Players and fans anticipate return to full capacity football games Friday, Sep 3 2021 

By Sam Roof–

Wash your favorite jersey and grab your best koozie because full capacity is back at Cardinal Stadium. 

After their season opener against University of Mississippi in Atlanta, the Louisville Cardinals will begin their preparation to play against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. 

Hopefully, 60,000+ fans will be on their feet ready to cheer on our team in what should be a bounce-back year. 

There’s a buzz going around campus from players and fans alike. This season means a lot to many different individuals. 

For underclassmen, this may be their first opportunity to experience a Division I college football game. 

And for upperclassmen, the return to full capacity means a return to traditions and exhilaration they’ve longed to get back to for well over a year. 

Charlie Young, a U of L senior and lifelong Cardinal football fan shared what he was most looking forward to this season. 

“Getting back in the stadium and getting that Cardinal football atmosphere, being able to enjoy the game from the stands where I can cheer on my team in person and give the cards more of a home field advantage,” said Young.

University of Louisville tight end Isaac Martin also touched on the impact fans have for the players.

“The most exciting thing about this upcoming season is being able to play in packed stadiums and being able to hear the fans. It will definitely help us in tough spots, like in the red zone on offense and the defense on third downs. I can’t wait to have them back!”

This mutual excitement is just what our community needs. The last year and a half has been hard on everyone. But together, we have made strides to get better and closer to our new “normal.” Football has been a beloved tradition for the Louisville community. 

Freshman tight end Dez Melton reflected on what made him decide to leave his home in Arizona to play for U of L.

Melton said, “The fan base was part of the reason why I came because on my official visit, we went to a pizza place before a basketball game and everyone in there gave us a standing ovation. I never had a standing ovation from fans on any of my visits.”

This sport and this city mean something to our players, on and off the field. For some, such as Melton, this is a home away from home. Hopefully this football season can serve as a boost of joy for our tried and tested community. 

The players are excited. The students are excited. We all deserve these good times ahead. 

Let’s all strive to stay safe and enjoy this upcoming season. As freshman wide receiver Bradley West said, “There is nothing like the energy in a full football stadium.”

Photo Courtesy // WLKY News

 

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U of L administers more than 100,000 vaccinations at Cardinal Stadium site Friday, Apr 16 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

This week, the University of Louisville opened Kentucky’s newest and largest drive through vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium. In nearly a week, U of L Health has administered nearly 100,000 vaccine doses, with hundreds of thousands of upcoming appointments.

David McArthur, director of public relations for U of L Health told the Cardinal that when planning, U of L wanted the vaccination site to be as quick and convenient as possible.

“The Cardinal Stadium site was built big to maximize efficiency, decrease wait times and increase convenience,” McArthur said.  With 24 lanes in total, McArthur said that the site is capable of administering over 4,000 vaccines a day, in addition to U of L’s other locations in Jefferson and Bullitt counties.

As for whether U of L has enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire U of L community, McArthur said that supply was keeping up with demand.

“Between now and May 28, we have nearly 200,000 appointments available at the U of L Cardinal Stadium,” he said. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the university is confident that they will have over 200,000 doses of the vaccine to fulfill those appointments.

Anyone above the age of 16 is eligible for a vaccine, at no cost to them. To schedule an appointment for vaccination, sign up through U of L Health’s website. For any questions about the vaccine, more information is available on U of L Health’s FAQ page.

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U of L opens Kentucky’s largest drive through vaccination site to public Monday, Apr 12 2021 

By Joseph Garcia —

University of Louisville Health has opened the state’s largest drive through COVID-19 vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium’s Purple lot today, April 12 to all current students and anyone above the age of 16.

Former university Provost Beth Boehm sent an email to staff and students about the opening toward the end of March.

“This high-volume, drive through vaccination site will have 24 lanes to accommodate the thousands of vaccination U of L Health plans to administer each day,” Boehm said in the March 31 email.

Due to vaccine supply, individuals are not able to chose which vaccine they want to get. The vaccine is also free of cost.

To schedule an appointment for vaccination, sign up through U of L Health’s website. For any questions about the vaccine, more information is available on U of L Health’s FAQ page.


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U of L will have an in-person commencement this semester Saturday, Mar 20 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville has announced that in-person commencement ceremonies will return this spring. The ceremonies will take place at Cardinal Stadium for May 2021 and 2020 graduates who wish to participate. The ceremonies will also be livestreamed.

The first ceremony is planned for Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and will include the College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate School, School of Dentistry, School of Law and School of Medicine.

