LouisvilleKY’s Fourth Street Live! to host Coaches shows Thursday, Aug 17 2017 


Bobby Petrino’s first show will air live from The Sports & Social Club on Wednesday August 30, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm


Louisville, KY   Attention all Louisville Cardinal fans! Fourth Street Live!’s own Sports and Social Club will be the new site for both the Rick Pitino and Bobby Petrino radio shows.


Historically held at Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill and Margarita Bar, the shows will now be moving into the Fourth Street Live! district. Fans are encouraged to join and may reserve seats by contacting the Sports and Social Club beforehand.

fourth street live

The Sports and Social Club is a large venue that can accommodate numerous guests and has tiered seating allowing for every attendee to have a prime spot. Guests will have the opportunity to ask the coaches questions by jotting them down on a form located on each table, for a chance to be answered on air.


These shows will frequently feature special guests, such as players, who will be announced before show time.

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The Sports and Social Club also offers food, drinks, and entertainment—such as bowling (open before and after each show) and UofL trivia nights.


For those attending, free parking will be available in the Fourth Street Live! garage—which is adjacent to Fourth Street Live!—located on Fifth St. between Liberty St. and Muhammad Ali Blvd.


“This is an exciting environment that we feel will be the perfect location for the coaches to carry out their highly anticipated shows,“ said Ed Hartless, president of Fourth Street Live!. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come and participate by supporting Louisville teams and asking questions of the coaches.”


He added: “Hosting it at The Sports and Social Club also allows for attendees to enjoy the surrounding atmosphere of Fourth Street Live! before and after shows.”

Bobby Petrino’s first show—which will preview the Cards’ first game of the season against Purdue University—will air, live, on Wednesday August 30, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm. This is the first of 12 one-hour shows, with the remaining dates listed below. Rick Pitino’s show dates will be announced closer to basketball season.


All shows will air live on 84 WHAS radio.


To book reservations, please call The Sports and Social Club: 502-568-1400


Dates for the Bobby Petrino Radio Show:


7:00-8:00pm at Fourth Street Live! in The Sports and Social Club


Wednesday 8/30

Wednesday 9/6

Wednesday 9/13

Wednesday 9/20 (Location: Tavern on 4th)

Wednesday 9/27

Tuesday 10/3

Wednesday 10/11 (Location: Papa John’s Stadium)

Wednesday 10/18

Wednesday 10/25

Wednesday 11/8

Wednesday 11/15

Wednesday 11/22


The Sports and Social Club is located at 427 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202.


For more information on The Sports and Social Club, please visit www.thesportsandsocialclub.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



About Fourth Street Live!

Originating in 2004, Fourth Street Live! is located in the heart of downtown Louisville on 4th Street between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, just a short walk from most downtown hotels and attractions. During the past decade Fourth Street Live! has grown into the premier dining and entertainment district of Louisville, drawing over 4.5 million tourists and locals per year. Fourth Street Live! is home to nearly 20 different venues ranging in style and offerings. For more information visit www.4thstlive.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@4thstlive).


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UofL Adds Clear Bag Policy, Magnetic Wanding at LouisvilleKY Football Games Monday, Aug 14 2017 



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In the interest of augmenting existing security measures at football games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, University of Louisville Athletics will implement new security measures, including magnetic wanding at all entry gates and restricting the size and type of bag that may be carried into the stadium for home football games and concerts moving forward.


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.

Cards bag policy

To promote early entrance to the stadium, gates will open two hours prior to kickoff (1:30 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 for the first hour throughout the stadium (1:30-2:30 p.m.), and the special price will continue on the Norton Terrace only for the hour prior to kickoff (2:30-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 16).


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 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.


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.


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.


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 the UofL tobacco-free campus.


A complete list of permissible carry-in items for University of Louisville football games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium can be found at GoCards.com, or directly at this link:  http://gocards.com/sports/2015/3/26/GEN_20140101143.aspx

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LouisvilleKY Councilwomen to unveil new sign honoring the life and legacy of Jimmy Ellis Friday, Jul 7 2017 

Honorary sign to be unveiled on Saturday, July 8th at 11:30am 

Louisville – On Saturday, July 8th, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) will join the family, friends of the late Jimmy Ellis to unveil an honorary sign at 3rd Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard to commemorate his life and legacy.

“Metro Louisville is ready to show the world that Jimmy Ellis was another of our local sports greats. He left us all too soon,” says Sexton Smith. “He was a champion in the sport of boxing and an inspiration to many people young and old and both in an out of the professional boxing ring.”

