U of L set to reopen some athletic facilities near end of May Friday, May 22 2020 

By John McCarthy —

The University of Louisville announced May 21 that they will open their doors for voluntary workouts. Beginning June 8 the Trager Center, Schnellenberger Football Complex and Planet Fitness Kueber Center will be utilized for workouts during the first phase of the university’s return to athletic training.

Facilities for student-athletes will be up and running, just in time for the online summer semester which begins June 2. This makes U of L the first school in the ACC to make this move for their athletics department.

During a press conference, U of L athletic director Vince Tyra spoke on behalf of the university regarding the reopening.

“We have worked very closely with our campus leadership, medical professionals and coaching staffs to prepare a comprehensive plan for a safe return to campus for our student-athletes to participate in voluntary activities,” Tyra said.

Tyra said the number of student-athletes that arrive on campus will be limited and divided into phases. 45 student-athletes–30 football players and 15 men’s and women’s basketball players– will arrive at campus beginning May 27. Testing for COVID-19 and physical examinations for those athletes will begin on June 3. They will be available to participate in voluntary workouts once they have passed the examinations.

This move toward normalcy by U of L comes nearly eleven weeks after all athletic competition was suspended on March 17 due to COVID-19.

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The ACC cancels athletic activities for the rest of 2019-20 academic year Thursday, Mar 19 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The ACC made the decision to cancel sporting activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year March 17. Previously, the ACC decided to suspend all athletic activities until further notice, but a unanimous decision was made in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

“Our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of other during these uncharted time,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”

U of L’s Director of Athletics, Vince Tyra, addressed Cardinal fans March 16 and said, “We are in this business because we are driven to see results. We are competitors at heart, but right now that’s impossible to do. Our focus right now needs to be on how we can console, motivate and guide those around us – and to use this time to lay the critical groundwork for our next, best chapter. I am so proud of the student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans that call themselves Louisville Cardinals.”

“Our program is no stranger to adversity and rising to the next challenge is part of the Cardinals’ DNA,” Tyra said. “We will get through this together and I believe our best days are ahead of us.”

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Madness in March Monday, Mar 16 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The madness continued as COVID-19 caused the NCAA to cancel all remaining spring and winter championships March 12.

This cancellation will affect more than just the men and women’s basketball tournaments, as this time of the year is one of the busiest times for college sports.

The other NCAA championships cancelled due to coronavirus are: bowling, fencing, men and women’s ice hockey, men and women’s indoor track, men and women’s gymnastics, rifle, skiing, men and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, baseball, beach volleyball, men and women’s golf, men and women’s lacrosse, rowing, softball, men and women’s tennis, men and women’s outdoor track, men’s volleyball and women’s water polo.

The NCAA was believed to be searching for postponement options but continued to run into logistical issues. With a growing number of universities around the country closing for the for foreseeable future, a definite timetable was not available and decisions had to be made.

Even though the NCAA cancelled all spring championships, they did not address regular-season competition. Many conferences have made the decision to suspend spring athletic competition until further notice, including the ACC, American, Atlantic Sun, Big 12, Big South, Big West, Conference USA, Colonial, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, NEC, Southland, Summit, Sun Belt, SWAC and WAC.

The conferences that announced the complete cancellation of spring seasons are: American East, Big East, Big Ten, Ivy League, MAAC, MEAC, the Patriot League and Stanford, independent of the rest of the Pac-12.

Another cancellation put into affect March 15 is the suspension of on- and off-campus recruiting for all Division I sports through April 15.

With all of the bad news the sports world is receiving, some good news has been given to help student-athletes. The NCAA is expected to grant eligibility relief for all student-athletes who participate in spring sports. A few amendments to the current rules related to scholarship and roster limits will have to occur but seems feasible due to the uniqueness of the situation. It will be more difficult to give eligibility relief to winter sports, since some teams had already completed their seasons while others were about to begin postseason play.

