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Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Dan grew up a huge Pitt fan, but getting married in Louisville, he was given no choice but to take this picture on his wedding day.

—We found out last month that two high-profile college hoops programs would be the first two receive their NOAs from the NCAA in early July. As it turns out, No. 1 on that list was NC State, which received its NOA on Wednesday.

I would argue that the “high-profile” distinction was a little misleading in this case, but whatever.

—Follow-up screenshot for absolutely no reason.

Just doing this new thing on news and notes where I find a random story on Google, screenshot the headline and post it. Should be fun. Maybe it won’t be. Can’t be afraid to try new things.

—U of L football is grinding through its summer sessions to get ready for the first fall camp under Scott Satterfield.

“Being in our situation, the best you can ask for is a fresh start,” junior linebacker Dorian Etheridge said. “So we’re ready. We’re eager. We’re excited. These workouts, everything matters. After this, it’s camp, and after camp, it’s our first game. It’s go-time.”

Offensive lineman T.J. McCoy has only been here a few weeks. He’s a graduate transfer from the University of Florida.

”I was kind of in a similar situation,” McCoy said. “We went 4-8 the season before and turned it around and went 10-3. So I’m hoping to come over here and change the culture and have a better season. The thing I like about this program is that they don’t care who you are. They expect nothing but excellence out of you, and they’re going to push you hard every day no matter how you’re feeling.”

”The kids are going to figure it out,” Sirignano said. “They needed pats on the backs. They needed confidence. They needed people to trust in them and vice versa. You know, we’ll see what happens. Sept. 2, we start this journey against other teams. It should be fun.”

—It appears Bob Knight is moving back to Bloomington.

—Let the Chronning of South Bend begin.

—Michigan basketball, which will travel to Louisville on Dec. 3, will open its season at home against Appalachian State. What could possibly go wrong?

—The bracket for this November’s Maui Invitational:

No better way to kick off a holiday week than with some afternoon Tom Crean.

—MLB managers wearing uniforms is the weirdest thing in sports we’ve accepted as normal.

—Last year’s Louisville-Georgia Tech debacle makes the EDSBS list of worst games Actioncookbook has ever sat through.

—College Football News ranks the football coaches in the ACC and has Scott Satterfield at No. 7.

7. Scott Satterfield, Louisville

Yeah, Louisville wanted Jeff Brohm, and yeah, he would’ve been a great get, and yeah, Satterfield is every bit as good a hire, if not better. All he did was win 40 games and three Sun Belt titles – at least pieces of them – in the last four seasons with three bowl wins, and a fourth if you want to give last year’s team credit for dominating the New Orleans Bowl after he left.

But it was all at a Sun Belt program, right? Ask Penn State last season, Wake Forest two years ago, Tennessee in 2016 how good those Mountaineers were. He’s going to be fantastic for the Cardinals.

Last Season Preseason Ranking: Not Ranked

2019 Louisville Preview

—ESPN’s power football index has Louisville at No. 66.

—It’s Peach Jam week, and one of the event’s standouts so far, Hunter Dickinson, says Louisville is high on his list.

—Should be a state holiday imo.

—How U of L is helping Louisville turn into an innovation hub.

—The ACC’s bowl agreements through the 2025 season have been reached.

—The ACC Digital Network takes a quick run through the new coaches of the conference.

—Clemson Maven takes an early look at Louisville football.

—Athlon ranks the 35 best college football coordinator hires of the past year and has Dwayne Ledford at No. 18 and Bryan Brown at No. 24.

18. Dwayne Ledford, Offensive Coordinator, Louisville

New Louisville coach Scott Satterfield is likely to play a significant role in the play-calling duties, but Ledford makes this list due to his ability to develop talent in the trenches. The North Carolina native landed his first coaching gig at Tennessee State in 2010 and spent one season at Gardner-Webb (’11) before joining the staff at Appalachian State. Ledford worked four years as the Mountaineers’ offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator, with the last three under Satterfield. He worked for the last two years at NC State, helping the Wolfpack own one of the ACC’s top lines. Ledford’s group allowed only 24 sacks and produced four all-conference performers from 2016-17.


24. Bryan Brown, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Louisville

Brown has been on a fast rise through the assistant ranks since his playing career ended in 2006 at Ole Miss. The Mississippi native spent time working in graduate assistant or in off-field roles at Rutgers, Delta State and Ole Miss before landing at Appalachian State in 2012. He worked with the secondary from 2012-17 before taking over as the team’s play-caller in 2018. The Mountaineers had a standout defense in 2017 but were even stingier with Brown calling the plays. Appalachian State limited teams to 15.5 points a game, 4.4 yards a play and allowed just one play of 50 or more yards. Brown will share the defensive coordinator title with Cort Dennison.

—U of L signee Levi Usher has said he will play college baseball for the Cardinals and not sign with the Los Angeles Angels, who drafted him last month.

—Former Valley High standout Curt Lewis has taken a roundabout path to Eastern Kentucky.

—Kevin’s still got it, folks.

—Five-star class of 2021 guard Devin Askew will make an official visit to U of L for the Louisville Live event on Sept. 27.

—Because he apparently hates himself, Mark Blankenbaker of The Crunch Zone examines the stats from the 2018 football season.

—Crews have wrapped up work on the Louisville City FC stadium steel roof structure.

—Congrats to Harry Douglas on the arrival of his new son.

—In a piece of news unrelated to the previous piece of NC State news, the school has approved the sale of alcohol at football and basketball games beginning this season.

—Big Red Louie looks at Louisville’s tight ends for the upcoming season.

—And finally, German hoops club Alba Berlin has extended Peyton Siva’s contract through 2021.