—For anyone making the trip to Omaha, Louisville’s open practice will be from 2:10-3 p.m. Central Time on Friday.
—Updated CWS odds from BetOnline:
Mississippi St 7/2
Texas Tech 17/2
Florida St 9/1
—Dennis Dodd of CBS reports that at least six college basketball programs are going to receive a notice of level-1 violations from the NCAA before the end of the summer. Two “high-profile program” will receive their NOAs in early July. More details and some interesting quotes in the story.
These new cases will be subject to new NCAA policies adopted through the recommendations made by the Rice Commission, Wilcox said.
Up to five of the most serious cases annually now will be decided by an infractions committee that will now include persons outside of the NCAA. That policy goes into effect Aug. 1.
”They could be more restrictive or less restrictive,” Wilcox said. “I wouldn’t want to be the first institution to go through that process.”
Because the NCAA’s rulings had been so consistent and predictable up to this point.
—Pat Forde and Pete Thamel speculate about which programs may find themselves in the NCAA’s crosshairs.
—Chris Mack had a lengthy conversation with Terry Meiners on Wednesday. You can listen to that here.
—Nick Bennett takes you on yesterday’s trip from Louisville to Omaha.
—After 35 years, Louisville’s triple crown of running is no more.
—Asia Durr dropped a career-high 20 points Wednesday night to lead the New York Liberty to a second straight win.
—Honestly, Nick VanExel’s discovery of and subsequent love affair with iced coffee is the sports story of the summer.
Had a ice coffee for the first time yesterday. My new drink.— nick vanexel (@vanexel31) June 9, 2019
Good night!! Ice coffee in the am for me. CANT WAIT!!— nick vanexel (@vanexel31) June 11, 2019
Good morning!! Feels like a ice coffee morning from McD’s!!— nick vanexel (@vanexel31) June 12, 2019
—Scott Satterfield and Republic Bank are set to host the first U of L football golf tournament. More information on the event here.
—D1Baseball.com has an extensive College World Series preview that you can read online.
—Louisville native and freshman catcher Ben Metzinger had already started his Cape Cod League assignment and wasn’t expecting to join his team at the College World Series. Then he got a call from Dan McDonnell on Wednesday.
Albany Dutchmen catcher, Ben Metzinger shared his excitement about attending the College World Series. He said, "When I got that call, I was super excited, I was in shock, I froze and I was like alright, get me there." @benmetzinger2 @DutchmenPGCBL @WTEN #CWS⚾ pic.twitter.com/5pamUp1WDa— Katya Guillaume (@KatyaonTV) June 12, 2019
—Top 30 class of 2020 prospect Earl Timberlake says that he “for sure” wants to visit Louisville.
—Cool story here on how U of L researchers have developed freeze-dried blood that could save soldiers and astronauts.
—The time is now, DePaul men’s basketball. This is your moment.
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—Top 40 Class of 2020 guard Adam Miller posted on Instagram yesterday that he will visit Louisville this Friday.
—Here’s some more information on the U of L football reality show that’s coming to the ACC Network.
—This meme has become a little bit overdone, but this one is brilliant.
—Scott Satterfield met with the media on Thursday and provided some updates on the progression of the 2019 Cards.
—The CJ ranks Dan McDonnell’s best Louisville teams.
—Thirty-three players, including U of L freshman Samuell Williamson and U of L recruit Jay Scrubb, are set to take part in training camp for the USA Basketball U19 World Cup team.
The training camp will be used to determine the official, 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team, which will be selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee.
Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on the morning of June 18, and the team will be named prior to its departure for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Greece on June 24. The FIBA U19 World Cup will take place June 29-July 7 in Heraklion, Greece. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.
In addition to Butler and Perry, five athletes will be college sophomores in 2019-20, including Kessler Edwards (Pepperdine/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State/Oshkosh, Wis.), Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama/Meridianville, Ala.), Isaac Likekele (Oklahoma State/Mansfield, Texas), Jayden Scrubb (John A. Logan College/Louisville, Ky.), Trevion Williams (Purdue/Chicago, Ill.) and Bryce Wills(Stanford/White Plains, N.Y.).
Attending from the graduating high school class of 2019 will be: Eric Dixon (Abington H.S./William Grove, Pa.), Dajuan Gordon (Curie H.S./Chicago, Ill.),Justin Moore (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Accokeek, Md.), Casey Morsell (St. John’s College H.S./Washington, D.C.), Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins H.S./Hopkins, Minn.), Onyeka Okongwu (Chino Hills H.S./Chino, Calif.), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (IMG Academy, FL/Overland Park, Kan.), Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, IN/Rochester, N.Y.), Anton Watson (Gonzaga Prep/Spokane, Wash.), Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./Chesterfield, Mich.) and Samuell Williamson (Rockwall H.S./Rockwall, Texas).
