Wednesday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

Reece Gaines, who I'm told is named after Reece Gaines, has all the essentials already lined up for Friday. You can't knock that level of preparation.

Here we go.

It's more on than the lights after I tried to go to sleep following my first Ernest Scared Stupid viewing.

I love it.

According to the folks at UC, the Bearcats will be wearing their black jerseys on Friday night, despite the fact that they will be the visiting team. It'll be the sixth time in seven games that Cincy has worn black.

I'm sure Louisville had the option to put the kibosh on this, given that they're the home team and all. I also reckon this means white uniforms for the Cards on Friday...although I guess they could still theoretically go with red tops. Who knows. It'll be a surprise. Just one more reason to get excited.

Rick Pitino appeared on SiriusXM's "Basketball and Beyond" program this morning, and shared the story of just how close he came to becoming the new head coach at Michigan and not Louisville.

"The day that I committed to Louisville, I signed an agreement to be the next head coach of Michigan and I was fired up to be the coach at Michigan," Pitino said. "The athletic director at the time, who's no longer there (Bill Martin), was playing squash and my wife came up, she just didn't want me to go to the west coast, UNLV, and be away from the children. She agreed, okay let's go to Michigan."

Pitino -- a former Kentucky coach -- then explained that his wife called him out for being afraid to go back to the state of Kentucky to coach at Louisville, his old school's arch rival.

She eventually convinced him to change his mind, and due to one of Martin's squash matches, Pitino informed Michigan of his decision via voicemail.

"I tried to call the A.D. at Michigan between 12 and 1," he recalled. "I had a false name. I would give him a fake name and he would call me back. I couldn't get a hold of him because he was playing squash. The secretary said he demands that he doesn't get interrupted unless it's an emergency and if you want you can leave a voicemail.

"I left a voicemail and went to Louisville and I'm really happy I did."

Well now I love squash even more.

The Sheriff over at Cards and Cats has an extensive preview up for Friday night's game. He likes U of L over UC by a final of 28-24.

CBS is continues its college basketball player countdown by position by looking at the 50 best big men in the country for the upcoming season. Gorgui Dieng cracks the top ten at No. 10, and Chane Behanan pops up just three spots later.

10. Gorgui Dieng - I mocked Louisville fans when he became eligible a couple years ago. Now I'm the one who looks like a moron. Dieng has developed into a stud on the defensive end, one of the elite shot-blockers in the nation. -- J.G.

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13. Chane Behanan - If Behanan plays like he did in the NCAA tournament, Louisville has a great chance to live up to the preseason hype. The hard-working power forward averaged 13.2 points and 8.0 rebounds in five tourney contests. -- J.B.

The Jeff Goodman rehabilitation tour continues.

For the wings, Wayne Blackshear checks in at No. 17.

17. Wayne Blackshear - If healthy, Blackshear could become a go-to-guy for Rick Pitino this season. He is a very solid mid-range scorer that creates matchup problems because of his strength. Tough finisher at the rim as well. -- J.B.

Russdiculous (the horse) now has his own official page on Horse Racing Nation.

Gorgui Dieng partakes in a delightful discussion about why he loves college so much (video).

Some bad news for the Big East, as word came this afternoon that the creation of a seventh BCS bowl is now unlikely to happen.

A seventh access bowl as proposed doesn't appear likely, and BCS commissioners may stay with a plan of a six-team playoff format, according to an ESPN.com report.

When the commissioners met in September, it was reported that a possibility of creating a seventh access bowl had been discussed. The idea was to give smaller conferences access, and have the top-ranked champion from the five non-power conferences face a team from either the Big 12 or Pac-12 each year.

A number of obstacles have made that possibility unlikely, including the bowl's lesser value compared to the other access bowls, a source told ESPN.com.

Basically, the BCS is going to wind up being even harder to crack for outsiders than it already is. Because that's what everyone wants.

We're set for a Big East brawl on Friday night at PJCS.

This week's Forde Yard Dash is low on Cards content, but does shoutout the Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot at the end. Best cheese balls in the world.

Bearcats Blog says Louisville's 70-7 curb-stomping of Cincy in 2004 was the most memorable Battle for the Keg of Nails ever.

A very happy birthday from Card Chronicle to Mr. Peyton Siva.

U of L remembers Homecoming weekend in video form.


According to Jody Demling, Rick Pitino spent his Wednesday in Chicago checking out five-star power forward Cliff Alexander. Michigan State is reportedly the early favorite in that battle.

Down the Drive says Cincinnati needs to stop worrying about balance on offense and simply do what they do best, which is run the ball.

Rivalry weekend will continue after the game on Friday when the 13th-ranked Louisville volleyball team takes on Cincinnati in a match that will be televised by ESPNU.

U of L's fall sports teams are in the midst of a pretty remarkable run.

Murray State has suspended guard Zay Jackson - who was captured on tape in that vicious hit-and-run incident - for the entire 2012-13 season. I still think he's getting off easy.

In the Huddle breaks down Louisville's defense vs. Cincinnati's offense.

Surrounding Legaux is a group of talented play-makers led by senior running back George Winn. The 5-11, 202-pound Winn is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and more than 101 yards per game for the Bearcats' potent running attack. In the passing game, Legaux's top targets are seniors Kenbrell Thompkins (18 receptions, 276 yards, 1 TD) and Damon Julian (14 receptions, 243 yards, 3 TD). Whether it's on the ground or through the air, the Cardinals will have a tough task on Friday.

"They have a good running back and some good receivers, so they have a core of good players," said junior linebacker Preston Brown on Tuesday. "They can run the ball and they can swing it around with their receivers. They have a very balanced offense and they put up a lot of points. I think they'll come in here and try to run the ball a lot, especially with happened last week. They probably saw some gaps where they think they can do the same thing (as USF)."

The AP looks at whether or not anyone outside of Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers can make a run at the Big East title.

And finally, even if the rest of the world was talking about Teddy Bridgewater, he says he wouldn't know about it.

University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater isn't the type to collect his own newspaper clippings. In fact, he said he doesn't read about the Cardinals. He'll take time out only to read about their next opponent.

"The thing I pay attention to is the motivational letters they put in our lockers about the opposing team," Bridgewater said. "Each week I get a different letter or news clipping in my locker stating that the opposing team defense is good or opposing secondary this. I don't read about myself at all or the team at all."

I wonder what was in there today.

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