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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Louisville’s Charlie Ward > Florida State’s Charlie Ward.

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—It’s game day for Louisville softball, which takes on Southern Illinois in the NCAA tournament this afternoon at 1. You can watch the action here.

—Donations to U of L took a hit following the basketball and foundation scandals, but now the university appears to be clawing its way back.

—In a move that would be baffling in any other spot, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon interviewed controversial former Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson for a spot on his staff this week. I can’t imagine he would get that job, but nothing would shock me at this point.

—Jeff Greer went to Philly (Athletic link) to learn more about Louisville point guard Fresh Kimble. What he found out should excite everyone.

With his maturity and unflappable demeanor, Kimble was named a team captain three times in four seasons, making him the only player in program history to be so honored. Martelli, who calls Kimble “a beautiful, beautiful human being,” says the guard quickly earned respect from his coaches and teammates. He has always been, Martelli explains, “a man among boys in the way he thinks about life.”

“A three-year captain — I think that speaks volumes,” Martelli says. “It was held by vote of his teammates. It was unanimous or near-unanimous each year. Sometimes it’s a challenge to play at home. A kid ends up playing for the hometown people as opposed to the coach. Being a Philadelphian and being known throughout the city as Fresh from an early age, that never impacted him. He was always playing for his teammates, always playing for his coaches. He’s a really, really good communicator. He wasn’t just a clubhouse lawyer in that sense. He was a thoughtful communicator. He’d always speak from his heart.”


“(Mack) wants to go to a Final Four,” Kimble says. “We’re on the same page.”

After Kimble hung up with Mack, he finished with the academic advisers and went for a workout. Instead of celebrating, Kimble says he realized he “needed to go harder than I ever have. The work still has to be done.”

“There’s that maturity,” Martelli says. “That’s who he is. He knows what he wants. There isn’t anyone in a program like Louisville — graduate assistants, strength people, trainers, managers, coaches, players — who doesn’t think about competing at the highest level of college basketball and playing for titles. Not every place is like that, and that’s why it fits for him. It’s the pursuit of a national championship. Otherwise, he wouldn’t go there.”

—Reid Detmers is the 12th Louisville baseball player in history to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. You can vote for him to win the award here.

—The new NBA Draft rules are complicating life for college basketball coaches.

—Bill Connelly previews FSU football, which is coming off its worst season in 42 years.

—My guy.

—Tennessee star Grant Williams has announced that he’s staying in the NBA Draft.

—Congrats to U of L softballer Megan Hensley for being named to the All-Southeast Region First Team.

—Former LSU center Naz Reid says the allegation that Will Wade paid for his services is totally untrue.

—This Tom Crean bobblehead is almost as terrifying as the thought of someone paying 25 bucks for it.

—Former Virginia Tech hoops star Chris Clarke has transferred to Texas Tech. We’ll see him and the Red Raiders in New York on Dec. 10.

—U of L men’s golf has qualified for the NCAA Championships for just the fourth time in program history. Head coach Mark Crabtree was moved to tears when it happened.

Very cool.

—Reid Detmers is also a Dick Howser Award semifinalist.

—Congrats to future Card Nyah Green on being named 2018-19 Texas Ms. Basketball and 6A Player of the Year.

—RIP to former Louisville football assistant Christ Vagotis, who was killed in a car crash earlier this week. Vagotis was a longtime assistant under Howard Schnellenberger.

—Maximum Security at it again.

—Speaking of Maximum Security, his owners have officially filed a lawsuit and are seeking the full $1.86M Kentucky Derby purse.

—NBC’s updated early top 25 for 2019-20 has Louisville all the way up at No. 5.

—A look at Jaylen Smith’s chances of making Baltimore’s 53-man roster.

—This is awesome.

—The family of the 1-year-old Louisville boy who was allegedly murdered by his father thanks Jamon Brown for paying for the boy’s funeral.

—Dino Gaudio makes an appearance on the latest episode of the College Hoops Watch podcast.

—Kyrgios is a nut, but props to the towel girl here.

—Florida State is one of just two baseball teams in the ACC that doesn’t have a losing record at Louisville since the Cardinals joined the conference. U of L can change that with wins today and tomorrow.

—U of L women’s basketball put up an impressive collective GPA of 3.37 for the spring semester. It’s the 10th straight semester the program has put up a team GPA of 3.0 or better.

—Friday Irrelevance, triple helping:

—Louisville-Notre Dame is officially set for primetime.

—Twenty U of L track athletes have qualified for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Rounds.

—Pairings are set for the upcoming Kentucky high school baseball and softball tournaments.

—I don’t buy this. Not because of the racial stuff, but because we now know that staff apparently wasn’t trying to actively recruit against anyone.

This list has Jaire Alexander and Lamar Jackson both listed as two of the 10 young NFL players most likely to become superstars in 2019.


This read from the great Drew Magary on what it’s like to have your brain explode and basically lose two weeks of your life from your memory forever is both terrifying and really good.

—The CJ’s Danielle Lerner gets the inside scoop on the dunking Cardinal bird’s triumphant return to Louisville basketball.

—And finally, R&R is live from Anderson Sales and Service this afternoon from 3-6. You can stream the show here.