Number one basketball player in class of 2023 signs on with Kentucky Monday, Nov 14 2022 

"I have known DJ his entire life and I've always wanted to coach him," Coach John Calipari said. "Above all, he is a competitor."

        

Cards Can’t Complete Comeback, Fall To Bellarmine 67-66 Sunday, Nov 13 2022 

By: Jason Krell

The Knights of Bellarmine wanted nothing more than to spoil the first game of the Kenny Payne
era and walk out of the Yum! Center with a win, and they did just that.

The Cards were slow out of the gate and Bellarmine took full advantage outscoring them 41-30
in the first half. Defensive breakdowns allowed the Knights to lead by as much as twelve in
the first half and completely dominated in the paint despite Louisville’s size advantage. The
Knights shot an impressive 59% from the field to the Cards’ 38% heading into the break where
one can only imagine what Payne had to say to his guys.

The pressure was on now to see if Louisville could wake up in the second half and avoid one of
the worst opening losses in recent memory. The Cards’ comeback quest was fueled by trio
Jae’Lyn Withers, El Ellis, and Mike James who all scored in double figures, but were matched by
Bellarmine’s Garret Tipton and Bash Wieland, putting up 21 and 13 respectively.

Trimming down the lead late in the second half, Louisville was within one with a chance to send
the Knights packing. Freshman Kamari Lands missed a potential game-winning jump shot that
would have given the Cards the edge. Bellarmine escaped a second-half collapse and walked off
the court feeling more confident than ever that they belonged with the big boys.

All is not lost for the Cardinals as they will get a second chance on Saturday, November 12th
where they will take on Wright State. No game from this point forward will be a walk in
Cherokee Park, but the Cards can take away the positives from this contest and move on.

A head coach in his first season with a new roster is bound to have some early season hiccups. Let us not
press the panic button…yet.

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Why You Shouldn’t Panic After Louisville’s Loss to Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday, Nov 5 2022 

By: Jason Krell

Sunday’s contest against division two foe, Lenoir-Rhyne gave Cardinal fans a first glimpse of what Kenny Payne and company have been building this offseason and what’s the come during the 2022-23 season.

The Issues

The Cards managed to hold a two-point lead heading into halftime but would get outscored 31-19 in the second half and shoot an abysmal 23% from the field. Leading all scorers was redshirt junior, Jae’Lyn Withers who is one of just seven returners on this Louisville roster. 

The Kenny Payne era got off to a slow start with Sunday’s loss marking the end of a 39-game winning streak in exhibition games dating back to December of 2000 where Denny Crum and company fell 87-86 in double overtime to the Global Sports All-Stars. 

Don’t Panic

Sure, fans are upset to lose to a small little school in Hickory, North Carolina, but fans shouldn’t be sweating just yet. This is Payne’s first year as a head coach at any level so there are bound to be some ups and downs. Payne took over this program with the knowledge that there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get this team back to where they know they can be.

Looking Forward

Additionally, the first game with a whole new roster and coaching staff is all but guaranteed to have a slow start on their first time hitting the court. Making open shots, rebounding, and defensive effort are all things that will come in time as the Cards continue to shake the rust off. They will have one more opportunity to get the screws tightened in an exhibition matchup against Chaminade on November 3rd before opening regular season play against across-town foe, Bellarmine on November 9th at 9 pm.

A rocky start certainly doesn’t predict the future but rather provides a benchmark for fans and players moving forward. Many Cards fans remain optimistic that Kenny Payne will turn this program around and contend as one of the top teams in the ACC and on the national stage.

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Men’s basketball avoids postseason ban in NCAA IARP ruling Thursday, Nov 3 2022 

By Tate Luckey 

After five years, five coaches, four university presidents, three athletic directors, and lots of questions, the Louisville men’s basketball program received the details of its punishment from the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). The IARP is responsible for reviewing select complex infraction cases within Division I. Their Nov. 3 decision detailed what penalties the University would face for its alleged involvement with Adidas and improper recruiting practices.

The Penalties

In May of 2020, the NCAA accused U of L of committing a Level I violation dating back to 2017, in which Adidas recruited Brian Bowen in part by paying his family $100,000 if he attended U of L , and then signed with Adidas after going pro. There are additional Level II violations, that can be found here.

The IARP panel could not find sufficient proof Adidas was acting in U of L’s interests, or that the University played any role in Adidas’s actions.

According to the 105-page decision, the NCAA argued that former head coach Rick Pitino was “too strict on compliance for it to be effective.” The IARP rejected the argument, stating Pitino had fostered an adequate atmosphere of compliance.

Major penalties include a $5,000 fine, a two-week ban on unofficial visits during the 2022-2023 academic year, a seven-day reduction in recruiting days for the 2022-2023 academic year, and a two-year probationary period, in which Louisville is to develop a “comprehensive educational program on NCAA legislation designed to instruct…with recruiting responsibility.” Former head coach Chris Mack also avoids any punishment.

