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Louisville Adds Juco Safety

Apr 16, 2014 -- 11:01am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Tuesday the addition of safety James Sample on the Cardinals’ program.

A former safety at Washington, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder played for the Huskies in 2011 and 2012. Sample played in three games in 2012, and also saw action in two games in 2011 before his season ended early due to an injury.

“James is an outstanding football player who will help us fill a void on our football team,” Petrino said. “He has outstanding size at the safety position and will add immediate depth to this position on our football team.”

Before signing with Louisville, Sample attended American River College in California and will be eligible next season with two years of eligibility remaining.

Scholastically, Sample played at Grant High, where he was a first-team All-CIF San Joaquin Section as a senior, and was also named first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee. He was selected first-team All-Delta Valley Conference and first-team All-NorCal by NorCalPreps.com.

A former four-start recruit by Rivals, Sample was tabbed a third-team all-state performer by ESPN.com after recording 109 tackles as a senior at Grant. He was a high school All-American after being voted to participate in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.

As a junior at Grant High, Sample helped lead his team to a 12-1 record, when he recorded 111 tackles for the season and was named a first-team All-Metro and a PrepStar All-American.

Playing for Mike Alberghini, Sample was named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West. He was the No. 9 safety in the country by Rivals.com, which also named him the No. 15 prospect in California.

NCAA Tournament Schedule Saturday & Sunday

Mar 22, 2014 -- 11:27am


We will be carrying the Louisville/St. Louis game beginning around 2:45pm. Below is our coverage and Westwood One will bounce around to great finishes. 

Saturday March 22
12:15pm - #9 Pittsburgh vs. #1 Florida
1:45pm - #4 Louisville vs. #5 St. Louis 
5:15pm - #7 Texas vs. #2 Michigan
8:40pm - #12 Harvard vs. #4 Michigan State 
Sunday March 23
12:15pm - #10 Stanford vs. #2 Kansas
2:45pm - #8 Kentucky vs. #1 Wichita State
5:15pm - #6 North Carolina vs. #3 Iowa State
8:40pm - #8 Memphis vs. #1 Virginia

Tracking My Player Pool

Mar 21, 2014 -- 4:49pm

Here's who I have in this years ESPN 680 player pool. Some good, some not so good, thus is the NCAA tournament.
BOLD - still playing
Italics - eliminated

1. Scottie wilbekin, Florida SOUTH - 10


2. Michael Frazier, Florida SOUTH - 3


3. Brendan Dawson, Michigan State EAST - 10


4. Caris Levert, Michigan MIDWEST - 6


5. Dustin Hogue, Iowa State EAST


6. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia EAST


7. Tekele Cotton, Wichita State MIDWEST


8. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona WEST - 13?????


9. Travis Trice, Michigan State EAST - 19


10. John Gasser, Wisconsin WEST - 7


11. Sam Dower, Gonzaga WEST


12. Andrew Harrison, Kentucky MIDWEST


13. Aaron Craft, Ohio State SOUTH - 16


14. Darius Carter, Wichita State MIDWEST


15. Shaq Goodwin, Memphis EAST


16. Justin Jackson, Cincinnati EAST - 13


17. Jordan Bachyinski, Arizona State MIDWEST - 25


18. Chris Crawford, Memphis EAST


19. Titus Rubles, Cincinati EAST - 9


20. Niels Giffey, Uconn EAST - 10

Churchill Downs and NBC Renew Deal

Feb 26, 2014 -- 1:13pm

NBC to Present the “Run for the Roses” Through 2025

NBCSN to Televise Kentucky Oaks and Additional Programming throughout Partnership

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 26, 2014 – NBC Sports Group and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) have reached a 10-year agreement extending NBCSG’s exclusive rights to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks through 2025, it was announced today.

The 10-year renewal extends the partnership which began in 2001 and includes multiplatform rights to the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and Derby and Oaks day programming which will be televised on NBC and NBCSN and featured on NBC’s digital platforms.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with Churchill Downs for both the iconic Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby and are proud to have them as   signature elements of our Championship Season,” said NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus. “This decade-long deal is a testament to the strength of the relationship between Churchill Downs Incorporated and NBC Sports, and underscores NBC’s commitment to the sport of horse racing. We will continue to utilize the wide-ranging media platforms of NBCUniversal to surround the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with wall-to-wall coverage and extensive promotion.”

