Louisville Rumors & News

  • Antonio Blakeney decommits from U of L

    Louisville Courier-Journal "It took 11 days for Antonio Blakeney to reconsider his verbal commitment to the University of Louisville. He announced the withdrawal of his pledge to the Cardinals on Monday night. The decision deals a significant blow to a Louisville recruiting class that was in the running for the top..." September 16

  • Louisville’s 2015 recruiting haul gets even better as five-star guard commits

    College Basketball Talk "Having already received verbal commitments from guard Donovan Mitchell and forwards Deng Adel and Raymond Spalding, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has one of the best recruiting hauls in the Class of 2015. On Thursday night the Cardinals’ class got even better, as five-star guard Antonio..." September 05

  • Registrar: U of L top prospect freshman Johnson enrolls

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The long delay for University of Louisville basketball signee Jaylen Johnson has ended. The U of L registrar's office on Monday morning said Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Michigan whose academic paperwork caused some eligibility concerns with the NCAA, has officially enrolled at U of..." August 25

  • Guard Donovan Mitchell commits to Louisville

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Donovan Mitchell didn't need much time on his official visit to the University of Louisville to know the Cardinals were the team for him. Mitchell, a four-star guard from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, committed to U of L Thursday night during his campus trip. He posted a picture of himself..." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Louisville PG Chris Jones out for 3-5 weeks with leg injury

    CBSSports.com "Louisville starting point guard Chris Jones will be on the shelf until at least the end of the month due to a left leg injury. Louisville men's basketball spokesman Kenny Klein sent out news of the injury Thursday afternoon." August 08

  • Louisville forward Akoy Agau out six weeks following surgery

    SI.com "Louisville sophomore forward Akoy Agau will miss about six weeks after having sports hernia surgery, the school announced on Tuesday. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports first reported the news. Agau's injury occurred about three weeks ago during workouts. The 6-foot-8 forward played in 19 games..." July 29

  • Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell breaks his second backboard of the summer

    College Basketball Talk "This winter the Louisville Cardinals will begin their first season as a member of the ACC, and it certainly helps the transition for Rick Pitino’s program that power forward Montrezl Harrell decided to return for his junior season. Last year Harrell helped lead the Cardinals to 31 wins (the..." July 28

  • Pitino vs. Pitino series looming? 'Not really'

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A tweet from ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Tuesday night said that Rick Pitino's University of Louisville was planning a future home-and-home basketball series with his son Richard's program at the University of Minnesota. But Rick Pitino, asked on Wednesday if he and his son were having such..." July 24

  • Louisville's Montrezl Harrell says he'd love to play for football team

    USA Today "Had Montrezl Harrell not gone to the University of Louisville or another school to play college basketball, the power forward guesses he'd be on a football team somewhere instead. Even though Harrell is a projected lottery pick in next year's NBA draft having returned to U of L for his junior..." July 22

  • Cardinals land first 2015 basketball commitment in Adel

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Louisville basketball team received its first recruiting commitment in the 2015 class on Monday night from five-star wing Deng Adel, who was arguably the Cardinals’ top target at his position. Adel, a 6-foot-7 player from Victory Rock Prep School in Bradenton, Fla., is ranked..." July 15

  • Louisville coach Rick Pitino: 'I can go for a long time'

    SI.com "Rick Pitino's game plan doesn't include retirement any time soon. The 61-year-old Louisville men's basketball coach said Wednesday he "can go for a long time" thanks to the enthusiasm provided by recent Cardinals recruiting classes. Pitino said during a news conference discussing a roster..." July 10

  • Louisville still waiting on two freshmen to get to campus

    College Basketball Talk "Louisville is still waiting on two of their six-man freshman class to make their way onto campus. Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Ypsilanti, Mi., has academic issues that he’s working through. According to Rick Pitino, there were “consolidations at his high school”, which means that it..." July 10

