The first set of ACC bowl predictions from College Football News has Louisville going back to the Citrus Bowl to face Auburn.
Jeff Greer catches up with Donovan Mitchell in both print and podcast form.
Teddy Bridgewater was one of the biggest winners from the NFL's June minicamps.
It takes a special situation for a player to come away from minicamp a winner despite hardly participating. But that's the case with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, because the serious knee injury he suffered last August threatened the 24-year-old former Pro Bowler's career.
That left knee injury—multiple torn ligaments as well as a dislocation—was so gruesome and severe that the Vikings traded for quarterback Sam Bradford immediately after. In January, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported that he'd miss the entire 2017 season as well.
In February, USA Today's Tom Pelissero quoted Vikes general manager Rick Spielman saying that "everybody's hoping" Bridgewater could merely resume his career at some point. In March, Pelissero reported that there was still no timetable for a potential return. And in May, the team declined his fifth-year option for 2018.
But Bridgewater took snaps and threw passes at several OTA sessions in May and June, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN.com's Ben Goessling in early June that the 24-year-old was "progressing as well as anybody could expect." He continued to throw to receivers as part of individual drills at minicamp, and one of them—2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell—came away particularly impressed.
"He looks great—really great," said Treadwell, per Goessling. "It's like he was never hurt."
That's more than just a small victory for one of the game's most exciting, talented young players.
Class of 2018 wide receiver Akeem Hayes flipped his commitment from Louisville to Kentucky late Tuesday night. Good luck with that.
Sam Vecenie's final NBA Draft big board for The Sporting News has Donovan Mitchell as the 13th-best player in the draft.
Draft Express joins the contingent of people predicting Mitchell to go 11th to the Hornets.
Former Card Chane Behanan says UofL will always be the 2013 champion and the NCAA can't change what happened in the tournament. pic.twitter.com/Rnu1KSIXB2— Spectrum Sports KY (@SpecSportsKY) June 21, 2017
Former Card Chane Behanan says that he is glad UofL is standing up for the players and appealing the NCAA sanctions. pic.twitter.com/fdmFvNDm2v— Spectrum Sports KY (@SpecSportsKY) June 21, 2017
Peyton Siva also weighs in.
Peyton Siva also disappointed with the NCAA decision and hopes the appeal is a success for U of L. pic.twitter.com/hwtn8u7gds— Spectrum Sports KY (@SpecSportsKY) June 21, 2017
Just like Ben Simmons a year ago, Markelle Fultz is primed to be drafted No. 1 overall despite having virtually zero impact on college basketball in his one season. I wrote about what that means for the sport moving forward.
This plan to thwart the NCAA with a pay-for-play HBCU conference won't happen, but I wish it would.
Mike Krzyzewski says it's time for high school players to be able to go straight to the NBA again.
"People say that we've changed our recruiting philosophy," he said. "We haven't changed our recruiting philosophy. We've always recruited really good players who are good students and good kids, and now that combination has produced one-and-dones. Grant Hill and Elton Brand, Elton Brand was a two-and-done. We've had a number of guys who early on, like 10, 20 years ago, they would be one-and-dones right now. So that's who we have attracted. We're not going to stop recruiting them, but it doesn't mean we've changed our philosophy. The world of basketball has changed, and we're trying to adapt to those changes."
One of his peers thinks this may be some spin from Coach K. "I think Mike hates it," a prominent coach told CBS Sports regarding the current NBA rule, and cited Krzyzewski's adaptation to recruiting in this era. That's backed up by Coach K riding his greatest recruiting run ever, including Duke's boom in the 1980s.
"In baseball, actually in theater, in music, if you're 16 and you're really good, you go on a different path," Krzyzewski said on radio. "I really think that high school players should be allowed to go. And once they get to college, if you don't do that, I think a two-year period -- so you legitimize being in college going for an education. You don't just kind of use the college system as a training ground." (Actually, the baseball rule states players can go pro out of high school or after three years of college.)
