Jurich no longer employed, fired by UofL’s Board of Trustees Wednesday in LouisvilleKY Thursday, Oct 19 2017 

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LouisvilleKY., – The University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted 10-3 on Wednesday to terminate the contract of Vice-President for Athletics and Athletics Director Tom Jurich “with cause.” The board met in executive session for more than two hours before voting to fire the man who has led UofL Athletics since 1997. Interim President Dr. Greg Postel thanked Jurich for his service and told reporters the university will continue its strong commitment to student-athletes and the athletics program.

Postel’s prepared statement to the media:

Today the board of trustees voted to terminate, with cause, the employment of our athletic director.   We want to thank Tom for his years of service and many contributions to the university. 

From an administrative perspective, we are confident in the leadership abilities of the acting athletic director, Vince Tyra.  We know that Vince will lead the department in a way that best serves the university, and our student athletes, both on and off the field. 

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On behalf of the board of trustees, we thank those who have taken the time to write us in the past weeks.  Your passion and support for the University of Louisville will ensure that our best days are ahead of us. 

To our students, faculty, staff and Cards fans, this is our opportunity to demonstrate the unity and integrity that define being a Louisville Cardinal.  When I walk around campus I’m always inspired when I see a student wearing one of our t-shirts that reads “Rise to the Occasion.” Right now, we need to challenge ourselves to do just that.

Thank you.

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The trustees also heard an update on the university’s financial picture from interim CFO Susan Howarth. Howarth says UofL’s cost cutting efforts are working and there is “good news” in the numbers. UofL is meeting its budget targets and on pace to meet its goal of spending $10 million less than the 2016-17 fiscal year in each of three categories: compensation, procurement and other cost savings.

“We feel very comfortable about meeting these goals,” Howarth said.

Howarth says first quarter revenues are running ahead of last year’s and a slight drop in the size of the freshman class has been offset by an increase in enrollment at the Brandeis School of Law.

The board also took two actions designed to address the two remaining concerns of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, UofL’s accreditation agency:

  • Approved memoranda of understanding between the university and both the UofL Real Estate Foundation and Pediatric Medical Office Building, Inc.
  • Approved a resolution in support of administrators currently filling interim roles

Also, faculty members Susan Jarosi and Rob Keynton appeared before the full board expressing concerns about the board’s plan to conduct a closed search for the next UofL President. Jarosi and Keynton head the Presidential Search Faculty Consultation Committee and laid out reasons the board should conduct a more open search process, reveal the three finalists and bring them to campus for meetings with faculty, staff and students before a final decision is made. Due to time constraints there was no discussion following the presentation, but board chair David Grissom invited the faculty members to appear at the next meeting for a question and answer session.

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Multiple Events Planned in LouisvilleKy for UofL’s Football Game vs. Clemson on Saturday Thursday, Sep 14 2017 

 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An hour earlier entrance to parking lots, improved security measures, and multiple special events are among the items that University of Louisville football fans will notice when the Cardinals kick off their first home game of the season on Sept. 16 against Clemson at 8:12 p.m.

 

Stadium Parking Lots Open at 2 p.m.

Fans with reserved parking passes in the UofL lots surrounding the stadium can enter the lots beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, a special early entrance one hour ahead of the regular five-hour opening time for the parking lots.

 

ESPN Radio College GameDay at the Stadium

ESPN Radio’s College GameDay broadcast will be live from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday from noon until 7 p.m.  Show hosts Doug Kezirian, Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich will be on the set for the seven-hour program.

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Fans are encouraged to be present around the stage during the program.  The stage will be placed just inside Gate 3 at the southeast corner of the stadium, with an area open around the stage for fans within the gate.  Fans will be asked to exit the area at 5:30 p.m. to head to Card March, so stadium personnel may prepare for the opening of the stadium gates for the game ticket holders at 6 p.m.