  • Kevin Ware cleared to play immediately at Georgia State

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "It took a mere four words for Kevin Ware to express his excitement at not having to wait another year to continue his comeback from his gruesome broken leg 15 months ago. "Turrrrrnnnn upppppppp let's go!!!!!!!!" the former Louisville guard tweeted. Ware, who transferred to Georgia State in..." June 19

  • NBA hopeful Behanan’s marijuana citation dismissed

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Former University of Louisville basketball star Chane Behanan had his citation for marijuana possession in Louisville dismissed Tuesday. Behanan, who has entered the 2014 NBA draft pool, will not have the April 2 incident on his record. “It was a humbling experience,” he said. The news is a..." May 28

  • Louisville's Akoy Agau: 'Our fans are more mature' than Kentucky's

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Akoy Agau has lived a lot of places, enough for the sophomore University of Louisville basketball player to know three languages: Dinka, Arabic and English. But Agau now calls Omaha, Neb., home, and he’s spent a few weeks there since school let out before returning to U of L for summer..." May 20

  • FedEx lost Russ Smith’s 2013 national championship jersey

    College Basketball Talk "Russ Smith’s stay in Louisville has come to a close following his graduation on Saturday. The projected second round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft wanted to make sure his father, who is back at home in Brooklyn, held on to one of his prized possessions from his career with the Cardinals: the..." May 12

  • Kevin Ware moving on, not forgetting

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The finality hit Kevin Ware last week as he sat in his dorm room and realized it was time to pack, time to go home, time to move on. He was surrounded by relics from his time at the University of Louisville. There were all of his Cardinals basketball jerseys. There was one of the nets from the..." May 02

  • Kevin Ware moving on to Georgia State, but not forgetting Louisville

    USA Today "The finality hit Kevin Ware last week as he sat in his dorm room and realized it was time to pack, time to go home, time to move on. He was surrounded by relics from his time at the University of Louisville. There were all of his Cardinals basketball jerseys. There was one of the nets from the..." May 01

  • Chane Behanan entering NBA draft

    ESPN.com "Chane Behanan, who was dismissed from Louisville in December, will enter the NBA draft, he confirmed via text message to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman. Behanan's decision was earlier reported by The Coloradoan. "I love the game, and I want to compete with the best," he told ESPN. "I also want to..." April 28

  • Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell will not enter the 2014 NBA Draft

    CBSSports.com "Louisville sophomore Montrezl Harrell will return for another season of college basketball rather than enter the 2014 NBA Draft. "I love the feeling of being a Louisville Cardinal," Harrell tweeted Monday afternoon. "And I will be wearing this for next year." The attachment to that tweet was..." April 14

  • Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware is going to Georgia State

    ESPN.com "Kevin Ware is headed closer to home and will transfer to Georgia State, he confirmed in a text message to ESPN.com. The 6-foot-2 guard, who gained national attention a little more than a year ago when he suffered a gruesome broken leg in the Elite Eight against Duke, made a visit to Ron..." April 13

  • LMPD cites former Louisville Cardinal Chane Behanan for marijuana possession

    ESPN.com "Chane Behanan's troubled year continues, as the former Louisville forward was cited for marijuana possession early Wednesday morning. According to Louisville police, Behanan was cited around 1 a.m. just west of downtown, after an officer smelled marijuana coming from a car in which Behanan was..." April 03

  • Creighton's Doug McDermott leads Wooden All-America Team

    CBSSports.com "Senior Doug McDermott is the headliners on the 10-member Wooden All-American Team announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team -- all finalists for the Wooden Award, presented by the LAAC to honor the college basketball player of the year -- features Creighton's McDermott,..." April 01

  • Commonwealth has reason to celebrate

    Louisville Courier-Journal "There should be no gloating after this game, and not much mourning. There should be, instead, a cease-fire in the constant bickering between Bluegrass basketball fans. Let's call Kentucky's gripping 74-69 NCAA Tournament victory over Louisville what it was: a credit to both teams, to the sport,..." March 29

