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Louisville Cardinals
University University of Louisville
Conference(s) Big East
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Tom Jurich
Location Louisville, KY
Varsity teams 21
Football stadium Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Basketball arena KFC Yum! Center
Baseball stadium Jim Patterson Stadium
Mascot Cardinal Bird (mascot) Louie the Cardinal
Nickname Cardinals
Fight song Fight, U of L!
Colors Red and Black


Homepage GoCards

The Louisville Cardinals (also known as the Cards) are the athletic teams representing the University of Louisville. Since becoming a member of the Big East Conference in 2005, the Cardinals have captured 17 regular season Big East titles and 33 Big East Tournament titles totaling 50 Big East Championships across all sports. With their 2013 Sugar Bowl appearance against the Florida Gators, the Cardinal football team will become the only football team in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to have appeared in two Bowl Championship Series bowls, having defeated Wake Forest 24-13 in the 2007 Orange Bowl and Florida 33-23 in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl. On November 28, 2012, Louisville received and accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference and will become a participating member in all sports in 2014. [1]

Since 2000 the Cardinals are the only NCAA team to win a BCS bowl game; to appear in the Men's basketball Final Four, the College Baseball World Series, and the women's basketball Final Four; and to finish as runner-up in the Men's soccer College Cup.

Under the guidance of Director of Athletics Tom Jurich, the Cardinals have seen substantial athletic and institutional growth, spending more than $150 million for sporting facility upgrades while maintaining strong fan support and Title IX compliance. U of L currently fields 13 women's teams and 10 men's teams. The total sales of U of L merchandise, tripling since 2001, now rank 32nd nationally.

U of L finished the 2010-11 year ranked 34th in the NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.[2] The 2011-12 season began with Louisville ranked 11th through the final fall standings.[3]

Louisville team sports


Team Established: 1909
All Time Record: 1,450-1309
2009 record: (47-18)
Playing Facility: Jim Patterson Stadium (2005)
Head Coach: Dan McDonnell
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 3
Last NCAA Appearance: 2009
College World Series Appearances: 1 (2007)
Conference Titles: 4
Drafted Players: 50
Players In The MLB system: 5

The Louisville Cardinals Baseball team had a dream season in the 2007 season under the guidance of first year Head Coach Dan McDonnell. The Cardinals finished 47–24 and finished the season ranked as high as 6th in some major polls while advancing to the College World Series for the first time in school history. Throughout the NCAA Tournament the Cardinals were considered the Cinderella of the tournament and made national headlines for their powerful offensive play. Louisville also hosted an NCAA Super Regional for the first time in school history at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Men's Basketball

National Championships
1980, 1986
Final Four Years
1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982
1983, 1986, 2005, 2012
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Graph of U of L's cumulative all-time wins and losses

Team Established: 1911
All Time Record: 1,662-864 .658
Playing Facility: KFC Yum! Center (2010)
Court: Denny Crum Court (2007)
Head Coach: Rick Pitino (Since 2001)
NCAA Men's Basketball Championships: 2
NCAA Final Fours: 9 (Last 2012)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 38
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2012
Conference Regular Season Championships: 21 ( 7 Missouri Valley Conference, 12 Metro Conference, 1 Conference USA, 1 Big East)
Conference Tournament Champions: 17 (2 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, 11 Metro Conference, 2 Conference USA, 2 Big East)
NIT Appearances: 14 (Won 1956 NIT Championship)
All-Americans: 19
Drafted Players: 59
Players In The NBA: 5 (Francisco García, Terrence Williams, Earl Clark, Samardo Samuels, Jerry Smith)
Record against Kentucky: 14-30
Record against West Virginia: 9-4
Record against Cincinnati: 54-42
Record against Memphis: 53-34
Record against Marquette University: 41-26


UofL's basketball tradition was established by Muhlenberg County native, Coach Bernard "Peck" Hickman. The Cards never had a losing season in Hickman's 23 years, prior to his arrival the team had only had 11 winning seasons. In 1956, Hickman's team won the NIT, then considered a national championship on a par with the NCAA tournament. After retiring he became the school's A.D. and hired, then John Wooden assistant and future Hall of Famer Denny Crum, who led the team to two NCAA's Division I basketball championships in 1980 and 1986 and six Final Fours. The men's basketball team currently ranks fifth in all-time NCAA Tournament wins and has been in the top five in average attendance each year since the 1982–83 season. Perennial rivals include the University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Memphis. Over the past 12 years, Marquette University has also become a heated rival.

