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Talking University of Louisville basketball, football and more with the Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer.

Talking University of Louisville basketball, football and more with the Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer.
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Talking University of Louisville basketball, football and more with the Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer.




A discussion on Louisville's new life in the NBA

It was a banner season for former Louisville basketball stars in the NBA. Donovan Mitchell was in the thick of the Rookie of the Year race, winning the players' vote but falling in the official award chase, voted by a panel of journalists. He also led the Utah Jazz to the Western Conference semifinals. Terry Rozier broke through in the playoffs, helping the Boston Celtics reach the Eastern Conference finals with Kyrie Irving sidelined. Naturally we enlisted Louisville's own Haley...


An NBA draft preview with Sam Vecenie

The NBA draft is Thursday night. For Louisville basketball, there isn't a prospect on the same level as Montrezl Harrell, Donovan Mitchell or Terry Rozier in previous years. There is, however, some intrigue. Where does Ray Spalding end up? Do Deng Adel or Anas Mahmoud get drafted? What is Quentin Snider's professional future? To help us, we enlisted Sam Vecenie, who writes exhaustive, well-researched NBA draft analysis for The Athletic and hosts the Game Theory Podcast.


Catching up with Anas Mahmoud

Former Louisville center Anas Mahmoud is two months into the NBA draft process, training with a small group of prospects in California. He graduated from Louisville at the end of April with a degree in sports administration and is hoping to become one of the few Egyptians to play professional basketball in the United States. In his conversation on the CardsHQ podcast, Mahmoud talks first about his workouts and lifestyle changes since his college career ended. From there, the discussion...


A chat with Dino Gaudio

Louisville basketball assistant coach Dino Gaudio joins the show this week to discuss his new gig and much more. The conversation starts with Gaudio's childhood story of growing up around the steel mills in eastern Ohio. Gaudio tells the funny tale of joining Skip Prosser's staff at Central Catholic in Wheeling, West Virginia, too. From there, Gaudio details his close friendship with Prosser, who was his primary basketball influence. The two coached together at Xavier and Wake Forest, and...


A Condoleezza Rice handshake tale and the commission's failures

It's a jam-packed new CardsHQ podcast this week, with lots and lots to talk about, but it starts off, well, extremely uncomfortably. We hope you're sitting down for the first few minutes, because Jeff tells the awkward story of his flubbed handshake with Condoleezza Rice, the chairperson of the Commission on College Basketball better known as the former national security advisor and secretary of state. Then he tries to settle his stomach with the tale of his introduction to Joe Biden a few...


Why Jeff hates the NFL draft and more

This episode is wide-ranging, starting with a breakdown of Louisville basketball's roster and what it needs for next season. Then there's the graduate transfer and Courtney Ramey discussion. From there, I take a detour for a mini-rant about the extremely silly season that is the NFL draft portion of the calendar. If a guy can play, he can play. That simple. Then we finish with NBA draft chatter about Louisville's four departing players.


A conversation about Chris Mack

Louisville basketball has its new coach, with Chris Mack now at the helm. The latest CardsHQ podcast is a full breakdown of the coaching search; David Padgett's future; the Mack hire; and our story from San Antonio after spending two days with the Macks. There's also a few clips of Mack talking about the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry and his thoughts on the ACC and Virginia.


Coaching search and spring football

It's just about time for the Louisville basketball coaching search to kick into high gear, so hoops writer Jeff Greer sets the table. The conversations ranges, with discussion about Louisville's athletics director search; interim coach David Padgett's future; and potential candidates for the job. Jeff's thoughts on the search come from months of conversations with agents, coaches and others either close to Louisville's program; close to potential candidates; or interested in the subject....


Should Louisville sue the NCAA?

Louisville lost its appeal in the Andre McGee NCAA infractions case, forcing the school to vacate its 2012 Final Four appearance and 2013 national title. The decision also upheld the Committee on Infractions' ruling that Louisville must repay its shared NCAA Tournament revenue from the 2012-15 postseason appearances. Can Louisville sue? Sure. Should they sue? We talk to attorney Keith Poynter, a Louisville fan, about what he would advise the university to do.


What's wrong with Louisville basketball?

