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Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Martin Newberry and fiancé Irina Pilarte took the 2018 Summer Tour to Russia during the World Cup.

—A federal judge dismissed Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas on Tuesday and ruled that Pitino’s claims should first be handled in arbitration. Pitino’s original contract with the apparel company apparently dictates as much.

—The Louisville men’s soccer team is the preseason No. 6 team in the country, but also just the preseason No. 3 pick in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. Such is life in America’s top soccer conference.

The Cards got no votes to finish first in the Atlantic, but did get one of the 12 votes to win the entire conference. That makes no sense whatsoever, but who cares. Shoutout to preseason polls.

—If you haven’t read the GQ story yet, Jalen Ramsey roasted basically every quarterback in the NFL, but he likes Lamar Jackson.

GQ: How so?

Jalen Ramsey: If all those teams were wanting [Cleveland Browns’ No. 1 overall pick] Baker [Mayfield] so bad—Baker compares better with Lamar [Jackson] than any of those other quarterbacks. So if they want that type of quarterback—confident, get out the pocket, throw on the run, big plays, charisma—then yeah, I understand Baker going number one. But if all the other people were competing and wanting Baker, too, then why wasn’t Lamar the second quarterback chosen? Instead of at the end of the first round.

I think [Buffalo Bills draft pick Josh] Allen is trash. I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback. He played at Wyoming. Every time they played a big school—like, they played Iowa State, which is not a big school in my opinion because I went to Florida State, and he threw five interceptions, and they lost by a couple touchdowns or something like that.✞ He never beat a big school. If you look at his games against big schools, it was always hella interceptions, hella turnovers. It’s like: Yo, if you’re this good, why couldn’t you do better? He fits that mold, he’s a big, tall quarterback. Big arm, supposedly. I don’t see it, personally.

I would’ve picked [Lamar Jackson] earlier than 32. I think he’s gonna do a good job. Especially with the [Baltimore Ravens’] offensive coordinator—he likes running quarterbacks, likes that read option. And just being honest about it, [Joe] Flacco sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks.

—Good read here from Tyler Tynes, who explains why everyone who needs grassroots basketball is afraid the NCAA is leaving them behind.

—Josh Nickelberry is No. 62 in the updated ESPN 100 rankings for the class of 2019. Also, DePaul has a top 40 commit and USC is recruiting better than they ever were before being named in the FBI’s original complaint last fall.

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—This is decent.

—TNIAAM ranks the ACC on best local craft breweries. Louisville comes in at No. 5.

—Jeff Greer updates his recruiting big board for U of L basketball.

—The kids enjoyed Saturday’s Fan Fest activities.

—ESPN has released its ultimate guide to ACC football for 2018. It features Louisville at No. 7 in the league power rankings, no Cardinals on the preseason all-conference team, and Bobby Petrino mentioned in the (mildly) hot seat section.

Perhaps the most intriguing name on the ACC’s (admittedly mild) hot seat, however, is Louisville’s Bobby Petrino. It’s not that Petrino has struggled in his return to Louisville, but there are tons of outside factors that could play a part in a changing of the guard there. For one, the university is dealing with a wave of controversy and working to improve its image. Petrino’s history doesn’t help that. Petrino has taken some heat for employing three family members as assistant coaches, too. A new AD and university president could be ready to move on -- particularly if the on-field results, without Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, take a step back.

—Three Man Weave has released its list of the top 100 players in college basketball for 2018-19. No Cardinals made the cut or received any votes.

—If you’re jonesing for any sort of football content in these final few weeks, check out Peter Berg’s (of Friday Night Lights fame) “QB1” on Netflix. It follows the senior seasons of high school QB stars Jake Fromm, Tate Martell and Tayvon Bowers.

The Fromm storyline is basically the “Jason Street if he never got hurt” story, Martell gives off some serious Johnny Manziel vibes (good and bad), and Bowers is a kid Louisville fans may be seeing a lot of in a year or two. It’s a good watch.


I don’t even know if that was semi-right or made sense at all, but our guy is gong to France. You get it.

—North Carolina has paid a total of $21 million defending itself during the fallout from its academic scandal. Money well spent, I suppose.

—Former top 100 recruit Sam Cunliffe is leaving Kansas to play for Walter McCarty at Evansville.

—Withers’ boy Josh Nickelberry will reportedly be visiting with him. That’s gonna be a big weekend for Cardinal hoops.

—Trevor Lawrence at Clemson and Justin Fields at Georgia are both trying to be the “next Tua” and unseat a highly successful incumbent quarterback. This assuming Tua is successful in unseating Jalen Hurts.

—The Louisville women’s soccer team hammered Morehead State, 4-0, in exhibition play Tuesday night.

—A 285-pound human being shouldn’t be able to do this.

He might not be able to shoot or dribble, but he’s still going to be awfully fun to watch.

— gives an overview of Louisville football.

—A vote for Brian VanGorder’s intelligence and adaptability from the CJ.

—Love is a point guard who already has offers from Xavier, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Florida and Texas, among others.

—Louisville City FC has acquired midfielder James Sands from the MLS’ New York City FC on loan through the end of August. The boys in purple host Nashville on Saturday.

—Lonnie Galloway talked with the media after Wednesday morning’s practice.

—A good rundown of Clemson, which is looking for its fourth straight ACC title.

—U of L says it has received $5 million to help fund a study that looks at the connection between a green environment and human health.

—And finally, a good look at what Louisville players and coaches have had to say about fall camp so far.