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.
Louisville assistant coach Marvin Menzies (left) is set to become head basketball coach at New Mexico State today, replacing former U of L assistant Reggie Theus, who has moved on to the NBA. Broadcast reports suggest former UK and NBA star Walter McCarty may replace Menzies at Louisville.
Commentary: This year will be the first time new Louisville football coach Steve Kragthorpe (pictured left) experiences the Governor's Cup clash between U of L and UK. Is it already time to admit moving the game from the season opener to the third game of the year was a mistake? If so, why wait to fix it?
Louisville fans greeted the U of L baseball team on Wednesday afternoon as the Cards returned from the College World Series. U of L finished the year as one of the top six teams in the nation, and that achievement should have lasting benefits to the program and the community according to head coach Dan McDonnell and Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson.
From June 1 when the Louisville baseball team beat Miami, 13-7, in the first round of NCAA play, to June 20 when the Cards returned from the College World Series as one of the nation's top six teams, U of L has generated newfound interest and energy for the Cardinal program. Coach Dan McDonnell (pictured left) and these Cards didn't win the national title, but they did change the way this town looks at their program - forever.
Football star Tino Sunseri had plenty of options, but in the /files/storyimages/he chose Louisville. His father, Sal, an NFL assistant coach, believes it’s a perfect match.
When Louisville’s romantic venture to the College World Series resumes with a game against North Carolina on Tuesday (2 p.m., ESPN2), the Cards will be looking for a victory that would likely make them the darlings of the local Omaha fans and set up two must-win contests against Rice on Wednesday and Thursday. Colby Wark (Jr., Terrebonne, Ore.), pictured left, is expected to take the mound for the Cards (47-23).
Despite great play by center fielder Boomer Whiting (left), Louisville baseball frittered away an opportunity to post its first-ever win at the College World Series. Now, the Cards are preparing to bounce back in Sunday's game (against the loser of Friday night's Mississippi State vs. North Carolina game) at Rosenblatt Stadium (2 p.m., ESPN2)
Regardless of how long his team’s stay in Omaha lasts, when Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell returns from the College World Series, he already has plans to make the most of his team’s remarkable post-season run.
When Louisville’s baseball team (46-12) plays Rice (54-12) this Friday in the Cards’ first-ever College World Series appearance, the players will likely recall the extra hard work they were able to do over the past year thanks to a few secret weapons that were recently added.
Life has changed for the University of Louisville’s baseball players who are on their way to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Cards were the target of their fans’ affection on Tuesday at a downtown rally, something head coach Dan McDonnell said was only a dream for U of L players – until now.