COVID-19 slices into U of L’s sports broadcast production Friday, Sep 11 2020 

By Katie Volpentesta — 

The COVID-19 crisis has forced one sports television crew that normally does 100 home games a semester, to only do 14 this fall.

Over the past several months, the University of Louisville’s sports broadcasting department has made some necessary changes to safely broadcast all U of L home sports events. U of L’s ACC Network, the team responsible for all sports broadcast production at the university, has taken precautions and is doing their best to combat the uncertainty regarding college sports today.

Like most companies and organizations, ACCN is taking extra steps to ensure of the safety of their staff.

“We have changed to a full mask policy, taking temperatures when crew arrives, staggered crew calls and face shields,” said Bobby Blankenship, ACCN’s Assistant Director of TV Production. “We’re lucky because our control rooms are already very large, so it allows some positions to naturally social distance.”

In a normal year, home games would already be underway. This year, however, the first home game is on Sept. 12.

Game schedules have been cut down as much as possible, leaving only fourteen home broadcasts this fall. Last year, there were about 100 home broadcasts in the fall semester—a completely different dynamic for those who work at ACCN.

With fluctuating COVID-19 case numbers, U of L and ACCN have to be prepared to continue with or cancel broadcasts in situations where employees or their family members get sick with COVID.

“[If] they aren’t able to work based on temp/self-health assessment, we have a plan for their backup or how you do a broadcast with a camera down or a replay operator down,” Executive Director of TV Production, Jeremy Noe said.

Additionally, ACCN is working to limit personnel on-site at games this fall.

“For the first time ever, we will be producing football national broadcasts from our facility here on campus,” Noe said. “We have been deep diving into what it takes to do not only a football big screen show, but also putting out a quality football broadcast out of our facility all the while staying safe and healthy for our crew members.”

By creating new fiber paths, testing camera locations, and updating hardware and software, ACCN can do their best to create a broadcast just as successful as pre-COVID-19 broadcasts.

Despite the difficulties and uncertainties, Noe, Blankenship and the rest of U of L’s ACC Network continue to have a positive outlook.

“We don’t see any policies related to COVID-19 sticking after the pandemic,” Blankenship said. Like all of us, ACCN looks forward to putting the days of COVID-19 behind them.

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Lamar Jackson Heisman bobblehead now available Saturday, Mar 21 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring Lamar Jackson in the Heisman Trophy pose in his Louisville Cardinal uniform the morning of March 19.

The bobbleheads are being produced for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum by Forever Collectibles, an official licensee and manufacturer of Louisville Cardinals and NCAA merchandise.

“Lamar’s bobbleheads have been among the most popular we’ve had over the past year and we kept getting requests for a Louisville bobblehead,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We think this bobblehead of Lamar in the Heisman pose turned out great and will be a fan favorite for Lamar’s fans in Louisville, Baltimore and across the country.”

These new bobbleheads are now available for pre-sale through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s online store. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered up to 2,020 and will cost $40 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order and will ship to customers in July.

Photo courtesy of The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

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Nwora propelled Cardinals past Golden Eagles Friday, Jan 31 2020 

By John McCarthy —

The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team defeated the Boston College Golden Eagles 86-69 Jan. 29 at the Silvio Conte Forum. 

This is the sixth straight in-conference win for Louisville (18-3, 9-1). They have not lost a game since Jan. 4 when Florida State downed the Cardinals at home. Florida State and Duke both sit a game and a half back from Louisville in the ACC standings heading into February.

Junior Jordan Nwora chalked one up first for the Cardinals, hitting a mid-range jumper. Seconds later, Nwora sank another jump shot off an assist by graduate Fresh Kimble. Junior Darius Perry was next to mark the scoreboard with a contested layup in traffic. 

Freshman Jay Heath hit two three-pointers for Boston College (10-11, 4-6). Perry answered with a three-pointer of his own. After a 6-0 Boston College run beginning at the 16:34 mark, Louisville began to fire back. 

Perry bottomed another three-pointer to silence the Golden Eagles run. A minute later, Nwora sank a three-pointer off an assist by freshman David Johnson.

Johnson has been a much-needed spark of the Cardinals bench, providing vital assists to fuel Louisville’s offense. 

With 8:49 left in the first half, Nwora made a free-throw to tie the game 25-25. The Cardinals finished the half shooting 4-5 from deep, helping them take the lead at halftime 45-43.

In the second half, the seasoned dominance of Louisville took center stage. 

Senior Dwayne Sutton got the Cardinals started by converting both of his free-throws. A minute later, Nwora fought for two offensive rebounds in a single possession, on the second offensive rebound he tipped the ball in for two.

This momentum-swinging moment brought the Cardinals together. 

Senior Steven Enoch showed the same class of hustle soon after, grabbing an offensive board and tipping the ball in for two. 

At the 15:30 mark, Johnson stole the ball from the Boston College offense and made a timely pass to Nwora for the transition dunk. 

With five minutes left to play, freshman Samuell Williamson and Senior Ryan McMahon swished back to back three-pointers to solidify the lead for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals offense chemistry was too much for the Golden Eagles.

Nwora dazzled with 37 points and nine rebounds. Sutton had 10 points and three rebounds. Perry contributed 14 points and a pair of assists. Johnson dished out six assists and grabbed eight boards. 

