2013 was an amazing year to be a Cards fan! Even CBS Sports knows it - that’s why they gave the University of Louisville the award for “Best in College Sports”.
March Madness is coming - and here in Louisville we know how to celebrate this time of year! With good reason!! So before the rest of the nation - including the Big Blue Nation - tries to pretend it didn’t happen, let’s look back at our awesome achievements for 2013 that show why we choose to represent THE ‘VILLE!
The University of Louisville basketball tradition has been killin’ it for 103 years!
The NBA has been smart enough to draft 59 Cardinals - and we all know that Russ Smith will make that an even 60!
Bringin’ it in baby! In 2013, the University of Louisville was the most profitable NCAA program in the country! $38.5 million buys a lot of Hot Browns.
Our fans have ranked in the top five for attendance every year since 1984!
1948 - NAIB National Champions for the first time under “Peck” Hickman.
1980 & 1986 - Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum made us NCAA Champions both years.
Rick Pitino - we love Coach Pitino! - brought the men's team to THREE Final Four appearances and oh yeah, the 2013 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP! U MAD, BRO? Two words: Robert Morris. I’m looking at you, Kentucky.
Yum! Center - best sports venue EVER! Our men’s and women’s basketball teams get to play in our 22,000 seat, $450 million state-of-the-art home!
And our women? Are they AMAZING? ABSOLUTELY! These athletes are a thrill to watch!
The winning women’s team has been showing their shots all the way back to 1975:
Just this year, Shoni Schimmel joined Angel McCoughtry as the only players in Louisville Women’s basketball history to score at least 2,000 points.
There is no question as to why two of the ladies have been drafted into the WNBA! That’ll just keep happening ‘cause these women BRING IT every time!
Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas almost lost his scholarship - but saved it by taking a square dancing class. That’s a dedicated QB! He remains one of the most famous UofL athletes, and is the only Cardinal whose number (16) has been retired.
Since 1912, the UofL Men’s Football team has had a long history of winning teams. 2013 was no different, as our Cardinals capped a 12-1 season with a win in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Cardinal football team won TWO bowl games in one year by defeating #3 Florida in January at the 2013 Sugar Bowl and then beating Miami at the Russell Athletic Bowl in December. And let’s not forget that in addition to crushing Miami, our mascot Louie the Card pwned Sebastian The Ibis on Twitter.
The Cardinals baseball teams have been swinging the "Louisville Slugger" since 1909 with a .531 winning percentage! That’s nailed us 7 NCAA appearances and 2 College World Series appearances.
Cardinals softball is the newest major athletic program, and has already made it to the NCAA tourney 7 times in 14 years. #winning
The team’s .622 winning average has produced 2 conference championships.
The UofL women’s soccer team had an amazing 12-5-2 record in 2013, and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
The men’s soccer team hit the 2nd round of the NCAA tourney by nailing an 11-5-4 record in 2013.
Andrew Farrell, a midfielder from Louisville, was selected #1 overall in the MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution in 2013.
Isn’t it obvious? The University of Louisville has produced 305 All-Americans in 21 different NCAA men's and women's sports.
In 2017 the University of Louisville will host two NCAA Championships: Women's Division 1 Field Hockey and Women's NCAA Cross-Country Championships.
Thanks to Cardinal victories over UK (27-13) and UC (31-24), both the Governor's Cup and The Keg of Nails currently reside in Louisville! And we expect to keep them for a long time.
The University of Louisville Cheerleaders have the winningest program on campus with 15 co-ed and 9 all-girl National Cheerleading Association championships since 1985. Both squads took titles in 2011. This is not a cheerocracy, it’s a Louisville cheertatorship.
Tennis Anyone? The Cards tennis team has won five conference championships and made seven appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Bump. Set. Spike. Win. One of the strongest of teams at UofL is the volleyball team. Nearly unbeatable at home, they have an imposing .655 winning percentage and have won 14 of the past 15 conference titles for 17 titles overall and 17 NCAA Tournament appearances.
My Super Sweet Sixteen In 2012 and 2013 the Cardinals volleyball team took a combined 60-6 record to two back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances.