News and notes becomes a little bit more of an endeavor when it seems like every other person in the country who owns a computer is weighing in with some opinion about your athletic program. Hence, the scarcity of N&N over the past week or so...and yet, we solider on.
If you haven't read Breaking Cardinal Rules and are looking for the best summary of the 11 Billy Minardi Hall parties (which are the heart of the issue here), Eric Crawford has you covered. It's a lengthy read, but it's worth your time if you want to make sure you've all got all of your facts straight.
There has been, with some reason, a growing public acceptance that something went on, and that rules were broken. But the extent of it, how it happened, and what exactly happened still are very much under investigation. And no wide-scale cross examination of the allegations nor defense against them yet has been heard.
And that's before Powell's public statements from last week have even been closely examined. Powell told a local TV station that her daughters didn't join her in the adult business until 2013. The assertion went unchallenged. But in the book, it says clearly that her daughter Lindsay was performing with her mother and other women in strip acts at age 16, and in other places the book clearly describes Rod-Ni in alleged parties with U of L players in 2011. Either the book is wrong, or she mis-remembered to the TV station. That would be a useful thing to clear up.
Even while public opinion solidifies, someone has to go about the hard task of, piece by piece, looking at these sordid allegations and trying to make sense of them in an effort to get at the whole picture. I don't expect that job will be finished anytime soon.
V.J. King is still firm in his commitment to Louisville, which is huge. All indications are that he will sign with U of L next month.
The Bellarmine Knights, Louisville's first exhibition opponent on Sunday, will start the season ranked as high as No. 3 in Division-II.
Javonte Bagley is coming of age as a go-to WR for the U of L offense.
Australian guard Dejan Vasiljevic will visit Louisville in December
Scout lists Deng Adel as the No. 11 impact freshman in college basketball for this season.
Although Deng Adel was regarded by Scout as a top 25 prospect, some may be surprised to see him this high on the list. But word out of Louisville is the 6-foot-7 wing has progressed nicely. Adel will start at the three, is expected to average double digits and could even lead them in scoring. A good athlete, Adel is a good shooter that can make shots out to 22-feet, has potential as a defender and is a very good rebounder from the perimeter. There's a lot of upside here and in time Adel should end up a first round draft pick.
Lineman Blake Asher has committed to Louisville as a preferred walk-on.
Senior star Kelsi Worrell set a new school record, sweeping both backstroke events and seven Cardinals picked up multiple individual victories as the University of Louisville men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Cincinnati Saturday morning at Ralph Wright Natatorium. The men defeated the Bearcats 226-74 while the women won 212-87.
Tomahawk Nation's film review posts from Louisville game are, as always, insightful.
Sports Illustrated has Louisville at No. 8 in its ACC preview.
Rick Pitino won't be at the ACC's media day later this week, but the two representatives in attendance will in fact hold the most influence on Louisville's on-court performance this season. There is a lot of excitement of fifth-year transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, a pair of proven scorers already stuffing box scores in the team's overseas action this fall. The addition of Lee and Lewis changes Louisville's outlook from a "rebuilding year" to a season with a sense of urgency. Given all the drama off the floor with the ongoing scandal, that sense of urgency can help keep the Cardinals focused and should put them back in the tournament come March.
The Louisville volleyball team improved to 9-0 in ACC play Wednesday night with a sweep of Notre Dame, and then 10-0 with a road win over Virginia on Saturday.
I think Louisville fans have all been hesitant to play the "this happens other places and has been for a while" card during the past few weeks because of the way it makes the fan base look. Jalen Rose, however, has never hesitated to call things the way he sees them.
Nearly 25 years removed from his college visits, former Michigan and NBA star Jalen Rose can speak candidly about his experience as a 17-year-old coveted recruit.
"I want to paint a picture," Rose said on his Jalen and Jacoby podcast. "What you see at a bachelor or bachelorette party is what happens on a recruiting visit."
The discussion Rose is having is increasingly important given the escort scandal unraveling at Louisville, where players and recruits were allegedly provided strippers and sex in an on-campus dorm by a former Louisville basketball employee.
Not only did Rose say alcohol, girls and sex were involved in recruiting trips — it was expected.
"And as a 17-year-old kid, first off, if I'm not getting laid, I'm not coming. I'm not signing. I'm not coming," he said.
Rose's comments, from Oct. 6 when the Louisville story first broke, detailed how he, and presumably most highly touted recruits, are treated on a major college visit where everyone on campus is doing their best to bring in talent.
Rose said schools only coordinate recruiting trips when they know "the campus is jumping." And for Rose, he ate up the "champagnin' and campaignin'."
"No. 1, I'm out of the 'hood, so I'm safe," Rose said. "No. 2, I have access to unlimited funds, because I'm a high school kid who's not paying for dinners, who's not paying for anything. And it's almost like my birthday, because their No. 1 job is to show me a magnificent time — as a matter of fact, the time of my life."
The U of L men's soccer team fell to rival Indiana 2-1 in its annual Border Battle game last Tuesday night in Bloomington. The Cards followed that effort up with a 2-1 loss at No. 5 North Carolina on Friday. Louisville will close the regular season against No. 2 Wake Forest on Friday (Oct. 30) at 7 p.m., ET at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
University of Louisville senior swimmer Kelsi Worrell joins world record-holders Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte on the U.S. roster announced for "Duel in the Pool," set for Dec. 11-12 at the Natatorium at IUPUI.
The falling Ron Hunter bobblehead that I broke approximately 15 minutes into owning is now available for purchase.
Michigan LB commit David Reese visited Louisville last weekend.
Akoy Agau has suffered a torn ACL and will miss this entire season for Georgetown. Agau transferred out of Louisville halfway through last season and would not have been eligible to play until the second semester.
These in-depth Saved by the Bell podcasts are fantastic.
Heading into the Boston College game, ESPN's FPI gave Louisville a 9.9 percent chance to win out, which ranked as the 13th-best odds by a Power 5 school.
#Louisville spokesman confirms special Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 5. No agenda info as yet, but likely to be about basketball.— Tim Sullivan (@TimSullivan714) October 26, 2015
Louisville baseball's high school all-star camp is going down this weekend.
And finally, Trey Lewis and Damion Lee both rank in the top 11 for the projected leading transfer scorers in college basketball this season.