Louisville men’s basketball team protests through Belknap campus for equality Tuesday, Sep 29 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team marched through Belknap campus Sept. 25, calling for racial equality.

Many members of the community surrounding U of L and students walked alongside the men’s basketball team to help promote equality peacefully. “The turnout was greater than we could have imagined. This is exactly what we envisioned, getting our message out about inequality, discrimination, racism, and hate,” said senior Malik Williams.

Multiple players from the men’s basketball team talked to the crowd before beginning the march. They urged everyone to protest peacefully as they marched. Louisville Metro Police Department was present during the march to help provide barricades along the march path.

The march started at the Thortons Academic Center and toured through U of L’s Belknap Campus. The march lasted for about an hour. Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack attended the march with his players.

“I understand as a white guy, a 50-year old, that Black America is hurting,” said Mack.

The team did not discuss any matters relating to the upcoming 2020-2021 basketball season. Instead, they encourage listeners to register to vote. The Cardinals asked everyone to join them at Shawnee Park Oct. 3 for a voter registration event. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Louisville soccer and field hockey attendance policies released Friday, Sep 25 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville has announced its protocols for field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer games.

Louisville men’s soccer kicks off their season Sept. 25 against Wake Forest at Dr. Mark Lynn and Cindy Lynn Stadium. U of L field hockey begins their season Sept. 26 at Louisville’s Trager Stadium. Women’s soccer will start their season Oct. 1 when they host Syracuse.

Trager Stadium will have its capacity limited to 20 percent. All home games for field hockey can be watched or streamed for those unable to attend.

Lynn Stadium will be implementing similar guidelines to Trager Stadium. All recreation seating areas will be closed to attendees. This includes the west end of the stadium, the north berm, playground and Boyle-ing Point. Men’s and women’s soccer home games will be recorded live for Cardinal fans.

Tickets will not accessible to the general public at either venue. Tickets will only be available for student-athletes, coaches, the visiting team and a small number of current U of L students.

For both venues, the gates will open one hour before game time. Temperature checks will be done at gates. Any guest with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be directed to a cool down tent. After ten minutes those guests who have been isolated will be checked again to see if they can enter the venue.

The clear-bag policy for games is still being enforced. Fans can bring a clear Ziploc-type bag or a small tote. All concession stands will be cashless for the season. Masks are to be worn at all times at both Trager and Lynn Stadium. Children ages five or under do not have to wear a mask.

U of L men’s soccer will face off against Wake Forest at 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Women’s soccer will take on Syracuse at 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Cardinals’ field hockey starts at 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

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U of L responds to NCAA notice of allegations Tuesday, Sep 22 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville released a statement in response to the NCAA notice of allegations Sept. 21. U of L is facing serious NCAA violations, especially since the Cardinals are repeat offenders.

U of L’s response on Sept. 21 argues that the NCAA’s allegations against the university “arise out of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the University of Louisville,” said the statement.

The FBI found, during an investigation of U of L, that representatives of Adidas had conspired to pay Brian Bowen, a highly touted recruit. Adidas agreed to pay Bowen $100,000 to play for the Cardinals and sign with the shoe company upon going to the NBA. These allegations resulted in the firing of men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich back in 2017.

The essence of the Cardinals’ statement explains that Adidas attempted to defraud U of L with the deal offered to Brian Bowen and his family. Louisville’s response states that Adidas cannot both be acting in U of L’s best interest while plotting to offer a recruit compensation, resulting in the degradation of the university.

The 75-page response comes after U of L requested a 45-day extension to thoroughly finish their response. Louisville currently awaits a response from the NCAA.

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Louisville Cross Country schedule released Thursday, Sep 17 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The 2020 season schedule has been released for the University of Louisville’s cross country team. Louisville will compete in three meets this fall before the ACC Cross Country Championships.

U of L will begin their season on Sept. 19 when they head to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Irish Classic.

The Cardinals will be back home for their second meet. The “Live in Lou” Classic will be hosted at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on Oct. 3. The Greater Louisville Sports Commission is putting on the event for the Cardinals and competing universities.

