Fundraising Efforts Accelerate LouisvilleKY Football Expansion Projects Thursday, Feb 9 2017 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s Cardinal Athletic Fund (CAF) has accelerated the completion of a $63-million project for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and the Howard Schnellenberger Complex. With the aid of the football team’s successful 2016 season that saw the school’s highest finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a trip to the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, a top-20 ranking, and its first Heisman Trophy winner, the Louisville Athletics department has realized overwhelming fundraising success.

Originally scheduled for completion for the 2019 football season, the new expansion will be ready for opening in 2018. The expedited schedule is due to major gifts from Pepsi, the Kueber Family, and a recent $5 million pledge by Norton Healthcare. Additionally, within one year, fans and supporters donated approximately $47 million toward the project.
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The Cardinals began construction on the new expansion in November 2016 after the final home game.

The Cardinal Athletic Fund’s staff has helped sell all 1,000 club seats, 70 premium boxes, and 12 exclusive field level suites.

“We are extremely appreciative for Norton Healthcare’s generous gift to allow this project to forge ahead,” Tom Jurich, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics said. “They have always been a tremendous partner for our department, and this major gift certainly strengthens their commitment. The project is moving along steadily, and I’m very grateful for everyone who has contributed to the future of this program. Their gifts have enabled us to move up the completion date.”

“Norton Sports Health is happy to step up in support of this project, which includes a world-class training facility for student-athletes” said Russell Cox, President and CEO of Norton Healthcare. “We are pleased to partner with the University of Louisville Athletic Association in support of our shared commitment to sports health in this community.”

The first phase of the project that will be noticeable to the fans will be the seating structure for the interior bowl that will be in place for the start of the 2017 season. Approximately 10,000 seats will be added to the north end zone, which will go on sale to the public in early 2018.

Beginning January 1, 2018, renovations are scheduled to begin on the football complex, which includes dramatic changes to the training areas and improving the overall student-athlete experience. An additional 100,000 square feet of space will allow the team’s weight room and conditioning center to double in size, creating space for team workouts, conditioning, and an enhanced athletic training space equipped with a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy area.

A luxurious and spacious players’ lounge, improvements for coaches’ offices and the team locker room, and expansive theatre-style meeting areas also will be among the major improvements dedicated for student-athlete development.

The Cardinals open the 2017 season versus Purdue in a neutral-site game in Indianapolis, Ind., before beginning the 2018 campaign in the expanded Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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LouisvilleKy’s Adel, Mathiang Out for Cardinals’ Game at Virginia Monday, Feb 6 2017 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville forward Deng Adel and center Mangok Mathiang will miss the Cardinals’ game at Virginia tonight after violating their team’s Saturday night curfew. 
 
“After we returned to Louisville, I boarded the team bus and told them how proud I was of them, but the most important thing now is to get their rest as we had an early morning practice and had to travel,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino.  “For some reason, Mangok and Deng chose to break curfew and were out very late.  This is an extremely big game for our basketball team and it would be an understatement to say that I am extremely disappointed in both young men.  That being said, we will move forward and put forth a great effort with a depleted team.  Mangok is no longer a captain of our team.  Donovan Mitchell has now been inserted in that role.”
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The losses take the Cardinals down to seven scholarship players for tonight’s game.  UofL was already shorthanded with 11 scholarship players this season and two are currently out with recent injuries, including guards Quentin Snider (strained hip flexor) and Tony Hicks (broken bone in hand).
 
Neither Adel or Mathiang traveled with the team to Charlottesville, Va.  Both had been playing particularly well lately. A starter in 22 games and the Cardinals’ third-leading scorer (11.1 points per game), Adel has scored in double figures in the last five games, including a career-high 19 points at Boston College.  He has averaged 13.8 points over the last five games while shooting 52.1 percent from the field (25-of-48).
 
Mathiang has averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and shot 67 percent from the field over the last five games, scoring nine or more points in each game. He scored a season-high 16 points at Boston College and had 13 points, matched a career-best with 13 rebounds and blocked two shots at Florida State for his first double-double of the season.

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Two special events set for Cards LouisvilleKY games Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Honoring two past University of Louisville NCAA Final Four teams on their anniversaries and two “color” events are among upcoming special events at three of the remaining six UofL men’s basketball home games in the KFC Yum! Center.

UofL will close the month of January with its annual “White Out” game when the Cardinals face NC State in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 29.  Fans are encouraged to wear white attire for the 1 p.m. game.  Louisville has won six of its previous 10 games with “White Out” promotions, including knocking off four ranked opponents in those games when the arena was a bright white.  UofL Coach Rick Pitino has drawn national attention when he wore a white suit for eight of the “White Out” games.

