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Louisville’s Big 12 Hopes Aren’t Dead Yet

What  a difference 24 hours can make. In what has been the most dramatic episode yet in the Conference Realignment drama; the New York Times reported today that West Virginia University’s bid to the Big 12 has been put “on hold.” This all comes the day after everyone was saying that the Mountaineers were guaranteed to replace fleeing Missouri, and Louisville would be out in the cold. The brightest spot for Cards fans: West Virginia officials, who called the deal “solid” late Tuesday afternoon, declined comment Wednesday. “I think it’s 50-50 right now between West Virginia and Louisville,” one of the people…



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Career Ending Injury Mars Cards’ 16-14 Victory Over Rutgers

Its type of play that coaches, players, and fans alike never want to see. When Louisville Senior Anthony Conner appeared motionless after a tackle early in the second quarter, the mood shifted quickly in Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.  Although Conner was able to feel and move his extremities while being carted off, it was soon realized that Conner had a broken neck and will never play competitive football again. Fortunately, Connor is suffering from no paralysis. Louisville Coach Charlie Strong held back tears during his post game presser saying, “It’s just so tough anytime you lose a player,It’s what happens in this game, but…


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The Conference Realignment Carousel is Coming To A Stop

As the music begins to slow down, the Big East is looking more and more like a sinking ship. With today’s addition of Texas Christian University, the Big 12 has replaced Texas A&M, who bolted last month for the SEC. Now the conference’s future moves and Louisville’s fate will be based on two questions. 1) Will Missouri Leave the Big 12 for the SEC. This is the more important question, because if the Tigers do jump ship the Big 12 will be back down to nine teams and will need to expand. Missouri has been rumored to go to the…


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Cards’ Momentum Comes to a “Thundering” Halt Against Marshall, 17-13

Louisville’s tune is quickly becoming one step forward, two steps back. After an invigorating victory in Lexington two weeks ago, the Cardinals weren’t able to muster the effort to take down an upstart Marshall team. The Cards gave up a 13-7 lead at halftime in an abysmal second half. UofL looked uninterested as they gave up 353 total yards to the Herd. Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed more glimpses of greatness in his first half as a starter. Bridgewater made a 9 yard TD run in the second quarter that looked Vick-like. He also connected with Victor Anderson in the second…


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Reinvigorated Cardinals Stun UK in Lexington, 24-17

Big Blue Nation meet Teddy Bridgewater. The true freshman quarterback showed why he was so highly touted Saturday night. Bridgewater took over the reins after senior Will Stein was injured in the second quarter. Despite the pressure of a packed Commonwealth Stadium, the freshman took the snaps in stride. With two touchdown passes and no turnovers, Bridgewater gave Louisville a glimpse into a very sunny future. Louisville was able to halt Kentucky’s offense with a stifling defense that forced Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton into six sacks. Louisville’s front four were able to disrupt Newton all night long, making things very difficult for…


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Louisville Edges Murray State in Ugly Fashion, 21-9

There is a lot of work for Coach Charlie Strong to do this week. Louisville football started the 2011 season off with a bang putting 21 points on the board in the first half and showcasing the potential behind its new offense. The defense was an even bigger star, holding Murray’s prolific air attack to just 148 yards and forcing two interceptions. That was about the only success the Cardinals had. Louisville was plagued by turnovers and penalties all night that kept the Cards from stringing together multiple scoring drives. After a successful start to the game things began to…


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Strong’s Second Season Won’t Be As Easy As the First

Every Cardinal Football fan out there will tell you that they were pleasantly surprised by last year’s Louisville Cardinals. By going to and winning the program’s first bowl since 2007, Charlie Strong was quickly able to assure the Cardinal faithful that he was a good choice. Heading into Coach Strong’s second voyage at the helm, the Cardinals find themselves in the familiar unknown. The upperclassmen that emerged as leaders for a lost team are now gone, and a much younger team is left behind. Louisville’s fate will rest on whether these talented youngsters will be able to step up. Strong…


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Big Expectations Come With Siva’s Captain Rank

Coach Rick Pitino dropped a small bombshell this morning. He announced this season’s team captains to be the squad’s only seniors Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith; but also named Junior Peyton Siva to the role. Pitino cited Siva’s “unparalleled” leadership for the change in protocol. Rick usually reserves the captain status for Seniors. The progression of Siva only adds to the building hype behind what many believe will be his breakout season. The point guard was ranked second and fourth in the Big East last year in steals and assists respectively. He played excellently in the Bahamas, and will be…


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Finally, Some Good UofL Recruiting News

It’s the positive spin that the CardNation has been looking for. Georgia 4-star recruit Kevin Ware has committed to play for Louisville. This is Ware’s third commitment, after originally signing with Tennessee early but leaving after Bruce Pearl was fired in Knoxville. Ware then chose the University of Central Florida but found himself making too hasty a decision withdrawing 10 days after a verbal commitment. Ware is ranked as the #70 prospect in his class by Rivals.com. Sports fans may remember that he appeared at the Derby Festival Classic this year. Rivals lists Ware as a Shooting Guard, but his…