 

Nissan Heisman House

The Nissan Heisman House Tour will make a stop at Saturday’s game and will be located in the Travis Roofing Supply parking lot at 2931 South Floyd Street, across from the stadium Green Lot.   From 2-7:30 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to:

 

– Register for Heisman House credentials, which allows fans to check in and instantly share their experience via social media

– Take pictures with the Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in college football

– “Catch a Ride with the Heisman Winners” in the all-new Nissan Rogue

– Virtually “paint” your game face in your favorite team’s official colors with the Diehard Fan app

– Vote for the winner of the 2017 Heisman Memorial Trophy

– Win prizes by participating in interactive games

 

Former UofL quarterback Chris Redman will participate in a Chalk Talk session with ESPN anchor Neil Everett as well as signing autographs from 3:30-5 p.m., followed by a similar session with former Cardinal wide receiver Deion Branch from 5-6:30 p.m.

 

Red Cross Donations

UofL student-athletes, spirit groups and Red Cross staff will be on site collecting donations for those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.  Individuals will be wearing Red Cross vests and carrying donation buckets to accept cash or checks, payable to the American Red Cross.  Representatives will be outside stadium gates, Street Fest and at Grawemeyer Hall during the ESPN College GameDay show to collect donations.

 

In addition, in-game messages will provide a text number to immediately donate.  The Kentucky Red Cross has set up a dedicated link for UofL community donations at: http://www.redcross.org/gocards

 

UofL Athletics sent a packed CRST Pegasus semi trailer truck full of gear on Sept. 4 to aid in hurricane relief efforts in the Houston area, with Cardinal student-athletes loading the vehicle.

 

Game Day Green Team

Volunteers will be handing out green bags in the stadium parking lots to aid in gathering recyclable tailgating waste.  Fans are encouraged to bag such items as aluminum cans, plastic cups, plates and utensils, water bottles, cardboard and paper bags in the green bags provided to be recycled.  Please do not include glass, plastic grocery bags or food and drink in the green bags.  Fans may leave the tied-up bags in their parking space when departing the parking lot and the stadium staff will collect them.

 

Card March

Fans continue to have an opportunity to greet the Cardinals and cheer them on as the team enters the stadium with the pregame Card March.  The team will be dropped off on the south side of the Denny Crum Overpass on Central Avenue two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff at each game (5:45 p.m. for Saturday’s 8 p.m. game against Clemson). With the assistance of the UofL marching band and spirit groups, the team will walk from the Green Lot, through the tunnel and into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Fans are invited to arrive early and create an entrance way for the players as they head into the stadium.

 

Sound System Repositioned

With the construction in the north end zone, the stadium sound system has been repositioned within the south scoreboard structure.  Fans standing on the Norton Terrace will particularly note the high volume of the speaker system, which has sound focused to reach all areas within the stadium.  The train horn, which sounds when the Cardinals score, is also located in the south cluster.  Be prepared.

 

Championship Trophy Visit

The 2017 National Championship Trophy (College Football Playoff gold trophy) will make a visit to Saturday’s game.  Throughout the season, the trophy will be displayed on the sidelines at key national games.  The trophy also made a stop in Louisville last season when the Cardinals played Florida State.

 

Happy Hour Prices

To promote early entrance to the stadium, gates will open two hours prior to kickoff (6 p.m. on Sept. 16 vs. Clemson) with special Happy Hour pregame drink prices available.  Fans arriving early can purchase a draft beer for $3 and canned beer for $4 on the Norton Terrace only.

 

Magnetic Wanding

Fans are encouraged to enter the stadium early, as magnetic wanding will be added to the entry process for all patrons at all gates on game days. Upon entering the queue at the stadium gates, fans will be asked to empty their pockets prior to being wanded by a security guard. Cell phones, keys or other metal objects are examples of items that should be held in one’s hands over the head while being scanned.

