VOLUME XVI • NUMBER 5 SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
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CARDS CAUSE BLOCKING PROBLEMS FOR CATS Kentucky’s vaunted offensive line was decimated by Louisville’s defensive line throughout Saturday night’s Governor’s Cup game in Commonwealth Stadium. The Cards recorded six sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and numerous quarterback hurries, like the one pictured above. - photo by Howie Lindsey
KILLER ‘Bs’ COME UP BIG
9 STEIN TO REMAIN STARTER
Louisville defensive line had six sacks and 14 tackles for a loss against Kentucky. After the game, Louiusville coach Charlie Strong told the linemen to carry the Governor’s Cup off the field saying, “You earned it.”
Sophomore Dominique Brown and freshman Teddy Bridgewater helped Louisville to its first win over archrival Kentucky in five seasons. Brown and Bridgewater helped fill in for injured starting QB Will Stein.
“I’m not one of those guys who believes you lose your position because you are injured,” UofL coach Charlie Strong said Monday. “We don’t want to create a quarterback controversy. Stein is the starter...”
23 UK WIN WILL HELP LOCAL RECRUITING
Kentucky hosted at least 20 Louisville-area recruits on Saturday, including Central’s Anthony Wales (above). “Whoever wins this game ends up with the upper hand... so it is really big, especially in this city,” UofL coach Charlie Strong said.
“It is a great opportunity to showcase our program on a national level. Having this level of interest in our women’s basketball team is a sign that we are headed in the right direction,” UofL coach Jeff Walz said.
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Cornerback Adrian Bushell is such a mystery man that even his teammates don’t know much about him. Bushell saved a TD and had 11 tackles. Amazing considering he didn’t practice until August. 4 6 8 10 11 12 14,16
KENTUCKY GAME STATS, LOUISVILLE DEPTH CHART THREE THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED By Rick Cushing LOUISVILLE’S LEAGUE AFTER REALIGNMENT? By Howie Lindsey THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY By Howie Lindsey and Jack Coffee SHOCKING DEFECTIONS LEAVE BIG EAST SCRAMBLING By Russ Brown OH, WHAT A RELIEF IT WAS! CARDS TOP CATS By Jack Coffee GOVERNOR’S CUP PHOTO GALLERY By Howie Lindsey
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CARDINAL STARS OF THE WEEK By Howie Lindsey WVU COULD GIVE BIG EAST A LIFT WITH UPSET OF LSU By Russ Brown CARDS SNAP NOTRE DAME’S LONG HOME STREAK By Howie Lindsey MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULES CURRENT TOP 50 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASSES CARDS FALL TWICE, BUT SHOW CONSIDERABLE PROMISE By Rick Cushing CARDINAL KIDS PHOTO GALLERY
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GAME STATS LOUISVILLE (2-1) vs. Kentucky (2-1) Date: Sep 17, 2011 Site: Lexington, KY Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium Attendance: 68,170 SCORE BY QUARTERS KENTUCKY LOUISVILLE
1 3 7
2 7 7
3 0 3
4 7 7
SCORE - 17 - 24
SCORING SUMMARY: 1st 11:51 UK - Craig McIntosh 20 yd field goal 7 plays, 58 yards, TOP 3:09, LOU 0 - UK 3 02:53 LOU - Smith, Andrell 38 yd pass from Stein, Will (Philpott, Chris kick) 4 plays, 72 yards, TOP 1:35, LOU 7 - UK 3 2nd 01:16 LOU - Parker, DeVante 25 yd pass from BRIDGEWATER, T. (Philpott, Chris kick) 6 plays, 49 yards, TOP 1:08, LOU 14 - UK 3 00:10 UK - La’Rod King 15 yd pass from Morgan Newton (Craig McIntosh kick) 9 plays, 80 yards, TOP 1:02, LOU 14 - UK 10 3rd 09:01 LOU - Philpott, Chris 20 yd field goal 12 plays, 69 yards, TOP 5:59, LOU 17 - UK 10 4th 11:15 LOU - Bellamy, Josh 25 yd pass from BRIDGEWATER, T. (Philpott, Chris kick) 8 plays, 46 yards, TOP 3:30, LOU 24 - UK 10 04:56 UK - E.J. Fields 2 yd pass from Morgan Newton (Craig McIntosh kick) 15 plays, 77 yards, TOP 6:12, LOU 24 - UK 17 KICKOFF TIME: 7:02PM END OF GAME: 10:28PM TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 3:26 OFFICIALS: REFEREE: JOHN MCDAID; UMPIRE: JEFFREY AKERS; LINESMAN: JON STABILE; LINE JUDGE: HUGH CAMPBELL; BACK JUDGE: MARK MCANANEY; FIELD JUDGE: GLENN CROWTHER; SIDE JUDGE: BRUCE WILLIAMS; SCORER: UK STAT CREW; TEMPERATURE: 72 WIND: CALM WEATHER: SUNNY
TEAM STATS FIRST DOWNS................... Rushing..................... Passing..................... Penalty..................... NET YARDS RUSHING............. Rushing Attempts............ Average Per Rush............ Rushing Touchdowns.......... Yards Gained Rushing........ Yards Lost Rushing.......... NET YARDS PASSING............. Completions-Attempts-Int.... Average Per Attempt......... Average Per Completion...... Passing Touchdowns.......... TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS........... Total offense plays......... Average Gain Per Play....... Fumbles: Number-Lost.......... Penalties: Number-Yards....... PUNTS-YARDS................... Average Yards Per Punt...... Net Yards Per Punt.......... Inside 20................... 50+ Yards................... Touchbacks.................. Fair catch.................. KICKOFFS-YARDS................ Average Yards Per Kickoff...
LOU 18 13 5 0 181 40 4.5 0 210 29 146 12-22-0 6.6 12.2 3 327 62 5.3 1-0 9-83 7-241 34.4 34.4 4 0 0 3 5-335 67.0
UK 21 3 14 4 35 32 1.1 0 97 62 255 27-42-0 6.1 9.4 2 290 74 3.9 2-1 4-25 7-252 36.0 36.0 0 0 0 1 4-251 62.8
Net Yards Per Kickoff....... Touchbacks.................. Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD. Average Per Return.......... Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD Average Per Return.......... Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD.. Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD. Miscellaneous Yards........... Possession Time............... 1st Quarter................. 2nd Quarter................. 3rd Quarter................. 4th Quarter................. Third-Down Conversions........ Fourth-Down Conversions....... Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... Touchdowns.................. Field goals................. Sacks By: Number-Yards........ PAT Kicks..................... Field Goals...................
44.6 2 0-0-0 0.0 3-36-0 12.0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0 30:16 4:49 8:40 10:02 6:45 4 of 12 0 of 0 1-1 0-1 1-1 6-48 3-3 1-1
48.8 1 1-0-0 0.0 3-72-0 24.0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0 29:44 10:11 6:20 4:58 8:15 7 of 18 1 of 2 3-4 2-4 1-4 4-22 2-2 1-1
INDIVIDUAL STATS Rushing BROWN, D. Wright, Jeremy ANDERSON, Vic Stein, Will TEAM BRIDGEWATER, T. Totals...
No 14 7 8 3 3 5 40
Gain 93 54 41 6 0 16 210
Loss 2 3 0 2 2 20 29
Passing Att-Cmp-Int BRIDGEWATER, T. 10-18-0 Stein, Will 2-4-0 Totals... 12-22-0
Net 91 51 41 4 -2 -4 181
Yds 106 40 146
Receiving Bellamy, Josh HARRIS, M. ANDERSON, Vic Smith, Andrell Parker, DeVante CHICHESTER, J. Rogers, Eli Totals...
No. 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 12
Yds 60 7 7 38 25 5 4 146
TD 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3
Punting Philpott, Chris Bleser, Josh Totals...
No. 4 3 7
Yds 142 99 241
Avg 35.5 33.0 34.4
All Returns ANDERSON, Vic Wright, Jeremy Totals...
Punts No.Yds.Lg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kickoffs Philpott, Chris
TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TD 2 1 3
Lg 23 17 9 3 0 9 23 Long 25 38 38
Sack 3 1 4
Long 25 4 5 38 25 5 4 38 Long 43 41 43
Kickoffs No.Yds.Lg 1 17 17 2 19 20 3 36 20 TB 2
Avg 6.5 7.3 5.1 1.3 -0.7 -0.8 4.5
In20 TB 1 0 3 0 4 0 Intercept No.Yds.Lg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Avg 67.0
DEFENSIVE STATS No. Player
46 Heyman, Dexter
21 Bushell, Adrian
24 Brown, Daniel
29 Smith, Hakeem
6 Scruggs, Greg
35 Conner, Anthony
91 Savoy, William
44 Butler, B.J.
93 Philon, Roy
33 Evans, Mike
2011 CARDINAL DEPTH CHART OFFENSE QUARTERBACK 4 Will Stein 10 Dominique Brown 5 Teddy Bridgewater RUNNING BACK 20 Victor Anderson (or) 28 Jeremy Wright 10 Dominique Brown 32 Senorise Perry (or) 30 Kamal Hogan (or) 22 Corvin Lamb X-WIDE RECEIVER 14 Andrell Smith 9 DeVante Parker H-WIDE RECEIVER 1 Josh Bellamy 82 Eli Rogers Z-WIDE RECEIVER 2 Michaelee Harris 89 Scott Radcliff 88 Jarrett Davis TIGHT END 11 Josh Chichester 80 Stephon Ball (or) 81 Chris White 85 Nate Nord LEFT TACKLE 73 Hector Hernandez 78 Aaron Epps LEFT GUARD 68 Kamran Joyer 70 John Miller INJ. CENTER 66 Alex Kupper 55 Mario Benavides INJ. 62 John Clark RIGHT GUARD 53 Jake Smith 72 Hunter Stout (or) 76 Chase Petersen RIGHT TACKLE 75 Ryan Kessling 71 Chris Acosta
5-10 6-2 6-3
176 Jr. 221 So. 205 Fr.
5-10 5-11 6-2 6-0 5-11 5-9
189 199 221 201 209 206
209 Jr. 180 Fr.
206 Sr. 184 Fr.
6-2 5-10 5-10
198 r-Fr. 182 Jr. 172 So.
6-8 6-4 6-4 6-5
240 231 243 248
294 Sr. 265 Fr.
299 So. 308 Fr.
6-3 6-4 6-2
295 Jr. 300 Jr. 305 Sr.
6-3 6-4 6-4
315 r-Fr. 291 So. 294 Fr.
314 Sr. 275 r-Fr.
Sr. So. So. So. r-Fr. Fr.
Sr. Jr. r-Fr. Jr.
DEFENSE FOX END 44 B.J. Butler 91 William Savoy 47 Malcolm Mitchell DEFENSIVE TACKLE 95 Randy Salmon 93 Roy Philon
6-2 6-1 6-2
276 So. 248 Sr. 236 So.
291 Jr. 272 So.
NOSE TACKLE 92 Brandon Dunn 99 Jamaine Brooks DEFENSIVE END 6 Greg Scruggs 17 Marcus Smith 90 B.J. Dubose SAM LINEBACKER 2 Preston Brown 34 George Durant MIKE LINEBACKER 46 Dexter Heyman 51 Mike Privott 37 Tyon Dixon WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER 24 Daniel Brown 43 Deon Rogers 31 Champ Lee CORNERBACK 35 Anthony Conner 3 Charles Gaines INJ STRONG SAFETY 29 Hakeem Smith 27 Jermaine Reve FREE SAFETY 36 Shenard Holton 25 Calvin Pryor 33 Mike Evans CORNERBACK 21 Adrian Bushell 5 Andrew Johnson INJ 41 Stephan Robinson
308 So. 318 r-Fr.
6-4 6-4 6-4
280 Sr. 255 So. 257 Fr.
258 So. 229 So.
6-3 6-0 6-0
239 Sr. 224 So. 208 So.
6-1 6-2 6-0
219 Jr. 200 So. 204 So.
187 Sr. 176 Fr.
183 So. 175 Fr.
6-1 6-1 5-11
187 Jr. 190 Fr. 188 Sr.
5-11 5-10 5-8
190 Jr. 178 Fr. 175 r-Fr.
SPECIAL TEAMS PUNTER 12 Chris Philpott (or) 40 Josh Bleser PLACEKICKER 12 Chris Philpott 35 Andrew Fletcher LONG SNAPPER 33 Grant Donovan 85 Nate Nord HOLDER 40 Josh Bleser 4 Will Stein PUNT RETURN 89 Scott Radcliff (or) 82 Eli Rogers KICKOFF RETURNS 20 Victor Anderson 28 Jeremy Wright 1 Josh Bellamy
198 Sr. 213 Sr.
198 Sr. 170 r-Fr.
213 r-Fr. 248 Jr.
