Red Cup Rebellion says Louisville might have been the biggest winner in college baseball this past week, picking up five wins, including four against top 25 opponents.
Jeff Greer breaks down the financial benefits that Louisville will receive for playing in this November's Battle 4 Atlantis.
Louisville is in line to make $150,000 for its participation in the event, which has become one of the most competitive nonleague tournaments in college basketball. The Cards' travel, accommodations and meals are also provided by Island Hotel Company Limited, the organization putting on the tournament, plus 75 "premium complimentary tickets" to Louisville's three games for school officials, boosters and spouses of those in the team's travel party, according to the tournament contract obtained by The Courier-Journal.
If Louisville reaches the championship game of the event, IHCL will donate $150,000 to the school's athletic scholarship fund. Reaching the third-place game will net U of L $50,000 in scholarship donations, while the fifth-place game participants get $25,000.
Louisville gets a guaranteed three games against a field that also includes Baylor, LSU, Michigan State, Old Dominion, St. John's, VCU and Wichita State. Michigan State is ranked 13th in the "way-too-early" ESPN top 25 for next season - Louisville is No. 5 - and Baylor, VCU and Wichita State were all NCAA Tournament teams this past campaign.
Former Texas A&M tight end Jordan Davis visited Louisville this weekend and "loved it."
Louisville is No. 6 in the latest top 25 from Baseball America. ACC brethren Miami remains the nation's No. 1 team.
With Avery Bradley sidelined by a right hamstring injury, Terry Rozier could wind up paying a much larger role for the Celtics in his first playoff experience than most people thought.
The Celtics will look to fill the void left by Bradley's injury by committee with there being a very good chance that Rozier's minutes will increase with Bradley out.
"I feel like it's just been the story of my life," Rozier told CSNNE.com. "I don't wish anything (bad) on anybody, my team or the opposing team, but I think this has always been the success story of my life whether it's regular season, tournament, playoffs, whatever. I just have to step up and play hard."
When Rozier was at the University of Louisville, teammate Chris Jones was dismissed which forced the Cardinals to play Rozier more at the point guard position.
Rozier said a similar coming-of-age moment happened when he was in high school as well.
But he's smart enough to know that just because it worked out for him earlier, doesn't guarantee he'll like the results from Game 2.
"College, high school, all my life," Rozier said. "Just have to stay focused. Just because it happened all my life, doesn't mean I'll do good now. I just have to take care of the little things before I started thinking about anything big."
New U of L co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway is making twice as much now as he did when he was at West Virginia.
Steve Jones breaks down Louisville's defensive play in the spring game.
Louisville's Finest... Lamar Jackson with Stefan LeFors and Chris Redman pic.twitter.com/dCGPYjW1kw— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) April 16, 2016
The U of L men's tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a loss to No. 7 Wake Forest.
The Cardinal women's golf team finished seventh at the ACC Championship.
Louisville softball enjoyed a brief respite from conference play and swept North Carolina Central over the weekend.
Three-star guard Christian Vital, who appears to be Louisville's No. 1 priority when it comes to their last available scholarship for 2016-17, will visit U of L this weekend.
A source told SNY.tv that Vital will take official visits to the Huskies on Monday and the Cardinals on Wednesday. Those will be his third and fourth officials, respectively, after visiting UNLV and Dayton earlier in the recruiting process.
Those three schools remaining means he has cut Alabama and Marquette from consideration.
"A lot of things, as we know, happened down at Louisville, and I am aware of that and thinking about that," Vital said after scoring 13 points to go along with seven assists for Team New York in a 148-128 win over Team East in the Regional Game at the Jordan Brand Classic. "Whatever did happen over there, no one's perfect. They definitely took the steps to get ahead of their sanctions by no postseason last year."
Vital was originally committed to UNLV.
Eric Crawford talks about the Lamar Jackson show from Saturday.
A major bummer from the world of horse racing where Songbird, probably the best 3-year-old in the world right now, will not run in the Kentucky Oaks as planned.
C.L. Brown says Louisville is ready to soar again in 2016-17, if the NCAA allows it.
The NCAA reportedly is close to sending out its Notice of Allegations on its findings at Louisville. The fear of that unknown is why every proclamation about next season for Louisville has to be tempered by the phrase if the NCAA doesn't impose harsher sanctions.
Judging by the penalties levied against Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and SMU's Larry Brown last season, Pitino will likely face a nine-game suspension next season. The NCAA implemented that rule to hold coaches accountable regardless of their knowledge of violations that occurred within their program.
The only other unknown for next season has to do with forward Chinanu Onuaku's status. The 6-foot-10 rising junior declared for the NBA draft -- but did not sign with an agent. He'll be able to receive feedback from the league but keep his option of returning to school. Onuaku led the team in blocked shots (62) and rebounds (8.5 per game) and if he figures to be a first-round lock, he probably won't be in a Cardinals uniform next season. ESPN Insider Chad Ford has Onuaku projected as falling anywhere between 25 and 40 overall, which indicates he's a borderline first rounder.
Truthfully, Louisville's frontcourt could survive even if he does leave. Senior center Mangok Mathiang will return after playing just 10 games last season before a broken left foot ended his year. Forwards Jaylen Johnson and Ray Spalding along with 7-footers Anas Mahmoud and Matz Stockman will give the Cardinals one of the deepest frontcourts in the league.
The 5th-ranked Louisville lacrosse team fell to Virginia, 10-9 on senior day Saturday.
And finally, it's a "2 Man Game" reunion this afternoon on 93.9 The Ville with Mark Ennis filling in for John Ramsey. We'll talk spring game, Cardinal baseball and tons of other crazy ish. Listen live from 3-6 right here.