—Louisville announced Monday that fullback Tobias Little will “likely” miss the entire 2018 season with a knee injury. A tough blow for a guy who seemed poised to take on a larger role this season.
—The U of L women’s soccer team moved to 2-0 on the young season by wrapping up its opening week with a 2-1 overtime win over Xavier. The game-winner came with just eight seconds to play in OT.
You’re going to want to turn the all the way for this one!— UofL Women's Soccer (@ulwomenssoccer) August 20, 2018
With :08 left in OT … the goal off a header FOR THE WIN! Highlights ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/LrSchxsALo
—Drew Ellis and Nick Solak both make MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week.
—CBS’ candid coaches series reveals that college football coaches believe James Franklin and Willie Taggart are the most overrated coaches in the sport, and David Shaw and Chris Petersen are the most underrated.
—On the basketball side, 38 percent of coaches believe Kansas will be the best team in the country next season. Kentucky (18%) and Duke (15%) also got some love.
—Donovan’s baseball roots show themselves here.
—Former Cardinal running back Harry Trotter is transferring to Kansas State.
—Louisville hosted three-star power forward Quinn Slazinski from Huntington Prep on Monday. Expect Slazinski to take an official visit to U of L this fall.
—It’s been in the process of coming back around for a while now, but short shorts are officially basketball thing again.
—Rocket Watts will take his official visit to Louisville Sept. 28-30. That’s the weekend of the FSU football game at Cardinal Stadium.
—It’s not going to happen, but Nate Davis of USA Today says the Jets should bite the bullet and make Teddy Bridgewater their week 1 starter.
Over his nine seasons at Xavier, Mack, unlike his Louisville predecessors David Padgett and Rick Pitino, tended to keep his starters with two fouls on the court in the first half. That’s according to a fascinating new batch of data published by college basketball analytics guru Ken Pomeroy on his subscription website, KenPom.com.
The “two-foul participation” percentage on Pomeroy’s site is determined with a simple formula — ”the percentage of time that a starter with two fouls in the first half has been allowed to play.”
The average across college basketball is typically right around 20 percent, Pomeroy’s data found.
Mack’s Xavier team from this past season, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament loaded with veterans, had a 25.4 two-foul participation percentage, above the national average of 20.1. His 2016-17 team posted a 23.5 two-foul participation percentage, also above the national average.
In all, Mack’s teams posted an average of 17.8 two-foul participation percentage. Mack more frequently trusted his starters to play with two fouls — considered first-half foul trouble by conventional wisdom standards. This was particularly the case over the past two seasons and in the 2010-11 campaign. Those three squads had experienced starters at four positions.
For Louisville fans who have clamored for their coaches to keep starters on the floor after that dreaded second foul, Mack’s high usage of players with two fouls will be a welcome change.
—Louisville commit Anthony Adkins from Larue County carried 10 times for 247 yards and three touchdowns in his season debut last Friday. He scored on runs of 42, 63 and 70 yards in a 48-0 blowout of Marion County.
—The Charlotte Hornets have waived Mangok Mathiang.
—U of L makes the top five for top target Jaelyn Withers.
—And the top five on the women’s side for five-star prospect Brea Beal.
—GoCards.com kicks off a three-part preview of the 2018 field hockey season.
—CBS’ new “Four Sides of the Story” documentary series should be pretty cool. They’re highlighting four of the top sports stories from past year in their first season.
This season’s episodes:
· Alabama Audible, which unpacks the stunning events of Alabama’s comeback victory in the National Championship and features interviews with both Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and head coach Nick Saban. The documentary premieres on CBS Television Network on Saturday, Sept. 22 (2:30 PM, ET) leading into the network’s SEC on CBS broadcast and will re-air on Monday, Sept. 24 (7:00 PM, ET) on CBS Sports Network.
· Mayweather vs. McGregor, an unparalleled look at the iconic Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor fight (Monday, Oct. 22, 7:00 PM, ET on CBS Sports Network).
· UMBC – Bracket Busted, the story of #16 seed UMBC’s historic upset over #1 seed Virginia in the 2018 NCAA Tournament (Monday, Nov. 19, 7:00 PM, ET on CBS Sports Network).
· Holy Loyola!, highlighting the remarkable Loyola (Chicago) Final Four run (Monday, Dec. 17, 7:00 PM, ET on CBS Sports Network).
Click here for a trailer of the series.
Below is a brief synopsis for each episode.