213 Sr. 176 Jr.
182 Jr. 184 Fr.
5-10 5-11 6-0
189 Sr. 199 So. 206 Sr.
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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
RECRUITING NOTEBOOK CARDINAL FOOTBALL 10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON
SIX SACKS, 14 TACKLES FOR A LOSS
D-LINE CAPS ‘ROUGH’ WEEK WITH STRONG PERFORMANCE By Russ Brown LEXINGTON, Ky.-- If a tie, as the old saying goes, is like kissing your sister, what kind of smooch would a victory over your archrival demand? How about kissing the Governor’s Cup. That’s what University of Louisville defensive end Greg Scruggs did after the Cardinals (2-1) had ended their four-game losing streak in the hated intrastate rivalry by upsetting favored Kentucky (2-1) 24-17 Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium. And no wonder Scruggs was feeling amorous towards a trophy. This was Scruggs’ last chance, as well as the rest of the Louisville seniors, to beat their archrivals, who had owned the RUSS BROWN Governor’s Cup for four straight years. “It’s obviously a great feeling for this team,” Scruggs said. “I’m so proud of those guys. It’s great to say we finally beat the University of Kentucky. To have bragging rights for the next year is extremely gratifying. We’ll celebrate this and try to use this momentum. We’ve got to put this behind us. But until 11 o’clock tomorrow night I will celebrate this win. “This is an enormous step, a tremendous step. It really helps us out a lot, gives us some confidence. We can walk around the city with our heads up. Not that we walked around down, but to finally say we beat Kentucky, it’s been quite some time since that happened. It really gives us the confidence we need to believe we can go beat a really good team.” The win was a culmination of a week of practice that was tougher than any Scruggs could remember during his four-year tenure. “It was a week like no other,” he said. “You have no idea how rough. I can’t tell you. Coach Strong wore us out. I mean, wore us out. All week long. The coaches were after us -- yelling -- all week. We would think he was through yelling at us, then he would pull us off and yell at us again. It was rough.” Strong challenged the defensive linemen, and they responded. UofL’s strategy was to stop the run and to pressure UK quarterback Morgan Newton, then pressure him some more. Most of the time Newton didn’t have room to breathe he was so suffocated. Although he completed 27 of 41 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, he was sacked six times -- double the number of sacks by the Cards in their first two games -- for losses of 60 yards and faced pressure on almost every play. The Cards had 14 tackles for a loss. “Our defensive front put enough pressure on the quarterback, got around him, made him make some bad throws, and we were able to run him down,” Strong said. “It was so critical to contain him.” Senior middle linebacker Dexter Heyman
RUNDOWN LOUISVILLE 24, KENTUCKY 17 The game was over when: UK quarterback Morgan Newton’s fourth-and-6 pass from the UofL 18-yard line sailed out of bounds with 46 seconds remaining. The Wildcats were threatening to tie the score after driving from their own 22, having taken over on a punt with 2:27 remaining. “I wasn’t worried at all,” said UofL defensive back Hakeem Smith. “I just knew we had to buckle down and stop them.” Defensive linemen Will Savoy and Roy Philon leaped in celebration after Kentucky failed to convert a first down on a pass attempt on third down photo by Howie Lindsey
earned the Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award by leading UofL with 12 tackles, including two for losses. He also forced a firstquarter fumble, which teammate Andrew Johnson recovered, a key play because UK receiver La’Rod King had just caught a pass on the UofL 23-yard line. Heyman now has at least one tackle for a loss in his last seven games. “The defensive line really stepped up,” Heyman said. “They all came up big.” Scruggs had two sacks, and eight different players racked up at least one tackle for a loss. “Coach Strong really challenged us this week to be the best D-line in the country, play like it because we have the talent to,” Scruggs said. “And when your coach calls you out, you have no choice but to respond.” Said senior defensive end William Savoy: “Coach Strong has been telling us all year that the strongest point on the team is the D-line,so we figured if we had any chance of winning this game, the D-line would have to produce. We worked hard all week, the whole D-line. If we don’t get pressure, we’re NOT going to win the game, so we took it under our wing and made it happen.” But most importantly, UofL was able to snuff out any semblance of a running attack by the Wildcats, holding them to a mere 35 yards on 32 attempts. “When you run for 35 yards, that’s not good enough,” UK coach Joker Phillips said. “Running the football is the key. I know people want you to throw the ball all the time, all over the place, but I’d much rather run the ball for 255 yards and throw it for 35. Much rather. You have to run the football to win games.” Said Newton: “It was tough. Any time
Turning point: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater found Josh Bellamy for a 25-yard touchdown on a third-and-10 play to give UofL what proved to be the decisive score with 11:15 left.
you don’t have the running game going it makes you seem one-dimensional.” UofL’s defensive line was helped by the addition of B.J. Butler and Brandon Dunn, who hadn’t played significant minutes this season due to injuries. “A lot of it was just a three- or four-man rush,” Strong said. “Scruggs did a really good job of pressuring the quarterback, and then we got B.J. Butler and Brandon Dunn back, so we were able to rotate guys and keep them fresh. Roy Philon got in there and had a couple of big stops, and Randy Salmon. That whole front, if we just keep them fresh we should be able to put pressure on people.” The win and the performance by the defense was especially gratifying for Philon, a sophomore defensive tackle out of Lexington Bryan Station High School. Philon ented the game in the second quarter and promptly dropped Newton for a 5-yard loss. Two plays later he helped sack the UK QB for a 7-yard loss. “I knew I was going to play. I just didn’t know when,” Philon said. “I knew when I did go in to play that I was going to handle business. I’m from here, so it was a big game for me.” Philon, a 6-foot-5 272-pounder, added an 11-yard sack in the fourth quarter and finished with four tackles. “Our coach tells us to visualize,” he said. “I did a lot of visualizing, and this game isn’t really a surprise to me because I worked hard in practice. If you work hard, the results will come.” And when it was over on the field, when the raucous celebration continued in the locker room, this is what Strong told his players: “We will never lose to Kentucky again!”
UofL Offensive Player of the Game: Thrown into the first extensive collegiate action of his career, true freshman Bridgewater played like a veteran, avoiding any major mistakes and throwing two touchdown passes. He finished 10 of 18 for 106 yards. UofL Defensive Player of the Game: Senior middle linebacker Dexter Heyman led UofL with 12 tackles, including two for a loss, and also forced a fumble that ended a UK scoring threat in the first quarter.
Who’s Hot: Heyman has gotten his last season off to a fast start. In three games he has a team-best 30 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss. He has recorded a tackle for a loss in seven straight games. Who’s Not: Louisville’s offense in the third quarter. The Cards have yet to score a touchdown in that period and have managed only three points -- Chris Philpott’s 20-yard field goal against UK. On the Rise: UofL’s penalties. The Cards had nine for 83 yards against the Wildcats, including several key personal-foul infractions, and are now tied for 97th in the FBS with 23 total penalties for 173 yards, an average of 7.67 penalties per game. “Just stupid penalties,” UofL coach Charlie Strong said. “That’s unacceptable. You just can’t do that.” On the Decline: Turnovers. After committing six in their first two games, the Cards were turnover-free against UK. Quotable: “Coach told us to enjoy the victory and we’re going to do big things this year.” -- UofL defensive back Hakeem Smith.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
2011 FOOTBALL ROSTER NO 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 18 19 19 19 20 21 22 22 23 24 25 26 27 27 28 29 29 30 31 32 33 33 34 35 35 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 42 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 49 51 53 54 55 56 57 59 62 65 66 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 78 80 81 82 83 84 85 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 99
NAME Josh Bellamy Michaelee Harris Preston Brown Charles Gaines Will Stein Teddy Bridgewater Greg Scruggs Damian Copeland Darius Ashley DeVante Parker Dominique Brown Josh Chichester Chris Philpott Preston Pace Andrell Smith Andrew Johnson Marcus Smith Matthew Nakatani Titus Teague Terell Floyd Joe Castaneda Jerry Arlinghaus Victor Anderson Adrian Bushell Jordon Paschal Corvin Lamb Terence Simien Daniel Brown Calvin Pryor Zed Evans Mike Addesa Jermaine Reve Jeremy Wright Stephen Goodwin Hakeem Smith Kamal Hogan DeMarcus Topp Senorise Perry Grant Donovan Mike Evans George Durant Andrew Fletcher Anthony Conner Shenard Holton Lincoln Carr Tyon Dixon Rashad Stewart Ryan Johnson Kenneth Jaboin Chris Zelli Agyei Williams Josh Bleser Stephan Robinson Champ Lee Jalen Harrington Deon Rogers B.J. Butler John Wallace Dexter Heyman Malcolm Mitchell Deiontrez Mount Patrick Grant Jarel McGriff-Culver Mike Privott Jake Smith Mike Romano Mario Benavides Tarik Rollins Nick Heuser Zach Perkins John Clark Dylan Kupper Alex Kupper Kamran Joyer Chris Walker John Miller Chris Acosta Hunter Stout Hector Hernandez Ryan Mack Ryan Kessling Chase Petersen Aaron Epps Stephon Ball Chris White Eli Rogers Jerrell Moore Aaron Nance Nate Nord Kai Dominguez Jarrett Davis Scott Radcliff B.J. Dubose William Savoy Brandon Dunn Roy Philon Lorenzo Mauldin Randy Salmon Jamon Brown Jamaine Brooks
HT 6-0 6-2 6-0 5-11 5-10 6-3 6-4 6-1 5-8 6-3 6-2 6-8 6-0 6-1 6-3 5-9 6-3 5-8 5-11 5-10 5-10 6-4 5-9 5-11 5-8 5-9 6-3 6-1 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-1 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-8 5-11 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-11 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-3 6-2 6-5 6-4 5-11 6-0 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-2 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-5 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-3 6-4 6-5 6-5 6-5 6-4 6-7 6-4 6-4 5-10 5-10 6-3 6-5 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-5 6-1 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-6 6-4
Wt 206 198 258 176 185 205 285 186 186 196 221 240 198 199 210 174 251 160 170 170 186 197 188 190 180 203 218 221 200 173 200 180 199 190 183 209 180 192 213 187 231 162 190 190 158 208 183 175 203 201 184 213 170 204 205 200 276 180 238 230 219 236 190 224 315 275 300 223 229 290 305 265 285 292 306 304 279 291 294 316 314 291 250 228 243 185 169 197 230 172 171 183 238 246 308 272 225 291 325 329
POS WR WR LB CB QB QB DT WR CB WR QB TE K CB WR CB DE K CB CB DB QB RB CB CB RB S LB S CB LB S RB WR S RB WR RB LS S LB K CB S WR LB DB P DB LB S P CB LB LB LB DE P/K LB DE DE DL RB LB OL C C LB LB OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OT OL OT TE TE WR WR WR TE WR WR WR DE DE DT DT DE DT DT DL
CLASS SR RS FR SO FR JR FR SR SO JR FR SO SR SR SR JR FR SO RS FR SO FR FR FR SR JR RS FR FR SR JR FR SO FR FR SO SO SO RS FR JR SO RS FR SR SO RS FR SR JR JR SO SO RS FR SR FR JR SR RS FR SO FR SO SO FR SR SO FR JR RS FR SO RS FR FR JR SO JR SO SR FR JR SO SO FR RS FR SO SR FR SR FR FR JR SO FR FR SO JR SO SO JR FR SR SO SO FR JR FR RS FR
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Junior quarterback Will Stein couldn’t play the second half, except for taking a knee on the game’s final play. He held onto the ball and was screaming in celebration when he spotted our camera. - photo by Howie Lindsey
3 things you may have missed By Rick Cushing UNSUNG HEROES ABOUND UofL played such an all-around good game against UK, there were a ton of heroes: Stein, Bridgewater, Brown, Parker, Bellamy, Smith, Parker, Anderson, the entire offensive line, Heyman, Scruggs, Bushell, the entire defensive front seven, special teams. It was, as Strong was quick to point out after the game, “a team effort.” But there were significant contributions that may have gone unnoticed. Bellamy made two nice gains in the second half on passes behind the line that he was able to turn into nice gains. Both times blocks by true freshman WR Eli Rogers enabled Bellamy to turn upfield. When UK was threatening to score a tying touchdown on its final possession, the Cats completed a third-down pass that would have gone for a first down inside UofL’s 15-yard line, but DB Stephan Robinson, a redshirt freshman, poked the ball loose and it rolled behind the first-down marker. The Cats recovered but now faced a fourth-down situation, which they could not convert. Ballgame! It must also be noted that the UofL coaching staff did a masterful job preparing the Cards. Whatever was said or whatever adjustments were made, the O-line, which hadn’t distinguished itself in the first two games, played lights-out. UofL’s O-line dominated the line of scrimmage, pushing the UK linemen five yards off the ball at times. Same domination by the D-line, which had six sacks, 14 tackles for a loss, and several QB knockdowns. Moreover, UofL was able to confound UK with its formations. On offense, twice in the second half UofL had three receivers on the left side when UK had only two defensive backs there. Bellamy’s two nice gains resulted. On defense, the Cards were able to confuse UK with its schemes, utilizing a zone blitz on at least one occasion, and several times lining up as if to blitz but dropping back while rushing only three. Strong credited the D-line afterward for getting pressure on the quarterback without having to blitz. The coaching schemes helped, too. FUTURE STAR UNVEILED
WHO HAD THE BEST QB?
UofL fans got to witness a future star in junior cornerback Adrian Bushell, a Florida transfer who got his first start for the Cards against UK after seeing limited action in the first two games. Coach Charlie Strong had been telling anyone who would listen that Bushell was a very good player, that he would be starting for the Gators had he remained there, that he was fast and talented, etc. Strong was spot-on, as Bushell showed Saturday night. He was all over the field and made 11 tackles, eight solo, none bigger than his first one, when he hauled down UK’s Josh Clemons at UofL’s 5-yard line to prevent a touchdown that would have given the Cats an early 7-0 lead. Bushell also was in on the tackle a couple of plays later as the Cards kept UK out of the end zone and forced a field goal. Bushell’s only miscue all game was a personalfoul, hands-to-the-head penalty that kept UK’s final drive alive, although video replays showed that the transgression was a minor one and didn’t deserve to be labeled a personal foul. Cardinals fans can look forward to watching Bushell make a bushel of plays in the future. From the way he played against UK, he just may be a “shutdown cornerback.”
