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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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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Louisville men’s basketball takes home a win against Miami Friday, Nov 8 2019 

Jocelyn Kronoveter– 

Louisville men’s basketball starts off the season with a strong 87-74 win against Miami Nov. 6 at the Hurricane’s home court.

Less than a minute into the first half, Miami scored three-point jumper. A minute later, junior Jordan Nwora came in strong and scored two points with a layup.

After Miami scored another three points, senior Steven Enoch made a basket and brought the score to 4-6. 

Nwora made another layup followed shortly with a free throw, putting Louisville in the lead 7-6. Miami player Kameron McGusty made a basket, putting the team in the lead. 

Determined to put Louisville back in the lead, senior Ryan McMahon scored two more times. Senior Dwayne Sutton followed with his first free throw of the game.

Eight minutes left in the first quarter, Louisville’s players came back strong and were in the lead 26-16.

In the second half, Louisville made more successful shots at the basket than Miami. Nwora made two successful free throws less than a minute in the half, with the team up 47-26.

Miami junior Chris Lykes then made two free throws followed by a three point shot by McGusty, allowing Miami to get closer.

The Cards did not score any more points after this. The teamwork and effort showed in the end of the first half and the start of the second kept Louisville on top and they went home with the win.

In an interview with Louisville’s head coach Chris Mack said he wasn’t worried about the preseason hype.

Mack went on to talk about how regardless of the teams progress, they won’t let it get to their heads. “I think that anytime you get told over and over how good you are before you’ve done anything, or earned it, it gives you a false sense of effort. It gives a false sense of you having done something that you haven’t.” Mack said.

The Cards are humble despite the hype prior to their first game and they showed off their skills by heading into a strong season after facing Miami.

Mack said he values good attitudes and consistency on the court, perhaps what led to Louisville’s victory tonight. 

The next game will be held on Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center against the Youngstown State Penguins. 

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