Jamal Coombs-McDaniel: “It seems like he’s getting younger.” However, Lamb said it wouldn’t surprise him if Calhoun decided to ride off into the sunset. “He’s old, and he just won a championship,” Lamb said. “I’ve got no confidence he’s coming back. He’s old, and it’s a lot on him.” It may come down to how much fight Calhoun has left. In the last two years he’s battled NCAA allegations and then sanctions and dealt with health issues, missing seven games in 2009-10. “Simply, it’s going to be what I feel,” he said. “Can I give the kids everything hu-

manly possible? If I can, I’ll coach as long as I can keep on doing this. If I decide that I don’t, then I’ll move on to something else because I do have an incredible life with my family and friends and other things I do. But would the addiction to basketball be too much for me? Because I’m a true basketball junkie.” North Carolina coach Roy Williams, a friend of Calhoun’s, said that if he were to advise his friend on what he should do next, he would tell him to “go to Hilton Head and tee it up and relax and enjoy your grandchildren. He’s got to be on top of the world, and that’s where I’d like to see him stop.” Referring to Calhoun’s health problems, Williams added: “It was hard to see him this year during certain times. He looked unhealthy, looked bad and looked unhappy.” While Calhoun’s future remains in doubt, the same probably can’t be said of Walker, who the coach says is likely to skip his senior season and head to the NBA Draft, where he is predicted to be a lottery pick. “Is he going to get any higher?” Calhoun said. “Is he going to get in a place any much better than this? I don’t think so. I think his marketability is incredible. “Here’s the single most important thing to me, personally, second after him taking care of his family for the future. Very simply: Is he ready? And he’s more than ready. He’s an incredible guy and an incredible leader and an incredible player.” Walker is due to graduate from UConn in three years and receive his degree in sociology on May 8, his 21st birthday. But while everyone assumes that Walker has one foot out the door, he hasn’t indicated that he’s made a decision yet. “Everyone’s got the assumption that I’m leaving,” he said. “Everybody says, ‘Oh, he had his Senior Night already and he’s graduating early,’ but that’s not the case. I just want to get (graduation) over with because if I was able to come back, I would have

maybe one class if I was staying, so I don’t see why people make those assumptions. “I’m thinking back-to-back (championships). We’ll have a great team. We’ll have the same team, actually. Yeah, if I could get back to this point again, it would be fun. These guys are like brothers to me.” One thing about UConn is certain: The Huskies’ national championship accomplished some satisfaction for the Big East. The league placed 11 of its 16 teams in the NCAA field, but only two - Connecticut and Marquette - survived until the second weekend. A washout in the Final Four for UConn, which nearly happened in a narrow semifinal victory over Kentucky, would have added volume to those who claimed the conference was overrated this season. A national title tends to belie that kind of thinking. UConn, picked 10th in the Big East, finished in a three-way tie for ninth with Villanova and Marquette before catching fire. “I heard some comments about our league,” Calhoun said, “and let me tell you, what we went through in the Big East helped us figure out what to do (vs. Butler) when we couldn’t make shots in the first half. My assistants kept telling me, ‘We’re this close,’ and I think we finally closed that gap somewhere in the Big East Tournament.” CRONIN GETS EXTENSION, RAISE Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension at $1.25 million a year that takes him through the 2016-17 season. “I’m a Bearcat and have always been a Bearcat,” the former UofL assistant told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I love Cincinnati, and rebuilding our program for our university and fans has been the most rewarding experience of my professional career. My intent is to retire here.” Cronin, who just completed his fifth year as UC’s coach, took the Bearcats to their first NCAA Tournament since 2005. A No.


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BIG EAST NOTEBOOK 6 seed, Cincinnati beat Missouri in its first game before losing to UConn. The Bearcats finished 26-9 overall and 11-7 in the conference. Cronin, 39, had three years remaining on his previous contract, which was last extended in 2009 without a salary increase. His annual compensation for that pact was $900,000. In recent weeks Cronin had been mentioned as a candidate for vacancies at Arkansas, Missouri and South Carolina. “This wasn’t something that was decided at the end of the season, that the switch was flipped and we said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get this done,’” UC athletic director Mike Thomas said. “This was something we were looking to do whether Mick was in demand or not. It was the right thing to do for Mick and the right thing to do for the program. I’m not sure there’s anyone in the country who out-works him. Mick has done a great job of recruiting. He came in with that reputation and has done nothing to dispel it. He also knows the game with Xs and Os.” Cronin, a UC graduate who began his college coaching career at the school under Bob Huggins before being hired away by UofL’s Rick Pitino, inherited a program with only one scholarship player when he moved from Murray State in 2006 to replace interim coach Andy Kennedy, who had replaced the fired Huggins. The Bearcats are 88-77 under Cronin. LAVIN HAS PROSTATE CANCER St. John’s basketball coach Steve Lavin, who took the Red Storm to its first NCAA Tournament since 2002 in his debut season, was found to have an early stage of prostate cancer but is expected to keep coaching and to make a complete recovery. In a statement released last week, the university said that Lavin, 46, received the diagnosis last fall but opted to delay treatment until after the season. The statement said Lavin would undergo an unspecified treatment in the coming weeks. “My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams we detected my condition at an early stage,” Lavin said. “This past fall I didn’t want to distract our team, but with the season behind us, we are now

