Monday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

Casey Page bringing some much-needed beauty and culture to the Florence Cathedral.

I_medium Spread check: Louisville by 34.

I_medium A few highlights from Temple coach Matt Rhule's Monday press conference.

I_medium ESPN's college hoops experts - a group which now includes former C-J reporter C.L. Brown - discuss the most pressing issue for Louisville as the defending national champions (drink) begin practice.

1. What's the most pressing issue for Louisville at the start of practice?

Andy Katz: Rick Pitino has made it clear from the beginning of the summer that the most pressing concern is who will replace the back line defense of Gorgui Dieng. Montrezl Harrell had a sensational summer. He's a budding star, but not a traditional, intimidating shot-blocker. Will Stephen Van Treese be that player? Or a combination of both? That's the question facing the Cardinals.

Myron Medcalf: The biggest question for Louisville is tied to leadership. The Cardinals are arguably as talented, perhaps more talented, than they were last year. But they're going forward without Peyton Siva, who was a critical leader for the program throughout his career. Who will be that guy in 2013-14?

C.L. Brown: Hard to tell what will be more daunting for junior college transfer Chris Jones: replacing three-year starter Peyton Siva in the lineup or playing point guard for coach Rick Pitino. Neither will be easy, but Jones' play will be crucial as the Cardinals have experience at every other position.

I_medium The five FBS teams that have yet to trail a game for a single second this season? Ohio State, Miami, Washington, Texas Tech and Louisville.

I_medium The Louisville women's soccer team blasted Rutgers 4-1 over the weekend to improve to 2-0 in AAC play and 6-3-1 overall. Freshman goalie Paige Brown was named the conference's Goalkeeper of the Week earlier today.

I_medium In case you've ever wondered how the CCBM spends bye weeks...

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Just like you and me.

I_medium Rick Pitino's first book signing will be Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Molly Malone's in St. Matthews. The One Day Contract hits shelves tomorrow.

I_medium USA Today re-ranks the entire top 125 in college football and has Louisville checking in at...No. 15. Central Florida (27) and Rutgers (39) are the only Cardinal opponents to crack the top 40.

I_medium ESPN looks at how important winning the battle at the rim (insider) is in college basketball, and how it fueled Louisville's national championship run.

I_medium Via Lefkoe, here's the way the coaching staff displays the 2013 schedule inside the Schnellenberger Complex.

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I_medium After an inconsistent start, the Louisville men's soccer team is back in the top five of Top Drawer Soccer's latest top 25 rankings. The Cards also had three players honored by the AAC on Monday.

I_medium If Maryland had somehow managed to find a way to leave for the Big 10 a year early, the schedule Louisville would be finishing its season with would be brutal, but awesome.

I_medium U of L is a top five football team in the latest UPS Team Performance Index Rankings:

Rank Team Index
1
Oregon
144.19
2 Stanford 133.02
3 Alabama 132.58
4 Baylor 130.22
5
Louisville
129.73
6
Washington
128.33
7 Ohio State 128.12
8
Florida State
127.38
9 Clemson 126.54
10 LSU 125.91


I_medium Mark Coomes discusses Teddy's appearance on The Dan Patrick Show and apologizes for predicting that Kentucky would upset Florida.

I_medium After consecutive bad games from Michael Vick, (NFL) fans in Philadelphia are the latest to look to Teddy Bridgewater as a potential franchise savior. They'll have a chance to get a closer look at him on Saturday.

I_medium The preview isn't online yet, but Louisville is No. 2 in Slam Magazine's preseason college hoops top 25:

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I_medium The Louisville field hockey team will be wearing pink on Sunday for their 1 p.m. game against Indiana in order to help support breast cancer awareness. You can visit their fundraising page here.

I_medium Breaking Bad.

I_medium At least one national writer believes Louisville has a better chance of playing for the national title than Alabama does.

1. Ohio State (5-0)- The Buckeyes have a fortunate combination of being a very good football team, coming from a power conference, and having a light schedule (Northwestern and Michigan, the only real challenges, are not exactly fear inspiring).

2. Oregon (4-0)- Right now, the Ducks are the most dominant team in the country and my #1 overall. However, a tough schedule that includes Washington, UCLA, and Stanford gives them perhaps the most difficult road of the serious contenders.

3. Louisville (4-0)- By far, the Cardinals are the most likely team in the country to go undefeated. However, could their ultra-easy schedule keep them out of Pasadena?

4. Alabama (4-0)- The 2013 edition of the Crimson Tide are not quite what they were last year. While I think they go undefeated and make it to Pasadena, an SEC schedule is tough, particularly when LSU and, likely, Georgia are still remaining.

I_medium Paul Pasqualoni is out at Connecticut. His timeline as the Husky's head man is absurdly bad...aside from somehow beating Louisville at PJCS last November.

I_medium Single-game basketball tickets go on sale tomorrow.

I_medium Former Ladybird Lizelle Lauron stays strong in her allegiance during a pic with former Miami star Shane Larkin.

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Go Reds.

I_medium BustingBrackets.com names Russ Smith a preseason first team All-American.

I_medium Spencer Hall breaks down the latest top 25.

I_medium U of L commit George Rushing's senior year highlight video is awfully impressive so far.

I_medium CBS says the midseason firings in college football could result in a scenario in which Shawn Watson winds up at UConn.

Tony Barnhart, Dominoes 6 and 7 -- UConn hires Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, Ball State hires Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. All you have to know about Watson you can discover in watching Teddy Bridgewater play. He knows how to coach the position. He has been a head coach at Southern Illinois (1994-96), an offensive coordinator Colorado, Nebraska, and Louisville. The 54-year-old Watson is ready to be a head coach again. Gran, 48, is one of the best recruiters in the country, especially when it comes to running backs. Among those he has signed over the years were the dynamic duo at Auburn -- Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams. He was a finalist for the Florida Atlantic job that went to Carl Pelini. Gran should have been a head coach long ago.

I_medium Vote for DeVante Parker to bring home the Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver) right here.

I_medium Like USA Today, College Football News says Louisville is just the 15th-best team in college football.

I_medium Chinanu Onuaku will officially be announcing his college decision on Friday. Weekend visitor Sam Cassell Jr. is also expected to announce in the near future.

I_medium And finally, I'm back on the radio with Mark Ennis playing all your favorite R&B hits from the late '90s tonight from 6-8 on ESPN 680.

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