August 6th, 2014

Louisville football opens camp: Day 1 Notebook

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — University of Louisville football players were spared the physical challenge of two-a-day workouts to open preseason camp on Tuesday.

Coach Bobby Petrino worked out the freshmen and newcomers in a morning session and his veterans in the afternoon. But he didn’t ease either group in by moderating the pace of practice.

"We came out this afternoon, and didn’t do everything right, but we’re a better technical team, I think, than we were in spring ball," Petrino said. "Our guys got tired. They need to practice hard when they get tired. When you split practices, that’s the thing. They have to take more reps."

Some notes:

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August 5th, 2014

Montrezl Harrell talks about his experience at the adidas Nations camp.

August 5th, 2014

Louisville opens camp under Petrino — what to watch for

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Bobby Petrino began his first preseason camp of his second University of Louisville coaching stint today, under a bit of cover from the national spotlight trained on Valhalla Golf Course for this week’s PGA Championships.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to watch at the U of L practice fields. There are lots of changes in the way Petrino does things, but perhaps the most noticeable is for the players.

Charlie Strong sequestered the team at the Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to the Fairgrounds for preseason camp. Petrino won’t be piling up any hotel points. He is leaving the players in their rooms and apartments as camp begins.

"So far," he says, "guys have done a great job accepting the changes."

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August 3rd, 2014

Hamstring healing, Siva looking forward to fatherhood, Magic

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Caught up with Peyton Siva as he signed autographs and posed for pictures at Valhalla Golf Club today. He talked about his new team, and his new addition on the way. READ MORE at WDRB.com.

August 3rd, 2014

Russ being Russ, scores 52 in NYC summer league game

Check out the tweet below, and read more at WDRB.com.

July 19th, 2014

Schimmel puts on a show, wins WNBA All-Star MVP with record-breaking scoring night

Former University of Louisville star Shoni Schimmel is a reserve guard for the Atlanta Dream, but she was voted an All-Star game starter by fans and responded with 29 points and eight assists to lead her team to victory — and earn game MVP honors. READ MORE at WDRB.com.

(Arizona Republic photo).

July 15th, 2014

Catch up with U of L senior-to-be Wayne Blackshear, via CardsTV.

July 15th, 2014

Latest commitment keeps Pitino riding the foreign wave

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino received a commitment from five-star forward Deng Adel, a 6-8 prospect from the Sudan, Monday night. At a time when many coaches are slowing down, Pitino says he’s energized by the attitudes his players bring to work every day. A big part of that has been the foreign players he has coached. A look at this interesting interplay, at the link.

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July 1st, 2014

ACC website welcomes U of L

Above is the screen awaiting visitors upon reaching the ACC’s official website.

At WDRB, coverage began over the weekend with a look back at the 11 decisive days that got U of L into the league. I also had a column looking at people U of L can thank for the move. Today, a look back at how far the school and athletic department have come. And later today, a look ahead at what the move means, and the day’s 6 p.m celebration downtown.

June 30th, 2014

Weekend wrap-up: Looking ahead to the ACC

The text message above about said it all in November of 2012, as news was beginning to break about the ACC having voted to invite the University of Louisville as a member. In case you weren’t poking around the Internet this weekend, a look back at our stories, plus a few others you might’ve missed.

1. Ten people U of L can thank for its ACC party. [Click here]

2. Eleven days that clinched U of L’s conference fate, and changed its history [Click here]

3. U of L enlists Jennifer Lawrence’s help for an ACC celebration video [Click here]

4. Teddy Bridgewater is still taking ‘virtual reps’ [Click here]

5. Brad Keselowski takes the checkered flag at Kentucky Speedway [Click here]

6. WDRB’s Sterling Riggs talks about his role as Louisville Bats’ public address announcer [Click here]

June 29th, 2014

See the Jennifer Lawrence-narrated video U of L will debut at its ACC celebration Tuesday

View the video by clicking here.

June 29th, 2014

Bridgewater moves his ‘virtual reps’ to Madden

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Teddy Bridgewater’s fondness for using video games in his preparation is well-known to University of Louisville football fans. Now, he’s doing the same thing in the NFL. Bridgewater imported the Minnesota Vikings’ playbook into his Madden Football game for the X-box. He explained to ESPN.com:

"It helps because you get one more rep than you had in practice, actual practice," he said. "Any chance you get to take an extra rep or go the extra step, extra mile, it’s going to be very beneficial transferring it to the field."

Read more about Bridgewater’s video reps from ESPN.com here. (Photo via Fansided.com)

June 29th, 2014

Ten people (or groups) U of L can thank for its ACC party

This list is far from complete, but it’s a good place to start. READ MORE at WDRB.com

June 29th, 2014

Rewind: How Tom Jurich changed U of L’s conference fate in 11 days

A repost from October of 2012, examining how Tom Jurich moved fast to allow the University of Louisville to claim what wound up being the final spot in a “big five” conference. READ MORE at WDRB.com

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Sports writing from Eric Crawford of WDRB.com in Louisville, Ky.

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