--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Happy New Year, Louisville Sports fans! Students are back on the Belknap campus, and this weekend marks the return of UofL teams to action. Last night, the Louisville women’s soccer team kicked off the 2019-2020 regular season campaign for Louisville sports.
Many teams are in action this weekend, the ACC’s own TV network launched, and we have more news from the Louisville football squad before they kick off against Notre Dame on September 2nd.
Teams in Action this weekend:
Louisville Field Hockey vs. Alumnae; Saturday, 1:00 pm (Exhibition)
Louisville Volleyball vs. Miami (OH); Saturday, 3:00pm (Free Admission)
Louisville men’s soccer vs. UAB; Saturday, 7:00 pm (Exhibition)
Louisville Field Hockey vs. Miami (OH); Sunday, 2:00 pm (Exhibition)
Louisville women’s soccer vs. Morehead State; Sunday, 2:00 pm (Home Opener)
Faces in new places
John Michael Hayden made his head coaching debut in a pair of exhibition wins this past week; as the team defeated Lipscomb 2-1, and No. 2 Indiana 2-1. According to the United Soccer Coaches poll, Louisville is ranked 14th. Louisville kicks off their regular season next Friday against Cleveland State.
Hayden took over from long-time coach Ken Lolla, after Lolla resigned on December 11th, 2018 after 13 years at Louisville.
ACC Network Launches
At 7:00 pm on Thursday, the ACC Network launched on ESPN’s platform of stations, joining the Big 10, Pac-12, and SEC as conferences with their own networks. All-ACC led off the slate of programming on the network.
The first Louisville team to air on the network is currently listed as the men’s soccer squad. They will take on Georgetown University at 7:00 pm on September 24th.
Quality control coach Cortney Braswell is back with the Louisville Cardinals after theft charges in Tennessee were dropped. Braswell was placed on paid administrative leave since his June arrest. Hamilton County (TN) judge Barry A. Steelman dismissed the charge.
Braswell said “I look forward to continuing my work with Cardinal Football.”
The Cardinals also released Muhammad Ali alternate uniforms this week. The uniforms feature a similar typeface and wordmark to the Men’s and Women’s basketball Ali tribute uniforms that debuted last season. The white uniforms feature a black rounded “Louisville” wordmark on the front, black and white numbers on the front and back of the jersey, white pants, and a white helmet with the Cardinal bird logo outlined in black.
There isn't a timeline for the Ali uniforms to debut. September 2nd is a blackout against Notre Dame.