working with medical experts and taking the proper steps to tackle this health challenge head on.” Dr. Jonathan Schiff, a New York urologist, described Lavin’s cancer as being relatively low-grade. “I expect a complete cure of Coach Lavin’s condition, and we anticipate a seamless continuation of his coaching duties,” Schiff said. UConn’s Calhoun, himself a prostate cancer survivor, said he admires Lavin for going public with his illness because it can do a great deal toward helping raise awareness among men of his generation. “What he becomes, I think, is a poster child that if you go for prostate cancer detection that it’s so curable if you find it early,” Calhoun said. “The problem most men in their 40s have is they don’t get the PSA (a blood test) checked. Steve did. It’s the right thing to do. Given his age and the treatments available, he probably won’t have to be operated on. That’s a great lesson.” In a major turnaround, St. John’s finished 21-12 last season, beat four top-10 opponents and broke into the Associated Press rankings before losing to Gonzaga in its only game in the NCAAs. The Red Storm will lose nine seniors, but Lavin has compiled one of the nation’s top incoming recruiting classes, and one of the best in the program’s history. The university received letters of intent from eight highly rated prospects in November’s early signing period. PITT’S GIBBS TO TEST NBA Pittsburgh junior guard Ashton Gibbs will declare for the NBA Draft but is not hiring an agent, his father told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Gibbs, Pitt’s leading scorer the past two seasons, wants to see where he stands with NBA teams before making a final decision. “He’s going to test the waters,” said Temple Gibbs, Ashton’s father. “I think he is doing it to get feedback, where he might fall in the draft, if not for this year then for next year. A lot of kids have this option and go through the process. If he doesn’t get the feedback he wants, then he’ll definitely be back.” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said he and Gibbs have discussed the process since the Pan-

thers’ season ended with a loss to Butler Virginias of the food chain instead of the in the second round of the NCAA Tourna- Towson States, the difference in what it ment. costs to move up might not be as substanThe 6-2, 190-pound Gibbs averaged tial as some would assume. That’s the un16.8 points this past season while mak- known. ing a school-record 102 three-pointers and At the moment the logical stadium shooting 49 percent from behind the arc. solution is PPL Park in Chester, home of An anonymous NBA scout told the Pitts- the Union soccer team. Whether that’s burgh Tribune-Review: “I think it’s a good feasible going forward for the long run idea. He had a hell of a year. It’s not going is probably a question the Big East would to hurt him, and I think it could help him.” like answered. That, too, could be a major ‘NOVA DELAYS FOOTBALL DECISION sticking point in the equation. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported MonVillanova was invited in September. The day that Villanova’s football future won’t be school has been competing in the Big East decided this week, as originally had been in most every other sport for roughly three expected. decades. But in football the Wildcats have However, the newspaper said sources been at the I-AA level since the program cautioned that the delay does not mean was restored in the mid-1980s. It had been talks between the school and the Big East disbanded some five years earlier, not long about Villanova’s becoming the 10th mem- after Division I was split in two. ber for football have hit a snag, just that Villanova won the I-AA national title in discussions are continuing on a variety of is- 2009 and made it to the semifinals last seasues. The sources said those issues need to son. If it moves up, it would probably play be resolved before a decision can be made. one more season at I-AA in the Colonial Representatives of the Big East’s current Athletic Assocation before going through eight football schools held a conference call the mandatory two-year transition period. Sunday to review Villanova’s situation. Texas Villanova’s most notable football alumnus Christian, which does not join the confer- is NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long. ence as a full member until 2012-13, was not included. Following two days of regularly scheduled meetings, Villanova’s Board of Trustees had been expected to announce Tuesday the result of its vote on whether to CONFERENCE TEAMS TEAMS LEFT FINAL RECORD move up to Division I-A football and join the Big East. Big East 11 1 13-10 The primary issues from Big Ten 7 -7-7 the outset have been financSEC 5 -7-5 es and stadium-related. Villanova would have to ACC 4 -8-4 commit considerably more Big 12 5 -5-5 financial resources to move Colonial 3 -6-3 up from the I-AA or FCS level. But the potential for Pac-10 4 -5-4 significantly increased revMountain West 3 -4-3 enue from a BCS affiliation are also apparent. Villanova Atlantic-10 3 -3-3 loses money playing at I-AA. C-USA 2 -0-2 Depending upon what kind Other 21 -9-21 of support it could generate playing against the West