 

Clear Bag Policy

Fans are encouraged not to bring any bags inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium; however, each ticket holder is allowed one small clutch purse (no larger than 6.5 x 4.5 inches) and one large clear bag, either a one-gallon clear Ziploc-style storage bag or a 12 x 6 x 12 inches clear tote bag. The policy, which includes all UofL athletics venues on campus, is similar to one instituted at all NFL and many collegiate venues in recent years, enhancing security procedures to ensure a safe environment.

 

Diaper bags (with child) are permitted and subject to a thorough security inspection. A clear bag is strongly recommended for bringing diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children. An exception will be made to allow medical items that cannot be transported in a clear bag into the venue. Medically necessary items or equipment may be brought to the game, but the bags or equipment must be inspected and tagged by security supervisors at the entry gates.

 

Fans will be asked to return non-approved bags or other items to their vehicle prior to stadium entry. There is no check-in location for prohibited bags at the stadium.

 

All media representatives with necessary bags and equipment must enter the stadium at Gate 7B to have each item inspected and tagged prior to entering the stadium.

 

Approved clear tote bags are available for purchase from Cardinal Authentic, the store located at Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. For additional inquiries on purchasing bags from Cardinal Authentic, call 502-852-3002. Fans are reminded that a standard, one-gallon clear Ziploc-style storage bag is approved. Fans may also bring appropriately sized clear tote bags they have previously obtained at other venues.

 

No Tobacco Products

Fans are also advised that the use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and vaping, is strictly prohibited in all UofL facilities, as well as within 50 feet of an exterior gate or entrance. There are no designated smoking areas within Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and re-entry is prohibited. All UofL athletic facilities are part of UofL’s tobacco-free campus.

 

No Water Bottles

Another added security measure is that an unopened bottle of water may no longer be brought into the stadium. Fans seeking water are encouraged to obtain a free cup of ice from a concession stand employee. Cups may be filled at any of the stadium water fountains located throughout the inner concourse on the main level and on either end of the UPS Flight Deck.

 

Customer Relations

Patrons who need assistance before they enter the stadium can look for our new Customer Relations staff that will be located throughout the stadium parking lots.  These staff members will be available to answer questions and relay information to the stadium command center on game days to help make everyone’s tailgating experience the best it can be.

 

Customer Relations Booths can be found at Sections 108, 120 and 132 and on the UPS Flight Deck near the south elevators.  Services offered at the Customer Relations booths include but are not limited to:

  • Providing general information assistance
  • Tag-A-Kid / At-Risk Adult ID Program
  • Lost and found
  • Guest feedback forms
  • Family / Assisted restroom entry codes
  • Purchase game day program
  • Curtained area for mothers to breast feed their children within Customer Relations Booths located at Sections 108, 120 and 132.

 

More Information

Additional information for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, including maps, driving directions, parking tips and stadium policies, is available online at this link:  http://gocards.com/facilities/?id=13

 

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University of Louisville athletics program looks to new year Thursday, Aug 17 2017 

Louisville, KY., – Last season, the University of Louisville finished 26th nationally in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup national all-sports standings, its highest ever.  CBS Sports has recognized the UofL Athletics program among the top seven nationally in its annual “Best in College Sports” review in four of the last five years, including a No. 7 ranking in the 2016-17 season.  The Cardinals have been successful in their new home in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  In its three years in the ACC, Louisville has a combined 333-106 record in the four sports of baseball, football and men’s and women’s basketball, a .759 winning percentage that is the best in the league.  A comprehensive look at last season is available online at this link:  http://stats.gocards.com/review/2016-17/index.html

This year, we have plans to do even better.

As a new season is about to unfold, there is optimism surrounding all of the Cardinals’ 23 sports programs.  But in addition to the competitions, UofL Athletics has significant plans for the 2017-18 season to continue to enhance the experience of its student-athletes and beloved Cardinal fans.

“UofL has a great record of achievements of which to be proud,” said Athletics Director Tom Jurich. “But I’m never satisfied with where we’ve been. We have big plans for where we’re going. Innovation is our expectation.  To take the future, we have to make it. My job is to make our students successful in college and in life and that is why we’re going to relentlessly focus on high-impact initiatives.”

