—By Beau Kilpatrick
December 11, 2017
I must first start by apologizing for not writing an article in quite some time. Graduate school has taken up a lot of my time and I have been working on some interesting projects at the University of Louisville.
With that being said, there is a lot to talk about in the world of Cardinal sports.
The Louisville football program wrapped up there 2017 season by finishing third in the ACC Atlantic, 8-4, behind No. 1 Clemson and No. 24 NC State. The Cardinals will be travelling to Jacksonville, Florida, on December 20, to take on No. 23 Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Both teams are 8-4 and are evenly matched per ESPN.com. U of L can thank junior quarterback Lamar Jackson for their success. Jackson recently finished third in the 2017 Heisman Trophy campaign after winning the award in 2016.
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Third place is confounding at best since Jackson broke many of his previous records this year. He finished the regular season with 4,932 yards, 42 touchdowns, completing 60 percent of his passes, and only throwing six interceptions out of nearly 400 passes. Jackson carried the offense for most of the season but found help with the running game in the latter half of the season in Malik Williams and Reggie Bonafon. This could be why, unlike last season, the Cards have finished strong; winning four of their final five games; including their final game against their in-state rivals, the Kentucky Wildcats, by stomping #BBN 44-17.
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Louisville fans had a lot to cheer about this football season and have one more game to go. However, we have crossed into basketball season and the UK vs. U of L rivalry game will be coming up on Saturday, December 29. The game will be aired on CBS at 1 p.m.
The Louisville basketball program (6-2) has faced numerous challenges in the off-season. The lingering effects of the Katina Powell scandal still hang over the program and a pay-to-play scandal has also been exposed recently. Allegations against freshmen recruit Brian Bowen claim that he and his family were paid $100,000 by ADIDAS to commit to the University of Louisville. Amidst the allegations, hall of fame coach Rick Pitino and celebrated athletic director Tom Jurich have been fired from their positions at the university. Former assistant David Padgett has taken over the reigns, replacing Pitino on the hardwood.
Deng Adel is leading the basketball team with 16 points per game and 128 points on the season. Senior Ray Spalding is leading the big men with 9.8 rebounds per game and 14 steals on the season. The seven-footer Anas Mahmoud has 30 blocks in eight games and freshman forward Jordan Nwora is lighting up the rim, making 50% of his three-pointers. More Stats
The University of Louisville has had more than its share of ups and downs in the past few years and the lingering turmoil is far from over. The basketball team will suffer more consequences in the future when they must atone for the mistakes of ADIDAS, Rick Pitino, and Tom Jurich. However, our football team is in great shape, our basketball program is making the best of their current situation, and let’s not forget about our amazing College World Series baseball team—who will be taking the diamond in mid-February under coach Dan McDonnell. Check out the upcoming baseball schedule.
As always: GO CARDS!! #L1C4!!