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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...

Pitino maintains innocence in interview with ESPN analyst Bilas, says board action was hasty

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A defiant Rick Pitino spoke candidly with ESPN’s Jay Bilas in a taped interviewed aired late Wednesday night. It was the first public comment for the Hall of Fame coach since being fired Monday as the University of Louisville basketball coach after a 16-year tenure that included winning the 2013 national championship. Louisville has been named as part of the FBI’s...

Petrino, Cardinals hope to regain early rhythm with ACC road match with Florida State

Heading into the last half of the season, the University of Louisville football team is looking to find the rhythm it had in getting off to a 4-1 start and hopes to regain it at Florida State this weekend. After two consecutive losses, the Cardinals are heading to Tallahassee, Fla., to face the Seminoles in a key game for positioning in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Opening the season in the top five...

Padgett adds veteran Johnson to the bench as newest member of Louisville’s basketball staff

Trent Johnson, who has 36 years of coaching experience including 17 years as a head coach at four collegiate programs, has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. “Coach Johnson is highly experienced,” said UofL Acting head coach David Padgett. “I’ve personally known him for a long time. He was the head coach at Nevada when his son and I played...

Sea of scandals finally engulfed Pitino, forced Louisville administration into action

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The ground has been sinking from Rick Pitino’s feet for some time. We all knew it. We saw it. We didn’t want to believe it. But now we do. It all caved in on him Wednesday, buried in a scandal this time of which it appears there’s no escape. Interim President Gregory Postel put him on unpaid administrative leave and that’s just a precursor to the university ending...

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...

Louisville places Pitino, Jurich on administrative leave in wake of federal bribery allegations

University of Louisville head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and long-time athletics director Tom Jurich have been placed on administrative leave following allegations of bribery resulting from an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Southern District office in New York and the FBI. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon during a news conference conducted by Louisville interim...

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...

Season tickets for Louisville men’s basketball 21-game home schedule now available

Season tickets for the University of Louisville’s 2017-18 21-game home men’s basketball schedule in the KFC Yum! Center are now available for purchase. The Cardinals enter their eighth season in the spectacular 22,000-seat arena with five of their top eight scorers returning from a year ago when UofL posted a 25-9 record, tied for second in the ACC and earned a No. 10 ranking in the final Associated...

Louisville freshman linebacker Etheridge becoming pivotal piece of nationally ranked defense

For seven-consecutive seasons, Louisville’s defense has ranked in the top-25 nationally. Breaking into the lineup, given the success over that span, is an all but easy task. Dorian Etheridge, however, has shown that he is anything but a standard freshman. When he took the field in the season opener against Purdue, he became the first true freshman to start at linebacker since James Burgess during...

Louisville defense hopes to turn up the heat for North Carolina’s up-tempo attack

The University of Louisville football team is becoming less and less a fan of the ‘two is better than one’ mantra. For the second-consecutive week to begin the season, the Cardinals’ defense is facing a familiar challenge: preparing to see potentially two different quarterbacks in a game. Louisville opens its ACC schedule on Saturday at North Carolina, which trotted out Chazz Surratt and Brandon...

Cardinals, Petrino prepare for road challenge at North Carolina in ACC opener

With all the theatrics from the football season opener in the rearview mirror, the focus for the University of Louisville has turned to the Atlantic Coast Conference opener at North Carolina on Saturday in Kenan Stadium. “We’re going to work on a lot of things to get ready for this weekend, to go on the road and play North Carolina, a team that looks good on video,” UofL head coach Bobby Petrino...

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...

Petrino says Cards’ offense, defense look sharp heading into season-opener against Purdue

Game week for University of Louisville football has arrived. With the Cardinals’ 2017 opener five days away, it’s time to stop all the rhetoric and get on the field to play the game. The Cardinals will get their opportunity to see how much they’ve improved this fall when they take on Purdue Saturday night from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be shown nationally on FOX. “I’m...

Keyed by Smith, rushing records could fall thanks to deep, talented Cardinals’ backfield

University of Louisville running back Jeremy Smith suffered a foot injury in March, which caused him to be shut down for the final couple weeks of spring practice. For a football player and a competitor, the hardest thing to do is sit back and watch their teammates every day in practice. But for Smith, it might have been a blessing. “I don’t really like sitting out because I like to be out...

Former UK, UofL athletes featured at Rivalry Gala to benefit American Cancer Society Sept. 29

The battles on the football field and basketball court are not the only rivalry for fans of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky this fall. U of L and UK faithful will also put their loyalties to the test at the third annual Rivalry Gala. Set for Sept. 29 at The Seelbach in downtown Louisville, the event will be a one-of-a-kind evening of red and blue rivalry working together...

U of L, Adidas reach agreement on 10-year, $160 million deal to equip athletics programs

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Adidas and the University of Louisville will keep walking together for the next decade after brokering a $160 million deal. “When we began our relationship with adidas in 1998, we weren’t in the same shape that we are now,” said U of L VP and Athletics Director Tom Jurich. “Adidas has stood arm in arm with us through adversity and success. The...

Petrino says Cardinals ‘focused on learning and getting better’ as fall camp wraps up

The loud cheers coming out of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday were not from all the touchdowns scored in the second scrimmage of fall camp, but from the joy of the University of Louisville football players, realizing that the grind of camp was over. With classes officially starting on Monday, the Cardinals completed camp with a 145-play scrimmage under intense heat on the field — and...

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,...

Presale underway now for University of Louisville single-game football tickets

A presale for University of Louisville season ticket holders began on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for three-game packages and a limited number of single-game football tickets to five of the Cardinals’ six home games Season ticket holders were notified of the presale as well as a special promo code via email. The public can purchase available three-game packages and single-game tickets starting on Aug. 22...