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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Louisville Women's Golf tied for fifth in Cardinal Cup -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Freshman Lauren Hartlage, from Elizabethtown, KY., leads Louisville women's golf with a seven over par 151 after two days in the Cardinal Cup at the UofL Golf Club in Simpsonville, KY. Hartlage is tied for 10th in the individual standings.

The Chip and Putt Cards are tied with East Carolina for fifth and are 20 strokes behind Florida State as the team head into the final 18 holes today. Louisville completed their first round on Sunday tied for fifth. 

Sophomore Olivia Cason is tied for 14th after 36 holes. Shannon Gramley is currently tied for 37th for Louisville's "A" team and Molly Skapic rounds out the Cardinals with a tie for 45th. 

Red-shirt freshman Meghan Nay leads the "B" squad for the Cards with a 36 hole total of 154 and is tied with Gramley at 37th. They are at 15th. in the 17 team field.

The action begins today at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. (Hopefully, the players will be out of firing range!) 



Louisville Field Hockey (15-3, 3-3) earns the #5 seed in the ACC Field Hockey Championship and will face #4 seed North Carolina in the opening game of the event. The two will square off at 11 a.m. Thursday morning Nov. 3rd at Wake Forest's field in Winston Salem, NC. If the Cards down the Heels, they'll face #1 seed Duke Friday Nov. 4th. at 1 p.m.

Syracuse earned the #2 seed and plays #7 seed Wake Forest. Boston College will start as the #3 seed and face #6 seed Virginia on Thursday. 

The Cards downed UNC 1-0 at Trager Stadium on Oct. 15th. Louisville narrowly lost to Duke 2-1 at Trager back on Sept. 16th. 

Louisville plays their final game of the regular season at Michigan this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are #16 ranked in the latest poll at 10-6. They have lost to ACC opponents UNC and Wake Forest this season. 

One could make an argument for all seven ACC teams making the NCAA Tournament this year. Five ACC schools (Duke, UNC, Lou., Syracuse and VA) are in the top ten. Boston College is #13th and Wake Forest is #16. All seven teams made the "Big Stick" last a 18 team format that had three ACC teams in the Final Four and Syracuse winning the NCAA title over North Carolina. 

Fun times ahead for the Sowry Stick Girls!



Rowe is from Pikeville, KY
Recent news on the UofL WBB program indicates that 2020 prospect Sydney Parrish, 2021 #1 ranked Azzi Fudd and 2022 Cassidy Rowe are getting a lot of love from the UofL coaches. 

2019 star Nyah Green has already verballed to UofL.

The 2017 prospects are seniors in high school currently. That means the Cards are keeping a watchful eye on a current sophomore, freshman, eighth grader and seventh grader.

So, the question begs itself...should we really get over-the-top excited about what middle-school kids are doing...even if they're playing varsity basketball? 

I think I remember in the seventh grade that I wanted to replace Dick Butkus as the Chicago Bears middle linebacker. I went through a lot of different career choices before I entered college. None of which my parents took too seriously.

Azzi Fudd...welcome to the 8th grade! 
Finding talent early is good, don't get me wrong. Bobby Knight wanted Damon Bailey at IU when he was an eighth grader. But, a lot of things change from the seventh grade to high school graduation. 

I wonder if Myishia Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore knew where they wanted to go as eighth graders? Bionca Dunham wasn't even playing organized basketball in 2011 as an eighth-grader. Nita Slaughter was in the Louisville-thinking mode as a ninth grader. I guess it depends on the kid, the talent and the recognition. 

Yes. Recruiting has changed. 


Monday, October 24, 2016

Meatloaf Monday? Not Quite - Monday Cardinal Couple

In the words of the classic Meatloaf song, "two outta three ain't bad". Alas the main three women's sports only managed one outta three Sunday. All three of, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball were on the road, but only Field Hockey chalked one up in the win column.

