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Louisville football hits practice field for first time since March; Cardinals still waiting for ACC schedule

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville The long road back to practice ended on Tuesday when the University of Louisville football team hit the field for the first time since March. The Cardinals were in the midst of finishing their seventh spring practice when the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world and shut down not only college athletics, but the world’s economy. “It was a good first...

Radford transfer Carlik Jones brings experience, leadership and scoring ability to Louisville

By Kenny Klein University of Louisville University of Louisville guard Carlik Jones is ready to provide leadership, confidence and whatever is necessary to his new team as a graduate transfer for the Cardinals this season. While Jones was a prolific scorer and playmaker as a junior last season at Radford, he is clear on what his role with the Cardinals can be this year. “I’m just ready...

With Kentucky game nixed by SEC decision, Louisville faces non-conference scheduling dilemma

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference’s decision Thursday to play only conference football games this season leaves Louisville with a major hole in its schedule and athletics director Vince Tyra with another massive headache. Louisville was scheduled to host Kentucky in the annual Governor’s Cup game in the regular-season finale on Nov. 28. Now that game won’t happen...

SEC football teams to play league-only schedule starting Sept. 26; UK game with Louisville canceled

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference will be starting the season later and with a league-only schedule in football, the conference announced Thursday. The league presidents agreed to a 10-game model and Sept. 26 start in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has altered the fall sports scene. “This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational...

Three Louisville standouts named to Maxwell Award watch list; Cunningham, Atwell and Hawkins honored

Three University of Louisville football players have been named to the watch list for the 84th Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Junior quarterback Micale Cunningham, junior wide receiver Tutu Atwell and sophomore running back Javian Hawkins have all been selected to one of college football’s most prestigious lists. Louisville quarterback...

Satterfield remains confident Louisville will be ready whenever college football season starts

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville The University of Louisville is scheduled to open the football season on Sept. 2 against North Carolina State. That’s the plan as it stands today, but no one knows if that schedule will remain firm. Because of uncertainty in the world’s health situation with COVID-19, the Atlantic Coast Conference has stated it will make a decision on the opening...

Louisville defensive standout’s long road to recovery from severe leg injury nearly complete

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville safety Russ Yeast is a fighter. The senior was in the midst of having a career year in 2019 before suffering a severe leg injury in the regular-season home finale against Syracuse on Nov. 23. However, it all came crashing down on one play during Louisville’s 56-34 win over the Orange. Coming up to make a tackle, the junior was...

Now back on campus, Louisville’s Williamson understands importance of following virus protocols

By Kenny Klein University of Louisville University of Louisville forward Samuell Williamson is glad to be back on campus with his teammates, but he understands that everyone needs to continue to follow proper protocols and be cautious in this pandemic environment. “It’s (the virus) definitely something that’s always in the back of our heads,” said Williamson. “When we’re...

Louisville quarterback ready for return to campus next week; to begin voluntary workouts June 8

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville After two months of being away from campus, University of Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham is excited about returning to campus. The junior quarterback is among as many as 30 football student-athletes, 15 each from men’s and women’s basketball, and 15 from swimming and diving that will be returning to the UofL campus on June 1 and begin...

Louisville, ACC prepared to play football without member schools that choose to cancel season

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today While the college football season remains in limbo due to the coronavirus pandemic, speculation about the eventual outcome covers the entire field. Will it start on time in September? Be delayed until October? November? How about January? Will there be a shortened season? Bowl games in May? Reports have also surfaced that several of the Atlantic Coast Conference schools...

Louisville football coach ‘sitting in limbo’ as pandemic disrupts normalcy for college athletics

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville Everyone would love to see football back soon, but no one wants it to return more than University of Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield. Since heading home after spring break in mid-March, the second-year head coach hasn’t seen his squad in almost two months, but he hopes that will end soon as most of the country returns back to work in...

Williams’ return to Louisville for senior season prompted by cancelations of ACC, NCAA tourneys

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Malik Williams was wavering between testing the NBA waters for this year’s draft or definitely returning to Louisville for his senior season. The abrupt end of the college basketball season made his decision for him. “It was something I thought about throughout the entire year, being a junior and looking forward to taking that next step,” Williams said...

Louisville offensive coordinator excited for standout tackle Mekhi Becton’s NFL Draft night

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville Junior offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is special. Just ask University of Louisville offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford. If anyone knows special offensive linemen, it’s Ledford, who has had a propensity of producing some of the top offensive linemen in the college game. If Becton is drafted on Thursday night, Ledford has the...

Louisville standouts Jazmine Jones, Kylee Shook selected in WNBA Draft by New York Liberty

University of Louisville women’s basketball standouts Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook were selected in back-to-back picks by the New York Liberty in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Jones went 12th overall and was the final pick of the first round, while Shook went 13th. Jones is the fourth UofL player to be selected in the first found, joined by Asia Durr, Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry. Louisville standouts...

Louisville volleyball star McHenry receives Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship

University of Louisville volleyball player Melanie McHenry was among 49 recipients of the 2020 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements....

Louisville standout Emina Ekic’s upcoming stint with U-23 National Team canceled due to COVID-19

Throughout her playing career, Emina Ekic has not been a stranger to representing Team USA in the national spotlight. Following a successful four years at DuPont Manual High School, where she was twice named the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, the Louisville native was a member of the U-17 and U-19 U.S. Women’s National Teams. Those opportunities allowed Ekic to train and play against tough...

SEC, ACC to play the remainder of tournaments without fans due to growing coronavirus concerns

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The arenas playing host to the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments will be mostly empty for the rest of the week. Both leagues announced Wednesday that the remainder of their conference tournaments will be played but without fans because of coronavirus concerns. The SEC officials said it will conduct the tournament with “only essential...

Louisville volleyball star McHenry named to preseason All-ACC squad; Cards picked third in poll

University of Louisville senior outside hitter Melanie McHenry headlines the list of preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball stars, and the Cardinals have been chosen third in the preseason poll of the ACC coaches. McHenry led Louisville with 383 kills last season and was named honorable mention All-American. She enters her senior year with 1,131 career kills. Melanie McHenry Louisville...

Wildcats to face first real test of season against high-scoring Virginia Tech Hokies

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have two options on the table when it takes on Virginia Tech Saturday at Rupp Arena. “We are at that stage with this team, we win or we learn,” Calipari said Friday. “That’s where we are. I’m not taking it any other way. We win or we’ll learn. And we are going to learn as individual players where guys are and as a team where we are.” Whether...

Cardinals looking to recreate dominate run game in Saturday’s matchup with Demon Deacons

Outside of a 34-point fourth quarter in last season’s football matchup, Louisville and Wake Forest have played a couple of games down to the wire. The Demon Deacons led the Cardinals last year 12-3 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium before Louisville exploded for a 44-12 win. In 2015, Lamar Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Louisville forced five turnovers in the second half in a 20-19...