NCAA en Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville <p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=",0,40,0" height="81" width="100%"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed></object><br />&nbsp;</p><p>For most of us, Michael Jackson's death is one of those where-were-you moments.<br /><br />"When I found out MJ died, Jai was with me in the car, and I pulled the car over at a gas station and I started bawling, crying. And he thought my dad had died," Dr. Story says. "Michael Jackson was very symbolic to me of my childhood - listening to his music with my dad when I was a little girl, and I just didn't expect him to die like that."<br /><br />When we heard Cirque du Soleil had put together a stage production based on the King of Pop's music and dance, we wanted to find out more. So this week we spoke to Laura Silverman who does publicity for the group about how the show came together, and the challenges of bringing such a legendary life to the stage. The show will be <a href="">at the KFC Yum Center</a> on April 25th and 26th.<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:35:21 +0000 Laura Ellis 9142 at Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville Louisville Cardinals Win Russell Athletic Bowl <p>The Louisville Cardinals easily defeated the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night to win the Russell Athletic Bowl.</p><p>Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as Louisville won 36-9 in Orlando, Fla. The Cardinals had 554 total yards to Miami's 174.</p><p>The No. 18-ranked Louisville was down early after Bridgewater was tackled for a safety, but Miami wouldn't score again until the fourth quarter.</p><p>It was their second straight bowl victory. The Cardinals finish the 2013 season with a 12-1 record.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 03:51:42 +0000 Joseph Lord 8061 at Louisville Cardinals Win Russell Athletic Bowl Nothing But Net: The UK-UofL Rivalry Game is Upon Us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All across Kentucky, people have had Saturday circled on their calendar since last December. It's the Rivalry Game. The Battle of the Bluegrass. Red vs. Blue. Cards vs. Cats. That day is finally upon us. Matt Anthony and I analyze this year's tilt with position breakdowns, and offer our prognostication. All this and more on this edition of Nothing But Net, the sports report that swings.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:12:10 +0000 Mark Bacon 8000 at Nothing But Net: The UK-UofL Rivalry Game is Upon Us Nothing But Net: The Politics of College Basketball <p>This week,&nbsp;WFPL's&nbsp; Phillip Bailey and Haven Harrington, host of WLOU's&nbsp;"Main Event Sports," join me for a discussion of the politics of the NCAA. Should college athletes be paid? Has time come when the sports world is ready for five "super conferences?" Has it all really come down to money? Is there a difference between major college sports and the professional sports world?</p><p>Please join us for a lively discussion this week, on Nothing But Net, the sports report that swings.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Mark Bacon 7911 at Nothing But Net: The Politics of College Basketball Strange Fruit: Kentucky Schools Unsafe for LGBTQ Students <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Did you feel safe in middle and high school? Were you ever physically harassed, or even assaulted, because of your LGBTQ identity? A report released last month by the <a href="">Gay, Lesbian &amp; Straight Education Network</a> (GLSEN) confirms what many of us already knew: Kentucky schools are often hostile and unsafe for LGBTQ students.</p><p>The study is called <a href="">School Climate in Kentucky</a>&nbsp;(PDF), and the results show lots of work still needs to be done. For example, 9 out of 10 students in the Commonwealth say they regularly hear anti-gay slurs in school. 36% report regularly hearing that language&nbsp;<em>from school staff members</em>.</p><p>Nearly 6 in 1o students were physically harassed (like being pushed or shoved), and 3 in 10 were physically assaulted (like being punched, kicked, or injured with a weapon) because of their LGBTQ status or gender presentation.&nbsp;</p><p>So instead of just rattling off numbers and feeling disheartened, we decided to speak to the folks who compiled the research. Mark Bartkiewicz&nbsp;is a GLSEN researcher who worked on the state reports, and he joined us by phone this week to talk about the results, how Kentucky's numbers compare to other states, and what can be done to help (spoiler alert: it's gay/straight student alliances and enlightened faculty members).</p><p>We also spoke more this week about the closet door in professional sports (for people who know next to nothing about them, we sure do talk about them a lot). This week, NCAA breakout star &amp; top WNBA draft pick Brittney Griner came out of the closet. "I wouldn't say I was hiding or anything like that," she told Sports Illustrated <a href=";eref=sihp">in an interview</a>. "I've always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So it wasn't hard at all. If I can show that I'm out and I'm fine and everything's ok, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way."</p><p>Who<em> doesn't</em> feel the same way? Male professional athletes, it would seem. In fact, this same week, NFL player and University of Louisville alumnus Kerry Rhodes has been the target of gay rumors after released pictures of him <a href="">looking affectionate with another man</a>&nbsp;while on vacation (they helpfully illustrated the story with an NFL logo in which the football has been covered in pink sequins).</p><p>Rhodes told The Advocate that <a href="">he's not gay, but he's an ally</a>. "I know a lot of people are recently talking about athletes struggling to come out to their fans right now," he said, "and I support them, as well as wish those individuals comfort." It seems like the world is waiting for an actively-playing male athlete to come out, so in our Juicy Fruit and closing thoughts segments this week, we did some unpacking of the situation. How do sexual politics play out in the hyper-masculine&nbsp;culture of pro sports (especially football), and why is it <a href="">so very different</a> for women athletes than men?&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 5071 at Strange Fruit: Kentucky Schools Unsafe for LGBTQ Students Should College Athletes Be Paid? <p>On Wednesday, Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware spoke at news conference attended by every local media outlet and several national news outlets. They all were curious about Ware's right leg, which he broke in Sunday's Elite Eight game before a national televised audience.</p><p>Ware's injury was the news peg used by many writers to discuss how the NCAA treats its athletes. Among those was David Sirota, <a href="">who wrote in</a></p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 4840 at Should College Athletes Be Paid? U of L's Jurich: Hurtt Will Remain On The Job While Answering NCAA Charges <p></p><p>University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says there will be no change in status for assistant football coach Clint Hurtt while he responds to allegations that he broke NCAA rules in his previous job.</p><p>Hurtt received a notice of allegations from the NCAA yesterday and has 90 days to respond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:45:24 +0000 Rick Howlett 4134 at U of L's Jurich: Hurtt Will Remain On The Job While Answering NCAA Charges Source: Clint Hurtt, Others Misled NCAA Investigators <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A person familiar with the situation says that the NCAA believes former Miami assistant coaches Clint&nbsp;<font color="red">Hurtt</font>, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez provided false or misleading information during the probe into the university's athletic programs.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:01:02 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 4094 at Source: Clint Hurtt, Others Misled NCAA Investigators Report: NCAA to Cite U of L Assistant Hurtt <p></p><p>University of Louisville assistant football coach Clint Hurtt could be accused this week of violating NCAA rules when he was an assistant at the University of Miami.</p><p>A source tells <a href="">CBS Sports</a> that Hurtt, who’s U of L’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach, will be cited for unethical conduct for alleged recruiting violations at Miami, where he was on staff from 2007 to 2009.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:06:37 +0000 Rick Howlett 3538 at Report: NCAA to Cite U of L Assistant Hurtt NCAA Celebrating 75 Years of March Madness <p>Voting begins this month for the <a href="">top players, teams and moments </a>from the history of the NCAA basketball tournament.</p><p>It’s part of the March Madness 75th anniversary celebration.</p><p>The NCAA has compiled a list of 75 players, 25 teams and 35 tournament moments for fans to consider. Voters will trim the list to 15 players, one team and one moment.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 3159 at NCAA Celebrating 75 Years of March Madness