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OP ED: RACE KILLINGS MUST STOP
On Oct. 24, Gregory Bush walked into a Kroger in Jeffersontown, 13 miles from U of L, and killed two people. Below, Cardinal opinion editor Quintez Brown shares his thoughts on the brutal killing and reactions from around the community. QUINTEZ BROWN @QUINTEZ_BROWN
Gregory Bush walked into the store with one thing on his mind: kill black people. This is indisputable. It’s not up for discussion. Two people were killed at that store. Both were black. Bush shot Maurice Stallard in the back of his head and continued to shoot him as he laid on the ground in front of his 12-year-old grandson. They were shopping for posters. Bush, unmoved, walked out the Kroger, found another black person, and gunned her down as well. What stops a bad guy with a gun? Nothing if he’s white. An armed bystander engaged Bush as he left the store, trying to figure out
what the commotion was. According to bystanders, the two exchanged shots but no one was hit. “Don’t shoot me. I won’t shoot you. Whites don’t shoot whites,” Bush told the man before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. Police took him alive (of course) shortly after on Hurstbourne Parkway, near the store.
Police were able to find a long history of mental illness, racism and legal trouble from the man. In 2001, he allegedly called his black ex-wife the n-word and received a three-year ban from owning guns as a result of the domestic violence case. Bush had another run-in with the law in 2009 when he was ordered to surrender his firearms and attend therapy after
another domestic violence incident, this time involving his father. Police found that Bush unsuccessfully tried to break into a predominantly black church in the area before he went to Kroger. Louisville, Kentucky was that close to seeing its own version of the Charleston Church Massacre, however, there is still hesitation to state the killers motive. It would have been nice to see Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer call for a federal investigation into this hate crime, but in statements following the incident, he stressed the gun violence and mental health aspects of the issue. “There are ways to make our country safer and still respect the rights of lawabiding gun owners. This idea that it’s all or nothing is a false choice and Americans are dying everyday because of it,” Fischer said in a Metro Hall press conference the day after the shooting. Mental illness may have contributed to this violent act. Anyone that murders “random” people with no regard has to have some kind of mental problem. ...
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Football player catches gun charge SAM COMBEST @SAMICOMBEST
University of Louisville football player Kemari Averett was arrested Oct. 15 on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault for a domestic violence incident. The charges against Averett came after he allegedly held a BB-gun to a woman’s head and threatened to kill her, according to Louisville Metro Police Department reports. Averett, 20, is a sophomore tight end on the football team. He was suspended indefinitely pending investigation, but has since been barred from campus and kicked out of his university-affiliated,
off-campus apartment, his attorney Aubrey Williams said. Information surfaced last week that Averett had been accused of sexual assault Oct. 9, with the University of Louisville Police Department investigating the charge. That meant Averett played in the Oct. 13 Boston College game just days after being accused of sexual assault. Averett’s wanton endangerment charge was reduced to second-degree—a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The new charge could result in jail time and a $500 fine. A jury trial on the gun-related case is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2019. Athletics director Vince Tyra commented on both cases, defending the ac-
tion taken by athletics. “What we knew on Oct. 15 is what we made our decision on, there wasn’t knowledge of the accusation, and I’m learning as we speak. I don’t have a document in front of me and I don’t have anything in front of me more than you have that would represent anything that would’ve changed our decision,” Tyra said. According to U of L, the first step to handling Title IX cases is to reach out to the alleged victim and “offer interim measures such as no-contact letters, changes in academic and/or living situations, counseling services, escort services, medical services, academic support services, and the notification of the
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Executives promote diversity in Tyra speaker series SAM COMBEST @SAMICOMBEST
The University of Louisville hosted the inaugural Vince Tyra Family Speaker Series on Leadership Excellence with Tim Ryan, U.S Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC North America, and Ron Parker, Former President and CEO of Executive Leadership Council, Oct. 22. The two executives discussed their hardships in learning about leadership and offered advice on how to run a business and how to keep relations positive within the corporate world. On July 1, 2016, Tim Ryan started his first week as U.S. Chairman and senior partner for PwC. To Ryan, this was a big turning point in his career. He said he used the opportunity to push for discussions involving race relations and to create an open discussion forum for current racial tensions. One of his first tasks was to draft a 100-day plan. “My first week as senior partner, that Friday morning we woke up to the shootings and violence in Dallas,” said Ryan, referring to the shootout on July 7 and 8 which killed five police officers and injured 9 and two civilians. “All of a sudden, that 100-day plan didn’t seem to matter much.” “Look, clearly something bad happened and I know it’s on your mind, and I know you’re hurting, but we will figure this out together,” Ryan recalled writing in an email to PwC employees. Ryan and his team then began collecting data from partners across the country. “What we were hearing from our people is that they were coming to work and they didn’t know how to behave, they didn’t know what to share,” Ryan said. Ryan said PwC had been recognized for its mission of promoting diversity, but they were not where they needed to be.
