Louisville football signee killed in Orlando shooting Tuesday, Apr 28 2020 

By John McCarthy —

Louisville football signee Dexter Rentz Jr. was shot and killed April 25 in Orlando, Fla. He was one of four people involved in the shooting according to “The Orlando Sentinel.” Rentz was the only victim pronounced dead.

“The Courier Journal” reported Rentz committed to U of L in June 2019. He credited his signing with the Cardinals to the bond he created with the Louisville coaching staff during his senior year of high school.

“They make me feel at home up there in Louisville. That’s where I feel like I belong,” Rentz said in a 2019 interview on 93.9 FM’s “The Drive.” Because of his connection to the Louisville football coaching staff, Rentz dedicated his senior season at Ocoee High School to develop into a leader and “help the younger guys see that there’s more to it than just football.”

U of L head coach Scott Satterfield said expressed his condolences on Twitter in a statement Sunday. Satterfield said that Rentz had already made a positive impact on the program.

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dexter Rentz. He was a great young man who had a contagious personality and was able to light up a room with his smile,” said Satterfield.

Rentz would have been slotted as the Cardinal’s wide receiver. Louisville assistant coach Gunter Brewer, who focuses on the development of wide receivers, said Rentz was a great kid and was eager to coach him.

Rentz would have been a freshman in the upcoming 2020 season.

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Cardinals Football Preview Sunday, Apr 26 2020 

By John McCarthy —

Cardinal fans have much to look forward to as the 2020 football calendar rolls around in the spring.

Louisville’s 2020 recruiting class consists of two four-star recruits and 25 three-star recruits.

There is plenty of hype surrounding Louisville’s football program after the Cardinals finished the 2019 season with an 8-5 record. With Coach Scott Satterfield at the helm, the Cardinal’s victory over Mississippi State at the Music City Bowl proves promising things are to come in the 2020 season.

Junior Micale Cunningham was a standout player for the Cardinals in 2019. Cunningham, the most improved player at the quarterback position in the ACC, threw for 2,061 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2019 while only tossing five interceptions. In 2020, the Cardinals will look to Cunningham to navigate the offense as effectively as he did in 2019.

Louisville will be replacing both their punter and kicker in 2020. Seniors Blanton Creque and Mason King will be graduating. This opens the door for some friendly competition among the potential Cardinal kickers.

Touted-kicker Brock Travelstead, from Atworth, Ga., signed to join the Cardinals in the offseason. Junior Ryan Chalifoux also has the potential to take the spot of starting placekicker for the Cardinals this year.

More than anything though, the Cardinals will look to improve their defense in the 2020 season.

Louisville’s ACC competitors got the best of them with the size and strength of their offenses. With fresh faces joining the Cardinals’ defense in the spring, there is only room for improvement.

The Cardinals are also welcoming a widely-skilled recruiting class for the 2020 season.

The class is led by four-star offensive tackle Trevor Reid. Reid, a junior college transfer student from Georgia Military College will add depth and experience to the Cardinals’ offensive line. Reid is also the 16th ranked recruit in the country and ranked second at his position.

Other strong defensive players coming from Georgia Military College is defensive end Yaya Diaby. He is ranked 42nd in the nation as a recruit and third at his respective position.

Outside linebacker Marvin Dallas will also be joining the defense as a JUCO transfer. He is the 43rd ranked recruit in the nation and the fourth-ranked outside linebacker in the country.

Louisville will also be welcoming freshman Ja-Darien Boykin to campus.

Boykin is a defensive tackle from Jones County High School in Gray, Ga. Boykin will aid the Cards struggling defensive line in the spring.

A couple of local recruits signed with the University of Louisville as well.

Butler’s Jordan Watkins signed on as an athlete and is ranked 48th in the nation as an athlete. Evaluation by national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu discusses Watkins’ exceptional speed and does a nice job making contested catches.

