University of Louisville football schedule revised for 2020 season Thursday, Aug 13 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The updated 2020 football schedule for the University of Louisville begins with a home game against Western Kentucky on Sept. 12. This will be the only non-conference game on the Cardinals’ schedule this year. The remaining 10 games will be against ACC opponents.

What the schedule will look like:

Sept. 12 – vs. Western Kentucky

Sept. 19 – vs. Miami

Sept. 26 – at Pittsburgh

Oct. 9 (Friday) – at Georgia Tech

Oct. 17 – at Notre Dame

Oct. 24 – vs. Florida State

Oct. 31 – vs. Virginia Tech

Nov. 7 – at Virginia

Nov. 20 (Friday) – vs. Syracuse

Nov. 27 (Friday) – at Boston College

Dec. 5 – vs. Wake Forest

The most difficult stretch in their schedule is a four-game stretch from visiting Notre Dame to visiting the reigning Coastal Division champion, Virginia. If the team successfully manages this difficult stretch and remains in contention for a spot in the ACC title game, then the final stretch appears to be manageable enough to lead them into the ACC championship game.

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Louisville football home opener moved due to Derby Monday, Jun 22 2020 

The Cards moved their game against NC State due to the new Derby weekend.

        

Louisville football signee killed in Orlando shooting Tuesday, Apr 28 2020 

By John McCarthy —

Louisville football signee Dexter Rentz Jr. was shot and killed April 25 in Orlando, Fla. He was one of four people involved in the shooting according to “The Orlando Sentinel.” Rentz was the only victim pronounced dead.

“The Courier Journal” reported Rentz committed to U of L in June 2019. He credited his signing with the Cardinals to the bond he created with the Louisville coaching staff during his senior year of high school.

“They make me feel at home up there in Louisville. That’s where I feel like I belong,” Rentz said in a 2019 interview on 93.9 FM’s “The Drive.” Because of his connection to the Louisville football coaching staff, Rentz dedicated his senior season at Ocoee High School to develop into a leader and “help the younger guys see that there’s more to it than just football.”

U of L head coach Scott Satterfield said expressed his condolences on Twitter in a statement Sunday. Satterfield said that Rentz had already made a positive impact on the program.

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dexter Rentz. He was a great young man who had a contagious personality and was able to light up a room with his smile,” said Satterfield.

Rentz would have been slotted as the Cardinal’s wide receiver. Louisville assistant coach Gunter Brewer, who focuses on the development of wide receivers, said Rentz was a great kid and was eager to coach him.

Rentz would have been a freshman in the upcoming 2020 season.

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Cardinals Football Preview Sunday, Apr 26 2020 

By John McCarthy —

Cardinal fans have much to look forward to as the 2020 football calendar rolls around in the spring.

Louisville’s 2020 recruiting class consists of two four-star recruits and 25 three-star recruits.

There is plenty of hype surrounding Louisville’s football program after the Cardinals finished the 2019 season with an 8-5 record. With Coach Scott Satterfield at the helm, the Cardinal’s victory over Mississippi State at the Music City Bowl proves promising things are to come in the 2020 season.

Junior Micale Cunningham was a standout player for the Cardinals in 2019. Cunningham, the most improved player at the quarterback position in the ACC, threw for 2,061 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2019 while only tossing five interceptions. In 2020, the Cardinals will look to Cunningham to navigate the offense as effectively as he did in 2019.

Louisville will be replacing both their punter and kicker in 2020. Seniors Blanton Creque and Mason King will be graduating. This opens the door for some friendly competition among the potential Cardinal kickers.

Touted-kicker Brock Travelstead, from Atworth, Ga., signed to join the Cardinals in the offseason. Junior Ryan Chalifoux also has the potential to take the spot of starting placekicker for the Cardinals this year.

More than anything though, the Cardinals will look to improve their defense in the 2020 season.

Louisville’s ACC competitors got the best of them with the size and strength of their offenses. With fresh faces joining the Cardinals’ defense in the spring, there is only room for improvement.

The Cardinals are also welcoming a widely-skilled recruiting class for the 2020 season.

The class is led by four-star offensive tackle Trevor Reid. Reid, a junior college transfer student from Georgia Military College will add depth and experience to the Cardinals’ offensive line. Reid is also the 16th ranked recruit in the country and ranked second at his position.

Other strong defensive players coming from Georgia Military College is defensive end Yaya Diaby. He is ranked 42nd in the nation as a recruit and third at his respective position.

Outside linebacker Marvin Dallas will also be joining the defense as a JUCO transfer. He is the 43rd ranked recruit in the nation and the fourth-ranked outside linebacker in the country.

