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Nov. 11, 2010 issue: ROAD WOES NO MORE Louisville women host No. 4 Tennesse in Yum Center opening Louisville soccer stays undefeated, ranked No. 1 in the country

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  • VOLUME XV NUMBER 13NOVEMBER 11, 2010

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  • PAGE 2 LOUISVILLE SPORTSREPORT NOVEMBER 11, 2010

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2010 LOUISVILLE SPORTSREPORT PAGE 3

    E D I T O R I A L S T A F F

    GENERAL MANAGER - Jack Coffee

    SENIOR WRITER AND EDITOR - Russ Brown

    OPERATIONS MANAGER - Howie Lindsey

    ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES - Mickey Clark, Betty Olsen and Blanche Kitchen

    CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS - Dave Klotz, Shelley Feller, Gail Kamenish,

    Howie Lindsey and Chuck Feist

    CONTRIBUTING COLUMNISTS Matt Willinger, Jeff Wafford,

    Jason Puckett and Rick Cushing

    DESIGNER - Scott Stortz

    COPY EDITOR - Rick Cushing

    The Louisville SportsReport is printed in Kentucky and based in Louisville. It is published weekly in January, February and March, monthly in April, May, June and July and weekly mid-August through late December by Louisville Sports News, L.L.C., in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville Sports News, L.L.C.: Owner and General Manager - Jack Coffee. The SportsReport was founded in 1996. United States Postal Number: 015255

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    7 ALL THE WRIGHT MOVESRedshirt freshman Jeremy Wright was named Big East

    Offensive Player of the Week after his 98 yard effort against Syracuse Saturday. Wright and reserve QB Justin

    Burke helped the Cards break an 11-game league road losing streak Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

    Phenomenal sophomore Andrell Smith stretched to make a leaping touchdown grab against Syracuse Saturday. Smith and the Cardinals picked up their fi rst Big East road win in more than two seasons Saturday. - photo by Dave Klotz

    5 BOWLS ARE ON THE CARDS MINDSSenior quarterback Justin Burke, who could be

    pressed into service for a second-straight week if Adam Froman isnt healthy by Saturday, says the

    Cardinals are trying not to think about bowls just yet. Thats hard to do when UofL is just one win away.

    W H A T S I N S I D E

    4 CROSS COUNTRY: LOUISVILLE SET TO HOST NCAA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL

    By Howie Lindsey5 USF IS THE FOE, BUT BOWLS ARE ALSO ON CARDS MIND By Russ Brown6 GAME STATS - SYRACUSE, LOUISVILLE DEPTH CHART7 BURKE, CARDS END ROAD WOES THE WRIGHT WAY AT SYRACUSE By Russ Brown8 FALL HAS BEEN A STERLING SEASON FOR LOUISVILLES

    SPORTS TEAMS By Jack Coffee9 CARDS O-LINEMAN GET THEIR WISH: RUNNING THE ROCK By Russ Brown10 THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY By Howie Lindsey11 RISING CARDS BUYING INTO STRONGS BELIEF SYSTEM By Russ Brown13 MENS SOCCER: UOFL ENTERS BIG EAST FINAL FOUR AS A

    CLEAR FAVORITE By Howie Lindsey15 RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: PITINO SET TO SIGN AT LEAST FOUR By Jeff Wafford

    16 WOMENS SOCCER: YOUTHFUL CARDS COMPLETE A GOOD BUT DISAPPOINTING SEASON

    By Howie Lindsey16 FIELD HOCKEY: LOUISVILLE AWAITS NCAA SELECTION TUESDAY

    NIGHT By Howie Lindsey17 BIG EAST NOTEBOOK: BIG EAST EXPANSION IS OFFICIAL, BUT

    TARGETS ARENT CLEAR By Russ Brown18 MENS SOCCER: A PACKED CARDINAL PARK COULD HELP UOFL IN

    NCAA SOCCER TOURNAMENT By Russ Brown18 CARDINAL STARS OF THE WEEK By Howie Lindsey19 GAMEDAY PREVIEW - SOUTH FLORIDA By Rick Cushing20 LOUISVILLE AND SOUTH FLORIDA ROSTERS21 MENS AND WOMENS BASKETBALL SCHEDULES22 TOP TOM LANE24 WOMENS BASKETBALL: WOMEN WILL OPEN ARENA TO SOLD

    OUT CROWD By Howie Lindsey

    FEATURES AND CONTENT:

    24 PACKED YUM! CENTERFreshman Shawnta Dyer and the UofL womens basketball team will open the season (and the

    KFC Yum! Center) with a showdown against No. 4 Tennessee Friday. Monday the University announced

    that all 22,000 tickets were sold for the event.

