Kenny Payne declared his intention to leave the team and discuss hate speech.


The second half of Wednesday night’s Cardinals vs. Notre Dame game featured an appearance on the KFC Yum! Center video boards from a 101-year-old Louisville men’s basketball fan called Eileen.

This is unlike anything she had ever seen.

U of L (8-19, 3-13 ACC) lost to the Fighting Irish 72-50, setting the stage for their first-ever 20-loss seasons in 110 years. There had only been one 20-loss season for the school, 1997–98, prior to head coach Kenny Payne taking over.

In the league preseason survey, only one team—the one that delivered the fatal blow—was predicted to finish lower than the Cards. One having a head coach in their first year; one ranked 357th out of 362 Division

We got hammered after that,” the young forward remarked.

This was Payne’s 31st loss by double digits and his 13th by 20 points or more. He was then questioned about whether the outcome worried him about his job security.

His response? “Not really.”

“I’m only concerned with, ‘How do I get these guys to play better?'” he stated.

What he could not get out of the Cards on Wednesday was fight.

In tying its largest margin of victory this season, Notre Dame (10-16, 5-10) did not trail. The Irish jumped in front, 14-12, with 12:01 to play in the first half and never looked back.

The closest U of L got from there was 31-27 just 16 seconds into the second half.

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