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November 12, 2018

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein announced today that volleyball coach Dustin Wood has resigned his position. “I want to thank Dustin and his family for their service, dedication and contributions to Georgia Southern University over the last six years,” said Kleinlein. “There are a number of areas to manage when leading a college program, and Dustin did a good job overseeing many of them as we transitioned into the Sun Belt Conference.” Wood compiled a 77-109 record in six seasons leading the Eagles, and GS finished the 2018 season 9-22, 3-13 in the Sun Belt. Wood’s best season was his first, when led the 2013 team to a school-record tying 28 wins and the Southern Conference title, earning the program’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. The Eagle volleyball program also received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting an Academic Progress Rate in the top-10 percent two consecutive years during Wood’s tenure. Assistant coach Kyle Gramit has been named the interim coach, and national search for a replacement will begin immediately. – Frank Sulkowski, wjcl – Read More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that Amanda Janney Misselhorn has decided to step down as the head coach of the IU Field Hockey program. Janney Misselhorn leaves the program after four seasons to pursue new professional opportunities and to focus on her family and health.  A search for Janney Misselhorn’s replacement has begun. Assistant coaches Nicole Volgraf and Pim Van Paassen will remain in their roles until a successor is named and determines whether to retain them. Volgraf, a former IU student-athlete, will serve as interim head coach, effective immediately. Senior Associate Athletic Director Kristin Borrelli will otherwise oversee the program until a new head coach is hired. That search will begin immediately and be led by Borrelli with the counsel and support of advisors inside and outside the athletic department, including a student-athlete from the field hockey team. – Read More

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

The athletic department will offer free tickets and transportation for undergraduate students who want to attend the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis, athletic department spokesman Paul Kennedy told The Daily at a news conference on Monday. Undergraduate students will receive an email from the athletic department with further information later Monday and must respond by Wednesday to claim a spot. The student package includes a ticket to the game, transportation to and from Indianapolis and meals provided on the bus. Initial emails sent to students after the Wildcats clinched the Big Ten West title in a 14-10 win at Iowa on Saturday advertised the price of student tickets at $45. NU will face either Michigan or Ohio State in the conference championship, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.  – Ella Brockway, dailynorthwestern – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS

The University of St. Thomas today introduced a new vice president and director of athletics who will start in January 2019. Phil Esten (@pjesten) is a ’95 alumnus who played baseball for the NCAA Division III Tommies. Esten brings experience from athletics leadership positions at Big Ten and PAC 12 universities. Since 2014 he has served as deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer for Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, working closely with Sandy Barbour. Read More.

DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY

An already remarkable career on the diamond added another chapter on Monday, Nov. 12, as Delta State University President William N. LaForge tapped Statesman baseball head coach Mike Kinnison to lead the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Kinnison, the sixth director of athletics in the school’s history, replaces Ronnie Mayers, who is retiring on Dec. 31 after 42 years of service to the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen. In his 22 seasons as head coach, Kinnison has guided the Statesmen to the 2004 NCAA Division II national title, six College World Series appearances (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2017), 14 NCAA South Regional appearances (1999-2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), 11 GSC Western Division titles (1997-2005, 2007-2008), six NCAA South/South Central Regional championships and seven Gulf South Conference titles. – Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY

Despite multi-million dollar renovations to Municipal Auditorium just five years ago, UMKC announced the men’s basketball team will return home games to Swinney Recreation Center at the beginning of 2019. This is the second time in the past 10 years the men’s team has moved back to Swinney from Municipal. According to Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal, the move was made in an effort to create a culture of belonging at the university, as well as provide a greater home-court advantage for the Roos. The team first returned to Swinney in 2010, with former Chancellor Leo Morton citing a similar need for the team to play a bigger role on campus. The move was estimated to save the athletics department $150,000 annually, and Morton acknowledged Municipal as one of UMKC’s greatest expenses at the time. Amid the university’s budget struggles, the annual costs for the men’s team to play at the downtown auditorium had exceeded $250,000. – Read More.

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
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ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

Craig Coleman, director of athletics at Robert Morris University, will step down after 13 years on the job, the university announced today. His resignation is effective December 7, 2018. Coleman, who is also the head coach for the RMU softball team, was a practicing psychiatrist before being tapped to succeed the late Susan Hofacre in 2005. He has been the Colonials head softball coach since 1991, and during that time the team has won eight regular season titles and six Northeast Conference tournament titles. The university will conduct a search for Coleman’s successor. In the meantime, Senior Associate Athletics Director Marty Galosi will step in as acting director of athletics. Assistant Softball Coach Jexx Verner has been named interim head coach of the softball program. –Read More

PAC 12
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PAC 12

The Pac-12 Conference today announced a multi-year partnership with Nike to make the iconic apparel company the official athletic apparel partner and athletic footwear partner of the Conference and all Pac-12 championship events, including the Pac-12 Football Championship Game and both the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. In addition, the multi-year agreement will also see Nike integrated into apparel and footwear across Pac-12 Networks programming with on-air talent and production staff outfitted in Nike gear, as well as on-site Pac-12 staff and volunteers for all Conference championship events. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY

UMKC Athletics announced today the hiring of Chad Waller as the departments Athletic Communications Director. Chad brings more than 14 years of strategic communication and marketing experience to the UMKC athletic staff. Chad spent 11 years as the Director of Athletics Communications and Media at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, where he oversaw and coordinated all strategic communications and publicity efforts of 26 NAIA National Championship sports during the regular-season and all national championship events. Read More.

