Previewing volleyball’s 2019 outlook Friday, Aug 23 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Louisville has been plagued with coach switch-ups in many sports, but volleyball has been left untouched. Head coach Dani Busboom Kelly will head into her third season with a national rank of No. 25.

The Cards will be looking to build on their success from last season (22-9), with a recruiting class ranked 16th in the NCAA.  The freshmen will pack in the heat during the 2019 season topping the ACC in recruiting polls.

HM All-American senior Melanie McHenry will be returning to the court along with starters sophomore Emily Scott and redshirt junior Piper Roe.

While the Cards have talent, it will be difficult finding someone to fill now-graduate Molly Sauer’s shoes. The Louisville alumna was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and anchored the Libero position.

Louisville will face fierce competition with rival No. 7 Kentucky, a team the Cards fell 3-0 to last season. The women will also be challenged by No. 17 Purdue, who defeated Louisville 3-2. The Cards will face off against both teams during September.

Louisville will play No.12 Pittsburg twice. The Cards lost 3-1 to them last year.

The Card’s first game will be against Miami University on Saturday Aug. 24 at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Louisville has not faced the team since 2015.

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U of L purchases iconic Cardinal Stadium cabooses Thursday, Aug 22 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville Athletic Association announced they bought the cabooses that reside at Cardinal Stadium Aug. 14.

U of L will ultimately pay $1.5 million to Cabooses Express to keep the cabooses. The deal was broken down so the University of Louisville Athletic Association is paying $660,000 initially, then $140,000 for the next six years.

U of L Athletic Director Vince Tyra said it was never the universities intention to lose the cabooses. “We wanted more control and risk management in place,” said Tyra.

U of L officially assumed control of the cabooses on Aug. 1, but the deal wasn’t official until Aug. 14. The university is still bound to its leases with the cabooses’ tenants though.

Tyra also said the university wanted to makes this purchase to ensure more protection. He said they plan to do away with overnight stays in the cabooses. Tyra also said that there will be a meeting with the tenants to discuss the new rules.

For the past 20 years Caboose Express had leased the cabooses to U of L. The ULAA decided in January they weren’t going to renew the lease.

Tyra said the cabooses will absolutely be there for the football team’s season opener.

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UofL releases findings that led to firing of longtime tennis coach Tuesday, Aug 20 2019 

Officials say the investigation spanned three months and eventually led to the dismissal of Rex Ecarma.

        

Louisville’s wide receivers part of special football fraternity Monday, Aug 19 2019 

The team has embraced a term used by Hall of Famers, All-Americans and Super Bowl champions

        

Louisville cuts longest tenured coach Rex Ecarma Monday, Aug 19 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

After spending 29 years with Louisville tennis, the University of Louisville has decided to part ways with head coach Rex Ecarma. The University wanted a change in leadership pending an independent investigation.

Current assistant coach Jakob Gustafsson will be interim head coach while Louisville searches for someone to fill the role.

Athletics Director Vince Tyra said that Ecarma’s removal is based on an independent investigation that pointed out his flaws.

“We have been clear about our roles and expectations in providing our student-athletes an outstanding experience while a part of our program,” said Tyra.

Kenny Klein, senior associate athletic director for media relations, said the investigation was independent from the athletic department and conducted by the U of L Office of Risk. The investigation included interviews from past and present student-athletes.

“While we have great respect for Rex’s accomplishments as a player and a coach at the University of Louisville, we have determined a change in leadership for our tennis program is needed in our men’s tennis program,” Tyra said.

Ecarma’s time with Cardinal tennis spans from 1991-2019, earning a 475-317-1 career record for the Cardinals. During his time coaching he accomplished five conference championships and 12 NCAA team regional appearances with six regional finals.

Ecarma graduated from Louisville before becoming coach, amassing 92 career doubles victories, second in the programs history.

The Tennis program will kick off their 2019 season in September.