Down 13-0 at halftime of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game against SEC Champion Georgia, Alabama head coach Nick Sabanmade the gutsy decision to bench his starting quarterback, Jalen Hurts, and insert the back-up, true freshman Tua Tagovailoa. What happened next will never be forgotten in Tuscaloosa and Athens – or the rest of the college football world. Highlighted by interviews with both Tagovailoa and Saban; Tua’s parents Diane and Galu Tagovailoa; ESPN Analyst Kirk Herbstreit and Georgia defensive back Aaron Davis, CBS Sports takes a look back at one of the boldest coaching decisions in sports history and the events that led to Alabama’s historic 17th National Championship.
MAYWEATHER VS. McGREGOR
One of the most anticipated fights in history, Mayweather vs. McGregor was a spectacle unlike anything the boxing or MMA world had ever seen. Featuring interviews with key behind-the-scenes players that made the fight happen, including President Sports & Events Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. Stephen Espinoza; Mayweather’s assistant trainer, DeJuan Blake; Owen Roddy, McGregor’s Coach; and fight referee Robert Byrd, this documentary breaks down the fight night experience that had the sports world buzzing.
UMBC – BRACKET BUSTED
Prior to tip-off, 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament were 0-135. When the final horn sounded, it was 1-135. Featuring interviews with UMBC point guard KJ Maura and his father; coach Ryan Odom; CBS lead reporter Tracy Wolfson and UMBC “Twitter Guy” Zach Seidel, who became famous overnight, CBS Sports recounts the historic upset and the night that shocked the college basketball world.
Two buzzer-beaters, four wins and one Sister Jean later, Loyola (Chicago) became a household sensation and one of the greatest Cinderella stories of all-time. Highlighted by an interview with Sister Jean, the beloved 98 year-old team nun who captured the nation’s attention with her charm and fandom; along with head coach Porter Moses; leading scorer Clayton Custer and Don Ingram (starting guard Donte Ingram’s father), this documentary explores how a small school in Chicago pulled off a stunning Final Four run for the ages.
—The New York Daily News is reporting that at least two teams have expressed an interest in trading for Teddy Bridgewater.
—Lamar had a somewhat up and down night throwing the ball for the Ravens on Monday, but he did make one big league toss for a touchdown in the third quarter.
—The most important college football news of the summer.
THE CACTUS BOWL IS NOW THE CHEEZ-IT BOWL pic.twitter.com/qFGSJf7R8u— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) August 20, 2018
—Class of 2019 offensive guard Melvin McBride will pick between Louisville, Tennessee, Arkansas, Memphis State and Indiana next week.
—U of L men’s soccer held its annual media day on Monday.
—Happy back to school, kids. The first two weeks don’t really count so you should definitely drink and do whatever else you want the whole time.
After Labor Day, though, you’ve gotta buckle down for at least two or three weeks. “Weeks,” of course, meaning Sunday-Wednesday.
—CBS ranks every team in the NFL based on how badly they should try and trade for Teddy Bridgewater. The Rams are No. 1, the Jaguars No. 2.
—All schools and government offices should be closed today.
—According to BetOnline.AG, Alabama is a 25.5-point favorite over Louisville. Bettors are expecting a high-scoring game, with the original over/under of 56 having already been bet up to 59 in a little under five hours.
—Ricky O’Donnell is all-in on Zion Williamson, who will almost certainly be the most talked about player in college basketball next season.
—Our basketball son is all grown up and off to Portugal.
—It’s the final Bark in the Park game of the season tonight at Slugger Field.
—National media picks for the 2018 Louisville football team are all over the place.
—Bama Hammer lays out why Louisville “has no chance” against Alabama.
—This new Cardinal Stadium logo has not been drawing rave reviews from the fan base.
The new Cardinal Stadium logo. pic.twitter.com/kECtZXEsrd— Louisville Sports Live (@LvilleSprtsLive) August 19, 2018
It’s sort of like if Cardinal Stadium was an early ‘90s White Castle, which I’m cool with ... The idea of Louisville-themed early ‘90s White Castle, not the design.
—Inside College Football talks (video) Jawon Pass.
—Bama On Line attempts to project the Tide’s depth chart following the team’s second scrimmage of fall camp.
—Happy card yard season.
—The U of L student section is selling “Embrace the Hate” shirts, and they’ve already sold out.
—And finally, we’re out at The State Fair from 3-6 for today’s radio show. Stop by and give me the middle finger.