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Charlie Strong takes head coaching job at University of Texas

By Annie Moore

 

Less than a week after losing its starting quarterback, the University of Louisville football program took another big hit on Saturday. Head Football Coach Charlie Strong accepted an offer to become the Head Coach at the University of Texas.

After much media speculation Friday night and all day Saturday, Strong officially accepted the offer Saturday night. Strong spoke with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich following a staff meeting Saturday morning before making the commitment official. It was reportedly important to Strong to speak to Jurich before the announcement was made.

Before Coach Strong’s arrival, Louisville had three-consecutive losing seasons. Strong was 37-15 in his four years at Louisville, including three bowl wins and two consecutive double-digit win seasons.

Strong’s $3.7 million base salary at Louisville made him one of the top ten highest-paid college football coaches in the country.

Strong is the third big name to announce his departure from Louisville in the past week. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Safety Calvin Pryor both announced earlier in the week that they would enter the 2014 National Football League draft.

Despite his desire to meet with Jurich before making it official, Strong neglected to hold a meeting with the team. Many players found out their coach was leaving through social media and television reports.

This is an ongoing story, the Louisville Cardinal will monitor and provide updates as they become available. 

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At a ceremony and lecture at the Seelbach hotel on Thursday, April 18, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens received the 2013 Brandeis medal. The medal honors people who practice personal freedom, public service and concern for the disadvantaged, all ideals in which both Brandeis and Stevens lived by. Past honorees include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor, and harry Blackmun. Stevens has a similar legacy to Brandeis, who is the school’s namesake and is also a former U.S. supreme court justice from Louisville. Originally nominated for assistant justice of the Supreme Court in 1975 by President Gerald Ford, Stevens retired in 2010 as the oldest of the court, and the third longest serving justice in the history of the court.

Explosions rock finish line at Boston Marathon

On Monday, April 15, as runners cross the finish line at the 117th Boston Marathon event, two bombs exploded near the finish line sending thousands of spectators and participants into a panic.  Reports indicate that three people were killed from the blasts, and at least 170 were injured. Many reports have been made of heroic runners who crossed the finish line and either went back to help, or continued to run straight to the hospital to donate blood for the injured. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was aprehended by authorities on Friday afternoon after a shootout killed the other suspect, his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Several Louisville citizens and U of L students were at the event including former runners Wesley Korir and Michael Eaton as well as cross country-track and field head coach Ron Mann, all of which have been located safely and are well.

Fertilizer plant explosion in Texas injures hundreds

A 30-minute blaze at a fertilizer plant ignited on Wednesday, April 17, in West, Tex. sending a mushroom cloud into the sky. The massive explosion registered as a magnitude 2.1 quake 45 miles away and leveled most of the towns homes and downtown businesses. Several firefighters who were already on the scene were killed in the explosion and as many as 170 people have been sent to area hospitals. The focus of the police and fire department has entered into a search and rescue mode and have been assured by environmental specialists that no further explosions or poisionings are a threat from potential large ammonia released into the air.

Jay-Z drops Kevin Ware’s name in newest single

In his most recent single, “Open Letter Pt. II,” Jay-Z makes quite a few comments that have stirred up controversy. Not only does he reportedly overstate his relationship with President Obama in reference to his recent trip to Cuba, he wrote a lyric which drops  University of Louisville men’s basketball champion name in the line, “Media saying s*** that isn’t there / But  we fall down and get back up, Kevin Ware.” The line is rapped by Common, another popular hip-hop artist.

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2012-13 women’s basketball preview

Sophomore Jude Schimmel made the game winning steal and lay-up in Louisville’s season opening game against No. 15 Texas A&M.

By Sam Draut–

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team bring in high expectations with their 2012-13 team, as the Cardinals are ranked No. 9 and bring back four starters from last year’s 23-10 team which finished sixth in the Big East.