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This year marks the 45th and 35th anniversaries of two UofL NCAA Final Four teams.  The Cardinals will honor both the 1972 and 1982 Louisville teams that reached the NCAA Final Four by wearing adidas throwback uniforms with features similar to the 1982 team when UofL plays Syracuse on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

 
It is the 45th anniversary for UofL’s 1972 NCAA Final Four team (26-5 record), which was guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum in his first season with the Cardinals.  The Missouri Valley Conference Co-Champions featured five senior starters, including All-America guard Jim Price (1,460 career points, 1969-72), forward Ron Thomas, whose 13.0 career rebounding average is the fourth-best ever at UofL (1970-72), and 1,000-point scorer Al Vilcheck (1,048 points, 1969-72).
This season also marks the 35th anniversary of the Cardinals’ 1982 Final Four team (23-10), which had six seniors on its roster.  Crum’s fourth Final Four team, which was runner-up in the Metro Conference, included four starters that totaled over 1,000 career points in Derek Smith (1,826), Lancaster Gordon (1,614), Jerry Eaves (1,250) and Rodney McCray (1,247).  The Cardinals beat UAB on its home floor to win the Mideast Regional.

The annual “Wear Red for the Seniors” game is set for March 4 at 2 p.m. when the Cardinals face Notre Dame in the final home game of the season.  Cardinal fans are encouraged to wear red attire for that Senior Day event.  Louisville has won 14 of its last 15 Senior Day games, including last year’s 56-53 victory over Georgia Tech as Chinanu Onuaku led the Cardinals with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

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There’s more going on between UofL and UK than this Saturday’s game in LouisvilleKY Tuesday, Nov 22 2016 

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Louisville, Ky., – On the football field this Saturday, it will be Red versus Blue, the Cardinals battling the Wildcats, the Ville going against Big Blue Nation. The rivalry between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky has been called one of the most heated in collegiate sports in the nation.

But beyond the gridiron, there are numerous examples of the University of Louisville working with the University of Kentucky in research that holds promise to improve life not only for Kentuckians but for people throughout the United States and around the world.

Currently, there are 20 projects funded at a total of almost $11 million in this year alone that involve collaboration between the two universities. Agencies funding these projects include the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Transportation, the United States Geological Survey, several state agencies and more. Researchers in medicine, engineering, psychology, physics, education and the geosciences are working together to advance the body of knowledge in their fields and subfields.

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“On the playing field, UofL and UK are fierce competitors, but in the laboratory, we work together to bring new solutions to questions that plague our state, nation and world,” says UofL Acting President Neville Pinto, PhD.

“On the playing field, we are fierce competitors, but in the laboratory, we work together to bring new solutions to questions that plague our state, nation and world,” said UofL Acting President Neville Pinto, PhD. “As researchers and academicians, we put athletic rivalry aside and collaborate in research and development across a wide spectrum.”

The scope of collaboration being carried out covers a wide range of fields, from providing primary health care services and training future physicians through Area Health Education Centers across the Commonwealth to development of a paradigm-shifting therapy for humans exposed to radiation.

Other joint research is examining ways to power the Kentucky bioeconomy for a sustainable future; studying systems biochemistry with the goal of achieving a mechanistic understanding of non-small cell lung cancer; developing better ways to predict deterioration of asphalt and asphalt-overlaid concrete pavement roadways throughout the state; modeling urban watershed runoff in storm events; and more.

One example of UofL-UK collaboration is the Kentucky Multi-scale Manufacture and Nano Integration Node (KY MMNIN), one of just 16 academic sites across the United States that make up the prestigious National Nanotechnology Coordinate Infrastructure network funded by the National Science Foundation. This 10-year project funded at a total of $7 million leverages more than 25 years of expertise in the fields of micro- and nano-fabrication and three-dimensional additive manufacture, otherwise known as “3-D printing.”

The project’s principal investigator is Kevin Walsh, PhD, UofL Samuel T. Fife Endowed Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Associate Dean for Research in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Walsh also is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

The goal of the MMNIN project is to bring 3-D additive manufacturing and micro/nanotechnology to the invention and creative marketplace.

“The next generation of revolutionary products and solutions will require the combination and effective integration of a diverse set of 3-D manufacturing processes spanning various lengthscales ranging from nanotechnology to 3-D printing,” Walsh said. “Users want easy access to these resources and expertise to rapidly and efficiently fabricate their creative ideas.”

With both standard fabrication and 3-D additive processes, the KY MMNIN initiative provides users with unconventional and nationally unique tools to realize their inventions, Walsh said.