Field Hockey

We're down to the nitty gritty in Field Hockey, with only one game left this weekend.  The conference slate is all wrapped up and the ACC tournament field is set.  The Cards still have the opportunity to make a statement at the national level, with a game against #12 Michigan Saturday afternoon at 1pm in Ann Arbor.

In the meantime, the team took care of business this weekend in Virginia with bouts against #9 Virginia, and #17 James Madision.  The 3-2 win over Virginia was recapped in the Saturday edition of the Cardinal Couple.  The Cards continued to roll with a 4-2 win over James Madison, the Dukes, in Harrisonburg, VA.  The Cardinal faithful were loud and proud and could be heard on the live stream that JMU thoughtfully provided online.

JMU actually dominated a significant amount of the playing time, maintaining the pressure on the Cardinals defense and Ayeisha McFerran with 13 shots, and 6 on-goal.  The Cards only got 9 shots off, but were more efficient, with 7 of them on goal.  To be fair, the 4 score for the Cards was in the waning minutes of the game against an empty net (here's your cue Paulie).

Goals were scored for the Cards by Lotta Kahlert who fired a rebound off of a save home in the 6th minute, Lizzie Gittens who got a corner penalty in the net off a JMU deflection and assists to Nicole Woods and Stephanie Byrne in the 32nd minute  Finally, Nicole Woods gets the last two, both in the 2nd half, in the 42nd minute with an assist to Abby Grimes, and the last in the 66th minute into an empty net on a break, with an assist to Marigrace Ragsdale.

James Madison is definitely a quality non-conference win, and will only help the Cards' resume' as
they head into NCAA tournament selection time.  There is essentially no doubt that the Cards will have a berth, and of course, an ACC tournament victory, while a big challenge, is of course still a possibility for an automatic qualifier.  Really the Cards are playing for seeding, though.

Before we get too far ahead, however, we do still have a regular season game against another high quality non-conference opponent in Michigan.  The Wolverines have played a blistering schedule, with wins over then #1 UNC, #7 Wake Forest, #11 Stanford, and are just coming off of wins against current #16 Iowa, and #10 Northwestern.  The only head scratcher I can find in their schedule is only a mild one against an unranked Indiana team that has played some quality opponents to very tight games.

Beyond the regular season, the Cards will also tackle the ACC tournament starting November 3rd against 5th seed UNC with the winner to play top seed Duke, who gets the sole bye.  In other games, 7th seed Wake Forest tangles with Syracuse, and 6th seed Virginia draws 3rd seed  Boston College.  The tournament goes through November 5th, and all games are on The ACC Network Extra.


The Women's Soccer team lost a heartbreaker against a good Florida State team who stands 2nd in the ACC with a 6-1-2 record.  This one was scoreless through most of the game, with the stats overall looking quite even.

I only got to watch a few minutes of this one in between watching Field Hockey and Volleyball, but after playing most of the game competitively, it has to hurt for the opponent to get the only goal of the game in the 81st minute.

Taylor Bucklin performed well in goal with 3 saves (matched by FSU's 3).  The only real stat divergence is in corner kick opportunities, where FSU had 4, with 3 of them coming in the 2nd half, while UofL didn't get any.  The would be a credit to clean defensive play by FSU.

The Kickin' Cards have one more regular season game, against Virginia here at Lynn Stadium.  The Cards current sit in 10th place in the ACC, while only 8 teams make the ACC tournament.  8th place is still theoretically in reach for them to sneak into the tournament.  A tie would put us in a tie in the standings with NC State (assuming they don't get any more points)...a team that we tied with when we played them (here's your cue Case).  An outright win by the Cards puts them in 8th place...assuming NC State and VT don't get wins of their own.  The takeaway here is that it's still a tangled mess, but UofL still has an opportunity to get into the ACC championship.


After a decent win against VT on Friday, the Cards dropped the match against Pitt, in Pittsburgh in
straight sets.  Pitt is roughly at the top of the middle of the pack in ACC.  They're a team that has consistently improved, year over year, for the past several years.

