—Spread check (basketball): Louisville by 15.
—Spread check (TaxSlayer Bowl): Louisville by 6.5.
—R. Kelly is happening tonight.
This alone is reason to stay up late.
—Vince Tyra sat down with Jeff Greer of the C-J to discuss some of the pressing issues facing U of L at the moment.
Tyra said he hoped Louisville could bounce back from infractions issues, citing Penn State and Southern California as examples of athletics programs doing that.
"The unknown for recruits is, what do we think the magnitude of that decision would mean?" Tyra said. "We acted swiftly on many fronts. I think that bodes well with the NCAA and the university as well. But it’s a tough one to tackle. We’ve seen other elite programs recover quickly after some adversity, and I’d like to believe we’d do the same, just because of the heritage of the program."
There has been no discussion of self-imposing sanctions, Tyra said, echoing interim President Greg Postel.
"There’s no thought to that because there’s not enough facts," Tyra said. "We have very little to even think about or ponder, so I don’t waste a lot of energy trying to figure out the future. It’d be nice if we had that in front of us but we don’t."
—Happy 16 year anniversary to the first great moment of the Rick Pitino era and one of the greatest Freedom Hall celebrations ever.
Bryant Northern forever.
—Andrea Adelson talked with Bobby Petrino who, as you might have guessed, is pleased with his 2018 class so far.
Just talked to Bobby Petrino about what is shaping up to be the best class he has signed since he returned to Louisville. "Our assistant coaches did a good job. The fact that we've been here now for four years, the relationships and identifying guys early and younger and knowing them for years that helps a lot, too. I still think it goes back to Lamar (Jackson) and us being on TV, that's always helpful, too."
—The Naismith Hall of Fame is looking to save itself some embarrassment by changing its criteria for induction. Some are already calling it the “Rick Pitino Rule.”
—This is pretty awesome.
—I wrote about Kansas’ issues and how they might be about to get fixed by the addition of a couple of frontcourt players.
—We’ve thought for a while that USA Gymnastics was gross. Now we know it for sure.
—Northwestern walk-on Charlie Hall, who is Julia Louis Dreyfus’ son, scored his first career point last night and celebrated accordingly.
I’ll just leave this here pic.twitter.com/dAG9jssF5t— Charlie Hall (@charlie_hall23) December 20, 2017
—Lane Kiffin went for two despite being up by 31 points last night in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (real name) because he said Akron had been talking smack.
—Oklahoma freshman Trae Young now leads the nation in scoring AND assists after tying an NCAA single game record with 22 dimes last night. He added 26 points for good measure and did all of it in just 29 minutes of floor time.
—This sweater/shirt from 502 Originals is pretty great.
—You can now reserve your spot for the Louisville baseball winter camps (grades 1-12).
—I am willing to forego my college eligibility and play in the Big Baller League.
—Terry Rozier has always said he has football skills, and now his teammates finally believe him.
His mother is convinced that if he had tried, he would be in the NFL today. And that seems like an extreme view until you consider that her son is actually in the NBA today.
So whenever Rozier has a chance, he flashes back to those helmet-covered days. He remembers the touchdowns he threw and the interceptions he caught, and he likes to tell his Celtics teammates about it all. Sometimes they roll their eyes, and other times he shows them what he is talking about, and they can’t help but be impressed. That’s what happened on Monday.
“I always brag about my football skills,” he said, “so I’ve got to show that.”
—Congrats to U of L signee TuTu Atwell.
—Louisville baseball is ranked No. 21 in the first 2018 preseason poll from Collegiate Baseball.
—St. X football coach Will Wolford resigned yesterday.
It’s been a not so well-kept secret that Brad Stevens has been telling friends for years that if he coached high school football he would stick with an option attack long after it had worn out its welcome. Just something to keep in mind.
Seriously though, if you have the chance, how can you not hire Stefan LeFors here?
—It’s never a bad trip to New York when you get to spend some time with Anas Mahmoud. Frank Sinatra said that.
Connor and I had a blast at MSG while my wife and daughter,Molly, went to the Rockettes. pic.twitter.com/SdarUTtllv— Patrick (@POMurphyPharmD) December 18, 2017
—The Palm Beach Post profiles U of L signee Jordan Travis, who could be the next great Cardinal quarterback.
How Jordan Travis fits at Louisville
Travis is the lone quarterback currently committed to the Cardinals in the 2018 recruiting class. Everyone knows about the accomplishments of Lamar Jackson, but despite having one more year of eligibility, he may be off to the NFL this offseason. If that’s the case, the Cardinals have a major hole behind center with no obvious replacement ready to roll.
More than likely, sophomore quarterback Jawon Pass will receive the first opportunity to start next season. In five appearances this year, he has completed 23 of 33 pass attempts for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Pass also has 62 rushing yards and a score on the ground. That’s the only experience Louisville has at quarterback behind Jackson.
If Pass does indeed become the Louisville starter next year, Travis would probably compete with fellow dual-threat signal caller Malik Cunningham to be the backup in 2018. Like Jackson, Pass, Cunningham and Travis are all dual-threat quarterbacks.
—The Albany Great Danes spent some time at the Muhammad Ali center on Tuesday.
—No Don against the Thunder (Thunder Don?).
Donovan Mitchell is out against OKC with a big toe contusion. Derrick Favors is probable.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 20, 2017
—Cuonzo Martin was so impressed with Stephen F. Austin last night that he went to their locker room to give them a pretty cool pep talk after they lost to his Missouri team by a point.
—Russ gon’ Russ.
Russ Smith (@Specter_Smit) with another HUGE game in China in Fujian’s win 131-125 vs. Xinjiang— Sportando (@Sportando) December 19, 2017
—Asia Durr enters the ESPN “Front Rowe” (video).
—Former DeSales standout Bryant Pirtle will play his final two years of college football at Utah.
—There’s no guarantee that it’ll hold, but the offense in college basketball this season has actually been way better than in years past.
Since KenPom became a thing in 2001-02, this year so far has seen the 2ndbest 3pt%, highest 3pt attempt %, lowest FT rate, highest FT% and most PPG— BarstoolReags (@BarstoolReags) December 20, 2017
—The Sun-Sentinel looks at new U of L signee Jarrett Jackson.
—Former Cards continue to ball in the NFL this season.
—After a slow start, Louisville is starting to get the hang of things on the offensive end.
—Of course Teddy Bridgewater is dating a children’s author. Of course he is.
Teddy Bridgewater and girlfriend and author Erika Cardona talked about the Little Bear Teddy children’s book she wrote inspired by Teddy pic.twitter.com/CQKBIUk1eC— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) December 19, 2017
Greatest person currently alive in this galaxy or any other galaxy.
—And finally, beat Albany.