One such user is Angelique Johnson, PhD, a part-time lecturer in the Speed School and President/CEO of MEMStim LLC. Johnson’s company is developing ways to improve and lower the cost of cochlear implants for people who are deaf.

Johnson’s Louisville-based start-up uses advanced manufacturing to fabricate cochlear implants in the Cardinal cleanroom, a controlled manufacturing facility that is one of the eight facilities of the KY MMNIN.

The complex circuitry in cochlear implants currently must be manufactured by hand, leading to higher costs. Johnson believes that if she can improve the manufacturing process, she could then lower the cost of cochlear implants and allow more people in need of implants to afford them.

Johnson is using a machine-driven process to reduce the need for costly handmade manufacturing of implant circuitry. Using the diverse toolset of the KY MMNIN cleanroom, Johnson can design different features on the electrode arrays needed for cochlear implants. Her process has never been done before in the manufacture of these types of devices. Her circuitry for cochlear implants is still in the testing phase with the goal of one day achieving FDA approval for use in humans.

“Being able to improve the technology is my motivation to improve the quality of life for patients,” she said.

Currently, more than 40 percent of published studies in leading journals are collaborative in nature. Research funding favors collaboration as well; both government agencies and private foundations have increasingly structured requests for proposals to favor collaboration.

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Louisville’s Greatness Lies Beyond Clemson Friday, Sep 30 2016 

By Beau Kilpatrick–

The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals go toe-to-toe with No. 5 Clemson Tigers Saturday night at 8 p.m. These two programs sit on top of the ACC and the matchup is sure to be an epic showdown.

Clemson has won the past two meetings against the Cardinals. Louisville and Clemson have played close games in both games, with margins of victory never more than a touchdown. Saturday’s game in Death Valley is anticipated to come down to the wire like both 2014 and 2015 games.

The national spotlight is focused on the quarterback position for both teams. Lamar Jackson is leading the nation in scoring, with 25 touchdowns, and is leading the Heisman race after four weeks. Clemson is the ACC defending champs and national runner-ups. Quarterback Deshaun Watson led the Tigers to the College Football Playoffs and fell just short to Alabama in the title game.

Louisville is on their way to having the greatest season in school history. They demolished powerhouse Florida State two weeks ago by 43 points and are home to the Heisman front-runner. Finally, the win against Clemson would put Louisville in the driver seat to win the ACC Atlantic and carve a spot open in the ACC Conference Championship game. If U of L takes the ACC title, the Cardinals might just be playing in college football’s final four.

A loss at Clemson would not be the end of Louisville’s hopes either. Even with a loss, the Cardinals could manage to win the ACC as long as they finish strong. Jackson’s hopes of taking home the Heisman don’t disappear either. A loss in Clemson isn’t considered a bad loss, but games such as these separate teams from good to great.

A win opens a whole new door of possibilities, one that U of L has never experienced. One of those possibilities is being ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time in school history.

Photo by Laurel Slaughter / The Louisville Cardinal

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LouisvilleKy Men’s basketball successful on an off court Tuesday, May 17 2016 

University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Team Achieves Academic and On-Court Success

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has continued to produce successful results in their academic pursuits while also achieving on the court.

The Cardinals collectively attained a 3.38 grade-point average for the 2016 spring semester, with 14 of 15 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better GPA. Ten men’s basketball players achieved a 3.4 or higher GPA during the most recent semester. The men’s basketball team has been around an aggregate 3.0 GPA for 16 consecutive semesters and had attained a 3.36 GPA during the 2015 fall semester.

Louisville placed a league-high seven individuals on the 26-member 2016 ACC All-Academic Team, including Deng Adel, Trey Lewis, Mangok Mathiang, Donovan Mitchell, Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Raymond Spalding. Onuaku was also named to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 2 Men’s Basketball first team, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

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The Cardinals posted a 23-8 record during the 2015-16 season, finished fourth in the ACC and beat two Final Four participants in North Carolina and Syracuse. It was the 14th consecutive season UofL has won 20 or more games and the Cardinals were ranked 16th in the Final Associated Press national rankings.

The academic success continues a recent trend for the UofL men’s basketball team. For the 2014-15 school year, the team produced a collective 3.26 grade point average, just below its record 3.40 GPA from the previous season.

Louisville has received NCAA Public Recognition Awards each of the last four years for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in men’s basketball in the Academic Progress Rate, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. Over the four-year period of the most recent multiyear APR report from 2011-15, Louisville’s academic success and perfect 1000 APR score has come while the men’s basketball team won a combined 123 games, the second-most in the nation over that period behind. The Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Championship, reached the 2012 Final Four, the NCAA Sweet 16 all four years, three Elite Eights, won three conference tournament championships and claimed two league regular season titles during that stretch with a perfect APR.

