The Cards take on Kentucky Tuesday night in Lexington.
If there was a breakout star at Saturday's spring game, it was Dez Fitzpatrick. The ACC Digital Network pieced together his biggest highlights from the afternoon.
Richard Pitino earns one of the coaching efficiency awards handed out by Sports Illustrated.
Biggest One-Year Turnaround, Non-Debut Coach: Richard Pitino, Minnesota
To set himself up for this, Pitino had to endure a miserable 2015-16, when the Gophers went 8-23 and finished 192nd in efficiency. Externally, little was expected of Minnesota this season—SI had the Gophers 97th in its preseason projections—and thus their run to a No. 5 seed in the NCAAs and a No. 37 kenpom ranking was a major surprise. Pitino's 155-spot jump in the adjusted efficiency rankings, as well as his 18.7 P/100P improvement in efficiency margin, were the best of any D-I coach.
Kelsi Worrell won the 200-Meter butterfly at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa, Ariz. over the weekend.
Former U of L recruit turned South Carolina star P.J. Dozier is done with college basketball.
This site keeps track of NFL Draft prospects meetings with teams. Here's what they got for the draft-eligible crop of Cardinals at the moment:
Devonte Fields: Bengals (WOR)
Cole Hikutini: Lions (COM)
Colin Holba: Bears (SR) Browns (SR) Titans (SR)
Tobijah Hughley: Rams (EW)
Keith Kelsey: Falcons (LOC)
Jamari Staples: Panthers (SR) Bears (SR) Broncos (SR) Rams (SR)
Jordan Nwora scored 19 points in 18 minutes at the Jordan Brand Classic regional game.
HE DELETED IT BUT THIS TWEET MUST LIVE ON pic.twitter.com/LCmcGNfCus— Rohan Katti (@rkattijr) April 16, 2017
If we're all being honest here, I think we can agree that spring games, for the most part, kinda suck. There is one exception, however: The 1996 Rutgers spring game, in which the current crop of Scarlet Knights played a bunch of old alumni and lost.
Would you want @HeismanTrophy winner Lamar Jackson to play QB for your team next season?— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 17, 2017
Are South Carolina fans really like, "nah, we're good." I don't believe that.
Oregon junior Jordan Bell will join teammates Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks by declaring for the draft and signing with an agent.
Going through a 1958 Sports Illustrated and found these pictures of UK's cheerleaders during a one-point NCAA Tournament win over Temple. pic.twitter.com/ezqRwfe7pW— TJ Beisner (@tjbeisner) April 17, 2017
The Leftovers is so good, you guys.
Local news apparently wasn't allowed to capture video from Saturday's spring game, so WLKY got creative.
Ohio St 7/1
Texas Tech transfer Breiden Fehoko, who had been pursued by Louisville, will transfer to LSU.
Sports Illustrated has an oral history of the basketball scene from The Wire.
Miles Bridges coming back to Michigan State is obviously a great thing for the Spartans, but it's a good thing for all of college basketball too.
Rod Carew being alive because of an organ donation from former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland is a cool story.
The Courier-Journal's All-State basketball team is here.
The Louisville lacrosse team fell to No. 15 Virginia over the weekend.
Sports on Earth says Louisville football finds itself in a weird place heading into the 2017 season.
Jackson is the 15th Heisman winner to return the season after winning the award. Of the 14 who have done it before him, 10 have finished in the top six of the Heisman vote again (Archie Griffin is the only one to repeat) and four ended up out of the running altogether. Meanwhile, 13 of the 14 returning winners were on teams that were in the top 10 of the first AP poll the next season (preseason polls began in 1950), according to Sports Reference. The only Heisman winner to start the next season outside the top 10 was BYU's Ty Detmer, whose Cougars opened ranked No. 19 in 1991 and finished 8-3-2. While only three returning Heisman winners (Matt Leinart, Mark Ingram and Jameis Winston) have been on a team ranked as the preseason No. 1, it's not surprising that nearly all have had high expectations.
This chart shows Heisman winners who returned the next season, their finish in the next Heisman vote, their teams' preseason AP rankings and their teams' final AP rankings
Louisville will surely end up on the lower end of those teams, perhaps joining BYU as the only ones with the returning Heisman winner to start outside the top 10. Sports on Earth's early 2017 rankings in January placed Louisville No. 11. An SB Nation composite ranking of various outlets' January rankings had the Cardinals 16th. SportsBook's national championship odds place Louisville tied for eighth, and the Cardinals are not included in Phil Steele's typically accurate projection of what the AP preseason top 10 will look like.
Thus, the Cardinals enter their spring scrimmage on Saturday in a somewhat unusual position. This will be the first public glimpse of the 2017 version of the team that dazzled us as a playoff contender for much of last season, only for it to fall flat on its face at the end of the season. While a presumed top-20 preseason ranking means that Louisville will have some of the highest expectations in school history -- it has appeared in the preseason AP poll only seven times, never higher than No. 9 -- it is unlikely to be viewed as the national championship contender that most teams with reigning Heisman winners are.
The San Antonio Spurs have passed the Louisville Cardinals as the ultimate sports villains in the city of Memphis.
Northern Illinois has already offered Kyle Bolin a scholarship.
And finally, Lamar Jackson's Heisman triumph has motivated him to be an even more valuable player for Louisville in 2017.