The Cards' passing and digging woes continue, although I felt (and this is a very subjective impression of the play) like it is improving, but it still has a long way to go.  Molly Sauer got 15 digs, which is pretty good for a 3 set match.  Meanwhile Melanie McHenry got 7, Morgan Miller, who is really developing well as a player late in this season, got 5, and Gabbie Wiley got 4.  What's not really captured in the stats, (and thus I can't really quantify well) is how many passing mistakes were made to get those digs.

On the offensive side of things, the bright spot, while not terribly bright, is Jasmine Bennet again, with a .200 average with 7 kills on 20 attempts.  Morgan Miller has the next highest percentage at .129 with 7 kills on 31 attempts.  The Cards were without Janelle Jenkins again this weekend as she is continuing to recover from a strained PCL.  Due to (I'm gonna be blunt, here) a very stupid ACC rule, the team can only take 15 players on road trips, so Jenkins didn't even travel with the team this past weekend.  The team is hoping to have her back in action this weekend at The KFC Yum! Center.

Still a lot of season left for Volleyball.  This weekend sees the Florida contingent of the ACC coming to town, with #12 Florida State on Friday with a 6pm start, and Miami comes in Sunday with a 2pm start.

-- JMcA

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Saturdays are for Football -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Offense Returns to Form; UofL Routs NC State 54-13

Yesterday was a pretty big day for Louisville football. I'll talk more about the national picture in a bit, but the biggest story of the day for the Cards was the return of a high octane offense and a suffocating defense. The Cards were clicking on all cylinders in the first half of yesterday's game, with Lamar Jackson racking up four touchdowns and the defense picking up three interceptions on the way to a 44-0 halftime lead. Louisville went on to let up in the second half, with NC State actually winning the half 13-10. Of course, during this time, Louisville attempted fewer big plays down the field, played much more conservatively on defense, and got a bit sloppy overall. I would be disappointed, but with the game in hand so early, I'm really just surprised that the starters stayed in as long as they did.

The defense deserves some love. After disappointing performances in the Clemson game and the third quarter of the Duke game, the Cardinals defense came out with their hair on fire against NC State. The aforementioned three interceptions were just a product of continual pressure on the quarterback and yielding absolutely no ground in the run game. The defense played with a purpose, to show that while Louisville may live and die on the performance of Lamar Jackson, the defense will fight tooth and nail to the death if he isn't performing well. This half was a reminder that when all the parts of the Louisville team are operating the way they should, this team can dominate anyone, just like they showed against FSU. The starting defense was tagged for all 13 NC State points, but they did their fair share to make up for it. (I still think the receiver was out of bounds for their first touchdown anyway.) Outside of Shaq Wiggins getting torched (not sure why he replaced Jaire Alexander as the starter again), the defense was on point. In addition to the interceptions, they tallied up a blocked punt and turned two Louisville turnovers inside their own 40 yard line into zero NC State points. Welcome back, Cardinal Defense, you've been missed.

LJ8 has been practicing this pose all season.
You know who else deserves some love? The kicking game. Namely, Blanton Creque and Mason King. After Evan O'Hara missed two field goals before taking the roughing penalty that saved the game last week, Blanton Creque regained the starting spot this week. I think that he did plenty to cement it, going out and tying the school record for points in a game by a kicker with 18 (4/4 field goals and 6/6 extra points). He had a lot of help from punter, Mason King, who is also the holder. As NC State showed, a holder is just as important as a kicker, as a muffed hold led to a missed extra point on NC State's second touchdown. Mason King had a good kicking game of his own, sticking two punts inside the 5 yard line. Let's remember that all these guys in the kicking game are freshmen, and get excited about their potential growth in a Louisville uniform.

Told ya.
With defense and special teams covered, the only thing left to talk about is the offense. Although they stalled in the second half (am I still allowed to blame bad ACC officiating if we win by 40?), the offense returned to form against NC State, scoring on all but one drive in the first half, with the one stop being a very strange fumble by James Quick. Lamar Jackson accounted for four touchdowns and gained 459 total yards (though he lost 28 of those via sacks). It was a good day to get his Heisman campaign back on track, even if Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Patrick Mahomes II (Texas Tech) put up more video game like numbers against JV defenses in the night game. Lamar Jackson has now accounted for 34 touchdowns on the season, and while his average per game has dropped below five, I think that he still has a great opportunity to break Colt Brennan's record for touchdowns in a single season (63).