Prior to entering the ACC, UofL’s men’s basketball team earned four straight league Team Academic Excellence Awards, recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference sports (2014 American Athletic Conf., 2011-13 Big East).

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Personalized precision medicine on the rocks Friday, Mar 25 2016 

By Dustin Massengill–

The “Beer with a Scientist” crew  invited Roland Vlades Jr., a professor from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, to uncover the science and practicality of personal metabolic absorption of medicine on March 23.

IMG_6371-min "The fact that an event like this is out here is amazing, I mean this medical break through is crazy. I mean no doctor has ever mentioned anything like it to me. Where else could I come to learn something like this?" IMG_6349 Levi Beverly, the initiator of "Beer with a scientist",  has been putting on these events for two years now, with an event every month. "We have a lot of amazing stuff happening in our science and health communities here in Louisville, and this is just a way to let those people be appreciated and let our community hear about it. I mean honestly most people don't know what is going on in those," Shane Benton, General Manager of ATG, said. IMG_6377[1] "I saw it through my Facebook feed where one of my friends was interested and I am so glad I found it," Elizabeth Otting said. "It really creates a relaxed forum for this conversation, which for some people can seem too difficult or taboo," Shane Benton, General Manager of ATG, said. "As a student that works in the lab doing all this work, it is nice to see it getting put out there," Julie Gosney said. "It can cost between $400-$450 to have these enzymes looked at. But in the end it really can save lives and money." Dr. Roland Valdes said. "What we are looking at here is taking a glance at your genomes so we can understand how each individual person will metabolize these medicines."

 

Photos by Dustin Massengill / The Louisville Cardinal

UofL Women’s Basketball Releases Schedule Thursday, Aug 6 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville’s inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference saw a nation-best eight schools reach the NCAA Tournament. The league schedule promises to provide tough tests, and the Cardinals’ slate beyond ACC play is not going to be much easier.

The University of Louisville women’s basketball program announced on Wednesday its non-league schedule that features 10 teams that reached postseason play, with six that registered at least 20 wins, and a matchup with 2014 NCAA Tournament second-round opponent USF.

“Our nonconference schedule is going to challenge us,” head coach Jeff Walz said. “We have a young team, and we’re going to be tested early. However, I have seen this group’s competitiveness and work ethic in practice, and I believe we’ll be ready.”

“Opening with Cal at home and playing USF later in the season – both teams that were great tests last year – are just a couple of matchups at the KFC Yum! Center that our fans are going to really enjoy. Facing Western Kentucky and playing in that early-season tournament, which is set up similar to postseason play, should also help us prepare for another exciting year in the ACC.”

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Those interested in season tickets at the KFC Yum! Center can complete a season-ticket application now. Season tickets include reserved, lower-level seats for all home games at the World’s Most Spectacular Arena, plus exclusive season-ticket holder benefits.

The Cardinals, who boast four letterwinners from last year’s team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 and the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, begin the 2015-16 campaign with California at home on Nov. 15. The programs have faced each other in consecutive seasons, including the 2013 Final Four, with Louisville winning both contests. Last year, the Cardinals traveled to Cal and won 70-57.

Louisville then makes the trip Bowling Green, Ky., face to in-state foe Western Kentucky for a Nov. 21 matchup, facing former Louisville assistant and current Hilltoppers’ head coach Michelle Clark-Heard.

After a five-day layoff, the Cardinals begin play in the Gulf Coast Showcase from Nov. 27-29 in Estero, Fla. All eight teams in the field reached postseason play, including four – Dayton, Louisville, LSU, and Stanford – that made it to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals face Marist in the first-round game, with a contest against LSU or Purdue awaiting on Nov. 28.

On Dec. 3, Louisville will participate in its second Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Cardinals beat Iowa last season and take on Michigan State in East Lansing, marking the third meeting between the schools.

Following a home game against Valparaiso on Dec. 5, the Cardinals make the trek east for the 51st contest against Kentucky on Dec. 10.

Louisville hits the road for a two-game swing, playing at Tennessee Tech on Dec. 18 and then facing the College of Charleston on Dec. 20 in Charleston, S.C. The Cardinals are 3-1 against Tennessee Tech and face Charleston for the first time in series history.

The Cardinals wrap up their nonconference schedule at home against UT-Martin, a team that won 22 games and reached the WNIT, on Dec. 28 and USF on Feb. 15. The Bulls posted a 27-8 mark last season and captured AAC Tournament runner-up honors after falling to top-ranked Connecticut.

For the latest information on Louisville women’s basketball, log on to GoCards.com, or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/UofLWBB or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UofLWBB.