From the high school class of 2020 will be: Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.), Nimari Burnett (Prolific Prep, Calif./Chicago, Ill.), Joshua Christopher (Mayfair H.S./Lakewood, Calif.), Sharife Cooper (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.), Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla./Arlington, Texas), Hunter Dickinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md./Alexandria, Va.), Jalen Green(Prolific Prep/Fresno, Calif.), Walker Kessler (Woodward Academy/Newnan, Ga.), Caleb Love (Christian Brothers College H.S./St. Louis, Mo.), Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian School/Temecula, Calif.), Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.), Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.) and Ziaire Williams (Notre Dame H.S./Sherman Oaks, Calif.).
The USA will be led by U19 head coach Bruce Weber (Kansas State), with assistant coaches Mike Hopkins (Washington) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central).
—Recent U of L football commit Austin Collins talks about his decision to pick the Cards.
—The Cardinal baseball team spent Thursday practicing at a local high school to get acclimated with the dirt infield they’ll be playing on this week in Omaha.
—Motivational Dan McDonnell is the best.
—Some notable numbers on the Vanderbilt Commodores ahead of Sunday’s CWS game.
—Billy Reed writes about Louisville chasing glory and history in Omaha.
—Longtime Kings broadcaster Grant Napear absolutely napalmed DeMarcus Cousins over Cousins’ comments about Raptors fans.
“If there is any player in the NBA that should not be talking about fan behavior, and about how they treat athletes as opposed to people, it’s DeMarcus Cousins,” Napear said. “This guy is the rudest, crudest, most vile player that I have ever been around in my 31 years in the NBA. He should not be speaking on this in any way shape or form… I have witnessed… over and over and over again, DeMarcus Cousins cursing at fans for no reason at all. I’ve seen him curse at women. I’ve seen him curse at people at the airports. I’ve seen him curse in front of ladies that have nothing to do with the sport he’s playing. For him to be talking about the fans, shame on him. Shut the hell up, and for once, act like a freaking professional. You got run out of Sacramento, you got run out of New Orleans, and I’m telling you right now, you’re getting run out of Golden State.”
—Lucas Dunn talks about his CWS preparation.
—Evan Daniels takes a look at the early standouts from the NBA Top 100 camp.
—Major League Baseball is joining the CWS festivities this year. Congrats, kids, you get to watch the two worst teams in the American League go at it.
—Aidan Igiehon is on his way to the Derby City.
—Sunday’s game in Omaha will be the latest chapter in the great rivalry between Louisville and Vandy.
—Lou City fell in extra time to FC Cincinnati in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday.
—Reid Detmers has been named a First Team All-American by Perfect Game USA.
—Bleacher Report identifies Louisville as one of the transfer portal losers of the 2019 offseason.
Key Acquisitions: Ean Pfeifer (OL, Vanderbilt); T.J. McCoy (C, Florida)
Key Departures: Jon Greenard (DE/LB, Florida); Jairus Brents (CB, TBD); Allen Love (DT, Mississippi State); Marcus Riley (WR; TBD); Trey Smith (RB, Wyoming); Colin Wilson (RB, TBD); Jordan Travis (QB, Florida State); Sean McCormack (QB, Western Kentucky)
Fresh off a 2-10 season in which the Louisville Cardinals allowed more than twice as many points as they scored, early expectations for 2019 weren’t exactly sky high. That didn’t get any better as player after player entered the transfer portal, either.
Jon Greenard was the biggest blow for Louisville. He suffered a wrist injury in the first quarter of the season opener against Alabama and did not appear in another game last year, but he was arguably Louisville’s best defender as a redshirt sophomore in 2017. He led the Cardinals in tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (7.0) as one of the best pass-rushers in the ACC. He’ll now be a key cog for the Gators instead.
The Cardinals also lost a ton of depth on offense with two quarterbacks and two running backs jumping ship.
Neither Jordan Travis nor Sean McCormack played much last season behind Jawon Pass and Malik Cunningham, and they were probably going to be buried on the QB depth chart again this year. But given how ineffective both Pass and Cunningham were in 2018, it’s possible that either Travis or McCormack could have become a factor this year.
The running back departures are even more noteworthy, as Trey Smith and Colin Wilson each averaged 5.3 yards per carry last year in what was a backfield by committee. No Cardinal tallied 80 or more carries, but Smith and Wilson were the two best rushing options on the roster aside from Cunningham. With both of them leaving and Jeremy Smith having graduated, Louisville’s rushing attack should be even more anemic in 2019 than it already was.
—During this run to Omaha, toughness has been even more of a key for this Louisville team than it has been in past postseasons.
—Mick Cronin on those who don’t think he deserves the UCLA job: “I don’t give a f—k about their sh-t.” Well then.
—Donovan Mitchell and Ramsey & Rutherford will be at the Visionworks downtown tomorrow.
Louisville catch me this Friday at Vision Works for an autograph signing from 3-4!!! See y’all there pic.twitter.com/nBSJrOCcrf— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 10, 2019
We’ll have some special Spida brand t-shirts to give away during the show.
—And finally, the Omaha Herald always goes all out with its CWS coverage. You can keep up with all of it here.