Saturday, May 8 will include two ceremonies. At 10 a.m. graduates from the College of Business, J.B. Speed School of Engineering and School of Public Health and Information Sciences will be recognized. The 4 p.m. event will include graduates from the College of Education and Human Development, Kent School of Social Work, School of Music and School of Nursing.

Sunday, May 9 will be held for a rain date if one of the original ceremonies must be postponed due to inclement weather.

Details for the ceremonies are still being finalized. However, U of L will follow all city, state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines. Masks and/or facial coverings will be required and must be worn at all times. The office of Gov. Andy Beshear approved the plans for the commencement ceremonies this week.

According to U of L News, the university is anticipating roughly 1,800 students to attend the events. Each graduate can invite up to eight guests, who will be seated in group pods of four seats.

Detailed information on how to obtain tickets, parking and entry instructions, and inclement weather plans will be shared by early April.

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U of L routs Syracuse 30-0 in home victory Monday, Nov 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team defeated Syracuse 30-0 on Nov. 20 at Cardinal Stadium.

U of L improves their record to 3-6, while the Orange has their record fall to 1-8 on the season.

Friday’s win was a much-needed victory for the Cardinals, who improve to 2-6 in ACC conference play. U of L now sits at 12th place in the ACC standings.

Sophomore James Turner kicked off the scoring outburst for the Cardinals after completing a booming 50-yard field goal. Turner’s field goal was the lone scoring mark in the opening quarter for both teams.

Turner fired again in the second quarter at the 6:25 mark, splashing a 40-yard field goal. Freshman Jalen Mitchell tallied up his first career carry for the Cardinals in the second quarter. Mitchell hustled into the endzone for a 2-yard touchdown with only 3:36 left in the half. With 30 seconds left in the second quarter, Junior Malik Cunningham danced into the endzone for a 4-yard rushing touchdown.

U of L was firmly in the driver’s seat heading into halftime, leading the Orange 20-0.

The first nine minutes of the third quarter was quiet for both the Cardinals and Syracuse. At the 6:45 mark, Cunningham completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Tutu Atwell. Then, in the fourth quarter, Turner struck again with a 33-yard field goal.

Louisville took home the victory with ease 30-0.

Cunningham completed 19-28 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. Senior Maurice Barkley had ten carries for 56 yards. Freshman Braden Smith had seven receptions for 65 yards. Turner had nine points on three field goals totaling 123 yards kicked.

U of L will head to Massachusetts to face Boston College on Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.

Photo Courtesy ACC Media

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Virginia’s Cavaliers come out on top against Cardinals 31-17 Monday, Nov 16 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team traveled to Virginia this weekend to take on the Cavaliers. The Cardinals were without sophomore Tutu Atwell and sophomore Javian Hawkins due to illness.

Virginia (3-4) topped the Cardinals (2-6) in the ACC bout 31-17 on Nov. 14.

Junior James Turner put the Cardinals on the scoreboard with four minutes left in the first quarter. After Turner’s 48-yard field goal, the Cardinals trailed the Cavaliers 7-3.

Five minutes into the second quarter junior Malik Cunningham broke loose for a 19-yard touchdown run to give U of L their only touchdown of the quarter. Louisville trailed Virginia 14-10 headed into half time.

Cunningham came through again the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run at the goal line. U of L trailed the Cavaliers 21-17 headed into the fourth quarter.

Senior Brian Delaney booted a 28-yard field goal to bring the Cardinals within a touchdown going into the final ten minutes of the game. Around the 8-minute mark, Cunningham broke through for a potential rushing touchdown but fumbled the goal into the Cavaliers’ 40-yard line. Virginia scored another touchdown to seal the win 31-17.

Cunningham was 13 for 21 passing the ball with 161 yards and an interception. He also carried the ball 20 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Dez Fitzpatrick had five receptions for 71 yards.

U of L will face Syracuse Nov. 20 at Cardinal Stadium.

Photo Courtesy of ACC Media

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U of L football heads to Virginia for ACC showdown Saturday, Nov 14 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals football team is set to face off against Virginia this Saturday, Nov. 14.

Louisville (2-5) and Virginia (2-4) were originally slated to play on Nov. 7, but the game was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the U of L defense.

The last time U of L faced off against the Cavaliers was in 2019. Louisville took home the victory in that matchup at Cardinal Stadium. The two teams have faced off a total of eight times throughout their time in the ACC. U of L leads the all-time series 5-3.

U of L will look to bounce back from their home loss to Virginia Tech two weeks ago. The Cavaliers plan to continue their winning streak against the Cardinals after an upset victory over No. 15 North Carolina.

