I tweeted earlier today that the fact that there isn't a published collection of "How I Got Home From Derby" stories is fairly stunning, and was promptly flooded with responses. So here it is: email me (MikeRuth5@aol.com) your best or a "friend's" best story about the struggle to get home after Derby and I'll publish the best responses (anonymously) later this week.
Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer has Louisville at No. 4 in his first ACC football power poll of 2015.
2014: 9-4, 5-3 ACC.
Head coach: Bobby Petrino (6th season, 50-13 at Louisville).
They're back: RB Brandon Radcliffe, LB James Burgess.
They're gone: WR DeVante Parker, S Gerod Holliman.
Outlook: Louisville's draft class could hit double digits. That's a lot of lumber for Petrino to replace, especially on defense. The Cards could have used a full year with Parker. They probably would have won another two games with him.
As it is, they have some issues at quarterback to sort out and some fence-building to do on defense.
Florida State tops the rankings.
The recruitment of Maverick Rowan took something of a strange turn this weekend when his summer league coach cut off the C-J's Steve Jones from asking Rowan questions about Louisville. As you might expect, the incident gave rise to plenty of talk about Nike vs. adidas and everything else that makes youth basketball so oft-putting.
Eight Cardinals see their names pop up in the latest wave of mock drafts from NFL.com.
SI's Robert Klemko has a great story on Lorenzo Mauldin.
Despite winning four of five non-con games this week, Louisville baseball slipped from No. 11 to No. 17 in this week's RPI rankings. A loaded final month of the regular season will afford the Cards plenty of opportunities to improve that.
Preston Knowles is one of the former college standouts taking part in "The Tournament," a single-elimination, winner-take-all tournament with a $1 million grand prize.
Here's a calendar of the full week ahead for U of L athletics.
Five-star forward V.J. King will be visiting Louisville on May 19.
The Sporting News focuses on Charlie Strong, who says he "can't fail" at Texas. The story features a couple quotes from Tom Jurich.
SI's Tim Layden writes about Bob Baffert and just how difficult it is to win the Kentucky Derby.
Jeff Greer focuses in on 2016 wing Terrance Ferguson, a player U of L appears to be in good shape with.
The Vikings remain one of the most consistent picks for the landing spot of DeVante Parker.
The U of L men's golf team finished 7th at the ACC championships.
The Dolphins were hoping one of the top three receivers would fall to No. 14 and were fortunate to snag Louisville's Parker in that spot. Parker has all the physical tools to develop into a topflight receiver and is a big target for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. -- James Walker
Former U of L pitcher Dace Kime is off to a stellar start in his second season as a member of the Indians organization.
A reaction to Auburn being a huge early favorite over Louisville from the other side.