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Gavin LaPaille lets everyone at the White House know that Samuell Williamson has put on 20 pounds of muscle.

—Spread check: Louisville by 5.

—Despite four straight losses, Scott Satterfield says his players remain both focused and upbeat.

—The 13th-ranked U of L women’s soccer team bounced back from a tough loss to Virginia with a 1-0 road win over Virginia Tech on Sunday. It was the Cards’ first win over the Hokies since joining the ACC.

Here’s how it happened:

—Denny Crum is the guest on the latest episode of Larry O’Bannon’s podcast.

—According to the CJ’s Shannon Russell, Western Kentucky is no longer going to be participating in the Louisville Bubble (it’s a proper noun now). That leaves Louisville, Arkansas Little Rock, Duquesne, UNC-Greensboro, Southern Illinois, Winthrop, Prairie View A&M (which hasn’t officially signed on the dotted line), and a team to be named later.

—ESPN’s Jeff Borzello ranks the biggest impact newcomers in college basketball for 2020-21. Louisville grad transfer Carlik Jones is No. 9.

9. Carlik Jones, Louisville (transfer): The No. 1 graduate transfer last spring, Jones was the Big South Player of the Year after averaging 20.0 points. He’ll hit the ground running in the ACC.

Charles Minlend also makes an appearance.

65. Charles Minlend, Louisville (transfer): Carlik Jones will get more attention, but Minlend was a second-team All-WCC selection who averaged 14.4 points. He could start for the Cardinals.

Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham tops the list.

—Florida State head coach Mike Norvell held his pre-Louisville press conference on Monday. Here’s what he had to say.

—Jeff Brohm has tested positive for Covid-19, which means Brian will be making his head coaching debut on Saturday.

—Louisville has announced that the Halloween home game against Virginia Tech — which we found out today will kick off at 4 p.m. on ACC Network — will be a “Blackout” game.

It feels sort of weird to have a color-theme game with a 12,000 max capacity (and an afternoon kick), but then again everything feels sort of weird, so whatever.

—I guess it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that the Notre Dame fans over at One Foot Down weren’t overly thrilled about the Irish’s win over Louisville on Saturday.

I didn’t realize Notre Dame and Louisville were service academies

One of the truly uncanny things about this contest was the game flow, which was more or less equivalent to your average Army-Navy showdown. The game was fast-paced in the worst way, as Irish plodded, but moved forward on the ground and struggled to throw while the Cardinals rarely succeeded in moving the ball at all. The ball moved at a snail’s pace, which in turn made the game itself fly by. Notre Dame only had seven drives in the entire game; Louisville had six.

This became an intentional part of Notre Dame’s game plan once they took the lead in the second half, as the Irish knew their defense had the Cards’ number and went into “let’s just not f*** up and we’ll probably win” mode. There was a chicken-and-egg relationship between Notre Dame’s lack of offensive production and the clock movement in this game. Ian Book and co. were limited in their opportunities to make plays by the fast pace of the game, but that pace was in part a result of their inability to score early or often. This isn’t a viable strategy moving forward but it was enough to carry the team through another week, and in 2020 that might be all we can ask for.

—Here’s everything Brian Kelly said after his team’s win over the Cards.

—The Cardinal Sports Zone crew reviews the loss to Notre Dame in their latest podcast.

—DeVante Parker suffered a groin injury during Miami’s game on Sunday.

—Jamon Brown and Lamar Jackson made sure to link up for an L’s up pic after Baltimore’s win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

—Michael Bush, Keenan Burton and Scott Davenport all spoke out Monday morning in favor of a proposed JCPS tax increase.

—The Louisville men’s soccer team battled Syracuse to a 2-2 draw on Friday.

—Hassan Hall and YaYa Diaby are both “day-to-day” with minor injuries.

—The 2021 Louisville baseball team is stacked with wizards.

—The latest ESPN bowl projections do not include Louisville.

—The CBS bowl projections have the Cards taking on Navy in the Military Bowl.

—Fuck Larry Taylor forever.

—Former Louisville soccer/football player Jon Brown made the first field goal he ever attempted at any level on Sunday, and it happened in an NFL game.

—The Dodgers team has locked up the Louisville baseball Pizza Bowl series for 2020.

—Pretty large number for Louisville-ND here locally.

—If you missed it over the weekend, Homefield Apparel’s new Louisville collection is out, and you can save 20% on your first purchase by using the promo code CARDCHRONICLE.

—And finally, Jody Demling gives a first-person account of his recovery process from Covid-19.