Quarterback Tyler Ferguson Leaves Louisville Football
Louisville Quarterback Tyler Ferguson has reportedly left the program. First reported by Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority. The Penn State transfer came to the Cards with a great deal of hype and hope from the fans, but Tyler found himself behind Will Gardner, Reggie Bonnafon, and Kyle Bolin on the depth chart. Coach Petrino said at ACC Kickoff that Tyler needed to work on controlling his emotions after good and bad plays. Ferguson possessed tremendous arm strength and will look to transfer to a different program. He may play immediately at the FCS or NAIA level, or sit out another year if he hopes to play FBS football (without an NCAA waiver).
Former Penn State transfer QB Tyler Ferguson has left the University of Louisville football team. http://t.co/8vZYPfdsc8
— Jody Demling (@jdemling) August 18, 2015
Louisville Men’s Soccer Chosen as ACC Atlantic Favorite
The Louisville men’s soccer team was announced as the favorite to win the 2015 ACC Atlantic Division title by the league’s 12 head coaches.
The Cardinals, who officially reported to campus on Tuesday of last week and began preseason training last Wednesday for the 2015 season, received six of a possible 12 first-place votes and totaled 66 points overall. Louisville was also among four teams receiving two votes each as the second choice in the overall championship race, while reigning national champion Virginia was tabbed as the favorite with four votes.
Behind the Cardinals in the Atlantic Division preseason poll was Clemson, the defending ACC Champion, which earned five first-place votes and had 62 points overall. Wake Forest (46) also picked up a first place vote and was followed by Syracuse (40), NC State (20), and Boston College (18).
Virginia, with 64 points, was named by seven coaches as the favorite in the Coastal Division, edging out North Carolina, which had four first place votes and 59 points. Notre Dame, the 2013 national champion, was picked third with 54 points and one first place vote. Duke (35), Virginia Tech (26), and Pitt (14) rounded out the division.
The ACC placed seven teams in the NCAA Championship field in 2014, marking the second-straight year that the league has had the most teams from any conference. Virginia’s national title was the seventh in the last 10 years by an ACC squad and 17th in league history.
Embarking on its second journey through the powerful ACC, the 2015 season is expected to be another exciting one for head coach Ken Lolla and the Louisville men’s soccer program. The Cardinals return All-ACC First Team midfielder Ben Strong as well as ACC Freshman of the Year and All-ACC Second Team defender Tim Kubel from last year’s squad, which advanced to the ACC Championship title match and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth time in five seasons.
Louisville will play its 2nd exhibition Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium whenCardinals will host UAB on tonight at 7:30 p.m., and will visit Oakland on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Louisville’s regular season slate will begin at home on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m., against William & Mary.
Season tickets start as low as $45 and can be purchased online here or by calling the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office at (502) 852-0120 or (502) 852-5151. Season tickets for 2015 include every regular season home match for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
Single match tickets are also on sale through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office. Reserved chairback tickets are set at $12 for adults and $6 for youth. Fans can purchase online throughwww.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (502) 852-5151 or in-person at the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office located at Gate 2 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Tickets can also be purchased on match days at Lynn Stadium starting one hour prior to kickoff.
College Football Playoff Expands Travel Assistance for Student-Athletes’ Families
The College Football Playoff (CFP) announced today that it will expand its program to offset expenses for student-athletes’ parents or guardians to travel to the Playoff Semifinals this season, in addition to the National Championship. The CFP provided the expenses for the championship game in January, 2015.
The $2,500 stipend per student-athlete is intended to help with expenses for hotel accommodations, travel and meals for up to 100 families from each participating institution.
“We were pleased to implement this expense-reimbursement program for the first College Football Playoff National Championship and we received warm and sincere positive feedback from the family members,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP. “Extending support to the Playoff Semifinals will be another terrific benefit for folks who will be thrilled to be present to celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of their student-athletes.”
Under a pilot program, CFP distributed $500,000 that was used to assist families of athletes from The Ohio State University and the University of Oregon who attended the game in North Texas, January 12, 2015.
CFB Playoff Prepares for Season
“We reviewed our process and procedures during the off-season and we’re very pleased with how things turned out last season,” said Jeff Long, committee chair. “The purpose of this week’s meetings was to continue to orient our two new members and begin to focus on the upcoming season. We look forward to reconvening this fall.”
The committee reviewed the time schedule for the weekly rankings announcements and recusals.
The committee members will produce rankings weekly beginning after the ninth weekend of games—same as last year. The members will again meet in person, on Mondays and Tuesdays. The committee will issue its first rankings Tuesday, November 3, and will reveal its rankings on ESPN each week. A final program announcing the Playoff Semifinals pairings, New Year’s bowl pairings, and Top 25 rankings will air on Selection Day, Sunday, December 6. The complete schedule for the weekly announcements:
Tuesday, Nov. 3 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 10 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 17 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 24 7 p.m. ET ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 p.m. ET ESPN
Sunday, Dec. 6 Noon ET ESPN
The committee’s recusal policy remains the same as last season. The policy is as follows: “A recused member shall not participate in any votes involving the team from which the individual is recused.”
“A recused member is permitted to answer only factual questions about the institution from which the member is recused, but shall not be present during any deliberations regarding that team’s selection or seeding. Recused members shall not participate in discussions regarding the placement of the reduced team into a bowl game.”
“If a committee member or an immediate family member, e.g., spouse, sibling or child, (a) is compensated by a school, (b) provides professional services for a school, or (c) is on the coaching staff or administrative staff at a school or is a football student-athlete at a school, that member will be recused. Such compensation shall include not only direct employment, but also current paid consulting arrangements, deferred compensation (e.g., contract payments continuing after employment has ended) or other benefits. The committee will have the option to add other recusals if special circumstances arise.”
Recusals for the 2015-16 season:
- Air Force – Mike Gould
- Arkansas – Jeff Long
- Clemson – Dan Radakovich
- Duke – Tyrone Willingham (daughter is on staff at the university)
- Nebraska – Tom Osborne
- Southern California – Pat Haden
- Stanford – Condoleezza Rice; Tyrone Willingham (son is on staff at the university)
- Texas Tech – Kirby Hocutt
- Wisconsin – Barry Alvarez
Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Official UofL Alumni Tailgate
The Louisville Cardinals Football Team will play Auburn in the 2015 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game onSeptember 5 at 3:30 p.m. The place to be before the game is the Official UofL Alumni Tailgateat the Georgia World Congress Center, located steps from the Georgia Dome.
The Official UofL Tailgate features an All-American Tailgate with BBQ chicken, pulled pork, salads, green beans, cornbread, fresh baked cookies, lemonade, ice tea & cash bar. Tailgate access includes two (2) drink tickets for beer, wine, liquor & soda at the cash bar.
Stay in-town Sunday, September 6 to cheer on the Atlanta Dream as they take on the Washington Mystics at 3 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet with Angel McCoughtry, 09A, and Shoni Schimmel, 14A, and receive autographs from all Dream players. Purchase your tickets here and use promo code: CARDS