The Division I Council Committee will be discussing possibility of eligibility relief for winter-sports athletes, but it is too early to see how that will be structured.

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No. 7 Louisville rolled past Clemson in ACC bout Friday, Jan 3 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The Cardinals defeated Clemson 75-50 in their away ACC matchup at the Littlejohn Coliseum. 

Sophomore Elizabeth Balogun led the offensive charge for the Cards in the first quarter with effective shooting from the field and beyond the arc. Stout defensive play allowed Louisville (13-1, 2-0) to secure a double digit lead early in the game.

The second quarter opened up with a three point make by junior Dana Evans. Evans, who was coming off a poor performance against Syracuse, scored more effectively against Clemson. She hit four three-pointers in the second quarter alone.

The second half offered more effective shooting and defense from the Cards. Clemson (5-9, 1-2) outscored the Cards in the fourth quarter, but it was too late and not enough to make a difference.

Even though Clemson won the rebound battle for the evening, the Cardinals’ ability to shoot beyond the arc was too powerful of a weapon. Louisville converted 39% of their three-point shots, making 12 of them overall. 

Louisville was more effective as a passing team, racking up 14 team assists compared to only four team assists by Clemson. The Cards were also a force to be reckoned with on defense, fighting their way for eight steals and seven blocks.

Evans finished the game for the Cards with 27 points, four assists and three rebounds. Balogun put up 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and five blocks. 

Louisville will be facing off against the Duke Blue Devils at the KFC Yum! Center, Jan. 5 at 2:00 p.m.

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No. 7 Louisville grinds out win against Syracuse in ACC match-up Sunday, Dec 29 2019 

By John McCarthy

Louisville women’s basketball won 62-58 against the Syracuse Orange Dec. 29 at the KFC Yum! Center. 

This victory for the Lady Cardinals is their first win in conference play. 

In their last game, the Cardinals (12-1, 1-0) won a nail-biter at UT Martin in double overtime. This win over the Orange settled Louisville back into a rhythm at home in a friendly atmosphere. 

The Cardinals allowed three early three-pointers from Syracuse (6-6, 0-1), who have only shot 29% from the three-point line on the season coming into this afternoon’s game.

The Lady Cardinals struggled to get going in the first half. Junior Kiara Lewis sank 14 points for the Orange in the first quarter. Freshman Teisha Hyman also contributed 12 points, bringing the Orange to a score of 20-19 after the first quarter. 

Syracuse led by as many as six points throughout the first half. 

Louisville dominated the second and third quarters. The Lady Cardinals outscored the Orange by eight points in the second and third quarters. 

Senior Jazmine Jones led the Cardinals in scoring, going to halftime with 18 points on seven of nine shooting from the field. The other Lady Cardinals struggled in the second quarter, shooting only five of 29 from the field combined. 

The fourth quarter was a must-see ending to this Sunday afternoon battle. Sophomore Elizabeth Balogun contributed 13 points for the Cardinals. Balogun made a clutch put-back layup with 31 seconds left in the game and put Louisville up three. 

Jones scored 24 points and was one point away from her career-high for a game. 

The Cardinals were able to force a held ball and a turnover which ultimately led to this afternoon’s home victory. 

Being 1-0 in ACC conference play is a necessity for the Lady Cardinals in the upcoming week and a half. Louisville will travel to Clemson Jan. 2, then will return home to play Duke on Jan. 5, and on Jan. 9, they will travel to south Florida to face No. 24 Miami.

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Key players to watch in men’s basketball Tuesday, Nov 12 2019 

By Luke Graham —

Last year, there were no expectations for the Cards. Head coach Chris Mack impressed during his first year and seems like he will get the best out of his players.

Mack has real talent now and players are expected to perform.

Forward Jordan Nwora is the most talked-about Card and will be the scoring leader. He shot 45 percent from the field last year and 38 percent from behind the arc.