HOW CONFERENCES FARED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

2010-2011 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON STATS MINUTES GS

Tot

Avg

FG

FGA

3-PTS Pct

3FG

FGA

F-THROWS Pct

FT

FTA

REBOUNDS

Player

02

Knowles, Preston

34

33

1023

30.1

169

446

.379

100

261

.383

59

73

.808

22

111

14

Kuric, Kyle

33

19

923

28.0

130

253

.514

70

156

.449

25

33

.758

45

84

03

Siva, Peyton

35

35

975

27.9

114

256

.445

25

92

.272

94

138

.681

12

97

23

Jennings, Terrence

34

23

794

23.4

129

242

.533

0

0

.000

69

105

.657

83

93

05

Smith, Chris

35

20

909

26.0

116

253

.458

38

94

.404

58

85

.682

54

107

161

4.6

04

Buckles, Rakeem

16

10

301

18.8

39

81

.481

11

26

.423

19

31

.613

36

62

98

6.1

33

Marra, Mike

31

11

635

20.5

63

199

.317

45

161

.280

26

33

.788

16

50

66

2.1

10

Dieng, Gorgui

29

10

451

15.6

68

110

.618

0

1

.000

28

52

.538

53

75

128

4.4

44

Van Treese, Stephan

33

12

440

13.3

44

63

.698

0

0

.000

9

29

.310

55

62

117

3.5

00

Goode, George

27

2

216

8.0

35

74

.473

2

6

.333

5

7

.714

16

23

39

1.4

22

Justice, Elisha

29

0

294

10.1

21

58

.362

9

31

.290

20

34

.588

4

26

30

1.0

24

Smith, Russ

17

0

96

5.6

14

41

.341

7

17

.412

3

5

.600

1

6

7

0.4

Henderson, Tim

18

0

63

3.5

7

21

.333

2

9

.222

1

2

.500

0.6

15

GP

TOTAL

##

Pct

Team

Off

Def

Tot

Avg

PF

FO

A

133

3.9

91

3

129

3.9

56

0

109

3.1

96

176

5.2

91

3

8

11

34

34

68

TO

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

106

69

8

63

497

14.6

40

26

7

29

355

10.8

4

182 101 6

69

347

9.9

2

23

36

65

24

327

9.6

50

0

88

58

3

32

328

9.4

38

0

24

36

4

13

108

6.8

43

0

61

38

10

28

197

6.4

63

3

19

27

56

13

164

5.7

50

0

9

21

5

21

97

2.9

27

0

3

10

10

7

77

2.9

36

0

33

14

0

11

71

2.4

17

0

14

13

1

13

38

2.2

12

0

6

3

0

4

17

0.9

1

7

Total..........

35

7120

949

2097

.453

309

854

.362

416

627

.663

434

838

1272

36.3

671 12

608 459 175

327

2623 74.9

Opponents......

35

7120

762

1935

.394

199

639

.311

536

770

.696

455

813

1268

36.2

597 -

395 564 92

237

2259 64.5


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SELECTED SPRING FALL SPORTS SPORTS SCHEDULES SCHEDULES KFC Yum! Center OPENING PHOTO GALLERY

DATE

OPPONENT / EVENT

BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge 02/18/11 vs. Michigan 02/19/11 vs. Ohio State 02/20/11 vs. Minnesota 02/25/11 vs. TOLEDO 02/26/11 vs. TOLEDO 02/27/11 vs. TOLEDO 03/01/11 vs. MOREHEAD STATE 03/04/11 vs. KENT STATE 03/05/11 vs. KENT STATE 03/06/11 vs. KENT STATE 03/08/11 vs. PURDUE UBS Spring Trip 03/11/11 at Pepperdine 03/12/11 at Pepperdine 03/13/11 at Pepperdine 03/15/11 at USC 03/16/11 at USC 03/18/11 vs. XAVIER 03/19/11 vs. XAVIER 03/20/11 vs. XAVIER 03/22/11 vs. KENT STATE 03/25/11 at Rutgers # 03/26/11 at Rutgers # 03/27/11 at Rutgers # 03/29/11 vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY 04/01/11 vs. WEST VIRGINIA # 04/02/11 vs. WEST VIRGINIA # 04/03/11 vs. WEST VIRGINIA # 04/05/11 at Western Kentucky 04/08/11 at Cincinnati # 04/09/11 at Cincinnati # 04/10/11 at Cincinnati # 04/12/11 vs. KENTUCKY TV 04/15/11 at St. John’s # 04/16/11 at St. John’s # 04/17/11 at St. John’s # 04/19/11 vs. INDIANA (Cancer Awareness Night) 04/21/11 vs. USF # TV 04/22/11 vs. USF # 04/23/11 vs. USF # 04/26/11 at Kentucky 04/29/11 vs. GEORGETOWN # 04/30/11 vs. GEORGETOWN # 05/01/11 vs. GEORGETOWN # 05/03/11 vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN 05/04/11 vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN (Elementary School Day) 05/05/11 at Seton Hall # 05/06/11 at Seton Hall # 05/07/11 at Seton Hall # 05/10/11 vs. VANDERBILT (Patriotic Night) TV 05/13/11 at Connecticut # 05/14/11 at Connecticut # 05/15/11 at Connecticut # 05/17/11 at Indiana 05/19/11 vs. NOTRE DAME # TV 05/20/11 vs. NOTRE DAME # TV 05/21/11 vs. NOTRE DAME # TV 05/25/11 at BIG EAST Championship 05/26/11 at BIG EAST Championship 05/27/11 at BIG EAST Championship 05/28/11 at BIG EAST Championship 05/29/11 at BIG EAST Championship

