—Spread check (football): Louisville by 8.5.
—Congrats to Dorian Etheridge, who has been named the ACC Co-Linebacker of the Week.
—The U of L men’s soccer team has made the NCAA tournament and will host South Florida in the first round Thursday night.
—Rob Dauster has Louisville at No. 2 in his college hoops power rankings for NBC Sports.
—Vince Tyra addressed the media on Monday and made it apparent that he’s going to do everything in his power to keep Scott Satterfield and his staff at U of L for as long as possible.
Many feel that Satterfield’s name is likely going to come up with some other jobs and U of L athletic director Vince Tyra agrees.
“I think that’s going to happen all of the time,” Tyra said of other schools wanting Satterfield. “There has been so much great publicity around what Scott did at App State and now people are as focused on what he did there as what he’s done here. I think you guys see that we were ahead of it thankfully. There are some great openings this year.
“The expectation with those kinds of coaches that do it well on and off the field are going to be approached.”
Satterfield, who was 46-17 in five years at Appalachian State, signed a six-year contract worth $3.25 million a year last December, according to details of the contract that U of L released at the time.
Tyra said he doesn’t expect to lose his coach.
“I haven’t heard from anybody but I am open with all of our coaches and have those conversations,” Tyra said. “Do I expect that our talented coaches, people will look to poach them like they have in the past? Yes. Do I expect or want to lose them? Heck no.
“We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure this coaching staff is here for a long time.”
—The U of L field hockey team saw the best season in program history with a heartbreaking shootout loss to Boston College in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
—Corey Evans of Rivals looks at the 10 biggest stories in the world of basketball recruiting over the last decade.
—Harry Lyles was with the Evansville basketball team before, during and after their upset of Kentucky last week. His feature on Walter McCarty, the Aces, and the biggest win in program history is worth your time.
But McCarty’s just getting started with what’s about to be an overwhelming amount of media requests. He heads to the coaches’ locker room with Evansville’s sports information director Bob Pristash and director of media relations Michael Robertson. McCarty is seated in the corner locker, and finally has a chance to look at his phone.
The first person he calls is his wife Erin. Before he gets off the phone with her, he’s led to believe that he’s about to do the first of many national media appearances. Technical difficulties buy him some time, so he makes another quick call, then says to me, “Watch this.”
McCarty dials back a number, the tone rings a few times, and all of a sudden, somebody is yelling, “You bad motherfucker!”
It’s Patrick Ewing.
“Beast! What’s up, baby!?” McCarty replies with joy and laughter.
“I’m so fucking proud of you, boy!” Ewing yells back.
After hanging up with Ewing, McCarty turns his phone to me, showing off his 284 unread text messages. By the time his SportsCenter interview with Stan Verrett is over and he gets on the bus to go back to Evansville, there are 304.
”How stupid is that?” he says with a laugh that’s heavily coated with disbelief, “I really gotta go through that? I don’t even wanna do that!”
When McCarty finally steps onto the bus, and starts an impromptu speech with, “I thought we could do it. I knew we could do it. But when you do it.”
—Louisville basketball sits at No. 3 in Andy Katz’s latest Power 36 rankings. He had the Cards at sixth last week.
—Brendan McKay and Will Smith (the baseball one) will be the featured guests at this year’s Louisville Baseball Leadoff Dinner on Jan. 24. You can buy tickets now.
—Latest College Football Playoff odds from BetOnline:
—The U of L rowing team finished its fall season with three top 10 finishes.
—Even the experienced Louisville football players who have played in bowl games before felt a little different about achieving bowl eligibility this year.
—DePaul is 5-0 and Seth Davis is all in (Athletic link).
I may regret this, but I’m ready to buy me some DePaul. The Blue Demons are 5-0 for the first time since the 1986-87 season. That includes a 15-point win at Iowa and a 21-point thrashing of Cornell at home on Saturday. Remember the name Paul Reed. Big, active 6-9 junior forward who is averaging a double-double (14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds) and is 5-of-7 from 3. Tougher tests are coming, of course (Texas Tech comes to town on Dec. 4), but given that this program has been the benchmark for ineptitude, any sign of progress is welcome. I’m here for it!
