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Gary Myers didn’t want his daughter to one-up him by making the front of CC two years ago, so here he is taking the summer tour to Bryce Canyon in Utah.

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—What would a college football World Cup look like? It’s awful, but Louisville makes it through to the knockout stage.

—Members of the 2012-13 national championship team love the University of Louisville, but they still love Rick Pitino too.

Yet Rick Pitino, the Hall of Fame coach of the 2013 Cardinals who was fired last October, was noticeably missing. That in itself was emblematic of his acrimonious legal standoff with the university.

”I can’t lie — it’s pretty weird,” said Smith, the beloved guard who keeps in regular contact with Pitino and maintains a relationship with his alma mater. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t weird. Family goes through bad breakups all the time. Eventually, one day, this will pass.”

This spring, Pitino, who did not respond to messages from the Courier Journal for this story, said several times that he would not return to Louisville until the chairman of the school’s board of trustees, David Grissom, and one of its trustees, John Schnatter, resigned or left their leadership roles at the university.


”I speak to (Pitino) three times a week. We’re still close,” Smith said. “This isn’t a deal-breaker with everybody. ... We’re busy. We have lives, so you can’t hold this against them. If you can’t make it, it’s cool.”


“Coach P has done nothing wrong in my eyes,” Siva said. “I think he’s a great coach and still has a lot of great years left in him as a coach. But it’s a university decision and that’s what they decided to go with, so you can’t argue with it.”


“I know who he is,” Henderson said. “I know what he stands for. It’s unfortunate how everything played out. He made a couple bad decisions in his hires, and he owned it. But to say he personally knew about it ... he didn’t know. I believe that 100 percent.”

—Anas Mahmoud scored 4 points in his summer league debut for the Grizzlies last night. Trey Lewis was forced to leave Utah’s summer league opener because of a concussion.

—Somehow Louisville doesn’t make this list of the seven teams that could be the next to win their first College World Series.

—UMBC Twitter still rockin’.

—Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader serves up some “real talk” about the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry.

—Bruce Feldman dives deep into the world of in-game signal stealing in college football.

—The Anderson Independent Mail in South Carolina grades the four ACC additions and gives the highest grade to Louisville.

Louisville (2014-present)

In its first four seasons in the ACC, Louisville football has greatly exceeded expectations. The Cardinals have averaged 8.5 wins per season and Lamar Jackson captivated not just the league but the nation, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016 and the ACC Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. There’s no doubt Louisville has bolstered the football reputation of the ACC.

The Cardinals’ men’s basketball program has been a bit of a different story, embroiled in scandals that resulted in the firing of Rick Pitino and a self-imposed postseason ban in 2017. Louisville’s women’s basketball program has been elite since joining the league, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2015 and 2017 and the Final Four in 2018. On the diamond, Louisville’s baseball program has been extremely successful since joining the ACC, winning 45 games in each of the past four seasons and reaching the College World Series in 2017.

Grade since joining the ACC: A-

Notre Dame got a B+, Syracuse a B-, and Pitt a C+.

This story of the Nigerian soccer team’s star having to play against Argentina after just finding out that his father had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom is insane.

—Former U of L star and current Chicago White Sock Adam Engel had a homecoming of sorts last night against the Reds.

—The second quarterfinal of the 2017-18 Least Cool Person Tournament is here.

—Good tweet here.

—The Louisville Cardinal previews the U of L wide receivers.

—The Kentucky Lottery is going to test out a new game based on live horse racing. Such a shame this state has “no interest” in sports gambling though.

—As with seemingly everything else in the state, as of July 1, there will now be a sales tax attached to all U of L ticket purchases.

—Athlon ranks Bobby Petrino as the 16th-best coach in college football.

16. Bobby Petrino, Louisville

In addition to his ability to produce high-powered offenses, Petrino continues to win at a high level, averaging nine wins a year in his 13 seasons as a head coach. The Cardinals are 34-18 since joining the ACC in 2014, finishing at least .500 or better in all four years. The 2016 season was the high point of Petrino’s second stint at Louisville.

The Cardinals won nine games, finished 7-1 in ACC play and quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy. Petrino previously worked as Louisville’s head coach from 2003-06, compiling a 41-9 record and two finishes in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. He left for Arkansas in 2008, going 5-7 in his first year before recording three consecutive winning campaigns. The Razorbacks finished No. 5 nationally after recording 11 wins and a Cotton Bowl victory in 2011. Including an 8-4 record at WKU in 2013, Petrino is 117-48 overall as a head coach in the collegiate ranks.

—The CJ continues its 2018 Louisville football schedule preview with a closer look at Indiana State.

—Former U of L wide receiver James Quick was arrested over the weekend.

—U of L swimmer Spencer Carl is transferring to Michigan.

—Polar Pop has taken its guerrilla marketing to a new level this summer.

—R&R came in third in the Best of Louisville voting for best call-in radio show, which is fine. The Louisville Magazine staff gives its thoughts on who deserves a Best of Louisville award, a list which includes the late-night line cook at La Bamba.

—And finally, shoutout to these Cardinal athletes for their volunteer work at Camp Quality.