The National Picture

After Louisville's loss to Clemson, the road to the playoff got a bit windier. Louisville needed to win the rest of its games (check so far) and needed to pray to the college football gods for chaos. Until yesterday, that chaos hadn't quite come about yet. First, the bad. Houston lost again. This time it was at SMU, and they will surely fall like a rock from their top 15 position. That November road game has gone from a potential statement win for the Cards to a must win, lest we lose a lot of the national respect we've garnered this season. Also coming into the bad column is a Kentucky win. Of course, from a purely objective standpoint, we want Kentucky to win every game that isn't against Louisville. From a personal standpoint, though, this one makes me sad for a couple of reasons. One reason is that I generally just don't like Kentucky. The second reason is because I have to attend a wedding at 5:30 on the day of the Louisville vs Kentucky football game and I quite desperately need Kentucky to continue being bad so that game is played at noon.

Now onto the good things that happened for Louisville. Stanford and Oregon continue to lose. That's fantastic because the more they lose, the less impressive Washington's "statement wins" end up being. If it is a one loss beauty contest between Louisville and Washington, we need the PAC-12 to be completely terrible so that Washington comes out of that conference looking like the prettiest pig. That said, Washington still needs to lose, and they have yet to do that. Alabama beat Texas A&M, which is good, because a one loss non-conference champion Alabama would definitely get in over a Louisville team of similar stature. I'm not sure A&M carries that same weight, but I'd rather them lose again at some point to be sure. Finally, Ohio State was upset at Penn State last night. That loss is huge for the Cards. The Michigan vs Ohio State game is interesting now. I personally think that Louisville makes it easily over Michigan if they both have one loss and don't win their respective conferences. However, if Michigan goes out and beats Ohio State, then the B1G seals its fate with only one playoff team.

Things are looking up Cards fans. The Lamar Jackson show hits the road this week to take on Virginia. As always, we'll look for Bobby to mop the floor with the opposition.


The Men's Basketball Team is Doing Stuff!!

And that stuff doesn't include paying for scandalous things in dorms or overcrowding the aisle at a football game in a manner that is clearly a fire hazard. With the Notice of Allegations coming out last week, it looks like Louisville is out of the woods on this whole scandal thing, and will face no more than the previously imposed postseason ban and a potential suspension for Rick Pitino. That's all I really care about saying or speculating on that matter, though, and there are plenty of other sources where you can go gorge yourself of information about it. 

The Men's Basketball team has now completed both of its Red v White scrimmages, which is a clear sign that the season is upon us. After a barn burner in the first game, a 105-102 final, one team ran away with the show Friday night. The White team took it to the Red team, winning 123-80. Jay Henderson (yep, Jay Henderson) paced the White team with 29 points, hitting 9 of 10 shots from behind the arc. Quentin Snider and Deng Adel each had 8 assists for the white team, and Donovan Mitchell put together and impressive line of 21 points, five assists, three steals, and a block. The Red team's bright point on Friday was Ray Spalding with 12 boards and 11 points. 

The Cards take the floor against their first opponent that isn't themselves on November 3rd at 7:00 PM. Kentucky Wesleyan will come to town and play their part in the first exhibition game of the season. 


On the Road Again...

