—The U of L preview for Louisville-Syracuse is here.
—Due to weather concerns, today’s Louisville baseball game against Eastern Kentucky has been moved to a 3 p.m. start.
—Scott Satterfield says the race to be Louisville’s starting quarterback in 2019 is wide open.
University of Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield said after one week spring ball it’s too early to think about who will start at quarterback next fall.
Satterfield, whose team finished its fifth practice of spring ball on Monday, said he’s used Malik Cunningham, Jawon Pass and Evan Conley with the No. 1 offense already during spring ball, noting he’s rotating the three quarterbacks.
“It’s going to be wide open,” Satterfield said. “It will be wide open as we head into the fall. You are constantly evaluating these guys on a daily basis, so you go through spring practice - somebody has to go out there with the first unit and someone with the second unit - but that may not be the unit you are tied too.
“I want all of these guys to know they are fighting for a spot each day. As we get closer to it in the fall and we start August practices and all that, you’ll have a better idea. But we’re nowhere near to start talking about who is going to be the guy and all of that.”
—There’s a script Louisville needs to follow if it wants to beat Syracuse on the road.
—Brian VanGorder has been promoted to defensive coordinator at Bowling Green. Store that information in a safe place if you’re a gambler.
—Chris Mack gets some Coach of the Year love from The Athletic’s college hoops writers.
Who is the coach of the year?
Then: Rick Barnes, Mark Few and Eric Musselman tied with four votes each, with five others receiving at least one vote.
Now: 1. (tie) Rick Barnes, Tennessee and Kelvin Sampson, Houston (4 votes each). 3. (tie) Chris Mack, Louisville and John Calipari, Kentucky (2). 5. (tie) Matt Painter, Purdue; Mark Few Gonzaga; Steve Prohm, Iowa State; and Chris Beard, Texas Tech (1)
Reaction: While Tennessee will lose its No. 1 ranking after Saturday’s loss at Kentucky, the Vols won 23 of their first 24 games with a roster that has been built over time by Barnes rather than recruited. Tennessee is in a fight for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and an SEC title could clinch these honors for Barnes. Sampson taking a Houston team that few expected much out of and becoming a potential top-four seed is giving Barnes a real run for the honor, though.
Quotable: “Sticking with my call from the beginning of the year. No team has made an unexpected massive leap into that nationally elite tier, which is usually how these awards are won. But Barnes will get some lifetime achievement credit here, and more important, he’ll get credit for getting the Vols performing even better than they did a year ago.” — Brian Hamilton
Ok, this isn’t just a Kentucky hater thing, but who the f—k is voting for John Calipari. His team was No. 2 heading into the season and is ranked lower with less than a month to go in the regular season. To further the point, in this very Athletic article, fewer writers are picking UK to win the national title now than were before the season began. And yet multiple writers believe Cal has done a better job than any other coach in the country? That doesn’t make any sense.
—Louisville is No. 12 in Gary Parrish’s daily rankings for CBS.
—Our guy Gavin has raised $5,615 over the last four years to help fight childhood cancer, and this year he’s shooting to raise $2,000. You can help him out here.
—Quentin Snider is currently the third-leading scorer in Portugal.
—Love seeing the former players getting excited about Cardinal football again.
Thanks @pete_nochta13 for the reminder of where I came from today! Love the energy out at practice I saw today from @UofLFootball! pic.twitter.com/ijZuX0Yy9o— Eric Wood (@EWood70) February 19, 2019
—Syracuse is set to break the on-campus attendance record for college basketball when it hosts Duke this weekend.
—The college hoops trial coming up in April might have even more fireworks than the one from last fall.
Still lingering over the sport of college basketball are the wiretaps from the government intercepting 4,000 phone calls and thousands of documents, including emails and text messages. Part of the defense will be showing that Dawkins didn’t engage in a widespread scheme to bribe coaches, which could involve bringing in head coaches as witnesses to show that Dawkins didn’t attempt to bribe them. “We’re going to aggressively pursue witnesses we deem relevant,” Haney said.
Haney refused to discuss which coaches or how many, as he said he wanted to honor the protective order in place by the court. But there’s an expectation that coaches known to be on wiretap – including Arizona’s Sean Miller and LSU’s Will Wade – could be subpoenaed. Another obvious subpoena candidate is Andy Miller, the once-prominent NBA agent who was Christian Dawkins’ boss at ASM Sports Management.
Yahoo Sports reported last year that more than 20 different schools were tied through documents to Dawkins and ASM through payments to players back when he worked for Miller. (Since the initial story, Miller has been de-certified and is no longer allowed to represent NBA players.)
The witnesses and evidence that could be entered will likely come down to Rule 401 of the Federal Rule of Evidence. Judge Edgardo Ramos will determine whether a witness or evidence “has any tendency to make a fact more or less probable than it would be without the evidence.”
—TNIAAM gives a “Fake Nunes” preview of Louisville-Syracuse.
—Chris Mack is once again emphasizing limiting turnovers heading into Wednesday night’s game.
—The Phoenix Suns are reportedly poised to sing Ray Spalding to a 10-day contract.
—Second-worst in the last decade. Let’s go, baby.
Highest points off turnover differentials in 2018:— Some impersonal news... (@ADavidHaleJoint) February 19, 2019
Fresno St, +94
Utah St, +80
Ga Tech, +65
Ball St, -68
Oregon St, -62
*2nd-worst rate in last decade
—Happy 25-year anniversary to “Blue Chips,” a remarkably imaginative work of fiction created years before high-level basketball prospects began receiving impermissible benefits in real life starting in 2017.
—With Lamar Jackson captaining the ship, the Baltimore Ravens want to be the hardest team in the NFL to prepare for.
—Last night in the ACC:
No. 3 Virginia 64, No. 20 Virginia Tech 58
—Tonight in the ACC:
Wake Forest at Notre Dame (7 p.m./ESPNU)
No. 16 Florida State at Clemson (9 p.m./ESPNU)
—This is awesome.
This little guy gets glasses and can see clearly for the very first time. His reaction...❤❤❤— Kevin W (@kwilli1046) February 17, 2019
—Via Evan Daniels, five-star guard Nimari Burnett will take an unofficial visit to Louisville on Saturday for the Virginia game.
—Louisville signee Samuell Williamson kicked off the postseason in Texas by scoring 34 points on 10-of-12 shooting and helping his Rockwall High School squad to an 86-65 win over Waco.
—And finally, a major shoutout to our guy Patrick McSweeney, who has raised thousands of dollars for raiseRED despite battling cancer throughout the past year. He’s the best. Via