The full list can be found here. IARP decisions cannot be appealed.

“A step in the right direction”

U of L Athletic Director Josh Heird emphasized in a press conference Thursday to “not forget [the impact] the allegations have had on the fanbase.” He and Interim President Lori Gonzalez are focused on moving past this era of athletics, instead focusing on rebuilding the enthusiasm of the fanbase. Both consider this outcome a check off of the many items on their to-do list.

“If you’re a U of L fan and don’t feel better after today, then I’m not sure you’re a fan,” Heird said.

“You can’t forget the last five years- the millions of dollars that have been spent, the millions of dollars the program has lost, and opportunities that have been lost for our athletes to compete. Today marks the beginning of a new chapter.”

Students, alumni, and fans alike can now breathe a collective sigh of relief that this era of Louisville Basketball can finally be pushed behind them.

So…will that 2013 banner be raised?

When the IARP’s penalties were revealed Thursday morning, reactions from fans were swift. Former player and current Cleveland Cavalier Donovan Mitchell sent “BANNER UP” on his social media, and Barstool Cards tweeted a simple “Hang it.

But with this case finally resolved, does that mean anything for this important piece of University of Louisville sports history?

For context, the 2013 title was vacated due to a separate 2017 investigation that uncovered a stripper and sex-related scandal involving former players, former director of basketball operations Andre McGee, and Pitino. The now Iona Gaels head coach stated in a Zoom call Thursday that he believes in the character of the NCAA, and that the vacated 2013 National Championship banner will be hung again.

“You cannot take championships away. We won the 2013 championship. If the IARP was involved in looking at that case, that banner would still be hanging today,” he said.

“I’m not going to make any promises, but if there’s an opportunity to do something along those lines, we’re going to do it,” Heird said. “I’d have to have more conversations with the NCAA- it’s not as simple as rolling down to the arena and raising it.”

This is a breaking story, and as such will be updated.

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Louisville men’s basketball loses first exhibition game since 2000 Sunday, Oct 30 2022 

Lenoir-Rhyne, coached by former UofL standout Everick Sullivan, snapped Louisville’s streak of 39 straight exhibition victories over the last 21 years.

        

Louisville Live! kicks off basketball season with a bang, selling out Slugger Field Tuesday, Oct 25 2022 

By: Spencer Laws

The energy around Slugger Field was unmatched as Louisville Live! opened Homecoming weekend with a bang to kick off the Kenny Payne era of men’s basketball. It was a sold-out crowd packed full of fans excited to see what both the men’s and women’s squads have to offer this season. 

The night was ushered by a combination of ascending hip-hop star Jack Harlow and basketball alumni Peyton Siva and Angel McCoughtry, who added a lot of fun and commentary throughout the night. 

Teams participated in events such as the three-point contest, the hot shot contest and  the Mountain Dew Slam Dunk contest. 

Along with both teams, many alumni and recruits were in attendance to experience the event and atmosphere on display. 

Pervis Ellison is a notable name in attendance that has been absent in recent years to the program. 

The former first-round pick of the 1989 NBA draft was roommates with head coach Kenny Payne when they were playing. 

Other noteworthy names in attendance include Darrel Griffith, Asia Durr, Dan Mcdonnell  and Master P.

The Men’s team before starts exhibitions o Oct. 30 against Lenoir-Rhyne. 

The Women’s team kicks off their season hosting Cincinnati on November 7th at the Yum Center.

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How Much Pressure is on Kenny Payne This Season? Sunday, Oct 23 2022 

By: Jason Krell

Earlier this year, University of Louisville athletic director, Josh Heird named Kenny Payne to the head coaching role of the men’s basketball team. With the firing of former head coach Chris Mack, Heird faced a lot of pressure in getting this decision right in hopes of bringing Louisville back to the national powerhouse it used to be.

A former player under coach Denny Crum, Payne knows what it takes to be successful having won a national title as both a player and as an assistant at the University of Kentucky. Payne also spent four years in the NBA as both a coach and player and was selected in the first round of the 1989 draft.

Louisville legend, Denny Crum welcomes Kenny Payne to Louisville in March of 2022.

Historically, Louisville basketball is a winning program. With dominance in the 1980s and steady success through the 2000s and 2010s, a lot is at stake for Payne to make Louisville basketball relevant again. Former coaches like Denny Crum and Rick Pitino have set the standard where anything less than an ACC championship and final-four run would be considered a lost season. Or would it?

This will be Kenny Payne’s first gig as a head coach, at any level so it is expected for things to not be perfect and smooth sailing. However, valuable assets such as Nolan Smith and Danny Manning showcase to fans that Louisville basketball has one of the most experienced coaching staff in the country.

Assistant coach Kenny Payne and PJ Washington getting ready for a game in the NCAA tournament.

