Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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You haven't golfed in Pittsburgh until you've golfed in Pittsburgh wearing a Jeremy Wright jersey. God sends his approval via rainbow.


Spread check: North Carolina by 14.5.

Side note: Does anybody know the last time Louisville won as a double-digit underdog? My research team is taking a nap.

Yes, I've heard every Big 12 and Mike Sanford rumor you have today. Relax, Brandon Bender has assured me that U of L is a lock for the Big Sky and Bob Beatty will be calling the plays in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

With those rumors that a Big 12 invite is imminent swirling, Kentucky super fan Oscar Combs took to Twitter last night to share what his sources are saying about Rick Pitino's thoughts on the matter. 

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Far be it from me to call a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame a liar, but I have a very hard time believing the situation could be that cut-and-dried.

Even though SI's Andy Glockner took a ridiculous shot at it earlier this month, ESPN's Andy Katz says Louisville's non-conference schedule rates as a nine (out of 10) on the difficulty scale.

LOUISVILLE

Toughest: Vanderbilt (Dec. 2), Memphis (Dec. 17), at Kentucky (Dec. 31)
Next-toughest: at Butler (Nov. 19), Long Beach State (Nov. 28)
The rest: Tennessee-Martin (Nov. 11), Lamar (Nov. 13), Arkansas State (Nov. 22), Ohio (Nov. 25), IUPUI (Dec. 7), Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 10), Charleston (Dec. 20), Western Kentucky (Dec. 23)
Toughness scale (1-10): 9 -- The Cardinals are playing three top-10 teams in Kentucky, Vandy and Memphis. The road game at Butler will be nearly as tough, even though the Bulldogs are in a rebuilding mode for the first time in three years. Long Beach State is the Big West favorite and Charleston, WKU and Ohio are quality mid-majors. Louisville does have the advantage of playing no games farther away than Indianapolis.

Adam Zagoria says that Louisville will be relying heavily on a pair of Smiths (Chris and Russ) this season. The post includes perhaps Rick Pitino's first praising of Russ since he arrived on campus ("Since we played him at the two, Russ has been a valuable player in our program.") and Pitino re-telling the story about how he met Chris.

In the Huddle has audio interviews with Teddy Bridgewater, Will Stein, Ryan Kessling and Mario Benavides from after yesterday's practice.

North Carolina wide receiver Dwight Jones has drawn a lot of attention for his play so far this season, but running back Gio Bernard has quietly become the first Tar Heel to rush for 100 yards in three straight games since Natrone Means did it in 1992.

Carolina March examines the attendance problem at UNC home games.

Trinity junior James Quick made his debut appearance on ESPN yesterday during the "SportsNation" program. It won't be the last time he appears on the four letter network.

It was announced yesterday that Louisville's Oct. 14 Red/White scrimmage will be featured live on ESPN3.com, and will also be part of ESPNU's whip-around coverage for its Midnight Madness special. Locally, WHAS will cover the first hour of the scrimmage, with the remainder being shown on "Wazoo Sports."

That's...different.

Mike Hughes of Scout.com reports that Solomon Poole, a four-star 2013 point guard from Jacksonville, Fla., will visit Louisville on Friday.

Fomer Manual High and U of L star Candyce Bingham has been named the new girls' head basketball coach at Fern Creek.

Louisville senior forward Colin Rolfe is one of 10 student-athletes selected as a finalist for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in collegiate men's soccer.

Georgetown basketball has Bieber Fever. Word is they caught it from Greg Scruggs.

If you don't think I'm getting a picture of this and sharing it with you all on Saturday, well, you might be right.

Two gleaming fire trucks - one pink, one blue - will greet football goers Saturday when the Tar Heels take on the Louisville Cardinals at Kenan Stadium.

The "Pink Heals" pink fire truck will join one of Chapel Hill's Carolina blue fire trucks outside gate 3 at 10 a.m. Chapel Hill firefighters will operate a boot drive, inviting people to drop money into firefighters' boots for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

But if I do, I'll be right there not wearing pants next to them.

John Calipari thinks UK is the modern day UCLA.


And finally, one of the few reasons UNC fans have to worry about this weekend is how successful Charlie Strong has been on the road since coming to Louisville.

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