—In his first game back up with the Dodgers, former Louisville/Kentucky Country Day catcher Will Smith homered and drove in six runs. They should probably go ahead and just keep him on the active roster.
—Top Louisville PG recruit Caleb Love had a very solid weekend.
—Our guy CardinalStrong answers some questions about the Cards for the Clemson fans over at Shakin’ the Southland.
—Cool story here as some of the most prominent names in Louisville athletics showed “Momma Jan” some love on her 92nd birthday.
—Dajuan Wagner was the first player whose recruitment I really remember following. Now he has a son, Dajuan Wagner Jr., who is a rising freshman and is poised to be a top recruit.
—Katina Powell continues to get into all sorts of trouble.
In October 2018, Powell pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges but avoided prison time and was sentenced to two years diversion on the condition she stay out of trouble, get drug treatment and pay restitution of $2,900.
Powell was arrested in May 2018 in connection with an incident the month prior in which she cashed three checks that had been stolen and forged.
The checks had been stolen from Thomas Tyre, a local dentist Powell has been in a relationship with.
According to court records, Powell admitted to her probation officer on June 14 that she had used cocaine. On July 10, Powell failed to show up to meet her probation officer, but a friend of Powell’s called and said she had dropped Powell off in Lexington “after a man allegedly beat her and shot at her.”
The officer could not find Powell in any hospitals and “to this day, subject is concealing her whereabouts.”
Powell was kicked out of a drug treatment program for failing to attend meetings, according to court records.
—The season ticket renewal deadline for U of L soccer is rapidly approaching.
—Gorgui Dieng continues to be at the forefront of the Basketball Without Borders movement.
—Alex Rodriguez had the saddest birthday cake ever.
—This is cool.
I made the Louisville skyline outta money pic.twitter.com/ko6zxLQK2K— Amai Rawls (@AmaiRawls) July 28, 2019
—Kelsi Worrell Dahlia has set yet another new world record.
—In front of 593 fans, Lou City got blanked by Loudon United over the weekend.
—Jeff Greer tackles a trio of topics for his “3-and-G” column, including the fact that U of L now has the ability to retire Russ Smith’s number.
3. Time for Smith’s jersey retirement
When Russ Smith finished his college career, I delved into the university’s process for retiring jersey numbers in the basketball program. Only four players have been so honored: Pervis Ellison, Darrell Griffith, Charlie Tyra and Wes Unseld, the Mount Rushmore of Louisville hoopers. Smith is one of only six consensus All-Americans in program history, a group that includes the aforementioned four and Clifford Rozier. He won a national title and made two Final Fours. He owns the program record for career steals. He is fifth in scoring, with more than 1,900 points. The teams on which he played a regular role (2011 to ’14) went 96-21. The list goes on.
As explained in 2014 by sports information director Kenny Klein, the process of retiring a jersey number understandably requires a five-year waiting period to prevent emotional decisions. Those five years have passed now, and the question of whether Smith’s No. 2 jersey should be retired remains the same: It’s a no-brainer.
—We should do it based on this tweet alone.
I know right. That’s why I live in Louisville. https://t.co/zzFPhqCe5D— russdiculous rüby (@Specter_Smit) July 28, 2019
—Louisville football’s “Courage Camp” is a fantastic event.
—Ten things to do for under 5 bucks in Louisville this week.
—Reggie Bush says he sees a lot of himself in former Trinity star Rondale Moore ... the same Rondale Moore who members of the last staff believed wasn’t good enough to play at Louisville.
Rondale Moore is one of the most exciting football players in all of CFB kind of reminds me of myself...can’t wait to see what he has in store for us this year! Highlights are https://t.co/MBI6Ku3j2k— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) July 28, 2019
—Louisville is in the final seven for class of 2020 center Hunter Dickinson. Most seem to believe that Notre Dame and U of L are the two schools best positioned to land the 7’2 big man.
—Louisville did not make the final seven for Earl Timberlake.
—Four-star class of 2021 prospect Cam Hayes is taking an unofficial visit to U of L.
—Lamar remains the best.
Lamar Jackson stayed on the field nearly an hour after practice yesterday to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.— Garrett Downing (@gdowning14) July 27, 2019
He was the last player to head into the locker room, and he gave up most of his lunch to spend time with the fans.
He gets it.
—The CJ takes a look at Louisville’s potential offensive line rotation for the upcoming season.
—Christian Fitzpatrick, the younger brother of current Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick, committed to Washington State over the weekend.
—Eli Rogers turned some heads with his arrival at Steelers camp.
—The folks down in Gainesville are fired up over the addition of former Card Jonathan Greenard.
—And finally, Scott Satterfield gives a quick update on the Cards before fall camp gets underway.