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Louisville received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 G Caleb Chandler.

Chandler opted to commit to Louisville over the likes of Florida, Illinois and Miami. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder ranks as Scout.com's No. 22 guard in the 2017 cycle, with the outlet noting that he demonstrates "very good quickness off the ball and he really can fire off the ball low with good pad level." While Chandler has played tackle at Jefferson High School (Georgia), he projects as a guard at the collegiate level.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 15 - 12:56 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Louisville has hired Florida OL coach Mike Summers to serve in the same capacity.

Summers returns to Louisville after previously coaching the Cardinals' offensive line from 2003-2006. He has been on staff with Florida each of the past three seasons. With 36 years of coaching experience under his belt, this is a nice hire for Louisville as HC Bobby Petrino's crew tries to move on from a less-than-stellar end to the 2016 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 15 - 12:26 PM

Louisville hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon for the same position.

On Wednesday, Sirmon swapped jobs with former Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Grantham was hired as Mississippi State's new DC. Sirmon was fired after his unit finished No. 110 in total defense and No. 93 in scoring defense. It was his only year in Starkville.
Source: ESPN
Jan 11 - 4:20 PM

SI's Pete Thamel spoke with one ACC coach who believes Louisville sophomore Lamar Jackson "has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None."

It is worth noting that this coach faced Jackson this season (which almost certainly means Jackson torched the team's defense). "He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. He’s not going to have a chance," he concluded. These comments were made when the coach was asked about Deshaun Watson's ability, but it seems Jackson was the preferred topic. Jackson just turned 20 years old.
Jan 9 - 9:29 AM

Louisville LS Colin Holba accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Ah yes, one of those coveted few long snapping invites in the post-season all-star circuit. Holba has size and some arm strength; he's a former high school quarterback and baseball pitcher.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 4 - 12:23 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson completed just 10 of 27 attempts for 153 yards in the school's 29-9 bowl loss to LSU.

He added only 33 rushing yards in Jackson's worst performance of the season. It wasn't all on Jackson, as Louisville's offensive line acted like swinging gates when blocking LSU defensive front, and Jackson double clutched a number of passes due to covered receivers. he looked uneasy all game. The Heisman Trophy winner will enter 2017 with plenty of eyes on him.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 02:56:00 PM

Louisville redshirt junior LB James Hearns and redshirt sophomore LB Henry Famurewa, who were involved in a reported shooting incident in mid-December, will not play against LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

Louisville has not confirmed the circumstance of the pair's injury, but multiple outlets reported earlier this month that Hearns and Famurewa were injured in a shooting during a celebration of QB Lamar Jackson's Heisman Trophy win. ESPN's Andrea Adelson is reporting that these injuries are keeping the pair out of action. They did travel with the team, but have not practiced. Hearns led Louisville with eight sacks during the regular season and forced a stellar five fumbles.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Louisville junior RB L.J. Scott will transfer.

Not to be confused with Michigan State RB L.J. Scott, Louisville's incarnation of the name has recorded statistical production in just two games this season. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder rushed for a mere 15 yards on three carries in that minuscule space. Injuries, including a hamstring injury, have hampered him at times. It is not yet known which schools Scott might be considering for his transfer.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 01:20:00 PM

The ACC has fined Louisville and Virginia Tech $25,000 for accepting game-plan leaks from former Wake Forest announcer Tommy Elrod.

Both programs have admitted to receiving information from Elrod, with Louisville taking it one step further by issuing a bowl suspension for the receiving party in OC Lonnie Galloway. The Hokies have not named the assistant who received Elrod's intel, saying that he no longer works at the university. Army has also been implicated in this case and a U.S. Army official will conduct a separate investigation into that matter. In a statement, ACC commissioner John Swofford attempted to sum up this whole odd mess, saying, "I am deeply disturbed something like this would occur, and regardless of the degree of involvement, the protection of the competitive integrity of our games is fundamental to any athletic contest."
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Louisville senior WR Jamari Staples accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Staples missed a pair of games due to injury this season. In 10 healthy contests, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound wideout caught 35 passes for 593 yards and two touchdowns. The draft process figures to be critical for the Louisville receiver, as he has never recorded more than 700 yards receiving in a season.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 08:20:00 PM

Louisville has suspended co-OC Lonnie Galloway for the Citrus Bowl.

The suspension comes about after Galloway accepted game-plan information from Wake Forest announcer Tommy Elrod prior to the Cardinals' tilt with the Demon Deacons on November 12. In a statement, Louisville AD Tom Jurich said, "Although no one from Louisville sought the information, once it was provided, we did not do what should have been done. The information should not have been accepted. It should have been rejected and officials at Wake Forest should have been alerted to the inappropriate action taken by Mr. Elrod." As a result of the suspension, Galloway will not be on the sideline when Louisville takes on LSU in the Citrus Bowl on December 31. The ACC continues to investigate this case and further punishment could be coming down the pike depending on the conference's conclusions.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed that offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway received "a few plays" from former Wake Forest radio announcer Tommy Elrod.

Elrod, who was previously fired for leaking information to the Demon Deacons' opponents, has known Galloway since 2007 and worked with him on the Wake Forest football staff from 2011 to 2012. Wake Forest's investigation into the matter began after a sheet of its plays was discovered inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium the day before it played Louisville on Nov. 12. Cardinals HC Bobby Petrino has said that he had "no knowledge of the situation." Wake Forest concluded that Elrod provided confidential game notes to opponents several times beginning in 2014, Dave Clawson's first as head coach.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson was named the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year.

Remember when there was a low-grade rumble that Louisville's late-season stumbles might damage Lamar Jackson's awards cred? Yeah, that has not occurred. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound dynamo has hauled in just about every player-of-the-year honor on the board to date, including the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Heisman Trophy and now the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year. "It feels like I haven't played football in a year, I've been away so long [on the awards tour]," said the gunslinger. Jackson will try to cap off his masterful 2016 calendar year with a win over LSU in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Eve.
Source: ABC News
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 02:03:00 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson graded out as Pro Football Focus' second-best quarterback for the 2016 season.

Jackson finished with a grade of 93.2, just barely behind PFF's No. 1, Baker Mayfield (93.7). That the Heisman winner still has plenty of developing to do as a signal-caller makes his high grade all the more remarkable. He led the country in clean-pocket passing with a 119.1 QB rating on his way to throwing for 3,390 yards and a 30/9 TD/INT ratio over the course of 12 contests completed. One other Jackson note from PFF -- his 48 broken tackles as a rusher were the most among Power-5 quarterbacks.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 08:41:00 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Louisville redshirt junior LB James Hearns and redshirt sophomore LB Henry Famurewa were involved in a shooting incident over the weekend.

According to a Jefferson Community Technical College student who claimed to see the incident, the shooting occurred outside a party where Louisville players were celebrating the Heisman victory of Lamar Jackson. "It was five or six guys just going at it, fighting on one side and then I see a flash come from the other side. Then I just took cover," the student said. ESPN's Andrea Adelson is reporting that both Hearns and Famurewa are expected for full recoveries, though their statuses for a New Year's Eve showdown with LSU in the Citrus Bowl remain uncertain. Hearns would be the bigger loss, here. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has recorded 43 tackles (11.0 for loss), a team-leading eight sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 games.
Source: USA Today
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 05:05:00 PM


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