A family member said the University of Louisville's first African-American football player, Laurence Simmons, was killed over the weekend in a house fire.
Maj. Henry Ott, of Louisville Fire & Rescue, said the 79-year-old Simmons was living in a basement bedroom when a fire started Saturday morning likely due to a frayed extension cord used to power a space heater. No one else was injured.
His brother, Norman Simmons, told The Courier-Journal that Laurence Simmons played offensive lineman for the University of Louisville in 1952 and was a standout football player at Central High School.
Charlie Strong has officially joined the ranks of the highest-paid college football coaches in the country. The University of Louisville has approved a new contract for Strong. It's an eight-year deal that pays him $3.7 million per season.
U of L Athletics Director Tom Jurich says Strong is well-deserving.
"I think he's already lived up to it and earned it. In every aspect of his coaching ability, he's got an A-plus from me," Jurich said.
The contract includes a buyout if Strong leaves early for another job. He must pay Louisville $5 million dollars if he leaves after the first year of the contract. Strong is now among the ten highest-paid coaches in college football.
The Atlantic Coast Conference’s presidents and chancellors have voted unanimously to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday morning. The person said ACC leaders also considered Connecticut and Cincinnati over the past week before choosing to add the Cardinals from the Big East.
The University of Louisville has received funding for a program that helps students aspiring to be the first in their families to attend college. U of L said Monday it has received two federal grants totaling $3.3 million to continue its Upward Bound program for another five years.
When it comes to preparing for a nationally televised debate, so much preparation goes into brushing up on the issues, but what isn't said can be just as important to a candidate's performance. Body language can make a big impact on how voters view candidates.
A representative of the Lexington-based Family Foundation says he was turned away from a meeting to discuss the fate of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain on the University of Louisville campus. Policy analyst Andrew Walker says he was told the meeting was private and his presence would not be allowed. The group has criticized recent suggestions that the University of Louisville could expel a business from its campus because a company executive spoke against gay marriage.
WKU graduate Claire Donahue won't be the only Olympic swimmer with ties to the Bluegrass State. Louisville native Clark Burckle has qualified for the London games by finishing second in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The University of Louisville is receiving a $6.3 million dollar gift for efforts to help paralyzed people regain movement in their limbs. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is giving the money to support U of L’s Department of Neurological Surgery and the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center.