—It took 12 innings, but the Louisville baseball team pulled out an 8-7 road win over Indiana Tuesday night. Here’s the recap.
—Bill Connelly’s full breakdown of Louisville football for 2019 is here, and it’s ... well, it’s about what you’d expect.
Petrino fielded a bad offense.
The defense was infinitely worse than mediocre.
What we saw from Louisville in 2018 was almost unprecedented. Insert your favorite adjective. It was glorious. Incredible. Stupendous. Awe-inspiring.
Even Vegas couldn’t keep up with the level of collapse. Every time it lowered expectations, the Cardinals dug an even deeper hole. They underachieved against the spread by 12.3 points per game in September, then 19.5 in October and 21.4 in November. They gave up 50 or more points seven times and scored more than 24 points on a power conference defense just once. They fell from 47th to 99th in Def. S&P+ and from second to 102nd in Off. S&P+. Their last four losses came by an average of 45 points.
You have to give Petrino credit for one thing: he left no doubt. Teams rise and fall, and really good coaches can weather a bad year. But despite the fact that he had averaged 8.5 wins per year from 2014-17 and brought the school its first Heisman winner, Petrino gave new athletic director Vince Tyra certainty. Petrino had seemingly quit on the team, the team had definitely quit on him, and it was time for a change.
If nothing else, Satterfield has a low bar to clear in his first year in town. Just cover the spread a couple of times, and that’ll be a sign of progress.
—Here’s SB Nation’s instant mock draft now that we know who’s going to be picking when in the first round.
—No one is more upset about the draft lottery than the Knicks fan who got a Zion tattoo before it happened.
—One again, Terry isn’t here to beat around the bush.
—Chris Redman, Deion Branch and Tim Couch are co-hosting a youth football camp at Male High this June.
—No. 46 is the worst jersey number in the NFL.
—The move to Denver hasn’t changed Joe Flacco’s tone much.
”Listen, I have so many things to worry about. I’m trying to go out there and play good football. I’m trying to go out there and play the best football of my life,” Flacco said Monday, after the Broncos’ first day of organized team activities. “As far as a time constraint and all of that stuff, I’m not worried about developing guys or any of that. That is what it is. I hope he does it well. I don’t look at that as my job. My job is to go win football games for this football team.”
That mentality didn’t serve you particularly well a year ago, Joe.
—The NCAA has taken the first steps towards allowing student athletes to benefit financially from their likeness.
—Jeff Walz and the U of L women’s team will play in the 2019 Paradise Jam tournament.
—Old Cardinal Stadium is officially no more.
—Shutting down Crescent Thrill would absolutely break my heart.
—Former Louisville catcher Will Smith is one of MLB.com’s top prospect performers.
Dodgers: Will Smith, C/3B (No. 5) -- 3-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI (Triple-A Oklahoma City); Matt Beaty, 1B/3B (No. 29) -- 3-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI (Triple-A Oklahoma City)Smith hit .138 over 25 games with Oklahoma City last year, but has fared much better in his second go-round. The 24-year-old catcher is hitting .269 and has driven in eight runs over the past five games. The four-RBI performance was his first since 2017. Smith’s first RBI came with a double in the fifth and then he drove in a trio of runs -- via a sacrifice fly and a two-run single -- in an 11-run seventh inning. Beaty also came up big in that seventh inning, coming through with a three-run double to highlight his first four-RBI game since 2016. Beaty, 26, made his Major League debut earlier this season and is hitting .299 in Triple-A.
—Kansas State’s Bruce Weber will lead the USA Basketball U-19 World Cup team this summer. Washington’s Mike Hopkins and NC Central’s LeVelle Moton (a team and coach Louisville will face next season) will be the assistants.
—It’ll be here before you know it.
The first three ABC Saturday Night Football games. pic.twitter.com/HkO8XKuq5a— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) May 15, 2019
—Class of 2020 prospect Donovan “Puff” Johnson speaks highly of Chris Mack and plans to visit U of L soon.
If we can get a class with Puff and Dainja, that’s good enough for me.
—Our guy Matteo remains the best.
—Check out dad’s beard in its prime.
—College Baseball Nation’s latest NCAA tournament projection has Louisville as the overall No. 6 seed.
—The Orange Bowl — which takes the highest-ranked available ACC team — has announced that it’s moving this year from an afternoon kickoff on New Year’s Eve to an 8 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 30.
—Corbin’s Justin Brummett will join the U of L football team as a preferred walk-on.
—A pair of Trinity baseball players will stay in town and become Cardinals once high school is over.
—Here’s the most Louisville story of the week:
Shaina Pohlmann, 26, accused of pretending to be ME, using my stolen driver’s license to check herself and a man into Red Carpet Inn, on Hurstbourne Pkwy over the weekend. She was denied when the clerk said “NO, I went to school w/ Kayla VanMeter” #wave3news pic.twitter.com/6iiwmOkoe2— Kayla VanMeter (@KaylaWave3News) May 13, 2019
—The Bronny James hype is just beginning.
—After a decade away from coaching, Louisville assistant Dino Gaudio is loving being back in the game.
“I didn’t want someone I had to break in,” Mack says. “The last thing I wanted to do was teach a new coach.”
The philosophies aren’t identical — Gaudio likes to press fullcourt, whereas Mack likes his defenders in front of the ball as much as possible — but there are a lot of similarities between what Mack does and what Gaudio did in his head coaching jobs at Army, Loyola (Md.) and Wake Forest. Mack coaches a hybrid pack-line defense. Gaudio employed a version of the pack line at Wake. Both put a premium on defensive rebounding and pace, a sign of Prosser’s impact, and they like to run similar drills in practice. The two “think alike,” Steele said last fall, “even just from a holistic standpoint of how to run things in your program.”
“Especially when you’re older, you may have philosophical differences with other coaches,” Gaudio says, “but that wasn’t the case with me and Chris. That was a smooth part of the transition.”
—The Louisville men’s basketball team produced a collective GPA of 3.27 for the 2018-19 school year.
—Matthias Schmid and the U of L men’s golf team are looking to make some history today.
—The NBA Draft combine kicks off in Chicago today, a four-day span that will likely determine whether or not Jordan Nwora will be back at U of L for his junior season.
—Angel McCoughtry celebrated Mother’s Day by dunking on her mom.
—Brendan McKay has been damn near un-hittable so far this year.
—Bellarmine basketball is getting some fresh new locker rooms thanks to a hefty donation from Mark and Cindy Lynn.
—Some fresh David Johnson highlights.
—After looking at 11 years worth of ACC recruiting data, ESPN’s David Hale has determined that nothing really changes. Your fate is sealed. Improvement is incremental and winning matters more than everything else.
—And finally, Louisville remains at No. 4 in Gary Parrish’s updated top 25 and one rankings for CBS.