Cardinals quickly climb into spotlight

Walz leads Louisville to title game appearance in just two seasons as Cards' head coach

Originally Published: April 6, 2009
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Louisville coach Jeff Walz likes to compare his team of supposedly ill-fitting, underrecruited upstarts to the "Bad News Bears" of film legend. But it's another tribute to Hollywood that better symbolizes how his program, which spent much of this season ranked in the top 10, reached the Final Four in just his second season on the job.

At halftime of a game last season, Walz approached assistant coach Stephanie Norman with a question. Had she ever seen the movie "The ...

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