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It's not officially summer yet (right?), but the CCBM is already out on the Caribbean making friends and spreading the good word aboard the Carnival Liberty.

I_medium Dan McDonnell has announced that freshman righty Sean Leland will start Louisville's ACC Tournament opener on Wednesday. Usual No. 1 starter Kyle Funkhouser will start on Thursday.

While the Cards winning the tournament in their first season in the ACC will be awesome, the fact of the matter is that they don't have a significant amount to gain this week. They almost certainly have a national seed locked up, which means the goal of this week is to let the pitchers get their usual work in and hope some of the bats get or stay hot heading into regional play.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see the Cardinal Nine come home from Durham with the trophy, I'm just saying it won't be a great travesty (or all that unexpected) if they don't.

I_medium There was some really good stuff featuring some notable Cardinal names going on at Kosair Children's Hospital on Sunday.

I_medium Perhaps some good news for Louisville's hopes to start the 2015 season 1-0 as Auburn defensive backs Kamryn Melton, Joe Turner and Derrick Moncreif have all announced they are leaving the program. The announcements all came during a 36-hour span on Thursday and Friday, and raised non-graduating defenders who have left the program over the offseason to five.

I_medium In addition to talking with Russ Smith, the Courier-Journal also caught up with Terry Rozier over the weekend.

Do you think your role at Louisville -- you were kind of asked to score a lot -- do you think that makes people question if you can play the point because you played the two?

Yeah, it was a sacrifice I made for my team. It was a great year. I enjoyed my year with those guys. When Chris went down, there was a lot of doubt. We came together and it was a lot of fun. It was probably the most memorable time I had at Louisville. I was asked to score the ball. The ball was put in my hands a lot. Sometimes I would score the last 17 points of the game and sometimes I would press too much and come up short, but I always stayed aggressive and I tried to help my team. A lot of people may take that and say I can't play the one, but there's no doubt in my mind I can play the one.

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What type of play do you see yourself as at the next level?

I see myself playing right away. I see me getting on the floor, starting or coming off the bench. I know I can play. I can play defense, get in my man, get stops. I know how it'll help translate playing for a program like Louisville. It prepared me mentally and physically.

Do you think Louisville's defensive switching scheme (matchup zone) will better help you prepare for the complicated NBA defensive concepts?

I think so. When I first came in, my freshman year, it was all about defense. I learned different things. I learned to help off the ball, too. That was the most important thing for me ... Like I said, the Louisville staff got me prepared for this.

How tough was that transition?

It wasn't easy. I was looking for someone every time to point me into the right spot. But once you get it, you get it. It's confusing, but that's the goal -- to confuse the offense. It helps a lot.

I_medium Luke Winn's latest offseason college hoops power rankings for Sports Illustrated have Louisville checking in all the way down at No. 31.

I_medium The U of L softball team saw its 2015 season end with a pair of heartbreaking 1-run losses in the Columbia Regional. The Cards finished the season with a 30-19 record.

I_medium Tots for Terry/Little ones for Lee?

I_medium Miami wide receiver Jerron Rollins has picked up what he called a "huge" offer from Louisville.

I_medium When it comes to pace of play, the Louisville offense ranked 110th out of 128 FBS teams in 2014. That's not very fast.

I_medium A gambling website gives its perspective on the quarterback battles in the ACC, including Louisville's.

Louisville - Bobby Petrino has four options to choose from this summer. Will Gardner did not participate in spring practice because of last season's knee injury, but there are others in the mix.

They welcome in Penn State transfer Tyler Ferguson, and Reggie Bonnafon returns after playing in 10 games in 2014. There's also Kyle Bolin, who started the Belk Bowl versus Louisville.

The Cardinals defense surprised some folks last season, and that could be the case again.

The quarterback watch shouldn't affect much from a handicapping perspective. Louisville went 7-6 ATS in 2014 and none of QB's on the current roster are going to be standout players, but Petrino will have them prepared well enough to keep them in games.

I_medium ESPN's Rich Cimini is the latest to tackle the inspirational story of Lorenzo Mauldin.

I_medium UConn landed a transfer from former Seton Hall standout Sterling Gibbs on Saturday, leading Jeff Goodman to proclaim Louisville and the Huskies as co-champions of the grad-transfer haul.

I_mediumCould another T-Will be headed to Louisville?

I_medium After a rookie season in which he failed to register a single tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, Marcus Smith reportedly looks like a totally different person.

I_medium Chris Jones says on his Instagram account that he will be working out for the Dallas Mavericks.

I_medium Congratulations to U of L swim starKelsi Worrell, who has been named to the CoSIDA District 2 First-team Academic All-District. Worrell is an exercise science major with a 3.58 g.p.a. and the first team district honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot.

Worrell is the 2015 NCAA Champion in the 100 and 200 butterfly, setting the American and NCAA record in the 100 butterfly. She earned All-American status in three individual events and three relays. She was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year as the champion in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle, setting ACC records in both events at the ACC women's swimming and diving championships.

I_medium Pat Connaughton is still a boss.

I_medium Trey Lewis plans to arrive at U of L for good on May 31.

I_medium And finally, The Sporting News ranks Bobby Petrino as the fifth-best coach in the ACC, down one spot from a year ago.