You may recall that I picked UofL to beat UK last week because “Will Stein will outplay Morgan Newton.” Stein, unfortunately, injured his shoulder early in the second quarter and didn’t get to fulfill my prediction. But Teddy Bridgewater, Stein’s backup, did. The true freshman was 10 of 18 for 106 yards and two touchdowns, and he directed the offense flawlessly. He outplayed Newton. Dominique Brown, UofL’s third-string quarterback, outplayed Newton, too, although the sophomore did much of his damage as a running back. His longest gain, 23 yards, came out of the Wild Card formation in the first half, but he had a key run around left end in the third quarter on which he stiff-armed UK’s Winston Guy to turn a small gain into a 15-yard one. Some UK fans, as well as The Courier-Journal, maintained that Newton played a good game against UofL because of his stats – 27 of 41 for 255 yards and two TDs. But playing quarterback is more than stats. You have only to look at Newton’s final pass, which he sailed over the intended receiver’s head and out of bounds – an uncatchable ball! That’s a mistake a good quarterback – even one in high school – doesn’t make. The Cards won the quarterback battle – and the game.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
CARDINAL FOOTBALL WITH THE KILLER ‘Bs’, U
L’S FUTURE IS UPON US
BROWN, BRIDGEWATER HELP CARDS UPSET CATS By Russ Brown LEXINGTON, Ky. -- We got a good look at the future of University of Louisville football -- the offensive side of the ball anyway -- in the Cardinals’ 24-17 upset of Kentucky Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium. And we don’t mean 2012, although that is certainly appropriate. We’re talking October and November. In other words, the future is now. Their names are Teddy Bridgewater and Dominque Brown, the former a true freshman quarterback, the latter a true sophomore everything. Bridgewater had played in just two unsuccessful series in UofL’s first two games. But the highly touted Miami product was summoned into action against UK early in the second quarter when starter Will Stein suffered a shoulder injury, and he showed the poise and effectiveness of a veteran. Bridgewater managed the offense well and threw two touchdown passes -- a 25-yarder to DeVante Parker late in the second quarter and another 25-yarder to Josh Bellamy on the first series of the fourth quarRUSS BROWN ter that gave UofL a 24-10 lead and proved to be the game-winner. He finished 10 of 18 for 106 yards despite having completed only two passes in his first two games. “Bridgewater hasn’t had the opportunity because the last two games in the second half we just haven’t played very well,” UofL coach Charlie Strong said. “But we’re very comfortable with Teddy, he managed the offense, threw the ball very well and we got some good plays. Will goes down and Teddy comes in and plays tremendous. “Teddy had had a good week, and just the poise he showed tonight. But you expect it. Here’s a guy who was highly recruited and you look at it and say, ‘OK Teddy, the opportunity is going to come for you. You never know because a guy is always a play away from playing, so you have to prepare yourself.’ And he prepared himself for this moment. If you ever watch him work and the way he goes about studying the game, we’re VERY comfortable with Teddy Bridgewater being the quarterback.” And he is obviously very comfortable being the quarterback. Strong said Stein could have returned to the game, but there was no need the way Bridgewater was playing. With UofL having an open date this weekend, Stein has two weeks to get healthy before the Cards meet Marshall (1-2) on Oct. 1 in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. However, Strong ducked a potential quarterback controversy when he was asked whether Bridgewater would start even if Stein were healthy. Strong laughed, saying, “I can’t answer that now.” Bridgewater, as would be expected, also demurred. “I’ll leave that up to the coaches,” he said. “I just feel good about being able to come in on the road in this atmosphere and come out with a victory. Going into the season, Will and I have been battling, and it’s still a battle. Stein is the starter right now, and at any moment I could come in.” When Bridgewater’s moment arrived, he seized it. Sometimes operating out of the shotgun and sometimes under center, he delivered his 25-yard TD pass to Parker -- also a true freshman -- on his third series, giving the Cards a 14-3 lead with 1:16 left in the first half. “For one, it’s an honor to be on the field as a freshman, and we’d like to thank the coaches for trusting us and putting us out there,” Bridgewater said. “It means a lot. We always say we’re trying to prepare for the future, but the future is right now. We talk about changing the culture around here, and this is a big step toward that.” Although he had been used sparingly in the first two games because UofL was unable to put its opponents away early, Bridgewater said he always stayed patient and prepared. “If you’re patient, good things happen to you,” he said. Strong said Bridgewater was tutored in all the same plays as Stein, that he didn’t shrink the playbook for his inexperienced rookie, and Bridgewater confirmed it. “They treat me and Will the same,” he said. “We both learn everything together. In practice, they always prepare both of us.” He added that’s one reason he wasn’t nervous when he entered the game in a hostile environment in front of 68,170 fans. “Naw, I wasn’t nervous at all,” he said. “In this position, you have to remain calm all the time. You can’t show your emotions. You can’t get down over a bad ball, you can’t get too excited over a good play. “Even though it was a rival game, you just have to live for the moment and live for this
Sophomore Dominique Brown stiff-armed UK linebacker Winston Guy so hard Guy’s head snapped back. Brown was UofL’s most effective rusher Saturday. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Freshman Teddy Bridgewater filled in admirably for an injured Will Stein, Bridgewater’s stats weren’t eyepopping, but he led the Cardinals to their first win over Kentucky in five seasons. - photo by Howie Lindsey
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
CARDINAL FOOTBALL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
COULD LOUISVILLE’S LEAGUE BE STRONGER AFTER REALIGNMENT?
Teddy Bridgewater (5) and Jarel McGriff-Culver jumped into the stands to celebrate with fans after Louisville beat Kentucky 24-17 at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday. - photo by Howie Lindsey
atmosphere. I was very relaxed. I live for this kind of atmosphere. I love big crowds, I love the rival games, I love being a part of it. Gotta love it.” Said junior center Alex Kupper: “It is unbelievable for a freshman to come in and play the way Teddy did in front of a very hostile crowd. It was very positive to see a backup like that for the future of this program. He played great.” Then there was Brown, UofL’s third-string quarterback. With Strong sitting in on an offensive staff meeting last Monday with offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and the other assistants, they decided they had to get Brown on the field more because of his athletic ability. Last season and in the first two games this fall the Cincinnati native had been used almost exclusively in the Wild Card formation, taking direct snaps and then running the ball. In the first two games he carried only five times for 21 yards. “Here’s a guy standing there and he doesn’t get many plays and when he does play he gets positive yards,” Strong said. “Let’s put that guy in the game. We can’t let a guy with talent sit on the sidelines. We’re not good enough that we can waste our talent like that.” The move certainly paid off. With help from a vastly improved performance by the offensive line, Brown rushed for 91 yards on 14 carries, nine more yards than the other two running backs -- Vic Anderson and Jeremy Wright -- had averaged combined in the first two games. Brown, whose longest run of 23 yards came on a sweep around right end and set up UofL’s first touchdown late in the first quarter, was a quarterback at Winton Woods High School in the Queen City and said he hadn’t played strictly running back since his Little League days. “But we ran a triple option in high school and I ran the ball a lot, so I’m pretty familiar with running the ball,” he added. “It wasn’t that big a change for me. I knew I was going to carry the ball a lot, but not as much as I did. That pretty much surprised me as well.” Meanwhile, Anderson and Wright also were more effective, with Wright gaining 51 yards on seven carries and Anderson picking up 41 yards on eight tries as UofL outrushed UK 181-35, continuing the trend that the team that runs the ball better in this series usually wins. The team that has rushed for the most yards has now won the 18-year-old Governor’s Cup game 16 times. “Dominique was able to run behind his pads and get some positive yardage,” Strong said. “In the first two games we didn’t have no big-time runs, and tonight we were able to get that done.” Said Bridgewater: “The running game helped a lot. It took a lot of pressure off me. Being able to run the ball successfully opened up play action, deep balls and underneath.” Strong said he “called out” both the offensive and defensive lines last week, telling them they needed to win the battles in the trenches if they expected to snap UofL’s fourgame losing streak in the series. “The first couple of games we never really got into a rhythm,” Kupper said. “The first game we got off kilter because of turnovers and everything. We played turnover-free tonight, and we didn’t let little penalties bother us. We stayed confident in our game plan.” And it proved to be a winning game plan.
By Howie Lindsey With two teams gone from the Big East (Pitt and Syracuse) and two more appearing to be on the way out (UConn and Rutgers), the Big East could be left with five FBS football schools - Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia, USF and TCU (joining next fall). Those five schools will have to work quickly to secure their conference future. “We just have to be aggressive,” Louisville Vice President for Athletics Tom Jurich said Saturday. “We have took look around at what is going on in the Big 12 and elsewhere. My preference has been to build the Big East, but we’re not going to rule anything out.” If things shake out like many expect with Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State darting to the Pac-16, the remaining Big 12 teams would likely merge with the remaining Big East teams. But some may think the remaining league would be weak in football? Not so fast, my friend... Under that scenario, Louisville’s conference would be: Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati, TCU, USF, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Iowa State. Early reaction to that kind of a merger was negative with ESPN analysts on Monday night asking openly if the league should keep its BCS automatic qualifier status. But Louisville’s league could be tougher than most people realize according to the final AP Poll finishes from the past seven seasons. (Final AP Poll finishes among new conference members) 2004: 6. Louisville 2005: 5. West Virginia, 11. TCU, 19. Louisville 2006: 6. Louisville, 10. West Virginia, 22. TCU 2007: 4. Missouri, 6. West Virginia, 7. Kansas, 17. Cincinnati 2008: 7. TCU, 17. Cincinnati, 23. West Virginia, 19. Missouri 2009: 6. TCU, 8. Cincinnati, 25. West Virginia 2010: 2. TCU, 18. Missouri From 2004-2010 (seven seasons), the new hybrid league will have had at least one team finish in the Top 7 teams in the final AP Poll. The new hybrid league will have averaged a No. 5 final ranking and will have had 11 top 10 finishers in the past seven seasons. The new hybrid league will have had five of its 10 members make a BCS bowl and five of 10 finish in the Top 10 nationally. Not many conferences can say that. BETTER THAN A NEW ACC? While some critics are saying the new hybrid Big 12/Big East should lose its BCS automatic qualifying bid, they should really take a look at the possible 16-team ACC (with Syracuse, Pitt, UConn and Rutgers from the Big East). That new league has had its best team completely miss the Top 10 nationally in three of the last seven years. And, of the
five times the league placed a team in the Top 10 at the end of the football season, four of them were Virginia Tech. ACC top 10 football finishes since 2004: (5) 2004: 10. Virginia Tech 2005: 7. Virginia Tech 2006: -- (12. Rutgers) 2007: 9. Virginia Tech, 10. Boston College 2008: -- (15. Virginia Tech) 2009: 10. Virginia Tech 2010: -- (No. 13 Virginia Tech) CURRENT RANKINGS What about this season? As of right now, a new Big East/Big 12 hybrid league would have four teams ranked: 16. West Virginia, 17. Baylor, 18. USF, 20. TCU. The new ACC? Also four, 11. Florida State, No. 13 Virginia Tech, 21. Clemson and No. 25 Georgia Tech. THE WHAT-IFS? What if Louisville’s new league loses either Missouri or West Virginia to SEC expansion, the loss could be cushioned by the strength of the other schools. A loss of either Missouri or West Virginia could mean the league pursues a new league member or two more aggressively. Options for new members include, but are not limited to: BYU, Navy, Army, Air Force, Villanova, Boise State, UCF, East Carolina, Memphis and others. Louisville coach Rick Pitino recently posted that he liked the idea of adding four new teams immediately: “The Big East must move quickly and secure four football schools to enter ASAP and be ready for two more possible defections. Central Florida? Is Baylor or Iowa State next? What about Kansas and Kansas State? Personally, I like Memphis being tossed into the mix. Great basketball tradition (much needed with Syracuse and Pitt leaving), but they must guarantee an upgrade of their football program, which is definitely possible.” What if the four Big 12 teams decide to stick with the Big 12 and not join the Pac-16? In that scenario, Louisville could be a prime candidate to join a reconstituted Big 12. That league could include 12 or 14 teams with Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State already committed and West Virginia, Louisville, USF, BYU and Cincinnati likely applying for membership What if the Big 10 or SEC expands to 16, is Louisville an option? No one really knows at this point, but it does not appear likely that either will push to 16 just for the sake of the number. Both leagues have massive TV deals already, so any new member would need to enhance that deal sufficiently to cover diluting the distribution of monies to league members. The SEC has a standing rule of not adding new league teams in states where there is already a league member which would mean Miami, Louisville, Florida State, Clemson and Georgia Tech are not likely to be options.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
CARDINAL FOOTBALL CARDS NEED TO KEEP FOCUS FORWARD
STRONG SAYS STEIN WILL REMAIN STARTER AGAINST MARSHALL By Russ Brown A quarterback controversy? Not at the University of Louisville. UofL coach Charlie Strong quickly moved to squash such thoughts during his weekly press conference Monday afternoon, saying that Will Stein is still the starter and will open against Marshall (1-2) on Oct. 1 in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, assuming he is healthy. But Strong also left the distinct impression that freshman Teddy Bridgewater will see significant action. Stein started for the third straight game in UofL’s 24-17 victory over Kentucky last Saturday in Commonwealth Stadium, RUSS BROWN but he ran just nine plays -- including a 38-yard touchdown pass to Andrell Smith -- before leaving with a shoulder injury. Stein didn’t return until the final seconds when he re-entered to take a knee as the Cardinals (2-1) ran out the clock. Strong said Stein could have played more if needed and that he expects him to return to practice this week. “I’m not one of those guys who believes you lose your position because you’re injured,” Strong said. “It’s still about competing. You’ve got two quarterbacks right there, and Stein will be back as the starter, but Teddy can go in and play the game, and we saw that the other night. “We don’t want to create a quarterback controversy. Stein’s the starter and Teddy knows his position. The good thing about those guys is they complement each other. It’s not like one of them says, ‘I deserve to be the starter because of these reasons.’ That has never come from any one of those guys.” Bridgewater was very impressive as a true freshman seeing his first extended action, especially in enemy territory against an archrival. He threw touchdown passes of 25 yards each to DeVante Parker and Josh Bellamy and was poised and efficient. He wound up 10 of 18 for 106 yards, with no interceptions. Strong said the plan going into the UK game was to insert Bridgewater in the second and third quarters and see how things went. “But my man Stein gets what, nine plays, and he’s out and there goes Teddy,” Strong said. “I think he would have gotten more than a series. I’m not saying he would have gotten the whole second quarter, but he was going to get in the third quarter also. “The reason why I wasn’t surprised is just Teddy’s whole demeanor and how he carries himself. He’s so different in that he wants to be good, so when he comes in there he’s learned the offense and he knows what’s going on. There’s no cut-down, the whole playbook is thrown at him. He gets half the reps. Probably what surprised me more is here’s a freshman on the road in a hostile environment against a rival team and for him to play so well.” Strong said Stein was itching to get back in the game. He had been looking forward to playing against UK for a whole range of reasons, not the least of which was that both
of his parents graduated from there. “You could see he got so caught up in the emotion of the game,” Strong said. “He wanted to play so well, and for him to come out of the game and not be able to finish.... He comes back out there at halftime and says, ‘Coach, I’m ready to go.’ I said, ‘Relax right now. You’ll get your chance to go back, but not right now. Unless I really need you, I’m not going to put you back in the game.’ “I told him if Teddy isn’t getting it done, he’d be able to go back in. But Teddy ended up playing very well. He had prepared himself for that moment.” The bye week will come in handy for the Cards because in addition to Stein there are several other players who need to recover from injuries, including starting freshman offensive guard John Miller, cornerback Andrew Johnson and center Mario Benavides. The status of all three for Marshall is uncertain. “We have guys who are down that we need to get back because we’re going to hit an eight-game stretch where we’re going to hit the Big East schedule and we’re going to have to play well if we want to compete in this conference,” Strong said. “We have to play better at home and get our crowd going, and then once we get on the road we have to play really good.” Benavides hasn’t played yet this season due to a foot problem, and Strong said he doesn’t have a timetable for Benavides’ return. “I’d say he’s close,” Strong said. “Not for sure how close, but he’s close. With him, it’s one of those situations where you really have to watch it. I know he wants to get out there. If he could have played the other night he would have been in there.” Sophomore Kamran Joyer replaced Miller when Miller went out with a sprained ankle in the third quarter, and Strong said Joyer “played very well. He did what we asked him to do.” CARDS NEED TO MOVE FORWARD Strong called the win over Kentucky a “statement game” and an outstanding win for the program as the Cards avoided becoming the first team to lose five in a row in the modern series. “For so long, we’ve been down,” he said. “You lose four in a row to your rival and you go in and lose No. 5, you haven’t taken your program anywhere. So this being a statement game trying to get us going and trying to get our program headed back in the right direction.” Now, Strong added, the Cards have to continue the improvement they showed in all phases against Kentucky -- particularly the young offensive line -- because after Marshall, the road gets much tougher. The Cards will face No. 25 North Carolina (3-0) in Chapel Hill on Oct. 8, then open their Big East season against Cincinnati (2-1) and standout quarterback Zach Collaros in Paul Brown Stadium on Oct. 15. “We have a long ways to go,” Strong said. “We’re nowhere near where we need to be. The thing about this game is that we can get so much better and we have to get better because a challenge has been issued to
Junior Will Stein warmed up on the sideline during the second half of Louisville’s win over Kentucky. He injured his shoulder early in the game. On Monday, coach Charlie Strong said Stein could have gone back into the game if needed. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Louisville running backs coach Kenny Carter (left) reacted as Dominique Brown stiff-armed Kentucky safety Martavious Neloms. - photo by Howie Lindsey
this football team, and after this game it will only.... You can watch this program, either we’re going to take off or we’re going to take a step backwards, and we’re in no position to take a step backwards.” Strong talked after the UK game and again Monday about wanting to change the “culture” of Louisville football, meaning building a larger fan base in the city and on campus. He said he sees students walking around campus in UK attire and knows of UofL alums who support the Wildcats instead of the Cardinals. One of those, he says, is his daughter’s volleyball coach. “She graduated from Louisville and she supports Kentucky,” he said. “Her whole car is Kentucky. I’ve never heard of that; I don’t understand that. At Florida, you would never support Florida State if you’re a Gator. But we have to change that. We have to get it going here. If you win in football everything else changes for you, and we’ll get that done. “When you change the culture within the community, then the players know they have their support, and when you get the support,
then kids feel good about themselves and they play harder. The community says, ‘We need you guys to win,’ and they start feeling that winning attitude and that winning spirit.” RADCLIFF DROPS SURE TD Junior wide receiver Scott Radcliff, like Stein a walk-on from Trinity High School, dropped a sure 42-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater late in the third quarter when he got wide open in the end zone with no UK defender within 10 yards of him. But he got encouragement rather than wrath from the head coach. “I said, ‘Mr. Dependable, you let that one go somehow,’” Strong said. “I said, ‘You’ll be all right. You’ll get many more opportunities to catch some more, so you can’t let that bother you.’ But he’s like, ‘Coach, I can’t believe I dropped it.’ I said, ‘I can’t believe it either.’” Radcliff didn’t get another chance against UK, but he has four catches for 40 yards on the season.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
GAME THREE PREVIEW - KENTUCKY
C O M M E N T A R Y
H O W I E
There is quite possibly nothing more satisfying for a fan base than to walk out of an opponent’s stadium as a victor. That could not be any more true than Saturday in Lexington. Louisville native and starting center Alex Kupper said it best: “This is unbelievable. I’ve always dreamed about standing in the corner of (Commonwealth) stadium celebrating with my red and watching the blue file out of the joint. It was kind of awesome. It is a special thing having the Governor’s Cup.” The blue-clad fans started filing out of the stadium with 11:15 left in the fourth quarter when Louisville took a two-touchdown lead. The stream of exiting fans stopped after UK’s touchdown cut the margin to a onepossession game, but started again as soon as Morgan Newton’s fourth-down pass sailed out of bounds to end UK’s hopes with under a minute left.
Louisville’s defensive line was absolutely dominant in this game. We spoke to D-line coach Clint Hurtt briefly Monday, and he was smiling ear-to-ear about his charges’ performance. They finished with six sacks, and they probably hit Morgan Newton 30 times throughout the game. Newton likely had to have help out of bed on Sunday. We don’t like the personal-foul penalties, either - heck, they were Kentucky’s best offense - but it set the tone for Newton early. The big Kentucky QB is apparently a good athlete, but he has very little pocket awareness. Later in the game, there was one play where Newton fell to the ground just before being clobbered by a Louisville defensive tackle. It was ruled a sack, but it could have been ruled a white flag.
We were all told heading into the season that UK’s offensive line would be the strength of the team. With four of five starters returning, most thought UK’s lack of returning skill-position players would be offset by the stability of the line. Given their struggles against a bad Western Kentucky team, a terrible Central Michigan team and now getting pushed around by Louisville, UK’s offensive line has gone from a strength to a major concern. “Well, I mean, when you run the ball for 35 yards, it’s not good enough, and we gave up six sacks,” Joker Phillips said. “I’m not saying they were all on the offensive line, but still not good enough. So it would be crazy for me to sit here and say they played good enough to win.” They were so bad it makes us wonder why Phillips, his coaches and the media all continued the “strength-of-our-team” line throughout the spring, summer and fall camp. Surely someone on that coaching staff saw this coming.
Junior quarterback Will Stein likely will be back for the Marshall game, and he may have junior center Mario Benavides coming back with him. Benavides, who has been out since the first week of fall camp with an undisclosed injury/illness, was expected to be the strength of the Cardinals’ line this season. His return would be huge for Louisville’s bowl chances. The Cardinals had to play the first three games of the season with five new starters on the O-line, including two freshmen (Jake Smith and John Miller), and now Miller might be out for a while after suffering what appeared to be a knee injury in the UK game. With Benavides back, that would move Kupper back to the guard or tackle spot. If the coaches like Kamran Joyer, who replaced Miller on Saturday, at the guard spot, then Kupper could take over one of the tackle spots that haven’t been stellar so far this season.
On Saturday we were as nervous about the future of UofL Athletics as we’ve been in a long, long time. Word broke that morning that Pitt and Syracuse were leaving the Big East, and it appears they are taking UConn and Rutgers with them. The Big East appeared to be falling apart, and we were afraid Louisville might be the band playing on as the Titanic sunk. We were afraid Louisville would have to go back to Conference USA with our hat in our hand and hope someday to go undefeated so we could qualify for a BCS game in football. We were afraid the conference would include Memphis and Tulane and Southern Miss. After conversations with numerous UofL sources over the last 48 hours, our concerns are somewhat eased. There are a dozen different scenarios that could play out in the next few weeks, but there isn’t a scenario we can think of that would leave Louisville on the outside of a BCS automatic qualifying league.
So the question on every Cardinals fan’s mind is, “What does the future hold for University of Louisville athletics?” At press time there were so many rumors swirling around that it is impossible to list them all. West Virginia going to the SEC; Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State going to the Pac-12; Rutgers and UConn to the ACC; Missouri to the Big Ten; the Big East will dissolve; the Big 12 and Big East will merge; etc... But there were fewer rumors concerning UofL, one of the top athletic programs in the country based on budget, on-field success and facilities. That is what has Cards fans so nervous. A lack of rumors about the home school has some fans concerned that Vice President for Athletics Tom Jurich hasn’t been proactive at the wheel, but nothing is further from the truth. Doesn’t
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past success count for anything to the critics? Jurich has been working for more than a year to make sure Louisville’s conference future is secure - first within the Big East and now amidst a coalition of programs. Since Tom’s arrival in 1998, Louisville has become one of the top athletic programs in the country. Let the unrest subside. Louisville will come out of this in a BCS automatic qualifying league.
If you can’t trust the Chancellor of a major university, who can you trust? University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg as Chair of the Big East Executive Committee preached unity and holding firm together against the conference robbers lurking in the background of college athletics. All the while Dr. Nordenberg was negotiating with the ACC to switch conferences. Pure dishonesty! I’m sure Dr. Nordenberg is an intellectual product of the Sixties and likely subscribes to Joseph Fletcher’s Situation Ethics. His leading the other conference members to reject a TV contract from ESPN earlier this year promising a bigger payout if “We all stick together” appears to be a conflict of interest that demands legal action. The remaining Big East teams could (and probably should) sue the pants off Pittsburgh for Nordenberg’s clear dishonesty and betrayal.
If expansion candidacy were wholly about athletic performance, Louisville would be one of the first programs called by any league. In the past six years, Louisville’s athletic profile is one of the strongest in the nation. UofL has won 39 Big East championships in the last six years, has a $75-80 million athletic budget and sparkling new facilities. Of the things the athletic department can control - Louisville is doing everything right. Outside of Notre Dame, no program in the Big East has more championships than Louisville the past six years. Pittsburgh has a measly six titles since Louisville joined the league. Rutgers? Try just four titles. Louisville is also the only school in the nation to go to a BCS Bowl, a College World Series, a men’s Final Four, a women’s Final Four and a College Cup since 2005.
Everything depends on what Texas does. If Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech go to the Pac-16, then the decision is made. Louisville and the remaining Big East teams would join with the remaining Big 12 teams and form a league at least as good in football as the current Big East. That league would be at 8-10 teams (depending on what happens with West Virginia and Missouri) and would have the option of adding a couple of teams to go to 12 or staying at 10. The new league - plus the basketball schools - would be attractive to a TV deal because it would have some good-sized TV markets. Certainly we aren’t talking SEC/ACC TV money, but the markets would include Dallas-Ft. Worth, Kansas City, St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Tampa and then Philly, Chicago, NYC, Providence, etc. And for those of you questioning the wisdom of maintaining a relationship with the basketball schools, let me explain. Under the deal discussed, the basketball schools would only HELP the league in terms of a better basketball deal TV-wise and wouldn’t share the football monies. If they only bring you extra money, why would not want to keep them with you?
The SEC is not an option for UofL for the same reason that Florida State, Clemson and Georgia Tech aren’t getting a call from the SEC - there is a current moratorium on adding schools within the states that are currently covered by the SEC. There is absolutely nothing UofL can do about that. The Big Ten also is not a real option at this time because the conference is not looking to expand right now unless it is a big dog like Texas or Notre Dame. Also, the Big Ten’s profile is large, land-grant universities (save Northwestern, a longtime member).
As to what happens with the SEC? They could easily just sit at 13 members (assuming Texas A & M’s application goes through). It would be weird, but why not? Whoever the SEC adds has to bring at least $25 million to the table in extra revenue for it to be close to worth it. If the league goes to 14, West Virginia and Missouri seem to be the top two options. The best-case scenario would be that the SEC takes neither West Virginia or Missouri and they are both in our new league. The second-best scenario would the SEC taking West Virginia so our new league could have Missouri and its two large markets. The third-best scenario would be keeping West Virginia. When it is all said and done, Louisville fans just want to know they have a chance to compete at the highest level. With Jurich in charge, it is clear to us that Louisville will continue to have that opportunity. Whether the Cardinals are in a conference with the Texas schools and the Big 12 (if they decide to reject the Pac-12) or in a league with the five remaining Big 12 teams and the remainder of the Big East, Louisville has a strong athletic profile in all the major sports. Where all this is heading is anyone’s guess. Four 16-team super conferences may seem a possibility, but we wonder if the schools at the bottom end of the budgetary process in each of those leagues would be better served in their own leagues. And what role does the NCAA play? The head of the NCAA Presidents Committee is USF’s president. Add to all this Congress’ threat of getting involved in breaking up the BCS and you have a mess that might take years to sort itself out.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
BIG EAST FOOTBALL
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SHOCKING DEFECTIONS LEAVE BIG EAST SCRAMBLING By Russ Brown Sending shock waves through the Big East and the rest of college athletics, Pittsburgh and Syracuse are officially headed for the Atlantic Coast Conference, leaving the Big East frustrated and everyone else wondering what’s next. A good bet is that Connecticut and Rutgers will follow the Panthers and Orange into the ACC, making it the first 16-member “superconference” in the land, with the Pac 12 close behind. One thing is certain: the Big East as we know it is finished. Done. Dead. The only question is where Louisville and the remaining Big East teams will land. A good guess is a combination of the Big East and Big 12, which could also lose more RUSS BROWN members this week. (Please keep in mind as you read this that conference landscapes seem to be changing by the hour, so there could easily be new developments after the LSR deadline). The seismic move by Pitt and Syracuse evidently caught Big East commissioner John Marinatto by surprise and has implications from coast to coast. The move leaves the conference with only six football-playing schools (including TCU’s arrival next season) and 15 basketball schools. “Although I was obviously very disappointed to learn the news about the ACC’s being in discussions about membership with (Pitt and Syracuse), I continue to believe the Big East Conference is well-positioned for the future, and the events of the past 24 hours will unify our membership,” Marinatto said in a statement. To most observers it will probably seem as if Marinatto was asleep at the wheel, but Marinatto claims that he was blindsided because Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg had assured him recently that Pitt had no intention of leaving the Big East. Responding to criticism of Pitt’s move, Nordenberg told USA Today: “Every university leader involved in intercollegiate athletics really has two fundamental responsibilities. One is to work to build strength in a current conference home. The second is to be appropriately attentive to the changing landscape and institutional opportunities that might need to be pursued. “We made it very clear that, if other opportunities did arrive, we would feel obligated to seriously assess them, looking at the long-term future of the University of Pittsburgh.” Regardless of how it all came down, the fact is that the Big East, simply can’t survive for long in its current state. UConn and Rutgers both are lobbying hard to also join the ACC, with UConn president Susan Herbts acknowledging that the school is “aggressively pursuing” membership in the ACC “to ensure the successful long-term future of our university’s athletic program.”
