—The one day in the last week that hasn’t been the world’s most perfect day was Saturday, which of course will now be known as the wettest Kentucky Derby ever.
—The U of L softball team will open ACC tournament play Wednesday against Syracuse.
—The invites for the NBA Draft combine are out, and neither Ray Spalding nor Deng Adel received one.
—The legend of Scary Terry continues to grow.
—Kobe Bryant breaks down two things Donovan Mitchell needs to do better.
—ACC Diehards has Louisville all the way down at 11th in its post-spring ACC power rankings.
Seemingly the biggest argument against making Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson a first-round NFL draft pick was that he didn’t win in college. Despite being College Football Playoff contenders in 2016, Louisville won only nine games that season and ended 2017 with eight victories. Louisville hasn’t won at least 10 games since 2013.
Well, that’s more of a reflection on the Cardinals team than Jackson, and without him this season, Louisville could be in for a rough season. The Cardinals need sophomore Jawon Pass to emerge as the clear starter this summer and be a playmaker behind center in order to stay in bowl contention.
—All eyes are on Lamar Jackson as Ravens’ rookie camp begins.
—Former U of L pitcher Matt Koch outdueled Justin Verlander on Sunday.
—Louisville will not be going the Drexel grad transfer route again.
Louisville reached out to Drexel grad transfer Tramaine Isabell but the Cardinals are NOT recruiting Isabell moving forward, per a source. @EvanDaniels— Jody Demling (@jdemling) May 7, 2018
—U of L softballer Megan Hensley was the ESPNW Player of the Week.
—Somebody please make the educated decision to feed this man the ball consistently.
Bilal Powell has received 19 or more carries in four games since 2016— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) May 7, 2018
- 29 carries, 145 yards vs SF
- 22 carries, 122 yards vs BUF
- 19 carries, 145 yards vs LAC
- 21 carries, 163 yards vs JAK pic.twitter.com/0FpHYiONBl
—Lamar Jackson has impressed John Harbaugh with his accuracy so far.
—Costs are high and continuing to rise when it comes to all the cleanup surrounding the Louisville basketball scandal.
It won’t come as a surprise that the University of Louisville rang up a big bill for two major basketball scandals in the past three years.
Yet the sticker may still shock.
Louisville and its foundation have already paid at least $1.76 million to compliance consultants and attorneys since October 2015, when Katina Powell’s book alleging former basketball staff member Andre McGee provided women with thousands of dollars and game tickets in exchange for dances for and sex with players and recruits.
The price tag is almost certainly larger — documents related to some legal fees don’t specify what work they included — and will grow in the coming months and years, as the possibility of another NCAA infractions case looms with the FBI’s ongoing investigation into college basketball and allegations of rules violations in former Louisville player Brian Bowen’s recruitment to the school.
Meanwhile, the university is reshaping its finances after a scathing internal audit and facing several potentially expensive lawsuits involving former employees.
—Turning an $18 bet into $1.2 million would make for a decent weekend.
—And finally, USA Today ranks all 130 FBS teams heading into the summer and has Louisville at No. 37.