—Spread check: Louisville by 10.
—Lamar Jackson has been named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.
We missed out on the opportunity to gush on here together over Lamar’s week one performance and make fun of the morons who said he could only play wide receiver in the NFL, so just imagine that we did all of that.
—Lovie Jenkins says Louisville was a “better fit” for him than Tennessee, where he had previously been committed.
“I was originally going to commit to Louisville,” Jenkins said on Tuesday night.
But after making an official visit to Louisville and returning for an unofficial visit, Jenkins said he went to Tennessee the following day and he ended up committing to the Volunteers on his visit. Jenkins said, “As time went by, I felt like it wasn’t the right fit for me.”
So, on Tuesday afternoon he told the Tennessee coaches he was de-committing from the Volunteers and then called the Louisville coaches and said he wanted to make a commitment to the Cardinals.
“I honestly see a program that is a better fit for me,” Jenkins told Cardinal Authority. “The defensive scheme is a perfect fit. I can see that Louisville will use me better and I just always felt a thing with Louisville.
“The coaches and the program, I just always really liked Louisville a lot.”
—A document obtained by Yahoo reveals former Arizona assistant Book Richardson paid $40,000 for transcript to ensure former UA player Rawle Alkins’ eligibility.
—The ACC has announced that the full schedule of men’s basketball league games and selected women’s games will be announced during a TV special Thursday night at 9 on the ACC Network. Once that happens, we’ll have Louisville’s full schedule for the 2019-20 season.
—After an up-and-down week that included a surprise tie, an upset loss to South Florida and a 3-0 smashing of Kentucky, the U of L men’s soccer team checks in at No. 20 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll.
—Love that the Murderbird helmet is the only one facing the opposite direction.
Louisville (Team 18/130) checks in with 44 different helmets (all pictured). @UofLFootball has worn 15 different helmets since '10.@UniWatch @PhilHecken @UofLEquipment @CardChronicle#CFB150#CFBHelmetHistory pic.twitter.com/40oN8KYbDD— Blaise D'Sylva (@wtfcoach) September 10, 2019
—ACC Basketball Report has been counting down the 25 best returning players in the conference and has Malik Williams at No. 23.
—The 5-0 U of L field hockey team is up to No. 8 in the latest coaches poll.
—It’s looking like it’s down to Duke, Louisville and Texas for class of 2020 standout DJ Steward, who has met with all three coaching staffs over the last week.
A day after returning home to Chicago, Steward, a standout at Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young, met with the Louisville staff.
“It was really good,” he said. “We sat down for about 30 minutes and just talked about their plan for me. I would like to come in and fill it up right away and just score and develop the point guard skills that I’ll need for the next level.”
On Tuesday, Steward met with Duke’s staff, who pitched him to play alongside their 2020 commits Jeremy Roach and Jalen Johnson.
“It was great, he brought in three other people from their staff just to show how big of a priority I was,” Steward said. “He said I was a big priority for the combo guard position for next year to come in and play alongside Jeremy Roach and Jalen Johnson. He was saying I could come in and score and fill it up right away because he knows Jeremy Roach is a great passer, Jalen Johnson is another great passer and he says I’m very unselfish as well and a great teammate and we would fit together very well.”
Steward also met with Smart on Tuesday.
—Our guy Cardinal Strong answers some questions on Louisville-WKU for Hilltopper site The Towel Rack.
—The U of L women’s golf team finished tied for third at the Minnesota Invitational.
—This is awesome.
THE MOST INSPIRING STORY— Alexa Lorenzo (@ALorenzoFOX13) September 10, 2019
“I’ve been bullied my entire life,” the freshman said.
But 2 MLK Prep football players shut that down.
They noticed their classmate was getting made fun of for wearing the same clothes at school.
They gave him bags of new shirts, pants and shoes. pic.twitter.com/18Vj7t78R0
—This is also awesome:
A Florida boy who was bullied for his homemade T-shirt representing the University of Tennessee Volunteers at his elementary school’s college colors day had his design made official by the university – and the demand crashed the school’s website. https://t.co/BcOzgeDurd— ABC News (@ABC) September 8, 2019
—For the first time, Jim Boeheim is opening up about the car crash he was involved in that claimed another man’s life.
—Five-star guard Nimari Burnett has reportedly canceled his official visit to Louisville. This news comes on the heels of a flood of crystal ball predictions of Deivon Smith committing to the Cards.
—This is Grade A shade.
Alabama complained Monday about being put in a noon kickoff vs. Southern Miss, setting up Gus Malzahn for an all-time press conference subtweet.— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) September 10, 2019
"6 p.m. kick. Personally I wish it was at noon so we'd have more time to prepare for our next opponent." pic.twitter.com/ch5GYGItZ3
—The play of the Louisville defense through the season’s opening two weeks demands some respect.
—After a lengthy day in court, Rick Pitino and the U of L athletic association appear no closer to reaching a settlement.
—Through two games Louisville has established its running game as a strength.
—Louisville-Notre Dame cracks the top five of the most-watched college football games of the young season.
Most watched college football games this season pic.twitter.com/otXF8ZBZPb— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 10, 2019
—We already knew this, but Lamar Jackson is the real deal.
—U of L QB commit Tee Webb “can’t wait” to get to Louisville.
—ESPN serves up its list of the 150 greatest college football teams of all-time.
—LJ Nesbitt is back with his latest installment of BucketHatism over at The Crunch Zone.
—If you’re headed to Nashville this weekend and you’re looking for a spot to hang out before the game ...
—Scott Satterfield was the guest on the latest episode of the Move the Sticks podcast.
—After a two-game academic suspension, tight end Jordan Davis is set to return to the field for Louisville this weekend.
—With California passing its so-called Fair Pay for Fair Play act, a showdown between the state and the NCAA appears imminent.
—Can’t get enough of this.
—U of L volleyball is up to No. 22 in the latest national rankings.
—Jordan Nwora received a little bit of love in this anonymous college coaches poll of the best players in the sport for the 2019-20 season.
—Speaking of Nwora, he has also helped the Nigerian National Team lock up a spot in the 2020 Olympics. Could be a monster 12 months or so on the horizon for him.
—Mekhi Becton makes Pro Football Focus’ national Team of the Week for week two.
—Louisville soccer’s Jake Gelvonatch has been named the ACC’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
—Jeff Greer went behind the scenes with the EKU football team (ATHLETIC LINKS ARE BACK, BABY) as the Colonels prepared for last week’s game at Cardinal Stadium.
—Louisville-Florida State has been set for a 3:30 kickoff on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC in two Saturdays.
—And finally, I’m back on the radio from 3-6 this afternoon on 790-KRD. I’ll talk about becoming a dad and I’ll probably cry. And then Scott Satterfield will come on and I’ll talk about watching Louisville football win a game for the first time in a year and I’ll probably cry again. You can listen here.