Ballard’s Josh Minkins Jr. signed on as a safety and is ranked 72nd at his position. Minkins Jr. received Special Teams Player of the Year for Ballard last season. He also snagged three interceptions during his junior and senior years.

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Coach Satterfield to receive ACC Coach of the Year Monday, Dec 9 2019 

By Cole Emery —

First year head coach Scott Satterfield is the first U of L coach to earn the ACC Coach of the Year award. This announcement happened Dec. 5. 

He is the sixth coach in NCAA history to receive this honor from two different schools in consecutive years. Satterfield won Sun Belt Coach of the Year last season with Appalachian State. 

Satterfield improved a Cardinal football team who went 2-10 last year without a win in the conference to a team with a 7-5 in the regular season and a 5-3 record in conference.

“I’m proud of my coaching staff who worked so hard to change the culture of this program and put our players in a position to succeed,” Scatterfield said.

Louisville finished 2nd in the Atlantic Division of the ACC despite their last place record in the division a year prior. They were projected to finish 7th this year. 

Their five-game win improvement marked the best improvement among the Power 5 conferences this season.

The Cardinals scored 32.7 points per game this year compared to 18.7 points per game last year. Satterfield also improved their defense, allowing 33.8 points per game compared to allowing 44 points per game last year. 

Satterfield will face off against Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5 SEC) in his first bowl appearance for the Cardinals in the Music City Bowl. The game will take place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

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Cards football set to go bowling in Nashville Monday, Dec 9 2019 

By Luke Graham —

Coming off one of the worst years in Louisville football history, first year head coach Scott Satterfield has brought the Louisville football program back to a bowl game to finish the season.

Just days after the Cardinals (7-5, 5-3) found out that Scott Satterfield won ACC Coach of the Year and that four players were given all ACC honors with junior Mekhi Becton and sophomore Tutu Atwell on the 1st team, and freshman Javian Hawkins  and sophomore Hassan Hall on the 2nd team, they found out they were headed to Nashville for the Music City Bowl Game.

Louisville will meet up in Nashville and face off against Mississippi State (6-6,3-5). It has been two years since Cards have faced the Bulldogs to the date for the 2017 Music City Bowl.

On Dec. 30, 2017 they lost to Mississippi State in what would be Heisman winner Lamar Jackson’s last game as a Cardinal 31-27.

Louisville will look to make new fortune against the Bulldogs this time around. Led by sophomore quarterback Micale Cunningham the Cards look to take care of business in Nashville.

The city is buzzing about going bowling again and are hoping the Cards can win their first bowl game since 2015 against Texas A&M. Ironically enough, that was also the Music City Bowl.

With the Seniors going through a coaching change after playing with a Heisman winner, it would be nice to see them go out with a win to finish off their wild careers at Louisville.

Louisville looks to stay undefeated in Nashville this year after a win against Western Kentucky at a neutral site early in the season. The Cards will play at 4:00 pm on Dec. 30 on ESPN at Nissan Stadium.

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Satterfield scores bowl game first season Sunday, Nov 17 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

With a 34-20 win against NC State, head coach Scott Satterfield secured bowl game eligibility his first season with Louisville.

After taking a harsh 52-27 loss against Miami, it was unclear if Louisville (6-4, 4-3) could bounce back against another ACC competitor. The away game against NC State added to the challenge. Louisville lost to NC State (4-6, 1-5) last year 52-10, putting pressure on Satterfield to change the tide.

Recap

After a dry first quarter, junior Dez Fitzpatrick caught a 43 yard pass from sophomore Micale Cunningham, putting the Cardinals on the scoreboard first. NC State answered Louisville with a touchdown and a field goal ending the first half in the lead 10-7.

The Cardinals surged in the third quarter against NC State, scoring three touchdowns. Sophomore Tutu Atwell started off the scoring in the second half with a 74 yard catch from Cunningham.

Freshman Marshon Ford continued the momentum with another long 42 yard pass from Cunningham. Graduate Ean Pfeifer ended off the quarter with another touchdown thrown by Cunningham leaving the score 27-10.