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“[We were] missing what I call a foundation, and the foundation was, that we hadn’t created a culture where people could really talk about how they feel and that’s when I partnered with Ron [Parker],” he said. “We decided that on July 21, 2016, we would have our first day of discussion about race,” Ryan said. “We knew it was a risk, especially with a new CEO it was risky, but I felt it needed to be done and we had enough data points and so we did it and it ended up being a huge success.” Ryan shared stories he learned during the sessions where race was discussed. “I did the first session in Atlanta that day and I learned so much of what it was like to be a black professional who was teaching their young children how to get pulled over, which to most of our white
professionals was completely foreign,” Ryan said. He said later that week he ran a session in New York where one professional said he dresses up in a suit every day because it makes him feel safer. “‘When I take my jacket and shirt off, have one my tee, jeans and lid on, I don’t feel safe walking through the park to softball past the cars because I feel judged,’” Ryan recalled the man saying. “We would never understand that if we didn’t create a culture of understanding.” Parker said in corporate America, race as a topic of discussion is virtually unheard of. “[Ryan] is being modest, in the world of the private sector, CEOs would not even venture close to having and doing
what he did, not without putting points on the board with data. That may turn against you,” Parker said. Parker continued to praise Ryan. “He decided from his core values ‘This is something I have to do,’” Parker said. Ryan said this was beneficial to the company on many levels. “We wanted to pull everyone along, we shouldn’t be competing on diversity and inclusion, because it’s the biggest social opportunity we have in front of us,” Ryan said. Both said they received mixed reactions from other companies but were lauded for their efforts for the most part. “It created an interesting dynamic because a lot of black professionals and CEO’s were the one’s most uncomfortable talking about it,” Parker said.
SAC rededicated after expansion President Neeli Bendapudi addresses the crowd in the new SAC ballroom. The new wing (pictured) was first opened for student use in Fall 2018. PHOTO BY SAM COMBEST / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL FILE PHOTO / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL
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Athletics ticket sales underperforming SAM COMBEST @SAMICOMBEST
Men’s basketball sales are lagging $7.6 million behind what athletics expected by Sept. 30. Last year’s student ticket sales reached 2,094. As of Oct. 25, only 626 student tickets have been sold for this season, and the YUM! Center holds 22,000 people.
U of L’s first scrimmage of the year took place Oct. 28. The University of Louisville Athletics Association met Oct. 25 to go over financial statements showing sales are down drastically from the original budget of $13.1 million. Ticket sales through Sept. 30 were reported to be $5.4 million. While ticket sales are down, the statement also shows basketball revenues are
$4.7 million short of their expected values. On a positive note, the program’s expenditures as of Sept. 30 are $2 million under budget at $7.2 million. Athletics has pushed the young alumni season ticket packages for recent graduates who left the university four or fewer years ago. They have also offered half-season ticket packages in an effort
to increase sales. As of Oct. 25, there were 299 young alumni season ticket packages sold. According to sports information director Kenny Klein there are plenty of full-season ticket packages open and full-season ticket sales will end after the second regular-season home game. During 2017-18 season there were 353 young alumni tickets sold.