  • Kevin Ware to transfer from Louisville for senior year

    ESPN.com "Kevin Ware is leaving Louisville. Ware, who gained national attention nearly a year ago to the day when he suffered a gruesome broken leg in a win over Duke in the Elite Eight, told ESPN that he will transfer to another school to finish his career. Ware made an emotional return on Nov. 6 in..." March 29

  • Kentucky defeats Louisville 74-69 to advance to the Elite Eight

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Any flickering frustrations from the regular season faded way Friday night as Kentucky beat arch-rival Louisville 74-69 in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. All the “clutter,” as Coach John Calipari called it, about six McDonald’s All-Americans, a 40-0 record and what The Wall Street Journal..." March 29

  • Kentucky's young guns vs. Louisville's vets: Who's got it?

    Fox Sports Ohio "Luke Hancock turned 24 a couple months back and has won NCAA tournament games at two different programs. Russ Smith is a few weeks from turning 23, and together they're the old men of a battle-tested Louisville team trying to repeat as national champions. Point guard Chris Jones was playing junior..." March 28

  • NCAA Midwest Regional betting news and notes: Michigan has secret weapon

    Covers.com "The Midwest Regional has two of the most intriguing Sweet 16 matchups. Before you get your bets down Friday, make sure you cruise these betting news and notes for the Midwest side of the bracket. No. 2 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers (-2.5, 134) Senior Jordan Morgan came..." March 28

  • Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts to be named UNC-Wilmington's coach

    CBSSports.com "Louisville associate head coach Kevin Keatts has reached an agreement to become the next head coach at UNC-Wilmington, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday morning. A formal announcement is expected soon. Keatts is in his third season on Rick Pitino's staff and has helped the Cardinals..." March 28

  • Johnson, Napier, Stauskas lead NABC All-America team

    CBSSports.com "The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2013-14 All-America teams Thursday, with a trio of players still alive in the NCAA Tournament named to the first team. Arizona's Nick Johnson, UConn's Shabazz Napier and Michigan's Nik Stauskas join Creighton's Doug McDermott and Duke's..." March 28

  • Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts to be named UNC-Wilmington's coach

    CBSSports.com "Louisville associate head coach Kevin Keatts has reached an agreement in principle to become the next head coach at UNC-Wilmington, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday morning. A formal announcement is expected soon." March 27

  • Sources: Masiello lied to USF, didn't graduate

    ESPN.com "Manhattan coach Steve Masiello never graduated from the University of Kentucky, as indicated on his résumé, and his falsifying this information eliminated him from getting the University of South Florida job, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. On the Manhattan and Louisville official..." March 26

  • Louisville-Kentucky II: Sizing up a colossal showdown

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Yo, Sanka, you dead? No? Good. Probably need to find some shelter before this Friday, though. The circus has arrived in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and it's going to get out of hand in a hurry. No tridents, please. As soon as Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer clanked out and Kentucky held on to..." March 25

  • Cards-Cats was destined to happen

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Deep down, we all sensed this was coming, didn't we? Once the NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed last Sunday and Kentucky and Louisville were aligned so conveniently in the Midwest Region, this all seemed inevitable, if not predestined. On that day, both teams and their fans were mostly glum..." March 25

  • Louisville basketball defeats Saint Louis, 66-51

    Louisville Courier-Journal "It wasn't pretty at any point for Louisville over the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, but the fourth-seeded Cardinals are back in familiar territory. Louisville advanced to its third consecutive Sweet 16 with a rough-and-tumble 66-51 win over Saint Louis on Saturday at the Amway Center..." March 22

  • Louisville dodges Manhattan's upset bid, 71-64

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Chris Jones leaned back in his chair, shook his head and sighed, the hushed conversations around University of Louisville's locker room doing nothing to drown out his exhausted breath. "It's hard playing against yourself," Jones said. No, it wasn't a challenging practice. It was Manhattan,..." March 21

  • Masiello-Pitino reunion in NCAAs will be a bit awkward

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Louisville brought its 12 wins in 13 games to town for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. It brought its band and cheerleaders and dance team and tournament experience. Manhattan brought a mirror. When the teams step on the court in the Amway Center at about 9:45..." March 20

