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Monday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Emily Napper thinks you’re a coward if you don’t have Louisville at No. 3 in your ACC power rankings.

—Spread check: Florida State by 8.

—We have our first Louisville bowl projection and my pants just moved as a result. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has the Cards taking on Nebraska in the Quick Lane Bowl.

—A penalty kick by star Emina Ekic late in the first overtime period kept the Louisville women’s soccer team unbeaten and pushed U of L to a 1-0 upset win over No. 9 Vanderbilt. The 7-0 Cards open ACC play against No. 1 North Carolina this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. inside Lynn Stadium.

—How did we never win 10 games with both Lamar Jackson and Jaire Alexander?

—Drew Brees will miss approximately 6 weeks with a torn thumb ligament, which means it’s Teddy time in New Orleans.

—TuTu Atwell and Anthony Johnson both make Pro Football Focus’ ACC Team of the Week.

—Kash Daniel: Not a dude who makes you feel bad when his team blows a big game in the 4th quarter.

—Trinity is up to No. 13 in the latest USA Today national high school football rankings.

—The most annoying thing about Tony Bennett isn’t the always beating Louisville, it’s the always beating Louisville but still being impossible to hate.

After leading the Virginia men’s basketball team to its first national championship in program history, head coach Tony Bennett turned down a raise, the school announced Monday morning.

“[Virginia] President [Jim] Ryan and [Athletics Director] Carla [Williams] were very gracious in what they offered to me as a potential contract, but I have a very good contract,” Bennett said in an article released by the school. Details of what Bennett was offered by Virginia were not included in the story. “I have more than enough, and if there are ways that this can help out the athletic department, the other programs and coaches, by not tying up so much [in men’s basketball], that’s my desire.”

Bennett also pledged $500,000 to a career development program for current and former UVa players.

—Rick Bozich thinks a Louisville win at Florida State this weekend could be the knockout blow to Willie Taggart.

—Teams from the ACC and AAC will play a new bowl game — “The Fenway Bowl” — inside Boston’s Fenway Park beginning in 2020.

—The latest FanPulse data is here:

—We are 50 days away from the start of the 2019-20 college basketball season, and CBS’ Matt Norlander has 50 things you should know between then and now.

—Yesterday was the last day that we’ll ever see an NFL game played on infield dirt, which for some reason makes me sad. Seeing the Raiders run a 2-yard draw over a stretch of infield dirt always seemed ridiculous, but it also always reminded me of watching the NFL as a kid in the ‘90s. RIP.

—Rodjay Burns’ scoop and score makes the cut for the ACC Digital Network’s top five plays of week three.

—Pat Forde ranks the top six conferences in college football for his latest Forde Yard Dash. The ACC is No. 6.

—A four-year-old in Florida is selling lemonade in an effort to make enough money to help pay for Willie Taggart’s $17 million buyout.

—Eric Crawford writes that regardless of where Louisville football ends up this season, it’s already apparent that the program isn’t where it was.

“Overall probably played pretty well,” Satterfield said. “He held the ball two or three times where we got sacked. We shouldn’t be taking sacks. That’s just where a quarterback has to throw the ball away. But it’s hard on a running quarterback sometimes to throw the ball away. They always feel like they can get out of it and make a big play. But he’s got to play like a quarterback and throw the ball out of bounds and not take those sacks. He put us in bad situations where we lost yardage. We can’t take those lost yardage plays. But overall he played good. He operated the offense, made some nice throws, ran the ball hard, so we were glad to see him get out there and get a win under his belt.”

Now they’ve gotten a couple of wins, and took some punches against Notre Dame but played well. Flaws are evident. Depth is a major factor, with fatigue playing a factor in the second half on both sides.

But whatever this team winds up being – even if it’s record is not significantly better than it wound up in 2018 -- it is not what it was a year ago. And for that, Satterfield and his staff deserve credit.

—The Yahoo boys serve up 10 takeaways from college football’s third week.

—Is this good? It seems good.

—Jay Scrubb talks about the latest in his recruitment.

—Here are the ACC kickoff times for the weekend of Sept. 28 (Louisville has a bye week).

—This is a terrific coach quote.

—Brendan McKay produced his first career MLB hit on Sunday.

—Andy Katz’s latest projected bracket for has Louisville as the No. 1 seed in the West Region.


—Western Kentucky QB Steven Duncan sustained a foot injury against Louisville on Saturday and will miss the next “several weeks.”

—SwimSwam has the U of L men’s swimming team at No. 6 in its preseason rankings.

—Tomahawk Nation recaps the updates from Willie Taggart’s weekly press conference.

—V.J. King has signed a training camp deal with the New York Knicks.

—Louisville is up to No. 67 in Bill Connelly’s S&P ratings.

—And finally, Scott Satterfield says Jawon Pass remains day-to-day.