The unveiling ceremony will take place at 11:30am.

Jimmy Ellis

The Honorary sign will serve as a connection and reminder that Ellis and the late Muhammad Ali were friends through life and sparring partners in the ring. Ellis fought him twice as an amateur, losing the first bout and winning the second.

In the sporting world of Boxing, he was a Heavyweight Champion, taking over the title in 1968 by winning an eight-man tournament held when Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title.

Born on February 24, 1940 in Louisville, Ellis was the son of Elizabeth and Walter Ellis, the Pastor at Riverview Baptist Church, and lived in the Smoketown neighborhood. He sang in the church choir and continued to be involved in the church all of his adult life.

After his boxing career ended, Jimmy Ellis continued his love for the sport through training others and during 1988 to 2003 worked at Louisville Metro Parks managing Athletic and Recreation programs.

He passed away on May 6, 2014.

Councilwoman Sexton Smith was the primary sponsor of the Resolution which called for the placement of honorary street signs at the southwest comer at the intersection of West Jefferson Street and Third Street and the southwest corner of West Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Third Street in Louisville, Kentucky, and so designated as “James “Jimmy” Ellis Honorary Way.” It was formally approved by the Metro Council on March 23rd of this year.

On Saturday, the Councilwoman will be joined by Mr. Ellis’ siblings, children, friends and church choir members for the unveiling.

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Evening Racing tonight, Thursday and Friday Closes LouisvilleKY’s 2017 Spring Meet Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 

Friday’s Downs After Dark Ends Spring Meet with “Downs Does The Decades” Celebration

New Guest Chef Series @ Millionaires Row Features Chef Patrick Roney from Harvest

Louisville, KY., –  Racing moves to the evening this week for the final races of the 2017 Spring Meet, culminating on Friday night with night racing at Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka.

Wednesday and Thursday will feature $1 beers and gates will open at 4:00 p.m., with the first post at 5:00 p.m. On Friday, gates open at 5:00 p.m. with first post at 6:00 p.m.

Friday’s theme is Downs Does the Decades, so pick your favorite decade from the 1950s to the 1990s and look the part. In addition to Friday’s 11 live races and signature cocktails by Finlandia Vodka, guests will enjoy:

Photo by Rick Redding

Photo by Rick Redding

· Live Music and Dancing in the Plaza with Tony and the Tanlines from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; the Wannabeatles from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; and DJ Matt Anthony from 11:00 p.m. til close.

· Decades Fashion Contest on the Plaza Stage at 9:15. Judges from Nitty Gritty vintage store and Wave 3 News will select the winning costume from the 1950s – 1990s. The winner will receive tickets to September’s Downs After Dark and a gift card to Nitty Gritty.

· Eleven Foot Disco Ball in the Plaza created by Louisville’s “Board of Ballers” to raise community awareness of their quest to build the world’s largest disco ball in honor of Louisville’s history as the former top manufacturer of disco balls in the United States. The largest disco ball is currently 33 feet, set by the Bestival Music Festival on the Isle of Wright.

· Disco Dancing Demonstrations in the Plaza by Dance Louisville.

· Three Stakes Races include The Bashford Manor (GII) and Debutante (Listed) for 2-year-olds and Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes.
· Bet or No Bet will give one lucky fan in each race 6 – 9 the chance to wager $4,000 to win on the horse of their choice.

· Guest Chef Series @ Millionaires Row will feature a menu by celebrated chef Patrick Roney from Harvest Restaurant with spirit tastings by Finlandia Vodka. The new series is a separate ticketed event on Millionaire’s Row 6 for 250 guests and cost $149. Guests can mingle with the chef and enjoy reserved table seating, a specially decorated soft lounge area, a full bar package 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., access to the sixth floor balcony overlooking the finish line, music by WFPK’s Matt Anthony and a free racing program.

WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, June 28 & 29: Gates open at 4:00 p.m., first post at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 30: Gates open at 5:00 p.m., first post at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Churchill Downs Racetrack, 700 Central Ave, Louisville KY 40208

TICKETS: Available at www.churchilldowns.com

Wednesday and Thursday
o $3 General Admission – $74 Reserved Dining

Friday Downs After Dark
o $10 General Admission – $125 Reserved Dining
o $149 Guest Chef Series @ Millionaires Row

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The Cards return to LouisvilleKY following record setting season Friday, Jun 23 2017 

Story and photo from www.gocards.com

OMAHA, Neb. – Despite home runs from Brendan McKay and Logan Taylor, the No. 7 national seed Louisville baseball team was unable to overcome an early four-run deficit suffering a season-ending 4-3 loss to No. 6 TCU in a College World Series elimination game on Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

With the loss, the Cardinals closed their record-setting season with a 53-12 mark overall after making the program’s fourth CWS appearance, including the third in the last five seasons. Louisville set school record for victories in a season surpassing the previous record of 51 achieved in 2013 while also winning its opening game in Omaha for the first time in its four CWS berths. The 2017 season also included the program’s third straight ACC Atlantic Division championship and its first ever National Player of the Year.

