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Cardinal Connect TV: Episode 5

On Monday we recorded episode five of Cardinal Connect TV. Unfortunately, there is always much more to talk about when bad things happen. Myself, JD Coffey, Gabe Duverge and Brandon Zellers spent the majority of the show talking about the disappointing loss to Virginia and the concerns for the remainder of the season.

Antonio Blakeney Has Decommitted From Louisville

Photo: JD Coffey

Photo: JD Coffey

The Louisville Cardinal fan base hasn’t had much to cheer about within the past 48 hours. Just two days after the first football loss of the season, we’ve learned some unfortunate news regarding the basketball program.

ESPN national recruiting analyst Reggie Rankin was the first to report that five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has informed the Louisville staff that he has reopened his recruiting.

“I made a quick and emotional decision based on some of the wrong reasons,” Blakeney tells Rankin. “I really loved my visit and everything about Louisville and I am still strongly considering them.”

Blakeny verbally committed to Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals on Sept. 4 following an official visit to the UofL campus. Louisville had been considered the leader for Blakeney for quite some time. His commitment helped Louisville climb to No. 1 in the 2015 recruiting class rankings.

According to Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority, Rick Pitino was expected to be in Florida to see Blakeney on Wednesday. It sounds like he’s since cancelled that trip.

When committing to Louisville, Blaekeny was also considering Kentucky, Oregon, USC, LSU and Missouri. He had also previously been recruited by Florida and North Carolina.

Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com reports that Blakeney’s decision was shoe company related?

Prior to his commitment to Louisville, Blakeney was scheduled to attend Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness event. I imagine he’ll now be taking that visit to Lexington and I’d consider Kentucky to be the leaders at this point.

We’ll have more as the story develops.

Louisville Falls Out Of The Top 25 With Loss To Virginia

Photo: Steve Helber - AP

Photo: Steve Helber – AP

The week four editions of the AP Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll were released on Sunday afternoon. As expected, Louisville isn’t ranked in either poll after losing to Virginia on Saturday.

The Cardinals were ranked No. 21 in the AP Poll prior to their first loss of the season. They were just outside of the Coaches Poll last week at No. 26. Despite the loss, Louisville is still receiving votes in both polls.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida State (37) 2-0 1466
2 Oregon (17) 3-0 1424
3 Alabama (1) 3-0 1346
4 Oklahoma (2) 3-0 1325
5 Auburn 2-0 1252
6 Texas A&M (3) 3-0 1195
7 Baylor 3-0 1134
8 LSU 3-0 1114
9 Notre Dame 3-0 917
10 Ole Miss 3-0 840
11 Michigan State 1-1 832
12 UCLA 3-0 807
13 Georgia 1-1 729
14 South Carolina 2-1 718
15 Arizona State 3-0 680
16 Stanford 2-1 560
17 USC 2-1 459
18 Missouri 3-0 446
19 Wisconsin 1-1 414
20 Kansas State 2-0 326
21 BYU 3-0 246
22 Clemson 1-1 209
23 Ohio State 2-1 204
24 Nebraska 3-0 172
25 Oklahoma State 2-1 126

Earl Clark Signs Training Camp Deal With The Memphis Grizzlies

Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, former Louisville forward Earl Clark has inked a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Wojnarowski reports that Clark has agreed to a training camp deal with the Grizzlies, which means nothing is guaranteed other than an opportunity to make the final roster after training camp.

Clark also worked out with the San Antonio Spurs before signing with Memphis

The former Cardinal has been a free agent since being waived by the New York Knicks following a ten day contract. Clark didn’t finish the 2014-15 season on an NBA roster.

Following a breakout season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012-13, Clark signed a free agent deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to provide much production for the Cavs and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA trade deadline.

As soon as his rights were traded to Philadelphia, Clark was waived by the team. He later signed a ten day contract with the New York Knicks, but did not finish the season on an NBA roster.

Clark was one of the few bright spots for the Lakers in 2012-13 and was one of the NBA’s most improved players once he was inserted into the rotation. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 59 appearances for the team.

He is one of two former Louisville players that have been given an opportunity with the Memphis Grizzlies. Luke Hancock signed a similar deal with Memphis earlier this month.

Video: Bobby Petrino Discusses First Loss Of The Season

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to Virginia 23-21. Needless to say, this was a disappointing loss. Here is Bobby Petrino’s post game press conference, courtesy of TheCrunchZone.com.

Virginia 23 – Louisville 21: Cards Drop Their First Ever ACC Road Game

Photo: Steve Helber - Associated Press

Photo: Steve Helber – Associated Press

In their first ever road game as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals came up short, falling to the Virginia Cavaliers 23-21 in Charlottesville.

