—Spread check: Virginia by 3.5.
—ESPN’s college hoops writers preview the ACC, and all four of them believe Louisville will finish in the top two of the final conference standings. Two believe the Cards will win the league.
—In its final non-conference match of the season, the Louisville men’s soccer team will host Temple on Tuesday night. Here’s a preview.
—Matt Norlander of CBS ranks all 353 Division-I teams in college basketball, and has Louisville at No. 9.
—Here are 10 takeaways from Bronco Mendenhall’s pre-Louisville press conference.
—Yeah, but the Ravens haven’t even played the ‘85 Bears yet.
Lamar Jackson is a real-life glitch.— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) October 21, 2019
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—A National Women’s Soccer League franchise is coming to Louisville in 2021. The team will play its home games in the new Lynn Family Stadium.
—Eric Crawford writes that the NWSL team is a major development for the city of Louisville.
—LJ Nesbitt reviews the loss to Clemson.
—”Resilience” is the theme this week for Louisville football.
That’s why, when entering the Howard Schnellenberger Complex on Monday, you could see signs taped to the wall everywhere with one dominant word: “RESILIENCE.”
It is the theme of the week for the Cardinals and in some ways has been the theme of the entire season, from when Satterfield first arrived.
He has been preparing his players for times like this all season. Reacting to adversity and negative momentum was very much the motivation for all of the efforts to build team chemistry, for pushing players through extra drills, for the trips to play paintball and laser tag and the times spent together off the field.
It wasn’t so much for the victories that Satterfield and his staff were coaching, but for handling defeats, because they knew some would come.
Those signs in the football complex follow their one-word motto with the definition: “The capacity of a system, enterprise or person to maintain its core purpose in the face of adversity.” Following that sentence are the exhortations: “See it. Say it. Seize it.”
Satterfield said this is a big week for his team, to show it can put that kind of resilience into practice.
—U of L is now offering a six-game ticket plan for the upcoming men’s basketball season.
—Russ Smith is now making music.
—A day after being ranked as the preseason No. 1 team in the country, Michigan State has announced that oft-injured guard Joshua Langford will be out until at least January.
—All in on Butler winning the Big East now.
—The official logo for the 2024 Olympics in Paris is the most Parisian thing ever.
—It’s opening night in the NBA, which also coincides with game one of the 2019 World Series. In keeping with that spirit of synchrony, the first day of the 2020 MLB season will be on the same day as college basketball’s 2020 national championship game.
—Three-star offensive tackle Connor Tollison from Missouri has received a scholarship offer from U of L.
—Danielle Lerner looks at (Athletic link) how new U of L commit D’Andre Davis fits in with the Cards.
Davis is a Swiss Army Knife type player who can impact the game in a variety of ways. Growing up, he spent time at positions 1 to 5. Watching him split defenders in the paint to dish passes under the basket and win rebounds, he calls to mind a more slender version of Sutton. He has a solid step-back jumper and uses a high-release floater to make baskets over defenders. His passing vision and playmaking ability should fit well in an offense that features a lot of screening and cutting.
Davis’ stats reflect his versatility: He averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a junior at Lawrence Central.
“That versatility is what you’ve got to be really aware of,” said Jason Delaney, who coaches Davis on the grassroots team Indy Heat. “He ran point at times, was able to shoot, create for others, make decisions, he rebounds extremely well. And on the defensive end, he’s got that length.”
Delaney said he believes Davis will be a good match for Louisville’s system as a player who can make quick decisions with the ball in his hands and operate in both roles in a pick-and-pop.
And in talks with Mack, Davis said the coach highlighted his ability to play multiple positions on both ends of the floor.
“Just being a versatile player I am, being able to score off ball screens, play the 1 to 4,” Davis said. “The big thing I talked about with Coach was to stay on the court by playing defense. He says I can be a great defender guarding 1 to 4 defensively.”
—Football Scoop says Jim Harbaugh may already be planning an exit strategy out of Ann Arbor.
—Banner Society’s Top Whatever rankings are always worth a read.
—U of L women’s soccer continues to climb in the national rankings.
—In 2017, Richard Yeargin was on the rise to stardom at Clemson. Then a car accident and a fractured vertebrae sent him on a long road to recovery. Now he’s back and making a comeback at Boston College.
—The CJ’s Cameron Teague looks at why Scott Satterfield is set on playing both Micale Cunningham and Evan Conley at quarterback.
—USA Today’s annual list of the highest-paid coaches in college football is out. Scott Satterfield ranks sixth in the ACC and 42nd overall.
—Crazy skies last night in Louisville.
Just looked out the window and saw this going on pic.twitter.com/AvKre2H4ZY— Jude Redfield (@JudeRedfield) October 21, 2019
—NC State football announced Monday night that key contributors Teshaun Smith, Justin Witt, and Chris Ingram will all miss the rest of the season. Big blows for a team still on Louisville’s schedule.
—Louisville checks in at No. 5 on ACCSports.com’s weekly football power rankings.
—Angel McCoughtry has been hinting that her time in Atlanta may be coming to an end.
—The Cards are a No. 2 seed in ESPN’s latest women’s NCAA tournament bracketology update.
—Seth Davis has Louisville at No. 9 in his preseason top 25 for The Athletic.
If you like older teams (and I do), the Cardinals have a lot to offer. They signed arguably the best graduate transfer in the country in Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble, a 6-foot guard who was a three-year captain at Saint Joseph’s but wanted to leave after the school fired Phil Martelli. He joins a lineup that includes two other fifth-year seniors in 6-5 guard Dwayne Sutton and 6-10 forward Steven Enoch. And then there’s 6-7 junior forward Jordan Nwora, the ACC’s preseason player of the year. One concern is junior center Malik Williams, the team’s co-captain who had foot surgery in September and is expected to be out another six weeks. Chris Mack did a terrific job instilling his culture during his first year at Louisville, and this season he is prepared to reap those rewards.
—The Chris Mack Radio Show debuts next Monday.
—U of L serves up its takeaways from Scott Satterfield’s Monday press conference.
—ESPN’s FPI is projecting a 5-7 final record for Louisville football.
—Meredith Ledford and Beth Satterfield are both ready for Louisville’s future takedown of Clemson.
—The CJ looks at five factors for a successful 2019-20 Louisville basketball season.
—Cardinal Authority highlights some football recruits to keep an eye on.
—And finally, add Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall to the group that has been impressed by the job Scott Satterfield has done in year one at Louisville.