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Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

The 2019 Summer Tour goes from Pikes Peak in Colorado to Pikes Peak in Iowa.

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—U of L placed 378 student-athletes on the annual ACC Honor Roll for the 2018-19 year.

—”Lamar Jackson Day” was officially declared (video) in Pompano Beach recently. Lamar himself was on hand for the celebration.

—GG Robinson has a legit swing.

—A new NCAA athletics survey finds that one in three college trainers say they’re pressured by coaches on medical decisions more than twice a month and that one in three say coaches influence their hiring or firing. Half of these trainers also say that their school doesn’t follow the NCAA’s medical guidelines.

—Jamon Brown continues to be awesome.

But these days that rivalry has taken a back seat as Louisville alumni who carved out NFL careers have banded together to support the family of Jared Lorenzen, the one-time legendary Kentucky quarterback who passed away on July 3 at the age of 38.

Lorenzen’s sudden passing due to health complications caused by heart and kidney issues struck a chord with former Louisville offensive lineman Jamon Brown.

Brown, currently a member of the Atlanta Falcons, once wore a New York Giants uniform, just as Lorenzen had done years earlier.

Through his Jamon Brown Foundation, Brown has donated $5,000 to the Lorenzen family to help cover the cost of the late quarterback’s funeral, which, according to his obituary, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Props to Chris Redman and Deion Branch on chipping in as well to help foot the bill for the funeral costs.

—The USA U19 men’s basketball team brought home the gold from the World Cup.

—Mo Wagner’s brother, Franz Wagner, has signed with Michigan and is immediately eligible to play in the 2019-20 season. There’s a 95 percent chance he scores 25 points or more against Louisville.

—The Scary Terry in Charlotte era has arrived.

Ranking the contenders for the 2019-20 NBA championship following free agency madness. Former Cardinals will play prominent roles for No. 1 and No. 6.

—New Louisville deputy athletic director Josh Heird talks about what he learned during his time at Villanova and why he chose to come back to U of L.

—Baseball America has Louisville in its first “eight for Omaha” for 2020.


The Cardinals have been one of the most consistent teams in the country under coach Dan McDonnell, and after reaching the bracket final in Omaha for the first time in program history, they’re well-positioned for a return in 2020. Lefthander Reid Detmers and righthander Bobby Miller will be one of the best 1-2 punches for any rotation in the country, and righthander Luke Smith showed in Omaha that Louisville could have one of the best Sunday starters in the nation next year. The Cardinals also had a strong freshman class this spring, led by third baseman Alex Binelas and catcher Henry Davis, both of whom will be back in key positions next season. Louisville also has a strong tradition of bringing along its high-profile recruits later in its career and several other members of its 2018 recruiting class can be expected to make a jump in the next year. Louisville must replace shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald and first baseman Logan Wyatt, two key members of its lineup the last few years. With a standout rotation and a talented lineup, the Cardinals again look like the ACC favorites.

—The demolition of the old Sears building at Oxmoor in preparation for the new TopGolf has begun.

—BetOnline’s 2019 over/under win total for Louisville football still sits at 3.5.

2019 Regular Season Wins - Louisville Cardinals

Over 3½ (-130, 10/13)
Under 3½ (+110, 11/10)

—Russell Okung writes for The Players Tribune that NCAA reform has to start with former NCAA athletes.

—If you love Jaire Alexander and goat yoga and you live in Wisconsin, well, this is your moment.

—U of L AD Vince Tyra sits down for a chat with Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority.

—Former U of L women’s hooper Sam Fuehring says she’s headed to Germany to begin her professional career.

—Not hating Ty Jerome is so much easier now that he’s played his last game for Virginia.

—New U of L women’s basketball assistant Jonneshia Pineda is willing to do “whatever it takes” to get the Cards their first national championship.

—The California bill that will allow college athletes in the state to have name, image and likeness rights is moving forward. Also, the committee chair said the NCAA’s “Armageddon threats” were “akin to bullying.”


—Louisville pitchers Luke Smith and Adam Elliott appear on the latest episode of the Redd Talk Podcast.

—David Hale ranks every ACC football team’s rushing attack and has Louisville at No. 10.

—A stroll through U of L’s new ACC Network broadcast center.

—If you’ve ever wanted to know more about ball screens, whoa buddy, this is the newsletter for you.

—Props to Josh Rogers’ sister on having some fun with his injuries.

—U of L women’s soccer signee Jessica De Filippo has been named to the Canadian U-20 national team for a three-match Women’s U-20 international series to be played in England July 9-16.

—Updated ACC football championship odds from BetOnline:

Atlantic Coast Champion

Clemson 1/4
Miami Florida 7/1
Florida State 20/1
Syracuse 20/1
Virginia Tech 20/1
Virginia 25/1
North Carolina State 28/1
Boston College 50/1
Georgia Tech 50/1
Pittsburgh 50/1
Duke 66/1
North Carolina 66/1
Louisville 100/1
Wake Forest 100/1

—Forever one of the coolest nights to be a Louisville fan that there has ever been.

—Four-star 2020 big man Cliff Omoruyi has been offered by U of L.

—A local Little League park was robbed of $5,000 worth of equipment because some people are the worst.

—A future Cardinal finished second in the high school home run derby on Monday.

—And finally, R&R is live from Kentucky Kingdom this afternoon from 3-6. Sop by and ride rides with John or listen to the show here.