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Gorgui and Dirk's Tuesday morning Cardinal news and notes



The Ryan Taylor story continues to grow more and more interesting as it was reported on Monday that the former Western High star would be visiting Kansas this weekend, and also Missouri at some point. Taylor, who has consistently expressed his desire to be a Cardinal, reportedly spoke with Richard Pitino on Monday about his relationship with Louisville.

``He still loves Louisville, but I don’t know if they have a scholarship now," his uncle Paul Handley said.

Then of course there's the issue of Taylor's academics. He took the ACT again last weekend, and if he receives a qualifying score will be eligible to play next season. If he doesn't, he likely heads to a prep school.

It's an interesting conundrum because you'd obviously hate to see a talented kid who wants to be in your program end up at Kansas or Indiana, but Louisville already has 18 players on its roster for next season, has taken a scholarship away from one of its best players, and, if Taylor doesn't qualify this year, is only looking to take one or two players in next year's class.

I'd hate to see the kid get away, but right now it just doesn't look like there's a scenario that will end up in him wearing a Louisville jersey either this year or next.

It's also being reported by a couple of outlets that Rodney Purvis either has already visited Missouri, or will visit at some point this week (Update: He visited yesterday).

*Fists clenched, eyes to the sky* FFFUUULLLLLEEEEERRRRR

Check out the front and back covers of this year's football media guide.


Philpott and Chi-Daddy in one frame is a recipe for amazing.

Have to love this tweet from Preston Pace yesterday:

Been up grindin since 5am on the track after that few minutes of rest then the weight room. Louisville Cardinals are not normal people..

There's an...interesting...story about Kyrie Irving floating around.

Maybe both Dan Gilbert and LeBron's comments about karma were spot on.

Louisville offered a scholarship to Hilliard (Fla.) athlete Marcus Allen yesterday. According to Rivals' Keith Niebuhr, Allen is the 66th Floridian from of the class of 2012 to receive an offer from Charlie Strong.

Rick Pitino spoke with N.C. forward T.J. Warren yesterday. Warren is widely regarded as one of the top wings in the class of 2012.

Louisville should probably eat less.

The football freshmen were assigned their jersey numbers yesterday. Here's what they ended up with:

3  Charles Gaines  5-11  176  CB  FR  Miami, Fla. (Central)
5  Teddy Bridgewater  6-3  192  QB  FR  Miami, Fla. (Northwestern)
9  DeVante Parker  6-3  196  WR  FR  Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)
15  Andrew Johnson  5-9  174  CB  FR  Miami, Fla. (Southridge)
19  Terrell Floyd  5-10  170  CB  FR  Port Pierce, Fla. (Port St. Lucie)
19  Joe Castaneda  5-10  186  DB  FR  Covington, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
21  Brandon Golson  6-2  223  LB  FR  St. Matthews, S.C. (Fork Union)
25  Calvin Pryor  6-2  200  S  FR  Port St. Joe, Fla. (Port St. Joe)
27  Jermaine Reve  6-0  180  S  FR  Miami, Fla. (Northwest)
39  Chris Zelli  5-11  201  LB  FR  Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jeffersonville)
42  Jalen Harrington  6-2  205  LB  FR  Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek)
45  John Wallace  6-0  180  P/K  FR  Cecilia, Ky. (Central Hardin)
48  Deiontrez Mount  6-5  219  DE  FR  Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (Fort Walton Beach)
65  Dylan Kupper  6-5  265  OL  FR  Louisville, Ky. (Trinity)
70  John Miller  6-2  304  OL  FR  Miami, Fla. (Central)
74  Ryan Mack  6-5  316  OL  FR  Memphis, Tenn. (Wooddale)
76  Chase Petersen  6-4  291  OL  FR  Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville)
78  Aaron Epps  6-7  250  OT  FR  Tucker, Ga. (Tucker)
83  Jerrell Moore  5-10  169  WR  FR  Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek)
90  B.J. Dubose  6-5  238  DE  FR  Oakland Park, Fla. (Northeast)
94  Lorenzo Mauldin  6-4  225  DE  FR  Atlanta, Ga. (Maynard Jackson)
96  Jamon Brown  6-6  327  DT  FR  Fern Creek, Ky. (Fern Creek)

Don't mind that extra weight on your back, Andrew Johnson.

Peyton Siva missed the first day of the Chris Paul Elite Camp due to airline troubles (FFFUUULLLLLEEERRRR), but he ended up arriving safely and participated for the rest of the camp, which wrapped yesterday.

I used to always say Peter Gammons would be the greatest grandpa ever.


Thought confirmed.