Inside Cardinal Football: Weekly notebook

A few notes from the University of Louisville football program, including a change in the date of the opening game of the season. The Cardinals won the Sugar Bowl last season and should be ranked among the top 10 teams in the country. Here are a few notes from Cardinal Authority:

CARDS OPENER ON ESPN

The University of Louisville announced on Wednesday that the date of the opening-game of the college football season will now be Sept. 1.

The Cardinals were originally scheduled to play Ohio University on Aug. 31 but the game has been moved to Sunday, Sept. 1 and will be at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.

It will mark the seventh straight year the Cardinals open the season at home and the fourth consecutive year the program opens the season on national TV.

Ohio U. is expected to be one of the top teams on the U of L schedule, returning 16 starters from last year's 9-4 team that won the Independence Bowl.

U of L now has five games on national TV, including Thursday night games against Rutgers and Cincinnati and Friday night games against Central Florida and Connecticut. Other games could be announced for TV at a later date.

CARDS COACHES ON TWITTER

U of L football coach Charlie Strong has been on twitter for a while now, tweeting out news and nuggets from the program.

Now, several members of Strong's coaching staff are on twitter.

The coaches use it as a recruiting tool, retweeting and putting out information about the program and also giving fans a peek inside their world as coaches.

"What you find out with social media, that where all the young people are right now," Strong said. "That's about all they read. Our coaches get on social media so they can have contact with the recruits, it's just another tool to use."

The newest member of the twitter world is running back/special teams coach Kenny Carter (@kennycarter12).

Other coaches on twitter: defensive coordinator Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUL), defensive backs coach Tommy Restivo (@RestivoTommy), wide receiver coach Ron Dugans (@r81dugans), linebacker coach Brian Jean-Mary (@luc_brian) and tight ends coach Sherrone Moore (@CoachMoore77).

STEIN AND KUPPER HONORED FOR ACADEMICS

Quarterback Will Stein and offensive lineman Alex Kupper, who both used up their eligibility last season for the Cardinals, have been honored for academics.

The two former Trinity High School stars are U of L's newest members of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, which recognizes college football student-athletes who maintain a 3.2 grade point average or better.

The two Louisville award winners are part of a group of 703 college football student-athletes from 259 schools to qualify for membership in the society.?

Both former players are currently enrolled in the MBA program.


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