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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes


Rest in Peace. The world will be with you soon enough.

The Louisville softball team will begin its run in the NCAA Tournament when it plays host to regional play beginning tonight. California and Jacksonville State kick things off at 5 p.m., then the Cards open the tournament against Illinois-Chicago at 7:30.

Tyler Gabbert is in town for a weekend visit with U of L as I type and you read. A number of sources, including ESPN's Joe Schad, have expressed their belief that Gabbert will end up at Louisville. If that ends up coming to fruition, Brian Bennett wonders what it might mean for Teddy Bridgewater.

The Louisville baseball team got a big 14-2 victory over Notre Dame yesterday in the first game of their regular season-ending series with the Fighting Irish. The win moved the Cards into a three-way tie for fourth in the Big East. Tonight's 6 p.m. game can be seen on CBS College Sports, as can tomorrow's 1 p.m. regular season-finale.

Former North Carolina State point guard Ryan Harrow said yesterday that he would not be visiting St. John's as originally planned, and that he would announce his transfer destination at the end of next week. The Johnnies are not out of the race, but rumors that former Arizona point guard MoMo Jones is headed in their direction can't be helping. My gut says Harrow ends up at Georgia, but I think Louisville is still a very realistic possibility.

Hunter Cantwell is currently one of two veteran quarterbacks under contract in Baltimore, and he's eager for the opportunity to show the Ravens what he can do.

The Orlando Sentinel has Louisville at No. 87 in its preseason countdown. Wonder why anyone in Orlando would feel the need to be so down on U of L?

C.L. Brown has more on Teko Powell, the highly-recruited defensive tackle who committed to Louisville yesterday.

Norland coach Daryle Heidelburg said Powell will visit Alabama, which is one of about 10 Football Bowl Subdivision schools that extended scholarship offers.

“He's comfortable with the decision he made, but he still wants to go through the recruiting process,” Heidelburg said.

The 6-foot-3, 258-pound Powell has not visited U of L yet, but his coach said the prospect of early playing time swayed his decision.

“He feels that he can come in and get on the field pretty quickly,” Heidelburg said. “He's very energetic, has a nonstop motor, is strong and hard to double team. He has a ‘don't-quit attitude on that field.”

There's lots of talk in Tennessee about Byron Stingily perhaps being the steal of the 2011 draft.

A Sea of Blue says the Louisville/Kentucky rivalry is on the verge of combustion.

The Sporting News has Louisville at 16th in its 2011-2012 preseason rankings, for lower than any other set of rankings released to date.

Sounds like Al Golden's tactics in Miami might be creating some more potential transfers. I know a place...ain't nobody discomforted.

And finally, here's Tom Jurich's statement on the APR/loss of scholarship situation that we talked about yesterday:

"Continuity and stability among our coaching staffs lends itself to better performance and unfortunately our football student-athletes endured three football coaches in four years. We want to improve our figures rapidly and I'm impressed with the measures Charlie Strong has implemented in our football program. I'm confident that we are our currently headed in the right direction. We have already addressed the penalties and have put it behind us."