Louisville Vice President for Athletics Tom Jurich believes Louisville is a strong candidate for whatever new league is created after the current round of realignment. - photo by Dave Klotz
ACC commissioner John Swafford said his conference is “not philosophically opposed” to a 16-team alignment and is reportedly aiming for the fences in luring both Texas and Notre Dame or Texas and Texas Tech, with UConn and Rutgers being a fallback plan. UConn was one of the original members of the Big East in 1979, along with Syracuse, Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Boston College. Reports have Rutgers in talks with both the ACC and the Big Ten. “We’re continuing to be engaged in talks with several parties, and I think that’s been the case for a long time more than the last 36 hours,” Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said. “It’s always been our practice to keep those types of talks private, and I think it’s important that we continue to do that. We have great assets (including the New York TV market) and we will continue to be a player nationally as the landscape continues to shift. It (the Pitt and Syracuse exit) creates a lot of instability and anxiety in the league. But there’s a lot of smart ADs and presidents in the league, and I think where the opportunities exist they’ll be taken advantage of.” Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick expressed puzzlement and exasperation at Pitt and Syracuse’s exit. The Irish are Big East members in every sport except football, where they’re an independent. “I don’t understand it,” Swarbrick told USA Today. “How do you vote as a collegiate president on something that has the potential to provide some benefit for your institution and the conference you’re (to be) affiliated with but has a very negative consequence for a host of other members of the academy, as presidents like to call it? “I’d like to know how much of these discussions are: What’s right? What is the best
thing for the larger enterprise, and how many other schools would be adversely impacted? I just don’t know that that’s happening. It’s not healthy.” In this unsettled environment, it’s every man for himself, and Notre Dame’s complaints could seem hollow and hypocritical for a university athletic department whose actions have had to do only with benefits for itself and the NBC TV contract dollars involved. In joining the ACC, which recently signed a television rights agreement worth $155 million annually, Pitt and Syracuse officials cited the desire for more long-term financial stability. Big East officials are to open negotiations over TV rights in September 2012 and were convinced they could wrangle a more lucrative contract than the ACC, but that obviously isn’t going to happen now. And Swafford thinks he can renegotiate an even larger payoff with ESPN. Swafford said that more than 10 colleges have inquired about joining the ACC. “In all my years of collegiate administration, I’ve never seen this level of uncertainty and potential fluidity among schools and conferences,” Swafford said. “Schools are looking for stability. When that stability doesn’t exist, as long as that’s going on, I think the conferences that appear to be stable moving forward are going to receive inquiries. “The ACC has enjoyed a rich tradition by balancing academics and athletics, and the addition of Pitt and Syracuse further strengthens the ACC culture in this regard. Pittsburgh and Syracuse also serve to enhance the ACC’s reach into the states of New York and Pennsylvania and geographically bridges our footprint between Maryland and Massachusetts. With the addition of Pitt and Syracuse, the ACC will cover virtually the entire Eastern Seaboard of the
United States.” Before they move to the ACC, Pitt and Syracuse are contractually obligated to wait more than two years and pay a $5 million exit fee, but they might be able to negotiate an earlier departure. Adding insult to injury, Swafford also has discussed holding the ACC Tournament in Madison Square Garden, a Big East stronghold where the conference has played its postseason basketball tourney since 1983 and has a contract through 2016. “We’d probably be remiss if we didn’t think in those terms,” Swafford said, further ruffling Big East feathers. “We would be open to that as part of our rotation.” Like other schools around the country, Pitt and Syracuse were driven by the TV money that comes from televising football games, although the administrators at those schools issued less-than-honest statements discussing academics, geographic footprints and peer institutions. The Big East’s situation is reminiscent of 2003, when the league also was scrambling after the ACC raided it for Boston College, Virginia Tech and Miami. The Big East is expected to retain its automatic bid to a BCS game through the 2013 season. The Big East is now in the position of having to wait to see what develops not only with UConn and Rutgers possibly moving to the ACC, too, but with other conferences -- mainly the Pac-12 and Big 12. It’s possible that Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State will head to the Pac-12 from the Big 12, but Texas regents must first approve the move. Oklahoma’s regents have made their interest known. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are a package deal with the Sooners and Longhorns. Texas A&M will become the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference, and Missouri could be No. 14. If those scenarios play out, the remaining schools from the Big 12 -- Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Missouri and Iowa State -- and the Big East could join forces in some fashion. Meanwhile, The New York Times raised the possibility of Congress getting involved, quoting an unnamed Congressman as saying the situation was “spinning out of control.” “I think the situation is rising to a level where getting Congress engaged may be unavoidable,” he told the NYT. “These are tax-exempt organizations now making billions of dollars off of unpaid athletes.... We may be at a point where the NCAA has lost its ability to create a fair system for all to play in.” NCAA president Mark Emmert is preaching caution. “This is not about playing Monopoly and moving pieces around,” he said. “These are real institutions with real students and real coaches and real programs, and it’s much, much more complex than playing a simple game. There’s a chance to do some things that would be helpful, and there’s a chance to do some things that would be very wrong.”
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
COFFEE BREAK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
OH, WHAT A RELIEF IT WAS! CARDS TOP CATS, END FOURGAME SKID Whoo ... I’m glad that’s over. Five straight losses to UK in football would have been more than even the most nominal Cards fan could bear. It seemed that with each win the Kentucky fans were becoming more obnoxious and overbearing. As my UofL/UK-fan doctor said last week, even he was “becoming anti-Kentucky for the first time in his life” because the fans were becoming repugnant in their attitudes toward Louisville. They were reverting to their pre-competition days before the teams started playing and Louisville was able to prove once and for all that the Cards were on the same level with Kentucky in collegiate athletics. Now both teams have four-game winning streaks (although UofL had its first) and can share bragging rights. In case you’ve forgotten, let me repeat a statement from my Football Preview article: “The future is bright for UofL football. My prediction for the 2011 season is that the Cards will finish better than seventh in the Big East and win some games not expected, including at Kentucky.” Before you get any ideas, don’t expect me to become a prognosticator of college football, especially of Louisville. I am too emotionally involved with the Cards to be objective, but I did feel that the Cards were due JACK COFFEE a win against the Cats after the last several years of mistakes, dropped passes and missed assignments. I wasn’t the only one. Evidently the weekend bettors who dropped Kentucky from a seven-point favorite to a five-point favorite on game day had the same feeling that I did. Makes you kind of wonder who all those people were who won money on the Cards. This season seems to be developing much like last season as the Cards made a dramatic improvement in the third game of the season. Last year the third game was a 35-28 loss at Oregon State, and the Beavers would go on to defeat USC 36-7 in Corvallis. As the UK game developed it seemed that I was watching a different team from the first two games. The most amazing transformation was in the offensive line. In my wildest dreams I never imagined that the Cards would gain 181 yards rushing, which was actually 210 before deducting the 29 yards in losses, mostly on two sacks. Those yards were accomplished against a veteran defensive line that had allowed only 229 rushing yards in the previous two games. UofL’s rejuvenated line allowed only two sacks, and both of those seemed to be “cover” sacks. Congratulations to the young line and O-line coach Dave Borbely. Let’s hope John Miller’s injury is not serious. For the first time this season the Cards scored in all four quarters. As good as the performance by the O-line was, the play by the defensive line was extraordinary. All six sacks were achieved by the defensive front four. The last several seasons most of the sacks have been by safeties and linebackers, but the Cards were able to pressure the Kentucky quarterback without blitzing. Roy Philon, Greg Scruggs and William Savoy all matched or exceeded their sack totals for last season in one game. Their dominance of the Kentucky O-line was so thorough that they generally kept the quarterback from scrambling out of the pocket, an effective offensive weapon by Kentucky in previous games. The very impressive defensive line held Kentucky to 35 net yards rushing, with UK’s next Mo Williams, Josh Clements, held to 28 net yards. Speaking of scrambling, how did the Big East officials miss the open-field push in the back of the Louisville defender on Newton’s 19-yard run at the end of the game? Or Newton’s no-look, over-his-head fling out of the end zone that was not ruled intentional grounding? The men in stripes seemed to go out of their way not to be criticized for favoring their league team. (The officiating crew was from the Big East.) Luckily, UofL will file a report on the officials with the league office and those problems can be corrected. In spite of that 19-yard run, Newton had 60 yards in losses as opposed to 38 gained. Louisville’s kicking game with Chris Philpott and Josh Bleser is very effective and overall as good as the Cards have had in many years. The philosophy that this staff has adopted -- to kick high, not long, on punts -- has worked perfectly, including last week against FIU’s T.Y. Hilton. The Cards have yet to have a punt returned this season. Philpott continues to kick deep into the end zone on kickoffs, and the coverage has been effective if not outstanding. How about the newest Card, Adrian Bushell? In his first full game as a Card he led the team with eight solo tackles, twice as many as any other defender in the game, including Kentucky’s All-American linebacker, Danny Trevathan. One more note on the defense: nine Cardinals had tackles for a loss. Oh yeah, how about Teddy Bridgewater? All of those clamoring for more playing time for him got their wish, and he was everything Cardinals fans had hoped. And how about Dominique Brown at running back? You know folks, I think we have a football team, and based on his reaction as the final seconds ticked off the clock, I think Coach Charlie Strong thinks we do, too.
Louisville safety Shenard Holton helped UK quarterback Morgan Newton to his feet after one of the many plays where Newton was knocked down. photo by Howie Lindsey
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Every Louisville player wanted a chance to touch the Governor’s Cup trophy after Louisville’s 24-17 win. In the background, UK fans streamed from the exits in the upper deck of Commonwealth Stadium. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Senior Josh Bellamy outran three UK defenders and caught a touchdown pass to put Louisville ahead 17-10. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Freshman Louisville native DeVante Parker was hugged by UofL AD Tom Jurich after the game. Parker was smiling ear-to-ear as Jurich approached him. - photo by Howie Lindsey
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Louisville fans celebrated as Kentucky fans looked befuddled after Morgan Newton’s final fourthdown heave landed out of bounds to secure the 24-17 Louisville win. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Defensive linemen Jamaine Brooks and Randy Salmon carried the Governor’s Cup trophy across the field and into the locker room. - photo by Howie Lindsey
Tackle Roy Philon, a Lexington native, sacked UK’s Morgan Newton 11/2 times Saturday night. - photo by Howie Lindsey
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MR. UNKNOWN BECOMES MR. RIGHT FOR CARDINALS By Howie Lindsey If Adrian Bushell were a professional wrestler, the PA announcer would list his hometown as “Parts Unknown.” The junior defensive back, who joined the Louisville program just six days before the start of the season, is a complete mystery to most fans and even to some of his teammates. “I would tell you all about him if I knew much about him myself,” senior linebacker Dexter Heyman said when asked about Bushell. “I just know that he’s a good football player and a good guy to be around. He actually came to us - I want to say around the start of camp, but I really can’t even vouch for that very much. I don’t know where he came from, and I really haven’t been able to spend a whole lot of time with him yet. I know he’s a heck of a football player, a heck of an athlete and a great asset to this team.” Bushell went from just another random guy in practice to a starter in just three weeks. Saturday against Kentucky he finished with 11 tackles, eight solo, including a touchdown-saving tackle in the first quarter when he caught UK speedster Josh Clemons from behind at UofL’s 5-yard line. “Adrian, man, we call him Bushie,” said senior defensive end Greg HOWIE LINDSEY Scruggs. “He just showed up. I mean, I went over at halftime and told him, ‘I trust you with everything that I have. You are a part of this team and this defense, and I trust you to make plays.’” Originally from DeSoto, Texas, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound former four-star prospect was among the top cornerback recruits in the nation his senior year of high school. He signed with Florida, then transferred to Cedar Valley Community College after Charlie Strong left and was looking for an opportunity to reunite with Strong however possible. “I really like Coach Strong,” Bushell said. “He was the reason I went to Florida in the first place. I just couldn’t get away from that. It took me so long to make a decision, but I had to stick with Coach Strong.” That chance to reunite with Strong came earlier this summer when one of Louisville’s recruits, four-star defensive back Gerod Holliman, had to go to prep school before enrolling. Strong called Bushell. “It was midway through the summer, and I spoke to Coach Strong,” Bushell said. “He said, ‘We’ve got a spot for you if you’d like to come down.’ That was exciting. I had no problem to play for Coach Strong.” On Aug. 29, news of Bushell’s arrival at Louisville broke on Rivals.com, and he had already started to impress his teammates. “The first time I saw him check DeVante Parker, I knew,” Heyman said. “He batted the ball down, but he could have picked it off. He made it look too easy.” On Monday, Aug. 30, Strong confirmed Bushell could play soon. And he did. Bushell got thrown into the fire, covering FIU Heisman candidate T.Y. Hilton on some snaps in Week 2. Then Saturday, with starting cornerback Andrew Johnson out with what appeared to be a high ankle sprain, Bushell started. He was up for the task. “I’m at a loss for words right now. I’m just happy to be a part of it, really,” Bushell said. Bushell said adjusting to the new rivalry didn’t take him long. “As soon as I got here I started hearing about Kentucky,” he said. “I was tired of hearing about them. I just wanted to get out there and make some plays and show what I can do.” Bushell admitted the last month has been largely a whirlwind for him. “It has been kind of crazy, really,” he said. “It’s been all about getting back in shape, getting back acclimated to the defense and the style of the team and everything.” Could he have imagined playing such an integral role in just his third game as a Cardinal? “Yeah, I mean, our coaches did a good job of preparing me with the mental aspects of it all,” he said. “I mean, I just owe it all to the coaches.” He’s already drawn significant praise from Strong, who seems excited about Bushell’s potential. “They threw the screen pass and (Adrian) comes from the back side and runs down Clemons,” Strong said. “Then it’s a third-down play right there on the goal line and they throw a short screen and we’re in man coverage and he comes off his man and runs in there and makes the tackle. Bushell is very athletic and fast, and he can make plays.” Ever the task-master, Strong didn’t have all praise for Bushell. He also noted a big mistake on a UK touchdown. “The one play where they threw the ball into the end zone for the touchdown, he just was out of position,” Strong said. “I thought he was going to intercept it when I saw the ball take off, but (Newton) threw it high enough to get it over his head.” But Strong was complimentary of Bushell’s overall play, saying, “It was a big lift because our guys saw he’s another athlete on the field who can go make plays.”
