University of Louisville

Regional
6:44 am
Tue February 19, 2013

U of L's First African-American Football Player Dies in House Fire

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.

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Sports
10:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Louisville's Charlie Strong Now Among Highest Paid College Coaches

U of L football coach Charlie Strong
Credit U of L Athletics

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.

Sports
9:01 am
Wed November 28, 2012

AP Source: ACC Presidents Vote to Add Louisville

The Cards are headed to the ACC.

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.

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Regional
8:16 am
Tue November 27, 2012

U of L Receives Funding for Upward Bound Program

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.

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Elections
8:20 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

The Unspoken Can Make or Break a Debate, Says University of Louisville Professor

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.

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Regional
3:58 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Family Foundation Questions Closed Door Meeting at U of L

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.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Controversy over CEO's Gay Marriage Comments Comes to Kentucky

The Family Foundation of Kentucky is criticizing members of the University of Louisville administration for their response to a controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A.

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Sports
8:52 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Several Swimmers with Kentucky Connections Will Compete in London Olympics

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.

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Health
10:49 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Major Gift to U of L Will Go Towards New Technology to Help the Paralyzed

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.

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