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Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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Claire Elizabeth Barnett came into the world a bit earlier than expected, but right away she showcased just how committed she is to the Cardinal cause.

—The U of L women’s soccer team kicks off its 2019 season on the road at Ohio State Thursday night. Here’s a match preview.

—ESPN puts together its all-time ACC football team, which has Lamar Jackson as the Third Team quarterback.

—Mother of God.

Imagine going through life as an adult man with an autograph tattoo from Detroit-Mercy’s 8th-leading scorer on your left leg.

—Notre Dame held a practice that was open to the media on Wednesday. You can check out some highlights from said practice here.

—Class of 2021 guard Zion Harmon, who took an unofficial visit to U of L on Monday, received a scholarship offer from Chris Mack Wednesday night.

Harmon is the No. 19 overall player in the 2021 class according to Rivals.

—Loyola-Chicago team chaplain Sister Jean turned 100-years-old on Wednesday. She’s lived a fun life and she has no plans on slowing down.

—The Sun Bowl (which is an ACC bowl) is now the “Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.”

—It’s hard to be fresh with recruiting gimmicks these days, but props to U of L for this approach, which is pretty awesome.

—Three and a half decades ago, Star-Ledger sports writer Steve Politi gave the double-bird salute to an umpire after a Little League game. He set out to find him this week to apologize. Here’s what happened.

—Mick Cronin made his first big splash in LA by landing five-star point guard Daishen Nix.

—Gorgui rules, part one billion.

—Bellarmine athletics kicked off its final season in Division-II on Wednesday.

—Notre Dame is expecting the unexpected from Louisville on Labor Day.

“What I do know is these guys are really, really skilled coaches,” Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea said. “They’ve done it at a really high level at App State. I’ve got a lot of respect for them, and so I know that we’re going to be challenged. I know that they’re going to have wrinkles, and they’re going to find ways to move us around and try to compromise what we feel are our strengths.

“You have to kind of prepare for a lot more than you’re going to see.”

Lea said his approach will be to watch tape of Appalachian State’s offense going back a few years to “when the personnel was a little different.”

“You kind of pile it all together and then really pull the most challenging parts and pieces and make sure you rep it 100 times and hope that somehow you’ve surrounded the bulls-eye,” Lea said. “We’ll have to be on our toes and evolve and adjust as we go, because they’ll have things that inevitably we won’t have prepared for.”

—The CJ’s Cameron Teague gives his game-by-game predictions and has Louisville going 4-8 in 2019.

—JuCo transfer Monty Montgomery continues to be perhaps the most pleasant surprise on the defensive side of the ball during fall camp.

—The Marc Weinberg era of U of L athletics has arrived.

He’s staying humble and hungry though.

—ESPN’s Andrea Adelson writes about how Dabo turned Clemson into a monster.

—Of the 11 quarterbacks in NFL history to attempt at least 150 passes when they were 21 years old or younger, Lamar Jackson ranks first in passer ranking.

—ACC Network day has arrived.

—I wrapped up the new season of “QB1” on Netflix last night. Enjoy Nik Scalzo’s dad, Kentucky.

—North Carolina grad transfer wide receiver Thomas Jackson appears to be a key addition for Louisville’s offense this season.

—Should have been a national holiday.

—Despite Yahoo releasing damning internal emails and text messages last week, it’s business as usual for Nike and the EYBL. The reason? No one seems to care about any of this.

—The 25th-ranked Cardinal volleyball team will open its season on Saturday against the Miami Redhawks.

—Some solid Louisville love in this ACC predictions video from Andy Katz, who has Jordan Nwora as his league Player of the Year.

—Bud Elliott thinks there’s actually a bet out there on Louisville football that’s a good one.

—Banner Society has its first bowl projections of 2019.

—Eric Crawford lays out what you need to know about ACC Network launch day.

—Just tremendous.

—The U of L defense is continuing to adjust to its new schemes.

—In exhibition action, the Louisville men’s soccer team went to Bloomington Wednesday night and took down second-ranked Indiana, 2-1.

—In need of a center, should the Los Angeles Lakers be looking at Chinanu Onuaku?

—We found Louisville’s next mayor yesterday.

—TNIAAM examines what the official drink of every team in the ACC should be.

—A year after dislocating his wrist in Orlando during Louisville’s season-opening loss to Alabama, Jonathan Greenard is ready for another season opener in Orlando this weekend.

—Speaking of Greenard, he admits now that he, like just about everyone else, was stunned by how thoroughly Louisville demolished Florida State back in 2016.

—Is this good? This seems good.

—U of L quality control coach Cortney Braswell is back with the program after the theft charges in Tennessee against him were dropped.

—Keion Wakefield is ready to fully showcase his talents in year three.

—And finally, top U of L basketball recruiting targets Devin Askew, Caleb Love, DJ Steward and Jaemyn Brakefield (among others) have now all confirmed that they’ll be attending next month’s Louisville Live event downtown.

Lots of fun stuff is about to start happening.