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If you found yourself out of the loop this weekend, well then you ended up missing out on absolutely nothing. Not a lot goin' on. But that's OK, because next week football practice starts, and in two weeks we get a taste of Cardinal basketball in August.

Things are about to start happening.


The SB Nation preseason Big East poll is very similar to both my ballot and just about every other preseason Big east poll you're likely to see or have seen. West Virginia tops it and Louisville checks in at No. 6.

Will Adams, an offensive lineman out of Georgia, will announce his college decision this morning at 11 a.m. He's deciding between Louisville, Georgia Tech and Kentucky. Given the small amount of time between this announcement and the news that Tech had offered him a scholarship, I'd say it'll be surprising if Adams doesn't wind up a Yellow Jacket.

Trinity defensive end Jason Hatcher, a rising junior, camped at Oklahoma over the weekend and wound up with a scholarship offer from the Sooners. The battle to land Hatcher's services is going to wind up being just as loaded with big names as James Quick's recruitment.

Interesting stuff from Rick Pitino on Dana O'Neill's latest coach survey.

Rick Pitino, Louisville

The one that got away: Rajon Rondo. "We took Sebastian Telfair instead. We should have waited. I always loved Rondo. He was at my camp every year, but a point guard had never gone directly to the NBA so I didn't see that coming with Telfair. And then not only did we lose [Rondo], we lost him to a bitter rival."

The best discovery: Nazr Mohammed. "He was probably the worst high school player I've ever seen. I remember I went to his high school and his coach said, 'Rick Pitino, what are you doing in my gym? Antoine Walker isn't walking through that door.'"

Vision Airlines says it will begin a $99 nonstop flight from Louisville to Grand Bahama Island later this year. Vision Beginning Nov. 3 there will be two weekly departures from Louisville International Airport to the island. The flights on a 148-seat Boeing 737 will take off at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 3:35 p.m. on Sundays.

Too late for anyone looking to head to the exhibition games in August, but could be nice if you're wanting to head to the Battle at Atlantis a year from now.

All reports out of the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando have Louisville recruit Gary Harris dominating the event. Harris' performance included getting the better of Rodney Purvis in a game that saw Harris block the former Louisville commit's shot three times.

Still don't see the kid leaving the state of Indiana, but it'd be a lot cooler if he did.

Fox-41 has a nice video piece on the football Cardinals and their eagerness to begin fall camp. Stars of the clip include running backs coach Kenny Carter and sunny junior quarterback Will Stein.

Rick Bozich talks about Charlie Strong's youth football camp.

Terrence Williams returned to his hometown of Seattle to participate in the 206 Charity Basketball Classic, the first NBA_sanctioned event in the city since the Supersonics left town in 2008. T-Will promptly earned the game's MVP award after netting 25 points.

Matt Waldman is profiling the year's top undrafted free agents in football, and takes a detailed look at former Louisville quarterback Adam Froman (who's about one second away from fumbling in the picture used for the post).

A great story from ESPN on former Card Breno Giacomini, who is teaming up with Gary Barnidge to bring football to Egypt.

And finally, Tony Woods was the subject of an almost unbelievable amount of conversation in the state of Kentucky for the past year or so, which is why it's fairly amazing that his commitment to Oregon over the weekend went almost completely unnoticed.