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Tuesday evening Cardinal news and notes

There’s always one person who screws it up.

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—The KHSAA has officially canceled the 2020 boys and girls state basketball tournaments, as well as the full seasons for all spring sports.

—Chris Mack has offered top 50 class of 2021 shooting guard Dallan Coleman.

—SB Nation’s Dan Kadar ranks the top 100 players in the NFL draft, and has Mekhi Becton at No. 9.

9. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Becton checks all the boxes you want in an offensive tackle. He’s massive and shockingly nimble for his size. Those aspects of his game were obvious in Louisville’s stretch zone blocking system last season. But what makes him stand out is his hand usage. Becton gets his hands on players quickly and knows how to use them. He’s not a perfect technician, but he’s as good as you need to be. When you add in his size and footwork, you have a starting NFL left tackle.

Former Card Jonathan Greenard is No. 34.

—Jordan Nwora is No. 55 and Jay Scrubb is No. 75 in Kyle Boone’s latest ranking of the top 75 players in the 2020 NBA draft for CBS.

—Scott Satterfield is the guest on the second episode of the Welcome to the Ville Podcast with Sean Moth and Nick Curran. You can check it out here.

—The G League is a threat, but it won’t kill college basketball, write Dana O’Neil and Brian Hamilton for The Athletic.

—Now that it’s clear the Madden people wanted to make a grand announcement themselves, I love Lamar even more for dropping “yeah, I’m gonna be on the cover” like he was confirming Friday dinner plans.

—For years, the NCAA had a massive rainy day fund to deal with a canceled March Madness. Then, inspired by a dubious theory circulated by influential Power Five ADs, it decided to spend it all.

—Major League Baseball is potentially cutting 25 percent of its minor league teams.

—My main takeaway from this is that Art Carmody has single-handedly kept independence alive.

—U of L women’s golf standout Lauren Hartlage has been named an All-America Honorable Mention by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

—Boise State has furloughed all employees making more than $40,000, including all athletic coaches.

—Three-star class of 2021 safety Caden Fordham has received an offer from Louisville.

—The best:

—U of L has now announced that it will temporarily cut pay for more employees and stop making contributions to employee retirement accounts to preserve cash during this pandemic.

—Matt Babcock has Jordan Nwora going 31st and Jay Scrubb going 44th in his latest mock draft.

—Steven Enoch has settled on his professional representation.

—Matt Norlander of CBS hands out some grades from the 2016 college basketball coaching cycle. I contend Kevin Stallings deserves no worse than an A.

—This is cool.

—The Louisville Bats will be live streaming a “concert from home plate” inside Slugger Field on Friday night.

—ESPN’s FPI has the Louisville football team at No. 20 and projects the Cards to be underdogs in only two of their 12 regular season games.

—Rick Bozich writes that toughness is Darius Perry’s ticket from Louisville to Central Florida.

According to Corey Evans of, Perry committed to finishing his career at UCF on Monday (story link). One of the Knights’ assistant coaches is Vince Taylor, a former U of L assistant.

Another source said that UCF will return only two starters, and that the Knights need a point guard who can run a team and defend.

”They wanted an older player who was tough,” the source said. “They sold him on bringing his toughness. Perry can be the kind of defender Patrick Beverly is (for the Los Angeles Clippers. He can also be a 10 (points) and 5 (assists) guy.”

Perry’s father, Eric Perry, told Evans about the commitment of his son, who will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.

“Johnny Dawkins: He is the right coach for him,” Eric Perry told Evans. “We went by relationships and not the name on the front of the jersey. They are going to put the ball into his hands, and I like the pieces that are going to be around him. They will make Darius a better player.”

—The U of L athletic department will follow the university’s lead and enact furloughs for employees on Wednesday.

—Carlik Jones is No. 1 and Charles Minlend is No. 16 in Jeff Borzello’s grad transfer rankings for ESPN. Darius Perry is No. 21.

—What would a sequel to “Little Giants” look like? Here’s a thought.

—The offseason Micale Cunningham respect continues to grow.

Checking in with linebacker PJ Blue.

—Louisville is a “big offer” for Salt Lake athlete Jeffrey Bassa.

—Louisville might be the biggest winner of the 2020 “transfer season.”


Additions: Carlik Jones (graduate transfer), Charles Minlend (graduate transfer)

Maybe no team benefited more from the transfer portal than Louisville. Chris Mack’s roster was in need of major holes to be filled in the backcourt, and he was able to accomplish just that with a pair of highly thought of commitments.

Jones is the clear headliner of the class. The top rated graduate transfer, Jones is a Cincinnati native who was dominant at Radford. Playing in the Big South, he was the only player in college basketball to average over 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. Mack knew Jones from his time in high school, and recruited him from the minute he entered into the portal. By landing Jones, Louisville filled its biggest need, and got the best player available on the market.

Minlend was the leading scorer at San Francisco, and he will provide depth and a potential scoring punch on the wing for the Cardinals. While he isn’t a great outside shooter, he is dynamic going to the rim, and just finds a way to get buckets. While it is unlikely that Minlend has the same impact as Jones, it is very likely that he plays a significant role for Louisville.

Overall, this duo fills a lot of holes for the Cardinals, and makes them one of the big winners of the transfer portal so far.

—Mekhi Becton went fifth overall to the Dolphins in the NFL Network’s live draft.

—And finally, shoutout to the Louisville man who won a million bucks after buying a scratch off while running errands for his wife.