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The Cardinal Covid Summer Tour hits up Dunleavy’s Pub in Sullivan’s Island, SC.

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—Mekhi Becton is already standing out at Jets training camp.

—Chris Mack spent the end of his work week donating school supplies to 100 local kids.

—Yasir Abdullah’s weight gain figures to be a large blessing for the Cardinal defense moving forward.

The Cardinals have up a lot of big plays in the running game last season, and Dennison knows that if the Cardinals are going to be better against the run, Abdullah’s athleticism and size will be critical in being a staunch defense.

“If you are 215 pounds setting the edge and you don’t have the right technique on any given play, that’s when big plays happen,” Dennison said. “The weight was huge and in the weight department, adding strength. So that was huge for him since he’ll be going against big bodies so much.”

An upperclassmen with a quiet demeanor, Abdullah is using his standard as an upperclassmen to become more of a vocal leader on the defense.

“Now I’m comfortable, I know what I’m doing,” Abdullah said. “Speaking up now is like second nature to me.”

Being a third year player, Abdullah knows his time is coming to an end, and has begun to became an all-around player in all phases.

“He’s had a great offseason and done everything we’ve asked of him, and more. I’m expecting a big season from Yasir,” Dennison said.

—The Atlantic Sun has postponed all fall sports, which means Bellarmine’s first fall contests as a Division-I program will have to wait.

—Eric Crawford reacts to the Bellarmine news.

—Between Lamar Jackson and JackHarlow, Louisville is well represented on Madden ‘21.

—Former Card Lucas Dunn has been named MVP of a Florida Summer League.

—Playboy has a lengthy feature on former Louisville walk-on Chris Brickley, who has become one of the most influential people in basketball.

—Tom Izzo “knows” that college basketball will be played — in some form — in 2020-21.

One way or another, Tom Izzo believes college basketball will be played this academic year.

“I know we’re going to play,” the Michigan State coach said early Thursday morning. “I don’t even think it’s a question. I’m not sure how the parameters will work — whether there’s a vaccine, whether there’s a bubble, whether we just play 26 conference games round-robin, but I think we’ll find a way.”

The Big Ten this week become the first power conference to cancel the fall college football season. That comes along with the Pac-12 and the Ivy League postponing all sports, including basketball, until Jan. 1. Add this all up and it’s hard to feel like basketball isn’t hanging by a thread.

Izzo answers such concerns with defiance and is far from the only one. Dan Gavitt, the NCAA vice president of men’s basketball, has said that as long as basketball can be played safely, there will be both a regular season and a 2021 NCAA Tournament. When asked by The Athletic’s Dana O’Neil about the continuity of the sport, Gavitt said, “We absolutely have to play the tournament.”

—Heading in the second year of the Scott Satterfield era, the Louisville QB room has more experience, depth and talent in 2020.

—Jockeys who intend to ride in the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs will be required to be on the grounds by Aug. 31.

—The U of L men’s soccer program has rounded out a strong recruiting class.

—The hype for the Cardinal offense continues to grow.

—Former Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins might very well end up at Kentucky.

—Cort Dennison has the Courier Journal’s home of the week.

—It’s encouraging to see U of L being one of the athletic program’s that’s trying to get out early on the name, image, likeness front.

—Cort Dennison talks about the importance of continuity with regards to the Louisville defense this year.

—I went on “The Kentucky Dad Pod” to talk about year one of being a dad.

—We’re throwing around the term “star” pretty loosely these days.

—Rhossi Carron, an event operator in Houston, has sent a proposal to 50-plus college teams for a 20-team non-conference college hoops bubble in December.

—Cardinal commit Bobby Pettiford appears in this pickup video.

—Friday Irrelevance, triple helping of one video:

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And one for the road:

—Cardinal Authority has its weekly Louisville basketball notebook.

Leaders are emerging within the Cardinal linebacking corps.

—And finally, congrats to Seth Dawkins, who has signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks.