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Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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—Spread check: Louisville by 23.

—According to Forbes, Louisville has the second most valuable apparel deal in college sports for the year of 2018. Only UCLA’s deal with Under Armour is more valuable. Texas’ deal with Nike puts them at No. 3.

—Chris Mack is all over the damn place this week.

Mack confirmed to the CJ’s Danielle Lerner that top 50 forward Samuel Williamson will take his official visit to U of L later this week. Weingarten also reports that Louisville will visit with Trinity’s David Johnson on Thursday, and is visiting with Patrick Williams today.

—Before the football game on Saturday, Louisville will be hosting a baseball scrimmage against Western Kentucky at Jim Patterson. More details here.

—Backup offensive lineman Toryque Bateman announced on Twitter Tuesday that he intends to transfer.

Bateman is a redshirt freshman who was a three-star prospect coming out of Gadsden City High School in Alabama.

—Miami, Florida, and Florida State are 0-3 against FBS teams. That hasn’t happened in 65 years.

—Some highlights from Saturday’s open run at the little Yum:

—Georgia Tech running back KirVonte Benson is out for the season.

—Louisville is up from No. 78 to No. 66 in the new S&P Rankings.

—Bobby Petrino is happy to have Jeremy Smith “out of retirement.”

“I feel like I can go out there and play a game,” Smith said. “I don’t feel like I’m at the point I was before I left. I still feel like I’m a step behind, but I’m working hard to get back to where I was before in my career.”

Smith was out of the game for over 7-8 months before calling the Louisville football offices to ask if he can help the team win games in 2018.

”I was excited to just to be back on the field,” Smith said. “I left a lot of things unsaid. I didn’t set a landmark for myself while I was here. I want reach the goals that I have set for myself. I want to be a 1,000-yard back, which I think I can accomplish.”

—A lot changed for Smith during his time away from U of L. Most notably, he became a father.

—Donovan Mitchell helped Louisville land Jaelyn Withers over the weekend, now he’s trying to work some magic on consensus top five recruit Cole Anthony.

—Quinn Slazinski has Louisville in his final five list of schools.

—It was a big weekend in Boston for Terry Rozier. The former Card got pulled onstage during a Drake concert, and then led the Patriots onto the field for their home opener the next day.

—For all the people who have been asking why Lamar Jackson hasn’t been featured in any of the Nissan Heisman House commercials, here’s your answer.

The campaign comes as Nissan North America attempts to recover from recently weak sales trends. Nissan brand sales fell nearly 16 percent in July and Nissan was about 6 percent in the year’s first seven months, according to data from Automotive News.

ESPN and Nissan have a pretty good track record of luring the previous year’s Heisman winner for the campaign, but haven’t always succeeded. Lamar Jackson, who won the 2016 trophy while at the University of Louisville, declined to participate in last year’s campaign. Jackson, now with the Baltimore Ravens, “turned us down not because he doesn’t love us or love the campaign [but] because he wanted to focus on football,” Marx says. “We are hopeful that we’ll have him in the future.”

—Taco Bell has been voted as the best Mexican restaurant in the country because of course it has.

—Yahoo’s Jeff Eisenberg has a terrific read on the lives of Americans bold — or desperate — enough to risk playing professional basketball in Iraq.

—This would be a bad moment for anyone in the GW athletics department.

—The Bellarmine Knights have released their hoops schedule for the 2018-19 season.

—A Louisville fan writes about the excitement of preparing to attend a football game for the first time.

—Maine takes down Western Kentucky and now they’re out for blood.

—I had 247 Sports’ Evan Daniels on the show yesterday to talk Louisville hoops recruiting. Evan said, among other things, that he likes U of L’s chances with Aidan Igiehon even with Kentucky making a late push. You can listen to the podcast here.

—Speaking of Igiehon, it appears there’s a new web series that will tell his story of going from Ireland to becoming one of the top recruits in America.

—The U of L women’s golf team finished third at the Minnesota Invitational.

—Cardinal volleyball is off to its best start since 2015.

—WBKO dives into the lengthy history of the Louisville-WKU football series.

—This would be a bad moment.

—Bobby Petrino remains mum about his quarterback situation heading into weekend three.

—Even with the St. Matts slander, this is terrific:

—Atlanta is making a huge fuss about bars being able to stay open until 4 a.m. during Super Bowl week this year. That’s so cute.

—FC Cincinnati took down Louisville City FC in the rain resumed rivalry match Tuesday night.

—Shoutout to the ACC for having stones.

—Western Kentucky’s quarterback situation for this weekend is even more uncertain than Louisville’s.

—The most valuable team in college football is .... Texas A&M?

—And finally, we’re back on the radio talking Cardinal sports from 3-6 this afternoon. Listen here.