—Spread check: Louisville by 2.5.
—GoCards.com highlights the major takeaways from Scott Satterfield’s Monday press conference.
—Here’s a full transcript of Satterfield’s comments.
—The depth charts for both teams are out for Saturday’s game.
—The unbeaten U of L volleyball team is No. 3 in both the coaches poll and updated RPI rankings.
—The squad’s Anna Stevenson has been named as the ACC’s Co-Player of the Week. It’s the second time in three weeks that Stevenson has earned the honor.
—The Louisville defense is No. 105 (Athletic link) in the country in “stop rate.” That’s bad.
—The U of L women’s golf team sits in third place after round one at the 2021 Blessings Collegiate Invitational.
—Some nice praise for Lamar’s performance against Denver.
.@Ravens @Lj_era8 went up to #MikeHigh against the #1 Defense in the #NFL. It was an error free performance; and took what the #Broncos defense would give them which was a bunch of “Chunk Plays”. #RavensFlock #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/Dd8JY9jc5B— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 4, 2021
—No one lies more in apology press conferences than Urban Meyer. Just go ahead and hand the reigns to Charlie Strong.
—Louisville hosted recently offered Indiana ‘23 offensive tackle Luke Burgess over the weekend.
—The Louisville Metro Government has launched a $2.2 million loan initiative to help small businesses in nine west Louisville neighborhoods.
—A little national love for Malik Cunningham here.
—A new Cardinal Sports Zone podcast is available for your consumption here.
—The latest installment of CBS’ candid coaches series seems to reveal that college hoops coaches are just as confused about the start of the NIL era as the rest of us.
-“Can we define cheating? NIL has brought things to light, but nothing has been done with the bombshell dropped on college basketball a few years ago. Why would anything change with regards to how some have conducted business?”
-“Cheaters will still cheat. It is still happening. No point in complaining about it. Just know who you are recruiting against and don’t waste your time. If you lose a dude due to cheating it means one of two things: you were either outbid — most likely scenario — or you were so stupid you didn’t know it was a bidding war and wasted your time as an assistant — and your head coach’s time as well.”
-“I think all the rules should go away. All of them. They’re pointless. There’s no enforceability. So let’s stop the charade and say: Coaches, schools, you can do whatever you want to do. It’s not going to decrease cheating, you know why? Because the people who were cheating before the FBI came to town — they’re still cheating. And the people who weren’t? They’re still not engaging in that stuff. It’s moot. It’s totally irrelevant to how the sport actually operates. It’s a morality deal. You can’t legislate.”
—Jordan Watkins and Marshon Ford will talk to the media after practice at 6 p.m. this evening.
—The CJ recaps all the major local high school sports action from Oct. 4.
—Jeff Walz was among those in attendance for “The Louisville Bowl” on Sunday.
—Malik Cunningham has the “full attention” of Virginia defensive coordinator Nick Howell.
—Ben Anderson of The Cavalier Daily is expecting a high scoring affair on Saturday.
—The only basketball player Wilt Chamberlain was ever afraid of? Wes Unseld.
Since Dr. J is remembered as one of the best dunkers in NBA history, the crew wanted to know Erving’s favorite dunk from his career. Erving picked a monster dunk over the legendary Elvin Hayes, but along the way of telling the story of that day, he slipped in an interesting note about Big E’s teammate Wes Unseld being one of the most rugged players in the game and the only guy Wilt feared:
“I’m going in the lane, and that damn Wes Unseld was back there helping, and Elvin. I knew Unseld would hurt you and not even blink,” Erving said on The Knuckleheads Podcast. “He would take the courage from the other players on your team because they wouldn’t even come out and come to your rescue. Might not even come pick you up because they gonna get hit by him too. So he was the only guy Wilt was scared of in the league, and I always heard that before I got over to the league.”
It’s hard to imagine someone as imposing, confident and dominant as Wilt being afraid of anyone, but the legendary Hall-of-Famer Wes Unseld was apparently a thorn in his side. At just 6-foot-7, Unseld was one of those stern and strong undersized big men, who used his basketball IQ and fearlessness to handle his own in the paint. He wasn’t the most skilled guy, but Unseld still managed to average a double-double while pulling down 14 rebounds per game for his whole career. A true enforcer and fighter.
That type of player will make anyone work, even the great Wilt Chamberlain. Unseld likely made Wilt work for every bucket and sent him home bruised. Sometimes, that is enough to make you simply hate playing against the guy.
—Mike Cruz of Clutch Points says Jordan Nwora could be on the verge of a breakout sophomore season for the World Champion Milwaukee Bucks.
—Jaire Alexander could miss this weekend’s game against the Bengals after suffering a shoulder injury on Sunday against Pittsburgh.
—A home game is just what the doctor ordered for a Louisville team hoping to bounce back from a gut punch loss at Wake Forest.
—And finally, the Mike Rutherford Show is back this afternoon from 3-6 on 1450 The Big X. You can stream the show here or listen to the podcast later wherever you can find podcast. Just search “Big X 1450.”