Both McKay and Taylor connected for solo home runs, while Josh Stowers was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI as the Cardinals dropped their second straight CWS game when out-hitting an opponent after finishing with an 8-7 edge against the Horned Frogs (49-17). Devin Mann added two hits and scored once in the loss.

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TCU gained command early Thursday plating four runs on four hits, all with two outs, in the second inning. Elliott Barzilli started the rally with a single through the right side off freshman lefty Nick Bennett and after stealing both second and third, scored on a RBI double to left center from Connor Wanhanen. After being hit by a pitch, Josh Watson joined Wanhanen with stolen bases before Ryan Merrill drove both runners home with a RBI single to right. Following a pitching change, Austen Wade connected for a RBI single to drive Merrill home for the 4-0 lead.

The Cardinals started chipping away at the deficit with a run in the third inning on a RBI single from Stowers. Mann led off with a single to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor before scoring on the single to left by Stowers.

Louisville cut the margin to 4-2 in the fourth when McKay launched the first offering from TCU lefty starter Nick Lodolo into the right field seats for his 18th home run of the season. An inning later, Taylor led off the fifth inning by connecting for his second career home run and the first this season to narrow the gap to 4-3. The four-bagger for Taylor was his first since hitting a two-run shot against Cal State Fullerton in game two of the 2015 NCAA Super Regional on June 7, 2015.

After Louisville had garnered the momentum with a run in three straight innings, the Horned Frogs regained control with a call to the bullpen for Sean Wymer, who finished with five strikeouts and surrendered only two hits in 4.1 shutout innings of relief for the win. Wymer, who closed the game for TCU, moved to 6-4 on the season with the performance.

The Cardinals also received strong relief performances on Thursday starting with sophomore lefthander Adam Wolf, who had two strikeouts and just two hits in 3.1 innings of shutout work from the pen. Sophomore righty Sam Bordner added two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts and junior righthander Lincoln Henzman added a scoreless inning of work. Bennett suffered his first collegiate loss and dropped to 5-1 overall after allowing four runs on three hits with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

With Thursday’s win, TCU advances to face No. 3 Florida on Friday at 7 p.m., CT. The Horned Frogs will need two wins over the Gators to advance to the CWS Finals, while UF will need just one win to move ahead to the final round in Omaha.

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter (@UofLBaseball) at http://twitter.com/uoflbaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball.