The Cardinals' hired Rick Pitino in 2001. In the 2004–2005 season and 2011–2012 season Pitino led the Cardinals to the Final Four.

Women's Basketball

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Jeff Walz

Team Established: 1975
All Time Record: 664-442 (.600)
11-12 record: 23–10
Playing Facility: KFC Yum! Center (2010)
Head Coach: Jeff Walz (119–56 in five seasons)
Conference Titles: 12
NCAA Appearances: 14
Last NCAA Appearance: 2012
All-Americans: 6
Drafted Players: 2 (both in 2009, including #1 pick Angel McCoughtry)
Final Four Appearance: 1 (2009)


The cheerleading squads are a national powerhouse with the large co-ed squad winning 15 National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate National championships (1985-86, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998-99, 2003-05, 2007-09, 2011), the all girl squad winning 9 championships (1998-99, 2001-05, 2009, 2011) and the small co-ed cheerleading squad winning 7 championships (2005-11).[6][7] The University of Louisville Spirit Groups hold more national titles than any other sport offered at the University.

The teams are coached by James Speed, Todd Sharp, Misty Hodges.[8]

The Cardinal Bird Mascot also falls under the jurisdiction of the University of Louisville Spirit Groups. The "Bird" also competes with the cheerleaders in national competitions and makes regular appearances in the Louisville Metro Area.

Cross Country

Men's CC

2006: Finished 15th at NCAA Championships

2007: Finished 9th at NCAA Championships

Field hockey

Team Established: 1976
All Time Record: 229-286 (.444)
Fall 2006 record: 12-8
Playing Facility: Trager Stadium (2000)
Head Coach: Pam Bustin
Conference Titles: 3
NCAA Appearances: 2
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006
All-Americans: 3

The UofL women's field hockey team received the NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award for their 3.65 GPA, which was the highest in the nation.[9] The team also won two MAC tourney titles in 2003 and 2004 and finished one game back in their first Big East season.


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Graph of cumulative all-time wins for the U of L football team

Team Established: 1912
All Time Record: 465–440–17 (.514)
2011 Season record: 7-6
2012 Season record: 10-2
Playing Facility: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (1998)
Head Coach: Charlie Strong
Conference Titles: 8
Bowl Appearances: 17
Last Bowl Appearance: 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl
All-Americans: 29
Drafted Players: 85
Players In The NFL: 17


Football All-Time Bowl Appearances
1958 - Sun Bowl
1970 - Pasadena Bowl
1977 - Independence Bowl
1991 - Sunkist Fiesta Bowl
1993 - St. Jude Liberty Bowl
1998 - Motor City Bowl
1999 - Humanitarian Bowl
2000 - AXA Liberty Bowl
2001 - AXA Liberty Bowl
2002 - GMAC Bowl
2003 - GMAC Bowl
2004 - AutoZone Liberty Bowl
2005 - Toyota Gator Bowl
2006 - FedEx Orange Bowl
2010 - Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
2011 - Belk Bowl
2012 - Allstate Sugar Bowl

Under the guidance of head coaches John L. Smith (1998–2002) and Bobby Petrino (2003–2007), the Louisville football program went to nine consecutive bowl games, a streak that ended in the 2007 season.

Under Coach Smith, the Cardinals spent 11 weeks in the AP Top 25, including a #17 final finish in 2000.

Under Coach Petrino, the Cardinals were ranked in all but three of the weekly AP polls since the beginning of the 2004 season. This includes a #6 final finish in both 2004 and 2006, as well as a #19 final finish in 2005.

In the 2004 season, the Cardinals went 11–1 and won the Conference USA Championship; their only loss was against third-ranked Miami, a game in which the Cardinals led by 17 in the third quarter before falling. The Cardinals went to the Liberty Bowl, where they defeated #10-ranked and previously-undefeated Boise State.

In 2005, the Cardinals finished 9–3 after falling to Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl and completed the season ranked #19 in the AP Poll and #20 in the Coaches' Poll.

In 2006, the Cardinals began the season ranked #13 in the AP poll and finished the season with a 12–1 record, their first Big East Conference title and completed the season with a 24-13 victory over the Atlantic Coast Conference champion Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl. The Cards finished the 2006 season ranked #6 in the AP Poll and #7 in the Coaches Poll, while being ranked #6 in the Bowl Championship Series Poll.

