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Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Eat it, Hokies.

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—The CJ’s Cameron Teague writes that Micale Cunningham’s growth has the potential to take Louisville’s offense to a different level in 2020.

—Javian Hawkins and TuTu Atwell are both First Team preseason All-ACC selections according to Pick Six Previews.

—Stadium ranks Vince Tyra as the 12th-best athletic director in the FBS.

—Putting local walk-ons on scholarship has worked out pretty well for Scott Satterfield so far. Congrats to Isaac.

—In her college hoops mailbag for The Athletic, Dana O’Neil writes that several sources she has spoken to have said they’d be shocked if Louisville doesn’t ultimately receive a two-year postseason ban from the NCAA.

—The Bellarmine Knights are officially a Division-I athletic program.

—Jon Rothstein gives an ACC basketball offseason overview and has Louisville at No. 6 in his power rankings.

—Sounds cool.

—Louisville has offered class of 2022 combo guard Zion Cruz out of Oak Hill Academy.

—CBS Sports’ Sam Quinn writes about Louisville and the shifting demands of potential NBA expansion markets.

—Louisville makes Kendall Rogers’ “Eight for Omaha” list for the 2021 College World Series.

—Big Red Louie writes that Quinn Slazinski could be primed for a huge step forward in 2020-21.

—Three Louisville restaurants are featured in Andy Staples’ sportswriters’ guide to eating through America (Athletic link).


Four Pegs

Cuisine: American

Address: 1053 Goss Avenue, Louisville, Ky.

You’re ordering: Kentucky poutine. The place is under new management and has gone in a decidedly barbecue direction after beginning its life serving bar food, but fortunately this dish stayed on the menu. Of all the localized poutine dishes I’ve tried, this is the best. Instead of brown gravy over fries, this substitutes the milk-and-sausage gravy you’d usually find on biscuits in the south. Combine that with excellent house-cut fries and shredded smoked gouda, and you’ll be happy enough to keep ordering beer.


Cuisine: American

Address: 921 Swan Street, Louisville, Ky.

You’re ordering: An elk burger on a pretzel bun and Grippo fries cooked in duck fat. What are Grippo fries? They’re dusted with the seasoning from Grippo’s barbecue flavored potato chips. After they’re cooked in duck fat. Quack. Quack.

Momma’s Mustard, Pickles and BBQ

Cuisine: Wings/Pickles

Address: 102 Bauer Avenue, Louisville, Ky.

You’re ordering: Wings and pickles. This is a barbecue place, but you’re going to be too full to order any traditional barbecue. Start with the best fried pickles on the planet. Most places throw some dill pickles in the deep fryer and call it a day. Momma’s serves Mucho Macho Fried Hot Pickles, which use a spicy batter on sweet pickles with devastating (for your waistline) results. Then load up on the wings, which come coated in a sweet and spicy rub that makes sauce unnecessary.

—Rick Bozich has a college basketball notebook for WDRB.

—MSN names the most beautiful campus in every state, and U of L gets the nod for Kentucky.

—The Detroit Tigers have included former Louisville pitcher Kyle Funkhouser in their 60-man player pool.

—We ... did it?

—Five Louisville women’s golfers were named Women’s Golf Coaches AssociationAll-American Scholars on Tuesday.

—Our guy Seedy K shares some memories from the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival.

—Warren Central High School standout Damir Beganovic has joined Louisville City FC on an academy deal.

—This has the potential to be awesome.

—After a concerted reintroduction effort two decades ago, Kentucky is now home to the largest population of elk east of the Mississippi. The animals’ home: reclaimed coal mines.

—UConn is officially “back” in the Big East.

—Jeff Walz says he welcomes having challenging conversations with his players about social issues.

—I’ll read whatever this guy writes.

—Sadly, there will be no Louisville Bats baseball in 2020.

—Heading into what might be the most hyped season in program history, the U of L volleyball team has released its full 2020 schedule.

—And finally, confidence and poise are the keys to Micale Cunningham’s continued progress.