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Mike Sanford’s future as Western Kentucky’s coach hinges largely on the outcomes of his team’s final two games. The Hilltoppers (1-9 overall, 0-6 Conference USA) have two matchups left in their 2018 campaign: Saturday vs. Texas-El Paso (1-9, 1-5) and Nov. 24 at Louisiana Tech (7-3, 5-1). Sanford will likely return in 2019 for a third season as the Toppers’ coach if WKU sweeps those contests, sources told the Daily News on Sunday. On the other hand, WKU is expected to fire the second-year coach following the season should his team lose both and finish 1-11. Sanford’s future if the Hilltoppers split those two contests is unclear. If Sanford is retained for a third season, that move would come with expectations that his program makes “a significant jump” in 2019, sources said. Sanford would be owed a $1.2 million buyout if he’s fired following the season. That money can be paid over an 18-month period, according to the terms of his contract. WKU has received buyouts from other schools for its coaches in recent years. That includes $1.2 million from Louisville in 2014 to hire football coach Bobby Petrino, $900,000 from Purdue in 2016 to hire Jeff Brohm and $250,000 from Cincinnati earlier this year to hire women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard. -Brad Stephens, Bowling Green Daily News, Read More

UNLV
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UNLV

Construction of the Las Vegas stadium remains on schedule, with the steel skeleton taking shape behind the Strip and about a quarter of the project’s $1.8 billion budget expended, officials said. The 65,000-seat domed stadium, where the NFL’s Raiders and UNLV will play football, is set to be completed by July 31, 2020.  The Raiders and UNLV will play their home football games at the stadium starting in 2020. UNLV is scheduled to play the first game at the stadium Aug. 29, 2020, against the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference. – Mick Akers, lasvegassun. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

The Pac-12 Conference is expanding its relationships with both Comcast and Cox to include sponsorship. Xfinity will become the official MVPD sponsor of each of the Pac-12 universities in its footprint, including Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of Colorado and Utah University. Cox will become the official MVPD partner for the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. Comcast’s sponsorship will include certain branding and activation rights across participating school football and men’s basketball games. The Cox sponsorship includes similar rights. – cablefax. Read More.

LAKE ERIE COLLEGE
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LAKE ERIE COLLEGE

The Lake Erie football program is on hard times, and is again looking for a new head coach. On Nov. 10, after the Storm lost at home to Ohio Dominican, 62-6, to finish their season 0-11, the LEC athletic department announced in a statement Jerry Hazzard would not return as head coach. It’s the third head coaching change since the 2016 season for the football program. Hazard has been with the program since its inception in 2007 as offensive coordinator and then as interim head coach midway through the 2016 season, then as full-time coach in 2017 and 2018. – Mark Podolski, News Herald. Read More.

ROWAN UNIVERSITY
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ROWAN UNIVERSITY