—If there was a saving grace from Louisville City FC’s loss in the USL title match, it’s that former U of L star Tate Schmitt was on the other side.
—The U of L women’s soccer team took care of Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. The Cards will now travel to face BYU, the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament, for a second round match Thursday night.
—North Carolina Central head coach LeVelle Moton left Louisville on Sunday believing his Eagles had just played the best college basketball team in the country.
—Jeff Borzello has Louisville at No. 3 in his updated college hoops power rankings for ESPN.
3. Louisville Cardinals (4-0)
Previous ranking: 4
This week: vs. USC Upstate (Wednesday), vs. Akron (Sunday)
Chris Mack needed to find answers at the point guard spot entering the season, especially once freshman David Johnson went down with an injury. So far, it’s been smooth sailing. Darius Perry was terrific against Youngstown State, dishing out 12 assists to just one turnover -- and then Saint Joseph’s graduate transfer Lamarr Kimble stepped up against Indiana State when Perry was struggling. Kimble had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists against the Sycamores. On Sunday against NC Central, it was a little bit of both: Perry and Kimble combined for 19 points and 12 assists in another easy win.
—Lamar and DeShaun Watson remain bros.
—Louisville QB commit Chubba Purdy and his brother, Iowa State QB Brock Purdy, have a special relationship.
—Matt Fortuna of The Athletic writes about the brilliance of Scott Satterfield’s first season at Louisville.
Surely, these Cards would eventually regress to the mean. They were, after all, not expected to win more than four games, at least according to Vegas.
Flash forward to mid-November and here the Cards (6-4, 4-3 ACC) are, bowl eligibility in hand and so much more on the horizon. If they beat Syracuse this Saturday, they will finished in second place in the ACC Atlantic, a division that the league’s media contingent picked Louisville to finish last in back in the summer.
Louisville’s 34-20 victory at N.C. State checked all the signature boxes of what has been a charmed debut campaign for Satterfield: sharp quarterback play, a rookie reaching a milestone that had not been matched in nearly a decade, a trick-play touchdown and plenty of celebrating afterward.
“The bus ride to the airport, they were pretty wild,” Satterfield said by phone Sunday, before his team’s evening practice. “Dancing around, yelling, screaming. And then once you get on the plane, it’s already late. It’s like 2 or 3 in the morning, so everybody is starting to calm down a little bit. But there were still a couple more chants on the plane once we got on there. They’re still fired up. I could tell everybody was getting tired, so now we’re back at it today and hopefully have a good practice.”
—The University of Louisville is tied for being the best in the country when it comes to educating black students, this according to a report card issued by the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center.
—Montana State has the best buzzer-beater of the college hoops season to date.
—Gorgui Dieng continues to receive deserved praise for his charity work in Senegal.
—Cardinal Authority caught up with U of L’s football commits to get their thoughts on Louisville clinching a bowl bid.
—I would have hated this if it were a Louisville player, but as someone with no rooting interest, this is one of the funniest basketball-related things I’ve ever seen.
I don’t care what anyone says, this guy is a legend. pic.twitter.com/6z9LcXT1jt— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) November 16, 2019
—Hailey Van Lith, the No. 2 overall player in the 2020 class, is headed to Louisville. Jeff Walz continues to kill it on the recruiting trail.
—Rick Bozich says there’s no longer any question: Scott Satterfield is the ACC Coach of the Year.
—U of L serves up some primary takeaways from Scott Satterfield’s weekly press conference.
—And finally Cardinal football fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to this weekend’s home game against Syracuse. Collection bins will be placed outside of all entry gates. Additionally, volunteers from Wayside Christian Mission and Louisville Athletics CardsCare student-athletes will be collecting contributions in all of the parking lots from fan tailgates. All food collected will benefit Wayside Christian Mission and the Cardinal Cupboard, the university’s campus food pantry for students.