 

There is a focus on improvements across three main areas: our students, our university and our community, as noted below.

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Our Students

1. Improve Graduation Rates: We will strive to improve graduation rates for student-athletes to achieve UofL’s highest figures ever for federal graduation rates and NCAA Graduation Success Rates, surpassing national averages.  Over the last 13 years, graduation rates for UofL student-athletes have risen 17 percent, improving from 48 percent for the freshman class who entered UofL in 1997-98 to a 65 percent graduation rate in the most recent 2009-10 figures released last year.  UofL student-athletes achieved a record 83 percent graduation rate in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report, which accounts for transfers into the university who graduate and those who leave in good academic standing.  The Cardinals’ GSR, most recently reported for freshmen who entered in the 2009-10 academic year, has risen 17 percent since the reporting began 12 years ago.

2. Increased Focus on Academics:  We will expand programming and usage of the Thornton’s Academic Center of Excellence.  Opened in August 2016, the over 40,000-square-foot center features tutorial areas, a high-performance training table to feed student-athletes, computer laboratories, and office and classroom space that serve over 750 student-athletes across the Cardinals’ 23 sports on a daily basis.  Programmatic use and scheduling will include additional team meetings, NCAA Coaches Examinations, forums, orientation and graduation activities.  Two new backdrops and an expanded video and audio system installed this year in the more than 200-seat auditorium will provide additional opportunities for large gatherings.

3. Provide the Best Support For Student-Athletes:  We will maximize the L-Care comprehensive student support system, providing programming that encourages enhancements academically, athletically and emotionally.  From athletic trainers, nutritionists, sports performance coaches, physicians and nurses to  learning specialists, counselors, psychologists, athletic department administrators, Louisville athletes will have the best available. Bar none.

4. Ensure the Best Nutrition:  We will enhance food and beverage benefits for student-athletes, with a focus on nutrition.  Gatorade fueling stations have been installed in athletic training facilities at six locations and will be enhanced with satellite stations in other facilities to provide pre- and post-workout snacks, recovery beverages, shakes, vitamins, fruits, yogurt, jerky and smoothies made fresh by the Cardinals’ nutrition staff. By providing the optimal nutrition regimen for our student-athletes, they can perform at their best on the field and in the classroom.

5. Attention to Injury Prevention:  We will use advanced technology to provide injury prevention and maximize practice time. UofL has expanded its Performance Analytics Division with the use of over 100 devices that student-athletes wear during practice sessions to analyze data, particularly with the Cardinals’ Olympic field sports and women’s basketball team.

6. Jobs for Graduates:  We will strengthen student-athlete career services by collaborating with the University of Louisville campus career centers to operate the most successful joint job fair for current students and alumni of the university.

7. Increased Opportunities for Women:  We will expand UofL’s Women of Influence program that provides mentoring and networking opportunities for UofL female student-athletes with professional women in the Louisville community. Two events are planned for the fall. We will also continue to invest in gender equity programming and women’s sports to ensure that female athletes are provided optimal support.

8. Increased student involvement with the NCAA:  UofL’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will increase its engagement with athletics staff regarding evaluation and feedback of new and proposed NCAA rules.  Specifically, the NCAA’s new Time Management Plan regulations that are in place for the coming season will need valued input from the student-athletes they are meant to aid.

Our Community

9. Give Back To the City of Louisville:  We will increase participation in community service and community engagement.  UofL has ranked among the top five in the nation in the NCAA Team Works Challenge, which measures community service hours each of the last two years, including last year when Cardinal student-athletes amassed over 11,000 service hours through its CardsCARE community outreach program.  This year, student-athletes will further develop their relationship with community partners through volunteering their time, specifically with Metro Parks Adapted Sports and Recreation, Norton Children’s Hospital and JCPS Elementary Schools in the Louie’s Fit Friends program.

