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Louisville looks to end rivalry skid against Kentucky, extend Wildcats’ early-season woes on Saturday

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today During his media teleconference Thursday morning, Kentucky head coach John Calipari told reporters that he had talked to Louisville coach Chris Mack and offered to postpone Saturday’s game instead of playing in a mostly empty KFC Yum! Center. 
The suspicion was that Calipari had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, and further investigation revealed that was...

Despite 1-5 start, Calipari still having fun; UK eyes turnaround against rival Louisville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari insists he’s still having fun as he navigates through a rare five-game losing streak to open the season. “I want to have fun doing this,” he said. “That’s the secret sauce in what we do. Yeah, I’m aggressive and I hold them accountable at a high standard, but I’m having a ball and I think they can feel that....

Louisville’s conference schedule finally arrives, ACC home debut set for Dec. 16 against N.C. State

Chris Mack and the Cardinals have the ACC portion of the schedule mostly set. (UofL photo) By Russ Brown Kentucky Today It took much longer than usual due to complications from the coronavirus pandemic, but Louisville’s 2020-21 basketball schedule was finally released Tuesday morning, providing the first look at the Cardinals’ 20-game Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. However, it’s...

UAB cruises to 37-14 win over WKU; No. 4 Notre Dame slips by Louisville, 12-7, in defensive battle

Alabama-Birmingham dominated Western Kentucky in all three phases of the game en route to a 37-14 victory over the visiting Hilltoppers on Saturday at Legion Field. UAB (4-1 overall, 2-0 Conference USA) outgained WKU (1-4, 1-2 C-USA) 358-250 and scored three offensive touchdowns. The UAB defense forced four turnovers and had five sacks, while the special teams unit blocked a punt that was returned...

Satterfield frustrated by losses, but it’s not all ‘doom and gloom’ as Louisville meets No. 4 Notre Dame

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is nothing new for Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield, but that doesn’t make it any easier to handle. “We’ve been here before. It’s not any fun, believe me,” Satterfield said Monday afternoon. He was referring to the Cardinals’ current three-game losing streak, which is looking suspiciously like four in a row considering...

Louisville coaches encouraged by defensive improvement; Cardinals prepare for Georgia Tech

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Louisville’s struggling football team will try to snap a two-game losing skid when it meets Georgia Tech on Friday in Atlanta, but coming off back-to-back defeats to Miami (Fla.) and Pittsburgh, at least the Cardinals have one aspect of their situation to feel upbeat about. 
Courtesy of the only bright spot in last week’s 23-20 loss to the Panthers, Louisville...

No. 17 Miami (Fla.) uses big plays to sprint past No. 18 Louisville 47-34 in ACC opener Saturday night

KyForward staff LOUISVILLE — While playing at the University of Houston, D’Eriq King was known for producing touchdowns and big yardage. He’s now doing the same thing for Miami (Fla.). King threw three touchdown passes and No. 17 Miami used big plays to defeat No. 18 Louisville 47-34 on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The transfer from Houston tossed a...

Cunningham throws for career-high 343 yards, Louisville posts 35-21 win over Western Kentucky

KyForward staff LOUISVILLE — Micale Cunningham passed for a career-high 343 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as Louisville cruised to a 35-21 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday night. Cunningham completed 19 of 34 passes with touchdowns of 28, 2 and 70 yards to surpass his previous yardage best of 288 last season against Boston College. The junior quarterback also rushed for a 14-yard touchdown. A...

It’s a ‘win’ for UofL as Cardinals enter game week without any players sidelined by coronavirus

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Through what was probably a combination of discipline on the part of its players, the leadership of the coaches and training staff — and undoubtedly some assistance from Lady Luck — the University of Louisville football team has escaped any major problem with the coronavirus since players started returning to campus in early June. And now it looks as if that good fortune...

Louisville linebacker Etheridge brimming with confidence as season opener against WKU nears

By Tyler Nunez University of Louisville Not since his freshman year has Louisville inside linebacker Dorian Etheridge had so much confidence going into a season. Now he just wants to capitalize on it. After an inaugural campaign in 2017 that saw the soon-to-be four-year starting linebacker earn Freshman All-American honors and an 8-5 season (capped by a heartbreaking loss to Mississippi State in the...

Youthful North Laurel attempts to retain county bragging rights, claw way into district contention

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming football season for many high school programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Though just nine starters return from last season’s 5-6 team, North Laurel is setting its sights on clawing back into contention for a Class 5A District 8 crown this fall. Chris Larkey is back for his 12th season...

Lexington Catholic returns 15 starters, but Knights must find replacement for star quarterback Allen

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming football season for many high school programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Lexington Catholic returns 15 starters this season, but the biggest question mark will be how the offense responds after losing Beau Allen, arguably the greatest quarterback in program history. Allen, a Mr. Football...

Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield pleased with first look at Cards in a scrimmage

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today On a day mostly devoted to the younger players and newcomers on Louisville’s football team, coach Scott Satterfield pronounced himself “very pleased” with the Cardinals’ progress in their first scrimmage of fall camp after two weeks of lighter workouts. Some of the veterans sat out the scrimmage due to various bumps and bruises, while even many of...

East Jessamine moves forward from ‘what ifs’ of 2019, features new backfield talent on offense

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming football season for many high school programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Many high school football teams look back on past seasons and think about the “what ifs” in close losses. East Jessamine might be wondering about those “what ifs” from last year, but head coach Mike Bowlin is...

Despite key losses on offense, Scott County looks to challenge Frederick Douglass for district title

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming prep football season for many programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward When looking up the word consistency in the Kentucky high school football dictionary, one program that will always be listed is Scott County. Each season, the Cardinals of head coach Jim McKee are tabbed as a serious challenger...

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...

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...

Louisville season opener against N.C. State moved to a Wednesday to avoid conflict with Derby Week

The University of Louisville’s season opener at home against North Carolina State will be played on a Wednesday (Sept. 2), moving from the previously scheduled Sept. 3 date. Vince Tyra, Louisville’s director of athletics, made the announcement on Monday. Because of the nationwide pandemic, the 146th Kentucky Derby Weekend, originally set for April 30 through May 2 in Louisville, was pushed...

Satterfield, Louisville football players slowly see normalcy returning as voluntary workouts continue

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield said on Wednesday that things are almost back to normal. Well, as normal as you can hope during a pandemic. More than half of the roster has returned to campus during the past two weeks, and Satterfield brought back his coaches on Monday in hopes to start the 2020 football season as planned. COVID-19...