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Kentucky sophomore shortstop Ryan Ritter proving to be a force both at the plate and in the field

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today When Ryan Ritter joined the University of Kentucky baseball team this season after one year at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., 60 miles northwest of Paducah, he was considered an elite defender, with his offense hardly being given a second thought. But that is rapidly changing. The sophomore shortstop is proving he is pretty handy with a bat too, the latest...

Malik Williams’ decision to stay turns one-year gameplan at University of Louisville into five years

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This wasn’t what Malik Williams had in mind when he came storming out of Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a supremely confident blue-chip recruit for then-coach Rick Pitino eager to get his University of Louisville career underway. His plan was to hang around for a while and then wave goodbye for greener pastures. “Coming in as a 5-star recruit that...

Wisconsin plays ‘like a million bucks,’ rolls to 85-48 victory over shorthanded Louisville on Saturday

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today After what could politely be called a bad day in the Kohl Center, Louisville basketball head coach Chris Mack described Wisconsin as having played “like a million bucks.” True enough, and the Cardinals played like small change. 

The No. 12 Badgers (6-1) manhandled their shorthanded visitors from beginning to end, showing them no mercy and sending them away...

Unbeaten Louisville expects big challenge from talented Western Kentucky on Tuesday night

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Usually when college basketball coaches set up an invitational, their modus operandi is to invite a bunch of teams they can beat and call it a “classic.” Not Louisville’s Chris Mack, the impetus and organizer behind the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic being played with nine teams over 10 days in the KFC Yum! Center. True, the Cardinals opened with an easy...

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...

Better focus on ‘little things’ key to Louisville’s recent improvement; UK/UofL football series extended

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Coaches call it “game slippage,” meaning that players in various sports lose a certain amount of preparation and execution detail between the practice field and game day. But for Louisville’s football team, the problem was the opposite: a number of Cardinals, too many, were letting things slip during practice week. Players were late for team meetings,...

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...

Mack excited, Louisville players ‘relieved’ to finally have tipoff date for upcoming basketball season

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack will be dealing with some massive scheduling headaches for the 2020-21 season during the next week or so, but he’s not complaining. Far from it. Mack was just glad to get the news Wednesday night that the NCAA had finally decided when teams can tip off the season, bumping the starting day back two weeks from Nov. 10 to Nov. 25...

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 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...

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...

University of Louisville AD Vince Tyra sees good chance of football season starting on time

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today In his latest update to the University of Louisville Athletics Association (ULAA) board of directors and the media last week, Vince Tyra indicated that there is growing optimism that the 2020 college football season will kick off on time. UofL’s vice president/director of athletics cited an anticipated move by the NCAA next week as a promising sign that the Cardinals...

University of Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers calls 10th overall pick by Los Angeles Angels ‘surreal’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is how fast Reid Detmers’ life changed after his selection by the Los Angeles Angels in the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday night. While being interviewed by local media via a teleconference he missed a call from Mike Trout. Yes, that Mike Trout, the Angels’ eight-time MLB All-star and seven-time winner of the American League MVP Award. He of the...

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...

While Louisville answers notice of allegations, Pitino could also face NCAA penalties at Iona

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Overlooked in most of the initial reporting on the University of Louisville’s notice of allegations from the NCAA this week was the potential ramifications it could have for former coach Rick Pitino. Pitino, of course, was in charge when the alleged violations in the pay-for-play scandal took place in the summer and fall of 2017. He was fired in October of that year,...

Louisville basketball program hit with four allegations of NCAA violations committed during Pitino regime

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The day the University of Louisville dreaded, while hoping it never arrived, came to fruition with the announcement Monday afternoon that the school has received a Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the NCAA for alleged infractions under the Rick Pitino regime during the college basketball pay-for-play scandal. 
The NCAA alleges four violations — the most serious, a Level...

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...

With shortened MLB draft, Louisville baseball coach lobbies for expanded rosters at collegiate level

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is always an unsettled time of the year for University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell, trying to manage his roster for the next season while making educated guesses about which of his current players will be drafted and leave school, and who among talented high school recruits will chose professional baseball over college. Only this time it’s even...

Mack says incoming graduate transfers Jones, Minlend bring toughness to Louisville backcourt

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Toughness, both mentally and physically, were at the top of coach Chris Mack’s list when he went searching for graduate transfers who could provide immediate help in Louisville’s depleted backcourt. And he thinks found players who fit that description in Carlik Jones and Charles Minlend Jr., both of whom have signed financial aid agreements with the Cardinals...

Louisville coaches, athletics administrators taking pay cuts in AD Vince Tyra’s belt-tightening move

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today University of Louisville coaches and athletics department administrators are doing their part to soften the blow of anticipated severely reduced revenues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. UofL vice president/director of athletics Vince Tyra said during a teleconference with the media Thursday afternoon that the school’s head coaches in 21 sports as well as 13 senior...