—This is supposed to be Derby Week. I will be irate through at least Sunday.
—In search of more playing time, former Miss Kentucky Basketball Lindsey Duvall is transferring from Louisville after three seasons.
—The Athletic’s Eamonn Brennan ranks Louisville’s 1982-83 Dunking Cardinal Bird uniforms as the 10th-best college basketball unis of all-time.
10. Louisville (1982-83 “Dunking Bird”)
These are fairly self-obvious, no? Don’t get us wrong: They’re good uniforms, in that classic, clean 1980s sort of way. But what puts them over the top, of course, is Louisville’s classic Dunking Bird logo, which featured on this national title team’s shorts. The modern Cardinals have thrown this back a few times; if we ruled college basketball, they’d have them on every game.
North Carolina’s traditional white and Carolina blue uniforms topped the list.
—Ben Watkins, who co-founded the Dirt Bowl basketball tournament in 1969, passed away over the weekend.
—In a surprise move over the weekend — surprising only because of the timing — Wake Forest fired men’s basketball coach Danny Manning. Given the size of Manning’s buyout (quite large), expect the Deacs to go after a high-profile mid-major coach like Wes Miller or Steve Forbes instead of a more established name like, say, John Beilein.
—Yahoo’s Vincent Goodwill writes that there was an important exclusion from the two most recent episodes of “The Last Dance.”
—Louisville pitcher Bobby Miller continues to climb MLB draft boards.
—Danielle Lerner catches up (Athletic link) with a ton of Louisville athletic figures to get a quick sense of how they’re handling quarantine life.
Ryan McMahon (U of L guard, 2015-20): “Spending quality time with my girlfriend, my family, my dog, and trying to be productive with homework and other things. When boredom reaches its peak I’ll do a puzzle or watch my old college/ high school games. Excited for things to get back to normal so I can go out and eat and get an old fashioned (or two).”
Charles Minlend Jr. (new U of L guard, San Francisco transfer): “It’s been a ton of time with the family I haven’t been able to spend in the past. A load of Disney plus shows and TikToks being made.”
Sean Moth (voice of the Cardinals): “I am a full-time employee of the athletic department and like everyone — the isolation has presented challenges. We have tried to provide fans and the student-athletes with content that helps them through these difficult times. On a personal note, my son is a college senior at Wright State, finishing up at home. My heart hurts for what he is missing out on. From a technology standpoint it is mind-numbing to imagine a situation like this happening in the mid 90s or earlier.”
Luke Murray (U of L assistant coach): “Coffee. Peloton. Zoom Calls. Whiffle Ball in the Backyard. Toy Story 4. Rinse and Repeat.”
Larry O’Bannon Jr. (2005 West Regional MOP, U of L guard, 2001-05): “Quarantine life has been a definite change in pace for me. Boredom and no sports are testing my sanity lol. I miss getting in the gym every day, but it’s allowed me to spend quality time (maybe too much time lol) in the house with my family. But it’s a crazy time and we’re just trying to do our part by staying in the house and trying to help this thing pass. But hope everyone is staying safe and taking care of themselves.”
—You can check out the details and the schedule for this Saturday’s “Kentucky Derby at Home” right here.
—An anonymous donor paid for groceries at three Kroger locations Monday morning.
—The class of 2021 continues to take shape nicely for Louisville football.
Jaraye Williams (T-Will's son) and Martavien Johnson both trending to Louisville.— Keith Wynne (@Keith_Wynne) April 27, 2020
Williams is a composite four star S/OLB. Johnson is a 3* slot guy out of Ohio.
—Think you’ve heard all the scenarios for the college football season? How about the Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby now floating the possibility of a split 2020 season.
—Tulane’s leading scorer, Teshaun Hightower, was arrested over the weekend and charged with murder, aggravated assault, battery, possession of a fireman during a felony stemming from an April 8th homicide in Georgia. Hightower declared for the draft April 18th.
—Whenever they get back to action, the U of L men’s ice hockey team will be sporting special Derby-themed unis.
—Darius Perry has officially signed with Central Florida.
—Jim James, Will Oldham and more local musicians have made the song “Lift Up Louisville” to support the city’s COVID-19 fund.
—The U of L women’s basketball team has been forced to cancel a planned trip to Japan.
—Very cool to see this type of service acknowledged and rewarded.
—Seven Louisville football players who could be selected in the 2021 NFL draft.
—A pair of Notre Dame football writers both predict a closer game between the Cards and the Irish in 2020 than the one we saw a year ago.
—And finally, Donovan Mitchell treated some U of L students to a surprise virtual class visit.