On January 9, 2007, Steve Kragthorpe was introduced as the new head coach of the Cardinals, within 48 hours after Bobby Petrino announced his departure to take the head coaching position with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. The Cardinals went 6–6 in Kragthorpe's first season and the second season 5–7. He was fired after his third season (2009) ended with a disappointing 4-8 record. Kragthorpe's replacement is Charlie Strong, formerly the defensive coordinator at Florida, and the second African American to head the Cardinals program.

None of the football program's recent success would have been possible without the vision and efforts of former Kentucky All-American and national champion coach (at the University of Miami) Howard Schnellenberger, who was the head coach from 1985–1994. His greatest achievement at U of L was a 34–7 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl (Alabama finished 7-5), which culminated in U of L's first national ranking (11th) and a 10–1–1 record.

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Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, as viewed from Central Avenue.

The University of Louisville football program's home is Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.


UofL winning percentage by year

Retired jerseys


  • Distinguished amateur and now professional golfer Derek Fathauer enjoyed four solid seasons at Louisville as a Cardinal. He was the first player ever from the University of Louisville to be named an All-American.



Team Established: 1985
All Time Record: 125-234 (.348)
Fall 2005 record: 11-7
Playing Facility: Cardinal Park Soccer and Track Stadium (2200); Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium (5300) set to open in September 2014
Head Coach: Karen Ferguson-Dayes
Conference Titles: 0
All Americans: 1


Team Established: 1979
All Time Record: 185-272 (.404)
2010 Record: 20-1-3
Playing Facility: Cardinal Park Soccer and Track Stadium (2200); Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium (5300) set to open in September 2014
Head Coach: Ken Lolla
Conference Titles: 3
College Cup Appearances: 1 (2010)
2010 National Runners Up

Louisville Finishes Historic Season as NCAA Runner-Up

The top-ranked Louisville men's soccer team fell 1-0 to Akron in the 2010 NCAA national championship game in front of 9,672 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Cardinals, who appeared in the College Cup for the first time in program history, finished the season with a 20-1-3 overall record. Prior to reaching the NCAA Tournament, Louisville won the BIG EAST Red Division regular-season title and captured the BIG EAST Tournament title.


On February 21, 2013, U of L announced that it would build a new soccer-only stadium on campus. The new stadium, with a capacity of 5,300, is set to open for the 2014 season, and will be known as Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium, after the married couple who donated $5 million toward the $17.5 million project.[11]


Team Established: 2000
All time record: 259-157 (.622)
2006 record: 48-10
Playing Facility: Ulmer Stadium (2000)
Head Coach: Sandy Pearsall
Conference championships: 2
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 7
Last NCAA Appearance: 2011
All-Americans: 1


Coach- Rex Ecarma (251-195 in 17 seasons)
Established- 1980
Record- 409-306 (.572)
Conference Champinonships- 5 most recent- (05-06 Big East)
NCAA appearances - 7 - most recent (08-09)


Team Established: 1975
All Time Record: 692-364 (.655)
Playing Facility: KFC Yum! Center (opened 2010, first used 2011); Cardinal Arena (1990)
Record at KFC Yum! Center: 17–6
Record at Cardinal Arena: 157–19
Head Coach: Anne Kordes
Conference Titles: 17
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 17
Last NCAA Appearance: 2012
All-Americans: 2

Volleyball has traditionally been one of UofL's most successful programs, led for 15 years by head coach Leonid Yelin, whose .772 career winning percentage ranked 9th among active coaches prior to his retirement after the 2010 season. He was replaced by former U of L player Anne Kordes, who had spent the previous seven seasons as head coach at Saint Louis. During the 2005 season, UofL was ranked as high as #6 en route to a 30-3 record, a regular season tie for the Big East title, and a second straight trip to the Sweet 16. In the most recent 2012 season, the team averaged 2,341 fans while playing mainly at the KFC Yum! Center. Their traditional home of Cardinal Arena, with 840 seats, has become too small for the team's current popularity, with fans turned away at several games. While U of L has sought state funding to expand Cardinal Arena to better meet fan demands and prevent unsafe "standing room only" crowds, it has more recently opted to move full-time into the KFC Yum! Center; of its 19 home matches in the 2012 season, 15 were scheduled for that facility. U of L also hosted both the 2005 Big East Volleyball tournament and the first two rounds of NCAA volleyball tournament at the Kentucky International Expo Center in Downtown Louisville, and will host the Women's Final Four in 2012 at the KFC Yum! Center.