10. Close the “Coming Full Circle” Campaign:  We will complete the state-of-the-art football expansion project by the opening game of the 2018 season.  UofL’s “Coming Full Circle” expansion includes 10,000 new seats in the north end zone of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with club seats, premium boxes, field level suites and mid-level and field-level clubs. This new design will provide the best “in the huddle” experience in college football and we cannot wait to share that excitement with our fans. The student-athlete will also have a best-in-class facility. The Schnellenberger football complex will add an additional 100,000 square feet of training and meeting space.  Construction will continue throughout the upcoming football season.

11. Continue to Provide Best-in-Class Facilities: In the last 20 years, athletics has made over $300M in capital improvements. In addition to the PJCS expansion, we will expand the volleyball arena and baseball stadium.  We will complete a renovation of our volleyball home facility and prepare a strategy for a major baseball stadium expansion.  UofL chose to move its volleyball matches back to campus and a renovation of Cardinal Arena will provide an enhanced home court with new seating and two new balconies to create an electrified home atmosphere.  The Cardinals reached their fourth College World Series in the last 10 years last season.  New and unique seating opportunities will be explored in the expansion project for Jim Patterson Stadium.  UofL will introduce reserved chairback seating at Jim Patterson Stadium for the first time starting with the 2018 season, with season ticket options being offered soon.  UofL is in the process of building a television control room and studio for the 2019 launch of the ACC Network.

12. Listen To Our Fans:  We will continue to be attentive to the needs of our fans. We have surveyed and gained their thoughts on how we can be better.  This season, we are launching a new and improved fan-friendly app that will allow mobile ticket transfer with ease.  Additionally, the CardsMobile app will provide direct access to UofL Athletics information, photos, videos, convenient ticketing options, event participation opportunities and other features (get it here for iOS or Android).  This is just the first of many updates that will occur to ensure our fans are served at the highest level.

Our University

13. Continue to Invest in our Institution: Athletics brings over $30M in tuition, room, board and books into the university annually for student-athletes and participants in athletics groups such as band and spirit. We will continue to be a conduit for growth for our faculty, staff and students. Many competing schools have tuition waivers, but we are committed to the future of this university.

14. Leverage Our Partnerships: Since entering the ACC in 2014, UofL Athletics continues to focus on harnessing the value of its accomplishments by delivering those benefits to the university overall. Future partnerships and activation with adidas, Learfield and the ACC will be no different. It is our intention to bring the best to our athletes and trend-setting opportunities for our students and our faculty.

“Our ultimate goal is to be the preeminent program, the model of how things should be done. Here, we can go beyond greatness together to be better all the time, every time.” – Tom Jurich

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LouisvilleKY sees Impressive Year for its Cardinals Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 

 

Louisville, KY., – The University of Louisville’s appearance in the College World Series will cap off a terrific 2016-17 season for the Cardinals. Lofty team finishes, impressive individual achievements and nationally recognized academic success have highlighted UofL’s extremely productive academic year.

 

18 NCAA PARTCIPANTS — Eighteen UofL sports – 10 men’s and eight women’s – had teams or individuals participate in NCAA postseason competition in 2016-17.  Baseball has won a school-record 52 games and has advanced to its fourth College World Series, including its third in the last five years.  UofL’s men’s soccer team was the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight. UofL’s women’s cross country advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history.  Louisville’s women’s swimming team finished sixth in the nation with Mallory Comerford sharing the 200-free NCAA championship with Katie Ledecky.  The Cardinals’ men’s swimming team finished 11th in the NCAA Championship.

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UofL’s women’s basketball team reached the NCAA Sweet 16, their its in the last seven years.  UofL’s men’s basketball team made its 42nd NCAA Tournament appearance and is one of just four schools that have 15 straight 20-win seasons.  The Cardinals had individuals compete in the NCAA indoor and outdoor men’s and women’s track and field competition, led by Edwin Kibichiy’s national championship in the 3,000 meter steeplechase as the men finished 22nd in the nation in the outdoor meet. Football competed in the New Year’s Eve Citrus Bowl.  The Cards’ field hockey, men’s tennis and women’s lacrosse teams competed in the NCAA Tournament.  UofL’s women’s golf team participated in the NCAA regional and the Cardinals had individuals compete in men’s tennis, men’s golf and men’s cross country, with Kibichiy finishing eighth in the NCAA Cross Country Championship.

