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Louisville Headlines: May 26, 2014

In opening I would like to say thanks to all our vets on this Memorial Day.

With the academic year coming to a close the headlines are slowing down but there is still plenty to talk about. Here are a few of the top stories.

Academic; the NCAA recently released their annual Academic Progress Rate (APR). Once again the University of Louisville has excelled as 9 teams posted perfect scores. They are: mens basketball, football, mens tennis, mens and womens golf, womens lacrosse, softball, womens soccer and volleyball. They showed that student athletes can excel on the field & in the class room. Also mens basketball and womens golf are in the top 10% in their sport in the latest multi year APR which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation. They both posted perfect APR’s for the four year period from 2009-13. Overall over 100 student athletes recieved their degrees this spring, including Teddy Bridgewater who left early for the NFL draft.

Baseball; the Cardinals baseball team won the American regular season championship but lost to Houston 10-3 in the tournament championship game. The Cards swept the Cougers in 3 games during the regular season. They wait now for their regional pairings to be announced.

Softball; the softball team had a disappointing end to their season as they were eliminated after the first two games of their regional.

Big East; without a home in the American the Cardinals women lacrosse and field hockey teams played their final season in the Big East before moving to the ACC next season. They both captured the Big East regular season and tournament titles with the Lacrosse team achieving a a top 25 ranking and making the NCAA tourney field for the first time in their six year history.

NFL Draft; 3 Cardinals were chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. CB Calvin Pryor was selected with an unuasual applause by the New York Jets, DL/LB Markus Smith was choosen by the Philadelphia Eagles and QB Teddy Bridgewater was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. LB Preston Brown was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round.

Football; two key transfers committed to the Cards recently Ja’Quay Williams a 6-3 215 WR signed with Auburn in 2012 as a 4 star Rivals top 100 recruit but played at Fort Union Military Academy in Virginia instead. He commited to Texas A&M in 2013 as the Rivals #2 prep recruit where he played as a true freshman nabbing 4 cathes for 71 yards and a TD. CB Shaq Wiggins joins his former Georgia teamate Josh Harvey-Clemons as the Cards continue to see additions since hiring DC Todd Granthem away from Georgia. Wiggins commited to Georgia as a 4 star recruit in 2013 and started 8 games as a true freshman compiling 19 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INT with 1 returned for a TD. The Cards have four other SEC tranfers on rooster: TE Gerald Christian & WR Robert Clark from Florida, RB Michael Dyer from Auburn and WR Mike Milton from Tennessee.

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