In 2005, two Cardinals, seniors Lena Ustymenko and Jennifer Hoffman, were named second team All-American. Previously only one Big East volleyball player had been named an All-American.[12] Ustymenko was also named the 2005 Big East player of the year and Hoffman led the nation in hitting percentage in the Card's 6-2 offense.[12] The program has won 15 of its last 16 conference titles (with another in 1983) and has been to the NCAA tourney 17 times since 1982, with 47 players making their all-conference team. The team has a 157–19 all-time record at Cardinal Arena, and is 17–6 at the KFC Yum! Center.

Director's Cup

The University of Louisville has risen from 174th in the Director's Cup standings in 1999-2000 to 28th in 2006-2007. U of L finished the 2010-2011 year ranked 34th in the NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.[2]

The 2011-12 season began with Louisville ranked 11th through the final fall standings.[3]

Conference championships

All-time Records by Sports

UofL Team All-Time Record Winning Percent
Men's Basketball 1,587-831 66.202%
Volleyball 687-367 65.180%
Softball 259-147 62.2%
Women's Basketball 664-442 60.0%
Men's Tennis 409-306 57.2%
Football 431-411 51.1%
Baseball 1,450-1327 52.2%
Field Hockey 229-286 44.4%
Men's Soccer 190-282 40.2%
Women's Soccer 138-239 36.7%
Overall 5843-4554 56.1%

Sport facilities

Facility Team Capacity Years used
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Football 55,000 (42,000, 1998-2010) 1998–present
KFC Yum! Center Men and Women's Basketball, Women's Volleyball 22,000 2010–present
Jim Patterson Stadium Baseball 4,000 (2,500, 2006–2012) 2005–present
Cardinal Park Soccer and Track Stadium Soccer and Track & Field teams through 2013–14 school year; track and field only starting in fall 2014 2,200 2000–present (track)
2000–2013 (soccer)
Cardinal Arena Volleyball secondary home, Women's Basketball practice facilities 840 1992–present
Ralph Wright Natatorium Swimming 800 2005–present
Ulmer Stadium Softball 700 2000–present
Trager Stadium Field Hockey 600 2000–present
Bass-Rudd Tennis Center Tennis 400 1994–present
Lacrosse Field Women's Lacrosse 300 2006–present
Trager Center Football indoor practice facility 2006–present
The Yum! Center Men's Basketball/Women's Volleyball practice facilities 2007–present
Marshall Center Soccer/Track/Field Hockey strength and conditioning 2008–present
Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium Soccer 5,300 2014–future

Average Per-Game Attendance by Sport

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Jim Patterson Baseball Stadium and Sports Medicine Complex

Team 2012–13 2011–12 2010–11 2009–10
Football Not yet released 48,538 50,648 32,450
Men's Basketball In progress 21,503 21,832 19,397
Women's Basketball In progress 10,670 10,859 6,398
Volleyball 2,341 1,527
Men's Soccer Not yet released 3,548 2,768 1,300
Baseball Spring sport 1,436 1,940
Softball Spring sport 441
Women's Soccer
Field Hockey 370 294 435 282

Fan Support

Team National Attendance Rank
Women's basketball 2nd (2011–12)[13]
Men's Basketball 3rd (2011–12)[14]
Men's Soccer 5th (2011)[15]
Women's Field Hockey 5th (2012)[16]
Volleyball 14th (2012)[17]
Baseball 44th (2012)[18]
Football 46th (2011)[19]

Attendance ranks are based on average per home game.

Notable athletic alumni

Radio affiliates

see: List of Louisville Cardinals radio affiliates

The broadcast team for Louisville men's basketball is Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano or Doug Ormay (color analyst). The broadcast team for Louisville football is Paul Rogers (play-by-play); Joe Tronzo (color analyst) and Doug Ormay (sideline reporter).

U of L games are broadcast in Lexington KY on WWRW 105.5 FM and WKRD 790 AM & 101.7- Louisville, KY (Flagship Station)

For Women's basketball, Women's Play by play is provided by Jim Kelch, with Adrienne Johnson as the color analyst. All Women's Basketball games are heard on WKRD 790 AM or on FM 101.7 in Louisville.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio Louisville Broadcasts

SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Nelligan Sports Marketing, the University of Louisville and CSTV: College Sports Television announced an agreement on Jan. 10, 2005, making SIRIUS the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the University of Louisville. SIRIUS will broadcast select play-by-play sports of Louisville's nationally ranked college basketball and football teams




UK has more wins in the basketball rivalry than does U of L.

