—Spread check: Louisville by 1.5.
—I hopped on Jeff Greer’s podcast yesterday to talk about everything currently going on with Louisville basketball. You can listen to that conversation here.
—James Turner is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s best kicker.
—Highlights from the U of L women’s team’s Sunday demolition of UT-Martin:
—With Wednesday’s game postponed, Wisconsin has scheduled a game against Rhode Island to take the place of its game against the Cards.
—Wednesday’s scheduled ACC-Big 10 Challenge game between Michigan and NC State has been canceled. That puts Covid ahead in the ACC-Big 10-Covid Challenge by a current count of 2-0-0.
—The ACC-Big 10 Challenge does get underway tonight. Here’s the schedule:
Purdue at Miami | ESPN2 | 5 PM
Boston College at Minnesota | ESPNU | 7 PM
#16/14 North Carolina at #3 Iowa | ESPN | 7:30 PM
#22/20 Ohio State at Notre Dame | ESPN2 | 7:30 PM
Penn State at #15 Virginia Tech | ESPNU | 9 PM
#6/9 Illinois at #10/11 Duke | ESPN | 9:30 PM
Syracuse at #21/22 Rutgers | ESPN2 | 9:30 PM
—The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna has a good summary of why a large segment of the Louisville fan base is particularly sensitive to Scott Satterfield sneaking away to meet with South Carolina.
Seventeen years ago, behind a first-year head coach with a fancy new offense, Louisville was a program on the rise. The Cardinals won nine games in 2003 as part of Conference USA. They were two years away from playing in the Big East, 11 years away from playing in the ACC and 13 years away from trotting out a Heisman Trophy winner.
Then Bobby Petrino, in a theme that would become consistent throughout his career, ruined all of that goodwill. His failed in-season dalliance with Auburn became known as “JetGate,” and though he managed to last another three seasons and take the Cardinals to two top-10 finishes, his reputation, as well as that of his employer’s, became sullied.
It is amid that backdrop that the short-lived Scott Satterfield-South Carolina flirtation stings so much in the Derby City.
This mess, entirely of Satterfield’s own doing, was avoidable. And the only way things will improve is with the benefit of time because it is clear from the tenor of Louisville fans right now that no Cardinals coach is getting the benefit of the doubt anytime soon.
—Louisville RB commit Trevion Cooley says he’s ready to get to campus.
—The Baltimore Ravens have activated Lamar Jackson from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
—Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is out at UK.
—Dana Evans rules.
—Evans should rank near the top of this year’s WNBA draft class when it comes to pure shooting.
—After signing a 5-year max extension worth up to $195M earlier this month, Donovan Mitchell pledged $12M to help the school that he attended from 3rd to 9th grade.
—Barrett Sallee of CBS pulls no punches in the opening paragraph of this Scott Satterfield story.
Louisville and coach Scott Satterfield entered the season as chic picks to challenge for ACC supremacy. But, at 3-7, the Cardinals have become one of the biggest disappointments in the country. Things apparently are going from bad to worse — and Satterfield is the one to blame.
He was asked during his press conference on Monday the differences in how players and coaches treat their commitments to their schools and football programs. It’s safe to say that the second-year coach doesn’t exactly show a lot of sympathy towards the players on his roster.
“As players, it’s a little bit different than coaches,” he said. “Sometimes we like to lump coaches in with players. As a player, you’re there for three to four years and then you’re done. As players, you don’t have a family. It’s just you. As coaches … and I’m just thinking in general terms here … coaches have wives and kids. As a job, are they going to be a job at 40 years? There are a lot of different things that are involved in coaching. With players, like I said, it’s three to four years, and they have to be all in.”
He went on to describe what “all in” means in terms of how players approach college football.
“It’s hard as a player to go to class, get up and go to meetings, go to weight training, to go practice, come back and study, and then, oh by the way, go perform on a game day. There are a lot of things that a player has to do and so many different avenues that are pulling at them. So you have to be all in.”
—Rick Bozich also had some harsh words for Satterfield on Monday.
—Louisville checks in at No. 32 in Andy Katz’s Power 36 rankings.
—Louisville’s Esports squad is tied for third in the ACC.
—The Bellarmine Knights notched their first win as a D-I program with an 84-63 win over Howard on Sunday. Eric Crawford reacts.
—The Knights actually opened their D-I era with a respectable Friday night loss at Duke, and Scotty Davenport got some love on SportsCenter after the game.
—The Cardinal Sports Zone podcast talks about the wild weekend that was in Louisville athletics.
—State of Louisville pens an open letter to the NCAA.
—Brett McMurphy’s latest bowl projections do not include Louisville.
—Kentucky just lost badly to a Josh Pastner-coached team that had been 0-2 with losses to Mercer and Georgia State. I have no further comment on the matter at this time.
—Completely unrelated tweet from Kelly Dickey:
The last time Louisville lost a men's basketball game to a winless team with two or more losses was Nov. 30, 1986, when the Cards lost 74-70 to an 0-2 Texas team in the Great Alaska Shootout.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) December 7, 2020
—Eric Crawford writes that Kentucky’s early season struggles feel different this year.
—Rick Bozich has Louisville at No. 23 on his most recent AP top 25 ballot.
—The Louisville Bats are unveiling upgrades at Slugger Field.
—Everyone should have the sense of humor Jaylen does.
I remember the second tweet. It was after I fumbled against BC. That was one tweet that actually made me laugh that day— Jaylen Smith (@JaylenSmith_12) December 7, 2020
—Trinity sits at No. 12 in this week’s MaxPreps national high school football top 25 rankings.
—Pat Forde writes that since the ACC and Big 10 have manipulated their schedules to favor their top team, maybe we should be worried about the officiating in those league title games.
—While still trying to sneak into the College Football Playoff, Cincinnati has been forced to pause team activities because of Covid. Their scheduled game against Tulsa this weekend will not be played.
—The internet is a wondrous place.
I cannot stop laughing at this. pic.twitter.com/CVWmyFRYX0— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) December 7, 2020
—Class of 2022 WR Antonio Williams out of South Carolina has received a scholarship offer from Louisville.
—Cardinal Authority’s weekly Louisville football notebook is here.
—NFL Draft Diamonds profiles Javian Hawkins.
—And finally, Louisville is No. 4 in this week’s ACC hoops power rankings from Syracuse.com.