In his first game against Miami, he picked up right where he left off with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

His biggest issue last year was his defensive abilities. If he can improve his defense and ball-handling abilities, he has first-round NBA potential.

Freshman and McDonalds All-American Samuell Williamson looks like he will play a big role as well. He has the ability to be an infamous one-and-done, but if that’s the case, Cards fans hope to remember that one year as spectacular.

It seems that after the first game, he will get every opportunity to play and be a big player in Mack’s second year. He has already shown flashes of good offensive talent with an eye for the court and good defensive abilities.

Junior Malik Williams and senior Steven Enoch look to protect the basket and cause damage to it on the other. If Williams can come back from a broken foot, and Enoch can stay healthy and out of foul trouble, then they could be the key to advancing deep in “The Big Dance” in March.

This can only happen if they both stay healthy and aggressive.  They are forces down low and can determine a game by their defensive presence and offensive capabilities to finish and score.

The Cards need the McDonalds All-American to live up to the hype, Nwora to be the leader of the team and the big men in the paint and Williams and Enoch to stay healthy and on the court.

If all goes well, Cardinal fans could be in for an exciting year. The country has already taken notice of a No. 5 national ranking.

With teams like Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky on the schedule, Louisville’s key players will have to step up and play like some of the best guys in the country.  North Carolina top recruit Cole Anthony versus Williamson will be fun to watch this year.

Freshmen Matthew Hunt and Vernon Casey from Duke will be show stoppers too. This is the game that Enoch and Williams must show their experience and lockdown both young freshmen and show the country why Louisville should be on high alert.

The Cards look to face off against Youngstown State in their next game on Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Yum Center.

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Expectations swell Mack’s second year Saturday, Nov 9 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Opening his second season with the Cardinals, Chris Mack has already started to leave his mark with the Cardinals. Ranked No. 5 nationally, Louisville has already entered the national championship conversation just two years into the Mack era.

Attributing to Mack’s success is his most recent recruiting class earning a rank within the top 15.

Sophomore Dwayne Sutton made a good first impression against Miami scoring 16 against them this season. Freshman Samual Williamson came in with the heat as well scoring 13 points. Mack also scored graduate transfer Lamarr Kimble this year, who will leave his mark on the program too.

Junior Jordan Nwora will lead scoring this season for the Cardinals, starting the season off with 23 points against Miami. In an exhibition game against Bellarmine University Nwora scored a parasol record of 27. Nwora trained extensively for this season by attending an NBA training camp.

It is also important to note what Mack has accomplished given his circumstances. Mack inherited a team that was in shambles after Pitino, with restricted resources due to sanctions. While Louisville had a mediocre season last year, Mack suffered from past stigmas.

Louisville fans were also demoralized after the Pitino-era scandals. In order to turn the team around, Mack also had to reestablish trust with the fans. While people often think sports are mostly focused on the talent of athletes and coaching, it is a struggle when fans are apprehensive.

While it is too early to tell if the Cardinals will be in the running for a 2020 national title, it is impossible to keep this team out of the conversation.

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Volleyball sweeps Virginia Cavaliers 3-0 Monday, Oct 28 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville swept Virginia 3-0 on Friday Oct. 25 with little resistance on the Cardinal’s home court.

The win against the Cavaliers comes as a conference win, expanding Louisville’s conference strength.

Leading the Cardinals on offense, Claire Chaussee had 10 kills. On defense junior Anna Stevenseon had eight blocks against Virginia.

In the first set, Virginia had the most energy they would have for the entire game. While this was their best moment in the game, it was still not enough to gain ground against the Cardinals. Louisville ended the set on top 25-18.

After losing the first set Virginia’s energy collapsed. Louisville took a win in the second set with ease, taking the set 25-13.

In the final set, Virginia still struggled against the Cardinals. UVA’s defense in particular, was simply overpowered by Louisville’s deep offense. Virginia fell again in the final set, solidifying Louisvilles victory 25-13.