Rowan University clarified its long-standing verbal policy that required all athletes to wear shirts during practice after a viral article bashed the university for prohibiting female athletes from wearing only sports bras during workouts. The old policy was created “as a matter of keeping a level of standards throughout its men’s and women’s programs,” according to the university statement, and applied to both men and women. In her article for the Odyssey online, a popular college blog, Gina Capone, a Rowan University student, criticized the policy. “In the world of professional athletics, all female elite runners are permitted to wear racing crop tops. Not only are they non-restricting, but they are a trendy, comfortable, and empowering part of the running culture,” she wrote. “As women, we are constantly reminded that we should be ashamed or embarrassed about our bodies. It’s 2018, and yet women are still being objectified with their physical appearance.” Following the criticism, the university said it was clarifying its policy, which it effectively ended. “The university recognizes that while the verbal policy attempted to set standards, it could be misunderstood and does not accommodate today’s training practices across sports. We recognize this may stir debate within the university community and beyond,” the university’s statement read in part. “By clarifying our support of women’s athletics and its student-athletes, Rowan strongly affirms its commitment to ensuring that women are able to train and perform at the highest levels.” In addition to the brief policy clarification, the university plans to develop a written policy allowing women to wear sports bras without shirts during practices. -Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed, Read More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State Director of Athletics John Cohen told The Dispatch he has been in contact with the Southeastern Conference offices regarding the officiating from MSU’s 24-0 loss to Alabama Saturday. “I’ve personally communicated with the coordinator of football officials, Steve Shaw, and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey,” Cohen said. “Both of them assured me that Saturday’s game with Alabama is being fully reviewed, and they also stated that the official issues will be identified swiftly and dealt with directly.” Cohen told The Dispatch he did not believe any of the communication with the SEC offices to be unusual. He believes all athletic directors are in constant contact with the league office. “I think it’s the norm, but I can only speak to my conversations with them,” Cohen said. “I have tremendous respect for both of those guys. I know it’s their goal to get it right. I really believe they always do a great job of reviewing and making sure the issues are identified and dealt with swiftly and directly.” -Brett Hudson, Commercial Dispatch, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Tom Izzo walked to the postgame podium with one topic foremost on his mind on Sunday night, and it wasn’t his team’s 106-82 win over Florida Gulf Coast. What concerned the Spartans’ Hall of Fame head coach was the way the game was officiated, and in particular new rules emphases that led to multiple extended stoppages and three flagrant fouls being assessed against Florida Gulf Coast. In Izzo’s view, this season brought more rules changes and emphases that favor offense against defense, a continuation of the “freedom of movement” style rules of recent years that have led to tighter rules on what defenses can do. The NCAA rules committee “overlegislated” in order to increase offense, he said. “What they want is a big sideshow here,” Izzo said. Izzo made it clear that he didn’t fault the officials in Sunday night’s game. He went as far as to say he feels bad for officials this season for the position the rules changes put on them. “The poor officials are mandated,” Izzo said. “If they don’t call it this way they don’t get to work the NCAA Tournament.” -Kyle Austin, M Live, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh’s decision to take “legal and moral responsibility” for mistakes made in treating 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair went against advice from the attorney general’s office, according to a source with knowledge of the proceedings. Instead, Loh stood before a sea of cameras and microphones during an Aug. 14 press conference and apologized, saying the university took ownership for mistakes athletic training staff made on the day McNair suffered the heatstroke that would ultimately kill him. Loh’s announcement was a turning point in the scandal that’s overtaken the state flagship, and it helped catalyze a series of consequential moves. Three days after his statement, the University System of Maryland’s governing body would assume control of investigations into the football team. The Board of Regents would then push Loh to retire while insisting he reinstate the embattled football coach. Loh would agree to do so, but end up firing coach DJ Durkin anyway. Regents chair James Brady would resign in the wake of intense public pressure. To many, accepting responsibility was a sign of courage that illustrated Loh understood the magnitude of McNair’s death. Sharing this belief: the McNair family and a number of Prince George’s County officials. But to shocked members of the Board of Regents, it contributed to the lack of trust between the president and the board that oversees him — and a sense that he regarded his relationship with the governing body too cavalierly. -Talia Richman, Baltimore Sun, Read More

November 11, 2018

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

A week after launching Give Light: The Campaign for Baylor, the institution’s $1.1 billion comprehensive philanthropic campaign, Baylor University today dedicated the Billy W. Williams Golf Practice Facility and Clubhouse, the newest addition to the University’s athletic facilities that provides the latest advances in training and support for Baylor golf student-athletes while preparing them as Champions for Life. The Billy W. Williams Golf Practice Facility and Clubhouse is located on a 16.5-acre site on University Parks Drive next to the Willis Family Equestrian Center and includes an on-site practice course, driving range and a 7,975-square-foot clubhouse for Baylor’s nationally recognized men’s and women’s golf teams. Read More.

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond could see the pieces starting to come together a couple of weeks ago. The Eagles football team had just dominated Miami at home, putting together arguably its most impressive win of the season. The rejuvenated energy around the program was obvious when fans flooded the field. That’s when Jarmond took a look at his calendar and his contact list to see if the stars could possibly align. – Julian Benbow, Boston Globe. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

After consistently inflating ticket revenue projections and then missing budget, the University of New Mexico Athletics Department this year dramatically downgraded its football sales forecast. UNM budgeted this year expecting $1.2 million in football ticket sales – well below the $1.9 million and $2 million written into previous years’ budgets. However, UNM has made just $323,610 through the first third of the Lobos’ home slate, according to the university’s newly released first-quarter financial figures. That’s 27 percent of the goal for a sport that for which attendance typically drops as the season progresses. – Jessica Dyer, abqjournal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota says the disparate outcomes of sexual misconduct cases against several black football players was evidence not that their process discriminated against the men, but that it worked as intended. The U filed a motion Friday in U.S. District Court asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought in June by nine football players, who alleged gender and racial discrimination. After a contested hearing, five players were cleared of wrongdoing; the original four were expelled and a fifth suspended for one year. Three of those players then appealed to the provost, and one succeeded in getting his punishment reversed. – Josh Verges, Twin Cities. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Sports fans at the University of Virginia are learning more about college athletics. UVA Director of Athletics Carla Williams gave some insight into the landscape of college sports at the More Than A Score event Saturday, November 10. Hundreds of people showed up at Alumni Hall to hear Williams speak about her personal experiences as a student-athlete and her knowledge of topics on intercollegiate sports. Williams says for some people, sports leads to higher education. – nbc29. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

