Tuesday’s News ‘N Notes

Cardinals Ready to Begin Practice: With just nine days remaining before the start of fall practice, head coach Charlie Strong and the entire staff is back in the office and getting ready for the start of practice on Aug. 4. The players will end off-season workouts this week before returning to campus on Aug. 3 for a 6 p.m. dinner. The Cardinals will practice at 6:10 a.m. on Aug. 4 with the varsity returning players, while the freshmen will practice together later that evening.  All practices will be closed this year.

Governor’s Cup Press Conference: The press conference for the Governor’s Cup will be held Thursday, July 28 at 12:30 p.m. at the University Club in Lexington. University of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong will address the media , as well as, University of Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips.

BIG EAST Media Day: For the seventh time since joining the BIG EAST, the Cardinals will head to Newport, R.I. on Aug. 1-2 for BIG EAST Media Days. Strong, tight end Josh Chichester, running back Victor Anderson, placekicker/punter Chris Philpott and defensive lineman Greg Scruggs will all attend the Media Day proceedings.

Health Update: After 23 players were held out of the Red-White Game last April, the Cardinals head into camp at full strength. Everyone who was held out of spring returns for the start of fall practice.

Fan Day: Fan Day is scheduled for Aug. 14. Details have yet to be finalized and will be released at a later date.

Free Agent Signings: Quarterback Adam Froman and wide receiver Doug Beaumont were scheduled to sign with the Atlanta Falcons today, while tight end Cameron Graham was slated to ink with the Tennessee Titans and linebacker Brandon Heath with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Strong Family Donates to Scholarship Program: University of Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong and his family are donating $150,000 to a UofL scholarship program that helps low-income students in Kentucky earn college degrees.  Their gift will create a Charlie, Vicki, Hailee and Hope Strong Scholarship in UofL’s existing Cardinal Covenant program. Cardinal Covenant pays tuition, room and board costs not covered by other grants and scholarships for Kentucky students whose family income is at or below 150 percent of the poverty level. To qualify, students must have a high school grade point average of at least 2.5, an ACT score of 20 or higher and must graduate within five years. Since 2007, some 450 students have enrolled in the program and 25 have earned a UofL degree. Strong is making the gift through UofL’s fund raising campaign, “Charting Our Course-The Campaign for Kentucky’s Premier Metropolitan Research University.”

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