It's a busy day for Cardinal athletics, but you'd be hard pressed to attend any of these games, as they're all on the road. Here's the lightening round. Women's soccer is at Florida State. After a rough outing against Miami they need points however they can get them to make it to the ACC tournament. Women's volleyball is at Pittsburgh. I don't know anything about Pittsburgh, but I know that Anne Kordes would love for her team to start winning some ACC matches. Men's soccer is at NC State. They had a rough week, but righted the ship with a win over Ohio State. They'll be looking to solidify their conference lead with good performances today and Friday when a top ten Clemson team comes to town. Finally, field hockey is at James Madison. They'll look to round out the non conference regular season with wins, but will have to not look ahead to the conference tournament too much. The Cards tied for 3rd in the conference with three other teams (too few conference games will do that), and will take on North Carolina in their first game in the conference tournament. Reminder that Louisville won that regular season matchup 1-0 at Trager while UNC was ranked in the top five.


Case, you forgot the radio link.

No, I didn't. Due to the timing of yesterday's game, we decided to take the week off from the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. We'll be back in the WCHQ studio next week where you can hear me talk like I know more than I really do about college football. You can also hear Paulie and Wordlwide talk about things they actually know about, like Louisville women's sports. If you absolutely need your fix, head on over to Crescent Hill Radio's website and check out some of the old shows in the archives. 

Until next time, Go Cards.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2 for 2 Friday For Louisville women's sports -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


A great way to start the weekend with both Louisville Volleyball and Field Hockey going on the road, both in Virginia and getting wins! Let's look at them.

O.T Thriller for the Stick Girls

In a contest that statistically favored the Cavaliers, the Cards pulled through 10 minutes into overtime when freshman Minout Mink beat the coverage and took an Erin McCrudden feed to drive down the field, juke a defender and send a shot into the net to give Louisville a 3-2 victory. it almost never got to the extra session, as you'll read below. 

V.T. took an early 1-0 lead on the Cards but Louisville got the first-half equalizer when the Cards capitalized on a penalty corner. Mink's shot was deflected but Shannon Sloss there for the rebound and guided the ball into the net. Louisville would take a first half lead when Mink took a Nicole Woods pass just outside the circle and found net success with 8:40 left in the first half. 

The Cavs evened it up with 14 minutes left in regulation and appeared to win the match with six seconds left in regulation when it looked that they had scored off a penalty corner. Louisville called for the challenge and upon further review, the referees reversed the call and no goal was allowed. 

That set the stage for the 15 minute, 7v7 O.T. and Mink's 14th goal of the season. 

Ayeshia McFerran, who actually had to leave the contest for almost three minutes due to a penalty card, logged an incredible 12 saves in the match...Virginia out shot the Cards 22 to 12 and had 14 shots on goals...compared to Louisville's nine. 

The Cards (14-3, 3-3) step out of conference next but stay in Virginia to face James Madison on Sunday. 

Next, we go from Charlottesville to Blacksburg on our swing through Virginia to check in on Volleyball


Four Cardinals combined for 50 kills in the 25-18, 25-10, 22-25, 25-22 win over the Gobblers Friday night. Melanie McHenry led the way with 15...followed by Tess Clark's 14, Morgan Miller's 11 and Jasmine Bennett's 10.

Louisville broke open a close first set with an 8-0 run to seal the deal. The second set was never close...UofL taking a 11-2 early lead and pushing it to 20-5 to win by 15. 

After the break, the Hokies regrouped to down the Cards by three. An 8-0 start benefited VT...Louisville climbed back to within one at 17-16 but the Techsters closed out the contest strong to force the fourth set. 

Louisville seemingly had things under control with a 17-10 lead in the final set but the determined Hokies came back to tie things up at 22. The Cards were able to regroup and get the final three points to end the match. 

(Worldwide will offer his in-depth analysis on this "W" in his Monday column). 

The Cards (7-12, 2-7) get their second ACC win of the season and will head north to Pittsburgh next...they'll play the Panthers Sunday at 3 p.m. 


We're taking a "bye" week on THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR due to scheduling conflicts but we'll be back with you on the 29th. for our Halloween edition of the show...(as if we weren't scary enough!) GO CARDS! 


Friday, October 21, 2016




Ah...the duality of this Friday. 

Yesterday, the NCAA finally delivered the news that Cardinal fans have been waiting for since it was revealed that Andre McGee was spending money on things other than Skittles or nachos at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Local sports media and beyond went beserk yesterday when the annoucement was released around 9:30 am and UofL held a press conference at noon to discuss the allegations. 