NC State answered the Cardinals after a dead third quarter with a touchdown in the beginning of the fourth. Ford then scored his second touchdown for the Cardinals. NC State had the final say, with a field goal, not enough to put the Wolfpack on top.

Overview

Cunningham helped lead the Cardinals to victory throwing four touchdown passes. The offense also took a passing heavy approach against NC State, passing 249 yards while rushing 77 yards.

On the book Louisville had less total yards than NC State with 377-326. However, Louisville’s defense tightened down in the red zone, making sure that NC State could not take advantage of the defensive line as other teams have this season.

With a 2-10 season last year, it is clear that Satterfield is taking steps in the right direction with the Cardinals already at .500 ball. Before the season started some Louisville fans were skeptical how the Satterfield era would look. With bowl game eligibility, Satterfield has not only secured fans’s concerns, but put Louisville in a growing spotlight.

Louisville will face off next against Syracuse Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

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U of L is moving away from purely being a basketball school Tuesday, Nov 12 2019 

By Ben Goldberger —

The rest of the country knows Kentucky for three things: the Kentucky Derby, bourbon and college basketball, all of which Louisville proudly puts on display.

“There is a reason why Louisville is known as the biggest basketball market in college basketball and always has the highest attendance at their games,” ESPN Louisville reporter Brian Hall said, later explaining how Louisville’s basketball tradition goes way back, winning nationals since the ’50s.

From state-of-the-art facilities, big-name shoe and apparel deals and highly ranked recruits, the University of Louisville is, in its essence, a basketball school. Just like basketball powerhouses Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U of L is known for its strong basketball programs.

After a dip in success for the men’s program following the firing of Rick Pitino, the team is resurging under new head coach Chris Mack, coming in at number five in the country to start this season. 

The women’s team is also looking forward to another successful season following a Final Four appearance in the March Madness Tournament last year. After losing a few stars from last year’s team, they filled their spots with highly ranked recruits. 

This recent success of both programs elevates Louisville back to the basketball school status.

But is U of L still just a basketball school, or rather a sports school in general? 

Last spring, the baseball team went to the ACC Championship and later went to the Final Four of the NCAA baseball tournament. They lost to the eventual national champions the Vanderbilt Commodores. 

Both soccer teams were ranked during the season, with the women’s team finishing the season No. 14 in the country. Both teams are expected to make the NCAA College Cup. 

The field hockey team is ranked No. 6 in the country and is currently competing in the ACC Field Hockey tournament. 

Last season, the football team went 2-10, but this year the team is already 5-3. This is mostly due to first-year Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield. Aside from some key recruits, the team is practically made up of the same players. In spite of this, Satterfield has already led this team to five wins and is one win away from being bowl eligible. 

Almost every set of bowl predictions include Louisville in a bowl, something they have not done since Lamar Jackson went to the NFL. This is leading to commitments from highly rated recruits, moving the football program closer to elongated success. 

According to 247sports.com, U of L currently has 22 commitments for next year’s season. This is the 31st best-recruiting class in the country and the 6th best in the ACC. 

The future is bright for Louisville sports across the board, showing that U of L has moved from being purely a basketball school to an all-sports school.

“There is nothing like basketball season around Louisville, but I do think Louisville is trending towards an all sports school,” Hall said. “All sports have a following, and our athletic department has done a good job investing into every program, showing success across the board.”

Basketball is still the school’s top sport, both skill and revenue-wise, but the other sports show potential to bring national attention to all of Louisville’s programs, not just the one on the court. 

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Louisville takes down Virginia 28-21 at Cardinal Stadium Monday, Oct 28 2019 

By Jocelyn Kronoveter —

After a few close calls that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Louisville football defeated Virginia 28-21 at Cardinal Stadium on Oct. 26. Louisville now needs just one more win to be eligible for a bowl. 

The game started out with Virginia heading into the first quarter strong. Virginia sophomore Wayne Taulapapa ran six yards to score a touchdown, along with a goal kick from junior B.Delaney, landing the team a 7-point lead early into the first quarter.

