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Taquan Dean Will Spend This Season In Spain

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Former Louisville sharp shooter Taquan Dean will be spending the 2014-15 season playing professionally in Spain.

According to EuroBasket.com, Dean has signed with Gipuzkoa San Sebastian of Spain’s top professional league.

Since graduating from Louisville in 2005, Dean has played professionally in Italy, Russia, Spain, Greece and Turkey.

The former Cardinal spent the past two seasons with Sidigas Avellino of Italy’s top professional league. He left the club in January of 2014 following a coaching change.

Dean averaged 10.1 points and three rebounds per game during his time with the team.

He’s spent the summer in Louisville working out at the UofL basketball facility. Dean has been training with program assistant Tim Gray. He’s still the program’s all time leader in three point field goals with 159.

The Rundown: Atlantic Coast Conference

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Twitter | @TheACC

The Atlantic Coast Conference is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States in which its fifteen member universities compete in the NCAA. The ACC hosts 13 men’s division one sports and 14 women’s division one sports. The league was founded in 1953 by seven schools located in what are considered South Atlantic States.

The conference has added additional members in 1979, 1991, 2004, 2013, and 2014. The ACC has recently expanded beyond the coast and has stretched its branches of influence into the Midwest.

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Atlantic Division
Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1863 13,906 Eagles 2005
Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina 1889 21,303 Tigers 1953
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida 1851 40,337 Seminoles 1991
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 22,293 Cardinals 2014
North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina 1887 35,767 Wolfpack 1953
University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana 1842 11,733 Fighting Irish 2013
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 1870 21,029 Orange 2013
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1834 7,432 Demon Deacons 1953
Coastal Division
Duke University Durham, North Carolina 1838 14,591 Blue Devils 1953
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 1885 21,557 Yellow Jackets 1979
University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida 1925 15,657 Hurricanes 2004
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1789 29,390 Tar Heels 1953
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787 28,766 Panthers 2013
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 1819 23,907 Cavaliers 1953
Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, Virginia 1872 31,087 Hokies 2004

 

Only two schools have left the ACC while nine have joined since the conference was founded in 1953. Maryland recently bolted for the Big 10, while South Carolina set sail for the SEC back in 1971. The University of Louisville was voted into the ACC in November of 2012 as Maryland’s replacement.

Notre Dame is currently the only member of the ACC that is considered a “non-football member.” Only two schools (UNC and Duke) can boast all 13 men’s varsity sports, only Boston College and UNC can claim all 14 women’s division one sports.

The ACC has been yielding their annual rendition of Athlete of the Year since 1945. The Anthony J. McKelvin Award was given to the conference’s best athlete, regardless of gender, until 1990. The female version of the award is known as the Mary Garber Award, and has been won by some of the biggest names in women’s athletics.

The Atlantic Coast Conference knows nothing but spectacular athletics and blinding star power. The Anthony J. McKelvin award was awarded to James Worthy in 1982, Ralph Sampson in 1983, Michael Jordan in 1984, and then Len Bias in 1986.

Tim Duncan was prestigiously honored in 1996 and in 1997 and was preceded by Antawn Jamison in 1998 and Elton Brand in 1999. Mia Hamm took the women’s equivalent of the hardware home in 1993 when she dominated the pitch for UNC.

ACC football programs are eligible for the newly generated college football playoff. The 2013 National Title was won by Florida State, an established ACC power. The ACC’s football structure is divided into two seven team conferences, Atlantic and Coastal. The University of Louisville will compete in the Atlantic Division with Clemson, Florida State, and former Big East Rival, Syracuse. The ACC Coastal division is home to teams such as Duke, UNC, and The Steady Snitching University of Miami. Louisville is the seventh school to make the leap from the Big East to the ACC.

I feel like I need to get this out of the way early. Doesn’t Atlantic and Coastal sound like the same thing?

Video: Russ Smith Discusses Being Draft Process & Becoming A New Orleans Pelican

Instead of throwing himself a watch party of heading to Brooklyn to take in the sights and sounds of the Barcaly Center, Russ Smith took the non-traditional approach to draft night. Smith spent the evening shooting hoops at the KFC Yum! Center with friends and family.

Following the draft, Russ spoke with the media discussing the draft process and shared his excitement to join the New Orleans Pelicans. Although he maintains that he’s overjoyed to be in the NBA, I’m sure I’m not the only who can tell that Russ is more than eager to prove those wrong who passed on his in the draft.

Video courtesy of TheCrunchZone.com.

The Louisville Baseball Club’s Season Comes To An End

Nati Harnik — Associated Press

Nati Harnik — Associated Press

For the second consecutive season, the Louisville baseball program’s College World Series appearance was very brief.

The Cardinal Nine’s season came to an end on Monday afternoon as they fell to Texas 4-1 in an elimination game.

This was Louisville’s second loss in the double-elimination tournament. They fell to Vanderbilt 5-3 on Saturday evening.

“We had a two-inning lapse where we made it a little too easy on them,” Dan McDonnell said. “They got the momentum, and we let them roll with it.”

Unfortunately, Monday just wasn’t Louisville’s day as very little seemed to go right. Texas’ Parker French and Travis Duke limited the Cardinals to four hits, as the Longhorns produced runs in three straight innings.

