Mike & I both played in the Cardinal Press Box Classic yesterday so the notable items of the day were difficult to get out on the site. We told you last night about Louisville Football’s late addition for 2015 OL Toriano Roundtree and also we shared Howie Lindsey’s interview with Bobby Petrino on his inaugural show on 93.9 FM. But there is plenty more to catch-up on.

Football to Hold 4 Open Practices 

The University of Louisville football team begins fall practice on Thursday and four practices will be open to the public, head coach Bobby Petrino announced Monday.

The Cardinals will hold a pair of practices on Saturday (8/8) and Sunday (8.9). The veterans will work out first at 2:30 p.m., while the newcomers hit the field at 6:30 p.m., on each of those two days.  The final two practices open to the public are on Monday (8/10) and Tuesday (8/11) at 4:20 p.m.

Media Day is Saturday morning, so expect a great deal of information on Saturday.

Lee Corso Won’t Pick Auburn Because He Can’t Wear Aubie’s Headgear

Pretty interesting topic from Athlon Sports on Lee Corso who Auburn will not allow to wear their mascot’s ‘Aubie’ headgear.

College Gameday Opening Week Going to Arlington, Texas

Lee Corso won’t have to have his weekly head gear selected for him, because ESPN will travel to Arlington, TX (Cowboys Stadium) for College Football’s opening weekend.  It’s no surprise considering that Louisville vs. Auburn is the national CBS game in Atlanta, if Louisville is going to get a College Game Day in 2015 the best chance figures to be vs. Florida State in October at FSU.  Louisville vs. Clemson is a Thursday night.

*Also important to note that ESPN’s Tweet and Vine promoting Game Day says that they are going to Ft. Worth, anyone familiar with the area knows the difference.

Petrino Family Foundation Establishes Cardinal Covenant Scholarship

A gift from the Petrino Family Foundation has established the Cardinal Covenant Petrino Family Foundation Scholarship, which will be awarded this year to a student from the West End School Program.

Ra’vonte Harbin, who attended the West End School from 2008-11, will be the initial recipient of a four-year full scholarship to Louisville on behalf of the foundation, which looks to develop a relationship with a student in an effort to help them achieve their academic goals.

“The city of Louisville has programs that are working tirelessly to have a much needed and positive effect on our youth,” Petrino said. “One program in particular is the West End Program. They are making a substantial difference in the lives of many.”

Petrino added, ”They are doing exactly what the Petrino Family Foundation was established for – inspiring action, creating change, and improving lives. This is our way to say thank you to the West End Program for assisting a young man that has worked diligently to achieve academic success and has the desire to further his education at the University of Louisville. It is an honor to present Ra’vonte Harbin as the first recipient of the Cardinal Covenant Petrino Family Foundation Scholarship.”

A Louisville native, Harbin attended The Louisville Collegiate School for three years before transferring to St. Francis High, where he graduated from this spring. Harbin was a member of the basketball team, where he served as team captain. He also participated in a number of extracurricular activities, among which were plays, and Black Students Association, and the Me to We Club.

“I consider myself a very fortunate young man to have attended and graduated from the West End School,” Harbin said.  “That opportunity enabled me to receive a full scholarship to a local Louisville private high school, which I graduated from this past spring.

“I now consider myself blessed for being the recipient of this scholarship. I am so fortunate to be the first West End graduate to attend the University of Louisville. I am also extremely appreciative of Coach Petrino and the Petrino Family Foundation for the opportunity that they have provided to me. I look forward to the opportunity to attend Louisville and work hard toward achieving a college degree.”

“As board chair of the West End School and on behalf of the entire West End community, I would like to say how proud we are of Ra’vonte and his accomplishments to date,” chairman of the West End Boys School Paul Perconti said. “We are excited that he is going to pursue his college education at Louisville. We would particularly like to thank Coach Petrino and the Petrino Family Foundation for providing Ra’vonte with this scholarship.”

The foundation will award another scholarship following the completion of the four-year commitment.

Louisville Soccer Ranked #18 Pre-Season

Six ACC men’s soccer teams, including defending national champion Virginia, are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Poll as announced today. The total is the most from any conference in the country.

The Cavaliers lead the league contingent with a No. 2 ranking, followed by No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 North Carolina. Defending ACC champion Clemson is ranked No. 11, followed No. 15 Syracuse and No. 18 Louisville.

The ACC placed seven teams in the NCAA Tournament 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.

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