Corner Adrian Bushell is still a bit of a mystery to hjs teammates, but coach Charlie Strong said he’s a playmaker. - photo by Howie Lindsey
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JULIA FELLERHOFF - WOMEN’S TENNIS The sophomore from Deerfield, Ill., the second seed, took home the inaugural singles title at Ohio State’s 2011 Muirfield Collegiate Tennis Invitational, upsetting 118th-ranked Zara Harutyunyan of Akron 6-4, 7-5 in the final. “Julia starts off her sophomore season right where she left off last year,” said UofL women’s coach Mark Beckham. “This is the fourth college tournament she has won in her short career. I’m extremely happy with Julia’s progress, and she just keeps proving that she is one of the best players in college tennis.” On Saturday, Fellerhoff defeated Akron’s Olga Shkundina 7-6, 6-4 to advance to face Prang Pantusart of Akron, whom she edged in three sets 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (9) for the comeback win. That moved last year’s Big East Freshman of the Year into the title match. ELIZABETH VANCE - FIELD HOCKEY The sophomore forward from Ft. Worth, Texas, was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Vance helped the Cardinals to a 2-0 record last week, scoring a goal in each game, including the game winner in the 1-0 victory over No. 17 American on the road on Saturday. She also had a goal and an assist in Louisville’s Big East-opening 5-0 victory over Georgetown. Vance is now second on the team with four goals on the season, which also ties her for sixth in the league. Louisville will welcome a pair of top-10 opponents this weekend when No. 5 Syracuse and No. 10 New Hampshire visit Trager Stadium. ERIN CONRAD - FIELD HOCKEY Louisville’s junior goalkeeper was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week. The redshirt junior from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., posted six saves en route to back-to-back shutouts. She registered six saves in the 1-0 victory at No. 17 American despite the fact that the Eagles outshot the Cardinals 14-7. Conrad has recorded four consecutive shutouts this season and has a goals-against average of 1.24 with a .750 save percentage. DEXTER HEYMAN - FOOTBALL The senior linebacker was named the Howard Schnellenberger Most Valuable Player in the annual Governor’s Cup matchup between UofL and UK on Saturday, and on Monday he was selected the Big East Defensive Player of the Week. The Male High School graduate recorded 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and forced a fumble in the Cardinals’ 24-17 victory in Lexington. Heyman keyed a defense that limited Kentucky to just 35 rushing yards. TYLER BYRNE - MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The sophomore from Georgetown, Ind., led No. 19 Louisville to a fourth-place team finish at the Navy Invitational last Saturday with a second-place showing at the USNA Golf Course. “Tyler did a nice job today, but he went back early to help pull some of the guys up in the back,” assistant coach Joe Walker said. “Within the final mile, though, he really closed in and gained a number of spots.” Byrne, who opened the year with a first-place finish at the Mid-America Opener, completed the Cardinals’ first 8,000-meter race of the season in 24:22.60. It was the second-fastest 8K time of his career. The women’s squad checked in seventh. MICHAEL LIPPENS - MEN’S TENNIS SUMIT GUPTA - MEN’S TENNIS Freshman Michael Lippens won the Flight `A’ championship and senior Sumit Gupta took the Flight `B’ title in the Louisville Fall Invitational at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Lippens, a native of Long Branch, N.J., prevailed 6-0, 6-1 over Chris Simich in an all-Louisville championship match that pitted two freshmen against each other in their first collegiate tournament. “I am excited about this young team,” coach Rex Ecarma said. “Michael becomes only the second freshman to win the UofL Fall Invitational A Division Singles. He follows the footsteps of former UofL star Alejandro Caligari. Michael came here as maybe the least heralded of this very good recruiting class. I always told people not to forget Michael and that he had good potential, and he showed it today. It was good to see senior Sumit Gupta win the B Division. He wants to make his senior year special for the Cardinals.” In the B division championship finals, Gupta battled Morehead State’s Nathan Martin before winning the first set 7-6 (5) and claiming the title with a 6-1 decision in the second.
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BIG EAST NOTEBOOK
WEST VIRGINIA COULD GIVE BIG EAST A LIFT WITH UPSET OF LSU By Russ Brown As if it wasn’t enough that Big East officials and members learned over the weekend that the league could be falling apart with the defections of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the conference suffered another ignominious day on the football field last week. With five of seven games against opponents from automatic qualifying conferences, it was the perfect opportunity to get a little more national attention and temporarily quiet some of the critics of the league. But it wasn’t to be. Instead, three of the five teams playing BCS foes lost to those clubs. Other than Louisville’s 24-17 win at Kentucky, the only other survivor was No. RUSS BROWN 16 West Virginia, which held on to defeat host Maryland 37-31. A golden opportunity to gain some respect for the Big East will come Saturday night when the Mountaineers (3-0) entertain No. 3 LSU in a nationally televised game on ABC (8 o’clock kickoff). WVU is coming off a game it almost blew. Eain Smith’s interception at the visitors’ 13-yard line with 73 seconds left saved a victory WVU seemed assured of when it led 34-10 midway through the third quarter. After starting slowly in their first two games, the Mountaineers struggled at the finish of this one against a team coached by former Connecticut head man Randy Edsall. “The biggest single thing we worked on this week in practice was hitting the field fast and starting with some excitement,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “The second half, we did it on the first series on offense and the last series on defense, and that was enough. It’s football. It happens. When you play a good football team, that stuff’s going to happen. It’s a game of momentum, and they had it.” WVU quarterback Geno Smith threw for a career-high 388 yards, completing 36 of 49 passes, and had three 100-yard receivers, believed to be a school record. “We have to be able to finish,” Smith said. “We didn’t play four quarters, but we were good enough to come away with the win. But one half of football just won’t do it, especially with LSU coming in.” LSU will be well-rested after beating Mississippi State Thursday night. Pitt also has a chance to make some noise for the conference Saturday when it hosts Notre Dame on national TV (ABC, noon). GRAHAM SECOND-GUESSES HIMSELF The most disappointing setback for a Big East team came in Iowa City, where Pittsburgh lost a 21-point lead and fell to Iowa 31-27. Afterward, Pitt coach Todd Graham
UConn kicker Dave Teggart made field goals from 52 and 50 yards but missed from 41 and 43 yards. “It was nice to make those 50-yarders, but if I make those (other) kicks it could be a different game,” Teggart said. UConn wide receiver Isiah Moore had a career day with eight catches for 143 yards.
Louisville linebackers Daniel Brown and Dexter Heyman tackled Kentucky’s Josh Clemons as UofL safety Mike Evans ran to help. photo by Howie Lindsey
questioned his decision not to punt on fourth-and-3 from the Iowa 36 with eight minutes left. The Panthers were nursing a 27-17 lead when quarterback Tino Sunseri missed a third-down pass in the end zone intended for freshman Darius Patton. “I told them they had two downs, and we were going to take a shot,” Graham said. “Our guy (Patton) got held up (by the defense), so we overthrew it. We came back on fourth down. I should have punted the ball.” After another Sunseri incompletion, Iowa took over on downs. The Hawkeyes scored seven plays later. Graham said he gambled on fourth down because Iowa was moving the ball successfully. “We were struggling to stop them,” he said. “They were moving the ball, moving it all over us. We needed points. We felt like we had a play that was definitely there. It was, and we overthrew it. In hindsight, it was not a very good decision, but I thought we needed to be aggressive.” Pitt led 24-3 in the third quarter and 2710 in the final period. “We took our foot off their throats,” Pitt defensive tackle Chas Alexcxih said. “Iowa fought to the very end, and we gave it away. It’s leadership. It’s me. It’s on the rest of the seniors. The senior leadership was horrendous. Just making sure some of the younger guys know their stuff.” Pitt (2-1) has allowed 10 touchdowns this season, nine after halftime and six in the fourth quarter. “I can’t tell you how many mistakes we made,” Graham said. NASSIB EFFORT WASTED USC (3-0) cruised to a 38-17 victory over Syracuse (2-1) in L.A. Memorial Coliseum as Matt Barkley completed 26 of 39 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns and wideout Robert Woods had eight of those receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. “I thought he was a great football player
coming into the game,” SU coach Doug Marrone said of Barkley, “and I still think he’s a great player coming out of the game, along with a number of great skill position players they have.” Syracuse lost starting strong safety Shamarko Thomas and starting cornerback Keon Lyn to injuries early in the game. Orange junior quarterback Ryan Nassib got off to a torrid start, completing his first 11 passes, running his streak of consecutive completions to 22 dating to the Rhode Island game. Facing significantly more pressure than Barkley, Nassib finished 25 of 37 (.676) for 230 yards and a TD, directing scoring drives of 70, 74 and 86 yards. “I was just getting the ball out quickly, making my reads and trying to move the ball,” Nassib said. “Then I made the mistake of trying to do too much, and that’s when the offense stalled.” UCONN MISTAKES PILE UP In a 24-20 loss to Iowa State at Rentschler Field in Hartford last Thursday, UConn (1-2) was plagued by the familiar problems of a lack of offensive consistency and too many big plays allowed by the defense. After the Huskies took a 20-17 lead with 12:51 to go, Iowa State marched down the field on an eight-play, 65-yard drive to take the lead back for good, converting two third downs along the way. “From an execution standpoint, we have to improve offensively,” UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said. “We were able to get the lead ... and then we kind of let them off the hook when we had been playing really well defensively. So, very disappointing loss.” Still, most of the blame lies with the offense. The defense got three interceptions early, but UConn converted those into only three points. Quarterbacks Scott McCummings and Michael Nebrich each missed wide-open receivers for sure TDs, and QB Johnny McEntee also was off. Furthermore, the Huskies converted just 5 of 17 third downs.
USF, CINCINNATI ROLL Cincinnati and No. 18 USF easily dispatched their overmatched opponents. The Bearcats (2-1) now have beaten Austin Peay and Akron by a combined 131-14, sandwiched around a convincing loss at Tennessee, while USF (3-0) has beaten Ball State and Florida A&M 107-24 after opening the season with a victory at Notre Dame. The Bulls should have another easy time this week against visiting UTEP (2-1), which was beaten by Stony Brook in its opener. Cincinnati will host North Carolina State (21) in ESPN’s Thursday night game. The Bearcats dominated hapless Akron (0-3) 59-14 at Nippert Stadium, forcing five turnovers in the first half and returning three of them for touchdowns on the way to a 49-0 halftime lead. UC quarterback Zach Collaros completed 10 of 16 passes for 157 yards and a TD in the first half, then didn’t play in the second half. Running back Isaiah Pead, who gained 155 yards the previous week against the Vols, carried only six times for 15 yards and one TD. USF routed Florida A&M 70-17 in front of 50,128 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as junior quarterback B.J. Daniels threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters. Junior running back Darrell Scott also had a big night, rushing for 146 yards and three TDs on just 12 carries while also adding a receiving TD. It helped add up to a record-breaking night for the Bulls’ offense, which amassed a school- and Big East-record 745 total yards and scored the second-most points in program history, behind the 80 tallied in the school’s first-ever game against Kentucky Wesleyan in 1997. “I can sit here and talk about nine penalties, two fumbles, mistakes in the kicking game and everything else,” USF coach Skip Holtz said. “But it’s certainly hard to find a lot to complain about when you look at the way we played, really, in all three phases of the game.” BIG EAST FOUNDER GAVITT DIES Dave Gavitt, the former basketball coach at Providence College, creator of the Big East Conference and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, died late Friday night after a long illness. He was 73. Gavitt coached Providence for 10 years, beginning in 1969. His highlight came in 1973 when he took a team led by an Italian guard from North Providence (Ernie DiGregorio) and an African-American center
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BIG EAST from South Providence (Marvin Barnes) all the way to the Final Four in St. Louis. He also served as PC’s athletic director from 1971-82. “He was brilliant as a coach,” said DiGregorio. “Most people in basketball know him for the Big East, but he always told me he wanted to be known as a coach first. I always called him ‘Coach Gavitt.’ Of all the coaches I played for, he was by far my favorite and the best.” Gavitt thought Providence and other Eastern basketball programs were getting hurt by the lack of a major athletic conference in the East. He then went about cobbling together the interests of seven original members of what became known as the Big East in 1979. “People will never know what opportunities Dave walked away from when he ended his coaching career,” said Mike Tranghese, the conference’s first employee and a friend of Gavitt’s for 40 years. “He wasn’t a good coach, he was a great coach. But he didn’t like the travel, and he wanted to see his two sons grow up. Family was first with Dave.” Jim Boeheim, the basketball coach at Syracuse, was a young coach back in 1979 but credits his Hall of Fame career to one man. “There wouldn’t be any league without Dave,” Boeheim said. “He’s the only guy who could bring us together. He’s responsible for everything that’s happened to me and all of us. There would be no national championship (in 2003), no Hall of Fame, none of it.” St. John’s was a power in the East at the time under another future Hall of Fame coach, Lou Carnesecca. He told a story a few years ago that spoke to Gavitt’s power of persuasion. “Dave likes to say he convinced me on the Big East after a couple glasses of vino flying back from Italy together from a clinic,” Carnesecca said. “There’s some truth to that.” ST. JOHN’S LOSES TRIO St. John’s basketball coach Steve Lavin landed the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class this year, luring six top-100 prospects to New York. But last week the NCAA eligibility center informed the school that half of them won’t be able to play for at least the fall semester. Forwards Amir Garrett, JaKarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle are ineligible. It’s a serious blow. Lavin needed this recruiting class to be a good one because he lost 10 seniors. “We are hopeful that Amir, Norvel and JaKarr will be able to join us on the court this winter and in the classroom when the 2012 spring semester begins,” Lavin said. If the players are reinstated on Dec. 19, the earliest possible date, they will have missed the team’s first 12 games. St. John’s still has three other top-100 recruits in Maurice Harkless, D’Angelo Harrison and Sir’Dominic Pointer.
