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.
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.