The University of Alabama System board of trustees approved plans Friday for a $14.6 million renovation of the Mal A. Moore Athletic Facility to expand sports medicine services to all student athletes and expand the football locker room. The trustees unanimously approved the preliminary scope of the project and waived the consultant selection process to execute an architectural agreement with Davis Architects of Birmingham for the project. The firm will be paid a base fee of 6.9 percent of the cost of construction, currently budgeted at $11.3 million, and $50,000 for additional services. The project is part of the Crimson Standard master plan and will be funded with future bonds. – Ed Enoch, Tuscaloosanews. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

University of Iowa athletics revenue came in below expectations for the budget year that ended June 30 — thanks, in part, to subpar football and basketball income. Although the $116.2 million in total UI athletics revenue for fiscal 2018 was $839,111 below the budgeted $117.1 million, it still represented an increase over 2017 revenue, according to budget documents made public this week by the Board of Regents Office. In 2017, total UI athletics revenue reached $115.1 million, which — unlike this year — was about $13 million above its $102 million budget. – The Gazette. Read More.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Many fans aren’t happy with the way the CSU football season is trending, prompting some to threaten not to renew season tickets for 2019. Should the Rams (3-6 heading into a late Saturday night game at Nevada) continue to slide this season and next, some have speculated CSU will be in financial trouble if fans stay away from the school’s new stadium. CSU athletic director Joe Parker is as disappointed in the team’s losing record as fans, but he said one or two losing seasons isn’t going to have a significant impact on the university’s ability to pay off the bonds that financed the construction of $220 million Canvas Stadium. Most of the revenue Colorado State University derives from the stadium isn’t subject to the ups and downs of the football team’s performance. – Kelly Lyell, Fort Collins Coloradoan. Read More.

SACRAMENTO STATE
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SACRAMENTO STATE

A Sacramento State football game set for Saturday night has been canceled because of poor air quality as a wildfire in Butte County continues to burn. The game against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks was scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Hornet stadium. No details on a reschedule date were immediately provided. The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District advised residents Saturday to minimize outdoor activity while poor air quality persists because of the Camp Fire burning in Butte County. – KCRA. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA

The University of South Alabama board of trustees on Saturday approved “Phase II” of the school’s on-campus stadium construction project, with bids totaling approximately $24.5 million of the $74 million total price tag ready to be executed. Phase II includes concrete for the stadium’s lower seating bowl, the shells of the press tower and athletic administration building, as well as underground utility work. The Phase II construction work is expected to begin in January or February, once approved contractors have been mobilized. – Creg Stephenson, al.com. Read More.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

A proposal to construct a $10 million baseball clubhouse at Washington State’s Bailey-Brayton Field will go before a Board of Regents committee Thursday, according to an agenda posted online. The proposal calls for a funding mixture of donated cash on hand ($4 million), money that has been pledged ($2.5 million) and money raised through the sale of bonds ($3.5 million). money from the bonds would be collected over a five-year period. So the project would require “some bridge financing to cover construction costs until the pledges are received.” The bridge financing would come from “general revenues of the university,” according to the proposal. – Matt Baney, the Daily News. Read More.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt could be close to hiring its next athletic director, according to Dan Wolken of The USA Today. The national sports columnist also indicated VU’s next sports boss will take a hard look at the school’s football program. “Vanderbilt is on the verge of hiring an athletics director, likely within the next week or so, which could determine how the football program is evaluated,” Wolken wrote. “Derek Mason (22-36 overall, 7-30 SEC) has some winnable games to finish the season and perhaps get Vanderbilt to a bowl game for the second time in his five seasons. That could be important in forming a first impression for the new boss.” – Chad Bishop, 247sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino has been fired effective immediately, sources told Yahoo Sports. Petrino was terminated Sunday morning and will not coach the rest of the season. The Cardinals are 2-8, have lost seven in a row and are winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Petrino has a large buyout, estimated to be in the $14 million range. But the fanbase has bailed on Petrino and set its sights on hometown hero Jeff Brohm, currently the coach at Purdue. Petrino, once considered one of the offensive innovators in the sport, has struggled badly since 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson left after last season. The Cardinals’ offensive struggles have been compounded by a defensive collapse late in the season. Louisville has surrendered more than 50 points five times, including three games in a row. – Yahoo. Read More.

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