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     A RESOLUTION honoring the University of Louisville Men's Basketball Team on

     a successful season.

     WHEREAS, the University of Louisville Cardinals recently completed another

     successful men's basketball season, compiling a record of 27 wins against 9 losses,

     and reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament; and
     WHEREAS, the Cardinals came together after losses to key players to injury and

     suspensions left them at 10-4 and 0-1 in Big East play on January 1; and

     WHEREAS, the Cardinals regrouped by molding returning players into a young but

     talented existing roster, finishing with a 14-4 Big East record, which was good for

     2nd place in that prestigious conference; and

     WHEREAS, in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinals defeated Boise State 79-61,
     Oklahoma 78-48, and Tennessee 79-60 before finally losing to the top-ranked Tar

     Heels of North Carolina in the East Regional Final; and

     WHEREAS, in that game, the Cardinals, facing a de facto road crowd in Charlotte,
     fell behind by double digits in the second half, yet stormed back to tie the game on

     two occasions, but eventually were outscored by the Tar Heels 83-73; and

     WHEREAS, the leader of this Cardinals squad was Senior center David Padgett,

     who battled back from career-threatening knee injuries to be named a unanimous

     all-Big East selection; and

     WHEREAS, other standouts for the Cardinals included all-Big East second teamer
     Terrence Williams, East regional all-tournament team members Jerry Smith and

     Earl Clark, who both scored in double figures in all four of the Cardinal's NCAA

     games, senior Juan Palacios, junior Andre McGee, sophomores Edgar Sosa and

     Derrick Caracter, and freshman Preston Knowles; and

     WHEREAS, the future looks bright indeed for the Cardinals, whose returning

     players will be complemented by an outstanding recruiting class; and
     WHEREAS, the maestro of this band remains the incomparable Rick Pitino, who

     coaches teams with such fire and passion that it is no surprise he is considered one
    of the greatest college coaches in the game today;

    NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of

Kentucky:

    âSection 1.   That the members of this body, both individually and collectively, do
    hereby applaud the University of Louisville Cardinals Men's Basketball Team and

    coaches for their tremendous accomplishments during the 2007-2008 season,

    declare them to be outstanding representatives of the Commonwealth, and wish

    them good fortune in all future endeavors.

    âSection 2.   The Clerk of the Senate shall transmit a copy of this Resolution to

    Tom Jurich, Vice President for Athletics, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
    40292.

				
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