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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Great month for Louisville baseball, Auburn basketball fans in this city.

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—Because of weather, first pitch for game two between Louisville and Miami has been moved to 4 p.m. this afternoon.

—The Cardinal baseball team smacked Kentucky on Tuesday, and then the softball squad upset a nationally-ranked UK squad with a walk-off win a day later.

Louisville owns the diamond in this state.

—Robert Hicks has removed his name from the transfer porter and will return to U of L, where he has reportedly been told he will be able to stay at linebacker.

—Teddy Bridgewater: Still the best human being on the planet.

—And the offseason picture/video updates begin.

—Former U of L hoops assistant Trent Johnson has joined Mark Fox’s staff at Cal.

Heads up, Berkeley.

—The Cardinal women’s golf team is in sixth-place after two rounds of the ACC Championship.

—Louisville AD Vince Tyra talks men’s basketball scheduling with The Athletic’s Jeff Greer.

“He loves a tough schedule,” Tyra told The Athletic this week. “I liken him to Denny Crum in that aspect but in a tougher conference. (Mack) wants to have a very tough home-and-home with somebody that we can inject into the schedule, even with what we have in our ACC schedule. It’s not a (strength-of-schedule) thing. We’ll be fine on that. But he likes a competitive schedule. Let’s bring exciting games to our fans along with some of the typical nonconference games you need to prep with. I think he has a good idea of how to balance what’s good for the team and what’s good for the fan base.”


With the final four open slots in next season’s schedule, Louisville added an early matchup against Southern, a November “guarantee game” that will cost $85,000 for what should be a dominant home win. But the Cards also signed up to host Eastern Kentucky and Miami of Ohio, two mid-major programs with promising young coaches and solid rosters, and to play a marquee matchup in New York against a big-name opponent. There was some hope the New York game would be against Indiana, but indications now are that it’ll be another, to-be-determined name program. Those four join a nonconference slate that includes a game at Kentucky; a likely road trip against a top Big Ten team in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge; a neutral-site meeting with Western Kentucky in Nashville; and a home pairing with Akron and three other to-be-announced opponents in the Global Sports Shootout (which will be at home from Nov. 8-22).


“I feel confident that when we talk about here at Louisville that we recognize our fans want a competitive schedule,” Tyra said. “Will we have games that we should win and be favored by double digits? Absolutely. It’s good to develop our younger players and everybody gets some playing time. From a fan’s perspective, they’re like, go play Kentucky 20 times. I don’t know how you develop your program on that. With six freshmen coming in, you need to get some playing time for those guys. You have to have these mid-major games where you can play 10 guys and the minutes get spread out, because playing against each other in practice all day isn’t going to solve that for Chris and his staff. You have those games in there so you can give guys minutes and see where they are. I don’t worry about it as much because I know what the strategy is in developing your program.”

—Bellarmine appears to be taking the first steps towards a move to Division-I in all sports. Their most likely landing spot would be the Atlantic Sun, which would give us the opportunity to embrace a Bellarmine-Dunk City rivalry.

For anyone interested, the Knights would likely play this season as their last in Division-II, spend three seasons in the Atlantic Sun where they’d be eligible to play in the conference tournament but not the NCAA tournament (but could play in the NIT or another postseason tournament), and then would be eligible for the Big Dance for the first time in 2024.

It’d be pretty cool to have two teams from the Derby City dancing in the same year.

—It’s great to see Josh returning to Louisville. He was one of the most well-liked and respected employees at the school throughout his first run here and will be a successful athletic director at some point in his career.

—The full list of winners from this year’s Louie Awards, which went down earlier this week.

—Yet another national college football writer, The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna this time, has written about the culture change happening within the Louisville football program.

“It allows the kids to have fun, and it shows the interaction that we have as a staff with these kids,” outside linebackers coach Cort Dennison says of the practice routines. “Not only were coaches doing things like fielding punts today, but the kids were engaged; they want to be part of the relationship. We’re a cohesive unit — not just as coaches, not just as players, but we’re a cohesive unit together. The moment these kids realize that we have their best interests as football players and as human beings, they will do anything for you.”

Dennison then claps the desk in front of him repeatedly for emphasis.

“I’ve been a player,” he adds. “I learned from the coaches who didn’t have a good impact on my life; who, when I left the practice field, they wouldn’t talk to me until the next day when I hit the practice field. And I had learned who not to be, and then I learned from the coaches who are constantly in my life on and off the field and care about me as a human being. And that’s the coach I want to be, and I know that goes for every single coach in this building.”

—A June 11 status hearing has been scheduled in the lawsuit between five members of the 2013 U of L basketball team and the NCAA over restoring the team’s national title.

Cool story on a former Appalachian State standout who is hoping for a career in the NFL but has been spending his recent time working as a strength and conditioning temp at Louisville.

—The final chunk of Old Cardinal Stadium has come down.

—After a coaching search that may have surpassed UCLA’s in terms of public embarrassment, St. John’s has named Mike Anderson as its new men’s basketball coach.

—Bobby Petrino has been observing some recent Missouri practices, but contrary to a few reports on Thursday, he has not joined the Tiger coaching staff in any official capacity.

—Cal Poly just got absolutely hammered by the NCAA for ... giving some athletes a little more money than they were supposed to for textbooks.

Of particular relevance for Louisville fans may be this tidbit.

These people do whatever they want for whatever reason they want.

—In related news, U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled Friday that the wiretaps and testimony of Arizona head coach Sean Miller is “irrelevant” for the upcoming college hoops trial. This means we won’t see Miller (or, presumably LSU coach Will Wade, who was also subpoenaed) take the stand. Naturally.

—The U of L men’s tennis team upset Georgia Tech to advance in the ACC tournament.

—And finally, we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about what should have been done after a tragedy happens and not enough applauding a person or group of people who prevent one. A million cheers for the school resource officer who prevented what could have been a tragic day at Valley High School on Thursday.