New program to put ethics first in athletics leadership JOSEPH LYELL @JOSEPHLYELL
Director of athletics Vince Tyra and president Neeli Bendapudi held a press conference Oct. 25 to introduce a program that will promote ethical leadership in athletics. The project will facilitate initiatives and training aimed at instilling integrity, service and learning into policies and routines of athletics leaders. Tyra personally donated $100,000 to help launch the project. Adidas and the athletics department will each kick in $100,000 per year for 10 years, meaning the project has secured $2.1 million in funding. Tyra said college of business faculty
will help with the program, and some athletics staff members have already started training. U of L is also offering the training to other ACC athletics departments, and educational materials produced by the college of business for the program will be available for purchase by any organization. The training is rooted in moral and positive psychology research, and studies about organizational scholarship and leadership. Professor of management Ryan Quinn will lead the training, and he said the university wants to include all of the campus community in its message. “The long-term goal of this project is
to promote scientific inquiry into how character and leadership work and how they can be improved,” Quinn said. College of business dean Todd Mooradian said the program is an opportunity to help leaders and individuals excel within U of L and beyond. “We are especially pleased to be developing focused and impactful offerings for athletics administrators and coaches,” Mooradian said. Mooradian said the college has plans to develop a formal academic center for the teaching of ethical leadership skills, and he expects programming from the project will be presented at other universities and in business arenas.
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Too close to home: Race killings must stop RACE FROM COVER
... However, we rarely see this logic applied to murderers and terrorists of other races. Mental illness didn’t murder anyone. Gregory Alan Bush did, and the system helped. Those suffering from mental disorders are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators, according to MentalHealth.gov. Bush had a history of violent outbursts and trouble with the law. He needed help, and those around him knew it. Guns didn’t murder anyone. Gregory Alan Bush did, and the system helped. There were numerous attempts to take guns away from Gregory Bush, including at least two temporary court orders banning him from owning or purchasing firearms. Even if Bush is mentally unstable, he had enough sense of mind to not kill white people. So why did he not exercise the same restraint with black people at Kroger last Wednesday? Racism. We focus solely on mental health and gun control, instead of focusing on all three simultaneously as intertwining issues that affect each other. In a tweet sent out the day of the shooting, U of L Pan-African Studies Chair Ricky Jones said there is an obvious motive to the shooting that people just won’t admit. “The Gregory Alan Bush shootings in KY were ‘race killings,’ plain & simple. There will now be attempts to characterize him as mentally unstable. He isn’t crazy. He’s the logical conclusion of hateful, supremacist, nativist rhetoric and attitudes,” Jones tweeted. Can a white man not commit horrendous acts of terror in his right mind? Or would that go against the narrative that whiteness is logical and lawful? U of L freshman Mahala King said she was heartbroken but not surprised by the incident. “I assumed it was simply a violent act by a crazy individual,” King said. Unfortunately, random public shootings have become commonplace in America. In the last five years, America has seen its deadliest mass shooting to date in Las Vegas, the deadliest high school shooting in Florida, and one of the deadliest hate crimes in South Carolina. Each incident saw a white man commit mass murder, only to be imme-
More than 200 students held a “die-in” outside of the SAC in 2016 as part of a Black Lives Matter movement to protest police brutality. FILE PHOTO / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL
diately diagnosed with a mental illness by the media. After learning about the victims and Bush’s “whites don’t shoot whites” quote, King became more upset about the issue. “I am extremely angry as well as frightened for the lives of black Americans, not only because two people were killed in an act of hatred and violence, but also because major news outlets have so far not acknowledged even the possibility of this event being a hate crime,” King said. After a huge public outcry, a federal prosecutor said the shooting will be investigated as a possible hate crime. Gregory Bush aimed for “black death” and unfortunately succeeded. Race-relations does not appear to be the main topic of discussion in wake of this event. This is dangerous. We know it was a hate crime. An investigation won’t change the facts. What’s important is that we define it as exactly that. Louisville’s Black Student Union will be having a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting Oct. 31. Dion Copeland, the president of the organization, said the vigil should be a time of remembrance instead of protest. “We must use this time honor and remember the innocent lives lost and not
get so frustrated with the media’s portrayal of the murderer,” Copeland said. Copeland said the issue is pressing, but the justice system will run its course. “If the time comes where a protest is called for please know I will make it a priority to show our solidarity and strength,” Copeland said. If our courts fail to deliver justice and treat this incident as a hate crime, things could get ugly in our community. Louisville needs to come together in love and support. This shooting hit close to home to many of our students.
