Cardinals get prime time national showcase spot on ABC for showdown with No. 3 Clemson

Saturday’s football game between a pair of top-15 teams Louisville and Clemson is being moved to prime time, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Sunday. The contest, originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., will be played at 8:12 p.m. and televised nationally on ABC with Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler, and Maria Taylor. Louisville is ranked No. 14 in the latest Associated Press poll and faces a...

Cardinals’ men’s basketball schedule filled with teams from 2017 NCAA Tournament field

Appearances in three special early season events, at least 19 games on national television and 21 home games in the KFC Yum! Center highlight the demanding 2017-18 University of Louisville men’s basketball schedule during its fourth season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A total of 21 of the Cardinals’ 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition...

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...

Returning starters plus emergence of Bell and Thomas make Cardinals’ offensive line picture clearer

Heading into fall camp looking to fill three positions on the offensive line, the University of Louisville football team had few experienced options to occupy those vacancies. After 19 practices during fall camp, the picture is becoming a little clearer as to who will be the five players that shape that unit in the season opener versus Purdue on Sept. 2. The Cardinals have two returning starters in...

Single-game tickets, three-game packages for UofL football games available for public sale

Single-game tickets and three-game packages for University of Louisville football contests are available to the public starting Tuesday. Single-game admission for matchups at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium against Kent State (Sept. 23), Murray State (Sept. 30), Boston College (Oct. 14), Virginia (Nov. 11), and Syracuse (Nov. 18) are available starting at $22 per seat. Fans who have yet to purchase...

U of L increasing security at Papa John’s Stadium with adoption of clear bag, wanding policies

In the interest of augmenting existing security measures at football games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, University of Louisville Athletics will implement new security measures, including magnetic wanding at all entry gates and restricting the size and type of bag that may be carried into the stadium for home football games and concerts moving forward. Fans are encouraged to enter the stadium...

UofL’s Walz, Hines-Allen, Durr preparing for USA Women’s Basketball U-23 Trials next week

It is the dream of many athletes to represent their countries and compete on the international stage. University of Louisville women’s basketball’s Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen each will get a shot at realizing that goal next week. The duo will be vying for two of the 12 coveted spots on the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U-23 National Team, which is being led by the Cardinals’ head coach...

UofL star McKay captures third consecutive John Olerud Award as nation’s best two-way player

Having already set the standard as the only two-time winner of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016, University of Louisville junior lefthanded pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay took it to another level Monday earning the honor for a third consecutive season as the 2017 recipient. The Darlington, Pennsylvania native separated himself in 2017 as not only the best two-way...

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...

Billy Reed: Papa John Schnatter’s comments about UofL, Jurich generate smoke, but lack facts

Something wild and crazy broke out at the University of Louisville Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, and I’m hoping it wasn’t a case of the “fake news” phenomenon that has become a matter of raging debate in recent months. Board member John Schnatter, founder and CEO of the Papa John’s pizza chain, turned comments about expansion of the football stadium that bears his name into a diatribe...

Mitchell, Spalding combine for 43 points, No. 7 Cards rebound to spank Syracuse, 88-68

Donovan Mitchell made six 3-pointers for 25 points, Ray Spalding added 18 points with 11 rebounds and No. 7 Louisville shot 57 percent to pull away for an 88-68 victory over Syracuse on Sunday. Seeking a second-place tie with Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Cardinals rode a 14-4 run entering the break for a 15-point lead that grew to 23 early in the second half. That provided a...

ACC lead, possible No. 1 seed for NCAA tournament on the line as Cards meet hot Tar Heels

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — When Louisville’s basketball team was preparing to meet Virginia two weeks ago, coach Rick Pitino told the Cardinals they were playing for a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Cards, minus suspended Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang, lost decisively, 71-55, but now they get another shot at that goal when they face No. 8 North Carolina...

Recognition of two Final Four teams among special events set for upcoming UofL home games

Honoring two past University of Louisville NCAA Final Four teams on their anniversaries and two “color” events are among upcoming special events at three of the remaining six UofL men’s basketball home games in the KFC Yum! Center. UofL will close the month of January with its annual “White Out” game when the Cardinals face NC State in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 29. ...

Mathiang notches 15, Adel has double double in No. 11 Cards’ romp over Southern Illinois

Mangok Mathiang scored 15 points to lead No. 11 Louisville to a 74-51 victory over Southern Illinois on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-10 senior got the Cardinals (8-1) off to a hot start as he scored the team’s first seven points, and Louisville settled in from there, extending the lead to 21-4 in the game’s first 8 minutes. In making six of nine shots, Mathiang finished two points shy of his...

UofL Heisman candidate Jackson, linebacker Fields named first team All-Atlantic Coast selections

University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson and senior linebacker Devonte Fields have both been named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selections, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on Monday. A total of 10 other players were also named to all-ACC teams. Senior tight end Cole Hikutini was a second-team honoree on offense, senior defensive...

Despite a 9-3 record, there’s no need to celebrate after Cardinals find way to lose to Wildcats

By Russ Brown Special to KyForward Louisville–There are over 200 college football teams across the land who would be celebrating a 9-3 season like a national championship (and one that is ecstatic over 7-5; looking at you, Cats). But don’t count Louisville in that group. Far from it. To the No. 11 Cardinals 9-3 is depressingly disappointing, given lofty goals that looked obtainable as recently...

Petrino has only Houston on his mind, not UofL’s possible rise in football playoff standings

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Considering that Alabama coach Nick Saban claims he didn’t even know last Tuesday was election day because he was so focused on his team’s next game, it should come as no surprise that Louisville’s Bobby Petrino also has tunnel vision, albeit in a different area. We don’t know about Petrino’s political knowledge,...

Cards whip Wake Forest and see path to playoffs open as upsets hit three of top four teams

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — You can mark Saturday down as one of the best days the University of Louisville football team has enjoyed in a long time, and not just because the No. 6/5 Cardinals ended their third Atlantic Coast Conference season with a 44-12 victory over Wake Forest in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Cards (9-1, 7-1) also got a huge boost to their...

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Back of the Week

After being named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for the third time on Sunday, University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson added to his growing list of accolades on Monday when he was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the third time this season. Jackson amassed 416 yards of total offense and accounted for seven touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 52-7 win over...

Cards show they haven’t lost their style, blast BC to send a message to playoff committee

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent If it was truly “style points” that the College Football Playoff committee thought Louisville had been missing recently due to a couple of unexpected close calls when it was a heavy favorite, the Cardinals delivered Saturday afternoon, compiling style points that would make Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger envious in walloping Boston College 52-7 in...