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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday Cardinal Couple - Fall Sports Day and Sad News

Fall Sports Day

UofL will host a Fall Sports day on August 16th from 3-5pm at Cardinal Arena.  All of the fall sports will be represented with the exception of Women's Soccer as they will be on the road for an exhibition match at Indiana University.  Of women's sports, that means Volleyball and Field Hockey will be in attendance.

This event is an expansion of the annual Football Fan Day and will have the usual fare for a UofL Fan event, with inflatables for kids (and kids at heart), photo booths, face painting and other activities will be available.  There will also be autograph and picture opportunities with some players and coaches.  Concessions will also be available in the lobby along with Cardinal Authentic merchandise.

If you haven't yet purchased tickets for Women's Soccer and Volleyball, the ticket windows at Cardinal Arena will be open to fulfill your needs.

This sounds like a fun event and it sounds like they're expecting quite a crowd.  RSVP at

Sad News From the Spirit Squads

The UofL Athletic Department is reeling from the loss of one of the senior cheerleaders this week.  If you've
been following the Louisville area news you may have heard that Danielle "Dani" Cogswell was found dead in her apartment at Cardinal Towne just of the UofL campus Monday morning.  No foul play is believed to be involved, but her death is being investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department as a potential overdose.

Obviously a death in a person so young is always tragic and this is no exception.  The Spirit Squads have a similar sort of esprit de corp as we see in the varsity sports teams, and indeed there are many friendships the cross over the Spirit Squad/Varsity Sport boundary.

Our sympathies to the Cogswell family and all who knew Dani.

Pauley Pavilion Damage is Extensive

Paulie referenced the water main break near the UCLA campus yesterday and the flooding of Pauley Pavilion yesterday.  News from the initial assessment from the facility are not good.  The wood floor is already showing signs of expanding and buckling and will likely have to be completely replaced.  Other facilities in the building such as locker rooms, and facilities in nearby buildings including the UCLA Hall of Fame and Athletic Department offices have also sustained heavy damage.  Repairs to the facilities are expected to run into the millions of dollars.

UofL, of course, has had experience with similar sorts of calamities, with flooding on Floyd Street after a water main broke in the vicinity of the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in July of 2011.  Fortunately very little damage was sustained to UofL facilities in that failure.  Flash flooding from rain occurred in May of 2012, again with only minimal damage to UofL facilities.  The largest damage was sustained from a flash flood event in August of 2009, with damage estimates in the $15 million range.



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