Louisville will also be welcoming freshman Ja-Darien Boykin to campus.

Boykin is a defensive tackle from Jones County High School in Gray, Ga. Boykin will aid the Cards struggling defensive line in the spring.

A couple of local recruits signed with the University of Louisville as well.

Butler’s Jordan Watkins signed on as an athlete and is ranked 48th in the nation as an athlete. Evaluation by national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu discusses Watkins’ exceptional speed and does a nice job making contested catches.

Ballard’s Josh Minkins Jr. signed on as a safety and is ranked 72nd at his position. Minkins Jr. received Special Teams Player of the Year for Ballard last season. He also snagged three interceptions during his junior and senior years.

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Cardinal stadium is getting several upgrades for the fall Monday, Jan 20 2020 

Victoria Doll —

The University of Louisville’s Athletic Department announced significant changes scheduled to take place at Cardinal Stadium to improve the game-day experience for the 2020 season opener. 

“This is another major step forward in our fan engagement strategy,” said U of L Athletic Director Vince Tyra. “The partnership established with Tailgate Guys last season was a great starting point, but this is an investment in every fan, not just those with premium seats, and this will help create more of a tradition around our football program. We’re excited to create this family environment that is missing around our stadium today.”

There are plans to have a new fan zone on the south side of the Central Avenue tunnel which will include a stage for live music, a beer garden, food truck options, a turf field and a family fun zone. U of L football spokesperson Rocco Gasparro said, “The construction of the fan zone is fluid, but could spend up to $1 million.”

These changes in the fan experience come with some drastic changes to parking. To help make the traffic flow more efficient, the purple lot will become a first-come, first-to-park model. A pass is still required to park in the purple lot; however, there will no longer be section-number parking for fans. 

U of L Athletics will no longer have access to the platinum T-lot located on the southeast corner of Floyd Street and Central Avenue due to the renovations of the parking lot and the addition of a new hotel; therefore, reserved parking will only remain in the platinum S and bronze lots. 

In an attempt to remain loyal to previous ticket holders, March 2020 ticket holders can make their parking decision before they open up the new options to the public. They can choose from the limited number of reserved parking passes, or choose the first-come, first-to-park option. The fans who have Cardinal Athletic Fund priority points will be presented the parking options first. 

In addition to the improvement in parking, U of L is working with multiple vendors in an attempt to improve both WiFi and cellular connection for fans. U of L Athletics has a goal by 2021 to have full mobile ticketing, and they view these changes as great steps forward. 

They will resume the seat refurbishing project that began last summer too. There are more than 37,800 seats in Cardinal Stadium that are receiving a new protective coat of paint that will return them to their former red color.

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Louisville rolled past Mississippi State to win 2019 Music City Bowl Monday, Dec 30 2019 

By Cole Emery —

The Cards won the Music City Bowl for the second time in team history, defeating Mississippi State 38-28.

Louisville (8-5, 5-3) began well defensively, forcing a punt on Mississippi State’s first drive. 

On the Cards’ first offensive drive they drove 96 yards, but junior Dez Fitzpatrick fumbled on the one yard line. 

The Bulldogs capitalized on the turnover in only eight plays and capped it off with a rushing touchdown by senior Tommy Stevens.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Mississippi State (6-7, 3-5) scored after they drove down the field for 80 yards. Senior Nick Gibson scored off a rushing touchdown for three yards. 

During that drive, junior Dorian Etheridge was ejected from the game for kicking another player.

The following drive for the Cards only took five plays to reach the end-zone. Sophomore Micale Cunningham made plays through the air and ground for 43 yards, bringing the Cards to the Bulldog’s 33 yard line. 

The Cards brought out a trick play which paid off. Sophomore Tutu Atwell threw a passing touchdown for a double pass to freshman Marshon Ford. This touchdown brought the Cards to a 14-7 deficit.

On the following kick-off, sophomore Ternell Troutman forced a fumble that freshman James Turner recovered, giving the Cardinals possession at the Bulldog’s 32 yard line. The drive was stalled after several penalties and a failed fourth down attempt. 

After forcing a punt, the Cardinals drove down the field behind the arm of Cunningham. Sophomore Ryan Chalifoux kicked a field goal as time expired going into halftime. 

The Bulldogs took the lead into halftime 14-10.

Cunningham threw several touchdowns in the second half to senior Devante Peete and Ford. 

On a kickoff, graduate Gary McCrae forced a fumble that senior Khane Pass recovered for a 31 yard touchdown. This gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game 17-14 with 2:51 left in the third quarter.

Freshman Javian Hawkins got a five yard touchdown for the Cards after stopping the Bulldogs on fourth down. This gave Louisville a 38-21 lead with 2:13 left in the game. 