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Mobile ticketing will be primary source of entry to Louisville Women’s home basketball games Wednesday, Aug 14 2019 

Mobile ticketing gives fans the chance to manage, view, scan, transfer and sell tickets with a mobile device.

        

Bill Murray, Jay Bilas join Louisville coach Chris Mack’s ‘fantasy experience’ Wednesday, Aug 14 2019 

The camp gives super fans the opportunity to spend a weekend as a UofL basketball player or coach.

        

Football Cards set at safety Tuesday, Aug 13 2019 

When it comes to the starters, Khane Pass and Russ Yeast have things locked down at the moment.

        

U of L trustee is alleged source in stripper scandal Monday, Aug 12 2019 

By Matthew Keck and Gabriel Wiest

During a deposition on July 26, David Grissom testified that former University of Louisville President James Ramsey told him that a board of trustees member was the source of funds for the strippers in the Katina Powell scandal.

The allegations could not have come out at a worse time, as U of L is awaiting a NCAA ruling on title I violations that could affect the basketball program.

Ramsey’s attorney, Steve Pence, denied these claims and said that Ramsey has no reason to believe anyone on the board was behind that funding.

U of L spokesman John Karman said the university cannot comment since this is part of an ongoing litigation.

In a video deposition Grissom said, “He (Ramsey) told me that one of his board members was the cash source for paying off the strippers in the stripper incident.” He then went on to say, “He never disclosed that to the full board.”

This comes as U of L has filed a lawsuit against Ramsey claiming financial fraud. Grissom refused to identify the board member’s name but also stated that Ramsey never shared the name of said person either.

In a video taken by WDRB, Grissom was asked why he didn’t report Ramsey’s comments immediately and his response was, “Well, I didn’t. I’m not perfect.”

When pressed on his responsibility to share such information Grissom said he didn’t feel that hearsay would be admissible in court.

NCAA official Stan Wilcox stated that six major programs will be hit with title I violations by the end of the summer. Such an allegation adds to Louisville’s anxiety with a possible sanction looming in the distance.

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Football’s offensive outlook for 2019 Monday, Aug 12 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

After only winning two games last season, Louisville football has a lot to prove offensively for 2019.

Head coach Scott Satterfield is known for a Run-oriented offense, but adjusts to the talent he has. While he sets the standard with running the ball, Satterfield has shown that he is willing to adapt to the growing trends in the game.

Satterfield led the Mountaineers from Football Championship Subdivision to Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013. Appalachian State tallied 47 wins in the past five years under Satterfield with the help of talented running backs.

Marcus Cox (2014-16) rushed for 3,858 yards on 656 carries to become the Appalachian State’s all-time leading rusher. Following Cox’s departure, Satterfield produced another pair of 1,000 yard backs in consecutive seasons.

Sophomore running back Hassan Hall showed explosiveness last season, finishing with 300 yards and three touchdowns last season with 270 yards happening in the last eight games of 2018.

Expect sophomore quarterback Malik Cunningham to be utilized in the run game as he is the teams returning lead rusher with 497 yards and five touchdowns.

Efficiency is stressed under Satterfield’s quarterbacks, as App. State starters have thrown only 12 interceptions for the last two years. Juan Pass of App. State threw 12 interceptions last year alone. In 2017 and 2018 Mountaineers’ Taylor Lamb and Zac Thomas led the sun belt with a quarterback’s rating of 152.

Louisville’s receiving game is arguably the teams greatest offensive asset. The Cardinals will expect explosive plays out of their slot receivers Sophomore’s Tutu Attwell and Keon Wakefield.

Tight-ends could be a sore spot for the Cardinals as red shirt senior Jordan Davis is the only scholarship receiver tight-end of the team.

The offensive line has the potential for exponential growth under Offensive coordinator and Offensive line coach Dwaine Ledford.

Junior Mekhi Becton has star potential as he has been added to the Outland Trophy watch list. The Outland Trophy is given to the best offensive lineman.

While Satterfield rips off the band-aid of old wounds, this year’s offense has the potential to develop and compete this season.

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