LOCATION

TIME / RESULT

St. Petersburg, Fla. Clearwater, Fla. St. Petersburg, Fla. JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM

W, 6-3 W, 2-0 W, 3-0 L, 3-1 L, 4-2 W, 4-2 W, 6-1 W, 3-2 W, 5-3 W, 1-0 L, 6-4

Malibu, Calif. Malibu, Calif. Malibu, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif. JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM Piscataway, N.J. Piscataway, N.J. Piscataway, N.J. JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM Bowling Green, Ky. Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio JIM PATTERSON STADIUM Queens, N.Y. Queens, N.Y. Queens, N.Y.

W, 4-2 W, 8-0 W, 7-0 L, 4-3 L, 9-4 L, 11-9 W, 3-0 L, 4-1 W, 11-2 W, 11-2 W, 9-2 L, 4-2 W, 3-1 L, 9-2 W, 8-2 W, 6-3 L, 15-5 W, 7-4 W, 5-3 L, 5-2 6:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 1:00 PM ET 12:00 PM ET

JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM Lexington, Ky. JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM

6:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET 1:00 PM ET 6:30 PM ET 6:00 PM ET 1:00 PM ET 1:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET

JIM PATTERSON STADIUM South Orange, N.J. South Orange, N.J. South Orange, N.J.

12:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET 1:00 PM ET

JIM PATTERSON STADIUM Norwich, Conn. Storrs, Conn. Storrs, Conn. Bloomington, Ind. JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM JIM PATTERSON STADIUM Clearwater, Fla. Clearwater, Fla. Clearwater, Fla. Clearwater, Fla. Clearwater, Fla.

6:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET 1:00 PM ET 12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET 7:00 PM ET 1:00 PM ET TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

DATE

OPPONENT / EVENT

Texas Invitational 02/10/11 at Texas 02/11/11 vs. Northern Illinois 02/12/11 vs. Tulsa vs. Tulsa 02/13/11 vs. Texas Bama Bash 02/18/11 vs. Syracuse at Alabama 02/19/11 vs. UTSA 02/20/11 vs. UTSA 02/19/11 at Alabama Louisville Red & Black Tournament 02/25/11 vs. SIUE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY 02/26/11 vs. WRIGHT STATE 02/27/11 vs. MIAMI (OHIO) vs. WRIGHT STATE Tennessee Tech Combat Classic 03/04/11 vs. Middle Tennessee State vs. North Carolina State 03/05/11 at Tennessee Tech 03/06/11 vs. Belmont vs. Samford 03/10/11 vs. MOREHEAD STATE Louisville Tournament 03/12/11 vs. MICHIGAN vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY 03/13/11 vs. MICHIGAN vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY San Diego Classic II 03/18/11 vs. Cal State Northridge at San Diego State 03/19/11 vs. Wisconsin vs. Ohio 03/20/11 vs. Ohio State 03/23/11 vs. KENTUCKY 03/26/11 vs. VILLANOVA # vs. VILLANOVA # 03/27/11 vs. VILLANOVA # 03/30/11 at DePaul at DePaul 04/02/11 vs. SETON HALL # vs. SETON HALL # 04/03/11 vs. SETON HALL # 04/06/11 vs. INDIANA 04/09/11 at Pittsburgh # at Pittsburgh # 04/10/11 at Pittsburgh # 04/13/11 vs. CONNECTICUT # vs. CONNECTICUT # 04/16/11 at Notre Dame # at Notre Dame # 04/17/11 at Notre Dame # 04/20/11 at Kentucky 04/21/11 vs. PROVIDENCE # 04/23/11 vs. PROVIDENCE # vs. PROVIDENCE # 05/04/11 at Georgetown # at Georgetown # 05/07/11 at Syracuse # at Syracuse # 05/08/11 at Syracuse # BIG EAST Conference Championship 05/12-15/11 TBA #

