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Frustration Riddles Cardinals in Loss to Georgetown, 68-71

The past 24 hours have been among the most difficult for Louisville fans. Tuesday night the Cards gave a spirited performance that came just short in the Belk Bowl. Wednesday night, UofL basketball faltered in its biggest test of the season, with an even bigger one coming in less than 72 hours. Frustration is the common theme threading the two games. Frustration with anemic offenses. Frustration with underachieving defenses. Frustration with questionable officiating. Louisville’s biggest trouble was on the glass. Rebounding had been a huge strength for the Cardinals all season, but UofL gave the Hoyas countless second and third…


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The Rise Of Russ Smith

Russ Smith is the most controversial player UofL has seen in a while. Every Card fan has an opinion on the upstart guard from New York. Whether you love or hate Smith, he is no doubt Louisville’s biggest surprise this season. I will admit to being an open “Russ-hater.” After Louisville’s Siva-less rout of Bellarmine I wrote this about him. Russ Smith certainly isn’t the answer. Despite his 13 points, Smith rushed possessions, had multiple traveling violations, and at times tossed-up the ball praying it would happen to sail into the basket (although it worked a few times.) Smith even shied away from the…


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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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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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Back to School Edition

Some local universities seem to be in the news lately, for good and bad reasons. Heap a Trouble for For-Profits: Check out this investigation by Huffington Post into for-profit schools. It’s eye-opening to read about heavy-handed sales tactics used to entice students into enrolling, where they could take advantage of government funding programs and get themselves in debt while earning degrees of dubious value. The target is Education Management Corp.,  which operates schools across the U.S., including Brown Mackie College. Jack Conway has joined a national lawsuit against EDMC. As a former instructor at the local BMC campus, I’ll tell…


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Suggesting a New Job for Jurich and Fixing the Football Mess

This time, Billy’s got a great idea for college conference realignment, with the classy Tom Jurich as leader of a new league with an HQ here. by Billy Reed It was John Wooden who said, “Sports do not build character…sports reveals character.” That being the case, it’s fascinating to look at the growing list of university presidents, athletics directors, and conference commissioners who have revealed their character – or, more accurately, the lack of it – during the current orgasm of greed in big-time college athletics. Let us be clear about one thing: the bottom-line culprit here is ESPN. As…


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#1 Louisville Soccer Asserts Dominance in 2-0 Romp Over #2 UCLA

Louisville Athletics is pulling out all the stops for its top-notch soccer program. The university is giving last year’s national runners-up the biggest stage they can. After a professional introduction video, live national anthem, and fireworks, Louisville has certainly committed a lot of money and effort to what has normally been a second tier sport. The best part of it all is that the Cards delivered. In a much hyped rematch of last year’s 5-4 quarterfinal snow game, Louisville dominated UCLA Saturday Night. The Cardinals proved to a record crowd of 7,821 that they deserve the preseason #1 ranking. Louisville…


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Athletics Gets Bigger at U of L

No one seems to be shocked anymore at the remuneration that college coaches get from schools. Still, it’s eye-popping that U of L is going to pay Rick Pitino $3.9 million a year, up from $3 million annually, in a 4-year contract starting in the 2013-14 season.  The terms of the deal were announced by U of L today, along with some other big athletic news and a record $68.8 million budget. Pitino, of course, is under a lot of pressure to win, or at least to catch up with John Calipari in cool points and media love. His salary…


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Happening Here in the News Biz

It sure is happening here, a place where a guy whose entire town is smaller than the enrollment at a Jefferson County high school believes he can fix the education problems in the state’s largest school system by firing the Board and putting the Mayor in charge. Then, he wants to the Mayor to appoint Metro Council members to run the schools. This from a man who hired a guy in a chicken suit to show up at a business forum. David Williams thinks he can make a political issue out of Jefferson County’s school system issues by criticizing the…


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Scenes from Storm City

I know that if you were at all aware of what was going on last night, you’re used to seeing pictures like this one. I took it from Mark Hebert’s car just before dark last night from Floyd Street, next to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The photo doesn’t do justice to the eeriness of the scene, as what appeared to be a dozen utility poles were folded inward onto the street as we were facing south. We had been playing golf in Indiana, and the weather grew weird on the drive back, about 8. Visibility was almost zero on the…