They will end their regular season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham for the UAB Blazer Classic in Hoover, Ala. The event will be held on Oct. 16.

The 2020 ACC Cross Country Championships will be on Oct. 30 at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C.

Louisville has 10 letterwinners coming back to the men’s team with one newcomer to the squad.

The women’s team will have five returning runners, including 2019 All-ACC Performer Ivine Chemutai and two-time All-American Dorcas Wasike. The women’s squad will also have seven newcomers joining them for the 2020 season.

“I have never been more excited to announce a schedule than this fall,” head coach Dale Cowper said. “We are blessed to have the opportunities in front of us. Our students and staff and extraordinarily grateful for the effort our administration, medical experts and the ACC has put forth to support our cross country program.”

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U of L welcomes Michael Lattin as the new PA announcer for Cardinal football Tuesday, Sep 15 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Michael Lattin has taken the seat as the new public address announcer at Cardinal Stadium.

Lattin came to the University of Louisville from WAVE news where he was a television producer. He was selected as the new PA announcer over 50 other potential candidates. Lattin made his first appearance Sept. 12 when the Cardinals hosted Western Kentucky University at Cardinal Stadium.

Lattin looks to make an early impression with the Cardinals. He replaces the longtime U of L PA announcer Sean Moth. Moth served as announcer for the Cardinals for 21 years but opted to resign in August after being furloughed earlier this year to financial restraints put on the university by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new voice of the Cardinals came with a long list of experience that qualified him for this position. Over the past 18 years, Lattin has gather experience behind the microphone. From video voice work to a variety of broadcasting jobs, Lattin has plenty of experience with Cardinals sports.

Lattin was the former voice for the U of L marching band from 1998-2000. He helped instrumentalists perform during halftime shows at U of L football games. Lattin also produced “Inside the Cards” for WAVE news and interviewed a handful of Louisville coaches over the past decade.

He will make his second career appearance as the Cardinals’ new PA announcer on Sept.19 when the Cardinals welcome the University of Miami to town. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

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Cardinals vs. Miami kickoff time changed to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sep 14 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals football game Sept. 19 has had its kickoff time changed to 7:30 p.m. This match-up marks the beginning of ACC conference play.

Kickoff would have started at 3:30 p.m., however sudden time change came after the week two rankings came out Sept. 13. With the Cardinals and Hurricanes both in the top 20 of the country, this match-up is becoming quite the spectacle.

Miami (1-0) won their first game of the season against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Sept. 12, and enter week two No. 17 in the country. The Cardinals displayed a powerful offensive performance against WKU with a two-touchdown victory Sept. 12, putting up 35 points on their home turf. U of L enters week two right behind the Hurricanes at No. 18 in the country.

Miami has gotten the best of Louisville all-time, winning ten games while the Cardinals have only won three. The last time Louisville and Miami faced off , was in Coral Gables, Fla. during the 2019 season. Miami came away with the victory in that bout, but the Cardinals plan to redeem themselves.

With offensive juggernaut Micale Cunningham, the Cardinals will look to rewrite history this Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

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U of L looks to start 2020 football season with another historic victory over WKU Friday, Sep 11 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The 2020 football season marks another year that the University of Louisville football team begins the season against Western Kentucky University’s Hilltoppers.

U of L comes into this commonwealth matchup ranked 20th in the ESPN preseason rankings. They are pre-ranked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind the Clemson Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies.

The Hilltoppers enter the 2020 season ranked 50th in the ESPN preseason rankings. The Hilltoppers have a 9.5% chance of winning out the Sun Belt Conference and an 11.6% chance of taking home a victory over the Cardinals on Sept. 12.

In 1926, the Cardinal reported on when U of L made the trek to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Ogden College, now part of WKU.

U of L entered the 1926 match up with high expectations. They took home the victory 79-0 against Ogden. The Cardinals won later that same year 26-10 in a home game against the Hilltoppers.

On Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. the Cardinals will look to repeat history with an impressive win over Western Kentucky. A victory Saturday would give U of L football their 22nd win over the Hilltoppers and extend their winning streak against Western Kentucky to 12 straight games.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear limits Cardinal football games to 12,000 fans Monday, Sep 7 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the University of Louisville home football games cannot exceed 12,000 fans. This announcement by Beshear comes only two weeks after U of L announced its own plan that would limit capacity at Cardinal Stadium to 18,000 fans.

Beshear also made adjustments to the safety precautions Cardinal Stadium planned to implement, including tailgating and parking lot restrictions.

The reduction in fans takes Cardinal Stadium down to 20% capacity. U of L plans to host a total of six games in Cardinal Stadium this football season.

“It’s a 20 percent capacity with everybody spread out and only sitting next to family units. [U of L] worked pretty well with us. They started out in a different place, but at the end of the day, they showed commitment,” Beshear said.

Beshear also announced that tailgating will be banned and masks will need to be worn at all times, even while sitting in the stands. Temperature checks will be conducted at all entrances. If a temperature reads 100.4 or higher, attendees will be directed to a cool-down tent. After ten minutes, attendees in the cool-down tent will have their temperature checked again.

The UPS Flight Deck, Adidas Club and Norton Healthcare Terrace will all be closed to fans.

Fans and season ticket holders await a detailed media tour of Cardinal Stadium this week. The Cardinals will be hosting Western Kentucky University Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

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Louisville Football plans to have 18,000 fans at home games Tuesday, Sep 1 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville plans to allow 18,000 fans to attend football games this fall at Cardinal Stadium. U of L said Aug. 24 these plans are subject to change as the season carries on.

With 18,000 attendees for home football games, fans will be able to socially distance. Cardinal Stadium staff will be conducting temperature checks at entrances and facial coverings will be required.

Social distancing measures will also be implemented in the parking lots for tailgating. Tailgating will be limited this season, as parking lots will open three hours prior to kickoff.

While excitement builds for the progression of the 2020 football season, U of L is taking financial hits. Reducing the seating capacity of Cardinal Stadium by 42,800 seats will cost U of L approximately $10 million in lost revenue. U of L’s football team is taking a hit as well. Salary reductions have been implemented for the coaching staff, starting with head coach Scott Satterfield.

However, all of these sacrifices will allow the Cardinals to look ahead and focus on the upcoming 2020 football season. U of L will open up their 10-game season against Western Kentucky University Sept. 12 at Cardinal Stadium.

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Louisville men’s basketball stops operations after positive COVID-19 tests Wednesday, Jul 8 2020 

By John McCarthy —

University of Louisville men’s basketball activities have come to an abrupt halt after two members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. U of L athletics has been testing student-athletes for COVID-19 regularly since May 29. U of L is not disclosing who tested positive within the organization.

This comes nearly two months after U of L reopened its doors to student-athletes for voluntary workouts. At this point, it is unknown if any other members of the men’s basketball organization have been exposed to those who tested positive.

“[Men’s] basketball is certainly a sport that is going to get a lot of attention. These two individuals exhibited signs and we were able to have them tested on Monday. Because we are part of the U of L health system we were able to get those results back quickly. Through quarantining and contact tracing we are able to make sure we have everyone covered in the program,” Athletic Director Vince Tyra said during a virtual press conference on July 7.

U of L men’s basketball has been following all CDC approved guidelines and regulations for involuntary workouts leading up to the incident. Proper quarantine guidelines will be in play for the members of the men’s basketball organization that were potentially exposed to the virus.

The possibility of positive tests has trickled into other sports as well. U of L football has continued to push back the start date of their season. The ACC’s original plan for the Cardinals to host North Carolina State on Sept. 2 is to be determined.

“You have to know that if you enter a season you are going to run into instances like we are running into now,” Tyra said. “There is a lot of monitoring going on to discuss these situations that campuses are individually having.”

Vince Tyra talked about the steps that would be taken if mid-season positive COVID-19 tests occur. “You have to be prepared. That is where you get into situations whether it is a no-contest or a forfeit. These are going to be things that we are dealing with for the first time,” Tyra said.

The 2020-2021 men’s basketball schedule has yet to be released.

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