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Tuesday evening Cardinal news and notes

When you need to make sure you have the fastest bird in the fleet, this is the only move.

—CBS Sports’ updated preseason top 25 for college football has Louisville at No. 19.

—U of L athletics provided the following update regarding its COVID-19 testing on Tuesday afternoon:

The University of Louisville Athletics’ COVID-19 testing program has administered 1,373 tests to student-athletes, coaches and staff since student-athletes began returning to campus for voluntary activities on June 2. Since that time, there have been a total of 85 positive tests from the group. UofL will provide updates on its testing figures on a weekly basis moving forward.

The increased level of transparency follows along with what most athletic programs (and now universities) in the country have been doing.

—Mekhi Becton made his presence felt during the Jets’ first padded practice.

—Eric Van Der Heijden credits fellow U of L commit Bobby Pettiford for being the deciding factor in why he ultimately chose to become a Cardinal.

—Louisville’s secondary was wildly inconsistent last season, but there are reasons for optimism heading into 2020.

—Local products and Louisville recruits Gavin Wimsatt (Owensboro High) and Selah Brown (Louisville Male) both crack the first Rivals 250 rankings for the football class of 2022.

—Bellarmine’s first Division-I game was set to be played on Nov. 10 at UCLA, which would have been pretty cool. That game is now up in the air with the Pac-12 delaying all sports until Jan. 1.

The Knights will (at least for the moment) play at Duke on Nov. 17 and at Gonzaga on Dec. 21.

Props to a pair of well-respected mid-major programs in MTSU and Chattanooga for agreeing to play at Knights Hall.

—Peter Berkes has a good uplifting read about rummaging through the garbage to find some hope.

—Gary Parrish has updated his early college hoops rankings and does not include Louisville.

—One day down for Malik Williams’ senior year.

—Heat Check CBB has Louisville as an “other team to monitor” in its preseason top 25.

—Rick Pitino says he tried to persuade the New York Knicks to take Donovan Mitchell with the 8th pick back in 2017.

—Montrezl Harrell made a statement in his return to the NBA bubble Monday night.

Trez scored six points in 15 minutes as the Clippers topped the Mavericks, 118-110 for a Game One victory.

—Since 2020 has proven that college football schedules don’t actually take decades of planning, it’s time to make a new rule: you gotta play every school at least once before setting up any rematches.

—I’m not sure anyone has ever loved anything more than Lamar Jackson loves football.

—RIP to Oldham County legend Kris Landers.

—Kimberly Maffet has settled her lawsuit with U of L.

—ACC football coaches talk anonymously to Athlon about the other teams in their conference. Here’s what they had to say about Louisville:


“Scott (Satterfield) did an amazing job with one of the least talented rosters in Power 5. Those kids quit on (Bobby) Petrino and came alive last year. They want to play for Scott.”

“They’re still pretty awful on defense, and they want to lead with offense first, but there’s a long road ahead if they’re going to be a program in that tier just below Clemson.”

“They need talent on defense at every position. Schematically they’re OK, pretty simple, it looks like they want to be the kind of staff that throws everything into signing athletes and scheming simple concepts around that, not necessarily fitting talent to a style or scheme.”

“Micale Cunningham has a lot of upside and should only get better, so long as they can keep the offensive line serviceable. Think of him right now as the poor man’s Lamar Jackson for them. They have to place better athletes around him.”

“Scott is calling the plays and doing a good job of it. They do great stuff out of play-action, and they can take some shots on you when you aren’t expecting it.”

“We’re curious what the ceiling is here. Bobby fell apart before they could figure it out there, because it’s not the old Big East job. How far can you take this program in this division? They’re really going to have to work overtime to get the talent you need to be better than third in this division year in and out.”

—Brendan McKay is going to be forced to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. The Rays hope he’ll be ready in time for spring training in 2021.

—I love this deep dive into Carmelo Anthony’s legendary on-court cussing and how it has television networks playing defense.

—The Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is back for 2020, but like everything else, it’s going to look a bit different this year.

—This is awesome.

—247 Sports takes an early look at Louisville vs. Western Kentucky.

—Big Red Louie updates its 2021 basketball recruiting big board.

—And finally, Kyle Boone’s updated NBA draft big board has Jordan Nwora at No. 38 and Jay Scrubb at No. 51.