—The U of L women’s soccer team got the 2018-19 Cardinal sports season off to a great start Thursday night with an 8-1 trouncing of Wright State. Preseason All-American Emina Ekic netted two goals, as did freshman Maisie Whitsett.
—An early heads up for those of you making the trip to Orlando: We’ll be doing the Friday “Ramsey & Rutherford” show from 3-6 at the Tin Roof located at 8371 International Dr. Should be a fun way to kick off the weekend.
—With the exception of one throw, Teddy Bridgewater was fantastic Thursday night.
Someone needs to bite the bullet and make this man a starter because there aren’t 32 better quarterbacks in the NFL right now than Teddy. There might not be 10.
—Roll Bama Roll reacts to the confident talk from the Louisville camp this week.
—Louisville is one of six finalists for highly-coveted defensive end JJ Weaver out of Moore High School.
First and foremost I would like to say God is good, putting me and my family in this position i am in today thank you to all the coaches that have gave me a chance and believe in my hard working talent this is my top 6️⃣ @RivalsDave @SWiltfong247 #15forfreddie pic.twitter.com/33NEKiH2RZ— JJ Weaver (@jjtimeee) August 17, 2018
—Thursday was a rough one for people closely tied with Katina Powell.
First, Powell’s daughter, Rodni (who was direclty involved in all the ... uncoolness), was arrested with a shit-ton of stuff she wasn’t supposed to have.
The daughter of the self-proclaimed madame in the middle of the University of Louisville sex scandal, Katina Powell, was arrested during a Louisville Metro Police Department sting.
Rodni Powell, 25, is facing numerous charges including four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana and receiving stolen property, buy/possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.
Police said she and another suspect broke a window of the third story apartment and threw a loaded .45 caliber gun from the window.
Detectives seized a half pound of meth, 73 grams of heroin, several pounds of marijuana and hundreds of pills.
That’s gonna keep you behind bars for a while.
In even stranger news, Dr. Thomas Tyre — the dentist who earlier this year had his checks stolen by Katina Powell but still stated on record that he was in love with her — was arrested Thursday after his practice was raided by the DEA.
Louisville police seized a “large amount” of controlled substances and three guns from a Louisville dentist office Thursday morning and have charged the dentist in connection with the drugs.
Thomas K. Tyre, 54, was arrested at Louisville Dream Dentistry, 3803 Preston Highway, according to Metro Corrections booking logs. He faces three counts of unlawfully prescribing or administering controlled substances, which is a class D felony for a first offense.
An arrest citation says Tyre had “numerous expired controlled substances ... that were being used to treat patients.” Those drugs “were kept without log record or inventory throughout the practice either in an unlocked gunsafe with firearms and ammunition or in other areas accessible to patients and staff (along with controlled substance RX pads).”
It adds that he told police he intended to use Demerol, which is a powerful painkiller, “for a purpose outside the scope of his medical practice.”
It’s still just unfathomable that these are the people who took U of L basketball down.
—Alabama offensive tackle Matt Womack cracked a bone in his foot at practice on Thursday and will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery.
—Vintage DePaul Day.
—GoCards.com hones in on the special teams talents of Mason King and Blanton Creque.
—U of L says that former president James Ramsey did not review or even receive documents from Chuck Smrt before making the decision to ban the men’s basketball team from the 2016 postseason.
Smrt, according to the university, was working “in the context of an active NCAA investigation” where he was allowed to sit it on NCAA interviews and serve as a conduit between the organization and U of L. Smrt gave U of L advice “through verbal communications” and prepared his own documents in preparation for meetings that were not provided to the school, according to the letter.
“The University’s position is and always has been that any records held by Mr. Smrt were never in possession of the University, nor were they even shown to the University or President Ramsey in making his determination to impose the post-season ban,” according to the letter.
The records, according to U of L, were “never made ‘public records’ to begin with” and disagreed that the documents should be provided.
—A quick report from Alabama’s Friday practice.
—We’ve been pushing the deep fried line back for years now. Today I think we finally crossed it.
—Louisville field hockey goalkeeper Ayiesha McFerran has been named preseason first team All-ACC.
—As a team, U of L field hockey has been tabbed to finish third in the ACC this year.
—Some training camp highlights from Lamar Jackson.
—Eric Crawford lays out the five best quotes from Friday’s U of L Football Kickoff Luncheon.
—His proclamation on the Alabama game wasn’t the only bold statement Bobby Petrino made on Friday.
“We have a ways to go offensively... we’ve got to get tougher.” - @CoachPetrinoUL “We expect to be the No. 1 offense in the country. That is what our job is. That’s what we’ve done a few times here, why not do it again?” pic.twitter.com/y1mGpzF3Vx— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) August 17, 2018
—Puma Pass says he’s ready to roll in his first year as “the guy” under center for Bobby Petrino.
—Alabama is holding its second scrimmage of the summer on Saturday. Bama Hammer lists four things to be on the lookout for.
—The Tide remain a near four touchdown favorite over Louisville.
Week one's biggest games and Las Vegas Line for each— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) August 17, 2018
Favorite listed first
Auburn -2.5 Washington
West Virginia -10 Tennessee
Michigan -1.5 Notre Dame
Miami (Fla) -2.5 LSU
Florida St -6.5 Virginia Tech
Alabama -25.5 Louisville
Texas Tech -2 Ole Miss
Purdue -3.5 Northwestern
—South Side Sox profiles former Louisville pitcher Drew Harrington, who is currently dealing for the Kannapolis Intimidators.
—London Iakopo has been moved from linebacker to safety for his final college season, and he thinks the move is a perfect fit.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound redshirt senior moved back to the safety position after spring practice. It marked his third position change in three years with the Cardinals under three different defensive coordinators.
”I’m a quick learner when it comes to football and understanding playbooks, so I was able to learn this playbook pretty fast at multiple positions,” Iakopo said. “I felt a lot more comfortable back there.”
The change was his call. He approached the coaching staff about moving back from linebacker to to safety – his natural position – because he felt he “fit in perfectly” there in the newest defensive scheme under first-year coordinator Brian VanGorder.
The coaches obliged and pointed to that ability to learn quickly as a reason Iakopo is in the mix to start at safety.
”London is a very smart player. He gets the schematic installs and builds very well,” VanGorder said Wednesday. “He’s just got to keep seeing reps back there, but I like the player.”
—Bama fans have some trash talk for the Derby City.
—Oak Hill Academy guard Jahmius Ramsey cut his list to 10 on Thursday and Louisville made the cut. The Cardinals are the leader for the four-star talent according to the 247 Sports crystal ball.
—LEO Weekly serves up five things to do in Louisville this weekend.
—Five-star PG Jalen Lecque has U of L in his final seven.
I would like to thank all the schools that have recruited me through my basketball career. It was a hard decision on narrowing down my list in colleges to choose from, but these are the schools I have chosen for my top 7❗️❗️ @TiptonEdits pic.twitter.com/uW0QKoJ5Rj— Jalen Lecque (@jalenlecque10) August 16, 2018
This is how I’m going to start revealing evening dinner choices to Mrs. CC.
—The promotions schedule for the 2018 men’s soccer season is here.
—Rick Bozich doesn’t agree with any of the offseason assertions that Mark Stoops and/or Bobby Petrino are on any sort of hot seat.
—Love it, Mini Luke.
—What makes Alabama’s pass defense so tough?
—Best of luck to former U of L volleyball standout Katie George, who is leaving WDRB and 790-KRD to take a new gig as the sideline reporter for the Milwaukee Bucks.
—And finally, a behind the scenes look at how that Louisville-Alabama comic book cover came to be.