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Tuesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Emerson Sue Walters takes pride in the fact that she has never in her life missed a Louisville basketball game.

I_medium A reminder that the ACC will be announcing its 2016 football schedule at 3 p.m., which means we'll have Louisville's complete 2016 slate at that time.

I_medium Same, JMFB

I_medium If you missed the news last night, four former Cardinals, including Teddy Bridgewater, are headed to the Pro Bowl.

I_medium Jeff Greer has Louisville at No. 2 in his latest ACC power rankings.

I_medium Mangok Mathiang would like you to know that you are appreciated.

What does your Scholarship mean to you?

"My scholarship is something that I worked toward since my high school years. I always wanted to achieve to the point that I could get a full scholarship to a great school where I could feel comfortable with everyone around me.

What does it mean to be a Cardinal?

"It means family. Being a Cardinal is a place that you can call home and know who has your back at all times. I've had a lot of teammates here that I can truly call brothers."

If you could say anything to our fans, what would it be?

"Simply to say thank you. They always stay beside us no matter what happens. There are a lot of 'haters' out there, but when everyone stays together, you never know what is possible."

Why did you choose Louisville?

"From the first time I came to Louisville, I just clicked with all of my teammates. There was nothing forced, just everyone became mates from my first visit on. In addition, our coaching staff spoke all about business and achieving success. I wanted to be a successful man, so I chose to come here."

I_medium Your ACC power plays of the week (video) are here.

I_medium Samaki Walker says that Kobe Bryant sucker punched him back in 2002 over 100 bucks.

Kobe Bryant sucker punched a former teammate in the face -- over $100 -- back in 2002 ... and it almost caused a nuclear war between the players ... this according to the punchee, Samaki Walker.

Walker -- who played on the Lakers from 2001 to 2003 -- appeared on Brown and Scoop on CBS Radio's Play.It and detailed the entire incident ... saying Bryant struck him on the team bus in an effort to collect a gambling debt.

Walker says Kobe had won a half-court shot game the team often played -- where everyone throws a $100 in the pot -- and the person who hits the shot collects.

Walker told Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson and Jake Brown that Kobe confronted him on the team bus and hit him up for the cash ... and when Walker told him he'd pay him later, Kobe unleashed the fist.

"It was a sucker punch. Right to the face," Walker said ... "Out of nowhere. I'm sitting down on the bus and I said this man is crazy."

Eventually, Walker says Shaq's bodyguard, Jerome, got Kobe to apologize ... but it's clear, he's still pissed about it.


I_medium Louisville has offered class of 2017 linebacker Monty Rice from Alabama.

I_medium Former Cardinal soccer star and MLS No. 1 draft pick Andrew Farrell is reportedly receiving some serious interest from Peru.

I_medium Big news of the recruiting front with Dez Fitzpatrick announcing that he's taking an official visit to U of L this weekend.

I_medium Some big time tennis talent is headed to the city for the first Louisville International Open in August.

I_medium It's Senior Bowl week, and Sheldon Rankins is already getting some serious love.

Defensive Line

One of the best positions in this draft, and the talent in Mobile backs it up. I have to start with Sheldon Rankins out of Louisville. If I had to put money down on one prospect to catch everyone's attention this week, it is Rankins. I think he dominates one on ones. Rankins is ahead of the game in terms of hand use. I am not calling Rankins Kawann Short, but they win in similar ways: pass rushing awareness and intent to lift, catch and separate a blockers hands in order to gain the balance and positioning advantage.


Top 20

1. Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins

2. EKU EDGE Noah Spence

3. Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard

4. Louisiana Tech DL Vernon Butler

5. NDSU QB Carson Wentz

6. Penn State DL Austin Johnson

7. Utah State EDGE Kyler Fackrell

8. Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon

9. Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair

10. LSU LB Deion Jones

11. Alabama LB Reggie Ragland

12. Stanford T Kyle Murphy

13. Illinois DL Jihad Ward

14. Michigan State C Jack Allen

15. Washington St OL Joe Dahl

16. Alabama DL Jarran Reed

17. Stanford G Joshua Garnett

18. Temple CB Tavon Young

19. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller

20. Missouri LB Kentrell Brothers

I_medium Indiana has started to play defense and now we can't make fun of Tom Crean as much.

I_medium Needed more Larranaga.

I_medium Louisville is a No. 5 seed according to The Sporting News.

I_medium Forecastle has announced some additional acts to this summer's lineup.

I_medium James Burgess was voted best linebacker at last weekend's East-West Shrine Game.

I_medium Jeff Walz will make it rain.

I_mediumrecap of the Cards' triumph at the Carrier Dome last night.

I_medium Five baseball Cardinals have been named preseason All-Americans by

I_medium And finally, your college hoops TV schedule for this Tuesday evening:

Creighton at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m., FS1

Mississippi State at No. 24 South Carolina, 7 p.m., SEC Network

Kansas State at No. 6 West Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN News

Texas Tech at No. 1 Oklahoma, 7 p.m., ESPN2

Memphis at UCF, 7 p.m., CBS Sports

No. 25 Indiana at Wisconsin, 7 p.m., ESPN

No. 13 Virginia at Wake Forset, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Florida State at Boston College, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Ohio at Toledo, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Ball State at Buffalo, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Central Michigan at Miami (OH), 7 p.m., ESPN3

TCU at Texas, 8 p.m., Longhorn Network

Drake at Illinois State, 8 p.m., ESPN3

No. 5 Xavier at No. 16 Providence, 8:30 p.m., FS1

Florida at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m., ESPNU

Georgia at LSU, 9 p.m., ESPN

Tennessee at Alabama, 9 p.m., SEC Network

Southeastern Louisiana at Texas A&M-CC, 9 p.m., CBS Sports

Wyoming at Fresno State, 10 p.m., ESPN3

San Diego State at Nevada, 11 p.m., ESPNU