—Spread check: Georgia Tech by 3.5.
—It’s becoming pretty obvious that the lawyers for Jim Gatto and company aren’t going to deny any of the dirt their clients were involved in. Instead, their sole defense (and it’s a good one) is that Gatto and company weren’t attempting to de-fraud the universities involved, but that they were trying to help them.
Regardless, the result of the trial is almost sure to be of secondary importance. The major takeaway is going to lie with all the shady details that are unearthed.
For instance ...
Gatto's atty also said Under Armor paid $20,000 to recruit Silvio De Sousa to sign with Maryland and Arizona offered $150,000 for Nassir Little. De Sousa is at Kansas, Little at UNC now. Goal is to make all of college hoops look corrupt.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) October 2, 2018
During opening statement this morning, Jim Gattto's atty promised evidence would show Oregon offered "an atronomical amount of money" to recruit Brian Bowen to play for the Ducks. The $100,000 deal to attend Louisville was to "level the playing field."— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) October 2, 2018
So that’s going to be happening.
—Major congrats to CC friend/foe Jeff Greer on making the move from the Courier Journal to The Athletic, where he’ll still be covering Cardinal basketball. He’ll be on the radio show today at 3:30 to talk about the move as well as the start of a new era for Louisville hoops.
—Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company has announced a donation to U of L athletics.
—Big fan of the budding Denny Crum/Chris Mack bromance.
A big Thank You to all who attended and continue to support the DCSF annual auction, and a special thanks to @CoachChrisMack for taking the time to stop by and support our students! #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/Vqp9T6h2Dd— Denny Crum (@CoachDennyCrum) October 2, 2018
—Congrats to the Louisville volleyball team on entering the national rankings at No. 25 this week.
—A Jefferson Circuit Judge has ordered the five members of the 2013 Louisville basketball team who sued the NCAA to seek mediation with the association.
But on Friday, Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens ordered the players and the NCAA to seek mediation with Peter D. Palmer, a New Albany mediator, with the expenses being split evenly by the players and the NCAA.
Stevens ordered that the mediation should continue “from day-to-day at the discretion of the Mediator,” and said that the lawsuit would be brought to a halt while the mediation took place. The suit would resume if the event that the mediation was deemed unsuccessful.
Give us back the banner and the wins and we’re cool.
—The updated S&P rankings now project Louisville to go 2-10 this season, which — for those of you wondering — would be bad.
—Teddy Bridgewater is ready to see more TuTu Atwell in the Cardinal offense.
Need more touches— Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) October 1, 2018
—The Chronicle of Higher Education takes the most worn out route in American and piles on Louisville.
—The scene last night at the debate over TopGolf coming to Louisville sounds both hilarious and ridiculous. The vote on the project has now been delayed for at least two weeks.
—Louisville baseball has a cool hook-up this year which has allowed the Cardinal players to design their own gloves. In August, the players had the opportunity to select glove models and sizes as well as create custom designs for the 2019 season.
Just another reason why there’s nowhere better in the country to play college baseball.
—The nine most important freshmen in college basketball for the 2018-19 season, ranked.
—Scott Frost can’t stop talking ish about teams that days later go on to beat Nebraska senseless.
—Donovan remains the best.
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell appears at the team’s Game Night to support autism awareness. Here he is chatting with 15-year-old Mason, who suffers from autism. Mitchell says he has a teenage cousin also battling the disorder. #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/UbHrawCqOu— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) October 2, 2018
—Former Cardinal Traveon Samuel has announced that he’s leaving Troy and will use his final year of collegiate eligibility somewhere else.
—Louisville, Notre Dame, USC, Oregon and Utah are the final five for four-star cornerback Max Williams. He’ll announce his decision on Saturday.
—Louisville field hockey’s Ayeisha McFerran has been named as the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Week.
—Louisville-Kentucky makes CBS’ list of the 21 must-watch non-conference games of the upcoming college basketball season.
