When Brian Brohm took the field last night for the last time at Papa John’s Cardinal stadium, the University of Louisville said goodbye to one of its most decorated athletes in history.
The names of U of L football stars are familiar - quarterback Brian Brohm and receivers Harry Douglas and Mario Urrutia to name a few. And it's natural than when Louisville football is mentioned thoughts turn to frequent first downs, big plays and plenty of points. But recent history, which has featured sterling careers by defensive linemen Elvis Dumervil and Amobi Okoye (pictured left), suggests the Cardinals’ defense deserves a far bigger share of the spotlight.
Here’s the latest installment of Ron Steiner’s Likes and Dislikes. This week, the subjects range from Former U of L head football coach Bobby Petrino (pictured left) to former Cards playing in ArenaBowl XXI.
First, she emerged as an exciting, go-to basketball player for the Louisville Cardinals. Then, as a sophomore, Angel McCoughtry led U of L to its finest season (27-8) while averaging 21.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Now, the Big East Player of the Year has emerged as a new force on the international scene.
Former NFL football star and current local AF2 team owner (and talk-show host) Will Wolford wants to help give Louisville something it has been seeking for decades – a significant new major league sports team. His plan calls for an immediate escalation of involvement by local, passionate sports fans. It deserves serious consideration – today – because Wolford has the wisdom and the Will-power to make it work.
This year’s Big East Conference media day in Newport, R.I., conducted by Commissioner Mike Tranghese (pictured left), attracted more writers and broadcasters than ever before. Here’s a sampling of notes and quotes that were generated by this week’s festivities:
Louisville football coach Steve Kragthorpe (pictured left) speaks at the Big East Media Day in Newport, R.I., today (July 17), but his eagerness for the coming season to get underway is already evident.
sAfter a quick glance at the Big East basketball match-ups for 2007-08 announced Friday, it looks like it may be easier for Louisville to advance to the NCAA Final Four than it will be to win the league title.
These days, Coach Mike Summers (pictured left) is focused on developing the offensive line of the Atlanta Falcons. But the past four seasons, Summers, a former assistant coach at UK and the son-in-law of former Wildcat basketball coach Joe B. Hall, was focused on helping Bobby Petrino and the Cards prepare to defeat Kentucky.
Add the name of Sean Green to the list of University of Louisville alums who were gratified by their alma mater’s unprecedented drive to the College World Series this spring. It capped off a great month for Green (pictured left) who earned his first major league victory on June 9.
Knowing that their star runner Dominic Rhodes will miss the first four regular season games due to an NFL suspension, the Oakland Raiders may be looking for former University of Louisville running back Michael Bush (pictured) to see early action.
When it came to pondering candidates to replace departing assistant coach Marvin Menzies, most observers of University of Louisville basketball would admit that the name Walter McCarty never appeared on their radar screens. However, now that McCarty, a former Kentucky hoop player and 10-year NBA veteran has joined Rick Pitino’s U of L staff, the move looks like it could be a stroke of genius.