—Some notable quotes from Bobby Petrino’s time at media day on Saturday.
—The first preseason bowl projections from CBS have Louisville facing Nebraska in the Pinstripe Bowl.
—Eric Crawford makes the case for “Lenny Lyles Cardinal Stadium.”
Lyles enrolled with two other black players -- George Cain and Andy Walker for the 1954 season. There were bumps in the road. During a road trip to Eastern Kentucky, the black players were told they’d have to eat in the basement of a restaurant. Camp and his coaching staff insisted on joining them there, as they always did when players were moved to the back of the room or elsewhere because of race. And getting to the games was only half the battle. Once there, Lyles, who was converted to halfback from the end position he played at Central High School, was subject to extra punishment on the field, late hits, punches in pileups, and contact harder than opponents might generally deal out. He and the other African-American players endured slurs from the stands.
Camp always told his players to respond by hitting opponents where it hurt the most -- on the scoreboard.
Over time, Louisville’s team rallied around its minority teammates, and took up for them on the field and in other places. And Lyles became a star. In 1957, his senior year, he became known as “the fastest man in football.” He also ran track for the Cardinals. Lyles became the first 1,000-yard rusher for Louisville, and was the school’s all-time leading scorer for a non-kicker until a guy named Lamar Jackson came along. He still ranks fourth on the school’s all-time rushing list.
—TNIAAM compares ACC football teams to English Premier League clubs. Louisville is Chelsea.
—Adam Engel cannot stop robbing home runs.
—Jaylen Smith talks about his emergency appendectomy.
—According to the Charlotte Observer, top U of L recruit Jaelyn Withers will transfer from North Meck (NC) to Cleveland Heights (OH) for his senior season.
—Rocket Watts has a final nine.
—Virginia Tech sophomore big man Khadim Sy has announced that he is transferring.
—The CJ serves up an oral history of the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.
—Gonna be so many un-muted phones.
Per my Sources, NCAA Men’s Basketball will have a Mass Conference call next Monday. Be interested to hear what is discussed between the 350 D1 Programs.— PrepScouting (NCAA) (@highmajorscoop) August 9, 2018
—Jeff Greer says the 2019 recruiting class as a whole is trending towards making later decisions, so Louisville fans are going to have to be patient.
—Chris Mack says Darius Perry is getting better and better.
“Darius has to slow down a little,” Mack said. “I think if you watch the year, Darius had his good moments and his bad moments. And we need him to have consistent moments for us (next season).
“The challenge for Darius is to make the right play every time down the floor and not just once in a while, not just some games.”
Mack said he believes the best thing for Perry was watching and playing against Quentin Snider last season and U of L grad transfer Christen Cunningham this offseason. Both are experienced, veteran guards who can play different styles.
“I think it’s been great for Darius,” Mack said. “Quentin has probably helped him a whole lot, as well Christen, because both Quentin and Christen play with the right pace and changed their speeds very well. When you play against guys like that in open gym, it’s only going to help him get that experience.
“Darius has such a fast fastball. He needs to throw some change ups and curveballs too.”
—247 Sports projects Alabama’s depth chart after one week of fall camp.
—Rick Pitino had a horse named ... Party Dancer .... win at Del Mar over the weekend. Not a joke.
—Puma has no problem celebrating Terry Rozier’s newfound outspokenness.
—The CJ takes an offseason look at Ryan McMahon.
—Dan McDonald of Rivals says Chris Mack is the first year head coach who most needs to kill it on the recruiting trail.
Chris Mack was an outstanding hire for Louisville. Quite honestly, I’m a little surprised the Cardinals were able to lure him away with all the issues that came up and caused the university to move on from Rick Pitino. Louisville won the 2018 college basketball coaching carousel.
There is still a pretty nice amount of talent on the roster going into Mack’s first season, but playing in the ACC is no joke. In a league where you’ll face North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, Notre Dame and several other great programs, it’s imperative to always stock your roster with talent. Given the way Mack recruited at Xavier, I don’t see the talent level ever being an issue for the Cardinals going forward.
Louisville already secured an early commitment from four-star shooting guard
Josh Nickelberry.David Johnsonhad committed to Pitino’s staff before opening up after the change, but he’s still very much in play.Jae’lyn Withers,Aidan Igiehon,Patrick Williams and others all have serious interest in Mack’s program as well. Every class is an important class, but Louisville’s new staff is in a position to knock out of the park this year and going forward.
Evan Daniels went with UConn’s Dan Hurley.
—High school football is back this Friday, and Jason Frakes gives us five games to focus on.
—Neeli Bendapudi talks about U of L athletics.
—Iowa RB Mekhi Sargent admits that he came very close to picking Louisville.
—Jawon Pass isn’t trying to be Lamar Jackson.
—Happy birthday, coach.
—Teddy Bridgewater was fantastic in his preseason debut, but his future with the New York Jets is still very much up in the air.
—Senorise Perry’s stock is up with the Miami Dolphins.
—And finally, R&R is back this afternoon from 3-6 talking about Dez’s comments, the Bama reaction and all the other news from the weekend. You can listen here.