—Single game tickets for the 2019 Cardinal football season are now on sale. More information is available here.
—ESPN college hoops writer Jeff Borzello updates his early rankings for 2019-20 and has Louisville at No. 5. The Cards are the highest-ranked ACC team in the top 25.
Louisville took a hit to its early-season depth when freshman guard David Johnson suffered a shoulder injury that will sideline him for up to six months. Johnson was impressing in early workouts and was expected to push for a key role. The Cardinals have the depth to overcome his absence, though. Saint Joseph’s graduate transfer Lamarr Kimble will run the point and Darius Perryand Ryan McMahon return. Five-star freshman Samuell Williamson and returning starter Dwayne Sutton could combine on the wings in a bigger lineup.
Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky and Florida are the only teams sitting above the Cards.
—After being universally mocked for the last four days, the NCAA has tucked its tail and reversed the so-called “Rich Paul Rule.” Having a college degree will not be a requirement to be an agent who can represent college athletes going through the draft process.
—On Monday the NCAA proved that, when it needs to be, it can be quick on its feet and change a rule in short order. CBS’ Matt Nortlander says that should be remembered the next time a real rule with real implications comes into play.
—Forbes says the NCAA could do better if it wanted to. It doesn’t.
—Quietly this week, the NCAA dropped a recommended reform that would have given the association more authority to handle the kind of academic misconduct that occurred for 17 years (and ultimately went unpunished) at North Carolina.
This concludes the “NCAA sucks” portion of news and notes.
We realized after the wedding that we forgot to get our L's up shot. (We remembered for the engagement photos, dang it!) We decided to get a photo when we dropped off the marriage license today. The wedding is over, now football season can begin. @cardchronicle pic.twitter.com/1GlnlUMNZo— charlotte charades (@preincarnate) August 13, 2019
—Former U of L quarterback Jordan Travis has been granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play this season for Florida State.
—The Louisville men’s soccer team will host an Open House event this Sunday, August 18 from 4-6 p.m. at Lynn Stadium. The free event will include an open practice, silent auction, stadium tour, team introductions, team autographs, and free food.
Fans are encouraged to RSVP for the event here.
—There’s been a lot of great individual local talent to come through U of L in recent years. Manual High product Emina Ekic is one of the current examples.
At ten years old, Emina dreamed of playing soccer and she let nothing stand in her way.— Louisville Women's Soccer (@ULWomensSoccer) August 12, 2019
The Quest: Emina Ekic | Wednesday at 6pm pic.twitter.com/CTdTXOKoI0
—Lamar Jackson gets snubbed from this Sports Illustrated list of the 10 greatest individual seasons in college football history.
—Per the NCAA transfer portal, former Louisville defensive lineman Michael Boykin is headed to Tennessee State.
—Five-star guard Nimari Burnett talks about each school on his recently trimmed list of five. Like Caleb Love, Burnett says the U of L staff has talked to him about being a one and done.
Louisville: “Same thing as far as playing point guard, they also want me to potentially be a one and done. They have a good history with winning and they want me to come in and help them win right away.”
Burnett is set to visit U of L on Sept. 13.
—Awful news out of DePaul, where basketball student manager Aameer Sahi has passed away after a lengthy fight with cancer.
—Bill Connelly’s S&P rankings have Louisville as the eighth-worst Power Five conference team in college football since 2005, which seems surprising.
Among current P5s ... 10 worst programs ever per avg S&P+...— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) August 12, 2019
64 Iowa State
62 Kansas State
57 South Carolina
56 NC State
Didn't expect a couple of those.https://t.co/aEPVWRzyQg
—A federal judge has declined to dismiss former Louisville basketball recruit Brian Bowen’s lawsuit against Adidas. The judge did dismiss allegations the shoe company engaged in sports bribery and wire fraud.
—Brian Brohm is the guest on the latest episode of Eric Wood’s “What’s Next” podcast.
—This is sort of a wild fact.
Louisville is opening its football season with a home game vs. a ranked opponent for the first time in school history.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) August 13, 2019
—Big Red Louie has a solid breakdown of that you need to know about the new Louisville defense.
—DeVante Peete, Lamar Jackson’s best friend and former roommate, is determined to help start the process of getting Louisville back to where the program expects to be.
Peete is one of five guys remaining from what many say was Bobby Petrino’s finest recruiting class, a 26-player group that 247Sports ranked the 33rd best in the country.
”I remember one night we were lying in our rooms as freshmen and Lamar said, ‘Man, you’re running with the ones and I’m running with the threes,’” Peete said, before laughing. “It was crazy.”
Here’s what is even crazier: Given the opportunity to leave or give up, Peete chose to return to the U of L for his fifth season and try to help the new coaching staff and teammates fix everything that was broken the last two seasons.
”I didn’t want to leave that taste in my mouth,” Peete said. “I got a better opportunity to do what I do with the new coaching staff.
”I think it’s a blessing on a personal level to be around a guy like Coach (Gunter) Brewer who has been coaching for 30 years. He coached Randy Moss. He coached Dez Bryant. He coached Justin Blackmon.
”He’s got over 10 or 15 guys in the NFL. Getting his energy and knowledge and everything that he knows about the game, the things that he can add to my game, help me get better on the smaller things.”
—Former Cards Logan Wyatt and Tyler Fitzgerald have both been promoted to Single A Augusta.
—Interesting piece here as Ken Pomeroy goes in-depth on the program rankings he released earlier this week.
—National recruiting analysts continue to be impressed by the work Scott Satterfield has done thus far.
Steve Wiltfong, Director of Recruiting for 247Sports, spent time at the Cardinals football complex earlier this summer. He visited with head coach Scott Satterfield, assistants Bryan Brown and Cort Dennison, and recruiting coordinator Pete Nochta. He also toured the Howard Schnellenberger Complex, checked out Cardinal Stadium and more. The trip came during the month of June, a time that saw the staff land 16 of the current 20 commitments. Wiltfong was impressed enough that he detailed how Satterfield and Louisville had a sizzling month of recruiting.
Wiltfong shared similar compliments during a guest spot on 790 KRD’s morning program, ‘The Red Zone’ on Monday.
“You look at this Louisville class and it’s No. 30 in the country right now, when in the previous year they finished at No. 69. Although, I do think in that class that coach Satterfield and company landed that there will be some difference-makers on the two-deep for Louisville, but this class, they go out and address the biggest need first and foremost at quarterback with Chubba Purdy and Tee Webb.”
Purdy, a four-star target from Gilbert, Ariz., ranks as the nation’s No. 6 dual-threat quarterback, while Webb checks as the No. 29 pro-style signal-caller.
“I feel that one of those two guys is going to be a difference-maker and be one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC in a coach Satterfield offense,” Wiltfong said. “Obviously Purdy has the ranking, but when you put on Tee Webb’s film, out of Cartervsville (Ga.) and the same school that produced Trevor Lawrence at Clemson, and you see him having to read defenses, standing in the pocket making throws right before he’s going to get popped be defenders, he’s got a real-live arm. He’s got all the traits.”
—Dan McDonnell is the guest on the latest episode of the WDRB Sports Podcast.
—Even in Olympic sports that lose money, coaching salaries are skyrocketing in the Power Five.
—The U of L Athletics Association and the Board of Trustees will be holding special meetings on Wednesday.
—Jerome Bettis shares his thoughts on the 2019 Notre Dame football team.
—Scott Satterfield continues to bring “positive vibes” back to Cardinal football.
—And finally, the CJ’s Danielle Lerner provides some updates on the overseas adventures of Cardinal hoopers Jordan Nwora and Yacine Diop.