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Strong Won’t Flee The Nest

In one of his strongest columns, Yahoo Sports reporter and former Courier Journal and ESPN columnist Pat Forde called Charlie Strong’s first presser as the Louisville head coach as “the most authentic moment I’ve experienced at one of these events.” Who can forget Strong’s emotional pause during the conference, and the joy he expressed as he was finally getting his chance at a head coaching job. Strong lives up to his namesake. Not just with his physical appearance, but his overall mentality. Never was Steve Kragthorpe or Bobby Petrino such an integral part of the community as their predecessor has become. Strong is…


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Pitino Secures 600th Win Over Tennessee-Martin, 83-48

Rick Pitino is in good company. Pitino joins greats like John Wooden, Dean Smith, and Adolph Rupp as the 38th coach to reach the six century mark. Pitino is also the 15th fastest coach to reach the mark. The win came easy, as the Cards received little trouble from the Skyhawks. Louisville was dominant, holding TMU to only 46 points. Chane Behanan started off his year with a double-double. A reiteration of his potential contribution to the Cardinals’ campaign. Behanan tied the game-high with Kyle Kuric at 14 points. Louisville played much more efficiently with Peyton Siva on the court. The Junior returned from a…


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Louisville Shocks #24 West Virginia, 38-35

Who needs the Big 12? Charlie Strong secured the biggest win of his coaching career Saturday with a wild win in Morgantown. The Cardinal defense was able to make a few key plays in the second half to give Louisville the edge. Although the Mountaineers put up 533 total yards, two fumbles and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown blew it for WVU. Freshman Andrew Johnson was able to run back the blocked kick 82 yards for the touchdown. Leaving Morgantown silent as Louisville celebrated. The turning point in the game came with Coach Charlie Strong electing to…


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Cardinals Hobble to Victory Over Bellarmine, 62-54

Thanks to Louisville’s injury woes, Rick Pitino was only able to play eight players against the 2011 NCAA DII Champion Bellarmine Knights. Louisville struggled to produce offensively without Junior point guard Peyton Siva. Siva’s uncanny ability to penetrate opposing defenses was  sorely missed, as backups Russ Smith and Elisha Justice couldn’t provide consistent passing. Although the Cards struggled, some heroes did emerge. Forward Jared Swopshire posted an impressive 14 points against the Knights. Swopshire’s performance silenced some doubts after missing last year with a groin injury. Freshman Chane Behanan also had an impressive night with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Behanan…


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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…