2011 BIG EAST FOOTBALL SCHEDULES CINCINNATI Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Thu., Sept. 22 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 15 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Austin Peay at Tennessee Akron North Carolina State at Miami (Ohio) LOUISVILLE at USF at PITTSBURGH WEST VIRGINIA at RUTGERS at SYRACUSE CONNECTICUT
W, 72-10 L, 45-23 W, 59-14
CONNECTICUT Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Fri., Sept. 16 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Wed., Oct. 26 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Fordham at Vanderbilt Iowa State at Buffalo Western Michigan at WEST VIRGINIA USF at PITTSBURGH SYRACUSE LOUISVILLE RUTGERS at CINCINNATI
W, 35-3 L, 24-21 L, 24-20
LOUISVILLE Thu., Sept. 1 Fri., Sept. 9 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Fri., Nov. 25
Murray State Florida International at Kentucky Marshall at North Carolina at CINCINNATI RUTGERS SYRACUSE at WEST VIRGINIA PITTSBURGH at CONNECTICUT at USF
W, 21-9 L, 24-17 W, 24-17
PITTSBURGH Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Thu., Sept. 29 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Wed., Oct. 26 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Fri., Nov. 25 Sat., Dec. 3
Buffalo Maine at Iowa Notre Dame USF at RUTGERS Utah CONNECTICUT CINCINNATI at LOUISVILLE at WEST VIRGINIA SYRACUSE
W, 35-16 W, 35-29 L, 31-27
RUTGERS Thu., Sept. 1 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 15 Fri., Oct. 21 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 19 Sat., Nov. 26
North Carolina Central at North Carolina Ohio at SYRACUSE PITTSBURGH Navy at LOUISVILLE WEST VIRGINIA USF at Army CINCINNATI at CONNECTICUT
W, 48-0 L, 24-22
USF Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Thu., Sept. 29 Sat., Oct. 15 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Nov. 5 Fri., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 19 Fri., Nov. 25 Thu., Dec. 1
at Notre Dame Ball State Florida A&M UTEP at PITTSBURGH at CONNECTICUT CINCINNATI at RUTGERS at SYRACUSE Miami (Fla.) LOUISVILLE WEST VIRGINIA
W, 23-20 L, 37-7 W, 7017
SYRACUSE Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Fri., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 26 Sat., Dec. 3
Wake Forest Rhode Island at Southern California Toledo RUTGERS at Tulane WEST VIRGINIA at LOUISVILLE at CONNECTICUT USF CINCINNATI at PITTSBURGH
W, 36-29 OT W, 21-14 L, 38-17
WEST VIRGINIA Sat., Sept. 3 Sat., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 17 Sat., Sept. 24 Sat., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 22 Sat., Oct. 29 Sat., Nov. 5 Sat., Nov. 12 Fri., Nov. 25 Thu., Dec. 1
Marshall Norfolk State at Maryland LSU Bowling Green CONNECTICUT at SYRACUSE at RUTGERS LOUISVILLE at CINCINNATI PITTSBURGH at USF
W, 34-13 W, 55-12 W, 37-31
CARDS SNAP NOTRE DAME’S LONG HOME WINNING STREAK
Louisville coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes said she is so proud of her team after the Cardinals knocked off Notre Dame last week. photo by Dave Klotz
By Howie Lindsey Notre Dame’s women’s soccer team hadn’t lost a Big East match on its home field since 2005. That is until Louisville showed up last Friday night and ruined the Fighting Irish’s streak of 62 straight home conference wins. One single goal was all it took for Louisville to derail the No. 12 team in the nation, a goal by Louisville freshman Erin Yenney in the 56th minute. “I’m so proud of our team,” Louisville coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes said. “They were all very focused on what we needed to do, and they did it passionately. This is a great win for our team and for this program.” The Cardinals improved to 3-4-1 overall and opened 1-0-0 in Big East Conference play, while the Fighting Irish dropped to 3-4-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league games. The victory over the Irish, the defending NCAA champion, is Louisville’s biggest road win ever. Their previous best was a 1-0 victory at No. 13 South Florida in 2010. After a scoreless first half, Yenney connected for her first career goal in the 56th minute. After tracking down a long ball on the far right side, sophomore Christine Exeter drove toward the corner before whipping a low cross back into the penalty area. The ball skidded through traffic before finding Yenney on an angled run from the left side, and she buried a low shot from 6 yards out. From there, senior goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer and the Louisville defense made the lead stand up, turning away a pair of Notre Dame shots on goal and holding together for three Irish cornerkicks during the final 30 minutes. Overall, Kiefer finished with five saves to clinch her second straight shutout. For Notre Dame, Maddie Fox finished with five stops. Notre Dame took double the amount of shots Louisville did, 20-10, but one of Louisville’s chances went in, and that was the game winner. Both teams finished with six shots on goal. Notre Dame finished with a 6-3 advantage in cornerkicks, and both squads were whistled offsides once.
CARDS TIE DEPAUL Playing its fifth overtime game of the season, UofL earned a 1-1 tie against visiting DePaul Sunday afternoon at Cardinal Park. With the tie, the Cardinals moved to 3-4-2 overall (1-0-1 Big East), while the Blue Demons are 2-6-1 (0-1-1). The tie was the first in 16 all-time meetings between the schools. UofL leads the overall series 8-7-1. “We had plenty of chances to score a goal and win this game, but we didn’t do that,” Ferguson-Dayes said. “The biggest lesson from this is that we must capitalize on the chances we get. Overall, it was a good conference weekend for us as we scored four points, but the focus in the week ahead will be on finishing.” After neither team scored for more than 79 minutes, they connected for goals just 13 seconds apart in the 80th minute. The Blue Demons broke through first with 79:44 on the clock when Michelle Scandora found the upper right corner of the net from 14 yards out for her first goal of the season and a 1-0 advantage. That lead was extremely short-lived, however, as Exeter took a cross from Yenney and finished into the right side of the goal from 10 yards out just 13 seconds later at the 79:57 mark to even the score at 1. The goal for Exeter, her second of the season, was set up after the Cardinals followed the goal by DePaul by sending the kickoff deep into the Blue Demons’ half of the field, where Yenney controlled the ball before sending the crossing pass into Exeter for her second assist of the season. Keifer finished with three saves for the Cardinals, while Claire Hanold had 10 stops for the Blue Demons. Louisville outshot DePaul 22-18, including an 11-5 edge in shots on goal. The Cardinals finished with a 7-4 advantage in cornerkicks. They also were whistled offsides seven times. The Cardinals will return to the road for Big East games against Connecticut on Friday at 7 p.m. and against Providence on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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2010-11MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULES
2011-12 MEN’S SCHEDULE DATE
OCTOBER 10/26/11 vs. PIKEVILLE * KFC YUM! CENTER NOVEMBER 11/03/11 vs. BELLARMINE * KFC YUM! CENTER GLOBAL SPORTS INVITATIONAL 11/11/11 vs. TENNESSEE-MARTIN KFC YUM! CENTER 11/13/11 vs. LAMAR KFC YUM! CENTER 11/22/11 vs. ARKANSAS STATE KFC YUM! CENTER 11/25/11 vs. OHIO KFC YUM! CENTER 11/28/11 vs. LONG BEACH STATE KFC YUM! CENTER 11/19/11 at Butler Indianapolis, Ind. DECEMBER BIG EAST / SEC CHALLENGE 12/02/11 vs. VANDERBILT TV KFC YUM! CENTER 12/07/11 vs. IUPUI KFC YUM! CENTER 12/10/11 vs. FAIR. DICKINSON KFC YUM! CENTER BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME SHOOTOUT 12/17/11 vs. MEMPHIS TV KFC YUM! CENTER 12/20/11 vs. C. OF CHARLESTON KFC YUM! CENTER BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC 12/23/11 vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 12/28/11 vs. GEORGETOWN # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 12/31/11 at Kentucky TV Lexington, Ky. JANUARY 01/03/12 at St. John’s # TV New York, N.Y. 01/07/12 vs. NOTRE DAME # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 01/10/12 at Providence # TV Providence, R.I. 01/14/12 vs. DE PAUL # KFC YUM! CENTER 01/16/12 at Marquette # TV Milwaukee, Wis. 01/21/12 at Pittsburgh # TV Pittsburgh, Pa. 01/25/12 vs. VILLANOVA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 01/28/12 at Seton Hall # Newark, N.J. FEBRUARY 02/04/12 vs. RUTGERS # KFC YUM! CENTER 02/06/12 vs. CONNECTICUT # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 02/11/12 at West Virginia # TV Morgantown, W.Va. 02/13/12 vs. SYRACUSE # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 02/18/12 at DePaul # Chicago, Ill. 02/23/12 at Cincinnati # TV Cincinnati, Ohio 02/26/12 vs. PITTSBURGH # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 02/29/12 vs. USF # KFC YUM! CENTER MARCH 03/03/12 at Syracuse # TV Syracuse, N.Y. BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden) 03/06-10/12 TBD
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VS. LINDSEY WILSON *
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2:00 P.M. ET
at Missouri State
3:05 p.m. ET
at Texas A&M TV
College Station, Texas
4:00 p.m. ET
at Eastern Kentucky
7:00 p.m. ET
KFC YUM! CENTER
2:00 p.m. ET
vs. AUSTIN PEAY
KFC YUM! CENTER
12:00 p.m. ET
at Florida State
7:00 p.m. ET
at Florida A&M
4:00 p.m. ET
vs. MURRAY STATE
KFC YUM! CENTER
7:00 p.m. ET
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12:00 p.m. ET
at Cincinnati #
7:00 p.m. ET
5:00 p.m. ET
at Washington State
10:00 p.m. ET
KFC YUM! CENTER
12:00 p.m. ET
vs. MARQUETTE #
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at St. John’s # TV
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vs. SOUTH FLORIDA #
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at Rutgers #
2:00 p.m. ET
vs. PROVIDENCE #
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7:00 p.m. ET
at Georgetown # TV
5:00 p.m. ET
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2:00 p.m. ET
at DePaul # TV
9:00 p.m. ET
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vs. CONNECTICUT # TV
KFC YUM! CENTER
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vs. SYRACUSE #
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2:00 p.m. ET
at Pittsburgh #
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KFC YUM! CENTER
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vs. DEPAUL # TV
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MARCH BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP: Hartford, Ct.
