—With Josh Nickelberry now in the fold, Jeff Greer looks at where Louisville recruiting may turn next.
—Eight months ago, we all wondered if the FBI probe would inspire meaningful change in college basketball. Auburn giving Bruce Pearl a contract extension yesterday is the latest evidence that it will not.
—The SB Nation college football crew compares World Cup participants to college football programs. Louisville gets a mention.
So what have you really gained from having the best player? Portugal, you are the Louisville Cardinals.
Portugal got a Euro championship. We got ... the win over Florida State?
—We’re three weeks away from the start of the first Chris Mack Basketball Camp.
—Walter Camp was a sucker.
Daaaaaaang!— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 4, 2018
College football coaching salaries have skyrocketed in the past century. pic.twitter.com/1UQHnpPgWW
—The Sun Belt is following Conference USA’s example and completely changing the format of its hoops scheduling.
—Urban Meyer talking smack about Michigan to recruits while Jim Harbaugh stands 10-feet away is a pretty boss move.
—Rick Pitino’s attorneys have now fired back at the University of Louisville.
—Nice to see Trey Lewis getting some run with the Magic.
—Baltimore Ravens Director of Player Development Harry Swayne talks about (video) why Lamar Jackson reminds him of his former Hall of Fame teammate.
—Former Kentucky player and athletic director C.M. Newton passed away Monday at the age of 88.
—Dwight Clark, the San Francisco 49er best known for making “The Catch,” also passed away yesterday. Clark, who had battled ALS for years, was just 61.
—Josh Rogers is enjoying living the Minor League life.
—Forty-five years ago this week, Secretariat ran the race of his life, and announcer Chic Anderson called the race of his life. SI’s Tim Layden tells the story about a man who died young after giving one of the best sports calls in history.
—The Daily Press serves up some ACC basketball power rankings after the draft declaration deadline, and has Louisville 8th.
8. LOUISVILLE: Chris Mack steered Xavier to an Elite Eight and three other Sweet 16s in nine seasons. Returning the Cardinals to that level may take some time given Deng Adel and Ray Spalding’s early departures for the NBA. But graduate transfers Christen Cunningham and Khwan Fore, the latter from the University of Richmond, should help bridge the gap.
—Matt Norlander’s latest mock NBA Draft for CBS has Ray Spalding going to the Pelicans in round two.
—Ray reportedly spent his Monday working out for the Utah Jazz.
—Andy Katz’s first Power 36 rankings for 2018-19 do not feature Louisville.
—Earl Clark would have gotten this.
KAT and Devin not familiar with Mitch McConnell. pic.twitter.com/NeqEdNesxU— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) June 3, 2018
—Missed linking this last week, but Donovan Mitchell’s column in The Player’s Tribune is worth your time.
—Busting Brackets says Khwan Fore will add a spark to Louisville’s backcourt for next season.
—Some summer highlights of U of L recruit/former commit David Johnson:
—Dave Lackford guest-hosts the Rivals football recruiting podcast and breaks down where he thinks the top 10 players in Kentucky might be headed.
—The Daily Helmsman reacts to Memphis State landing Lance Thomas.
—By the way, the production value of the video in which Lance announced his transfer was off the charts.
—I’m not sure why this was reported yesterday as if it were breaking news since it was first reported last August, but Louisville and Western Kentucky will start a new four-year hoops series in Nashville on Dec. 20, 2019.
—Sept. 2 feels the right time to send help for these guys.
Nick Saban and Bama Football Players Stranded on Boat With No Gas https://t.co/FgZKW473Tk— TMZ (@TMZ) June 1, 2018
—The Texas Tech team that just eliminated Louisville will now face Duke, which stunned Georgia twice to notch its first ever super regional trip. The Cards hammered the Blue Devils last week to win Pool D in the ACC tournament.
—Chris Mack in the mix for another one of the top players in the 2019 class.
6’10” Aidan Igiehon’19 @Big_harris22 said he’s being recruited by Duke, Kentucky, Oregon, Louisville, Wake Forest, Georgetown, St.John’s, Stanford, Pittsburgh & UConn. Will try to take unofficials to Louisville, Kentucky & UConn in the near future. #PangoAACamp pic.twitter.com/knF5OE9Vnf— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) June 4, 2018
—Mack offered four-star guard Harlond Beverly on Monday.
—There has been some delay in the Louisville fan-led lawsuit filed in April against the NCAA.
—At least something worth writing about happened at last year’s Louisville-Kentucky basketball game.
—Nice to see Trumaine Washington making plays in the CFL.
—Congrats to U of L softballers Jenna Jordan and Celene Funke on earning 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America honors.
—Four-star Tallahassee athlete Raymond Woodie III breaks down his visit to Louisville last weekend.
—Even if Justify can’t get it done on Saturday, it’s already been a tremendous month for horse racing.
The winner of the 6th at Remington Park... BofA Deez Nuts pic.twitter.com/hgzjQR5QmN— Kristen Corey (@KristenCorey6) June 2, 2018
The highest speed figure ever posted by Bofa Deez Nuts? Sixty-nine, of course.
—This story on everything that happened over the past year with the Auburn softball program is unreal but fantastically written.
—The Pac-12 will no longer let its teams play in bowl games if they go 5-7, which seems both admirable and dumb at the same time. You’re only costing yourself money and your programs valuable practice time. Who cares if they lose to Akron in the early afternoon of a mid-December Tuesday?
—Honestly, I’m shocked Pitt isn’t No. 1 here. I mean, they did have less than 2,000 people at multiple games last season.
—Lookout Landing reacts to the Mariners drafting Josh Stowers.
—With rumors swirling about serious interest from Mississippi State, Louisville is ready to fight to keep Dan McDonnell.
—We lost a legend yesterday.
RIP Hugh Dane, aka Hank the security guard. He was one of the greats. So kind, funny, talented. We will all miss him. Donations can be made in his name to: https://t.co/z1SAqamWMM pic.twitter.com/ysevEZKOjy— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) June 4, 2018
Hank was the man.
—Justify took his final breeze at Churchill Monday morning before heading to New York.
—And finally, R&R will be live from Lynn Stadium this afternoon, where at 7, Louisville City FC will host Andrew Farrell and the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup round of 32. It will be the first time City has ever hosted a team from the MLS, and just the second time they’ve faced one in non-exhibition play.