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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...

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 graduate Bronwyn Garrett Hudson perseveres through 50-year journey to earn degree

By Caitlin Brooks University of Louisville The COVID-19 pandemic threw a major curveball to spring 2020 graduates everywhere, forcing schools to think up unique ways to celebrate graduates and their accomplishments. One University of Louisville graduate isn’t letting this unprecedented and nontraditional situation keep her from celebrating. Bronwyn Garrett Hudson is no stranger to approaching life...

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...

Former Louisville field hockey player Hannah Boyle went from the turf to a career at the racetrack

By Lori Harmon University of Louisville The first Saturday in May is traditionally Derby Day – except for this year, when, like so many other events, the annual Run for the Roses was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19. The first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown takes place at Churchill Downs, which is located a mile away from the University of Louisville and brings viewers from around...

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...

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 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...

Louisville defensive coordinator adjusts to changed ‘landscape of the world’ caused by COVID-19

The University of Louisville football team has undergone a lot of changes since Scott Satterfield and his staff arrived on campus last year. The adversity faced by this group in turning a two-win team in 2018 into an eight-win, bowl-winning squad was a nice surprise for Louisville fans to witness last fall. It was quite a change from the previous season. But no type of change in college athletics can...

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...

UofL researchers focus on coronavirus treatment, testing cells growing quickly in host tobacco plants

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The University of Louisville’s biocontainment laboratory is being called upon in research efforts focusing on the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and a Kentucky crop could be a key. 
At U of L, researchers are exploring compounds that hold promise as therapeutic agents against the disease and could be grown quickly in host tobacco plants. 
A strain...

Angela Crenshaw: Dr. J. Blaine Hudson’s popular ‘Ancestry’ topic a Black History Month legacy

“I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’ Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades For ever and forever when I move. How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!” — From “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1833, an excerpt from one of Dr. Blaine Hudson’s favorite poems. Angela Crenshaw...

Hosparus Health names veteran fundraiser Tawanda Lewis Owsley vice president of development

Tawanda Lewis Owsley has joined Hosparus Health as vice president of development and will lead all fundraising efforts at the not-for-profit hospice. In her new role, Owsley’s duties will include strategy, donor cultivation for capital and major gifts, planned and annual giving, special events and other initiatives designed to increase access to care for seriously ill patients and their families...

Passport Health Plan moves forward with West Louisville project, releases RFP for development

Passport Health Plan is taking the next step to revive the construction of its planned headquarters development at Louisville’s intersection of 18th and Broadway. The health plan, which administers Medicaid benefits to more than 300,000 members statewide, has announced it is releasing a Request For Proposals (RFP) the week of Jan. 6 to identify parties interested in developing the prominent site....

Limited-edition bobblehead commemorates rivalry between UK Wildcats, UofL Cardinals

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals prepare to renew on of college basketball’s most intense rivalries today, fans can now purchase a playful memento. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring Kentucky mascot “Wildcat” and Louisville mascot “Louie the Cardinal.” The mascots are...

Tom Miller: University of Louisville hospital acquisitions benefit the entire commonwealth

The University of Louisville’s recent acquisition of Jewish Hospital and other Louisville-area assets of KentuckyOne Health has led to many questions. For us – President Neeli Bendapudi, the Board of Trustees, our physicians and academic and administrative leaders– our decision to move forward came down to the answer to one very important question: What would happen if Jewish Hospital closed? On...

Baptist Health chief compliance officer Don Riggs to retire, Marea Aspillaga named replacement

Donald R. “Don” Riggs, chief compliance officer for Baptist Health, has announced he will retire at the end of the year after 27 years with the health system. For the past six years, the 58-year-old has headed the health system’s Compliance team, which he helped form in 2013. The Compliance team is responsible for ensuring that the system’s hospitals, medical group and affiliated organizations...

Oleka selected as president of Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) has named OJ Oleka as its next president. Oleka, who currently serves as Chief of Staff for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, will assume his duties as AIKCU president on Dec. 1. Oleka succeeds Gary S. Cox, Ph.D., who is retiring after serving as AIKCU president since...