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2007 CARDINAL CARAVAN RECRUITING NOTEBOOK
BEATING CATS COULD PAY DIVIDENDS IN LOCAL RECRUITING WARS By Jeff Wafford Going into Saturday night’s Governor’s Cup matchup against archrival Kentucky, University of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong was up front when asked by reporters whether the contest was important for recruiting. “You have a lot of students here (in Kentucky) that kind of sit on the fence,” he said. “Students have to make a decision, so whoever wins this game ends up with the upper hand because you can walk into a house and ask, ‘Why would you go there, we beat them, so why don’t you come (play) for us?’ “So it’s really big, especially in this city.” Prior to the game, one media observer said the line of recruits watching pre-game warm-ups at Commonwealth Stadium stretched almost the entire length of the sideline. And although the players in attenJEFF WAFFORD dance technically were invited by UK, many of them have offers or recruiting interest from both programs. And with local players like Will Stein (Trinity H.S.) and Devante Parker (Ballard H.S.) both accounting for touchdowns in UofL’s 24-17 victory, you can bet in-state prospects were paying attention. One player the Cardinals were hoping to impress is Anthony “Ace” Wales (5-9, 170), a three-star running back from Central H.S. Rated as the No. 15 all-purpose back in the class of 2012 and the No. 3 player in the state, Wales rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-6 victory over Western H.S. last Friday, leaving him 1,779 yards behind the state’s all-time leading rusher, Derek Homer. Many thought Homer’s record of 8,224 yards in four years wouldn’t be broken. Wales has a chance if he stays healthy. He had 2,994 yards and 37 TDs last season. Wales drove to Lexington to attend the game with DarMontre Warr (5-9, 181), a running back from Manual H.S. who currently holds offers from Illinois and Indiana. “We went up there, and it was a nice experience for me to see how that rivalry game went,” Wales said. “It turned out to be a nice game.” Wales mentioned the large number of recruits in attendance and then reported on what he noticed while watching the teams play. “I think both teams went out with a hard-fought game,” he said. “Somebody has to win, and somebody has to lose. I think both teams played hard and did their best to win the game.” Does the winner of the Governor’s Cup affect Wales’ decision? He wavered slightly on that answer. “No, it really doesn’t, because I plan on whatever school I go to, whether I go to Louisville or to Kentucky, I’m going to think we’re going to win anyway,” he said. “So
it really doesn’t matter who won or lost. It may give a little edge to my decision, but I’m still open to them and other schools out of state.” Wales is currently considering offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, UCF and Western Kentucky. Another player in attendance was Hunter Bowles (6-5, 260), a tight end from Glasgow H.S. (Ky.) who picked up scholarship offers from both UK and UofL last week. Bowles, whose father played baseball for the Wildcats, hasn’t named a leader at this point. He
also is considering offers from Marshall and Murray State. The Cardinals are hoping their recent win resonates with players in the junior class and beyond as well. Trinity H.S. is one of the top high school programs in the nation this year, and they sent several big-time juniors to Commonwealth to take in the game, including James Quick (6-1, 180, WR) and Jason Hatcher (6-2, 238, DE/LB), both of whom are expected to be ranked in the top 100 of the 2013 class. One of the top players in the nation for the class of 2012 was expected to take a visit to UK for Saturday’s game but was unable to make it. Still, four-star linebacker Nick Dawson (6-3, 228) talked earlier in the week about some of the programs recruiting him in an exclusive interactive chat with Rivals.com. Dawson, a product of Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (N.C.), is rated as the No. 7 inside linebacker and No. 137 player overall in the class of 2012, along with being the No. 6 player in North Carolina. During the chat, Dawson said Louisville, Clemson and North Carolina stood out to him the most at the moment because those schools are recruiting him the hardest. He proceeded to note what he likes about each of those programs: Clemson: “It’s a family atmosphere. That was my first offer. I really like it there. And
2012 FOOTBALL COMMITS PROSPECT Sid Anvoots
HOMETOWN Indianapolis, IN
HIGH SCHOOL Bishop Chatard
Big, tough offensive lineman from a strong program in Indianapolis.
Rated one of the top kickers in the Southeast. Appleby figures to replace senior Chris Philpott.
Extremely quick athlete could play any number of positions at the collegiate level.
Louisville’s top choice at quarterback in the 2011 class. Also had offers from Alabama and Mississippi State.
Big, heavy and mean offensive lineman just set a school record with seven pancakes in one game.
Four-star defensive back is ranked the No. 2 overall prep school athlete in the class of 2011. Elite safety prospect.
South Euclid, OH
Fast with speed to burn. Likely a cornerback, but could also return kicks.
Port St. Lucie, FL
Three-star linebacker with great size and speed from a program that produced UofL players Deon Rogers and Mike Romano.
College Park, GA
Reminds fans of BJ Dubose or Aaron Epps. Tall, athletic lineman who will gain weight, strength.
Clone of Eric Wood? Maybe. Same height, same weight and same high school.
Bowling Green, KY
Has a long way to go to live up to his massive potential. Raw but huge frame.
Four-star defensive back is among the best cover men in the nation for 2011.
Short but strong linebacker with speed to play outside at Louisville.
Miami Gardens, FL
Could he be the fastest wide receiver in Florida for 2011? Maybe. Scouts really like him.
my best friend (receiver Germone Hopper) is committed there.” Louisville: “They’re recruiting me the hardest. They’re (contacting me) every night. It’s crazy.” “It’s a family environment,” he added. “The whole coaching staff is caring. One thing that really stands out, they had a player get two DUIs (defensive back Darius Ashley) and Coach Strong kept him on scholarship so he could finish school instead of sending him to the streets. Any of other school probably would have pulled his scholarship.” North Carolina: “I went to the UNCRutgers game. It was good up there. They showed me a lot of love. It was fun. I got there a little late, but when I came out the tunnel Coach (Everett) Withers pulled me to the side and talked to me for about 10 minutes.” Louisville is using an all-out blitz in recruiting Dawson, with assistants Brian JeanMary and Vance Bedford teaming up with Strong to recruit him. So far in the process, Dawson has visited Louisville, Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. “Everywhere is pretty awesome,” he said. “They lay out the red carpet for you. The thing I like about Louisville – I didn’t tell them I was coming, but I showed up. They didn’t have time to lay out anything, but they still acted the same. It wasn’t a front.” Dawson, who has 50 tackles and six sacks through four games this season, said his decision will come down to “where my heart is,” along with coaching and a family environment. He said he would “commit when my family is ready.” PITINO SET TO HOST PROSPECTS UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino has at least two players scheduled to take official visits to see his program in the coming weeks. Five-star guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (6-3, 210) is expected to visit on Oct. 14. Rated as the No. 5 point guard and No. 22 player overall in the class of 2012, Smith-Rivera is a product of Oak Hill Academy (Va.). He also is slated to visit N.C. State (Sept. 17) and Georgetown (Sept. 24). The same weekend they host Smith-Rivera, the Cards will host four-star small forward Andrew White (6-6, 215). The No. 12 small forward and No. 56 player overall in the class of 2012, White is a product of the Miller School (Va.). He also is slated to visit Kansas (Sept. 24) and Texas (Sept. 30). “All three schools have been by my school for visits, so I’m just waiting for my official visits to begin,” White told Rivals. com. “It is possible (that I could commit to Kansas after my first visit), but I’m going in there with an open mind. I’m just trying to get a feel for the official visit process.” Louisville currently has one verbal commitment for the class of 2012 in point guard Terry Dozier (6-0), a three-star player from Shaker Heights H.S. (Ohio).
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
CURRENT TOP 50 2012 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASSES ACCORDING TO RIVALS.COM
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
CARDS FALL TWICE IN BIG EAST/BIG TEN CHALLENGE, BUT SHOW CONSIDERABLE PROMISE FOR THE FUTURE By Rick Cushing The University of Louisville volleyball team headed to Champaign, Ill., for the third annual Big East/Big Ten Challenge last week, and it was a very big challenge for the youthful Cards because they faced two unbeaten and highly ranked opponents. First up was a match with No. 14 Purdue on Friday. The Boilermakers (10-0) prevailed, but not before the Cards extended them to five sets. The final score was 2125, 25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 15-10. “We came out and competed,” said UofL first-year coach Anne Kordes. “We had stretches of greatness, and everyone showed sparks of just how good we can be. It was a full team effort, and we can build on this experience in the future.” Lola Arslanbekova led the Cards with 20 kills, 13 digs, two aces and two blocks. UofL (8-3) hit .157, outblocked the Boilers 10.5-8.5 and recorded nine aces. Emily Juhl joined Arslanbekova in double-digit kills with 11, and Caitlin Welch had 13 digs. UofL withstood a 6-0 Purdue run midway through the first set to trail 12-10, but nine kills by Arslanbekova kept the Cards in the hunt, and they took the lead for good at 16-15. It was 20-19 when the Cards closed the set with a 5-2 run. The Cardinals
Lola Arslanbekova had a career-high 30 kills and 11 digs against No. 3 Illinois Saturday.
hit .261 in the set with three aces. The Cards had a frigid hitting percentage of .037 in the second set and fell 25-19, then dropped the third set 25-18 as they stayed icy with a .029 hitting percentage to
the Boilers’ .314. The Cards regrouped and hit .310 in the fourth set to win 25-16 and force a fifth set, but Purdue went on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good at 10-7 en route to a 1510 victory for the match. Purdue has beaten UofL twice in a row, having downed the Cards in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year en route to a berth in the Elite Eight. On Saturday the Cards faced an even sterner test – No. 3 Illinois on its home court, Huff Hall. Again the Cards forced the Illini to go five sets before posting a 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 21-25,15-9 victory. Illinois improved to 11-0. The Cards fell to 8-4. “This match turned the corner for this program competitively speaking,” said Kordes. “I am so proud of their effort, but not satisfied. Since I got here I have preached energy and competitiveness, and that was apparent tonight. We put ourselves in that position against the No. 3 team in the country, and now we will learn how to win one. “ Arlansbekova again led the Cards with a career-high 30 kills and 11 digs. Liz McMahon added 20 kills and seven blocks, and Kaitlynn James had 10 kills and 13 digs. UofL hit .200 with 10 blocks and 56 digs.
Louisville fell behind 8-3 in the first set but managed to pull within 20-18 before the Illini closed the set with a 5-2 run to triumph 25-20 win. The Cards fell behind 5-1 and 8-3 in the second set but used a 6-0 run to take a 9-8 lead. Illinois answered with a 5-1 run before UofL responded with a 5-0 run to lead 18-14. The Illini battled back to close within 20-19 but, after Kordes called timeout, the Cards regrouped and ran off three straight points, then held on for a 25-23 victory. In the third set Illinois hit a torrid .438 and prevailed 25-20, but the Cards hit .390 in the fourth set, led by Arslanbekova’s seven kills, and won 25-21 to force a fifth and deciding set. In that set Illinois shot out to a 11-4 lead and cruised to a 15-9 victory. Arslanbekova and James were named to the All-Tournament team. llinois improved to 9-3 all-time vs. Louisville, having won nine of the last 10 matches, its only loss coming in the 2004 NCAA Tournament first round. Kordes, who played at UofL, served as an assistant coach at Illinois before leaving in 2004 to become the head coach at Saint Louis. The Illini are now 3-0 all-time vs. Kordes, defeating Saint Louis in both 2008 and 2009.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
SELECTED WOMEN’S FALL SPORTS BASKETBALL SCHEDULES KFC Yum! Center OPENING PHOTO GALLERY
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE HAS NATIONAL APPEAL By Howie Lindsey After making the Sweet 16 last season and returning nearly all its stars this season, the University of Louisville women’s basketball team is expected to be one of the best teams in the nation for the 2011-12 season. The Cardinals will get a chance to showcase their talent on a national stage early and often this season, with seven games on national television. Their first time on national television will be a big one. The Cardinals will travel to College Station to take on defending national champion Texas A&M on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on ESPNU. “It is a great opportunity for us to showcase our program on a national level,” said coach Jeff Walz. “Having this level of interest in our women’s basketball team is a sign that we are headed in the right direction.” UofL will appear on the ESPN networks four times, including a Big Monday game in the KFC Yum! Center against NCAA runnerup Notre Dame on Feb. 20. The Cards also will appear on CBS Sports Network twice and the Big East TV Network once. Local coverage will be announced at a later date. NON-CONFERENCE SLATE The Cardinals’ non-conference schedule features games against Texas A&M, Florida State, Xavier and Kentucky. The Cardinals will tip off the season on Nov. 13 at Missouri State before facing Texas A&M. Seven of the Cardinals’ 13 non-conference opponents competed in post-season tourna-
Sophomore Shoni Schimmel and the Cardinals will likely be ranked in the nation’s top 10 to start the season. - photo by Shelley Feller
ments last season, including six in the NCAA Tournament (A&M, Florida State, Xavier, Kentucky, Gardner-Webb, UT Martin). “We are excited about the new homeand-home series against Texas A&M and Florida State for this season,” Walz said. “We are also excited to add two in-state schools in Eastern Kentucky and Murray State this season. This is the toughest non-conference road schedule we have had in my five years at Louisville. Playing Texas A&M, Florida State and Kentucky on the road will give us a lot of opportunities to improve with each game and prepare for the Big East schedule.” The Cardinals will face their first outside competition in an exhibition game against
Lindsey Wilson on Oct. 30 in the KFC Yum! Center. The regular season will tip off on Nov. 13 as the Cards host Missouri State, the final tuneup before they go on the road against the national champions on Nov. 15. Other non-conference games include a rematch of last season’s NCAA second-round game against Xavier on Nov. 20 in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cards will play back-toback games at Florida State on Nov. 25 and at Florida A&M on Nov. 26, and they will play the annual Battle of the Bluegrass against Kentucky on Dec. 4 in Lexington. BIG EAST TOUGH The Big East Conference is coming off a season that saw a record nine teams advance to the NCAA Tournament, with five teams advancing to the Sweet 16. Louisville’s conference slate features home games against Connecticut, Notre Dame, DePaul, Marquette, South Florida, Providence, Syracuse and Villanova. The Cardinals will kick off Big East play at Cincinnati on Dec. 14, and they’ll kick off the home league slate against Marquette in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 3. They then will travel to St. John’s on Jan. 8 for a 1:30 p.m. tipoff on ESPNU. Louisville will return to the friendly confines of the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 11 to host South Florida at 7 p.m. before heading to Rutgers on Jan. 14. The Cards will host Providence on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. before heading to Georgetown for an appearance on ESPN2 on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. Villanova will visit the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. before the Cards travel to DePaul on Jan. 31. That game
will appear on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m. The Cardinals will travel to West Virginia on Feb. 4, then return home to host the Connecticut Huskies on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Louisville will host Syracuse on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. before heading to Pittsburgh on Feb. 14. The Cardinals will be featured on ESPN’s Big Monday as they host Notre Dame on President’s Day, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. Senior Day will fall on Feb. 25 as Louisville hosts DePaul at noon on Big East Television. Louisville will wrap up the regular season on Feb. 27 at Seton Hall. REID ON WADE WATCH LIST Louisville senior forward Monique Reid is one of 25 players on the 2011-12 preseason “Wade Watch” list for the State Farm Wade Trophy by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Now in its 35th year, the State Farm Wade Trophy is named after Lily Margaret Wade, the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach. The prestigious award, regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball,” is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA. Last season Reid led the Cardinals in scoring for the second straight year at 15.5 points per game, ranking fourth in the league. She was a first-team All-Big East selection for the second consecutive season. She also led the team in field-goal percentage at 55.2 percent, ranking fifth in the league, and in rebounding at 6.1 boards per game.
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