“I’ve been to that Kroger a few times. You never know what could happen sometimes,” freshman Quincy Robinson said. It is time for us to realize that we don’t live in a peaceful, post-racial society. Racism is an issue. Gun violence is an issue. Mental illness is an issue. We need our political leaders to realize that all of those issues must be taken seriously at the same time. Common-sense policy and education are essential in these times. Voting is the biggest step we can take moving forward. Gregory Bush is one of many terrorists who has been fueled by the hateful rhetoric that Jones previously mentioned. It’s up to us citizens of America, Kentucky, and Jefferson County to elect political leaders that stand up against hate, bigotry and racism, and call it out when they see it. But it’s not just politicians. We must also take an active stand against racism and be able to call it out when it shows its ugly face. Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones should be alive today. Just as many other Americans who have lost their life to senseless hateful violence. This must end. Politicians: Do not be moderate against the hate and racism that continues to end the lives of your constituents. Martin Luther King Jr. said “To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.” Call it what it is. This was a hate crime. It wasn’t our first. Sadly, it won’t be our last. But we’ve had enough of it.
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The White Squirrel hosts release party and open mic JOSEPH GARCIA @JOSEPH_G08
University of Louisville student writers gathered in the Honor’s Overseers House Oct. 25 to be part of the release party of the White Squirrel’s landmark 15th issue. The White Squirrel is the Honors Program’s student-run art and literature magazine. At the end of each fall semester the organization opens up a call for submissions from U of L student writers. During the spring semester, the group then holds open panels where students can help pick what pieces go into the magazine for the following issue. The magazine features prose,
poetry and visual art with a well-designed and cohesive look from start to finish. “We had a sizable amount of submissions to sort through for this edition. I don’t have exact numbers for prose and art, but we received about 80 poems. It can be difficult to decide what to include, but it’s a process that we enjoy and take care to complete,” Raymond Hale, the current poetry editor for the journal said. The magazine’s 15th issue is something special this year. “In this volume especially, similar feelings and occurrences are expressed from different perspectives, underlining both the universality and diversity of
the human experience,” executive director Zofia Hetman said in her letter to the readers. At the release event, contributors to this issue of the magazine read work they submitted while others signed up for the open mic that followed their readings. “Our release night and open mic had a number of fantastic student writers come to read, and we plan to have more events like this in the future,” Hale added. Submissions for the next issue open Nov. 1 and remain open until Jan. 30. Copies of the White Squirrel’s literary and arts magazine can be purchased in the Etscorn Honors Center.
