A quick note before diving into the news and the ... well, the other notes: Due to the vulgarity displayed by some recent trolls, there will now be a one-day grace period for new user accounts before they are allowed to post or comment.
I don't like that things have gotten to this point, but it was pretty apparent after this weekend that a change needed to be made. I think this will help prevent stuff like the particular incident (which, yes, was a person who had been banned before) on Saturday night from happening again. Thanks to all for understanding.
The seventh-ranked Louisville women's team improved to 14-1 by overcoming a halftime deficit to win at Pitt on Sunday. The Cards are now 2-0 in the ACC.
A message from James Sample about his decision today:
Even after his performance last night, Chris Jones is still a work in progress, writes C.L. Brown.
Despite falling to Louisville, Wake Forest coach Danny Manning received a lot of love for his team's performance Sunday night.
The latest NFL mock draft from SB Nation has DeVante Parker going to the Oakland Raiders with the No. 4 overall pick.
4. Oakland Raiders: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
How can a player who went No. 11 in last week's mock draft shoot up into the top five? Because we have no idea what is going to happen between now and the start of the draft. If we make an assumption that players will rise throughout the offseason process, Parker is a good bet to rise. He's a bigger and faster wide receiver than Amari Cooper and plays at a position where we've seen that vault a player. Parker's skill set is that of a No. 1 receiver. This isn't too early for him to get picked.
The latest Bracketologies from both CBS and ESPN have Louisville as the No. 2 seed in Kentucky's region. I'd rather not.
This weekend in college hoops featured perhaps the two nastiest dunks of the season thus far.
As awesome as the "what day is it again?" craziness of the holiday season is, I'm always kind of ready to get back to the winter grind/routine and the college hoops conference season once it's over. That all starts tonight with the return of a Big Monday featuring games from Louisville's league again. It feels good.
The ACC's 2014-15 bowl season was one the league would just as soon like to forget.
Miami is leaving Nike to join up with adidas, news which expectedly put Rick Pitino's preseason comments back in the news.
Rick Pitino said after the game last night that his team needed Wayne Blackshear to start playing like there was dynamite in his butt. That led to this unfortunate incident on Twitter, which may or may not be sending me to hell.
Sorry pic.twitter.com/bvak9DIf7w— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) January 5, 2015
I stand by my original tweet.
Louisville is still said to be "the favorite" for Oklahoma wide receiver Dahu Green, who decommitted from U of L last month.
Cardinal RB commit Jeremy Smith has been named Region I All-California first team offense.
Jamon Brown has been invited to the NFL combine.
The Louisville-Kentucky basketball game was the most-watched game in the city of Louisville on any ESPN network ever.
And finally, Mark Ennis and I are on the air tonight from 6-8 on ESPN 680. We will be discussing sports topics that are likely particular to your interests.