The Cardinals turn to sophomore Javian Hawkins and Junior Malik Cunningham for production. Hawkins leads Louisville in rushing yards and yards per carry. Cunningham leads the Cardinals in passing yards.

This ACC matchup will take place on Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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Javian Hawkins’ progression fuels Cardinals football Friday, Oct 30 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team has received a good amount of production from the running back position. At the beginning of the season, junior running back Hassan Hall appeared to be the starting back for the Cardinals. But after U of L’s 48-16 win over Florida State at home, sophomore Javian Hawkins is Louisville’s running back.

Glimpses of Hawkins’ skill set for the 2020-2021 season appear against the University of Miami. Hawkins carried the ball for 164 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to the Hurricanes, but he showed he could be a factor in the outcomes of big games.

Then came Louisville’s bout with Florida State on Oct. 24. Florida State was coming off a monster win against No. 5 North Carolina and was looking to make further strides in the ACC conference standings. Louisville had different plans, the Cardinals’ offense exploded for 48 points in the runaway victory against the Seminoles.

Hawkins shined in the must-win game against Florida State, just like he showed out against Miami will all eyes on the Cardinals. Hawkins carried the ball for 174 yards on only 16 carries, including a breakaway run for 70 yards. He also had three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ win. That is the second 70+ yard rush for Hawkins this season.

U of L will look to build off of their victory against the Seminoles. They host Virginia Tech Oct. 31 at Cardinal Stadium. Hawkins plans to keep his hot streak going, opening avenues for the U of L offense.

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Cardinals lose heartbreaker to No. 4 Norte Dame 12-7 Tuesday, Oct 20 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville football fell to No. 4 Norte Dame on Oct. 17 in South Bend, Ind. This marks the fourth straight loss for the Cardinals, placing them 15th in the ACC conference rankings.

Momentum was teetering throughout the first half. The Fighting Irish were not able to score because of Louisville’s exceptional defense early on. On the other side of the ball, Norte Dame’s defense was holding the Cardinals’ offense in check as well.

The Fighting Irish was able to score two field goals to go up 6-0 by halftime. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game with four seconds left in the second quarter, but sophomore kicker James Turner missed the 54-yard field goal attempt.

Toward the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals attempted an onside kick to gain possession back and potentially go up on the Irish. The onside kick was successful until an illegal blocking call was made against the Cardinals. The controversial illegal blocking call changed killed momentum for the Cardinals at the end of the third quarter.

The University of Louisville fell to the Irish 12-7, making the Cardinals 0-4 in ACC conference play.

Junior Malik Cunningham completed 16 of his 19 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Junior Javian Hawkings carried the ball for 51 yards and had five receptions for 46 yards.

U of L will look to bounce back from their current losing streak when they host the Florida State Seminoles Oct. 24 at Cardinal Stadium.

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Cardinals blown away by Miami Hurricanes Saturday, Sep 19 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The No. 18 Louisville Cardinals lost in a hard fought game to the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes 47-34 at Cardinal Stadium Sept. 19.

The Hurricanes (2-0) started their first drive with an 18 yard pass from senior D’Eriq King to junior Brevin Jordan, but the Cardinals were able to force a punt. Junior Malik Cunningham matched their energy with a 24 yard run during the following drive that led to a field goal for the Cardinals.

After a 38 yard run from King during the next drive, the Hurricanes scored the first touchdown of the game with a pass from King to junior Will Mallory. Freshman Jaylan Knighton scored the first rushing touchdown of his career for the Hurricanes with 1:41 left in the first quarter, giving the Hurricanes a 14-3 lead. 

Even though the Cardinals (1-1) had the ability to move the ball against the Hurricanes, they failed to convert on third down during the first half and settled for two field goals in scoring position.

An interception by Miami junior Al Blades Jr.  stopped a Cardinals drive near the end of the first half. Miami took a 20-6 lead into the second half. 

The Cardinals drove down the field in their first drive of the second half to score their first touchdown of the game.

Sophmore Javian Hawkins took a hand-off to the right before being forced to the opposite side of the field for a 19 yard touchdown. During the next offensive drive for the Cardinals, Hawkins converted a fourth down play that led to a six yard touchdown pass from Cunningham to junior Tutu Atwell.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes scored two touchdowns in two plays during their first two drives to start the third quarter. Junior Cam’Ron Harris rushed for a 75 yard touchdown and King threw a 75 yard touchdown to Knighton. 

Cunningham threw two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to Atwell and sophomore Marshon Ford, but the Hurricanes maintained their lead to finish the game.

The Cardinals play the Pittsburgh Panthers Sept. 26 at Heinz Field at noon EST.

Photo Courtesy // ACC Media 

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