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Monday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Gerard (Tripp) Weiter lll misses Lamar Jackson so much he’s been frozen in this pose since Saturday.

—Spread check: Florida State by 6.

—Louisville-Florida State this Saturday will air on ESPN2 at 3:30.

—The updated S&P rankings have Louisville at No. 85. The only power five teams ranked lower? Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon State, Illinois and Rutgers.

—The U of L women’s soccer team (9-1, 3-0) continued to build on the best start in program history with a last-second win over Syracuse Sunday night.

Next up for the Cards is a Saturday trip to Chapel Hill to take on No. 5 North Carolina.

—It was also a productive weekend for the sixth-ranked men’s soccer team, which stayed unbeaten in ACC play with a victory over Pitt in penalty kicks.

—The Daily Nole takes a first look at Louisville.

—Some fresh Samuell Williamson highlights:

—The Louisville volleyball team began defense of its 2017 ACC title with a thrilling five set win over North Carolina.

—Louisville is dead last in the new ACC football power rankings from

—Happy birthday to Christen Cunningham.

—David Johnson’s Saturday commitment to Louisville signals renewed faith in the Cardinal basketball program.

—Later in the day on Saturday, fellow U of L target Rocket Watts committed to Michigan State. I’m glad we got the local guy, but I’ll miss all the things we could have done with that name.

—Clemson has officially made the quarterback move from Kelly Bryant to freshman sensation Trevor Lawrence.

—Mother of god.

I have nothing else to comment.

—As you might have guessed, Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall is pretty proud of what his team did to Louisville on Saturday.

—The Louisville Cardinal delivers part one of its U of L Athletics State of the Union.

—It’s been almost a decade since we’ve been a football punchline.

I did not miss it.

—The U of L men’s golf team is headed out to participate in its second tournament of the young season.

—Bobby Petrino’s weekly press conference will be going down this afternoon at 1:30.


—LJ Nesbitt delivers his thoughts on the loss to Virginia over at The Crunch Zone.

—Streaking the Lawn looks at what went well for Virginia against Louisville.

—Former U of L wide receiver Ja’Quay Savage has some thoughts on Louisville’s 2018 season to date.

—As if the on-field results haven’t been depressing enough, Rivals has Louisville at No. 2 in its list of teams that should be concerned about their 2019 recruiting classes.


Current ranking: 60

Why it’s troubling: Louisville has lived in or around the top 30 for the last few seasons and done relatively well with that level of talent. The issue is that the 2019 class looks to be in for a steep drop. The Cardinals’ average star ranking of 2.75 ranks third from last in the ACC behind such schools as Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina. It’s highly unlikely that Louisville finishes outside the top 50 nationally, but a class that ranks in the bottom half of the ACC would be a significant blow to a team that looks like it may be in for a long season on the field.

—Louisville City FC has clinched a spot in the USL playoffs.

—Khwan Fore being number four makes me happy.

—The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to trade Gorgui Dieng.

—And finally, we’ve got Chris Mack on the radio show today at 5. The two preceding hours will likely be football-focused. You can listen here.