LOCATION

TIME / RESULT

Austin, Texas Austin, Texas Austin, Texas Austin, Texas Austin, Texas

L, 6-2 W, 6-1 W, 4-1 W, 5-0 L, 14-4

Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L, 3-2 L, 9-8 W, 2-1 W, 7-3 (10) L, 9-8

ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM

W, 10-0 W, 5-0 W, 8-0 L, 6-5 W, 10-0

Cookeville, Tenn. Cookeville, Tenn. Cookeville, Tenn. Cookeville, Tenn. Cookeville, Tenn. ULMER STADIUM

W, 10-5 W, 3-2 CANCELLED CANCELLED CANCELLED W, 12-1 (5)

ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM

L, 4-1 W, 3-2 L, 2-0 W, 6-2

San Diego, Calif. San Diego, Calif. San Diego, Calif. San Diego, Calif. San Diego, Calif. ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM Chicago, Ill. Chicago, Ill. ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM Pittsburgh, Pa. Pittsburgh, Pa. Pittsburgh, Pa. ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM South Bend, Ind. South Bend, Ind. South Bend, Ind. Lexington, Ky. ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM ULMER STADIUM Washington, D. C. Washington, D. C. Syracuse, N. Y. Syracuse, N. Y. Syracuse, N. Y.

W, 4-1 W, 7-0 W, 3-0 L, 7-5 W, 9-1 W, 6-0 L, 3-1 W, 5-3 W, 12-5 W, 2-1 W, 13-2 W, 7-2 W, 10-2 W, 9-3 W, 1-0 W, 3-2 W, 7-2 W, 10-2 12:00 p.m. ET 2:00 p.m. ET 12:00 p.m. ET 2:00 p.m. ET 11:00 a.m. ET 6:00 p.m. ET 5:00 p.m. ET 11:00 a.m. ET 1:00 p.m. ET 12:00 p.m. ET 2:00 p.m. ET 12:00 p.m. ET 2:00 p.m. ET 11:00 a.m. ET

ULMER STADIUM

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LACROSSE DATE OPPONENT / EVENT 02/20/11 vs. BINGHAMTON 02/26/11 vs. OLD DOMINION 03/04/11 vs. OREGON 03/12/11 vs. Jacksonville 03/17/11 at Sacred Heart 03/19/11 at Manhattan 03/24/11 vs. STANFORD 03/27/11 vs. CINCINNATI # 03/30/11 vs. VANDERBILT 04/03/11 vs. OHIO STATE 04/08/11 at Loyola (Md.) 04/10/11 at Georgetown # 04/15/11 vs. RUTGERS # 04/17/11 vs. VILLANOVA 04/21/11 at Syracuse # 04/23/11 at Connecticut # 04/29/11 vs. NOTRE DAME # BIG EAST Tournament 05/05/11 BIG EAST Semifinals 05/07/11 BIG EAST Championship

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CARALISA CONNELL - SOFTBALL The freshman from Murfreesboro, Tenn., notched her 11th straight completegame victory as UofL won 10-3 Sunday at Pittsburgh to complete a three-game sweep of the Panthers. The Cardinals (30-10) extended their winning streak to 11 games and now are 8-1 in conference play. Pitt fell to 24-11, 3-3. Connell was a high school star, posting a 31-5 record her senior season to win several All-State and MVP honors. She also led her summer ball team, Team Gold Worth, to five World Series and national titles and eight top-10 finishes since 2000. Connell has it in the genes. Her father, Michael, played baseball and football for Vanderbilt, and her uncle, Mark, played baseball for Georgia. MATT HUGHES - MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD Hughes, the 2010 NCAA outdoor champion in the 3,000m steeplechase, cruised to victory in the steeplechase at Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse Border Battle 2011 at Cardinal Park in his first race of this outdoor season in the event. Hughes quickly broke away from the pack at the start of the race and was ahead by nearly 11 seconds during the middle section of the race. He finished in 8:52.98, nearly six seconds ahead of the runner-up. The senior from Oshawa, Ontario, was one of six first-place finishers for the Louisville men in the Border Battle.

