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Old and new Cardinal fans are carrying the flag in Munich.

—The NCAA is promising that its investigations into the basketball programs that were named during the FBI probe will be completed “fairly quickly.”

—Brendan McKay has been promoted to Triple-A Durham, and his first start for the Bulls is set to come Tuesday against the Louisville Bats.

—Sports Illustrated says Jordan Nwora’s NBA Draft stay or go decision is one of the most important in the country.

JORDAN NWORA, LOUISVILLE

Nwora skipped five-on-five at the combine due to an injury, missing the opportunity to leave a strong impression. Teams are well aware of his capabilities, and his shooting stroke and offensive skill level at his size give him a chance to be a very useful role player at some point. He’s probably looking at the early second round if he turns pro, with a selection in the 20s not out of the question. It seems likely some type of guarantee would keep him in the draft. If he returns, Louisville’s ceiling for next season will be pretty promising.

—Nwora, according to this story that was tweeted out by his dad, is hoping to play for the Nigerian National Team again this fall.

—Louisville sits at No. 5 on NBC’s updated early rankings for 2019-20.

—College Football News serves up five things you need to know about Louisville football in 2019.

Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 5

If a slew of injuries strike early on, forget it. However, if the starters and min men can stay in one piece, the Cardinals should be able to get by Eastern Kentucky, at Western Kentucky, and then …

It’s not going to be easy.

Boston College is gettable after a week off, going to Wake Forest isn’t all that bad, and there should be a surprise along the way. There aren’t any sure things in the ACC, though.

It’s not asking the world for the program that had eight straight winning seasons before last year to quickly bounce back and go bowling, but with so many changes, give it a year.

Satterfield will be the right guy for the job. He’ll show it in 2020.

—Penny Hardaway and Memphis State are going to be fascinating to follow in 2019-20.

—The biggest Big 10 football games of 2019 will be airing at noon on Fox.

—Lamar Jackson is back to work.

—You have to respect the man’s refusal to mince words.

—Did Louisville’s 0-for-2 performance at the ACC tournament cost the Cards a national seed? Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball.com doesn’t think so. We’ll find out on Monday.

—Former Card Arica Carter made the final cut for the Phoenix Mercury.

—Clemson’s appeal in its players taking steroids case was denied by the NCAA. Tigers Braden Galloway and Zach Giella will both have to sit out the 2019 season.

—Jody Demling writes about the improvements U of L made at tight end during the spring.

“That may be one of the more surprising things in a pleasant way for me - tight end,” Satterfield said. “You come in and you really don’t have a lot of depth, but I thought they made as much improvement as any position from the beginning to the end (of spring ball).”

U of L tight end coach Stu Holt told Cardinal Authority that Jordan Davis, a former transfer from Texas A&M in his third season at U of L, has improved a ton since the staff arrived on campus. Former Ballard High standout Marshon Ford was one of the biggest surprises during spring ball.

Ford was one of three former walk-ons recently placed on scholarship by Satterfield. Walk-ons Hunter Crowe and Isaac Martin have also worked themselves into some playing time. Another walk on - Jeffrey Banks - was injured during spring practice.

“The guys came to work every day,” Holt said. “They bought into our plan and where they fit into our offense.

“The work they put in paid off in the spring and you can see them getting better and better. We feel like we have a chance with those guys. They have good skill sets, it’s just trying to figure out how to maximize their skill set with what we are trying to do schematically.”

—Samuell Williamson is one of 34 players vying for a spot on the USA Basketball U19 team. Former Trinity standout and current U of L recruit Jay Scrubb is also among the players who have been invited to the tryout.

—Denny Crum continues to be “on the mend” after suffering a stroke earlier this week.

—Good look to the Louisville men’s golf team this weekend as it chases the program’s first national title.

—The full schedule for the 2019 U of L volleyball season is here.

—Danielle Lerner updates her Louisville basketball recruiting big board.

—The game times and the networks for this year’s ACC bowl games have been announced.

—Will Leitch writes that professional sports need to just get rid of drafts.

—Lefty swings always look better. Donovan Mitchell is no exception.

My thoughts on Michigan hiring Juwan Howard, which is an undeniable roll of the dice.

—Eric Crawford shares his thoughts on the U of L baseball team’s disappointing stint in Durham.

—NCAA president Mark Emmert received a 60 percent raise last year, which would seem unfathomable if we weren’t talking about the NCAA.

—The Cardinal football team has been back at work this week.

—Louisville City FC and Heine Brothers have partnered to release a new mug to help Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

—The complete schedule for the 2019 U of L men’s soccer season was released on Friday.

—Future Cardinal Norika Konno is already a sensation in Japan.

—Friday Irrelevance, another triple helping:

We overlook the Jim Calhoun/Ryan Gomes rant way too much. It’s an absolute all-timer.

—The CJ serves up eight things to do in Louisville over Memorial Day Weekend.

—Two U of L track and field athletes have punched their tickets to the national championships.

—And finally, have a safe and happy holiday weekend, kids.