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Christian McCaffrey is on the Lamar Jackson for Heisman bandwagon.

I_medium Louisville is the No. 4 overall seed in the latest tournament projection from D1Baseball.com.

I_medium Brendan McKay is one of 18 finalists for the John Olerud two-way player of the year award, the same award that McKay won last season.

I_medium We should have seen this coming, but EDSBS has some fun with the news that Guy Fieri is coming to Louisville.

I_medium The barrel is officially back where it belongs.

I_medium Mark Coyle is headed to Minnesota to be the new athletic director after serving less than a year in the same position at Syracuse.

I_medium I watched this whole thing. Twice. It's beautiful.

I_medium The Bengals have signed Aaron Epps to their 90-man offseason roster.

I_medium Craig Sager is a hero.

I_medium Louisville point guard recruit Quade Green currently leads the EYBL in assists.

I_medium The latest mock draft from Draft Express has Damion Lee going to the Jazz with the last pick of the second round. It does not have Chinanu Onuaku selected.

I_medium Real recognize real.

I_medium Louisville's Ben Williams is the ACC Track and Field Performer of the Week.

I_medium Jeff Greer looks at just how important the combine is for Chinanu Onuaku's looming decision.

I_medium Athlon ranks Lamar Jackson as the third-best quarterback in the ACC for 2016.

I_medium Softball love at Louisville International.

I_medium Louisville has offered a scholarship to A.J. Reeves, who is currently rated as the No. 28 player in the class of 28 by 247Sports.com.

I_medium The Cards are still in the mix for Miami guard Zack Dawson, who almost committed to U of L a few months ago.

I_medium Shameful ish, Luke.

People change, man.

I_medium A portion of the roof of Louisville Gardens was blown off by the storm last night, which is sad. I graduated high school in that place. Should be a landmark.

I_medium Phil Steele is believing the hype about the Louisville linebackers.

I_medium U of L previews the lacrosse team's NCAA Tournament opener against Northwestern on Friday.

I_medium The official measurements from the NBA Draft combine are here.

I_medium ESPN's Fran Fraschilla gives Rick Bozich his thoughts on Chinanu Onuaku's big decision.

"With Onuaku, he's improved. I think teams like the fact that he's improved and that he's still very young for a sophomore (Onuaku won't be 20 until Nov. 1).

"What he is right now is an energy big man. He runs, he jumps, he plays hard. He's shown the ability to be a really good passer. He looks like he could be an effective mid-range jump shooter some day.

"Basically, what he's got to do, he's got to prove, at least in the drills or when they play, they want to see him run the floor. The league is about bigs running the floor now. Being good laterally with his quickness because of the defensive things that are asked of big men now out on the floor so much.

"If he shows an improved low-post game, that's even better. That's not his strength right now.

"My personal opinion is he's not going to stay (in the draft) unless somebody gives him what we call a promise (to draft him), I'd say in the top 25. That's going to be problematic.

"I think this is a great place for him to test the areas that he has to improve on. Next year he is going to come back here as a junior and he still will not have turned 21.

"I saw the improvement that he made last summer playing the (USA Basketball) Under-19 team. I thought he made a nice step. Big men are at a premium. His energy, his athleticism and his ability to run end-to-end are things they are going to look for."

I_medium Louisville QB commit Malik Cunningham is hearing from Oregon now.

I_medium USA Today gives Josh Harvey-Clemons  a little bit of early 2017 NFL Draft buzz.

I_medium It's game day for Louisville softball at the ACC Tournament.

The Cards are the No. 2 seed in the tournament, which is taking place in Raleigh.

I_medium ACC Commissioner John Swofford says the league will "aggressively" implement replay for the 2016 football season. Starting this year there will be a command center watching every play of every game.

I_medium And finally, USA Today has both Teddy Bridgewater and DeVante Parker on its list of the 10 biggest breakout NFL stars for 2016.