Cardinal Football

Louisville & Notre Dame Extend Football Series

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Photo: Getty Images

On Tuesday afternoon the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the University of Louisville’s football series with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish had been extended with three more meetings between the two programs.

Below is the official release from UofL.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced three additional football meetings between the University of Louisville and Notre Dame on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cardinals and Fighting Irish are scheduled to meet for the first time on Nov. 22, 2014, when the Cardinals travel to South Bend, Ind.

The league also announced that Louisville will host Notre Dame on Sept. 2, 2019, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and the two schools will play at Notre Dame in 2020 and at Louisville in 2023. The dates will be announced at a later date.

The games are part of an agreement between the ACC and Notre Dame to play five ACC teams each year in football.

Notre Dame Football may not be quite as relevant as they once were, but they’re certainly not a slouch. Getting the chance it play in South Bend later this season will be a great opportunity for the program. Hosting the Irish in 2019 could set up to be one of the bigger home games in the history of the program.

It Took Longer Than Expected, But Michael Dyer Finally Had His Moment

Photo: Pete Cautilli

Photo: Pete Cautilli

I can only speak for myself, but I imagine I’m not the only one that was surprised that it took Michael Dyer more than a year and a half to put together his first 100+ rushing yard performance as a Louisville Cardinal.

When you’re a former BCS national title game MVP, expectations are high. Unfortunately for Dyer, things haven’t gone exactly as planned since he transferred to Louisville in August of 2013. The former Auburn star missed the final six games of the 2013 season with a groin injury and has been sidelined for the first three games of his senior campaign with a quad contusion.

In week five’s game against Wake Forest, Dyer put together a solid performance with a total of 41-yards on 14-carries. As soon as it appeared that Dyer was going to star receiving more carries, he simply disappeared. He had just eight yards against Syracuse and didn’t play at all against Clemson.

At that point it seemed as if fans were ready to just accept the fact that Dyer may never end up making a significant impact for the Louisville program.

We couldn’t have been more wrong.

During Saturday’s win over North Carolina State, Dyer basically came out of nowhere and put together the best performance of his Cardinal career. He finished with 173-yards on 24-carries one touchdown.

Since arriving on campus, Dyer’s status has always been somewhat of a mystery to the fans. He didn’t play in the final six games of the 2013 season, but Charlie Strong’s staff didn’t reveal that Dyer’s absence was injury related until the season was over. We all knew of his quad injury prior to the start of the 2014 season so when he returned only to disappear again, fans wondered if there was more to it.

When speaking to the media following Saturday’s win over NC State, Bobby Petrino made it pretty clear that Dyer’s issues have all been injury related.

“I think he’s really battled the injury, and he’s worked hard at it,” Petrino said. “It was frustrating for him; there’s no question about that. We tried to get him in there and get him some work in some of the games, but he just wasn’t himself. So to see him in practice this week, you know, and we’re watching video on Tuesday night; every coach goes, `That’s a little bit different, that’s a lot different.’ And he just kept working real hard, and it’s great to see him come out and have success when it took him a long time, really, to get back from it.”

It’s unfortunate that it took eight weeks for Dyer to get back to where he was during the start of fall camp, but better late than never.

Lorenzo Mauldin Reportedly Had An MRI On Sunday For Injury During NC State Game

Photo: Petey Cautilli

Photo: Petey Cautilli

During the third quarter of Saturday’s game against North Carolina State, Louisville senior linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin went down with what appeared to be a serious injury.

Mauldin was helped off of the field by the training staff. After evaluating his injury on the sidelines, Mauldin went with the trainers to the locker room and didn’t return.

Bobby Petrino was asked about Mauldin’s status following the game and didn’t have much of an update.

“Yeah, all I heard was he felt a hamstring and I didn’t get any other communication about it,” Petrino said in his post game press conference.

Mauldin told the media that he was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday and that he initially thought the injury was serious.

“I felt my hamstring pop a little bit, but if they would’ve needed me I would’ve been fighting through it,” Mauldin said.

“I’ll have an RMI tomorrow (Sunday). Hopefully it’s not too serious. I’ve had some trouble with it over the past week, but I’ve been fighting through it in practice.”

Hopefully Mauldin’s injury isn’t serious at all, considering he’s one of the most valuable players on the team. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time as Louisville will get a week off to prepare and get healthy for their match-up with the No. 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles.

“I think I speak for the time in saying that we need this break before Florida State,” Mauldin said on Saturady. “Florida State is a good team and we want to be 110-percent when it comes to them.”

Bobby Petrino didn’t have his usual weekly press conference on Monday, but he’s expected to speak during Wednesday’s ACC coaches teleconference. I imagine we’ll get an update then.

Rick Pitino Says Louisville Football Will Beat Florida State Next Week

Photo: Pete Cautilli

Photo: Pete Cautilli

The Louisville basketball program had their annual tip-off luncheon on Monday afternoon at the Downtown Marriott.

Each member of the team other than Mangok Mathiang (class) and Akoy Agau (sick) were introduced, followied by speech from Rick Pitino.

Over the years the luncheons have been pretty routine. In the past we’ve seen players step to the podium and talk a little bit about the upcoming season and the team in general.

At today’s luncheon Pitino was the only speaker and as expected he had plenty of good things to say about his team.

There was one non-basketball related comment in particular from Pitino that got a great reaction from the fans in attendance.

“I truly believe and I told our staff just now that will beat Florida State next week,” Pitino told the crowd.”

“I believe that. I haven’t been this pumped for a football game in a long while. It’s going to be one of the more exciting nights this town has seen in quite some time.”

I hope you’re right, Rick.

A Closer Look At Louisville Football’s Gray Helmets For The Florida State Game

When Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals storm on to the field at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium next Thursday to face the defending National Champions they’ll be sporting some new swag.

The folks at UofL announced last month that the football team will wear new adidas TECHFIT uniforms for the Oct. 30 home game against Florida State.

We’ve seen plenty of photo’s of the actual uniforms. On Monday morning, the official UofL football Twitter account sent out a photo of the special edition helmets.

Louisville 30 – NC State 18: Photo Gallery

Photo: Petey Cautilli

Photo: Petey Cautilli

Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals became bowl eligible on Saturday by getting their sixth win of the 2014 season. With a 30-18 win over NC State, the Cards move to 6-2 on the season and 4-2 in ACC play.

Here is The Cardinal Connect photo gallery from the game. All photos were taken by staff photographer Petey Cautilli.

Video: Charles Gaines & Will Gardner Discuss The Win Over NC State

Cornerback Charles Gaines and quarterback Will Gardner were two of the handful of Louisville football players that were made available to the media following Saturday’s 30-18 win over North Carolina State.

Gaines discussed the defense taking somewhat of a step back as they allowed their first touchdown in over a month. He also talked about the progress that the offense is making. Gardner discussed how much it helps to have DeVante Parker back.

Will Gardner NC State Post Game from The Cardinal Connect on Vimeo.

Charles Gaines NC State Post Game from The Cardinal Connect on Vimeo.

Louisville 30 – NC State 18: Bobby Petrino’s Post Game Press Conference

Following Saturday’s win over NC State, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino spoke to the media for about six minutes recapping the game. As expected, he spent a lot of time discussing the return of DeVante Parker, Michael Dyer’s breakout performance and the bye-week. Here is the full presser.

Bobby Petrino NC State Post Game from The Cardinal Connect on Vimeo.

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