  • Manhattan, Louisville unhappy to face each other

    New York Post "The NCAA Tournament was still just a dream. Less than two weeks ago, Manhattan was in Massachusetts, looking to clinch its first tournament berth in 10 years. Before the MAAC championship, the Jaspers staff prepared a compilation of clips sent from family and friends, serving as motivation and..." March 20

  • Louisville's Pitino criticizes NCAA for matchup

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Louisville coach Rick Pitino had no problem with his team's NCAA tournament seeding. It was the pairing that drew his ire. Pitino criticized the selection committee Wednesday for pitting his fourth-seeded and defending national champion Cardinals against 13th-seeded Manhattan, which is coached..." March 20

  • Gators, Cardinals bounce into O-town for NCAA

    Florida Today "College basketball fans, March Madness is upon us. And while it begins tonight with two play-in games, the real Madness tips off on Thursday. And for the first time since 2005, it is close to home. The Amway Center is hosting some second- and third-round games in the South and Midwest..." March 19

  • Louisville 71, Connecticut 61

    ProSportsDaily "Montrezl Harrell notched 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinals claimed their first and only American Athletic Conference tournament title at Memphis, Tenn. Harrell made 9-of-14 from the floor in recording his third double-double of the season against the fourth-seeded Huskies (26-8). Russ..." March 16

  • No. 5 Louisville beats No. 21 UConn 71-61 to win AAC Tournament

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Rick Pitino switched from coach to lobbyist the moment his Louisville Cardinals won their third straight conference tournament title. Of course, Pitino thinks the defending national champs deserve a No. 1 seed, even if he knows they likely won't get one. Montrezl Harrell had 22 points, 11..." March 16

  • Louisville 94, Houston 65

    ProSportsDaily "Russ Smith scored a career-high 42 points and established school records for points in a half and a postseason game as the Cardinals advanced to the championship of the American Athletic Conference tournament in Memphis. Smith finished 14-of-22 from the floor in moving into sixth place on the..." March 15

  • Louisville 92, Rutgers 31

    ProSportsDaily "Chris Jones had 18 points and six steals as the second-seeded Cardinals overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Russ Smith added 16 points and Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell scored 13 apiece for Louisville (27-5),..." March 14

  • Defense coming together for No. 5 Louisville

    Lexington Herald-Leader "The stifling defense played by Louisville during last year's championship run raised the bar high for current players. The Cardinals have turned up the pressure again. The second-seeded Cardinals enter Thursday night's American Athletic Conference quarterfinal against the South..." March 13

  • Basketball Writers Association names 13/14 All-Americans

    USBWA.com "The 2013-14 USBWA Men's All-America Team features seven seniors, including forward Doug McDermott of Creighton, who becomes just the 19th player in the 58-year history of the team to earn three-time USBWA All-America honors. Based on regular-season performance, the entire USBWA membership of..." March 12

  • No. 11 Louisville drubs No. 19 UConn 81-48

    Lexington Herald-Leader "How fitting that defense was the big difference Saturday in No. 11 Louisville's 81-48 thumping of No. 19 Connecticut. Russ Smith, Stephan Van Treese, Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson — the winningest senior class in school history with 116 — went out in trademark style with a win that gave U of L..." March 09

  • Four freshmen listed among 15 finalists for Wooden Award

    CBSSports.com "The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced on Saturday the 15 finalists for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to the nation's top college basketball player. The 15 finalists are: (Players listed in alphabetical order) Kyle Anderson (UCLA) Cleanthony Early..." March 08

  • No. 11 Louisville wins 84-71 at No. 18 SMU

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Louisville leading scorer Russ Smith was still feeling light-headed and dizzy after Wednesday night's game. He had felt that way pretty much all day. Smith overcame his stomach illness, and a rough first half, by hitting all six of his 3-point attempts after halftime as the 11th-ranked..." March 06

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