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Noah Roeder takes the Summer Tour to San Fran for the first time in 2018.

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—Rivals college basketball recruiting writer Corey Evans likes Jae’lyn Withers to commit to Louisville, and also believes the Cards are in a good position with Rocket Watts, Aidan Igiehon, and David Johnson.

—Bill Connelly writes the best preseason college football previews of anyone in the game. He says don’t assume Louisville’s offense is going to fall apart without Lamar Jackson.

You don’t plug someone into Jackson’s role; you look at all the remaining components and build something new around them. And looking at what the Cardinals have instead of what they don’t, you find hope. Louisville has ...

—A four-star sophomore quarterback (Jawon Pass) who completed 70 percent in limited action last year and fills the “pocket passer” niche that Petrino has thrived with in the past.

—Last year’s top three receivers, each of whom averaged at least 9.1 yards per target with at least a 50 percent success rate in 2017.

—A trio of running backs (Dae Williams, Trey Smith, Colin Wilson) who combined to average 6.6 yards per carry in backup roles. Each is at least 6’ and 220 pounds.

—Four returning starters, who have combined for 77 career starts, on an offensive line that appeared to do its job better than the year before.

—A new defensive coordinator. The last one (Peter Sirmon) very much did not take.

Granted, the new coordinator is the frequently recycled Brian VanGorder, who hasn’t really been a part of an improving defense in this decade. But we’re trying to be positive here.

When Petrino says he thinks his offense will be better this year, he’s thinking wishfully, but it’s not entirely without merit. His 2018 offense should look like a Petrino offense, and Petrino offenses are usually quite good.

You’re not entirely convinced, are you? That’s okay; neither am I. But let’s not act too surprised when the Cardinals score a lot.

—Texas point guard (and former U of L recruit) Andrew Jones is back to playing pickup basketball just six months after being diagnosed with Leukemia.

—Jody Demling previews the third evaluation period for Chris Mack and Louisville basketball.

—Not a bad list to see Bobby Petrino on.

—The Sporting News sizes up the Jalen Hurts vs. Tua Tagovailoa QB battle.

—Two of Athlon’s four college football writers believe Louisville is the toughest team to evaluate in the ACC.

—Corey Ray is the next former Card to make a splash in the MLB.

—A wild scene in Nevada led to the cancellation of LeBron James Jr.’s most recent AAU game before it could even tip off.

—Alabama message board fans, as you might assume, aren’t overly worried about Louisville.

—The ACC Digital Network has Jaylen Smith as the second-best receiver in the conference for 2018.

—Bill C’s ACC previews continue with a closer look at Miami.

—After just 111 days of racing, Justify is retiring. He’s the first undefeated Triple Crown winner in horse racing history, but we’ll never know how he would have fared against horses older than him.

Now onto focusing on his Cardinal football career.

—A look at the best dunks from Donovan Mitchell’s rookie season.

—The Athletic breaks down how well Eric Wood held the line for nine seasons in Buffalo.

—Blanton Creque makes the Lou Groza Award watch list. Creque was a semifinalist for the award a season ago.

—A good time once again appears to be had by all.

—Jeff Greer writes about Louisville’s 1948 NAIB championship team, one which handed John Wooden the only title game loss of his coaching career.

—Arthur Albiero talks about juggling about his duties as the coach of U of L with his duties as a Team USA coach.

—The Louisville track and field teams as well as multiple individuals earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors on Thursday.

—Terry Rozier has signed a multi-year deal with Puma, and he’s pretty excited about it.

B/R Kicks: Everyone is going to want to know the same thing. Why Puma?

Terry Rozier: Me signing with Puma is basically letting you know, I’m taking over the Puma world. You got guys taking over Adidas, you got guys taking over Nike, whatever. I’m competing with the Puma world and I’m taking over that s--t. From the jump. That’s my whole thing. I feel like I’m going to turn it up because—I ain’t gonna knock nobody on Puma, but I feel like I’m very marketable, I’m the guy that they needed to sign.

B/R: Why didn’t you stay with Nike?

TR: I was never with them. I was just wearing them. I ain’t f--kin’ with nobody else but Puma. That’s just what it is. I don’t care that I wore Nike, I’m with Puma now.

I love him so much.

—BC Interruption previews Louisville.

—The CJ lists five Cardinal football players who could have a breakout season.

—And finally, Saturday Blitz is the latest to dive into Louisville’s life after Lamar Jackson.