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Louisville rewards Charlie Strong with new 7-year contract

 

Charlie Strong (courtesy of Louisville athletics)

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says that he likes the direction the Cardinals program is headed in and that he likes the work ethic and passion put forth by head coach Charlie Strong.

With that being said, Jurich and the University of Louisville have agreed to a new seven-year contract with Charlie Strong.

The AD says that the new contract will be backdated to July 1, which will allow it to run through June 30, 2018.

Strong is in his second season at UL and his current contract ran through the 2015 season. The deal increases his base salary from $1.6 million to $2.3 million.

The new pact has ‘very high’ buyout clauses with achievement bonuses for bowl appearances, Big East Conference championships, Top 10 and 25 finishes, coach of the year honors, BCS bowl games and academic performances by his players.

Strong said the new contract is “very humbling” and he is very thankful of the opportunity given to him by Tom Jurich and Louisville.

Strong came to the Cardinals from the Florida Gators as defensive coordinator winning two national titles in seven seasons.

 

Info compiled from Louisville athletics, Radio & TV news

CREW-FIRE POST-MATCH NOTEBOOK

The Chicago Fire did not qualify for the MLS Playoffs for only the second time in their brief history.

They’ve been in the league since 1998.

Under head coach Carlos de los Cobos, the Fire finished 4th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-12-9 good for 36 points.

This season did not start off any better and de los Cobos was fired and Frank Klopas was hired to turn things around. The team had gone 11 straight matches without a win before they beat Columbus at Crew Stadium, 1-0 on Sunday. The Crew’s first home loss of the season is at the hands of one of the league’s worst teams. Go figure that one folks!

The Crew have had their problems all-time vs. the Fire. In 43 meetings, they’re 12-21-13 overall, 6-9-6 at Crew Stadium.

* Nine-year Chicago Fire veteran Logan Pause tied Jesse Marsh for fourth on the club’s all-time regular season appearance list with his 200th match coming on March 26 vs. Sporting KC. The Fire captain then took over sole possession of the fourth spot with his appearance in the team’s 2-1 loss to Seattle on April 9.

Having averaged a minimum of 21 matches in each of his nine years with the club, if Pause’s form holds true for this season, he will move into second place all-time in Fire regular season games. Next on the list for the captain is the player he modeled himself after, Chris Armas, who appeared in 214 regular season matches for the club from 1998-2007.

* The Chicago Fire Soccer Club has announced that midfielder Marco Pappa has been selected to the Guatemalan Men’s National Team ahead of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 23-year-old playmaker will represent his country when they play Group B games.

The talented winger, who has scored four goals during the 2011 MLS campaign, will miss at least three Fire matches while on national team duty with Los Champines.

* The Jeff Cunningham watch continues. The Crew forward will become the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, an honor he currently shares with former teammate Brian McBride with 62. Cunningham, who holds the all-time game-winning-goal record with 39, enters his next match with 132 career goals scored, which is just one behind all-time MLS leading scorer Jaime Moren0.

* Andres Mendoza recorded his first MLS assist on Wednesday night, June 8, against Real Salt Lake. The milestone was also the Columbus Crew 750th as a team. The first ever assist was recorded by Brian McBride in the Crew’s very first match at Ohio Stadium on April 14, 1996 against D.C. United.

* 18-year-old forward Aaron Horton, the Crew’s first ever Home Grown Player in club history made his Major League Soccer debut on Wednesday, June 8, coming on in the 89th minute as a substitute for his idol, Jeff Cunningham.

A native of Lewis Center, Ohio, and product of Olentangy Orange High School and the Crew Soccer Academy, Horton spent one season at the University of Louisville, and helped the Cardinals advance to the NCAA Men’s College Cup for the first time in school history and finished as the national runner-up.

He spent the 2009-2010 season with CSA and was a member of the Crew’s 2010 USL Super 20′s National Championship team last summer, where he was named tournament MVP.

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Louisville women lose opening game in new home arena

KFC Yum! Center (courtesy of Louisville Arena Authority via Wikipedia Commons)

The University of Louisville women’s team wanted to open their new area, the KFC Yum! Center in Downtown Louisville before a big crowd and a win. One out of two wishes coming true isn’t bad.

The game set a Big East Conference women’s attendance mark of 22,124. That bested the old mark of 19,133 that Connecticut drew in a visit to Louisville on January 2008 at old Freedom Hall which is located at the Fairgrounds.