• Louisville’s four-year seniors — Michael Bollmer, Colin Lyman, Jake Sparger, Ryan Summers and Logan Taylor – closed their careers with 200 wins (most for any four-year class in school history), two College World Series appearances, four NCAA Super Regionals and four regular season conference championships.
• The Cardinals have reached the 50-win plateau in four of the last five seasons, highlighted by the school record 53 wins in 2017.
• Louisville was chosen as a national seed for the third straight season and the fourth time in school history in 2017. The Cardinals also won their third straight ACC Atlantic Division championship.
• In the classroom, the Louisville baseball team registered a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 12th consecutive semester. The notable stretch of academic success has covered six years overall and has coincided with six straight NCAA Championship bids, five NCAA Super Regional appearances and three College World Series berths/
Brendan McKay, the highest MLB Draft selection in school history at No. 4 to the Tampa Bay Rays, concludes his Louisville career with a .328 batting average, 28 home runs and 132 RBI in 182 starts and 189 total appearances as a hitter. The 2017 season closed with a .341 average, 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 15 doubles and .457 on-base percentage. On the mound, the 2017 National Player of the Year is the school record holder in career (391) and single season (146) strikeouts while also ranking No. 2 in career wins (32) and career innings pitched (315.1) and No. 3 in career starts (47). The lefty capped his junior season with an 11-3 record and 2.56 ERA to go with the record-setting strikeout total.
• A First Team All-American, infielder Drew Ellis closed his third collegiate season as Louisville’s team leader in batting average (.355), home runs (20), doubles (18), and slugging percentage (.701).
• The 2017 NCBWA Stopper of the Year, junior Lincoln Henzman is ranked third in single season saves (16) and career saves (19) while also ranking 10th in career pitching appearances with 75. Henzman closed 2017 with a 3-0 record and 1.67 ERA to go with his 16 saves.
• ABCA Gold Glove honoree and two-time All-American shortstop Devin Hairston finished the 2017 season with just three errors and a .987 fielding percentage while starting all 65 games. He also hit .309 with three home runs, 52 RBI and 16 doubles.
• Sophomore Josh Stowers paced the offense in the NCAA Championship as the outfielder led the Cardinals with a .407 batting average, five doubles, nine RBI and a .778 slugging percentage in eight postseason games. Overall, Stowers closed the season with hitting .313 with six home runs, 34 RBI, 15 doubles and 22 stolen bases in 59 starts and 65 total appearances.
• Senior Logan Taylor departs Louisville ranked No. 4 in career games played with 238 and eighth in career stolen bases with 51. Taylor also made 139 total starts for the Cardinals.
• Sophomore Sam Bordner closed the season with a 0.41 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. The righthander did not allow a run in 22 of his 23 appearances this season, all out of the bullpen. In his four relief appearances in the NCAA Championship, Bordner did not surrender a hit or run and finished with 13 strikeouts with just two walks in 10.2 innings.
• During his 11 seasons at Louisville, head coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 10 NCAA Regional bids, seven regular season conference championships and 34 All-Americans. McDonnell is Louisville’s career wins leader and has accumulated a 509-203 record overall for a .714 winning percentage.

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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill downs unveils Kentucky Derby 144 Logo Tuesday, Jun 20 2017 


LOUISVILLE, KY  – Churchill Downs Racetrack has unveiled the official logo for the Kentucky Derby 144. SME, a New York-based marketing agency that has developed the official Derby and Oaks marks since 2007, designed the new logo.  The running of the 144th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands and will take place on May 5, 2018.


For the 144 event logo, SME created a design that immerses the viewer into the grandeur of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. With the iconic Twin Spires as the focal point in a striking brick red, a unique opportunity presented itself for the “144” to serve as the pitch in the roofline, supporting the Twin Spires and creating a sense of depth. A warm taupe badge establishes the mark, making it one that is quite unique from previous Kentucky Derby event logos.

Kentucky Derby 144 logo

The logo will be used on a wide variety of Kentucky Derby merchandise, including apparel for the whole family, glassware, jewelry and other collectibles and gift items. Official merchandise will be available online, at Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Louisville International Airport, the Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop and other retail outlets over the summer.


Churchill Downs will unveil a new Longines Kentucky Oaks logo later in the year.


About the Kentucky Derby

The $2 million Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  Inaugurated in 1875, the legendary 1 1/4-mile race for three-year-olds is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in North America and the first leg of horse racing’s challenging Triple Crown series. Also known as the “The Run for the Roses,” “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” and “America’s Race,” the Kentucky Derby is the most attended horserace in the nation, with nearly 160,000 attendees in 2017.


About SME, Inc,

SME (http://www.smebranding.com) is a strategic branding agency, specializing in connecting with audiences through powerful identity development. Founded in 1989, SME enjoys a stellar worldwide reputation of creative excellence, thought leadership and client service. SME’s client list includes some of the leading brands in global sports including the Atlanta Braves, Carolina Hurricanes, Miami Marlins and many more.

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LouisvilleKY’s interim university president: ‘We will appeal’ Thursday, Jun 15 2017 

Interim President Greg Postel’s statement on NCAA ruling:

Today, we received the ruling from the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Infractions in the case involving improper activities that took place in Billy Minardi Hall several years ago.

The committee has accepted our self-imposed penalties and levied additional severe penalties that we believe are excessive.

The entire UofL community is saddened by what took place. It never should have happened, and that is why the school acted to severely penalize itself in 2016. Today, however, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions went beyond what we consider to be fair and reasonable. We intend to appeal all aspects of the penalties.

The person responsible for these activities, Andre McGee, long ago left the university, and he has yet to cooperate with investigating officials. We are disappointed that he was not cooperative.

In contrast, UofL did cooperate. We wanted the NCAA Enforcement Staff to uncover what happened. We have been open and transparent throughout this process.


The NCAA knew how seriously the university treated this matter from the beginning. Once we had the facts and recognized what took place, we did the right thing by taking responsibility and imposing severe penalties on ourselves. We believe the penalties imposed today are unfair to the UofL community and our current and former student-athletes, many of whom have already paid a heavy price for actions that did not involve them. This ruling is also unfair to Coach Pitino, who we believe could not have known about the illicit activities.

This has been a very difficult period for UofL. I am confident that what happened here will never happen again. We have changed our recruitment procedures, imposed additional protections in the dorms and the staff has received additional training. It saddens me that these events took place. Nevertheless, the Committee on Infractions has gone too far and taken actions that are unwarranted. We will appeal.

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NCAA levels sanctions against LouisvilleKY’s Cardinals Thursday, Jun 15 2017 

 Story from NCAA.com
Emily James | NCAA.com
A former Louisville director of basketball operations acted unethically when he committed serious violations by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others, and did not cooperate with the investigation, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. The head men’s basketball coach violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules when he did not monitor the activities of his former operations director.

Penalties prescribed by the panel include four years of probation for the university; a suspension from the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games of the 2017-18 season for the head coach; a 10-year show-cause order for the former operations director; a one-year show-cause order for a former program assistant; a vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014; men’s basketball scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions; a fine of $5,000, plus the university must return money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012 to 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. The panel also accepted the university’s self-imposed 2015-16 postseason ban.



The former operations director was integral to on-campus recruiting and regularly interacted with visiting prospects. The head coach hired him and placed him in Minardi Hall, a dorm where the basketball team lived, to make sure it was run properly and watch for any potential NCAA violations. By his own admission, the head coach and his assistants did not interact with prospects from 10 p.m. until the next morning.  The panel noted that the head coach essentially placed a peer of the student-athletes in a position of authority over them and visiting prospects, and assumed that all would behave appropriately in an environment that was, for all practical purposes, a basketball dorm.

This arrangement played a role in creating a location where the former operations director’s activities went undetected. The operations director arranged adult entertainment and/or sex acts for 15 prospects, three enrolled student-athletes, a friend visiting with one of the prospects and two nonscholastic coaches. At least seven, and perhaps as many as 10, of the 15 prospects were under the age of 18 at the time. None of the prospects visiting campus knew that the activities would occur and none of them expected the activities to occur on their visits. Some of them expressed surprise and discomfort at what transpired. The panel noted it has not previously encountered a case like this, and that the violations were severe and were intended to provide a substantial recruiting advantage for the university.

“Without dispute, NCAA rules do not allow institutional staff members to arrange for stripteases and sex acts for prospects, enrolled student-athletes and/or those who accompany them to campus,” said the panel in its decision.

The head coach failed to monitor the former operations director when he created the residential environment in which the violations occurred and trusted the former operations director to follow the rules, and delegated monitoring of the former operations director to his assistant coaches without appropriate oversight. The head coach noted his assistant coaches were responsible for monitoring the former operations director. When asked during the investigation, the assistant coaches were unaware of this responsibility. The panel noted that a head coach does not meet his monitoring responsibility by simply trusting an individual to know NCAA rules and to do the right thing.

The former operations director violated multiple NCAA rules when he arranged the activities, including the violation of ethical conduct rules. The panel noted those rules require all staff members to act with honor and dignity, but he instead created an environment that has no place on a college campus.

“NCAA members agree that schools must provide a safe, healthy and positive environment for their student-athletes, not only academically, but in all facets of their lives,” said the panel. “The former operations director, the individual entrusted to keep order at Minardi Hall, created an environment that has no place on a college campus and was directly at odds with college athletics and higher education.”

The former operations director also violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he did not cooperate and refused to consent to interviews or provide requested records to the NCAA enforcement staff during the investigation.

A former program assistant also failed to fully cooperate in the investigation when he refused to provide requested phone records to the enforcement staff. The records in question were relevant to the investigation and could have helped determine if the former assistant was involved in an incident after the former operations director took a new job at a different school.