The Cardinals will travel to North Carolina State Feb. 1 to play the Wolfpack at PNC Arena at 2 p.m. on ESPN. 

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No. 7 Louisville defeated Duke Monday, Jan 6 2020 

By Cole Emery —

Louisville won in the final moments against Duke 60-55 on Jan. 5. Junior Dana Evans made the go-ahead three-pointer with 28 seconds left in the game to secure the victory for the Cardinals.

Duke started off hot leading the Cardinals 22-12 after the first quarter.

Louisville was able to bring their deficit to seven points by halftime thanks to a solid defense.

Even though the Cardinals trailed for the majority of the game, they were able to outscore Duke during the second, third and fourth quarters.

The Bluedevils struggled to score and hold onto the ball during the fourth quarter. They were only able to capitalize on four of their 14 shots during the fourth quarter and turned the ball over twice.

After the Evans three-pointer, senior Bionca Dunham made the two clutch free-throws to secure the victory for the Cardinals.

Senior Jazmine Jones surpassed the 1,000 point mark for her career during this game. Jones finished with her career-high in points with 26. She also racked up 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals for the game.

Jones is the 30th player to do this in a career for the Cardinals, and she is only 12 points away from reaching the 29th spot in school history.

The Cards will be defending their undefeated record in the ACC when they face off against No. 23 Miami Jan. 9 at the Watsco Center at 8:00 p.m.

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

By Cole Emery —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bulldogs took the lead into halftime 14-10.

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

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

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

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

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

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No. 3 Louisville suffers tough OT loss against rival Wildcats Saturday, Dec 28 2019 

By Cole Emery —

The No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats won in overtime fashion against the Louisville Cardinals 78-70 in Lexington’s Rupp Arena on Dec. 28.

This game marked the 53rd match up for the two programs.

The Battle for the Bluegrass began with a slow start to start the game. The Cards are able to get inside early with a dunk by senior Dwayne Sutton assisted by senior Ryan McMahon.

The game remained scoreless for three minutes early in the half until freshman Tyrese Maxey hits a three-pointer to give UK (8-3, 0-0) their first lead.

Both teams were playing intelligent defense as the first free throw shot came with eight minutes remaining in the first half after junior Jordan Nwora is able to get his first points on the board.

Typically successful from beyond the arc, the Cardinals only made one three-pointer in the first half as they went 1-11.

While the Cards (11-1, 2-0) were able to put up 31 shots compared to the Wildcats 23, the Cats take a 32-24 lead going into halftime.

Junior Steven Enoch and Sutton were able to put up six points a piece for the Cards. Maxey racked up 13 points, four rebounds and an assist for the Cats in the first half.

The Cats begin the second half fouling a lot more than the first half. Maxey racks up his third foul with 17:00 left in the game, and is forced to go to the bench. Louisville will reach the bonus with 14:30 left in the game.

Despite the foul trouble, UK is able to take their lead to 12 points. Then the Cardinals are able to put together a 15-2 run against the Cats to fight back into the game.

Graduate Fresh Kimble and Enoch make some clutch three-pointers to keep the game close at the end.

With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Maxey is able to make an extremely acrobatic layup to give the Wildcats a 62-60 lead. Kimble is able to drive the lane and make an impressive layup even though there was a defensive shot interference call on the play. The basket took the Cards into overtime.

Nwora hit his first three-pointer with 2:20 left in the game to put the Cardinals up 68-65. Junior Nick Richards scored six points in the last minute of overtime to secure the victory for the Wildcats 78-70.

For the Cards, Enoch finished the game with 18 points and five rebounds, and Sutton finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

For the Cats, Maxey finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and an assist, and Richards finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cards have not won at Rupp Arena in 13 years.

Louisville will face off against in-conference contender Florida State on Jan. 4, 2020 at the KFC YUM! Center at 2:00 p.m.

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Louisville Ranked No. 5 in AP Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll Monday, Oct 21 2019 

from University of Louisville Sports Information

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press men’s basketball preseason poll released on Monday.

It is the highest the Cardinals have been ranked in the preseason since 2013 when UofL opened the year ranked third in the Associated Press and USA Today polls.  It is the fifth time in the last 10 years that UofL has been ranked among the top 10 preseason.

Louisville has been ranked in the Associated Press poll on 632 occasions, sixth most all-time.  This is the 127th time the Cardinals have been ranked in the top five of the AP poll.

Louisville is one of only five schools to be ranked in the AP Top 25 poll at least once during each of the past 17 seasons, excluding preseason polls (others: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina).

UofL will face Bellarmine in an exhibition game on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.  Louisville opens its season on Nov. 5 at ACC foe Miami, the earliest opening game ever for the Cardinals and the first time since 1981 they have played a conference opponent to open the season.

Season tickets for the Cardinals’ 19 home games in the KFC Yum! Center are available now.  This year, seats throughout much of the arena have been reduced in price. Season tickets guarantee the best seating locations, allow access to the biggest match ups prior to the general public, and provide savings on a per game basis.  Season ticket packages are available online at www.GoCards.com/MBBtickets.  Additional information is available by calling the UofL ticket office at 502-852-5151, emailing tickets@gocards.com, or by visiting the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street.

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