“It’s the eight best and eight hottest teams in Omaha, so when you don’t play clean, it gets magnified out here,” McDonnell said following the game. ”

The value of scoring a run is so important that you do your best to try to score a run and you do your best to try not to give up a run. Unfortunately, we just gave them a few too many opportunities early.”

Losing four consecutive College World Series games will leave a bad taste in the mouth of fans, but Dan McDonnell and his team deserve a ton of credit for a spectacular season. This group has been a part of something very special that we may never see again. Back-to-back CWS appearances doesn’t happen too often.

Five Star Shooting Guard Tyus Battle Visited Louisville This Afternoon

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Photo | Nike

Last week was a big one for the Louisville Cardinal basketball program. Louisville hosted four unofficial visitors, including two of the top 50 players from the 2015 class, Deng Adel and Bryant Crawford.

The program isn’t expected to have many visits this week, however they did receive an unofficial visit from one of the top overall players in the 2016 class on Monday afternoon.

Tyus Battle, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard from Gladstone, N.J. was on the UofL campus earlier today.

Battle is regarded as consensus top ten player in the 2016 class. Rivals and Scout both rate Battle as a five star prospect while Scout ranks him as the best shooting guard in the country.

Louisville isn’t considered to be one of the leaders for the New Jersey native, but getting him on campus for a visit certainly can’t hurt their chances.

Assistant coach Kenny Johnson has been recruiting Battle in recent months, but it doesn’t appear that he’s been offered a scholarship just yet. Don’t be surprised if that changes very soon. Johnson established a relationship with Battle while he was still a member of Tom Crean’s staff at Indiana

Battle will visit Kentucky tomorrow. He’s already taken two visits to Michigan and visited Villanova this spring.

Video: Dan McDonnell Previews Louisville’s Elimination Game Against Texas

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Photo | College Baseball Central

It’s now win or go home for Dan McDonnell and the Louisville baseball club as they take on Texas this afternoon in an elimination game of the College World Series. The Cards got some momentum going in the final few innings against Vanderbilt on Saturday, but couldn’t get enough runs on the board falling 5-3 to the Dores.

Video courtesy of CardinalSports.com.

Louisville Falls To Vanderbilt 5-3 In Their CWS Opener

Ted Kirk - Associated Press

Ted Kirk – Associated Press

In their second straight appearance in the College World Series, Dan McDonnell and the Cardinal Nine are heading to the losers bracket after a 5-3 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday evening. In a game that lasted more than four hours, Louisville hung tough, but in the end fell just short.

The game was closer throughout the first couple of innings, but unfortunately starting pitcher Kyle Funkhouser had a tough time getting off of the field with two outs. The Commodores jumped to a 3-0 lead after three innings. In the fourth, Vandy added one more run after Bryan Reynolds tripled in Dansby Swanson.

The Cards cut it to 4-2 in the fifth after Sutton Whiting hit an RBI triple and scored on a groundout. Louisville added another run in the seventh cutting it to 4-3 after Zach Lucas narrowly beat Vandy’s throw to the plate on Nick Solak’s hit to center.

Unfortunately that was all of the offensive power that Cards had left.

“I feel better about our club now than maybe at this time last year,” Dan McDonnell said after the game. “I felt really good about our offense, and we had a lot of good at-bats. I thought our hitters really competed, put a lot of good swings on the ball, and they made two really nice catches.”

Louisville will play Texas in an elimination game Monday afternoon. Vandy has advanced to a meet with UC Irvine.

Getting To Know The Opponent: Vanderbilt Commodores

Vandy 2014

Vanderbilt University, which is colloquially known as Vandy, is a private research university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt’s enrollment sits at around 12,750 and the acceptance rate to the university is only 12.7%. Vanderbilt’s mascot is a fancy monopoly man in a top hat named Mr. Commodore.

Vandy’s colors are black and old gold, because regular gold wasn’t boojie enough. Vanderbilt was established in 1873 and has 14 varsity teams that compete in NCAA division one athletics. Vanderbilt is known for some of its influential alumni, and less for its athletic prowess.

Al gore

Al Gore went to Vanderbilt when he wasn’t too busy hunting down Man-Bear Pig or inventing the internet. Gore was Vice President from 1992 to 2000. He ran for President in 2000 and lost to George W. Bush after a controversial vote counting situation in the state of Florida. Gore conceded the presidential race to Bush after he forced about twelve recounts. Gore moved on to create a documentary on global warming entitled The Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore met his wife, political activist, Tipper Gore while attending Vanderbilt.

Dierks

Vanderbilt’s Nashville connections stretch far and wide, and the school has produced many of country music’s biggest stars. Dierks Bentley is an American country music singer songwriter who has been signed to Capitol Records. Bentley traveled to Nashville to chase his dream of being a country music star. Some of Dierks biggest hits include songs like “Hold On” and “5-1-5-0.” Bentley recently released his 9th studio album entitled Riser in February of 2014.

cornelius vandy

The Vanderbilt Commodores are named after Cornelius Vanderbilt. Cornelius made his fortune in the shipping industry back in the mid 1800’s. Vanderbilt student section routinely screams “Who ya with” at athletic competitions to honor Cornelius. “Who ya with” was obviously a typical and commonplace salutation for Cornelius, and Vandy students refuse to let the tradition die.

Louisville and Vandy played each other in the super regional last year as the Cardinal nine defeated Vanderbilt to punch a ticket to Omaha.