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Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

That's Brant and Emily Wommack making major plays from the summit of South Sister Mountain near Bend, Oregon.

I_medium Big news of the day: Ryan Lochte is super dumb and you shouldn't lie to foreign authorities in order to protect him. Moving on.

I_medium's Evan Daniels breaks down the game of new Cardinal commit Darius Perry.

"I think he is a tailor-made Louisville guard," said Daniels, whose site ranks Perry as the 80th-best prospect in the 2017 class and the No. 16 point guard.

"He definitely fits into their style and how Pitino likes to play. He has a chance to be a really good on-ball defender. He's tough and always plays with energy. He's always looking (to) attack, like Terry Rozier, Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Chris Jones. Those guys were all really aggressive and looking drive the ball, and they all played defense."


The Cards have filled two immediate needs a little less than a year after holding the commitment of McDonald's All-American VJ King, who signed with U of L and is now a freshman on the roster, all while dealing with an ongoing NCAA investigation into the program.

"It speaks volumes about Pitino and also his assistants that they were able to hang onto King and fight for some other guys despite not being able to play in the postseason and having the allegations hanging over their heads," Daniels said. "It's a big deal."

I_medium Sports Illustrated has a really good read on U of L opponent Houston, and the relationship between coach Tom Herman and quarterback Greg Ward Jr.

I_medium The ACC Digital Network names Cole Hikutini as the No. 7 breakout player (video) in the conference for 2016.

I_medium Obligatory Stranger Things font submission:

Both creepy and undeniably '80s.

I_medium The promotional schedule for the 2016 U of L women's soccer season is here.

I_medium And here's the promotional schedule for the men's team.

I_medium Two weeks.

I_medium Lorenzo Mauldin is being groomed to be the "next big thing" for the Jets.

I_medium This story about a current in the Olympic pool potentially deciding the 50-meter swimming races is nuts.

I_medium Donovan's incredible tank cancels out Russ' highly questionable pants.

I_medium Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin are both dealing with pretty underwhelming approval ratings down in Texas right now.

I_medium The U of L volleyball team will hold its annual red and black scrimmage on Saturday at 6 p.m. inside Cardinal Arena.

I_medium DeShaun Watson, who probably throws the best deep ball in college football, is speaking up about being labeled as a "run-first quarterback."

"People think, 'Oh, he's a black quarterback, he must be dual-threat.' People throw around that word all the time. It's lazy," Watson told Bleacher Report. "The one thing I learned early on as a football player is people have their opinions, and I can't change them. But I can show them what they're missing. People have assumed that I have to run the ball before I can throw it most all of my career, all the way back before high school. It's a stereotype put on me for a long time because I'm African-American and I'm a dual-threat quarterback."

Watson, a junior who will decide at season's end whether to apply for early draft eligibility, was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year, and an NFL quarterbacks coach said in January that he has the potential to be drafted No. 1 overall.

However, NFL Media analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks says Watson has reason to be concerned about being referred to as a dual-threat QB.

"Whenever you hear that dual-threat phrase, the perception is their legs are a bigger threat than their arm," Brooks said. "So it diminishes their standing as far as how they are viewed as a pro prospect. Guys like Deshaun Watson and some other quarterbacks have to fight against that stereotype to prove to others that they're worthy of being a franchise quarterback."

Watson called the dual-threat label a "code word."

Brings to mind this graphic from 2013, where Teddy was labeled as a "dual threat" despite having more touchdown passes than rushing yards.

I_medium Talented Texas A&M tight end transfer Jordan Davis' "head is spinning" a little bit trying to grasp the complicated U of L offense, but he'll be a major factor in the Cardinal offense in the years to come.

I_medium Virginia has decided on a starting quarterback, but they aren't saying who it is publicly.

I_medium This is pretty bad ass from Blake Tiberi.

I_medium Governor Matt Bevin says the U of L Board of Trustees should continue meeting despite a temporary injunction from a Frankfrot judge ordering them not to.

This option is still out there. Just sayin'.

I_medium The Cards in Rio trend continues.

I_medium The C-J's Steve Jones answers all your questions in his U of L football mailbag.

I_medium Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel predicts the record and conference finish of every team in the ACC, and says Louisville will go 10-2, but that those two losses will come to Florida State and Clemson.

I actually hadn't realized those two teams were on our schedule this season. Pretty wild.

Mandel also says Pitt will win the Coastal Division and fall to FSU in the ACC championship game.

I_medium This is how you do birthdays.

I_medium After 14 years of operation, is shutting down operations next week.

I_medium An NFL Draft website serves up a scouting report of Josh Harvey-Clemons.

I_medium Texas wesbite looks at the five best games that Charlie Strong has ever coached in, a list that includes three Louisville bowl wins.

I_medium And finally, two weeks, you guys .... two .... f---ing ..... weeks. Maybe it's the NCAA Tournament ban, maybe it's the way the baseball season ended, but this summer has felt like it started in 2014. I cannot wait to get the ball rolling on 2016-17.