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Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

That's Chris Schulz continuing the CC summer tour in front of Christ's Church College at Oxford University.

I_medium Louisville pitchers Zack Burdi and Kyle Funkhouser have both been named third team Louisville Slugger All-Americans. It's a great honor, although I have no idea how Brendan McKay doesn't find his name on one of those three teams.

I_medium The AP gives McKay some love in its brief overview of the 2015 baseball tournament.

I_medium Grantland has a good piece on how to rebuild an offensive line from scratch, something which is mighty pertinent at the moment to fans of Louisville football.

I_medium Year two in the NFL comes with a different feeling and some different expectations for Teddy Bridgewater.

"I'm a young guy still on the team, but guys are pushing me forward to say something in the huddle, or break the team down, or break the offense down," the second-year quarterback said. "That just gives you that confidence in yourself, confidence in your leadership and I've been extremely comfortable doing that so far."

The Vikings are pleased with what they have seen from Bridgewater now that they have him back in the building. At his core, he still is the same stoic young man who left Winter Park in January after an encouraging end to his rookie season. But the Vikings see subtle changes that suggest Bridgewater is poised to take another step forward this season.

In the days after his 2014 season ended, Bridgewater asked offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner what they wanted him to do in the offseason.

They didn't want to micromanage, but the father-son duo made it clear they didn't want him to work with a quarterbacks coach who would tweak the technique they had spent the previous eight months drilling into him.

I_medium Nine cities have placed bids for the 2018-2020 college football title games.

I_medium Get 'em while they're hot.

I_medium Nolan Smith, the former Duke star and son of the late Louisville great Derek Smith, apparently had police officers draw their guns on him during a routine traffic stop Wednesday night.

I_medium Todd Grantham's Louisville defense ranked seventh in the country last season in the all-important stat of wreaking havoc.

7. Louisville

171 havoc plays, 20.2 percent havoc rate. Four returning starters for 2015.

Louisville's defense gave up a lot of points, but was deceptively efficient, finishing in the top 15 in defensive S&P+. The Cardinals have a lot to replace after seeing six defensive players get drafted.

I_medium There are signs of a possible Francisco Garcia comeback to the Dominican Republic national team, and that has some folks excited.

I_medium Noooope.

I_medium The house where both of my sisters in law live was robbed a few weeks ago, and the guy who did it got popped wearing a Kentucky Wildcats shirt.

I_medium Fox Sports has Bobby Petrino as the ninth-best coach in college football.

9. Bobby Petrino

Honestly, what could Petrino do if he ever got to coach at a top ten program in a fertile recruiting area? Can you imagine, for instance, the Florida Gators with Petrino? Look out.

I_medium Kali Eaken, a 5'10 setter from Kansas City is transferring to the Cardinal volleyball team. Eaken, who redshirted her first season at Kansas State, and will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

I_medium Draft Express talks with Terry Rozier, whose draft stock continues to climb.

Rozier will reportedly work out for the Pacers next week.

I_medium And finally, John Ramsey and I are back on the air this afternoon from 3-6 on 93.9. We'll have Deion Branch in studio, and Skylar Meade, Jeff Greer, Howie Lindsey and more on the phones.