U of L returns a talented roster; Monique Reid is a fifth-year senior working back from a knee injury suffered early last year.  The 6-1 forward is a two-time member of the All-Big East Conference first team.  Though Reid will see limited minutes in the first few weeks, the Cards expect her to be back to full strength at the start of Big East play.  She only played eight games before the injury last season, averaging 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

“This is my last year; there’s no coming back.  I just want to show everybody what I can do and how hard I’ve worked,” Reid said.

Junior point guard Shoni Schimmel is a unanimous preseason first team All-Big East pick and could possibly earn All-American considerations this year.  Schimmel averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 assists per game last season.

Sophomore guard Bria Smith provided a spark last year, averaging 9.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.  Smith came into U of L last year as the No. 8 player in the nation by ESPN.

Former McDonald’s All-American sophomore forward, Sara Hammond, returns to provide the Cards with a solid inside-out presence.  She averaged 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last year, but her role will be expanded this season.

Junior Antonita Slaughter, sophomore Jude Schimmel and senior Shelby Harper can expect more time at the guard position this season with the loss of departed senior Becky Burke.  Burke hit 81 three pointers last season.  Freshman Megan Deines could also help to fill the void.

Several Cardinals are still rehabbing from injuries; junior guard Tia Gibbs is expected to return in December and senior Asia Taylor could miss time due to a hip injury.

Jeff Walz enters into his sixth season as the head coach.  He has taken U of L to three Sweet Sixteens and went to the National Championship game in 2009.  His strength has been recruiting: he brought in three consecutive Top-10 recruiting classes from 2009-11.

“We’re a program here, we are not one player.  We might not have HoopGurlz top 10 players each year, but we have players who want to be at Louisville,” Walz said. “We have players who want the program to take the next step.”

The Cards face a tough non-conference schedule, facing nationally ranked Texas A&M and Kentucky at the KFC YUM! Center.

Louisville was selected to finish third in Big East preseason poll.  Connecticut and Notre Dame were picked ahead of the Cards, St. John’s and Rutgers rounded out the top five.

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Women open season with win against Texas A&M

By Sam Draut–

The No. 9 University of Louisville women’s basketball team defeated No. 15 Texas A&M 47-45 Friday night in front of a crowd of 10,896 at the KFC YUM! Center.

Jude Schimmel had the game winning lay-up after stealing an inbounds pass with 24 seconds left.

Sophomore Sara Hammond led the Cardinals with a career high 20 points, 15 of which came in the first half.  Hammond also finished with 13 rebounds while going up against All American Texas A&M center Kelsey Bone.

“I was hyped it was the first game of the season.  I was just going to go out and play my game because coaches told me I put in my time this summer and worked hard,” Hammond said.

Following a timeout with 34 seconds left, Texas A&M freshman Courtney Walker tried to force an inbounds pass to point guard Alexia Standish.  Schimmel was able to reach in front of the pass near midcourt and finish with a layup to give the Cards a two-point lead.

“The biggest thing was I knew we needed a stop and I read it perfectly.  They were trying to get it to the point guard, and it just so happens I was there,” Schimmel said, who finished with four points and two assists.

Bone missed a contest layup on the ensuing possession, but Hammond grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 8.8 seconds left.

Texas A&M struggled in the first half, and at one point U of L had a 27-13 lead and went into half up 31-21.  Fifth-year senior Monique Reid provided a spark in the first half, scoring six points; she finished with 10 points in 13 minutes.  She missed most of the 2011-12 season due to knee surgery, which she is still rehabbing.

In the second half, U of L stretched out to a 37-23 lead with 15:34 left, but Texas A&M went on a 21-4 run to give them a 44-41 lead with 4:13 left in the game.  A&M was able to stay in the ball game because of 10 Cardinal turnovers in the first 13 minutes after halftime.

Sophomore guard Bria Smith hit a free throw to tie the game at 45 with 2:10 left, but then missed two free throws with 1:17 left.  Smith finished with three points and three rebounds.

U of L was 3-9 from the free throw, but was aided by 23 Aggie turnovers.