It would be a lie to say that Louisville played a good game on Saturday afternoon, but with that said, they definitely had opportunities to win.

Did they deserve to win?

That answer of that question will be mixed among the fan base.

After a sensational nine play 75 yard drive from the offense, things went sour to say the least. In the opening drive of the game, we saw a mix of rushing and passing, which led to a touchdown reception from tight end Charles Standberry as the Cardinals took a 7-0 lead.

From there on out, we didn’t see much consistency from the offense.

Virginia’s defense brought the pressure and Louisville’s offense couldn’t find a consistent answer.

Will Gardner had what was without question his roughest performance of his Cardinal career. Gardner was pulled late in the second quarter after throwing two interceptions. He finished 13-of-34 on the day with two touchdowns, but we’d be lying if we said he had a solid game.

Reggie Bonnfaon came in and didn’t make a whole lot happen, but he certainly didn’t play poorly. He finished 6-of-9 for 39 yards without a touchdown or an interception.

If we’re going to keep it simple, we’ll just blame this loss on special teams. But if we’re going to be honest, regardless of special teams, Louisville didn’t play a good football game on Saturday afternoon. Their performance in Charlottesville was a humbling experience for not only themselves, but the fan-base as well.

Team Totals UofL  UV 
FIRST DOWNS 17 13
   Rushing 6 5
   Passing 9 8
   Penalty 2 0
NET YARDS RUSHING 79 114
   Rushing Attempts 27 40
   Average Per Rush 2.9 2.8
   Rushing Touchdowns 1 1
   Yards Gained Rushing 98 150
   Yards Lost Rushing 19 36
NET YARDS PASSING 203 171
   Completions-Attempts-Int 20-43-2 16-30-2
   Average Per Attempt 4.7 5.7
   Average Per Completion 10.1 10.7
   Passing Touchdowns 2 1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 282 285
   Total offense plays 70 70
   Average Gain Per Play 4.0 4.1
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties: Number-Yards 7-50 7-46
PUNTS-YARDS 8-309 7-288
   Average Yards Per Punt 38.6 41.1
   Net Yards Per Punt 34.6 33.0
   Inside 20 1 3
   50+ Yards 1 1
   Touchbacks 0 1
   Fair catch 3 1
KICKOFFS-YARDS 4-249 6-365
   Average Yards Per Kickoff 62.2 60.8
   Net Yards Per Kickoff 39.2 42.3
   Touchbacks 1 3
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 3-37-0 5-32-0
   Average Per Return 12.3 6.4
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 2-36-0 3-67-0
   Average Per Return 18.0 22.3
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 2-0-0 2-7-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 1-1-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 28:01 31:59
   1st Quarter 8:12 6:48
   2nd Quarter 7:36 7:24
   3rd Quarter 5:38 9:22
   4th Quarter 6:35 8:25
Third-Down Conversions 4 of 14 6 of 18
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 1 0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-3 3-4
   Touchdowns 3-3 2-4
   Field goals 0-3 1-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 3-18 3-14
PAT Kicks 3-3 2-2
Field Goals 0-0 3-3
Points off turnovers 0 13

Stay tuned to The Cardinal Connect as we’ll have much more to come.

Video: Lorenzo Mauldin Thrives Despite Humble Beginnings

Photo: JD Coffey

Photo: JD Coffey

I’m sure a lot of Cardinal fans are familiar with senior linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin’s path to the University of Louisville. The young man known by CardNation as Lozo recently opened up about his childhood hardships with the ACC Digital Network. This is a must watch.

Jeff Walz Lands Commitment From The Top Ranked Recruit In The Country

Photo: FIBA

Photo: FIBA

Since officially joining the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1st, multiple athletics programs at the University of Louisville have seen improvements on the recruiting front.

Rick Pitino currently has the top ranked 2015 recruiting class in the country while  Bobby Petrino is assembling a very strong class as well.

On Tuesday afternoon, Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz joined the party as he received a commitment from the top prospect in the 2015 class.

At a scheduled ceremony at St. Pius X High School in Atlanta, GA., Asia Durr announced that she will be attending the University of Louisville next fall. Durr, a 5-foot-10 point guard, is widely considered to be the top overall player in the 2015 class.

She chose Louisville over Baylor, Duke, Maryland and Notre Dame. Durr was also being recruited by Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Rutgers, South Carolina, Connecticut, Kentucky and LSU.

“It was the family environment, the fan base, the support, the players and the coaches,” Durr tells ESPN. “It felt like home as soon as I got on campus.”

As a junior, Durr averaged 24.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game for St. Pius X, leading her team to a 30-3 record and back-to-back Georga 3A State titles. Durr Durr also averaged 18.4 points in for Team USA in 2013 in Mexico, leading the United States to the gold medal in the FIBA Americas tournament.