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TYLER BYRNE - MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD The freshman from Georgetown, Ind., won the men’s 5,000m at Saturday’s Border Battle. Byrne clocked a time of 14:57.51 and finished nearly three seconds ahead of the runner-up. Byrne was a prep star at North Harrison High. He was 2009-10 Indiana Gatorade Runner of the Year and was one of the handful of runners selected to compete at the Foot Locker Nationals, where he finished seventh in the nation in 2009. He was also invited to the Nike Cross Nationals, where he finished second regionally and 19th nationally. CHARACHESICIA LOCKHART - WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD Lockhart bettered her mark at the Border Battle from a season ago of 19 feet, 3 1/2 inches (5.88m) to 19 feet, 10 3/4 inches (6.06m) to earn a first-place finish in the long jump. The junior from Dallas was off from her career-best mark of 20 feet, 5 1/2 inches, but it was still enough to out-jump all other competitors. Teammate Kim Cardeiro took runner-up in the event, leaping 19 feet (5.79m). SEBASTIAN SZIRMAK - MEN’S GOLF The junior from Toronto finished seventh at the Irish Creek Collegiate in Kannapolis, N.C., on Sunday to help UofL finish third of 13 teams at the 7,099yard, par-71 The Club at Irish Creek. After shooting an even-par 284 in the first round, the Cardinals shot 285 in the second round and 287 in the final round to finish at 4-over 856. Duke captured the team title with a score of 8-under 844, while Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford fired a 7-under 206 to take medalist honors. Szirmak carded a 70-72-69=211, which was 2-under par. JORDAN PAWLIK - WOMEN’S SOCCER The sophomore from Fort Wayne, Ind., scored three goals as UofL concluded its spring season with a 5-2 victory over Miami of Ohio Friday night at Cardinal Park. Pawlik scored just one goal on 16 shots as a freshman last fall. She started 16 of 18 games and showed flashes of having a bright future during the spring season. Angelika Uremovich and Jennifer Jones scored one goal each. Emily Cardell had two assists for Louisville, and Rachel Melhado and Ariana Kulinczenko had one each. The other goal was unassisted. Goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer played all 90 minutes. KYLE GRIESHABER - BASEBALL Grieshaber’s pinch hit, two-run single in the eighth inning was the difference as the No. 25 Cards earned a 5-3 series-clinching win over Cincinnati on Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium. Grieshaber, who has played second base, outfield and DH this season, is hitting .276 and has started 15 of 23 games. He has a pair of doubles, two triples and a homer with 10 RBIs despite having just 58 at-bats. The sophomore from Chesterfield, Mo., hit .239 with one home run and 15 RBIs last season, when he started 38 games and played in 53 games.


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CARDINAL SOFTBALL

CARDS’ WINNING STREAK AT 11 AFTER SWEEP AT PITTSBURGH By Rick Cushing With four and sometimes five freshmen in the starting lineup, University of Louisville softball coach Sandy Pearsall knew her Cardinals would be a tad inconsistent this season. They were, for a while, but the freshmen have overcome any jitters they might have had and have provided the spark that has led to 11 straight victories, the fourth-longest winning streak in school history. The school record is 17 games in 2006. The Cards, who have won 17 of their last 19 games, are 30-10 overall, 8-1 in the Big East after completing a three-game sweep at Pittsburgh (24-11, 3-3) last weekend. The Cards won 10-3 Sunday to cap the sweep behind freshman pitcher Caralisa Connell, who notched her 11th straight completegame victory, and freshman right fielder Hannah Kiyohara, who was 4 for 4 with two RBIs and scored a run. Connell, who improved to 17-4, allowed three runs and eight hits, striking out three and walking five. Kiyohara led an offensive attack that pounded out a season-high 16 hits, including a two-run home run by senior Chelsea Bemis. Bemis, who leads the team in home runs with seven, was 2 for 3 and scored two runs. Jennifer Esteban, a sophomore, was 3 for 5 with an RBI, and sophomore Alicja Wolny was 3 for 4 and scored a run. Also driving in a run was freshman catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod, and four runs scored as a result of three Pittsburgh errors. “I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” coach Sandy Pearsall said. “It’s been very exciting to see how they’ve stepped up in light of so many injuries that we’ve had. We’ve had a starting outfielder and two starting pitchers go down with injuries. It has been a tough couple of weeks, especially for Caralisa Connell, who’s been a warrior. She has really stepped up for us. Take (Sunday). She threw a lot of pitches Saturday, and she was extremely tired. But she turned in a great performance. She kept us in the game. “The entire team has been playing tremendous defense, and the hitting has been phenomenal, especially Hannah Kiyohara. She’s been on fire.” On Sunday, the Cards used four hits and two errors to take a 4-0 lead in the first, with three of the runs being unearned. Pitt answered in the home half, scoring twice, but they could have had more. With two runs already in, the Panthers had the bases loaded with none out, but the Cards got a forceout at home on a grounder to senior shortstop Colby Wherry and turned a 5-1-3 double play to end the inning. UofL extended its lead to 5-2 in the third when Kiyohara delivered a two-out single and scored on a double by Esteban, then tacked on three more runs - all with two outs - in the sixth. The big blow was a two-run single by Kiyohara to make it 8-2. Bemis’ two-run homer in the seventh made it 10-2. Pitt, which was held to just three more hits by Connell from the second to the seventh, scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to account for the final score. The Cards opened their series at Pittsburgh with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, winning the opener 3-2 on a home run in the eighth inning by Bemis, who was 2 for 4, and taking the nightcap 7-2 as a couple of freshmen, Kiyohara and designated hitter Taner

UofL has won 11 straight games, and freshman Caralisa Connell has pitched complete games in all 11. “She has really stepped up for us,” said coach Sandy Pearsall.