The second wish didn’t come true, because the opposition was number 4 Tennessee. The Lady Vols ruined the celebration with a 63-50 win as freshman Meighan Simmons scored 22 points to lead the way.

compiled from staff and University of Louisville athletic news

OHIO STATE GAME 4 PREVIEW: Eastern Michigan Eagles of the Mid-American Conference

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE

It was not long ago that Eastern Michigan University, located in the west Detroit suburb of Ypsilanti, was nicknamed the Hurons. But after much rumblings by several groups who didn’t much care for Indian tribe names being used as athletic teams mascots and nicknames, Hurons became Eagles.

Ohio State’s fourth opponent this week is from the Mid-American Conference West Division.

The Eagles were an embarrassing 0-12 overall, 0-8 in the MAC. Some people in the media and several former coaches have said that the administration had basically ignored the needs of the program and that is why it has fallen to these lowly depths.

But in came Ron English last season. He is no stranger to EMU, having coached at the University of Michigan which is next door to Ypsilanti in Ann Arbor, just 7 miles away, as the defensive coordinator under Lloyd Carr. After that stint, English spent some time in the same capacity at the University of Louisville.

Coach Tressel turns his attention to Eastern Michigan in Week 4 (WAXX-TV photo)

OSU AD Gene Smith served in same capacity at EMU in the 1980's (OSU photo)

Eastern Michigan is 0-3 in the 2010 season. They lost two close games against Army (31-27) and at Miami (28-21). But last week against a tough offensive juggernaut like Central Michigan, they were blown out 52-14.

Coming into the season, the Eagles returned 44 lettermen and 12 starters.

At tailback, there was alot being expected of tailback Dwayne Priest. If he could stay healthy, he would be a factor. He had played in 34 games the past three years, but nagging injuries have held back his progress. He did produce 633 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009.

So far Priest has held up so far in 2010. He was named the Mid-American Conference’s West Division Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending September 5. The honor marked the first time Priest has collected the weekly accolade after running for a career-best 142 yards on 26 rushes and scoring two touchdowns in the loss to Army on September 4.

Another threat on the Eastern Michigan offensive side of the ball is tight end Ben Thayer. He caught 29 passes a year ago for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns.

This season, he is off to a start that might push him pass those 2009 stats. Thayer has 10 catches for 109 yards, a 10.9 average with 1 touchdown.

One weakness on offensive to most observers was at quarterback where Alex Gillett was very inconsistent while being pressed into action last year because of an injury to the starter. Gillett’s pass completion percentage was below 50%.

After three games this season, Gillett has made some improvement. In three starts, he is 34-of 59 passing with 3 interceptions, 4 touchdowns, 350 yards an efficiency rating of 119.66. He can also rush the ball with 39 carries for 172 yards, a 4.4 average with 1 touchdown while averaging 57.3 yards per game.

During last week’s loss to Central Michigan, both quarterbacks were called upon. Gillett from Green Springs, Ohio-Clyde High School, started the game and completed 12-of-20 passes for 148 yards and 1 touchdown pass while redshirt freshman Devontae Payne of Cleveland, Ohio- South High School, completed 13-of-24 passes for 134 yards.

Not much is expected of the Eagles program, as far as the media is concerned. They were picked to finish sixth in the Mid-American Conference West Division as voted on by 26 members of league’s media contingent at the annual media day held at Ford Field on July 30.

The Eagles received 20 votes in the annual poll with Northern Illinois picked to finish first followed by Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.

The 2010 season is the 35th year that the Eagles have been a part of the Mid-American Conference football race. EMU was admitted into the league in 1971, but a complete league schedule was not available until 1976.

This season also marks the 118th for the Eastern Michigan University football team. The first year of intercollegiate football in Ypsilanti was 1891 when the team had an 0-2 record. EMU fielded a team every year since 1891 with one exception, when the 1944 season was canceled because of World War II.

First Tee Open winner is Ted Schulz

Ted Schulz won the First Tee Open this past weekend for his first Champions Tour title, making a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach on the way to shooting a 2-under-par 70 and a one-stroke victory over Tom Pernice Jr.

Pernice finished with a 67.

Ted Schultz (photo by Herman Persons)

Schulz, who is 50, playing in the tournament on a conditional status in his 12th start on the Champions Tour, for golfers 50-and-over, finished at 14-under-par 202. It was his first win of any kind since winning the 1991 Nissan Open for the second of his two PGA Tour titles.

Schulz, who quit the PGA Tour in 2000, earned a check for $315,000. the biggest payday of his career. He is currently the director of golf at the University of Louisville.

Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Kite, tied for third. Fred Couples was fourth.

The 2008 and 2009 winner Jeff Sluman, shot a 71 to finish at 6-under-par.

compiled from staff & Champions Tour news

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