—No. 1 seed North Carolina was stunned by 12th-seeded Pitt last night, which means if Louisville knocks off Duke tomorrow morning, the Cards will face the Panthers in the ACC tournament semifinals on Saturday.
—A judge ruled yesterday that officials at U of L likely made ‘deliberate attempt’ to conceal records related to the Katina Powell scandal. The university must now, within 30 days, turn over the documents it based its 2016 decision to self-impose a postseason ban on.
It’s terrible, I guess, but every time a story like this comes out, I start reading it and then about two paragraphs in I think to myself, “just tell me if anything is going to come out of this that makes thing worse.” That’s where I am with all of this. If it’s not resulting in the school losing more money or the team losing more scholarships or being in more trouble with the NCAA, then I’m pretty much checking out. Another national perception hit? Cool, whatever.
—Louisville City FC advanced to the U.S. Open Cup’s round of 32 thanks to one of the best goals in club history.
—The boys in purple will now host the New England Revolution of the MLS, a club that includes former Card (and No. 1 pick) Andrew Farrell.
Can we please get a “Shakin’ it up with Salt ‘N Peppa” reunion?
—I liked this read on Roger Federer, the ageless sports dad who still can’t be stopped.
—Big Red Louie takes an early look at Louisville football’s 2019 NFL draft prospects.
—Justify is back in Louisville and back on the Churchill Downs track.
—Malik Williams has spent the first part of his summer reuniting with the best of the best of the Fort Wayne basketball scene, a group that includes former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan.
NBA Fort Wayne natives 'Biggie' Swanigan and V.J. Beachem have brought together our basketball community for one entertaining reunion. @VjBeachem @calebswanigan50 @KeionB_12 @leek_willi34 @jjfoster12 @jraww22 @davontae_kinnie @MullJalan pic.twitter.com/UJKZ39qVsW— Chris Ryan (@ChrisRyanFWnbc) May 22, 2018
—Bellarmine is listed as one of America’s colleges with the best student life. It’d be even better if I was on the alumni wall inside the new Horrigan Hall instead of my wife.
It’s not like I’m mad about it though. It’s not like she rubs it in my face or anything. It’s not like the anger and jealousy keep me up at night.
—Jeff Walz will lead the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials, which are set to kick off on May 26 with 35 athletes.
—This game is rigged, man.
—A day after winning a primary in Jefferson County’s judicial races, local attorney Danny Alvarez died of a heart attack on Wednesday. I only met him twice, but both of those meetings made it easy understand the outpouring of support he has received from so many prominent voices in Louisville over the last 24 hours.
—U of L men’s soccer has hired James Kusak as its new director of operations.
—And finally, here’s a video of Ray Spalding talking at the NBA combine last weekend.