It's a big question: What is up with Louisville? After three consecutive losses and four in the last five, Louisville is tumbling down the ACC standings and in search of some answers. This latest episode starts with the big picture: Where do Louisville's NCAA Tournament chances stand? From there, the discussion goes into the nitty gritty. Defense is the biggest culprit behind Louisville's skid. The Cards' inability to defend driving guards is hurting the entire defensive effort, forcing...


CardsHQ coordinators, investigators, Virginia, oh my

It's a jam-packed episode, with three different topics covered. First up, Louisville football writer Jake Lourim joins the show to discuss the Cards' new defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder, and what his hiring says about the football program. Then, columnist Tim Sullivan joins the conversation to talk about the private investigator the university's outside law firm hired to look into former athletics director Tom Jurich. Lastly, there's a short breakdown of Louisville-Virginia on...


A talk with Miami writer Matt Porter

Jeff Greer's old pal Matt Porter joins the podcast to discuss Miami hoops, the FBI investigation, the time Jeff wore a cheerleader outfit on a street corner and Florida high school football. First, the duo breaks down Miami and its upcoming matchup against Louisville. Then the conversation switches to football. Jeff and Matt covered Lamar Jackson in his early prep days at Boynton Beach High. Where does Jackson rank among the great players they saw?


A chat with Mike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford from the Card Chronicle and WKRD-790 joins the podcast to discuss the state of Louisville basketball fans as the Cards start ACC play. The conversation goes in a lot of directions, from Louisville's current mood about its team to a potential coaching search in the coming months.


Lamar Jackson's NFL decision and Louisville hoops debriefing

The CardsHQ podcast is an action-packed episode this week, with a bunch of unpacking to do on Louisville basketball and plenty to discuss related to Lamar Jackson and Louisville football. Louisville football writer Jake Lourim joins the show for the conversation, which starts with Jackson and moves to Louisville hoops from there.


The TaxSlayer Bowl preview

It's bowl season, and Louisville football is preparing for a Saturday showdown in Jacksonville, Florida, against Mississippi State. And no, Todd Grantham is not coaching State's defense. So yes, the juice is, well, not quite there for this one, at least in that regard. But! Lamar Jackson still exists, and this could be a curtain call for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who has wowed college football fans for the past couple years. So, we have our Louisville football writer, Jake...


The Cards-Cats rivalry episode

It's rivalry week! The annual Louisville-Kentucky hoops matchup is here, and there's plenty to discuss. For this episode, the CJ's UK basketball writer, Fletcher Page, joins me to break down Friday's game. We talk at length about both teams' flaws - there are plenty - and strengths while trying to peg them. It's hard to figure them out at this point, which makes Friday's game so interesting.


A chat with Marques Maybin, plus Lamar and the Heisman, again

Former Louisville basketball player Marques Maybin joins the podcast to chop it up about the current Cards and what might be troubling them. The discussion ranges from David Padgett and the two close losses over the past week to the worst thing an opposing player ever said to Maybin. Plus, Maybin's No. 1 pick in the Louisville media basketball draft might surprise you. Then, the CJ's Louisville football writer, Jake Lourim, joins the podcast to discuss Lamar Jackson becoming a Heisman...


A talk with David Padgett

Interim Louisville basketball coach David Padgett is finally getting used to his job and his new office. The 32-year-old Nevadan sits down with CardsHQ host and Louisville hoops writer Jeff Greer for a 30-minute conversation. The two discuss a wide range of topics, from recruiting, coaching style and his first win to interim athletics director Vince Tyra, keeping coaches in line and the AAU scene.


Can Louisville football finish 3-0?

There's a lot to talk about this week as Louisville football winds down and Louisville basketball heats up. We start the conversation with the CJ's Louisville football writer, Jake Lourim. Should Lamar Jackson play in a potential bowl game? What percentage odds do we give Louisville to win its final three games? Which bowls are possibilities for the Cards? Then we shift in the final 10 minutes to basketball. The bottom line: Don't freak out after one laborious exhibition game. Louisville's...


A Louisville Sports State of the Union

As November begins, a Louisville sports update on football and men's basketball. Where do those two programs stand? First, we start with our U of L football writer Jake Lourim, who we ask about Lamar Jackson, about coaching, about team mentality and about much more. Then, after about 20 minutes, I answer the question I always get: What do I look for in hoops scrimmages and preseason exhibitions? What kind of observations can we make? Well, I have a lot of them.