The 8th-ranked Louisville women kick off ACC play tonight against No. 25 Syracuse.
Bad news from up North, where Damion Lee's first professional season is done due to an ACL tear. Lee had been averaging better than 18 ppg for the Maine Red Claws of the NBDL.
Jeff Greer's latest profile is on Deng Adel and his long journey to Louisville.
@CardChronicle fresh outta nasal surgery. Show dedication in my fly blanket. Chuck'n em L's. B/w Wed & drugs I feel real good @howielindsey pic.twitter.com/NDpQzMGZTo— Cody Todd (@CodyTheBodyTodd) December 23, 2016
Ironically, Alabama's 90-year old fight song is at least partly about beating Washington, the same team the Tide will face in the national semifinals on Saturday.
Bad news for former Card Anton Gill, who will miss the rest of his first season with Nebraska because of a knee injury.
Gregg Doyel profiles soon-to-be ACC villain Kyle Guy ... and his hair.
After the game is over, the truth comes out: Guy's hairdo is Derick Grant's fault. Grant is Guy's personal trainer from Indianapolis, a former Harlem Globetrotter who told Guy in January it was time to get ready for college. Grant said he wouldn't shave his face if Guy didn't cut his hair. For months they kept at it, Grant growing a beard and Guy growing out his buzz cut. It was after he got to campus in Charlottesville, Va., that Guy tried out his current look. He planned to cut off the man-bun by now, but told his mom he can't.
"He says the haters hate it," Katy Fitzgerald was telling me Wednesday. "And so he won't cut it."
Guy is standing with us, and objecting half-heartedly.
"I'm going to cut it after the season," he says.
"Probably," he says.
Guy's step-mother, Amy Guy, playfully reaches into her purse.
"We have scissors," she says. "Actually they're right in here ..."
Guy laughs and shakes his head: no. The man-bun will stay for now. A player has to be awfully good to wear his hair like this, and Kyle Guy is not afraid.
There will be no college football on New Year's Day 2017 partly because of some horses on New Year's Day in 1893.
Kenyon Martin's son is dunking all over people in high school games and holy shit I got old.
This is Ryan Anderson when asked about sitting out bowl games. Can we please put this man in charge of naming bowls? #RollTide #CFAPeachBowl pic.twitter.com/orFDHNsq4F— Brandon Kamerman (@B_Kamerman) December 29, 2016
Louisville's new volleyball coach talks about her expectations for the program.
The Cards slip from No. 6 to No. 11 in Gary Parrish's daily rankings for CBS.
Louisville commit C.J. Avery knows that he's coming to Louisville with high expectations, and he's embracing that.
"It's wonderful, man," Avery said after Wednesday's Under Armour practice. "You want to have a base (reputation) behind you and let people know that talent is coming to the 'Ville. ... I'm ready to embrace it. That's why I worked hard to be an early enrollee, and I'm going to school next weekend and will grind as hard as I can and show everybody the hype is real."
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Avery is ranked the nation's No. 78 senior by ESPN.com, the highest of any Louisville recruit since Brandon Heath was No. 58 in 2006. He and Indiana cornerback/receiver Russ Yeast are only U of L's second and third Under Armour All-Americans ever, joining Eli Rogers in 2011. Avery, whose muscular build resembles one of a college veteran, is one of three U of L pledges who graduated high school early in order to enroll in college midyear and participate in spring drills.
Avery said he won't be surprised to play a hybrid safety/outside linebacker similar to the one that departing senior Josh Harvey-Clemons has played for the Cardinals, and Avery said he expects to earn immediately playing in 2017 while having no desire to redshirt.
"I envision myself playing my freshman year," he said. "If I don't, it's a disappointment. That's exactly why I went in early, to get a head-start. If I'm going in early and doing all that work, what's the point of doing it for no reason?"
Louisville-Virginia highlights are here if you're so inclined.
Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni shut down a reporter with maybe the best defense of analytics that you're ever going to read.
Louisville continues its Citrus Bowl prep in Orlando. The Cardinal players and coaches are meeting with the media today, and we'll have video from that later.
Boise State's Nick Duncan has been called fat by the Utah State student section for four years, so in the closing seconds of his team's 83-80 (not 83-30) win over the Aggies, he let them know how he felt about their Dunkin Dounuts cheers.
Boise State's @nickkduncan gives the USU student section the finger after the Broncos defeated the Aggies 83-30. pic.twitter.com/n8b5slMcqK— Eli Lucero (@lucerophoto) December 29, 2016
The remarkable story of TCU Rhodes Scholar Caylin Moore is worth your time.
DePaul almost beat No. 1 Villanova last night at Villanova. I've seen some crazy shit over the past 12 months, but if that had happened, I wouldn't have made it to 2017.
A Card Chronicle coached Blue Demon team would have won by 10, by the way.
The best finish of the college basketball season so far happened last night in Eugene, where Oregon knocked UCLA from the ranks of the unbeatens.
Dillon Brooks just ended UCLA's undefeated season with this buzzer-beater. Celebrate, Oregon: https://t.co/btOnowaaux pic.twitter.com/8K3icSxCZF— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) December 29, 2016
Coach K thinks Dillon Brooks is too good a player for that mild celebration.
Virginia's win last night was both its ninth straight in ACC openers, and a strong message to the rest of the conference that they aren't going anywhere.
The last of the disco ball makers are still right here in Louisville.
A cool moment for these kids thanks to some U of L football players.
What a great experience! @JBAtkinsonEagle third graders recently met and interviewed players from @UofLFootball. Check it out! #WeAreJCPS pic.twitter.com/k7mpt6J8XK— JCPS (@JCPSKY) December 21, 2016
Inside the Hall reflects on Indiana's stunning loss to Nebraska, and begins to preview Louisville.
The Citrus Bowl is certainly being played up as the Louisville offense vs. the LSU defense.
It will be quite a challenge for LSU (7-4), but defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has the personnel to make life difficult for the dual-threat quarterback. LSU is sixth nationally in scoring defense (16.4 points per game) and 14th in total defense (323.0 yards per game).
Only Texas A&M broke the 21-point barrier against the Tigers this season.
"We know he is going to get out there and compete, and we know we're going to get out there and compete," LSU cornerback Donte Jackson said of Lamar Jackson.
"So that really brings more hype to the game. We understand that he is a dynamic player, we understand that he's the Heisman Trophy winner ... but we're going to treat it like a regular game. He's a great player, but we're a great defense, and we're going to be ready to play."
Pro Football Focus gives Sheldon Rankins a questionable grade for his rookie season.
FanSided likes LSU over Louisville by a field goal on Saturday.
And finally, R&R is at Fan Outfitters in St. Matthews from 3-6 today, talking about last night's dismal performance against Virginia and getting more reports from the football team in Orlando. Listen here.