  • By Howie LindseySaturday morning at E.P. Tom Sawyer

    Park in eastern Jefferson Country, some of the nations fastest distance runners will take off in a race that will decide which teams will compete for the national cham-pionship later this month.

    Were looking for-ward to playing host to a tremendous region, UofL cross country coach Brice Allen said. We know the Big East Conference champion-ship is a tremendously competitive race, but

    our regional race has become one of - if not the - most competitive regional races in the country.

    Fresh off a runner-up fi nish at the Big East Championships, the UofL mens team moved up to No. 20 in this weeks national cross country poll. The Cards will now face one of the toughest regional fi elds in the

    nation as they host the 2010 NCAA South-east Regional race Saturday at 10 a.m. The top two teams qualify automatically for the NCAA Championships, but the next three or four teams could get at-large bids this year, according to Allen.

    Right now, were likely to see six teams from our region qualify for the national championships, which would be the most of any of the nine regions across the coun-try, he said. Will that happen on that day? That remains to be seen.

    He says it could even be more than six.I believe it is actually deeper than

    that, he said. I believe there are seven or eight teams that could qualify for the NCAA Championships from this region. We could have a situation where one of the highly ranked teams gets upset Sat-urday, which would then push both them and the darkhorse team ahead of them into the NCAA Championships. It is going to be great racing.

    Louisville is currently ranked sixth in the

    Southeast Region. N.C. State is ranked fi rst, North Carolina second, Virginia third, Duke fourth and William and Mary fi fth. UofL will be racing to pass those teams in front of them, but also to stay ahead of seventh-ranked Eastern Kentucky and eighth-ranked Richmond.

    I would love if it if our fans came out dressed in red and yelled for the Cards this Saturday at Tom Sawyer Park, Allen said. Its quick. Itll be fun and fast.

    Allen said he likes what he sees in terms of weather for the race.

    If nothing else, the forecast looks like the ground is going to be hard, so we are out of the mud, Allen said. Were look-ing forward to that.

    Louisville will need strong performances from team leaders Michael Eaton, Matt Hughes and Tyler Byrne, as well as from fourth and fi fth runners Luke Lovelace and Gordon Dooley.

    Eaton, a redshirt senior, had one of the best races of his career at the Big East

    Championships when he fi nished second,and Allen hopes hell do the same Satur-day.

    He was 32nd place as a true freshman fi ve years ago, Allen said. Since thenhes fi nished 11th, then seventh and now asecond-place fi nish. It was a great day forhim. He was very intelligent in the way heraced. It is what Ive come to expect fromhim. He was patient, but he really came onstrong the last part of the race.

    Hughes and Byrne also fi nished in the top 15 at the Big East Championships.

    Any time you can get three all-confer-ence athletes, three of the top 15 runnersin the league, it is quite a fi nish, Allensaid. We knew going in that if a team gotthree in the top 10 theyd win the champi-onship. We were hoping we could do that,but Syracuse nipped us there. We wereclose.

    Fans should arrive by 9:30 a.m. for best viewing of the race, which will be com-pleted by 10:40.

    PAGE 4 LOUISVILLE SPORTSREPORT NOVEMBER 11, 2010

    RECRUITING NOTEBOOK10 AMAZING AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2009-2010 SEASONCROSS COUNTRY

    LOUISVILLE SET TO HOST NCAA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL

    HOWIE LINDSEYHOWIE LINDSEY

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  • By Russ BrownTo have suggested a couple of months

    ago that Louisvilles football team was a good bet to end its three-year bowl drought would have been pure folly. Now, though, its not so far-fetched. In fact, it almost seems likely. This has become a season on

    the brink.Incredibly for a team

    picked to fi nish last in the Big East this season, if UofL (5-4, 2-2) beats South Florida (5-3, 2-2) at noon Saturday Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium, the Cardinals could pos-sibly earn the distinction of becoming one of the leagues fi rst bowl-eligi-

    ble teams.West Virginia (5-3, 1-2) could reach the

    magic six-win number about the same time, because the Mountaineers also kick off at noon against Cincinnati in Morgantown. Pittsburgh (5-