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Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Whenever bball is back, my man will be ready.

—The annual Louisville Football Kickoff Luncheon is going virtual this year.

—The KHSAA voted Thursday in favor of starting fall high school sports as planned (competition beginning on Sept. 7). Now the governor, the state health department, and JCPS need to sign off on the plan.

—TuTu Atwell and Javian Hawkins are both 75/1 to win the Heisman Trophy and Micale Cunningham is 66/1, according to BetOnline.

Despite that, Louisville is a 40/1 longshot to win the ACC via the same oddsmakers.

—Florida State has added Jacksonville State to its 2020 schedule. FSU also announced Thursday that it will still be allowing tailgating at home games this season.

—The ACC Network turns 1-year-old today, which makes it 75 in pandemic years.

—This projection of every College GameDay location has the show coming to Cardinal Stadium in week three.


Here’s an intriguing early-September, ACC-opening clash pitting second-year coaches Manny Diaz vs. Scott Satterfield. The better matchup comes at quarterback, where D’Eriq King and the new-look Hurricanes offense is paired with Louisville signal caller Micale Cunningham and a unit with several underrated playmakers. King is a high-profile player and GameDay likes household names. Another option here is Virginia at Virginia Tech. The Hokies haven’t hosted GameDay since Sept. 30, 2017 and this season gets the rare treat of playing arch rival Virginia in their second game of the season.

—Top Drawer Soccer lists Louisville women’s soccer All-American Emina Ekic as one of the 10 best midfielders in the country.

—The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the 60 best NBA draft prospects and had Jordan Nwora at No. 53.

—Twenty years ago today in Louisville:

In a sign of the different times, my buddies and I walked the course for an hour after the playoff, scooped sand out of the bunker on 18 (which still hadn’t been raked since Tiger’s last out), and then were four of only 10-15 people who waited for Tiger to wrap up his press obligations and got to see him come out with the trophy. One of the best days (and weeks) of my youth.

—A number of Louisville-area freshmen athletes have had their first college season either canceled or postponed. Some of them talked with the Courier Journal about it.

—Louisville offensive lineman Renato Brown is ready to take on an increased role this season.

—TuTu is the man.

—Dez Fitzpatrick and Rodjay Burns have both been named to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250 watch list ... which is a thing.

—Louisville City scored a big 4-1 win on Wednesday night.

—One Foot Down (Notre Dame) serves up an opponent preview of Louisville.

—Decently impressive from Donovan Mitchell’s first three years as a pro.

—This report says the New York Knicks “badly” want to sign Donovan.

—Teddy Bridgewater’s journey back to being an NFL starting quarterback was not easy.

—And finally, sports betting is booming in Indiana. Would be nice to see some booming in Kentucky.