Katie Shamblin reads work she submitted for the journal. PHOTO BY JOSEPH GARCIA / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL
Taylor Bennett hypes students with free concert DANIEL CRUSE @THECARDINALNEWS
The Student Activities Board hosted their annual free Homecoming concert with Taylor Bennett, a Chicago-based rapper, on Oct. 25 in the SAC Ballroom. Opening acts included DJ duo 2026 and rapper Bblasian. As soon as doors opened students rushed in and stood as close to the stage as possible. The crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves throughout the opening sets, showing especially strong excitement towards Bblasian, a local hip-hop artist. A couple of hours after the show started, Taylor Bennett came out and the energy in the room exploded. Organizer Maddie Offenberger elaborated on the importance of having fun, safe events on campus for students to meet and interact with one another. “We have such a vibrant campus life at UofL and these kinds of events allow students to meet other students that they may have never met otherwise and to come together for a fun experience.” Offenberger said. “It’s equally important that we have these events to expose students to the world around us, and it allows us to take a break from the stressors of school to
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Taylor Bennett performing his music in the SAC Ballroom for U of L students. PHOTO BY DANIEL CRUSE / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL
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Finding your crowd in the Mid90s NICK LONG
Jonah Hill really knocked it out of the park in his directorial debut of Mid90s. The film follows 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic) as he tries to escape the turmoil of his home life by making some new friends at a local skate shop. The film really hones in on the hardships of finding your “crowd” and feeling accepted when you’re growing up. The entire cast is amazing. Lucas Hedges plays Stevie’s older brother, Ian, and we see him in a much more aggressive role than we’ve seen him in recently on the big screen. All of Stevie’s skating friends played by Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, and Ryder McLaughlin had never acted before being in Mid90s. Hill said in some interviews that he wanted Stevie’s friends to have an authentic feel for being teenagers, but you would never have noticed because they all gave convincing and honest performances.
Suljic really carries the film though by just being the bright ball of energy he is. Because he is closed off from his mother and his brother Ian, he must find other people to look up to in his life. He finds this in his friends, especially in Smith’s character Ray. Stevie’s expressions when his friends are proud of him are priceless. My only complaint with the film is that it doesn’t really feel resolved once you hit the ending credits. I didn’t personally feel fulfilled by the ending, but Jonah Hill could have been intentional in making a not so wrapped up ending. The runtime of the film is also rather short clocking in at only 84 minutes. But with the time that Hill has, he really gives the viewer an authentic look at what it would have been like to be a kid trying to find your way growing up in the 1990’s. It might bring a tear or two to your eyes if you aren’t careful! (8.5/10)
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Wasike triumphs at ACC Cross Country Championships MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8
Following a series of successful fall meets, Dorcas Wasike took first place and the gold medal at the 2018 ACC Cross Country Championship this past Friday. The junior became U of L cross country’s first ACC Champion and the first to win an individual conference championship since 2013. “My hat goes off to Dorcas Wasike for picking up our first ever ACC individual cross country championship,” head coach Dale Cowper said. “She was simply outstanding today and was able to hold off a strong field of contenders from NC State and Notre Dame.” Wasike trailed Anna Rohrer of Notre Dame for the first half of the 6k race then pulled away around the three-mile mark. She earned All-ACC honors for the third time of her career with her winning time
(20:08.1) eight seconds ahead of NC State’s Elly Henes (20:16.3) and 11 seconds ahead of Rohrer (20:19.2). The championship performance marked Wasike’s fourth victory this fall and the third consecutive season she has finished in the top-10 at the conference meet. After a runner-up performance in last year’s championships, an ACC victory was Wasike’s goal from the start of the 2018 season. “My goal, individually, is to win the ACC,” Wasike said at preseason media day. “Last year I was second, but if I win this time that would be great.” Overall, the women’s team finished 10th place in the championship standings. Emmanuel Cheboson continued a standout freshman year by leading the men’s team with a 15th-place finish. Cheboson earned All-ACC honors for his 24:05.9 time in the 8k race and the men finished 10th overall in the standings.
“Emmanuel led our men’s squad to a significant improvement from last October and the future is bright for the squad,” Cowper said. “We will continue to improve as the championship season moves to the 10,000-meter distance.”
Cross country’s next challenge comes on Friday, Nov. 9 with the NCAA Southeast Regional in South Carolina. The 2018 season concludes with the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Wisconsin.