Four Level 1 allegations...none including the current bunch of chaps that make up the University of Louisville 2016-17 MBB itself...two of them concerning McGee, one toward mysterious staffer Brandon Williams...who wouldn't surrender his cell phone to the NCAA and one on Rick Pitino...for supposedly not monitoring McGee properly. UofL will dispute the Pitino charge. Which they should...despite the clamoring that Rick Pitino should be paying more attention to everything happening....24/7, seven days a week on the UofL campus. We also think he should monitor the food buffet for the media at Cardinal athletic events, drive a shuttle bus down Floyd Street Tuesdays and Thursday and raise and lower each Cardinal flag on campus at dawn and dusk. 

Sleep is over-rated. 

We would like to see the ponderous oval where Floyd Street meets The Avenue of Champions on campus by Ulmer Stadium to be named Rick Pitino honor of the man that people expect the man to jump through way too many hoops. 

It is time for Andre McGee to step forward and tell the truth. Whether that will happen or not is anyone's guess. 

It is finally out there. It is not over by any means...the Cards will respond, the NCAA will respond to the Cards, they'll agree to get together for coffee some morning but it'll never happen and there will be no final decision...most likely...before the UofL Women's basketball team is cutting down the nets in Dallas after winning the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Equate this, if you wish, to a long, long seven course meal...where the entree has finally been served. Long after the soup has turned cold and the salad has wilted. 

But it is moving forward. 

Remember, this won't affect how many threes Quin Snider sinks this year, how many dunks Ray Spalding and Donovan Mitchell get on Denny Crum Court or times Pitino laments in a post-game presser that "We're not a very good team right now." 

Take a ticket, take a seat. The circus is still in town...and the clowns are still in the center ring. We are furtively waiting for the popcorn vendor to bring the goods and spread the next rumor. Hey, here's an idea. Let's just play ball... 



The Louisville women's soccer team took a step backwards last night in Coral Gables in their quest to make the ACC Tournament with a 3-0 loss to Miami. 

Canes junior Ronnie Johnson got a hat trick against the Cards...who have had their road woes this season (1-1-3). UofL (7-5-4, 2-3-3) held the Canes to just one goal in the first 45 minutes and had two great chances in the 62nd. minute from Cards freshman Brooklynn Rivers deflected. Time ran out on the Cards and the Canes' Johnson tacked on two goals in the final ten minutes.  

The loss sinks the Cards into a tie for 9th. place in the conference standings with Virginia Tech. Miami rose to seventh with the win. With games at second place Florida State and at home against third place Virginia remaining, it's beginning to look like the conference tournament ship has sailed.

Anything is possible. If the Cards can pull out one of these, they could still be breathing. Ties aren't going to help much unless the Hokies and NC State tank completely. 

A win against FSU is difficult...but not impossible. Given that the Noles have out-scored Louisville 9-1 in their two previous ACC match-ups...and that FSU would like to claim the regular season crown and the three points earned for a win could possibly put them in first place...a win won't be easy for Karen Ferguson-Dayes squad. 

The Cards are guaranteed at least a .500 season this year. They have a program that has a lot of talented freshmen and sophomore who will only get better next year. As the announcers on the ACC Network Extra commented last night...Louisville is a team that very well may be contending for the conference title in a couple of years. I can see that, too...with the talent on the squad. 

Sometimes you have to take a step backwards in order to move forward. Let's hope the Cards can take a giant step Sunday and take down the Seminoles. 



Louisville Football has one of those dreaded noon kickoffs tomorrow at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. As a result of this and several other situations...we won't be on the air for THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR Saturday. HANDICAPPING HEROES will still air at noon on WCHQ 100.9 FM. 

Morning tailgating isn't exactly what Paulie (and especially Sonja) wait for with giddy anticipation. The foe is a good one, though, in NC State. They should have beat Clemson last week...but it seems they have a kicking game equally as bad as the Cards. And, it's Homecoming! 

