—U of L’s football practice recap from Tuesday focuses on Rodjay Burns’ transition to the new “Card” position.
—The Louisville men’s soccer team will begin the 2019 season ranked No. 14 in the coaches poll. The Cards will play seven teams that are ranked in the top 25.
—After practice Tuesday, both Bryan Brown and Rodjay Burns singled out Monty Montgomery as a defensive player who has been impressive early on during camp. Last season Montgomery was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Jayhawk Conference, which is the conference that has been featured in the last two seasons of “Last Chance U.”
But after three days of his first fall camp at U of L, Montgomery is drawing some buzz.
His name was the first to come out of the mouth of U of L defensive coordinator Bryan Brown when he was asked about newer guys on the roster who have impressed him so far in camp.
“He just got here,” Brown said. “But he’s a guy that is fast and very, very physical.
“He’s a guy that, man you see him flash on film a lot in the first two days, even in today’s practice. He has flashed a lot.”
U of L outside linebackers coach Cort Dennison was the lead recruiter for Montgomery and said after signing day that, “he’s a guy that will fit perfectly into what we want to do with our linebackers. We’re excited to see what he can do.”
Montgomery has also impressed his teammates.
“Monty flies around fast,” U of L outside linebacker Rodjay Burns said. “He gets through the holes; he’s going to be something to reckon with.”
—U of L senior Lauren Hartlage remains near the top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Open.
—Class of 2021 standout Trey Kaufman from just across the bridge at Silver Creek High School has reportedly received an offer from Louisville.
—Yesterday, the NCAA needlessly complicated its player-agent rule.
—Dan Wetzel says that players should be able to hire whomever they want if they are trying to figure out their future and that the NCAA should have nothing to do with it.
—The ACC Network has reached a deal with YouTubeTV. Baby steps.
—Jeff Greer talks with (Athletic link) the top recruiting analysts in the basketball world to get a sense of where Louisville stands with each of its top targets in the 2020 class.
Where his recruitment stands: One of the top point guards in the class, Love (6-3, 175) recently trimmed his list to six schools. Louisville, one of the programs that has been pursuing him the longest, made the cut, and he visited campus last fall. A speedy, explosive ballhandler, Love fits well in Chris Mack’s pick-and-roll offense. Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and North Carolina also made the cut.
Borzello: “Louisville has been involved with Love for a long time, offering him last August on a visit, and the Cardinals are squarely in the mix, expected to get him on a visit in the fall. Kansas and North Carolina are the prime contenders, as both blue bloods offered him in the last few months.”
Evans: “He could visit Louisville at the end of September. They’re probably one of the top two or three to beat. Kansas too. Carolina is in there as well, though I don’t know how much they’ve really devoted in recruiting him. Louisville’s in a great spot.”
—TNIAAM ranks the ACC based on craft breweries, and has Louisville at No. 7.
—New leadership has saved Louisville’s triple crown of running.
—Here’s a look at the new kits the U of L men’s soccer team will be sporting in its first season under head coach John Michael Hayden:
—U of L’s student newspaper is still fighting for survival.
—Rick Bozich drops a bomb on West Virginia football fans here.
—Whitney Harding has some fantasy football strategies mirrored from watching The Bachelor.
—Next summer could be fun.
—The Bluegrass World Series returns to Slugger Field tonight.
—Very touching story here on DePaul student manager Aameer Sahi, who is fighting for his life.
—Sahi’s team continues to show love for him during their summer trip abroad.
Important message from @DePaulHoops at Cathédral Notre Dame in Amiens, Paris:— DePaul Basketball (@DePaulHoops) August 7, 2019
Please pray with us for @aameericle who continues to fight. Aameer, know that we are thinking about you and love you! #SahiStrong pic.twitter.com/iFvAeJnYvM
—Like Rodjay Burns, Russ Yeast is also assuming a new role in Louisville’s fresh defensive scheme.
—Pat Forde lists his 25 most intriguing coaches for the upcoming college football season.
—Kyle Boone of CBS has Fresh Kimble as the third-best grad transfer for the 2019-20 season.
Previous school: Saint Joseph’s
2018-19 stats: 15.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 apg
His impact: In his final three seasons at Saint Joseph’s, Kimble was the poster-boy of consistency, averaging at least 10.0 points and 2.0 assists each season. He peaked in 2018-19 when he averaged career-highs in points, steals and offensive rebounds. As he enters his final season of eligibility at Louisville, he projects as a potential No. 2 behind All-America candidate Jordan Nwora -- and on a team that should be considered a title contender given its incoming talent and overall experience.
—After being cut by the Raiders, Lukayus McNeil has been signed by the Dallas Cowboys.
—Calling all of the BS on this.
NEWS: The @AuburnMBB program had long kept private their severe self-imposed sanctions from Sept. 2017-April 2018, until now. During that time, Auburn didn't conduct any recruiting. No visits of any kind. No contacts. No phone calls. No evaluations. Read: https://t.co/qHP2bI1pyr pic.twitter.com/MDFWwuyDF7— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) August 7, 2019
No program has been less forthcoming through this whole thing than Auburn. They suspended two coaches and never gave an official explanation and also had the rest of their staff (including the head coach) refuse to comply with the school’s own internal investigation. And then they went to the Final Four.
This also hints that Auburn’s NOA (which they might already have) may contain a lot of stuff that isn’t currently public knowledge.
—The updated super early spread in Vegas for the Louisville-Kentucky football game is Cats -9.
—I never thought I would watch all three minutes of a Missouri basketball schedule reveal. Well done, Tigers.
—Louisville’s basketball game against Western Kentucky in Nashville is officially locked in for Nov. 29. U of L’s complete non-con schedule for men’s basketball will be unveiled tomorrow.
—And finally, as you might expect, Dan McDonnell is incredibly proud of the success his former players are currently enjoying at the professional level.