Krzyzewski emphasized a need for more communication between the the NBA and the NCAA/college basketball. He also advocated for every NBA team to have a G League (formerly D-League) team for a feeder system (the G League has 22 teams owned among 30 NBA franchises).
"I think each NBA team should be responsible for having a minor league affiliate, the development league, where these kids could go in and you could train them," Krzyzewski said. "I mean, a kid who's really, really good coming out of high school, who does not want to go to school, would gain more from being in a pro system where he is working on his craft and his body and the development every day, just like a minor league, just like a baseball player."
SB Nation golf writer walked with Justin Thomas for every step of his record-breaking Saturday at the U.S. Open. He then penned this on Thomas and Louisville.
Louisville Metro Council President David Yates won't be indicted for a fight he was involved in during the Wake Forest football game at PJCS back in November. His defense probably wasn't "the first three quarters of that game would have made anyone want to fight," but it likely would have been just as effective.
Related: Never let me be on a grand jury.
Branden Klayko, who ran the great Louisville website Broken Sidewalk, passed away at the far too young age of 33 this week. Stephen George pays him a worthwhile tribute here.
Gary Parrish's last mock draft for CBS has Mangok going at pick 17. It doesn't really, but Donovan Mitchell is a Piston.
Alcohol sales are growing at college sporting events, a trend that North Carolina schools could benefit from.
U of L Baseball World Series game Tuesday vs Florida a 9/14 rating/share in Louisville TV market on ESPN. Huge numbers for college baseball.— Fred Cowgill WLKY (@FredCowgillWLKY) June 21, 2017
Would bet on a slight dip Thursday because the game is competing with the draft, but the (hopefully) Friday-Saturday numbers would likely be just as large.
See, that's an appropriate lead-in because it's a baseball reference. Or should I say, an appropriate lead-OFF.
I am so dead inside.
Some of college basketball's top incoming freshmen, including Louisville's Brian Bowen, weigh in with who they would draft No. 1 overall this year.
Brian Bowen, Louisville, SF, 2017
The player I would take with No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft is..."Josh Jackson. Because he plays like a straight GOON at all times. He plays harder than anyone in the draft on both ends of the floor. He has crazy athleticism and he's a big time winner."
Rick Pitino agrees, and I think they both have a very good case.
ESPN's Jeff Borzello looks at the biggest recruiting storylines for the basketball recruiting year ahead.
this was the moment we knew D'Angelo Russell wasn't in the Lakers' long-term plans pic.twitter.com/AE0CVCKxXP— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) June 20, 2017
The outside world continues to downplay the significance of Louisville, or anybody, having to take down a banner and vacate wins. On one hand, I completely understand. On the other, they don't have to co-exist with the world's most obnoxious and least creative fan base.
Frogs 'O War reviews TCU's win over Texas A&M and looks ahead to tomorrow night's game against Louisville.
Jim Boeheim gives his two cents on Louisville's current situation.
"Obviously when somebody does something like that there is going to be repercussions and I don't believe Rick Pitino knew about it but it still happened," Boeheim said on ESPN 104.5. "I didn't know about somebody putting quotations in a paper at Syracuse but it happened. So, you know we're going to take the hits for it."
"We took our hits, you know Louisville is taking their hits," Boeheim said. "I don't like it, and there's not much you can do about it, but when you go back and say well this player is ineligible because of what happened here now you forfeit all these games and things, and at the time you didn't know he would be ineligible."
"So it's a hard rule," Boeheim said. "I don't know the solution but when you go back and the school, the player didn't, you know nobody knew they were gonna be made ineligible and then they're made ineligible what? 10 years later? Or how many years later has it been probably not 10 but seven. You take away games and I think that's difficult. I think you have to punish schools but when you start taking games away I think it's something I don't have the solution for, but I don't like that particular part of the punishment."
"Louisville's fine, they'll be fine, they have good players, and they'll be real good this year. And they'll recover from this," Boeheim said.
The Charlotte Observer focuses in on Donovan Mitchell.
And finally, if your'e looking for postgame comments from Brendan McKay, Kade McClure and Dan McDonnell, you can find that video here.