—Spread check: Virginia by 2.
—Gobbler Country has five takeaways from Virginia Tech’s toppling of Louisville.
—The family of Louisville football player Josh Minkins will be on Family Feud tonight.
—Louisville will once again be shorthanded when it faces Virginia on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, with kickoff against visiting Virginia Tech just hours away, Satterfield learned the full scope of the disruption after contact tracing was completed. He’d be without nine players, including four key defensive linemen — among them team sack leader Monty Montgomery.
The Cardinals hung in but fell to Virginia Tech 42-35, after twice climbing back from double-digit deficits.
They will be in hanging-on mode again this week, with the nine players who missed last week expected to be out again Saturday night when the Cardinals visit Virginia — plus any more who might come down with the virus this week.
“Those guys are going to be out a couple of weeks with the protocol,” Satterfield said. “With contact tracing you’re out 14 days. If you do actually have the virus you can come back sooner once you go through the protocols and get all your testing done that you have to get done with that. So we’d anticipate all those guys that missed last week will miss this week as well.”
At this point, Satterfield is just hoping it isn’t any more. He said the team moved as quickly as it could to isolate players who had been in close contact with those who tested positive. He said that the staff briefly considered a possible postponement of Saturday’s game, but determined they had enough defensive linemen to continue, and wanted to play the game for the benefit of the team’s other players — and of a Virginia Tech team that has saw its early season derailed by the virus.
Right now, the coaches are just holding their breath that they moved to contain the virus in time, and that others aren’t affected.
“We feel better about the containment of it,” he said. “So often, as you guys have seen throughout the country, one of the team gets it and you’ve got 4 or 5 guys positive and then next thing you know it it jumps to 12 or 18. I mean, we’ve kind of seen that the past couple of months from several programs, so we hope we’ve isolated the guys and done our contact tracing, so hopefully we’ve stopped it, but we don’t know. We tested today, and we’ll test Wednesday and again on Friday and we’ll kind of see where it goes.”
—Matt Babcock’s latest NBA mock draft has both Jordan Nwora and Jay Scrubb going early in the second round.
—The Louisville men’s soccer team fell to Virginia Tech in overtime on Friday, dropping the Cards to 1-5-1 on the season.
—Still the most quotable coach in college hoops.
Bob Huggins on if he thought "the world was standing still" when the Big 12 Tournament was being cancelled last March:— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 2, 2020
"Well I've been dead a few times and they've shocked me back to life so my perspective of the world standing still is little a bit different than most."
—Keep up with Louisville football stats via this very easy to use stats dashboard.
—Trinity, which is No. 14 in the nation in the latest USA Today poll, has canceled its scheduled game against North Laurel this week and is pausing all football activities until Nov. 12 after a positive Covid test on the team. That will give the Shamrocks exactly one day to prepare for their playoff opener on Nov. 13.
—Mekhi Becton remains arguably the brightest spot in an otherwise dark season for the New York Jets.
.@nyjets @BigTicket73 #MekhiTime had a good day against some elite players @chiefs. They need to find 4 more #BigTickets and then they can begin to capture some of the glory of 50 years ago. #TakeFlight #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/Oc4ZtZrD93— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) November 2, 2020
—The Bellarmine men’s and women’s basketball teams will play their home games at Freedom Hall in 2020-21, and perhaps beyond this season.
—Peyton Siva talks about his personal grueling battle with Covid-19 on the latest episode of his podcast.
—The weekend of Nov. 14 is a bye weekend for Louisville, but here are the kickoff times and TV designations for the other ACC games:
Saturday, Nov. 14
Wake Forest at North Carolina, noon, ESPN2 or ACC Network – network designation after the games of Nov. 7
Pitt at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m., RSN
Florida State at NC State, 7:30 p.m., ACC Network
Notre Dame at Boston College – six-day hold
Miami at Virginia Tech – six day hold
—Lamar Jackson was brutally honest about his play following Baltimore’s loss to the Steelers on Sunday.
—Louisville is the No. 1 seed for this weekend’s ACC field hockey tournament in Chapel Hill. The Cards have an automatic bye into the semifinals.
—Season starts in 23 days. Feels like it’s about time to start nailing down some (or all!) of these up in the air scheduling deals.
Source says as of right now there's a 'good chance' Michigan State will play at Duke in their Champions Classic game and UK/KU would also be on a campus.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 2, 2020
But that could change. "Tomorrow could be in Indy," source says.
Games were originally slated for Orlando. https://t.co/Mk421qlUE4
—The latest episode of The Cardinal Sports Zone podcast is here.
—Paris Ford, Pittsburgh’s star safety, is opting out of the rest of the 2020 season.
—If you need me, I’ll be overanalyzing this video of Jae’Lyn Withers for the rest of the day.
—Here’s Cardinal Authority’s weekly Louisville football notebook.
—The Roanoke Times looks at how Virginia Tech hit the reset button after halftime on Saturday.
—Carlik Jones has now earned the gold jersey for each of the first three weeks of Louisville basketball practice.
If you're wondering how @carlikjones is doing at Louisville, the grad transfer has earned the coveted gold jersey for the third straight week. In other words, he's been the best practice player for three weeks running.— Shannon Russell (@slrussell) November 2, 2020
—The Louisville women’s soccer team will be the No. 6 seed for the ACC tournament.
—Malik Cunningham was Pro Football Focus’ second highest-graded QB in the country for this past week.
Highest-graded power five QBs in Wk 9— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 1, 2020
1. Matt Corral, Ole Miss - 95.3
2. Malik Cunningham, Louisville - 93.7
3. Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma - 93.6
4. Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland - 92.2
4. Hendon Hooker, VA Tech - 92.2 pic.twitter.com/jkNV68BuDB
—David Teel writes that Hendon Hooker’s 10-for-10 performance was beautiful, but not much else about Virginia Tech’s win over Louisville was pretty.
—The Tech Sideline podcast reviews VT’s triumph at Cardinal Stadium.
—And finally, GoCards.com recaps Scott Satterfield’s Monday press conference.