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Defensive woes continue to cripple football CONNER FARRELL
Football (2-6, 0-5) received a thorough 56-35 beating from Wake Forest to remain without a victory in the ACC. They are now the only winless team in the conference. The defeat extends the Cardinal losing streak to five games and marks the longest such streak since 2008. Four of the losses have been by 18 points or more, and this is the first season since 1932 that U of L has allowed more than 50 points three times in one season. “This is not what we want, this is not the season we want, not the success that we want, not even close,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. Here’s a few takeaways from the rout, detailing how the Cards failed to take advantage of the weakest opponent on their conference schedule.
Stopping the big play
The Demon Deacons scored eight touchdowns throughout the game, with three of those coming on plays of more than 20 yards. One included a 74-yard run in the second quarter by senior running back Matt Colbourn, whose 2015 offer from Louisville was pulled just before signing day. “The thing that really hurt us defensively was the big plays that we gave up, the long touchdown runs and the passes,” Petrino said. These “chunk plays” were the main reasons why there was a big disparity of time in possession. U of L held the advantage in possession, having the ball for 33 minutes compared to Wake Forest’s 26 minutes. Nonetheless, Wake’s ability to move the ball in bulk resulted in them putting up eight touchdowns with only 72 plays. “If I would have looked at the stats before the game and said we were gonna have this time of possession and this type of yards and third down success, I would have thought we had won the game,” Petrino said. The Deacons also had three pass-plays of 20-plus yards. Senior wide-out Greg Dortch received each of them, recording 135 yards in the contest.
Not only did the Louisville defense fail to stop the big plays, but the defensive line failed to stifle their opponent’s rushing attack. The Demon Deacons carved up the Cardinals for 368 yards, making for the second highest output for an opposing team behind Georgia Tech (542). Colbourn recorded 243 of the rushing yards. The former U of L commit chipped in three touchdowns as well, making for a career day. His rushing effort ranks fifth all-time on the single-game rushing leaders for Louisville opponents.
Sophomore running back Trey Smith is brought to the ground by a Wake Forest defensive back.
“You have to be honest about it, they have to be honest about it, we didn’t perform like we needed to on defense today,” Petrino said.
Offensive bright spots
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It’s no secret that both sides of the ball struggled against Wake Forest. However, Petrino maintained a positive attitude for the offense. “I thought offensively we did some really good things, I thought we ran the ball at times better. We couldn’t finishing running the ball because we got so far behind, but it was good to see some of our receivers have big games,” Petrino said. Redshirt junior Trey Smith scored a career-high three touchdowns. One of those was a 52-yard run on fourth down Freshman Hassan Hall prepares to stiff-arm a Wake Forest lineman. in the opening drive. PHOTO BY NANCY HANNER / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL In the passing game, redshirt sophomore Jawon Pass set a new career-high in passing yards (358). Puma’s 54 attempts through the air without an interception rank second most all-time behind Brian Brohm’s performance against Utah in 2007. A pair of receivers had 100-plus yard games. Senior Jaylen Smith racked up 107 yards on eight receptions and Tutu Atwell’s 132-yard performance became the most single-game receiving yards in school history for a true freshman. Next up, football travels to face Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 3. With the undefeated No. 2 Tigers creaming most of their opponents, the Cardinals will have a tough time returning from “Death Valley” unscathed.
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U of L athletics state of the union, part five the ACC Championship along with a first round bye. Whatever the outcome in the conference tournament, the squad is Our rundown of all 21 varsity sports primed and ready for another NCAA run. concludes with part five of the athletics 3. Baseball state of the union. With the final install- Overall 2018 record: 45-19 ment, we reach a definitive ranking of U Conference play: 18-12 of L athletics: Season finish: Loss in NCAA Regional MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8
21. Women’s tennis 20. Lacrosse 19. Men’s golf 18. Men’s cross country 17. Softball 16. Rowing 15. Football 14. Women’s soccer 13. Men’s tennis 12. Men’s basketball 11. Men’s track and field 10. Women’s golf 9. Women’s cross country 8. Women’s track and field 7. Volleyball 6. Men’s swimming and diving 5. Field hockey
To reiterate: This list examines the current outlook of Cardinal athletics and ranks every sport by its relative success. The criteria for success include performance during 2017-18, current play and future potential. Each program’s ranking will undoubtedly change year-to-year with the fluctuation of success. For now, these four teams reign supreme with their recent achievements and promising futures.