With five minutes to spare, Louisville’s wide receiver sophomore Tutu Atwell scored a touchdown from 77 yards. Senior Blanton Creque followed with a goal kick to tie the teams 7-7. 

Creque missed his first goal kick of the game at the start of the second quarter. This was a disadvantage for Louisville when Virginia scored a second touchdown after Taulapapa was able to score from 19 yards, putting the Cavaliers in the lead 14-7. 

Louisville’s defense began to look increasingly stronger as the Cardinals became determined to rise back up in the third quarter. Less than five minutes in, freshman Javian Hawkins scored a touchdown to tie the teams again at 14-14.

Sophomore Micale Cunningham ran 25 yards to score a touchdown for Louisville at the start of the last quarter. With five minutes left, Hawkins scored another touchdown and sophomore Ryan Chalifoux goal kick was good, putting Louisville in the lead 28-14.

Senior Bryce Perkins for Virginia ran four yards for one last touchdown with less than three minutes left in the game. 

Head football coach Scott Satterfield explained his excitement about the outcome. “I’m really proud of our guys. I’m proud of our team and how they continued to fight and play with each other, and play together,” he said. 

Making this a memorable game, Louisville’s football team will now have to win only one more before they are eligible in the College Football Bowl. 

The next game will be held Nov. 9 in Florida against Miami.

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Louisville gets clawed by no. 3 Clemson Tigers Monday, Oct 21 2019 

By Mariam Prieto —

Louisville lost against No. 3 Clemson with a final score of 45-10 on Saturday Oct. 19. This was the Cardinals fourth ACC game and second conference loss.

This was Louisville’s first game against a top five ranking team under head coach Scott Satterfield.  “I’m proud of our guys, they continued to fight the whole way through,” he said.

In the first quarter, Louisville’s (4-3, 2-2) defense held it together, blocking Clemson’s (7-0, 4-0) advance. The Tigers only scored a field goal in the first quarter, ending 3-0.

The second quarter saw the Tigers take charge of  their offense, with a touchdown scored in the first minute of the quarter. The Cardinal’s defense suffered, and the Tigers scored another touchdown. Louisville scored a field goal and brought the score to 17-3 by the end of the quarter.

In the last two minutes of the third quarter, Clemson advanced on the Cards with a touchdown after rushing 49 yards. Clemson added a kick attempt to their touchdown, and finished the quarter with a score of 24-3.

The fourth quarter saw freshman Javian Hawkins make the sole Cardinal touchdown. Although their offense ramped up, Louisville’s defense took a hit. The tigers were able to get past the Cards and scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Evan Conley proved important to the defense with a combined passing of 107 yards, alongside sophomore Micale Cunningham. Hawkins rushed a total of 129 yards. Junior Dez Fitzpatrick received 63 yards, alongside sophomore Chatarius Atwell’s 37 yards.

Cunningham commented on the defense’s improvements. “We played better. We made them work for everything, and we didn’t really give them anything,” he said.

Clemson took the lead with a rushing average of 8.1, while Louisville ended with 3.6. Louisville had the higher receiving average of  13.4, while Clemson finished with 11.5.

Satterfield referred to the lack of conversions on Louisville’s end when he said, ” We didn’t make enough plays. The bottom line is that they out-executed us.”

“We were not able to get any momentum in that game.”

Louisville will face University of Virginia in their fifth conference match up on Oct. 26 at Cardinal Stadium.

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Louisville topples No. 19 Wake Forest 62-59 Sunday, Oct 13 2019 

Gabriel Wiest —

After Louisville’s (4-2, 2-1) first ACC win against Boston College, the Cardinals upset undefeated Wake Forest 62-59. This mid-season win marks head coach Scott Satterfield’s first victory against a ranked team with the Cardinals.