“This agreement extends our relationship with NBC to 25 years and includes what will be a very special historical moment, the 150th Kentucky Derby in 2024,” said Churchill Downs Chairman and CEO Bob Evans. “We will not only achieve our financial objectives with this deal, but we will also continue to benefit from NBC’s unique media assets and innovative perspective to help us continue to grow the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby brands.”

Utilizing NBC Sports Group’s “Big Event Strategy,” three of the last five Kentucky Derby races have recorded at least 16 million viewers. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby over the last 13 races averaged over 2 million more viewers than the previous 12 Kentucky Derby broadcasts (14.3 million vs.12.0 million, up 19 percent).

The Kentucky Derby stands as America’s oldest continuously held major sporting event; this year’s 140th Run for the Roses is Saturday, May 3, 2014

Louisville Football's 2014 Schedule Released

Jan 22, 2014 -- 3:05pm

By Andy Sweeney
ESPN 680 Executive Producer, Host

The much anticipated 2014 schedule for Louisville football was released this afternoon. For as pitiful as this past year was, let's face it, this makes up for it and more. The ony problem...who plays QB?

September 1, 2014 (Monday)
Miami (FL) @ Louisville, 8:00pm

September 6, 2014
Murray State @ Louisville

September 13, 2014
Louisville @ Virginia

September 20, 2014
Louisville @ FIU

September 27, 2014
Wake Forest @ Louisville

October 3, 2014 (Friday)
Louisville @ Syracuse 

October 11, 2014
Louisville @ Clemson

October 18, 2014
NC State @ Louisville

October 30, 2014 (Thursday)
Florida State @ Louisville

November 8, 2014
Louisville @ Boston College

November 22, 2014
Louisville @ Notre Dame

November 29, 2014
Kentucky @ Louisville


5 Quick Thoughts: Louisville Stomps Houston

Jan 16, 2014 -- 10:37pm

By Andy Sweeney
ESPN 680 Executive Producer, Host

Easily the most impressive performance against a legit opponent all season for the Cardinals. Here are some thoughts about tonight's 91-52 win over Houston, which improved the Cards to 15-3.

*Wayne. What was that? Blackshear scored 23 points tonight on 8-10 shooting…five of those three pointers. On top of that he came off the bench first the first time in 31 games. But with the good, let's all step back and be honest for a second. Can he keep this type of performance going? I don't mean 23 points and hitting fade away threes, but rather playing without fouling and remaining active in all aspects of the game. I got this text from multiple buddies tonight…"how many games will it take Blackshear to score 23 points"? Not sure but the last 5 games before tonight he totaled 32. No doubt the Cards need Wayne to be a more integral part of the rotation, not just a background character like the previous two seasons.

*Positivity. A general theme coming from 95% of Rick Pitino's press conference this year has been what this team CAN'T do. Following the Memphis game and leading into SMU, Pitino led the way in creating a more positive environment, and thus far it has worked. I spoke post game with Russ, Luke and Terry and all three credited Pitino on changing the tide the last week or so. To a certain extent, Pitino has to use kid gloves on this team, which is okay and seems to be working. They aren't last year’s team and that is also okay.

*Gill. If he can play alongside Henderson (Wichita) there's a chance he can contribute this season. But let's face it. Gill played 15 minutes tonight….he played a total of 14 minutes the past 8 games, including 4 DNP. At this point spot minutes would be a good start for Gill, especially with Chris Jones riding the pine.

*Chicken in the Bucket. 6 points, 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. He also was dunked on by Trez and almost had Levitch go "Pistol" as Pitino called it post game. Super nice kid, nice player but a long ways to go. Either way, Chicken made it to the Bucket.

*Start to Believe? It's a fair question as to when or even if we can start believing this team can be more than a round of 32 or Sweet 16 team. Tim Sullivan from the Courier-Journal asked Hancock that very question. Hancock, of course, had the coach speak answer, but it is a fair question. If this team beats UConn on the road (a team who just beat Memphis on the road) is it too early to believe? I'm not so sure but with positivity and options besides Jones emerging, give me Pitino in the Sweet 16 and I'll be the Cards advance to the Elite 8.

Next up...Cards @ UConn, 9pm on ESPN.

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