Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

– The athlete engaged in one conference draft adjustment strictly for men’s basketball, and Eamonn Brennan ended up in a league with Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati and DePaul. That, my friends, is what we refer to as the dream.

—Six Louisville Footballers – Malik Cunningham, Trevor Reid, Caleb Chandler, Kenderick Duncan, Qwynnterrio Cole and Nick Okeke – has been named to Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250 Watchlist in 2022.

—When you start watching this video, you can not stop.

-Pac-12 has announced its forfeiture policy for the 2021 football season and basically says that if a team is unable to play this season for covid-related reasons, it loses. Most conferences are expected to follow suit with similar policies in the coming days / weeks.

– Formerly short Colin Holba get some WLKY love for his recently published book. Holba was recently named Hunter Cantwell’s staff at the Christian Academy for this season.

– It’s just amazing.

—Rackback coach De’Rail Sims and backback Jalen Mitchell met with the media after training on Wednesday. Here is a transcript what they had to say.

—U by L QB coach Pete Thomas cracks again 247 sports’ “30 under 30” list.

– Jeff Greers latest newsletter describes 2021-22 as “the iron sharpens the iron year” for Chris Mack’s team.

Louisville has 13 fellows without Faulkner. What does 14 pop even more is that at least 13 of them – if Faulkner matriculates – have real arguments for playing in the upcoming season.1 No coach, not even Leonard Hamilton, who apparently trots 20 7-footers for every game, plays 13 guys in their rotation. Most coaches hardly play 10.

Which all leads me to this: Welcome to Iron Sharpen’s Iron Year or The Only the Strongest Survive Year. Both titles are still in my writer’s workshop from Wednesday night, but deadlines are deadlines in TFST HQ. Whatever, what’s clear is this: After a season that was regretted due to lack of depth, shooting and versatility, Chris Mack decided to build a list of these attributes in spades to avoid yet another unhappy campaign. Eight, nine or 10 of the 14 scholarship players (again, if Faulkner signs) will play regular minutes; a handful of them probably do not. Players can well transfer because of that, a reality in today’s college basketball (which I have no problem with). Nevertheless, departures at the end of the season are a much more acceptable risk than playing with another stretched thin roster.

No one can blame Mack for thinking in these terms: More options are available to him and ease concerns about potential injuries or COVID-19 quarantines or bad game stretches. Each position has at least two, if not three or four, solid options, most of which can shoot a relatively reliable percentage or bring value in some other way. It helps tremendously, because this season, for various reasons we’ve discussed in previous newsletters and podcasts, may not be another hit like the last. Worst case: Something unfortunate happens to a rotating player or two, and the guy in the row steps up. Best scenario: The expected stars stand out, the rotation solidifies, and the guys who did not play regular minutes assess their situation after the season.

—Bill Connelly’s last preseason S&P projections (Insider link) for college football season 2021 has Louisville at No. 42.

– Brian Brown has been “excited” with the play of his secondary so far in fall camp.

– The cards are back.

-The schedule for the cross-country skiing season 2021-22 U of L is out.

– Autumn season has started to U of L men’s football.

– The NCAA does not punish Art Briles or Baylor football for being lax in reporting an extreme number of cases of sexual assault because they said Baylor University was so bad at reporting sexual assaults that it was not strictly a problem with the athletic program. It is in addition to toothless for a device whose presence continues to appear more and more meaningless.

“Baylor admitted moral and ethical flaws in dealing with sexual and interpersonal violence on campus, but argued that these flaws, while gross, did not constitute violations of NCAA law,” the report said. “In the end, and with enormous reluctance, this panel agrees.”

It is for this reason, among a large number of others, that the NCAA’s management structure needs a major overhaul, something it seems to go after announces a constitutional committee this week. The organization has repeatedly proven that it is ill-equipped to deal with something as serious as gender-based violence or simply enforce its own rules and issue punishment in a consistent, logical manner. It’s embarrassing that this organization, which has long punished athletes for technical qualities that have little to do with the integrity of the game, can do nothing for Briles for his passivity.

The NCAA has instead spent excessive time defending its crumbling facade of amateurism. It does not even exercise reasonable control over its most lucrative sport, FBS football, as evidenced by the adjustments of the past decade plus that culminated in Texas and Oklahoma recently accepting the invitation to the SEC to form the first 16-team super conference. The College Football Playoff, as well as its predecessors such as the Bowl Championship Series and Bowl Alliance, were never under NCAA control. Like my colleague Nicole Auerbach expressed it eloquently, “If the NCAA just wants to manage non-football championships and call it a day, just do it. We may be heading in that direction anyway … but this organization has long claimed to be about much more than that. ”

The protracted nature of the Baylor study and the end result are yet another sign of its failure. The NCAA’s conclusion came more than five years after Brile’s firing in May 2016 and nearly three years after it served Baylor with a statement of allegations. The decision was made almost eight months after the last hearings. The Bears have had two full-time bosses (Matt Rhule, Aranda) and one acting head coach (Jim Grobe) since the investigation began.

And for survivors of the sexual and interpersonal violence that took place during that time, it is yet another painful reminder of their traumatic experiences as Baylor prioritized football success and maintained the school’s image at the expense of student well-being.

Put the banner back.

– According to the new US Census Data, Louisville is the 29th largest city in America.

—Legal Sports Betting has Louisville all the way up to No. 4 in its ACC football in advance power rankings.

– Video teams are still killing it.

– The American men’s soccer team is in the top 10 of the latest FIFA rankings for the first time in 15 years.

—The five first-year defensive linemen on Louisville’s football list all have the potential to do so be frighteningly good.

– Jack Bicknell mean this may be the best offensive line he has ever coached.

– Eric Crawford collapse what we do and do not know about this ongoing Dino Gaudio-Chris Mack drama.

When I put together an initial list of what we do not know, it is actually significant.

1). We do not know how the recording ended with the FBI. We know Mack made a recording of Gaudio, but I really have a hard time believing that Mack would ever want the sound to find its way into law enforcement. There was nothing good that could come out of it, for him or his program.

2). We do not know what was said in that conversation. I suppose we’ll get the contents of that tape before it’s all over. Gaudio’s note on Tuesday referred to conversations, but we can not assume we know the whole context.

3). We do not know the circumstances in which candidates were used, perhaps incorrectly, in practice. The NCAA relaxed some of its rules in this regard under COVID, and in fact, there are some circumstances in which candidate players can be used. They can not participate in scrimmages or actively practice, but they can run exercises. When it comes to NCAA claims, these seemingly small distinctions are big.

4). We know Mack’s explanation for his staff shaking. On May 17, Mack told reporters:

“It’s never easy. It was the first time I let anyone go in the 12 years I was head coach, ”said Mack. “So it’s not something that is taken lightly. They are two excellent coaches, Dino and Luke. Excellent. The honest assessment: Our program was not where I wanted it to be, at the end of this last season. We could write down all the reasons why I think or why you think we did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The bottom line is that we did not. That’s not to say Dino and Luke were falling guys, and it’s all up to them. ”

– Corey Ray still love frames in Louisville.

Cardinal student Ashton Gillotte has been fine with the pressure hype surrounding him, but now he’s just ready to play.

—Marshon Ford is now Dan-O’s spice ambassador.

—Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch stole the show for the Bucks in their Wednesday Summer League game.

– And finally Mark Ivey mean that for the first time since Scott Satterfield arrived at Louisville, the defensive line will be a strength rather than a weakness for the Cardinals.

Give a Comment