“At the end, they were missing shots, and we were throwing it away, we had a chance to win the game but four turnovers in our last five possessions, that’s what hurts,” Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair said.

It’s a big win for U of L, as Texas A&M was the 2011 NCAA National Champions and also defeated the Cards 76-58 in College Station last year.

“It’s a very big win, they’re all big wins, to start off the season playing a top 15-team,” said U of L head coach Jeff Walz. “We’re a program here, we aren’t one player, and I think that showed tonight.”

Junior guard Shoni Schimmel had eight points and four assists, hitting two three pointers in the first half.  Shawnta’ Dyer had two points, and six Cardinals scored in the game.

“We’re maturing, we’re growing.  I think last year in tough situations, we might not have broken down but we always looked to Shoni to make a play, and we still do because she’s a playmaker, but Jude, her confidence is sky high right now and her getting that steal and score to seal the game shows a lot because we can go to other people this year.  We’re maturing and we have experience now,” Hammond said.

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Planned Parenthood takes a hit in Texas

By Genevieve Mills–

The Planned Parenthood program recently took a major hit in Texas, with a new anti-abortion ruling that matches a recent trend in women›s healthcare. August 21st, the 5th Circuit of Appeals Court in New Orleans ruled that Texas Women›s Health Program may «deny WHP funds from organizations that promote elective abortions.» In layman›s terms, this means organizations, such as Planned Parenthood clinics, that, among other things, offer abortions to women, won›t receive any of the state or federal funding from Texas Women›s Health Program.

The state and federally funded Women›s Health Program provides health services to low-income women. It supports hospitals and programs like Planned Parenthood. In April, Planned Parenthood won a ban against the proposed funding cuts, but this ban has now been overturned by the appeals court. The court ruled that the state of Texas had the right to fund, or not fund, health care providers as it saw fit, as it should have control of the content of its own health program.

While Governor Rick Perry said this ruling is «a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state›s priority to protect life,» protestors gathered outside Texas›s capitol building on the 25th. More than 200 people protested the ruling with the belief that women’s health should not be a matter for politics.

Melaney A. Linton, the president of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Inc., released an official statement that emphasized how Planned Parenthood doesn›t just offer abortions, but instead tries to focus on keeping women and families healthy. «The state›s ongoing efforts jeopardize the health of tens of thousands of Texas women,» the statement read, and went on «it›s about the women who rely on us for basic health care including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control and annual exams.» However, Planned Parenthood is known as the U.S.›s leading provider of abortions and its most outspoken group for abortion rights.

This ruling might cause the Texas Women›s Health Program to lose much of its federal funding, which is currently 90 percent of its funding. Governor Perry said that the program will be able to survive with the loss of federal funding, and asserted that the federal decision to defund the program is a «disregard for our state law.»

Abortion has become a hot topic for this year›s election. Twenty-one states have laws that limit the right to have an abortion, and changes to the nation›s health care program are consistently debated.

In Kentucky, the statutory definition of a legal abortion is that the «M.D. determines abortion is necessary in his clinical judgment and with second opinion of M.D. and mother supplies informed consent. Permissible during first trimester; after viability of fetus, necessary to preserve life or health of mother.» It›s a narrow definition most Americans have strong opinions about. In general, abortion is not a topic people are ambivalent about.

There are four Planned Parenthood health centers and clinics in Kentucky, and they are funded by Title X Funds, private donations, patient payments and insurance reimbursements. Only two of these clinics offer abortion referrals. As of February, the Kentucky Senate approved a restriction that requires women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound before the abortion, as well as an informed consent counseling session. Further action hasn’t been taken, as the legislature has adjourned.

The appeal court›s ruling is one of the many changes that have happened in women›s health care lately. The Affordable Health Care Act offered many new benefits to women, but this act has been challenged by many states. Many states are attempting to follow in Texas›s footsteps and limit the amount of funding this act provides to programs that offer abortions or are changing the definition of a legal abortion.

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