—Chris Mack will hold another teleconference with the media on Thursday at 2 p.m.
—Louisville is the leader for three-star tight end Vic Mullen from Illinois.
—Extremely cool move from Rajon Rondo to pay for the groceries of senior Kroger shoppers in Louisville.
—This is one of the most bonkers sports stats I’ve ever seen.
Jamie Moyer faced 7.37 percent of all players in baseball history – 8.09 percent at the time of his retirement in 2012.— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) April 12, 2020
—Eric Crawford writes that all this talk about getting through the coronavirus “together” feels hollow to him.
—A rower may have accidentally broken a world record while at home.
—The G-League is emerging as a real option for elite hoops recruits who don’t want to spend a year in college.
Class of 2020 five-star Isaiah Todd announced his intentions to eschew Michigan and pursue the professional path on Tuesday, and by the end of the day the industry was buzzing about his potential landing spot. While a landing spot hasn’t been confirmed, the G League is expected to be an option.
On Thursday, Jalen Green will make an announcement at 1:00 ET on his Instagram page. While Memphis and Auburn are the main colleges suitors, multiple industry sources believe the G League is the favorite to land Green, who is the No. 3 player in the 2020 class per the 247Sports Composite.
Whether Todd or Green opts for the G League it’s clear the developmental program is a priority for the NBA and its executives. The league has been aggressively scouting and meeting with prospects the past two years and appear to be making headway.
—Bud Elliott explains how the extended dead period for NCAA recruiting impacts the rankings process for the football class of 2020 and beyond.
—Yahoo’s Pete Thamel says the financial pinch from COVID-19 creates a path for athletic directors to cut sports, a trend he expects to see continue over the next few months.
—Mekhi Becton draft tape:
—The CJ looks at 12 female high school athletes from the Louisville area who they will miss watching this spring.
—Emoni Bates, who will never play a second in college, is the first high school sophomore ever to earn the Gatorade National Player of the Year award.
—Coach had some wheels.
—Dr. Anthony Fauci says sports could happen this summer if there are no fans and players are quarantined in hotels.
—The CJ’s Hayes Gardner writes about what led Charles Minlend to Louisville.
That same confidence is also what led Minlend to prostrate on the court, dejected, after USF’s season came to a close with a narrow loss to juggernaut Gonzaga on March 9. He fell to the floor trying to draw a foul in the waning seconds, and laid down for a moment, head facing the floor. While the Dons were trying to stun the world with an upset win in the West Coast Conference Tournament, Minlend himself was stunned. He couldn’t believe they’d lost.
“There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to win the game,” he said of facing the No. 2 Zags.
While he won 20 games each year at USF, he never played in an NCAA Tournament, and he was never able to slay the Gonzaga Goliath. And so, he sought a new home, with heightened hopes.
“I wanted to see if I could do it somewhere else,” he said. “I wanted to see if I could do it on the biggest stage, and Louisville is definitely one of those schools that’s on the biggest stage.”
—Sean Moth has a new podcast called “Welcome to the Ville,” and his first guest is Vince Tyra. You can check out episode one here.
—EJ Montgomery is officially leaving Kentucky, which means UK is losing pretty much every contributor besides Keion Brooks from last year’s team.
Even by John Calipari's standards, these numbers are unprecedented. Kentucky now stands to lose:— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) April 15, 2020
96.1% of its starts
92.4% of its minutes
94% of its points
84.4% of its rebounds
98.8% of its assists
92% of its steals
91.5% of its blocks
Also ... never forget:
—Big Red Louie ranks Jordan Nwora’s top five performances as a Cardinal.
—I think this is super cool, but I’m also a loser so judge for yourself.
Mars in true color— Universal-Sci (@universal_sci) April 14, 2020
(Shot by Curiosity) pic.twitter.com/gMaYiF8D22
—Ryan Nanni went off in search of the worst Price Is Right Showcase Showdown from the 1990s. Here’s what he found.
—Cincinnati’s reason to drop men’s soccer was more a product of conference revenue than COVID-19.
—This is a very cool idea by Chris Mack.
Excited to host any high school/aau coach that wants to talk ball on Saturday. Costs nothing. 1st 100 coaches to register. Let’s x and o. Details below! Zoom ya Saturday! pic.twitter.com/Q1IEn7Kfmv— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) April 14, 2020
—The PGA Tour will reportedly announce this week that it plans to resume its season June 11-14 at Colonial.
—Mike Brey doesn’t know what the immediate future holds for college athletics, but he knows college basketball can’t afford to miss another NCAA tournament.
—Cameron DeGeorge is officially a Cardinal.
OG Cameron DeGeorge, a three-year starter at #UCONN, has signed a financial aid agreement with #Louisville. A 6-4, 290-pound offensive guard from Lynnfield, Mass., DeGeorge played in 36 games for the Huskies, including 33 as a starter.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 15, 2020
—Stephen White writes that Mekhi Becton’s NFL potential is enormous.
—Louisville has shut down 22 businesses for coronavirus violations.
—Florida cornerback Derrick Edwards appears to be trending towards a U of L commitment.
—1, 5 and that’s all that matters.
Today’s “you can only pick 3”: 90s/00s Teen TV Characters (Female Division) pic.twitter.com/Yd6wq0oJkP— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) April 15, 2020
—Jazmine Jones has signed with Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, a team that place in France’s top level league.
—Darius Perry has emerged as a top target for Tom Crean and Georgia.
—Growing up a Louisville fan is just the best.
My 2 year old Nephew, Carter, is trying to be the next @CardsPA. Going to be crushed when he realizes his favorite player @RyanMcMahon graduated. @CoachChrisMack @merejones33 pic.twitter.com/SklFfggcAn— Logan Wade (@L_Wade22) April 15, 2020
—C.J. Avery is gearing up for what he hopes is a monster senior season.
—Louisville has made the top 10 for class of 2021 defensive end Mattheus Carroll.
—And finally, stay safe and stay home if you can.