The Louisville Cardinals rivalry with the Kentucky Wildcats is widely considered one of the most intense college rivalries in the United States.[20] It is also one of the few rivalries to be equally intense in basketball and football, and practically every other sport as well. The men's basketball game is called the Battle for the Bluegrass; the football game is officially called the Governor's Cup.

In the early years after the rivalry resumed whoever would win the football game would go on to lose the basketball game. In 2003 Louisville broke that tradition by winning both the football and basketball game. Since then, Kentucky has completed the double twice, in the 2009-2010 and the 2010-2011 seasons.

Unlike many in-state rivalries that have been played continuously for many decades, these two schools went through a long period from the 1930s to the 1980s of rarely facing each other. They did play frequently from the 1900s to 1920's. Since the renewal of the men's basketball rivalry in 1983–84 UK leads the modern rivalry 18-11 and 27-14 overall. Since the two teams resumed playing football in 1994, U of L leads 11-8 but UK leads overall 14-11.

Louisville's other rivals include the University of Cincinnati,Marquette University.


  • Within the intrastate rivalry with the Kentucky Wildcats, the team that has won the football game has lost the following basketball game every year, except in 2003 and 2012 (when UofL won both) and 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 (when UK won both).
  • In 2005, UofL was among only a handful of schools to average better than 97 percent attendance to capacity in volleyball, men's basketball, and football.
  • The film "The Replacements" was rumored to be based on former Cardinal quarterback Ed Rubbert (played by Keanu Reeves), who led the Washington Redskins' 1987 strike team to a 3–0 record en route to the franchise's Super Bowl XXI championship.
  • UofL is one of two universities in the state of Kentucky to have a women's rowing team, the other being Murray State University.
  • The UofL football program annually plays for the Governor's Cup (awarded to the winner of the Louisville-Kentucky football game) and The Keg of Nails (awarded to the winner of the annual Louisville-Cincinnati football game). Both trophies currently reside in Louisville.
  • The Cardinal volleyball team has won 14 of the last 15 conference championships, from C-USA to the Big East. In the past two years the team has a combined 60-6 record with consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
  • The 2006 Baseball Cardinals broke the Big East Conference Tournament record with a .409 batting average.[21]

See also

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  • Sports in Louisville, Kentucky


  1. "ACC Extends Formal Invitation for Membership to the University of Louisville". Atlantic Coast Conference. Nov. 28, 2012. Retrieved Nov. 28, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Stanford Captures Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup; ACC Places Four Institutions in Top 10". National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division I Final Fall Standings As of January 12 2011". 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division I Final Fall Standings As of January 12 2011. NACDA. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
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  8. "Louisville Cardinal Spirit". Louisville Cardinal Spirit. University of Louisville Athletic Association. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  9. "LOUISVILLE FIELD HOCKEY RECEIVES NFHCA DIVISION I NATIONAL ACADEMIC TEAM AWARD :: The Cardinals were ranked first in the nation with a 3.65 GPA". 2007-08-10. Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  10. "Louisville Football 2011 Media Guide". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  11. "Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Make $5 Million Commitment to Soccer Stadium" (Press release). University of Louisville Sports Information. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "THREE BIG EAST VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS EARN SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA HONORS FOR FIRST TIME IN LEAGUE HISTORY :: Notre Dame's Brewster and Louisville's Ustymenko and Hoffman headline a list of nine players from the league to earn national recognition". 2007-08-12. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  13. "2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Attendance". NCAA. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  14. "2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Attendance". NCAA. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  15. "2011 NCAA Soccer: Men's Attendance Records". NCAA. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  16. "2012 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Attendance Report". NCAA. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  17. 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Attendance (Excel spreadsheet). Downloadable from the NCAA here. Accessed February 10, 2013.
  18. Foley, Brian (June 14, 2012). "2012 NCAA Baseball Attendance Report". Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  19. "2011 National College Football Attendance". NCAA. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  20. Katz, Andy (February 2, 2003). "Best teams make today's best rivalries". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
  21. "Louisville Official Athletic Site - Baseball". 2006-05-27. Retrieved 2009-08-05.

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