The win against No. 19 Wake Forest (5-1, 0-1) came as a challenge on the road, with Louisville claiming their second ACC win for the season. Notably, this was Wake Forest’s first ACC game in this years schedule. Starting with a loss in conference play puts the Deacons at a deficit, needing to prove their ACC strength.

The second highest scoring game in ACC play started off with an energetic Cardinal offense that scored 21 points within the first quarter. Freshman Javian Hawkins started off scoring for Louisville and ran the ball eight yards for a touchdown.

Quickly after, sophomore Seth Dawkins scored a touchdown off of a pass, advancing 55 yards. The first quarter ended with a touchdown by sophomore Hassan Hall who returned the ball 100 yards. Wake Forest only scored a touchdown, leaving the score with Louisville on top 21-7.

During the second quarter Wake Forest caught some traction with two touchdowns. Louisville also had a touchdown by sophomore Tutu Attwell off of a nine-yard run. The Cardinals scored a field goal, with the score 31-21 at the half.

The third quarter came with moderate gains by the Cardinals scoring 14-10 over Wake Forest. This left the Cardinals four more points better off than at the second quarter with 44-31 at the end of the third.

Wake Forest rallied during the fourth quarter, nearly toppling the Cardinals. The Wake Forest offense exploited a weak Cardinal defense and amassed 28 points.

Even with a revitalized Wake Forest offense in the fourth quarter, Louisville maintained the lead scoring 17. The final score left Louisville with the three-point win margin over Wake Forest.

Receiving for Louisville was led by redshirt junior Dez Fitzpatrick with 125 yards who earned two touchdowns. Overall the Cardinals gained 295 yards off of passing.

Rushing for the Cardinals ended with an impressive 225 yards. Freshman Evan Conley led the pack with 79 yards and one touchdown. Not far behind, Hawkins had 60 yards and also earned a touchdown during the game.

Wake Forest respectively had over 100 yards over Louisville in the receiving game with 423 yards where they focused on quick passing.

This gives the Cardinals a two-win streak as their schedule reaches the most challenging point. Louisville will face off against undefeated Clemson (6-0, 4-0) home at Cardinal Stadium on Sat. Oct. 19 at noon.

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Louisville tops the Hilltoppers Saturday, Sep 14 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville took the second win of the season, defeating Western Kentucky University 38-21.

After a huge win 42-0 over Eastern Kentucky University, Louisville (2-1) has brought their competition level up significantly since last season.

Against WKU (1-2) Louisville continued to expand their offensive capabilities passing just as much as rushing. The Cardinals had 415 total yards against the Hilltoppers, 205 yards coming from passing and 210 from rushing.

This versatility will come in handy when playing in the first conference game of the season on the road against Florida State next week.

Sophomore Tutu Atwell started off scoring for the Cardinals with a touchdown off of a nine yard pass from sophomore Malik Cunningham. The Hilltoppers did not answer, Louisville had the lead at the end of the first with a score of 7-0.

Scoring opened up for Louisville in the second quarter with 24 points. Attwell scored another touchdown in the beginning of the second off of a long 46 yard pass from Cunningham.

Western then answered with their first touchdown with a huge 72 yard play ripping through Louisville’s defense.

Louisville wrapped up the quarter with two more touchdowns, one from senior Seth Hawkins and the other from junior Rodjay Jones. The Cards also scored a field goal by senior Blanton Creque putting the score 31-7 at the end of the first half.

WKU tried to rally against the Cardinals with a touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Louisville maintained their strength as Atwell then scored his third touchdown of the game leaving the score 38-14.

Western scored another touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Louisville did not answer, leaving the final score 38-21.

Last year the Cardinal’s nearly lost against the Hilltoppers taking a narrow 20-17 win. Satterfield’s revitalized team is gaining ground lost from last year, already putting up just as many wins from last season within three games.

Looking ahead Louisville’s schedule will be starting to pick up with five straight ACC games. While Louisville has proven their competition with in-state competition, they still have to prove conference strength.

Louisville will play Florida State on Saturday Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Florida.

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