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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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Zoe Marie Kenitzer arrived a little early, but she’s already proven to be a fighter who’s ready to support the Cards once they return to the field/court/pool/wherever.

—Ryan McMahon and his Red Scare squad are back in action in the quarterfinals of the TBT this afternoon/evening. Tip is at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

—The ACC is expecting to join the Big Ten (and likely every other power conference) in announcing that the league will play a conference games only football schedule in 2020. “Conference only” is expected to include Notre Dame — although I still think they need to make Brian Kelly beg for it — which means the three games on Louisville’s schedule that would be canceled would be its three games against in-state opponents.

I also expect that the schools that have their in-state rivalry games on the last weekend of the season will push their conferences to leave the door open to play those games if things look substantially better a few months from now. If not, there won’t be any FSU-Florida, Clemson-South Carolina, and Georgia-Georgia Tech won’t be played for the first time since 1925.

—The Cards have received their Music City Bowl rings.

—Louisville has offered 2023 dual-threat QB Marcel Reed from Tennessee power Montgomery Bell. Reed started on the MBA varsity as a freshman last season.

—Kentucky State has canceled all fall sports for 2020.

—TNIAAM ranks Javian Hawkins as the second-best running back in the ACC.

—What was Hawkins’ most impressive run in 2019? The ACCDN has some options.

—The CJ gets to No. 26 in its countdown of the 30 most important Louisville football players for 2020.

—Best of luck to David Padgett as he switches careers from basketball coach/announcer to financial advisor.

—Some Josh Nickelberry summer highlights for your consumption:

—Twenty-four Louisville swimmers have been named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans.

—Lamar Jackson reveals why he and John Harbaugh are so alike.

—It’s unreal to see someone this big do something this athletic. Could Trevor Reid be the next Mekhi?

Researchers at U of L are working with the Department of Veterans Affairs on a tool that texts COVID-19 information and advice straight to veterans’ phones.

—Eric Crawford writes about the momentum surrounding the freshly-named Racing Louisville FC.

—WLKY goes one-on-one with new U of L men’s golf coach Ryan Blagg.

—Friday Irrelevance, triple helping:

—Cardinal Authority’s Michael McCammon looks at 10 Louisville football records that are going to be tough to top.

—Class of 2021 star Alex Fudge says his offer from Louisville is “intriguing.” Not exactly the buzzword you like hearing in recruiting, but who knows.

—The plan at the moment is for Kentucky high school sports to go on as expected, except there will be no tryouts or official practices will be permitted before Aug. 3.

—Former Card turned NBA skills coach Chris Brickley has some warm words for his old coach, Rick Pitino.

—And finally, the Lexington Herald-Leader’s John Clay writes about the possibility of a year without a Battle for the Governor’s Cup.