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Friday evening Cardinal news and notes

Isaac and Jenn Brenner are fans of both freedom and the 2018 CC Summer Tour.

—Women’s basketball season tickets for the 2018-19 campaign are now officially on sale.

—Yahoo’s Pete Thamel says this is a bad year for quarterbacks in college football, particularly in the ACC.


—The new season of Last Chance U is now streaming on Netflix. Here’s a look at what the stars from the past seasons are up to now.

—Yahoo recaps the ACC Kickoff and focuses on Bobby Petrino’s comments about his 2018 offense.

Louisville won 17 games over the past two seasons with 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson as the team’s starting quarterback. Now that Jackson is off to the NFL, the team figures to take a step back, right?

Not necessarily, according to coach Bobby Petrino. He said Thursday at ACC Media Days that he expected his team to be “better” in 2018.

“I expect us to be more balanced, the ability to get more guys involved, particularly in the running game,” Petrino said. I really like our receiving corps coming back. I really think it’s one of the strongest corps coming back. I forgot Jaylen [Smith] missed three games and still had that many catches [60] and that many touchdowns [7], and Dez [Fitzpatrick] is a guy that can really go get the ball and adjust to the ball. Seth is a big, physical guy that really runs well after the catch.

“And like Jaylen said, we have some really good young speed guys that will be able to come in and help us create plays and maybe give us a little different flavor in the run after the catch, and guys that can create more after the catch. And then I think that we’ll do well at quarterback. [Jawon Pass] is a really good player that’s really been an inspiration to all of us because at the quarterback position it’s one of transfer throughout the country. He’s a very highly recruited young guy with high expectations and came in and sat and supported Lamar at everything that he did. He never once came into my office with any talk about transferring, and I really respect that, and I know he has the respect of all of his teammates on how he’s performed every time that he’s went out on the field.”

Pass played well in limited action in 2017 and is the team’s undisputed starter. With seven returning offensive starters, including nearly the entire offensive line, Louisville may not have much of a dropoff — Jackson was scrambling for his life at times in 2017.

The defense could be the question. Four starters are back from a unit that underperformed in 2017 and former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder takes over. The Cardinals will get a stiff test in Week 1 against Alabama in Orlando.

—Larry Fedora bought two brands of dumb for the price of one this week.

—Bovada has kept U of L’s over/under win total for 2018 at 7.

2018 Regular Season Wins - Louisville Cardinals

Over 7 (-130, 10/13)

Under 7 (EVEN, 1/1)

—ESPN’s David Hale is not overly optimistic about Louisville football in 2018.

—Jeff Walz and the USA Women’s U18 National Team have opened Training Camp in preparation for the 2018 FIBA Americas Championship.

—Is Trinity star David Johnson still a slam dunk for Louisville? (*whispers* probably)

The NCAA is planning to study the possible effects of widespread legal betting on college athletics. I’m sure they will do so flawlessly.

—Would have been cool to keep him home.

—TNIAAM has Bobby Petrino 11th in its ACC media day fashion rankings.

—Billy Connelly provides an in-depth preview of Florida State.

—Vulture ranks every Denzel Washington movie.

—Boner Jams 2018.

—Quarterback situations are unsettled throughout the ACC’s Atlantic Division.

—Peyton Siva has re-signed with Alba Berlin in Germany.

Still the man.

—Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer predicts that Louisville will tie with Wake Forest for last place in the Atlantic.

T6. Louisville

Projected record: 3-5 ACC, 6-6 overall

Plus: Bobby Petrino is one of the best X-and-O coaches in college football.

Minus: The main cog that made Petrino’s play-calling work, quarterback Lamar Jackson, is now in the NFL.

Bottom line: The Cards are in a transition year. Their defense, which wasn’t good last year, has to be rebuilt. Their offensive line, which wasn’t good last year (No. 104 in sacks allowed), returns nearly intact but needs to make dramatic strides to find a running game to ease the pressure on new quarterback Jawon Pass.

—Class of 2020 Rivals 250 corner Keontae Jenkins has received a scholarship offer from Louisville.

—Mini ticket plans for the upcoming U of L volleyball season are now on sale.

—Past meets present. Awesome picture.

—Jody Demling recaps Louisville’s day at the ACC Kickoff.

—Clemson’s pursuers in the Atlantic Division all have very different looks this year.

—Big fan of these guys.

—ACC commish John Swofford is a fan of how Louisville handled the Papa John situation.

—Louisville football landed a commitment from West Virginia offensive lineman Zach Williamson Thursday night.

—And finally, some Friday Irrelevance.