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Oaks afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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—Louisville baseball returns to ACC play tonight as they kick off a three-game set at Notre Dame. Here’s a preview of the series.

—David Levitch’s handicapping skills get some love in the Courier Journal.

—Ten years after one of the most shocking results in American sports history, Mine That Bird lives happily with a Shetland pony he tolerates, an easy drive from the International UFO Museum.

—Yeah, but it’s Derby week, so whatever.

—Louisville has extended a scholarship offer to class of 2020 big man Dain Dainja. Watch yasself.

—Clemson gave Dabo Swinney a monster, monster extension last week. Here are five genuinely funny things about it.


—Christian Dawkins and the prosecution got into it during his second day of testimony at the college hoops trial in New York on Thursday. Closing arguments are set for today.

—Derby weekend claimed its first victim on Thursday as D’Angelo Russell, who was set to fly into Louisville, got caught at LaGuardia trying to sneak weed onto his plane in an Arizona iced tea can ... something which is also not allowed on planes.

Don’t transfer out of the city after your freshman year of high school and this isn’t a problem.

—Getting out of a group project is reason enough to turn pro.

—Eight U of L track athletes have earned All-ACC academic honors.

—Jeff Greer takes a look (Athletic link) at the state of Louisville football.

Final assessment

This isn’t a complete and total rebuild for Satterfield in the sense that there is some talent on the roster, but the program needs more than a fresh paint job, too. There were problems across the board for last year’s Cardinals, and the result was a major drop in morale as the losses piled up. If the staff can repair those broken bridges and help the players rediscover their confidence, a program with the resources and talent that Louisville has should eventually bounce back to respectability.

Patience is key: The roster needs some balance, and Satterfield and company need to find some quality depth on the recruiting trail. In the meantime, a tough schedule might make the new staff’s first year a challenging one as far as on-field results go.

—Kentucky Derby horses have a better flying experience than all of us.

—The NCAA is proposing a uniform injury report requirement for every college football program.

—Louisville is up to No. 8 in Jeff Borzello’s updated early 2019-20 rankings for ESPN.

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The one big question Chris Mack and the Cardinals had entering the offseason concerned the point guard spot. They solved that pretty quickly with the addition of Saint Joseph’s graduate transfer Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble. Now that that’s sorted out, the Cardinals will hope Jordan Nworaand Steven Enoch return to school next season. Mack brings back most of the rest of the rotation -- and welcomes one of the elite recruiting classes in the country. McDonald’s All American Samuell Williamson is the most college-ready of the group.

—The U of L men’s golf team will be the No. 4 seed at the Louisville Regional.

—Former Card Traveon Samuel will be wrapping up his college career at Memphis State.

—Mallory Comerford has been named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season.

—The Kentucky Derby has gone from two minutes of mayhem to predictable spins of the merry-go-round. That could be about to change.

—This was an awesome event. Shoutout to David Padgett and company for putting it together.

—Mekhi Becton is getting a little bit of early 2020 NFL mock draft love.

—In 1995, Joel Curbelo scored 47 points against Louisville, still the most an opposing player has ever dropped on the Cards. Now, Chris Mack is recruiting his son.

ESPN has Logan Wyatt (insider) as one of the 50 best MLB draft prospects for 2019.

—Jaylen Smith is officially a Raven.

—Big Red Louie says Louisville baseball has everything you need to make it to Omaha.

—Love it.

—Dwyane Wade had a special message for Donovan Mitchell after the Jazz were eliminated by the Rockets.

—Gary Parrish now has Louisville at No. 4, sandwiched between Kentucky and Memphis State, in his early rankings for next season.

—Is this bad?

What about this?

Seems bad.

—With pretty much every state (besides Kentucky) moving towards legalized sports gambling, the NCAA has rescinded its ban on holding title events in betting states. This also opens the door for the Final Four to come to Las Vegas in (reportedly) 2030.

—And finally, enjoy your Derby weekend, kids.