Louisville’s Cardinals hold off WKU in season opener Sunday, Sep 13 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals football team defeated the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers 35-21 at Cardinal Stadium in the first game of the season.

WKU put points on the board first with a rushing touchdown at the Cardinals’ goal line to go up 7-0. U of L struck right back with a pass from junior Micale Cunningham to Ean Pfeifer for a 28-yard touch pass to put the score at 7-7. At the end of the first quarter, Cunningham had completed 6 of his 11 passes and threw for 181 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Braden Smith had two receptions for 111 yards.

The Cardinals picked up where they left off in the second quarter. Cunningham rushed in for a 14-yard touchdown only six seconds into the second quarter to put the score at 14-7. Five minutes later, sophomore running back Javian Hawkins rushed in for a 19-yard touchdown to put U of L up 21-7 over the Hilltoppers.

Near the end of the second quarter, Cunningham completed a pass to sophomore Marshon Ford for the touchdown with only 42 seconds left in the half. Louisville was in the driver seat going into half time with a score of 28-7. WKU was scoreless in the second quarter.

Western Kentucky bounced back in the third quarter after a one-yard rushing touchdown to cut the deficit to 14 points. The Cardinals fired back with a 70-yard completion from Cunningham to senior wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick for a touchdown. Louisville led Western Kentucky 35-14 going into the final quarter of play.

Louisville’s defense held up in the fourth quarter only allowing a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Hilltoppers. U of L ended up coming away with a two-touchdown lead to secure the victory 35-21.

Cunningham threw for 343 yards and gathered three touchdowns. Junior running back Hassan Hall ran for 66 yards on six carries. Fitzpatrick and Smith both grabbed four catches for 110 yards apiece. Junior wide receiver Tutu Atwell totaled 78 yards on seven catches.

The Cardinals will begin ACC conference play next week when they take on the University of Miami Hurricanes Sept.19. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium. Louisville will look to avenge their loss from last season when they visited the Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Fla.

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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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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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85 U of L student athletes and athletics staff test positive for COVID-19 Thursday, Aug 20 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville athletics department has done 1,373 COVID-19 tests on student athletes, staff and coaches since the beginning of involuntary workouts on June 2. Results show 85 of the tests came back positive for COVID-19, a positivity rate of 6.2% in the department. As of Aug. 19, Kentucky’s positivity rate is 5.41%.

This spike in cases comes after U of L men’s basketball activities were put on hold following two positive COVID-19 cases in early July. Three U of L men’s soccer players were also dismissed from the team after attending an off-campus party that led to the spread of COVID-19 amongst the team on August 7.

U of L plans to move forward with their sports this fall, along with the rest of the ACC. However, sports this fall with only be played against in-conference opponents and in-state opponents such as Murray State University and Western Kentucky University.

“We have a strong commitment from our medical, administrative staff, and the athletic department that we expect to be met with the same commitment from our student-athletes,” U of L Athletics Director Vince Tyra said.

U of L football plans to host Western Kentucky Sept. 12 at Cardinal Stadium to open up the season.

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Louisville volleyball sweeps Samford to advance in NCAA Tournament Monday, Dec 9 2019 

By John McCarthy —

Louisville volleyball defeated Samford  in the first round of the NCAA tournament Dec. 5 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. 

This was an important first-round win for the Cardinals, who improved to 20-9 on the season. 

The Cardinals’ sweep of an impressive opponent in Samford, who was 24-5 before their loss to Louisville, proves that the Cards have potential to go deep into the NCAA tournament. 

Standouts for Louisville were freshman Aiko Jones and junior Anna Stevenson. Jones propelled the Cardinals with 17 kills and two aces, while Stevenson added 12 kills and four blocks. 

The Bulldogs marked the scoreboard first in the first set. Soon after, Louisville breezed to a 9-4 lead. Led by Stevenson’s ace and momentum-swinging block, Louisville went on a 5-0 run to go up 17-10. Samford fought back to 19-18 on the set, but the firepower of the Cardinals was too much and won the first set. 

The Cards controlled the second set. Samford called a timeout after the Cardinals shot out to an early 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs were able to bring the score to 12-8 midway through the set, but Louisville caught fire yet again with responsive 3-0 run capped off by a Jones kill. Samford called their last timeout after the Cardinals’ run and were able to put four more points on the board. In the end, Louisville ran away with the set on a 6-0 run. 

Louisville was hot to begin the third set, jumping out to a 10-3 lead. After a few sloppy plays by the Cardinals, Samford brought the score back to within two points. The Cardinals and Bulldogs traded points before a kill by sophomore Claire Chaussee stopped Samford’s run.

Following Chaussee’s kill, Louisville led 21-15. Louisville reached match point on an ace by junior Tori Dilfer, but the Bulldogs scraped up four points to make the score 24-22. With a timely Jones kill, the Cardinals closed the set 25-22.

The Cardinals will await the winner of the Western Kentucky University and Kennesaw State University match. Louisville prepares for two fierce competitors. WKU has been stellar this season, going 32-2 on the year and went undefeated in conference play. KSU has a seasoned roster and is 5-2 this season at neutral sites. 

The Cardinals will showdown with the winner of the WKU/KSU game Dec. 6.

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U of L basketball topples Western Kentucky 71-54 Saturday, Nov 30 2019 

By Luke Graham — 

The No.2 Cards basketball topped Western Kentucky in Nashville Nov. 30 with a final score of 71-54.

The Cards (7-0, 1-0) ended the first half up 37-23. Junior Jordan Nwora stayed hot as usual and shot 50 percent from the field and behind the 3-point line and finished the first half with 11 points. Senior Dwayne Sutton led the Cards with 14 points going into the 2nd half.

Louisville did seem to lose a bit of momentum in the first half while at one-point up, 21-7. They looked to keep the lead on their end in the 2nd half regardless of the WKU (6-2, 0-0) run.

Louisville held on after a back-and-forth 2nd half before they won the game.

Nwora led the Cards with 25 points while Sutton would add just one more point to his box score in the second half and finish with 15 points. Junior Malik Williams led the Cards with nine rebounds while coming off the bench.

The Cards came into this game just needing to hold on for a win to likely become the No.1 team in the country with the next set of rankings after Duke suffered a shocking loss. While this win was not as convincing as some of their other ones it sure looks like it will put the Cards in the top spot when the new rankings come out.

With Coach Chris Mack possibly leading the Cards into the one spot in the beginning of his second year, it is safe to say he is ahead of schedule.

Louisville will look to stay undefeated in the Big Ten/ACC challenge against Michigan (7-0, 0-0) on Dec. 3 at 7:30pm. The game will be played in the KFC Yum! Center.

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Gov. Bevin appoints three new board of trustee members Wednesday, Nov 27 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

Gov. Matt Bevin filled the three vacant University of Louisville board of trustee spots Nov. 22. Scott Brinkman, Randall J. Bufford and John Chilton are the three new trustees.

Brinkman currently serves as secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, overseeing the Commonwealth’s Cabinets and implementing policies and programs. He is also on the board of the Waterfront Development Corporation. He was formerly a lawyer in Louisville for 35 years.

Chilton is the state budget director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Before this, he was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for more than 40 years.

Bufford, the only appointee not a part of Gov. Bevin’s cabinet, is the founder and president of Trilogy Health Services, LLC. He was also a board member on U of L’s Nursing and Business School committees.

In the release, there was no information regarding how long each member’s term would last or start. The trustees are set to meet for the last time this year Dec. 12.

Gov. Bevin also made appointments to Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky’s board’s.

None of the three new members were available for comment at the time.

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