Baseball won fourteen straight games to start the 2018 season (the only team to do so in the nation) and registered their seventh consecutive 40-win season under head coach Dan McDonnell. After a tough loss in the ACC finals, Louisville missed their chance to host an NCAA Regional and traveled to Lubbock, Texas for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. U of L reached its seventh straight regional championship but fell short to Mallory Comerford reacts to winning her first national title in 2017. Texas Tech in Lubbock. The defeat ended the Cards’ postseason streak of five consecutive Super Regional appearances. Despite losing multiple key players to the MLB draft, McDonnell’s upcoming team looks strong as ever and ready for another fantastic season. Seven starters and 10 pitchers return from last year’s regional squad and the 2018 recruiting class is ranked third in the nation. The team recently completed fall play with their annual Pizza Bowl: A five-game intrasquad series where the winning side is served pizza by the losers. With freshman already distinguishing themselves alongside hardened upperclassmen, expect baseball to drive the program deep into next year’s postseason.
Overall 2017 record: 13-2-5 Conference play: 5-2-1 Season finish: Loss in NCAA Elite Eight Men’s soccer posted a rock-solid regular season in 2017 and lost only two matches in the country’s toughest conference. Following the ACC tournament, Louisville earned the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Championship for their 10th tournament appearance in 11 seasons. The Cardinals made a deep run in the tournament and reached their second straight elite eight, also marking their fifth NCAA quarterfinal appearance in the last eight years. Akron went on to defeat Louisville in a penalty shootout. Head coach Ken Lolla returned six starters this fall and his team remained nationally ranked for the entirety of their season, spending most time in the top-10. U of L finished its regular season this past Friday with a loss to No. 1 Wake Forest and 8-4-3 overall record. After leading the squad in scoring and earning All-ACC honors in 2017, senior Tate Schmitt leads once again with four goals and six assists this season. Senior Adam Wilson and junior Cherif Dieye remain level with the captain with four goals each. The group clinched the No. 4 seed in
Conference finish: Second at ACC Championships Season finish: Fifth at NCAA Championships Women’s swimming and diving recorded the most successful season in program history last year. The team placed fifth at the 2018 NCAA Championships for U of L’s best finish ever. Seven Cardinals earned AllAmerican honors and broke eight school records across 15 events. Mallory Comerford became the most decorated student-athlete on campus with her second consecutive NCAA title in the 200 freestyle, extending Louisville’s streak of NCAA champions to seven straight seasons. Mariia Astashkina recorded the fastest times ever by a freshman in the both the 100 and 200 breast. Comerford subsequently earned ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, Astashkina earned ACC Women’s Freshman of the Year and head coach Arthur Albiero was named ACC Women’s Swimming Coach of the year. The Cardinals are currently ranked No. 8 in the nation and won each of their fall meets against Xavier, SMU and No. 9 Tennessee. With the return of all 12 swimmers from last year’s NCAA performance, it’s
4. Men’s soccer
2. Women’s swimming and diving
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safe to say that women’s swimming and week away and Louisville is preseason diving is poised for another extremely ranked No. 2 in the ACC behind Notre successful season. Dame. The Cardinals defeated the Irish at both of their meetings last season, includ1. Women’s basketball ing a memorable 100-76 thumping at the Overall 2017-18 record: 36-3 KFC Yum! Center. Conference play: 15-1 Asia Durr returns as the second player Season finish: Loss in NCAA Final Four This past year, women’s basketball put in program history to earn All-American together one of the most enjoyable sea- honors. The guard enters her senior year sons in recent sports memory. The 2017- ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,743 18 team may have left the court without points) and second in made three-point a national title, but they achieved numer- shots with 278. Noticeably missing is Myiesha Hinesous accolades along the way and cemented U of L’s program as a verifiable power in Allen, who ended her career ranked third all-time in scoring (2,028 points). Her college basketball. Louisville started their season with a dominating presence in the paint is nearly 20-game winning streak and finished with impossible to replace, but head coach Jeff a program-best 36-3 record. The Cards Walz should be more than up for the swept both ACC titles, topping the regu- challenge. Walz is the program’s all-time winlar season and conference tourney, on the way to earning the school’s first-ever No. ningest coach with three Final Four appearances. He returns four starters in se1 seed in the 2018 NCAA tournament. U of L advanced through the tourney niors Durr, Arica Carter, Sam Fuerhing with little difficulty but lost an overtime and junior Jazmine Jones. Alongside a heartbreaker to Mississippi State in the squad of nine others ready to work hard, women’s basketball remains the most exFinal Four. The 2018-19 season opener is now one citing team to watch in U of L sports.
