Jackson rallies Cards in late going, but it’s not enough as Boston College hangs on for 45-42 victory

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Once again, Lamar Jackson couldn’t rescue the University of Louisville’s sagging football team. Or more accurately, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner couldn’t overcome another disappointing performance by the Cardinals’ helpless defense in a wild shootout. Jackson engineered a fourth-quarter rally that produced three touchdowns, 14 unanswered points...

U of L Athletics Association votes unanimously to fire Pitino following closed-door meeting

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The University of Louisville Athletics Association has voted unanimously to fire Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino just five days after he was officially notified that he was being put on unpaid administrative leave as a result of the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball. The Association’s action came during a closed meeting Monday...

Louisville’s ‘dark day’ may not be limited to just the departures of Pitino, Jurich

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today While the fate of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich and basketball coach Rick Pitino is widely known following Wednesday’s suspension announcement, there could be more to come for other as of yet unnamed parties from Tuesday’s federal investigation. Jurich and Pitino were placed on administrative leave on a “dark day” for Louisville, interim president Gregory...

Still reeling from sex scandal and NCAA probation, things get worse for Louisville basketball

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the beleaguered University of Louisville basketball program. . . U of L, still reeling from NCAA penalties because of sex parties and facing the prospect of having to vacate its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four, could now be dealing with a much more serious issue. Coaches for a school that appears to...

Despite lopsided win over Kent State, questions remain about Louisville heading into ACC action

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today University of Louisville football fans got a glimpse of the Cardinals’ long-range future Saturday afternoon in sweltering Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium — at least as much of it as could be determined when the opponent is virtually helpless. What should concern the Louisville faithful more, however, is the immediate future. To me, the Cards (3-1) still look...

Petrino hoping Cards peak at the right time for nationally televised showdown with Clemson

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Let the hype begin. Actually, it already had, with the announcement over the weekend that ESPN’s “College Game Day” would be visiting Louisville for the second season in a row to showcase the No. 14 Cardinals’ (2-0, 1-0 ACC) crucial showdown with No. 3 Clemson (2-0, 0-0) Saturday night. The buildup will continue to escalate throughout the week, so...

Cards overcome mistakes, but narrow win can’t disguise big problems for the Cards

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Yes, Lamar Jackson turned in another solid, and game-saving, performance. True, the defense came through with several big plays at crunch time. Those are the highlights from the University of Louisville’s opening 35-28 victory over Purdue in front of 37,394 fans Saturday night in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Other than that, the No. 16 Cardinals — a 25-point...

Louisville star quarterback Jackson not concerned about repeat Heisman performance

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today A year ago at this time as an unproven sophomore, Lamar Jackson wasn’t thinking about winning the Heisman Trophy, and he is taking the same approach as the No. 16 University of Louisville football team heads into its season opener against Purdue on Saturday. Jackson could become the first player to win the Heisman twice since the award started in 1935, a feat that...

New coordinator Sirmon seeks to put some ‘magic’ back in Louisville’s defensive set

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today At first glance, the University of Louisville football team’s defense enjoyed a successful season in 2016. After all, the Cardinals finished No. 14 nationally among the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense, allowing 322.2 yards per game. The defense was also far above average in stripping the football and intercepting passes, forcing 25 turnovers,...

After moving all over the field, versatile Bonnafon finally finds a home in Louisville’s backfield

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Throughout his career on the University of Louisville football team, Reggie Bonnafon has made more moves than Atlas Van Lines, but all signs currently point to his vagabond days finally coming to an end. His athletcism and versatility may have been his worst enemies in the failure of the coaching staff to settle Bonnafon into a permanent role. As a true freshman, he started...

After another disappointing College World Series exit, McDonnell loses cool as Cards lose to TCU

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — A College World Series appearance that began with such promise for the University of Louisville baseball team ended in the same way the Cardinals’ other trips to Omaha have: with another bitterly disappointing, frustrating loss and a 1-2 record. After opening last Friday with an 8-4 win over Texas A&M, No. 7 UofL (53-12) couldn’t...

Confident Cards seeking to bring an end to losing streak, enjoy a longer stay in College World Series

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Apparently, Logan Taylor needed some practice. Not in center field, where he excels in chasing down fly balls for the University of Louisville baseball team, but in that traditional ritual — the dog pile. A staple in college baseball meant to celebrate championship victories, it involves a scrum on or near the pitcher’s mound immediately...

With MLB Draft out of the way, McKay’s thoughts turn to helping Cards win a national title

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The pressure of the Major League Draft has finally been lifted from two-way star Brendan McKay’s shoulders. Now he can concentrate on helping the University of Louisville baseball team earn some unprecedented success in the College World Series, beginning this weekend. When the draft started early Monday evening, McKay didn’t have...

Omaha Bound: Cards end Wildcats’ record-setting season with 6-2 victory for College World Series berth

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville’s determined baseball players had waited three years for this moment, so that made it even sweeter. Easing, if not erasing, the pain and frustration of late-inning upset losses in the last two NCAA Super Regionals, the No. 7-seeded Cardinals (52-10) earned their fourth trip to the College World Series in Omaha,...

McClure draws surprising start for Cards against Wildcats, not two-time Player of the Year McKay

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Kentucky won’t see college baseball’s two-time player of the year until at least Saturday in the NCAA Super Regional — on the mound, anyway. In something of a surprise move, UofL coach Dan McDonnell announced Thursday afternoon that the Cards will start junior righthander Kade McClure (7-3, 3.63 ERA) instead of junior lefty...

McKay’s advice to Cards: Ignore MLB draft, focus on earning fifth straight NCAA Regional crown

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — After the University of Louisville’s top-seeded baseball team was unceremoniously dumped by Florida State a week ago in the ACC Tournament while handing the Cardinals their fourth loss in five games, star two-way player Brandon McKay seemed to indicate that some of his teammates were being distracted by the upcoming Major League first-year...

With new hairstyles to go with an edge, Cards hit reset button for ACC in a dry run for NCAA tourney

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — In a show of unity heading into postseason action, most of the University of Louisville baseball players have changed their hairstyles. There’s ace pitcher Brendan McKay with dyed blonde locks. Second baseman Devin Mann with cornrows (not a good look, teammate Devin Hairston observed). Pitcher Jake Sparger sporting a red mohawk. And a...

Ellis, second-ranked Cards on a roll as momentum builds down the stretch for NCAA postseason play

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — After practice Monday afternoon, Drew Ellis hit the links for a round of golf with a few of his University of Louisville baseball teammates, one of the ways he tries to relieve the pressure of being one of the top players on one of the best college teams in America. “I try to stay relaxed, stay as loose as possible and just have fun with...

Heisman Trophy winner Jackson stars in U of L spring game; newcomer Fitzpatrick also impressive

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — After last year’s 73-7 Red romp, Bobby Petrino thought he had divided his University of Louisville football team more evenly for Saturday’s Red-White spring intrasquad game by splitting the starters to make it more competitive. But with Lamar Jackson around, there was very little Petrino could do short of surrounding his star quarterback...

Looking Ahead: Mitchell’s return could be a key for Cards as plenty of veterans, top recruits raise hopes

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Donovan Mitchell sat in front of his locker in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis Sunday afternoon patiently answering questions while trying to process the fact that Louisville’s college basketball season had ended three games short of its NCAA Final Four goal. “This hurts. This sucks,” Mitchell said. “We...