 

A DOZEN RANKED TEAMS – A dozen sports were ranked among the nation’s top 25 during the year, including 10 that were among the national leaders in their respective final rankings.  Louisville was one of only three schools in the nation with its football and men’s and women’s basketball programs all ranked among the Associated Press’ final top 25 teams.  Positioned among the nationally ranked teams were baseball (sixth USA Today; in progress), men’s basketball (10th AP, 14th USA Today), women’s basketball, (13th AP, 12th USA Today), football (21st AP, 22nd USA Today), women’s lacrosse (19, US, Lacrosse, 20th IWLCA), men’s soccer (sixth NSCAA), field hockey (ninth NFHCA), men’s swimming (eighth CSCAA), women’s swimming (11th CSCAA), and men’s track and field (22nd NCAA).  Women’s rowing and women’s soccer also achieved a top 25 national ranking at some point through their season.

 

UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL HONORS – Four Cardinals reached the pinnacle of their sports this season and earned lofty personal recognition.  Quarterback Lamar Jackson became the youngest winner of the Heisman Trophy – college football’s highest honor — while amassing a school-record 1,571 yards rushing, 5,114 yards of total offense, 21 rushing touchdowns and 30 TDs through the air.  Jackson also became the first Cardinal to earn AP, Walter Camp and Maxwell player of the year honors. Pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay, who is the Cardinals’ career strikeout leader and a potent cleanup hitter, has already won national player of the year awards from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.  It is the first time in history that one university has featured both the Heisman Trophy winner and the Baseball America Player of the Year in the same academic year.

 

Two Cardinals won individual NCAA titles.  ACC Swimmer of the Year Mallory Comerford, who holds eight UofL records, tied for the NCAA Championship in the 200 meter freestyle with Olympic champion Katie Ledecky.  The 2016 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Men’s Cross Country, senior distance runner Edwin Kibichiy won the NCAA outdoor title in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

 

APR EXCELLENCE — Six University of Louisville athletic teams — men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s and women’s golf and men’s tennis – received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the most recent four-year period from 2012-16, including five teams with perfect scores.  Cardinal athletic teams posted a collective 3.18 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year, with 19 of 23 teams achieving a 3.0 or better for the 2017 spring semester.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE LEADERS — UofL student-athletes amassed over 11,000 service hours through its CardsCARE community outreach program during the 2016-17 year, a total which ranked among the top five in the nation in the NCAA Team Works Challenge.

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FACILITY EXPANSION – While already possessing an array of playing venues that are among the finest in the nation, UofL is in the midst of one expansion project and is planning another.  On the heels of completing the new 40,000-square-foot Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence, the Cardinals broke ground on the expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  Included in the Coming Full Circle project that will enclose the north end zone are another 10,000 seats that include 1,000 club seats, 70 premium boxes, and 12 exclusive field level suites and the Pepsi Club, a premium low-level club.  The football complex will undergo dramatic changes doubling the size of the team’s weight room and conditioning center, creating space for team workouts, a players lounge, improvements for coaches’ offices and the team locker room, and expansive theatre-style meeting areas.  UofL is also in the early stages of a major expansion project for Jim Patterson Stadium, home of the Omaha-bound Cardinals’ baseball team.

 

NATIONAL PROMINENCE — Louisville ranks 19th in the nation in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup national all-sports standings through all winter sports.  The Cardinals are one of four ACC universities among the top 20 in the nation and one of seven ACC schools in the top 35.  UofL has finished among the upper half of the league in each of its initial three years in the ACC.

 

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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 

Story from uoflnews.com

 

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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