In addition to a distinguished coaching staff, players such as Sydney Curry and El Ellis will be looking to make their case for ACC player of the year and make a run in the NCAA tournament. With so much young talent on the roster, you can’t help but think they have nothing to lose, and a team that has nothing to lose come March can be a dangerous thing.

With the rich history that comes with Louisville basketball, there is going to be pressure to succeed right away as a new head coach. For as long as Payne knows the expectation from fans and is realistic with the roster he has, Louisville will be put back on the map as the powerhouse in the state of Kentucky.
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Louisville commits describe hometown legacy, excitement for future Thursday, May 26 2022 

By Louisville Male High School’s student paper, thebrooknbreck

Since 1856, Louisville Male High School has had an athletic legacy that extends past Preston Highway, to a school 10 minutes away: the University of Louisville.

Selah Brown, class of 2022, and Kaleb Glenn, class of 2023, are two athletes  attending Male and looking forward to continuing their athletic career as “Hometown Heroes.”

Both have expressed that they would like their legacy at Male to be left as one of the “greatest” football/basketball players to walk through Male, and have worked hard to both earn this title and continue it at Louisville.

Kaleb Glenn: One of the “Greatest to Ever Play at Male”

U of L commit Kaleb Glenn, from his Instagram

Tim Haworth, Glenn’s former basketball coach, said “[The] sky’s the limit for Kaleb. He’s one of the most humble and hardworking kids I’ve ever been around.”

Haworth had met with Glenn before and after school every day this year, bringing in trainers or personal coaches to work with him. Haworth is dedicated to coaching Glenn, saying he is going down as one of the greatest to ever play at Male. 

Haworth also believes Glenn has a chance to be an NBA player one day if he keeps working as he does. Glenn himself has similar goals while at Louisville, hoping to get better while enjoying his time and then hopefully get drafted.

Glenn values hard work and it is one of the things he prides himself on. One of his biggest role models is the 2021 Finals MVP and 2021 NBA Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks because he is a good guy that values hard work. Glenn hopes to inspire people to work hard and is excited to continue this legacy of work ethic at Louisville. 

Selah Brown: “The Next Chris Redman From the Defensive Side”

Selah Brown has similar goals at Louisville, where he hopes to rep Louisville across his chest the best way he can. This includes both on and off the field. He wants not only an academic degree but also an ACC championship during his time at the university.

Chris Wolfe, Male’s head football coach said, “Selah is probably one of the most inspirational players that I’ve coached, as far as the

U of L commit Selah Brown, from his Instagram

way he interacts with his teammates, the way he interacts with his coaches, and even the faculty members. There seems to be true love for Selah. He has had a pretty remarkable run and it’s going to compare to the elite classes that we’ve had at Male.”

Wolfe compares Selah to being the next Chris Redman (former U of L quarterback from 1996-2000) from the defensive side saying, “Chris Redman is probably the most popular U of L player and Male graduate. Selah might be in that same category, but to do it from the defensive side would be pretty impressive.”

When talking to Chris Redman, he said Male was a great school to prepare him for Louisville. Redman is the third generation in his family to play football at Louisville, valuing this legacy of growth for the Louisville football program. In attending both Male and Louisville, Redman created valued relationships with his classmates, teammates, and coaches.

Continuing at U of L

Redman described the special relationship between college athletes who choose to stay in their hometown and their fans. “Fans appreciate athletes continuing their career in Louisville,” he said. “Utilize all the help and opportunities there.” This is something both Glenn and Brown have expressed excitement for.

Brown has worked with Coach Satterfield since his freshman year of high school and is thrilled to continue developing his relationship with Coach Satterfield at Louisville. “I know I am getting a good coach out of him,” he said.

Both Brown and Glenn value family-oriented programs and strong relationships, which is one of the main reasons Glenn chose Louisville. “Going into the recruiting process, I was open to everyone, but Louisville was that school that built a great relationship with me,” he said.

As Glenn continues to develop his relationship with the new head coach, Kenny Payne, he said he likes what he [Payne) brings to the table.

Brown and Glenn, like Redman and many other Male Alumni before them, are continuing on the transitional legacy that dozens of student-athletes take from Male High School to the University of Louisville.

The tradition is likely to be continued, as several underclass prospects at Male are also considering Louisville. It will be exciting and interesting to watch their journies. 

Editors Note: This story was written in collaboration with the students of Louisville Male High School. More stories from their newspaper can be accessed here. 

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Kentucky guard Sharpe to enter NBA draft, keep eligibility Thursday, Apr 21 2022 

Sharpe stated in a release Thursday that while unsure of what lies ahead, he must test the waters and receive feedback.

        

Kentucky Wildcats keep Oscar Tshiebwe for his senior season Wednesday, Apr 20 2022 

The junior’s decision was the most anticipated from a Wildcats squad that rode his dominant performance, especially on the boards.

        

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