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Shane Stewart bringing a Cardinal presence to the Rose Bowl.

I_medium Donovan Mitchell is headed to the Utah Jazz with pick 23 in the latest NBA mock draft from SB Nation.

23. Utah Jazz - Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville

Mitchell has one of the most difficult stay-or-go decisions in this draft. If he comes back, Louisville could be the preseason No. 1 with championship aspirations. NBA teams might fall in love with his athleticism at the draft combine, too. This is one to monitor.

I_medium The U of L men's tennis team saw its seven-match win streak end with a 4-3 loss to No. 17 Georgia Tech over the weekend.

I_medium The college career of Indiana's OG Anunoby appears to be over. The super-athletic forward is expected to declare for the draft and sign with an agent.

I_medium Virginia has added a grad transfer from Rutgers for next season.

I_medium Stats don't lie.

I_medium The C-J's Steve Jones recaps Louisville football's final scrimmage of the spring from over the weekend.

I_medium Former Atlanta Braves speedster Otis Nixon is missing and that worries me.

I_medium Kevin Ware is still showing that Stephan Van Treese love.

I_medium The U of L men's golf team wrapped up its regular season over the weekend with a seventh-place finish at the Clemson Invitational.

I_medium Saturday Blitz lays out five position battles to be on the lookout for at this weekend's Louisville spring game.

I_medium Devonte Graham is returning to Kansas for one more season.

I_medium Trinity wide receiver Rondale Moore might be the hottest name in the college football recruiting world right now. After his breakout performance at "The Opening," he has received scholarship offers from just about every major program in the country, including Alabama and Ohio State.

I_medium The U of L lacrosse team fell to North Carolina over the weekend.

I_medium Warrick Dunn rules.

I_mediumWichita State is officially joining the American Athletic Conference for the 2017-18 season.

I_medium In related news, it was revealed late last week that Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall lost a ton of money in a North Carolina Ponzi scheme.

I_medium Zack Burdi can still bring it, in case you were wondering.

I_medium Better days appear to be on the horizon for Illinois basketball.

I_medium This is an incredible sequence of events for one story.

I_medium Football Study Hall tosses around a bunch of advanced statistics about college football's returning crop of quarterbacks.

I_medium names Brendan McKay as both a midseason first team All-American and its midseason MVP.

Midseason MVP

Brendan McKay, lhp/1b, Louisville

There are a handful of players with louder offensive numbers than McKay, and a couple of guys who can match or slightly exceed his pitching numbers. But the fact that McKay is pretty clearly one of college baseball's five best hitters AND five best pitchers is simply remarkable. It would be impossible for any other player to provide as much value as McKay has provided for Louisville during the first half.

For a while, the numbers were simply staggering. Until he gave up three runs over seven innings at NC State in Week Six, McKay actually had a higher batting average (.466 at that time) at the plate than ERA off the mound (0.36). But at the halfway point, he's "cooled off" to the tune of .409/.522/.659 with five homers, 20 RBIs and a 21-14 walk-strikeout mark. Off the mound, he's 4-1, 1.18 with a 57-9 strikeout-walk mark in 38 innings over six starts (he missed one start with a minor injury).

McKay's two-way prowess is nothing new, of course. He has been college baseball's premier two-way player ever since he arrived at Louisville; in fact, he earned D1Baseball's first-team All-America slot at the UT position after both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

But amazingly, McKay has taken his game to a higher level as a junior. A physical, durable lefthander with superb command of his 89-92 fastball that bumps 93, his hammer curveball at 77-82 and an improved changeup, McKay seems almost certain to be selected near the top of the draft as a pitcher. If he had never toed the rubber, he would have a very bright future in pro ball as a polished lefthanded hitter with a quiet approach and emerging power. But Louisville doesn't have to make that choice; the Cardinals just get to enjoy a third straight year of incredible production from college baseball's most valuable player.

I_medium Drake is releasing a shoe in honor of John Calipari because .... sing it with me .... "he's won a one dance."

I_medium You're doing it the right way.

I_medium What if the NCAA Tournament gave out bids like the World Cup?

I_medium And finally, Louisville stays at No. 2 in the latest D-1 Baseball top 25.