We'll be moving early Saturday morning. Not quickly or particularly inspired...but it is what it is. We'll also have results for you on the volleyball and field hockey matches taking place today in the Saturday morning edition of CARDINAL COUPLE. 

Have a great Friday! 



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Louisville women's basketball Media Day -- Thursday Cardinal Couple


Jeff Walz spent 30 minutes addressing the media Wednesday...fielding questions and talking about his 2016-17 University of Louisville women's basketball team. Walz had a tone of optimism and reality in his discussion points...ranging anywhere from the specific players to the group and college womens' basketball as a whole.

Walz even tossed in a dab of commentary on the Wednesday night debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton before he began his state of the Cardinals address...without going into detail, let's just say he watched along with millions of other Americans.

One bit of surprising news from the Louisville head coach was that junior guard Arica Carter has not been practicing because of a hip muscle area-related injury. Carter is getting better, though, and chances are she might see some action when the Cards face Lindsey Wilson in an exhibition game at the KFC YUM! Center on Sunday, Nov 6th. (Be sure to listen to the audio clips today...). 


Walz has seen this fall, in his words, "some of the best most spirited" practices since he came here 10 years ago. This is, by far...his "deepest and maybe most talented" team in his history of being the Cardinal WBB head coach...also mentioning that all five starting positions could possibly be up for grabs. He commented that "it's simple...whoever goes hard plays." 

On Asia Durr: 

"She works harder than anyone on the team.. We're still having to encourage her to shoot." 

Briahanna Jackson: 

"We scrimmaged Sunday and she looked the best out there. As good as I've seen her since she's been here. And she probably had two points. It's the other things that she's excelling in."  (Walz also mentioned they've been using her at point guard the past two weeks.) 

Sydney Zambrotta: 

"We recruited her to shoot and make shots. She's doing that for us. She's had some nagging injuries we're try to address."  

To hear the entire 28+ minutes of Walz's sure to check out the attached link(s) that we'll be adding later

Read Walz statements here:  LINK: WALZ NEDIA DAY QUOTES


After Walz was finished answering the many questions the collective media had, everyone descended to the Cardinal Arena practice floor for media opportunities with the players. I spoke with my buddy Arica Carter and got her to be my "Interview Assistant" again this year and we had fun talking with Sydney Zambrotta, Sam Fuehring, Bionca Dunham, Myisha Hines-Allen, Cortnee "Ms. Clean" Walton and Mariya Moore. 

The player clips can be found and heard at the three links below... 

Just who could that be? Why, it's Coach Sammy P. !!
It was all great fun and special thanks goes to Arica for being my interview assistant again this year. A delightful group of student-athletes to speak with and, per usual, we mixed a little fun and challenge into our clips. 
The squad practiced for about two hours after the media day opportunities. Get ready, Cardinal fans...something wonderful is going to happen with this team this year! Book your rooms for Dallas now...get your season tickets and follow all the action here at Cardinal Couple! 

Arica Carter - Guest Interviewer

Myisha Hines-Allen/Cortnee Walton

Maryia Moore



Louisville women's soccer takes their 7-4-4 record to Coral Gables, FL tonight to face 8-7 Miami at 7 p.m.

What, no ties for the Canes? 

This one is crucial for the Cards, in terms of winning, to maintain a spot in the top eight of the ACC and making the playoffs. 

Louisville did beat "The U" last year in Lynn Stadium 1-0. 

To watch it on the ACC Network Extra, click the link below: 





So you've got this conference named the BIG 12. At one time, it had 12 members. It seemed logical. Then, due to raiding from other conferences and such...they ended up with ten schools. Someone comes up with the grand idea..."Hey, let's expand back to 12!" The idea gets out. Over two dozen school express an interest to be a part of the expansion. That list is eventually paired down to a dozen or so.

Presentations are made. Money, lots of spent. Schools are ready to give their notices to their current conferences that they don't need to leave the light on for them, to re-design the conference banners and take them off the mailing list. They are looking to leave.