The Cav’s struggled with errors over the throughout game, raking up 27 for the game compared to 12 from Louisville.

Louisville’s offense was impressive for the Cardinals, with seven kills from freshmen Amber Stivirnis, who also added three blocks showing versatility. Shannon Shields had 28 assists, helping put Louisville in scoring position for over a third of the scoring for the game.

Alex Hendricks played strong, with two aces up her sleeve against Virginia.

Louisville’s next home game will be against Syracuse Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

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Soccer wraps up regular season against Wake Forest Friday, Oct 25 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville men’s soccer is set to play the final game of the regular season against Wake Forest Friday Nov. 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Lynn Stadium.

The Cardinals have a strong 6-2-1 home field advantage against Wake Forest. The Deacons (12-2-1), are highly competitive in the ACC with high profile wins against No. 4 Clemson and No. 20 NC State.

Compared to Wake Forest, Louisville’s (7-5-2) schedule has been more challenging. Louisville has faced off against six nationally ranked teams, while Wake Forest only played three. Louisville has also taken hard fought wins, defeating  No. 2 Georgetown 1-0 in double overtime.

While Louisville upset Georgetown, the Cardinals also took a hard 4-0 loss against Clemson. This makes Louisville a mixed bag. They have the abilities to beat ranked teams, but need to make sure offense and defense is cohesive.

Historically Wake Forest has defeated Louisville eight times, with Louisville only winning against the Deacons three times. In last year’s match against the Deacons, Louisville won 2-1 putting a win in reach.

The Card’s also have five games that have gone into overtime, taking four wins from these games with one tie. This experience gives Louisville the upper hand if the game comes to the wire in overtime.

Senior Cherif Dieye will be leading the offense for Louisville with six goals and four assists. Junior Emil Elveroth will also bring the heat on offense, scoring three goals this season. Between the two they have a combined four game-winning goals.

Dieye specifically has had an excellent year, earning ACC Player of the Week with two game winning scores in one week.

After playing Wake Forest, Louisville will enter the ACC men’s Soccer Championship starting on Tuesday Nov. 5. Their opponent has not been decided.

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The pay-to-play tipping point in Kentucky Monday, Oct 14 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

After California passed their collegiate Fair Pay to Play Act, Kentucky State Senator Morgan McGarvey is looking to follow in their footsteps.

If passed, the law would ensure that Kentucky’s collegiate athletics remain competitive against California. With California’s universities like UCLA being able to pay players starting in 2023, this could have a negative effect on Kentucky recruiting efforts.

Dozens of states are attempting to mimic California’s ground breaking act, including Illinois and Pennsylvania. On the federal level, the House of Representatives has also been toying with the idea of national pay-to-play legislation.

The NCAA commented in response to the California legislation stating that it is an existential threat to collegiate sports. However, public support for pay-for-play is at an all-time high.

McGarvey said, “When you see a place like California and all of it’s universities doing something like this we want to make sure that Kentucky is also positioned on the forefront of being fair to its college athletes.”

The California legislation includes prohibiting the NCAA from penalizing athletes for receiving compensation and prohibiting colleges from rebuking scholarships. These two key elements are at the foundation of McGarvey’s law.

Both the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky earn in the top 20 national revenue for the NCAA, amassing over $134 million each.

In context to basketball, U of L and UK both are the most profitable teams taking the one and two spot in accordance to NCAA revenue rankings. Louisville averaged $30.4 million and Kentucky at $22.9 million in the last three years.

With these massive revenues for in-state teams, if Kentucky colleges had the ability to compensate players, this could ensure collegiate recruiting dominance.

McGarvey also explained how the compensation of players is critical to the treatment of college athletes.

“We want to make sure that those athletes are getting treated fairly and that we continue that for years to come,” said McGarvey.

The bill will be introduced in the next session of the Kentucky General Assembly at the beginning of next year.

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