Jeff Walz Radio Show
I immediately dove right into the chips and salsa, the best in town, while watching a rerun of the recent 2019 UCA Championships. Louisville, which is a part of NCA, does not participate in UCA. At the time, Kentucky had finished their routine and would later go on and win the Division 1A Championship.
Nick Curran rolled in right about 6:00 to prepare the setup and get everything going. Jeff Walz, then Beth Burns, both guests on the show, followed by AJ, Al Greener, and Nick Evans all strolled in in the minutes following.
We, at CARDINAL COUPLE, are in for $2 a "make".
Recently, the women's basketball officials raised $25,000 to donate to the cause as well. TV Dee, commonly seen officiating UofL games, is on the board and was a part of the process. Coach Walz also mentioned that she is going to be inducted into the North Carolina Basketball Hall of Fame. He went on to joke saying that he told her that officials will have to donate 45 for each missed call in the future.
The show progressed into the question and answer part of the show. Some questions were common, including many answered in recent pressers or by public knowledge, and other questions went further in depth. Here are a few of the questions and answers that stuck out to me (summarized):
A: Cleared for limited practice and hopefully will be fully cleared by tonight. The concussion was actually believed to have happened during the first half of the Virginia game on Feb. 21st., but she did not feel its effects until the third quarter when she told the coaching staff and trainers.
A: They overcame obstacles such as rough freshmen seasons or injuries to become stars by their senior year. No career is a straight line climb. There will be bumps and plateaus along the way.
Q: How to handle NC State's post players?
A: "I'll tell you about 9:00 Thursday night." Never underestimate UofL post players, as teams have to find ways to game plan and guard against Sam, Kylee, and Bionca, three great players. It's a two-way straight on teams game planning.
Q: Will we see Lucy and Lola in the presser Thursday night?
A: No. Walz said he might bring them to the first round in game during a moment of forgetfulness. Upon remembering, Walz cracked up and informed us that we will not get to see the duo this year.
Q: Plan for the first round of the NCAA Tournament?
A: With Walz not being allowed inside of the arena at all (NCAA rule) Steph Norman will take over for the game. Walz will be somewhere TBD still but wants to set up a watch party with fans. Perhaps Bobblehead Jeff will claim a seat along the team bench for the game.
The radio show, which lasts an hour, is an opportunity to interact with members of the coaching staff and ask questions they normally don't get to. Whether you choose to arrive early and eat or just show up for the show itself I guarantee you'll have a great time.
As a reminder, if 12,900 (or more) fans show up for the game against #10 NC State Thursday night then UofL will average 10,000 fans per home game this season. As of last night about 9,000 tickets had been sold. Needing about another 4,000 people in attendance to reach the goal please bring as many friends and family to the game as possible!
Softball Schedule Changes
Louisville will play two games on Friday and two on Saturday.
Cardinal Classic Schedule (revised)
Friday, March 1
10:30 AM Indiana State vs. Louisville
12:30 PM Missouri vs. Louisville
2:30 PM IUPUI vs. Indiana State
4:30 PM IUPUI vs. Missouri
Saturday, March 2
10:30 AM Indiana State vs. Louisville
12:30 PM IUPUI vs. Missouri
2:30 PM Indiana State vs. Missouri
4:30 PM IUPUI vs. Louisville
The Cards are 7-6 on he young season and step on Ulmer Stadium turf for the first time to play an actual game.
As always, Ulmer Stadium is free admission so bring some blankets and head on out this weekend. Paulie, Worldwide, and I will do our best to cover the games as much as possible.
Lacrosse Hosts Vandy
Lacrosse will continue to play early afternoon games during the week for..
UofL is 1-3 entering the match after taking down Mercer 20-2 in their home opener Saturday. The Commodores are undefeated at 3-0 and are averaging 18 goals per game. They're average margin of victory is 10.3 goals, a large margin.
The Cards hold the series 7-2 and 4-0 at the LLS, but have their work cut out for them this time.
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!