Fowler, each was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Fowler hit her fourth home run of the season. Ruckenbrod and Wherry also drove in runs. Connell allowed eight hits and struck out eight in the opener, then allowed seven hits and fanned five in the nightcap. “Caralisa continues to be our workhorse,” Pearsall said. In the opener, Pitt put the potential tying run at second in the bottom of the eighth with one out, but Ruckenbrod fired a strike to freshman second baseman Katie Keller to pick off that runner, and Connell notched her eighth strikeout to end the game. Ruckenbrod picked off two runners in the opener and now has 10 on the season. She already owns UofL’s single-game, season and career records for runners picked off. “She has a tremendous arm,” Pearsall said. “She has a quick release and is very accurate, not just in picking runners off but in throwing out would-be basestealers. Picking a runner off at second is huge in terms of momentum. “We were blessed to have an All-American catcher in Melissa Roth the past four years, and Maggie Ruckenbrod has picked up just where Melissa left off. Melissa was maybe a little better at blocking pitches, but Maggie is better at picking off runners. We’re really looking forward to her continued development. “We actually have two very good freshman catchers. Taner Fowler has done a good job back there the games she caught. We are fortunate to have both of them.” Kiyohara and Wherry each had four hits for the day. Keller hit her third home run in the nightcap. CARDS DOWN IU Earlier last week (Wednesday), Keller’s oneout single in the bottom of the seventh scored Esteban and Connell notched her second shutout of the season as UofL edged Indiana 1-0. The Hoosiers fell to 20-15. Connell allowed just four hits and struck out eight while walking none. The Cards managed only six hits, with Esteban going 2 for 4. She reached base with one out on an error and advanced to third on a wild pitch before

Keller singled through the left side. STREAK STARTED AGAINST ‘NOVA The Cards began their winning streak by taking the final two games of a three-game series against visiting Villanova, 5-3 on March 26 and 12-5 on March 27. Connell pitched a six-hitter and Wolny had a three-run double in the 5-3 victory, and Connell allowed five runs – none earned – and eight hits in the 12-5 victory as the Cards made four errors. They compensated with 15 hits, three apiece by Esteban and Wolny and two each by Wherry, Ruckenbrod and Kiyohara. DH SWEEP AT DEPAUL The streak continued with a doubleheader sweep at DePaul on March 30. The Cards took the opener 2-1, scoring both runs (unearned) in the sixth as a result of three DePaul errors, then racking up 13 hits, including a home run by Bemis, to cruise 13-2 in the nightcap, which was called after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule. Connell allowed just four hits in each game. The Blue Demons fell to 17-10. SWEEP OF SETON HALL Seton Hall came to town for a three-game series the weekend of April 2-3, and the Pirates were unable to slow the streaking Cards. UofL won 7-2 and 10-2 on Saturday, then 9-3 on Sunday. The Pirates fell to 12-19, 0-6. In the 7-2 victory, Keller was 2 for 2 with a home run and scored twice, while Ruckenbrod was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Esteban also had two hits. Connell allowed seven hits and fanned eight. In the 10-2 victory, Kiyohara was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Keller was 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Her two-run double with none out in the fifth ended the game because of the mercy rule. Connell allowed just three hits and fanned four. The Cards completed the sweep 9-3 as Keller was 3 for 4 with five RBIs, including a three-run homer. Esteban also was 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Connell allowed no runs and two hits in seven innings, striking out 10 and walking none. With UofL leading 7-0, Connell was replaced by freshman Katie Petrino, the daughter of former UofL football coach Bobby Petrino, to start the fifth inning. But Petrino, who just joined the team (she is on a golf scholarship but is being red-shirted), failed to retire any of the four batters she faced, surrendering two hits and two walks, so Connell re-entered and finished the game, which ended when Ruckenbrod picked a runner off first. Technically, Connell is credited with a complete game because she recorded all 21 outs. KELLER, CONNELL HONORED Keller and Connell were named to the Big East Honor Roll for the week of March 28-April 3, when UofL went 5-0. Keller led the Cards at the plate, batting .500 (7 for 14) for the week with two home runs, a double and a stolen base. She scored nine runs and drove in 10 - including a five-RBI performance in the 9-3 win over Seton Hall. She posted a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .563 on-base percentage. Connell pitched every inning and posted a 1.35 ERA with 26 strikeouts - including a career-high 10 Ks in the 9-3 win over Seton Hall. She allowed 20 hits in 31 innings, holding opponents to a .190 batting average. CONNELL HAS FILLED IN SUPERBLY Throughout UofL’s first 28 games, junior