Dec. 29: Louisville vs. Kentucky
Location: KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky-Louisville is one of the top-3 most heated college basketball rivalries, so no chance this one was slipping off the must-watch list. The game might not be particularly close -- Kentucky is a top-2 team entering 2018, and Louisville is entering Year One of the Chris Mack era in semi-rebuild mode -- but you know what? This game is always appointment television because, frankly, neither team likes the other.
—Louisville’s rotating secondary had a rough afternoon against Florida State.
—It’s just a supporting role, but Louie has finally made a SportsCenter commercial.
—Florida State’s locker room was pretty wild after the game on Saturday.
—As it does with every opponent, Georgia Tech’s offense presents a unique challenge for Louisville.
The Yellow Jackets, who are coming off a 63-17 win over Bowling Green last weekend, are averaging 339.2 yards on the ground and 453.2 yards of total offense this season.
Quarterback TaQuon Marshall, who is averaging 76.4 yards rushing per game, is the director of the high-powered attack that is averaging 36.4 points per game this year.
”Coach (Brian) VanGorder went against it, a lot of us coaches have coached against Army, Navy, and Air Force. You try to figure out who’s done well against this type of (offense), just, when you do get the plan that you have a background and philosophy for it.”
”So we spent time on it in the winter, so you already had pretty much the game plan in place in what you want to do and then you just have to tweak it for the new things that they’re doing.”
Georgia Tech’s offense puts a lot of pressure on the defense because it takes all 11 players to play their responsibilities, and handle the deception of its offense.
”It’s a lot about your eyes and your assignment and your discipline and still playing fast,” Petrino said. ”You have to be careful about coaching too much because you still have to have instincts and play fast. But you do have to do your responsibility. I think they threw the ball six or seven times the other day, but when they’re throwing it, they’re trying to hit big plays on you because you get used to the run, the run, the run. It’s always about the discipline and recognition.”
—LJ Nesbitt of The Crunch Zone reacts to the FSU loss.
—Five current or former members of U of L’s staff, including athletic director Vince Tyra, are on this list of potential witnesses for the college basketball trial that got started yesterday in New York.
Also ... Bruce Wayne? Sure.
Potential witness list for college hoops trial pic.twitter.com/4eZGvqNTvo— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) October 2, 2018
Tyra says he has not received a request to testify.
—Clemson is optimistic that Trevor Lawrence will be able to play against Wake Forest. The freshman quarterback was injured during the team’s win over Syracuse last Saturday.
—The individual game predictions from “the post where I predict the future” are usually laughably off-base, but this one is a little scary.
GAME FIVE: vs. Florida State
Louisville gives its most complete performance of the season and appears to be headed for their third straight win over Florida State for 90 percent of this game. Fluky things have a tendency of happening in this series, and the ball bounces FSU’s way in the 4th quarter as the Cards are dealt a soul-crushing defeat they didn’t deserve.
CC Prediction: Florida State 40, Louisville 38
I think we’d all take 7-5 at this point, so here’s hoping the accuracy continues.
—Chane Behanan is in trouble again, this time for allegedly failing to pay child support.
—Hey at least we’re top 10 in something.
Top Ten Most Watched College Football Games This Season. pic.twitter.com/ibiH8bLE6Q— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 2, 2018
You’re welcome, Saban.
—The Daily Nole writes to thank Bobby Petrino for his decision to throw late in Saturday’s game.
—247 Sports has Louisville at No. 13 in its ACC power rankings.
—Mike Gundy getting trolled is enjoyable.
—ESPN’s NFL power rankings send some love Jaire Alexander’s way.
—Top 50 recruit Omar Payne has committed to Florida. Louisville was among those who had ben recruiting the four-star prospect.
—Sports Illustrated is “very high” on its belief that Georgia Tech will cover the 3.5-point spread against U of L Friday night.
—And finally, it’s been exactly one year since R&R returned to the airwaves on 790. I had always heard that time flies when you’re talking scandals and soul-crushing defeats, but I never really understood it until these last 12 months. We’re back at it today from 3-6.