This has been about as loaded a U of L news day as I can recall. Between all the Keg of Nails week festivities getting underway and Tom Jurich making us feel warm and fuzzy about being Louisville fans (we'll cover that later tonight), it's been a lot to digest on a Monday.
Plus, I'm still getting used to the four-inch thick beard that I automatically grow during KON week. It's got some Beefaroni it. Be polite and act like you don't notice it. There will be an unspoken message of gratification from me to you.
Let's dive in.
Some pretty important news right off the bat here on the Monday of Keg of Nails week as Cincinnati defensive end Walter Stewart will not be playing on Friday night. Stewart, who was injured against Fordham on Oct. 13 and did not play against Toledo on Saturday, has five sacks and seven tackles for loss this season. His absence was noticeable during UC's first loss of the season.
Matt Crossman's profile of Gorgui Dieng is probably the best thing you're going to read today.
The sun is at Dieng's back. A clock tower rings the Westminster Chimes and then gongs 12 times. It's high noon, and the sky is as clear as the future that awaits him. Here is what he wants out of life, before and after the ball stops bouncing: "Be happy and healthy and respectful to people. Respect everybody, whether I'm older than them or they're older than me. Have a very disciplined life. If you just go back to the basics ... "
He stops and starts over.
"People forget the basics. Now, it's all about money. It's all about what you got," Dieng says. "They forget happiness. There is nothing better than a smile. Nothing."
Greatest human being alive.
Big time congratulations to Teddy Bridgewater on being named one of college football's 16 semifinalists for the Davey O' Brien Award, which is given out each season to the nation's best quarterback.
Here's the full list:
Matt Barkley, USC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
Seth Doege, Texas Tech
Nick Florence, Baylor
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Collin Klein, Kansas State
EJ Manuel, Florida State
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Geno Smith, West Virginia
The three finalists will be announced on Nov. 19, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 6 on ESPN.
In case you missed it last night, Louisville remained at No. 16 in this week's BCS Rankings. The Cards are still one spot behind Big East foe Rutgers.
CBS has Louisville facing Florida State in Miami in its latest bowl projections.
Also of note is the fact that Jerry Palm - who does the projections for CBS - is currently predicting that there will be no eligible teams to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Can't imagine that will pull in great ratings.
CBS has Peyton Siva ranked as the ninth-best point guard in the country, which ought to be a crime punishable by jail time. I love Matthew Dellavedova, but if he had to guard Siva one-on-one Peyton would be laying the ball in the basket before Dellavedova had even turned his body.
Probably not the best week to make this mistake, guys.
Seriously, we need to find the marching band hat thief and bring him to justice.
Eric Crawford gives some initial thoughts on the upcoming Cardinal basketball season.
Alex Kupper cares more about The Walking Dead than he does BCS rankings.
Ask Alex Kupper about the chunk of Hershel's leg that Rick chopped off with a hand axe in the Season Three opener of "The Walking Dead." Kupper can handle questions about that zombie-infested world on television.
Kupper knows "The Walking Dead," nearly as well as he knows the offensive line at the University of Louisville - and Kupper can play every position. On Sunday night Kupper was not obsessed with U of L's latest Bowl Championship Series ranking. The new college football numbers had to wait until he watched "The Walking Dead."
"I'm more tuned into that," Kupper said.
I can only assume that he wants Lori and Karl dead as much as I do.
Congrats to the Louisville soccer team, which knocked off Villanova 1-0 on Senior Night over the weekend.
Additional congrats to Andrew "Peppa" Farrell, who was once again named Big East Defender of the Week.
And finally, I'm going to have to cut this post short because I need to (literally) run out the door in order to do my radio show. Listen live fro 6-8 on ESPN 680 or anytime on ESPNLouisville.com.
Just means more news and notes in the immediate future.