Tori Collins was the team’s pitching ace, going 12-5 with seven shutouts and also racking up two saves. But she suffered a stress fracture and hasn’t pitched since blanking Kentucky 6-0 on five hits on March 23, putting the pitching burden solely on Connell, who has come through with flying colors. The Cards are 11-1 since Collins went down. She is expected back soon. “Even after she returns, it will take her a while to get her strength back,” Pearsall said. “But we hope to have her all the way back by the Big East Tournament (which starts May 12 and will be held at Ulmer Stadium). UofL’s third starting pitcher, sophomore Chelsea Leonard, tore her ACL in a game against Texas on Feb. 13 and is out for the season. BEMIS TWO SHY OF RBI MARK Bemis, the 2010 Big East Player of the Year, is second on UofL’s career RBI list with 173. She needs just one more to tie Courtney Moore’s mark of 174. Moore played from 2004-07. ESTEBAN RUNNING WILD Esteban has stolen 16 bases in as many attempts this season and is currently on a streak of 29 perfect attempts dating to Feb. 28, 2010, against Northern Illinois. CARDS ARE BLISTERING THE BALL Eight Cards are hitting better than .314, and the team batting average is a robust .323. Opponents are batting .229. UofL has outscored the opposition 229-106. During the 11-game winning streak the Cards have outscored their foes 77-24. Sophomore center fielder Jordan Trimble, who is out for the season after breaking her ankle on Feb. 27 in the 14th game of the season, and Kiyohara are tied for the team lead at .410. Wolny is batting .378, Bemis .370, Esteban .369, Wherry .359, Keller .321 and Ruckenbrod .315. Wolny, who usually bats third, leads the team with 35 RBIs. Bemis, the cleanup hitter, has 31 RBIs. Esteban, who bats leadoff, leads the team with 34 runs. Keller, who bats second, has scored 30 runs. PITCHING HAS BEEN STOUT Connell has an ERA of 2.25. She has allowed 59 runs – 47 earned – and 131 hits in 146 innings, with 116 strikeouts and 58 walks. Collins, 12-5 with a 2.30 ERA, has allowed 38 runs – 37 earned – and 82 hits in 112 2/3 innings, with 117 strikeouts and just 40 walks. Against UK she fanned nine and walked two. Leonard was 1-1 with a 6.72 ERA before going down. Her ERA is inflated because she was the losing pitcher in a 14-4 loss to thenNo. 15 Texas. COME SEE THE RED-HOT CARDS UofL will return to Ulmer Stadium for a doubleheader against Big East foe Connecticut (15-16, 3-2) on Wednesday. The first game will begin at noon. Attendance is free, so come out and see a team playing extremely well. The Cards then will travel to Notre Dame this weekend for a big three-game series. The Irish are 26-7 overall, 5-0 in the Big East and in second place. The Cards are tied for third with DePaul at 8-1. The league leader is South Florida (27-15, 7-0). UofL does not play USF in the regular season. “This will be a tough week,” Pearsall said. “Connecticut is always tough, and Notre Dame is very good. They hit the ball, and they have three pitchers to our one. We’ll have our hands full.”


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KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL

Chane Behanan, a University of Louisville signee, will play for the White Team in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic on April 22 at the KFC Yum! Center. He’s been touted by UofL coach Rick Pitino as the type of rebounding demon the Cards have lacked.

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The Kentucky Derby Festival released the rosters for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by papajohns.com last week. This year’s Classic will be played Friday, April 22, at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. The roster includes seven McDonald’s AllAmericans, including University of Louisville recruits Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan and Indiana University signee Cody Zeller. Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 100 nationally by Rivals.com. The UofL signees in this year’s Basketball Classic are Blackshear, Behanan, Angel Nunez and Zach Price. Kevin Ware, a former Tennes-

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see signee, also has Louisville high on his list. The other McDonald’s All-Americans on the Basketball Classic roster are: Quinn Cook (Duke), Branden Dawson (Michigan State), LeBryan Nash (Oklahoma State) and Amir Williams (Ohio State). “In my 25 years of recruiting players for the Basketball Classic, this is the highest caliber roster we’ve ever had,” said Recruiting Chair Dan Owens. “These are future college and NBA stars who will bring a special excitement to the first Classic game played in the new arena. This year’s Basketball Classic promises to be an incredible game.” First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by papajohns.com is

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The players will also participate in the Night of Future Stars on Thursday, April 21, at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall. Admission to the Night of Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event. ON SALE NOW, Basketball Classic tickets are $16 (includes $1 facility fee) and are available at TicketMaster locations (www.ticketmaster.com), by phone (800745-300) or the KFC Yum! Center box office (502-690-9090).

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