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Photo gallery: Football moves to last place in the ACC
Trey Smith reaches the end zone on his 52-yard opening score.
Mekhi Becton grapples with a Wake Forest defensive lineman.
Smith recorded a career-high three touchdowns against Wake Forest.
Devante Peete (left) embraces Seth Dawkins (right) after the latterâ€™s TD.
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Wiretap audio reveals sordid details of pay-for-play scheme coach Rick Pitino was aware of the pay- the fuck do we get it [money] to you?” ments to Bowen’s father, Brian Bowen Sr. Dawkins had regular contact with Federal wiretap audio was revealed to Bowen Sr. regarding payments. The Eight months ago, the FBI released a the general public and gives a behind- sports agent was routinely rude to his clireport detailing the corruption in men’s the-scenes look at the pay-for-play scan- ent, calling him an “idiot” during one of college basketball regarding payments for potential players. This past week, three people involved in the pay-for-play scandal were convicted after a three-week criminal trial in federal court. Adidas employee James Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and sports agent Christian Dawkins were found guilty on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The trio of defendants influenced high-profile basketball recruits to attend Kansas, NC State and Louisville by paying the families of recruits. “Today’s convictions expose an underground culture of illicit payments, deception and corruption in the world of college basketball,” U. S. Attorney Robert S. Khuzami said in a statement. “These Christian Dawkins was convicted last week after a three-week trial. defendants now stand conviction of not PHOTO COURTESY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS simply flouting the rules but breaking the dal. Multiple conversations involving their phone conversations and a “chicken law for their own personal gain.” Dawkins and Bowen Sr. cover the re- with his head cut off” in a separate conDawkins was directly involved in concruitment of his son and the detail of his versation with a financial advisor. spiring to pay $100,000 from Adidas to efforts to get paid. “You about to get money,” Dawkins Brian Brown’s father to influence his son “This is the reason why I called,” told Bowen Sr. “You about to, you about to sign with Louisville in summer 2017. Dawkins said in a phone conversation to to get some racks.” Dawkins’ lawyer claimed former head Bowen Sr. “My question to you is...how Dawkins appeared confident in one MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8
recording that the business of paying potential players was not one that would end soon. “Let’s say...we get five guys in this year’s draft and turn around and have five current guys in the NBA and we control everything,” Dawkins said in the recording. “Now we’re talking about in five years we could be more powerful than anybody in the business.” Most pertinent to the current Louisville men’s basketball team is the eligibility of junior V. J. King. Code mentioned in a call with Gatto about heading to Louisville to “go check on VJ...I talked to his dad this morning.” King’s last name is not mentioned in the recording, nor payments to him or his family. The co-captain’s eligibility and standing appear safe for now unless further evidence is revealed. Athletic director Vince Tyra released a statement and dismissed concerns regarding King’s eligibility: “Our university continually reviews the eligibility of all of its student-athletes. We have reviewed information recently presented at the trial in New York and do not believe it affects any of our current student-athletes. We will continue to monitor any new information that becomes available.”