—Spread check (football): Louisville by 9.
—The talk of a contract extension for Scott Satterfield is already heating up.
—Yes, his dad was a Cardinal. But J.J. Traynor wants to make his own name (Athletic link) at Louisville.
Osborne, who now lives in Indiana, was not available for comment; Traynor says he and his father don’t speak much, but he knows his dad is proud of him.
He still has Osborne’s old No. 25 jersey, the one he used to sleep in, though he says he won’t wear his dad’s number at Louisville.
Comparisons to his father are unavoidable; both are smooth forwards with lanky builds, although Brewer and Lee say Traynor is more athletic and Osborne is the better passer.
Even before Louisville really started recruiting him, Traynor and his mom discussed this possibility. Traynor decided he could handle the pressure of being a legacy player, that he would embrace the opportunity to compete for minutes against extremely talented teammates.
“To be honest, J.J. picking Louisville says what kind of kid he is,” Goodwin says. “He could have gone elsewhere without these expectations and played right away. Here, he has to earn it, and he knows it’s not going to be easy.”
And although his family and coaching ties to Louisville run deep, those weren’t the only factors that pulled Traynor toward the Cardinals. He remembers touring the KFC Yum Center right after it opened in 2010 and attending games there over the years. He feels a connection with Mack and likes the way his system encourages versatility.
“Understand he’s only a work in progress and he’s only gonna get better,” Lee says, “but you’re gonna see a multi-dimensional player who can score at all three levels in multiple ways. As far as rebounding, he can be an elite rebounder because I believe with rebounding, you have to want to do it. It’s more about heart and work ethic, and J.J. has that.”
—Cardinal Authority plays know the foe with Syracuse.
—These videos are just the best.
—Ditto for these.
Yes, they can both be the best. Shut up.
—LJ Nesbitt is back with a new installment of BucketHatism.
—The CJ looks at the rarity of turnarounds like the one Louisville football is in the middle of.
—Not what people are talking about when they say Kentucky needs to find someone with an outside stroke.
What is Utah Valley trying to do to Kentucky?.... pic.twitter.com/YaWeSAvYu4— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerRadio) November 19, 2019
—Dino Babers is worried about Louisville’s speed.
—Louisville is in the top three for an FSU commit who may be looking elsewhere following Willie Taggart’s firing.
—I’m sure this is going to go over well.
The Nov. 29 Louisville-Western Kentucky game in Nashville will be streamed exclusively on CBSSN on Facebook. The game will be produced by CBS Sports Network, but will not be televised on the CBSSN cable channel nor streamed on its website. It will be available only on Facebook.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) November 19, 2019
What a shame. For both fan bases.
—Danielle Lerner looks at (Athletic link) what we learned about Louisville’s defense from its performance against North Carolina Central.
—Despite a disastrous 2019 season, Vanderbilt says Derek Mason will be back again next year to direct the Commodores football team.
—Also, just Donovan in general.
More on that story here.
—A 23-year-old college student won sports gambling parlays of $47,000, $53,000, $239,000 and $333,333 over the span of just 21 days.
—Big shoutout to Louisville’s own Carlos Dixon on capturing the World Silver Super Featherweight title in Jamaica over the weekend.
—I’m going to need Spanish broadcast highlights from every Ravens game now.
—Mayfield wide receiver Kade Neely has committed to Louisville as a preferred walk-on.
—U of L women’s golf star Lauren Hartlage has accepted an invitation from the United States Golf Association International Team Selection Committee to participate in a practice session for the 2020 Curtis Cup.
—ACC hoops scores from Monday night:
Notre Dame 63, Presbyterian 53
Pittsburgh 63, Monmouth 50
ACC hoops tonight:
No. 7 Virginia vs. Vermont (7 p.m./ACC Network Extra)
NC State vs. Alcorn State (7 p.m./ACC Network Extra)
—After being released by the Bengals, Preston Brown has signed a 1-year deal with the Oakland Raiders.
—And finally, if you’ve ever wanted to work with the U of L athletics marketing department, there is a position open.