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Monday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

Darren, Calvin, Jen and Maggie Brey celebrating U of L's final Big East title at the Garden. Put that one on the fridge and never take it down.

I_medium I prefer definition No. 1:


I would love to buy a Hancocked mug and/or shirt.

I_medium The biggest question pertaining to Louisville athletics remains whether or not Russ Smith will be playing for the Cards next season. Russ spoke briefly about his decision on Friday night at the Derby Festival Classic, and reiterated that he is still "50/50" on whether or not he's going to leave for the NBA Draft.

I'm going to preface this by saying that I really and truly do not believe Russ has made a decision, but the word from those around the program is that he is leaning towards returning for his senior season. It's not time to celebrate yet, but obviously this is a much better place than we were in 10 days ago.

If he does return, is the world ready for...Captain Russ? Could the world ever be ready for Captain Russ?

I_medium It's safe to say Russ, if he does return, isn't going to be to be using his final year of eligibility to knock anyone down the wide receiver (or quarterback) depth chart.

I_medium My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James was spreading the U of L basketball love during his show at the Brown last week.

I_medium Clearwater (Fla.) DB Mike Johnson spoke with SB Nation over the weekend and let it be known that Florida State and Louisville are his current favorites.

"I went to Florida State and Louisville," Johnson said of his recent visits.

"I loved Florida State. I loved the campus and the coaches. I had the experience to meet the coaches and some of the players," Johnson said. "I met Keelin Smith, Reggie Northrup and the quarterback, Jameis Winston."

Florida State is recruiting Johnson as a cornerback (some schools prefer him at safety). "They said they need corners and need corners to commit," Johnson said.

"I love the Cardinals. I love coach Charlie Strong," Johnson said of Louisville. "I like the coaches and how they interact with the players. It's like a big family."

I_medium U of L paid a visit to John Hardin stud lineman Matt Elam today, and it didn't get off to an ideal start.

I_medium I ranked my most intimidating local weathermen this morning on "The Deener Show." You can hear who's No. 1 for yourself thanks to the magic of the ESPN 680 vault.

I_medium The Louisville baseball team dropped two of three at St. John's over the weekend, with both losses coming by a single run. It was just the second series loss this season for U of L, which fell to 30-9 overall and 8-4 in the Big East.

The Cards return to the diamond on Tuesday night for a showdown with rival and second-ranked Vanderbilt. First pitch at Jim Patterson Stadium is slated for 6:30.

I_medium It was a much better story for the Cardinal softball team, which swept Villanova this weekend to run its winning streak to 15 straight games. U of L will go for the season sweep of Kentucky Wednesday night in Lexington.

I_medium A pair of major college hoops rules changes could be put into place before the start of the 2013-14 season.

Two major changes for college basketball -- an earlier start to practice and a change in the shot clock -- could occur in time for the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

At a May 2 meeting, the NCAA Board of Directors will vote on moving up the start of practice by two to three weeks (would be Sept. 27 or Oct. 4 this season). And the following week in Indianapolis, the men's basketball rules committee will vote on moving the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds.

After taking an informal poll of 37 Division I coaches Monday morning, the consensus among that community seems to be "yes" for both.

The votes, taken from both major and midlevel conferences, were 28-9 in favor of the shot-clock change and 27-10 in favor of moving up the start of practice, although the majority of coaches still said they wouldn't do a Midnight Madness event any earlier than the traditional mid-October date, when the teams are deemed ready for public consumption.

The NCAA is Cardinal-proofing. Just like Tiger-proofing in golf except not at all.

I_medium The U of L men's tennis team fell today in the Big East tournament finals to Notre Dame. The Cards had won the Big East title the past two seasons. Also, the women's team was defeated in the third-place match by...DePaul? Hilarious joke, world. I don't know what actually happened to them, but I'll try to find out and report back to you tomorrow.

I_medium Kentucky fans are still having a really hard time coping with the fact that Louisville just won the national title.

I_medium Cool story from Meade County.

In 2005 I took a new admin job at a large rural high school. One of my daily duties is cafeteria supervision, which I enjoy since it allows me time to get to know students and the cafeteria staff.

The women who prepare and serve 1,700 students each day are a FANTASTIC group, always smiling, friendly and caring. They wear matching t shirts everyday, many days the shirts were provided by the school sports teams, football, baseball, wrestling.

I told the manager that I wanted to buy University of Louisville National Championship shirts for them. During the following years at the start of every football and basketball season I would remind them this is the year.

On Monday I will handout the 12 shirts to the staff to wear on Tuesday, THIS IS THE YEAR!!!!!!!!

Can't say I approve of the excessive exclamation points, but this...


I'm on board with.

I_medium A lot of media folks are now beginning to ask this question rhetorically, and the answer, every time, is yes.

I_medium Louisville trails Notre Dame by a single shot heading into the final round of the Big East women's golf championship.

I_medium Congratulations to former Louisville standout Candyce Bingham, who has been hired as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky.

I_medium The first paragraph of this story from Boise State's student newspaper makes it pretty clear that Idaho is not a big basketball state.

It was a usual game in the 2013 NCAA Championship series. The University of Louisville Cardinals were up a point against the North Carolina Blue Devils with six minutes left in the first half. Sneakers squeaked on the floor, the bounce of the ball could be heard throughout the court, and the shouting of the coaches was drowned out by the cacophony of spectators in the stands. The game took a bizarre turn, however, when guard Kevin Ware broke his right leg after landing from blocking an attempted three point shot by the Blue Devils. Players and fans were stunned at the unprecedented injury and some players, coaches and spectators were moved to tears.

It's like it was written by someone in Newfoundland.

I_medium And finally, I'm back as the guest panelist tonight for the final Meat & Potatoes forum of the academic year. Come out to Community Park at 7:30 for free food and great discussion derailed by inappropriate jokes from a guest panelist.