The following is an exhaustive, highly scientific statistical look at Louisville’s recently concluded 2016-17 athletic season. Please do not attempt to question or fact-check any of the data below because, as previously mentioned, it is highly scientific and exhaustive.
100 points for Lamar Jackson doing something that so many people believed was impossible by being the first Louisville football player to win the Heisman Trophy. No one will ever forget the 2016 football season because of the ridiculous numbers and highlight reel plays he put up.
105 more points for Brendan McKay winning the Golden Spikes Award and each of the other 7,000 national player of the year awards college baseball hands out. The five bonus points are for McKay becoming the highest draft pick in UofL baseball history, and for signing the biggest bonus since the draft went to its current set-up in 2012.
50 points for Louisville becoming the first school to produce both the Heisman Trophy winner and the Golden Spikes Award winner in the same athletic season.
19 points for UofL men’s soccer, which bounced back from a disappointing 2015 campaign to earn the No. 4 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament and come one game away from advancing to the College Cup.
73 points to the Louisville men’s basketball team for getting over the hump and handing Kentucky a loss on the hardwood.
69 points to the UofL women for doing the same via a 69-67 overtime thriller.
75 points to the Louisville baseball team for erasing the postseason pain of the last two years by making it through the Super Regional round and on to the College World Series in Omaha.
5 bonus points to the Louisville baseball team for getting there by sweeping Kentucky.
135 points to Dan McDonnell for earning his salary and being named Baseball America’s national Coach of the Year.
13 points to Donovan Mitchell for being selected 13th overall in the NBA Draft and becoming Louisville’s first lottery pick since 2009.
5 bonus points to Mitchell for becoming Louisville’s first All-ACC First Team performer on the men’s side.
63 points for the Cardinal football team’s historic beatdown of Florida State and the first visit of “ESPN College GameDay” to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
100 points to Mallory Comerford, who has become one of the biggest names in United States swimming over the past year. Her biggest moment in the sun came when she tied Olympic hero Katie Ledecky in the 100-meter freestyle to bring a national championship back to UofL.
10 points to Louisville football for giving us such an entertaining first 10 weeks of the season. Keeping up with the College Football Playoff rankings through October and early November was an exhilarating experience.
Minus 3 points for the last three games of that season.
351 points for the 351 UofL student athletes who were named to the ACC’s Academic Honor Roll.
12 points for the start of the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium expansion, which will continue to keep UofL’s football facilities ahead of the curve on every level.
12 more points for the planned expansion of Jim Patterson Stadium.
99 points to Louisville track star Edwin Kibichiy, a national champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase who was also named the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Year.
300 points for the Cardinal fans who stayed behind their athletic programs and made what was, at times, a tough 2016-17 sports season around these parts still fun and successful.
500 points for the hope, promise and excitement currently building for the 2017-18 season.
Final Total: 2,081
Scientific research doesn’t lie. Another solid season in the books. VT