Cincinnati, Memphis, Houston, Connecticut and several other viable athletic/academic institutions got the equivalent of a punch to the belly Monday when the Big 12 decided to stay at ten.  Big 12 expansion would no longer be an active agenda item. All ten schools were unanimous in this thought process. At least, that's what they said...

It is equal to being invited to a party, going shopping for clothes to the party, clearing your schedule for the party and then being told you didn't make the guest list, after all. 

Hey Bearcats...keep your chili at home. Memphis? Sorry, we got ribs already. BYU? Uh...not sure how the whole two or three wives thing might go down in Norman...Houston? Oklahoma might still be smarting over the football need to shine your shoes. Find something on're aren't going anywhere, boys and girls. 

Let's call this what it is. A money decision. And who are the two money schools in the Big 12? Texas and Oklahoma. So, we want to take this financial pie and split it 12 ways now instead of 10? Yeah, didn't think so.

No chairs will be added to the musical chairs we currently have in the room. Take your whoopie cushions and disperse in an orderly fashion. 

I'm pretty sure that WVU would have liked to maybe had a few conference games to go to that were within 500 miles or so. Doesn't matter...they're part of the "bobblehead eight" that make up the Big 12...a conference where 2>8 in power. 

Texas A&M got it a few years ago. Up and jumped ship when the SEC pulled up aside and threw out a rope ladder. You don't hear much complaining down in AggieLand these days...Missouri saw the SEC advantage and climbed the wall. Nebraska and Colorado, too. 

Maybe the Big 12 waited too thing is certain...they will still be the weakest of the "Power Five" conferences and they get ready to go into their sixth season without a divisional conference championship in football.

This is about football...oh, betcha. Sure...Mick Cronin, Tubby Smith, Geno Auriemma and Jeff Judkins probably would have loved to have had their squads participating in the conference. They were never a part of the bargaining table though. Would UConn WBB have rolled through the Big 12 as easily as they do the AAC? Maybe not as easily...but they still would have rolled. Now, it's returning-time to the dysfunctional AAC and irrelevant West Coast Conferences. Walking back through the door and saying..."Well, that was interesting. Games on!". Head bowed to no one. Spurned at the alter and back in the dating scene. 

What, prey tell Paulie...does all this have to do with Louisville Athletics? 

To start with, the Cards got what now appears to be a great call when the Big 12 decided against them several years back. Away games to Duke and Miami are a haul, for sure....but would you rather have been going to Stillwater or Ames? Next, we're getting a great level of respect from the "old guard" of the ACC. We brought talented teams and travelling fan base. Consequently, the BIG 12 booted ex-Cardinal coaches Howard Schnellenberger and is probably ready to can Charlie Strong. They may not have been that eager to have Louisville in their midst. There is no, or very little...field hockey or lacrosse in the BIG 12. Was Louisville supposed to just throw those two exciting women's sports under the bus? Or ship them out to the MAC or Big East? 

A boorish move that wasn't a move at all, in reality, by the BIG 12. Nothing happened here and no change in the running order. Maybe the ACC could offer to trade Notre Dame for West Virginia to the BIG 12. Now that football is nose-diving in South Bend and the Irish obviously have well-stocked Ames, IA is closer than Miami is from South Bend (and we could get Muffett McGraw off the WBB schedule) makes sense.

Forget this independence stuff, Irish. Head to a conference where your football team can make stops in Stillwater, Lubbock and Norman. Cowboys vs. Catholics. Take a chance and land in the "fly-over" states? Nah, never happen. 

Those BIG 12 folks sure love that money. Yes, sir. And, they're gonna keep it. 



Jeff Walz is having all the boys and girls over to his place today at noon to discuss UofL WBB. Following that, the media will get a chance to descend upon the squad to ask questions. This could be a pretty fun hour...

We'll have the recap, a few pictures and maybe some great audio for you in the Thursday Cardinal Couple. I gotta see if I can get Arica Carter to serve as my interview intern again this year...