Because the violations occurred both before and after the new infractions process, the panel compared the previous penalty structure to the current structure to determine which is more lenient, as outlined in the rule change. After reviewing, the panel determined the previous structure was more lenient and prescribed the following measures:

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
  • Four years of probation from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2021.
  • A suspension from the first five ACC games of the 2017-18 season for the head coach. During the suspension, the head coach may not be present in the arena where the games are played and have no contact with the student-athletes or members of his coaching staff. The head coach also may not participate in any activities including, but not limited to, team travel, practice, video study and team meetings.
  • A 10-year show-cause period for the former operations director from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2027. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the former coach must restrict him from holding any athletically related duties and from having any contact with prospects and their families.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the former program assistant from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2018. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him can schedule an appearance before a panel of the COI to determine whether he should be subject to show-cause provisions.
  • A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014. The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
  • A reduction in men’s basketball scholarships by two during the 2016-17 year (self-imposed by the university). Additionally, the university must reduce men’s basketball scholarships by four over the probation period. The university may take the reductions during any year of that period.
  • A prohibition of men’s basketball coaching travel during the April 2016 recruiting period, which resulted in a reduction of men’s basketball recruiting opportunities by 30 (self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction of recruiting travel during the July 2016 recruiting period by six days (self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction in the number of men’s basketball official visits to a total of 10 during the 2015-16 year. Additionally, the university will have no more than a total of 16 visits during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 years (self-imposed by the university).
  • During the probation period, men’s basketball prospects on unofficial visits may not stay overnight in any campus dorms or school-owned property.
  • A disassociation of the former operations director (self-imposed by the university). The public decision describes the details of his disassociation.
  • A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university). The university must also return to the NCAA the money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. Future revenue distributions that are scheduled to be provided to the university from those tournaments also must be withheld by the conference and forfeited to the NCAA.
  • A postseason ban for the men’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season (self-imposed by the university).

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are William Bock III, attorney in private practice; Carol Cartwright, chief hearing officer for the panel and president emeritus at Kent State and Bowling Green; Greg Christopher, athletics director at Xavier; Thomas Hill, senior policy advisor to the president of Iowa State; Stephen A. Madva, attorney in private practice; Joseph D. Novak, former head football coach at Northern Illinois; and Larry Parkinson, director of enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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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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Cards to Get Purdue in Big Ten/ACC Challenge Thursday, Jun 8 2017 

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The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face Purdue for the second straight year in the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.  Dates, times and television will be announced later.

Ranked 15th nationally in the final Associated Press and USA Today polls last season, Purdue achieved a 27-8 record, won its 23rd Big Ten regular-season championship and reached the NCAA Tournament where it fell to Kansas in the Midwest Region semifinal.  Six of its top seven scorers return, led by 6-8 senior forward Vincent Edwards (12.6 ppg, 4.9 apg), 7-2 senior center Isaac Haas (12.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and 6-0 sophomore guard Carsen Edwards (10. ppg).

The teams met in last year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge when Louisville prevailed over then No. 15 Purdue 71-64 in the KFC Yum Center (12–30-16) as Ray Spalding (11 points, nine rebounds) and Mangok Mathiang (11 points, eight rebounds) led a balanced UofL effort.  Louisville has won two of its three previous challenge events since joining the ACC.  The Cardinals fell 71-67 at No. 3 Michigan State in 2014 and beat No. 14 Ohio State 64-55 in Louisville in 2015.

Purdue has an 11-6 all-time series advantage over Louisville, winning three of the last four matchups. The Cardinals last visited West Lafayette in 1987, falling 88-73 to the Boilermakers (1-18-87).

Louisville has received attention among many early top 25 rankings for next season.  Last season, the Cardinals posted a 25-9 record, tied for second in the ACC and earned a No. 10 ranking in the final Associated Press poll.  UofL is one of just four teams that have won 20 or more games in each of the last 15 seasons.  The Cardinals have received an Academic Performance Rate Public Recognition Award each of the last five years, including posting a perfect score the last four years.

The matchups for the 19th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, to be played in late November, the reigning NCAA national champions, is among the participants in this year’s event. The Challenge matches all 14 Big Ten teams against all but one ACC member. Dates, network assignments and tip times will be announced at a later date.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the event, with all games also available to stream via the ESPN app.

Seven teams are ranked in Myron Metcalf’s ESPN.com way-too-early preseason top 25 poll: No. 3 Michigan State, No. 5 Duke, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 10 Louisville, No. 12 Miami, No. 20 Northwestern and No. 21 Notre Dame.  Fifteen teams competed in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, including nine from the ACC: NCAA champion North Carolina; Sweet 16 teams Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, as well as early-round participants Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule

Northwestern at Georgia Tech

Duke at Indiana

Notre Dame at Michigan State

Miami at Minnesota

Penn State at NC State

Boston College at Nebraska

Michigan at North Carolina

Clemson at Ohio State

Louisville at Purdue

Florida State at Rutgers

Maryland at Syracuse

Wisconsin at Virginia

Iowa at Virginia Tech

Illinois at Wake Forest

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