Stevens threw a late touchdown to junior Osirus Mitchell for 24 yards with 27 seconds left in the game, but it was not enough as the Cards recovered the onside kick. 

Cunningham finished with 279 passing yards, 81 rushing yards and two passing touchdowns. Atwell caught nine passes for 147 yards and threw a passing touchdown to Ford who caught two touchdowns during the contest. Hawkins ran for 105 yards and a touchdown.

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Lynn Bowden Jr. wins Paul Hornung Award Wednesday, Dec 11 2019 

The UK wide receiver-turned-quarterback announced he will enter the 2020 NFL Draft after the Belk Bowl.

        

Coach Satterfield to receive ACC Coach of the Year Monday, Dec 9 2019 

By Cole Emery —

First year head coach Scott Satterfield is the first U of L coach to earn the ACC Coach of the Year award. This announcement happened Dec. 5. 

He is the sixth coach in NCAA history to receive this honor from two different schools in consecutive years. Satterfield won Sun Belt Coach of the Year last season with Appalachian State. 

Satterfield improved a Cardinal football team who went 2-10 last year without a win in the conference to a team with a 7-5 in the regular season and a 5-3 record in conference.

“I’m proud of my coaching staff who worked so hard to change the culture of this program and put our players in a position to succeed,” Scatterfield said.

Louisville finished 2nd in the Atlantic Division of the ACC despite their last place record in the division a year prior. They were projected to finish 7th this year. 

Their five-game win improvement marked the best improvement among the Power 5 conferences this season.

The Cardinals scored 32.7 points per game this year compared to 18.7 points per game last year. Satterfield also improved their defense, allowing 33.8 points per game compared to allowing 44 points per game last year. 

Satterfield will face off against Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5 SEC) in his first bowl appearance for the Cardinals in the Music City Bowl. The game will take place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

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Cards football set to go bowling in Nashville Monday, Dec 9 2019 

By Luke Graham —

Coming off one of the worst years in Louisville football history, first year head coach Scott Satterfield has brought the Louisville football program back to a bowl game to finish the season.

Just days after the Cardinals (7-5, 5-3) found out that Scott Satterfield won ACC Coach of the Year and that four players were given all ACC honors with junior Mekhi Becton and sophomore Tutu Atwell on the 1st team, and freshman Javian Hawkins  and sophomore Hassan Hall on the 2nd team, they found out they were headed to Nashville for the Music City Bowl Game.

Louisville will meet up in Nashville and face off against Mississippi State (6-6,3-5). It has been two years since Cards have faced the Bulldogs to the date for the 2017 Music City Bowl.

On Dec. 30, 2017 they lost to Mississippi State in what would be Heisman winner Lamar Jackson’s last game as a Cardinal 31-27.

Louisville will look to make new fortune against the Bulldogs this time around. Led by sophomore quarterback Micale Cunningham the Cards look to take care of business in Nashville.

The city is buzzing about going bowling again and are hoping the Cards can win their first bowl game since 2015 against Texas A&M. Ironically enough, that was also the Music City Bowl.

With the Seniors going through a coaching change after playing with a Heisman winner, it would be nice to see them go out with a win to finish off their wild careers at Louisville.

Louisville looks to stay undefeated in Nashville this year after a win against Western Kentucky at a neutral site early in the season. The Cards will play at 4:00 pm on Dec. 30 on ESPN at Nissan Stadium.

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Louisville football earns academic award for first time Monday, Nov 18 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville football team is having success on and off the field this year. They are one of six teams who will receive the 2019 American Football Coaches Association academic achievement award Jan. 13, 2020.

Rocco Gasparro, U of L football spokesman, said this is a testament to the players’ commitment to academics. “It shows families of players that we recruit that it’s important that our players do what is right on the field and in the classroom,” he said.

This is the first time the Cardinals have received this honor. Air Force, Alabama, Clemson, Rice and Utah are the other five schools receiving this award.

Gasparro said if the Cardinals football team can maintain focus on academics, they will be repeat winners for this award in the future.

Each school recorded a perfect 1,000 for their-single year Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2017-2018 season. This is only the second year the NCAA has used the single-year APR to select a winner.

The APR is used to hold institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric. That metric accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for the academic year.

The APR works as such:

  • Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
  • The team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.

Formerly, the award was based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA from 1981 to 2007. From 2008 until 2017, the AFCA used the NCAA’s graduation success rate to score and select winners for this award.

Duke’s football program has received the most AFCA awards, earning 14 since 1981.

Head coach Scott Satterfield will be presented with the award during the honors luncheon in January 2020.

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