clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

New, 152 comments

Times Square: Chron’d.

—A four-set win over San Diego has moved the Louisville volleyball team to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. The Cards will face either sixth-seeded Washington or Dayton on Sunday.

—It’s WNBA draft night and Swish Appeal has a full guide.

—An announcement for local golfers: To celebrate the start of golf season, Club Champion – “the nation’s No. 1 custom golf club fitter” – is offering 33 percent off all club fittings at its Louisville location from now until May 31.

The Louisville studio is located at 12919 Shelbyville Road and the store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information can be found at clubchampiongolf.com.

—Jeff Greer is answering questions in his latest Floyd Street Tribune.

Any word on when new assistants for the men’s team are going to be named? — @arrky66

I hate to be boring, but there’s no real news on this front. I doubt any announcement comes as long as that third assistant spot is unfilled. There hasn’t been much rumbling after the initial flourish of behind-the-scenes moves that remain the worst-kept secrets around the program — i.e. Kahil Fennell promoted to be one of the assistant coaches and Taylor Barnette presumed to be in line to replace Fennell as the director of basketball operations.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello first mentioned Indiana assistant Kenya Hunter as a possibility on the Floyd Street’s Finest podcast, and then Hunter’s name all the sudden popped up everywhere else. Hunter interviewed with Chris Mack before deciding to stay in Bloomington and join Mike Woodson’s staff at Indiana. Another name — former Penn State assistant Keith Urgo — came up early in the process, but I haven’t heard anything about him in a while. Former Cincinnati coach John Brannen, one of Mack’s closest friends, was a hot topic on the message boards and I mentioned him in this newsletter, but that is a no-go.

Mack is in no hurry to fill the last opening on his staff, primarily because the pandemic has disrupted the recruiting cycle, making it less urgent to go find another assistant. He will need to fill his staff out before summer workouts, of course, but he has time. I do know there is a host of assistants interested in the spot who may be connected via intermediaries, but that hasn’t played out yet to my knowledge. It’s just a matter of finding the right fit for what Mack wants on his staff.

—Cincinnati has found its new men’s basketball coach in former UNCG/future North Carolina head coach Wes Miller.

—Arizona has hired longtime Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd to be its new men’s basketball coach.

—Due to “a lack of available players,” the Louisville women’s soccer team has been forced to cancel its Saturday match against Wake Forest.

—On one hand, seeing Mac McClung go to UK would break me because I love him. On the other, watching UK fans react to his erratic play would make my entire winter.

Couldn’t be more torn.

—Seventeen percent of the men’s college basketball head coaching jobs in the major seven conferences have changed in this year’s hiring cycle, including four of the top 10-12 gigs in the sport. Here’s the full rundown.

—Racing Louisville FC is back in action tonight against the Washington Spirit.

—Eric Crawford answers your Kentucky Derby questions.

—Here’s hoping Louisville has some sort of similar tribute planned for the 2021 season.

A red pipe decal would be wonderful.

—Louisville is among the favorites to land speedy receiver Marquarius White.

—The NCAA hit USC hoops with a couple years probation but no postseason for its role in the FBI’s probe into college basketball.

This marks the second straight case (South Carolina being the other) where the NCAA committee on infractions has opted not to go with a postseason ban. Considering the committee did hit Oklahoma State with a postseason ban (likely to be overturned on appeal) for a case that was extremely similar to the last two, it’s hard not to think that the NCAA is responding in some way to the sprint that several programs, including Louisville, have made to the IARP over the last year.

Speaking of the IARP, are we sure this thing actually exists? It’s starting to feel more and more like a startup that generates a ton of buzz an investors early on, and then two years later reveals that it wasn’t actually doing anything.

Can’t wait to be done with all this when I’m in my mid-50s.

—Another border state for Kentuckians to give money to:

—Offensive lineman Dayne Shor has Louisville among his top 10 schools.

—A new CC Podcast dropped this morning.

—One of the top 60 basketball prospects in the class of 2021 signed with ... Samford?

—Congrats to Lexi! Very cool.

—The Chicago White Sox have called up former Cardinal closer Zack Burdi to their active roster.

—Four-star RB Justin Williams has three official visits locked in. One of those will be to U of L.

—Louisville softball will host the 21st-ranked Duke Blue Devils this weekend.

—And finally, Cardinal Authority looks at the Cardinal spring football standouts on the defensive side of the ball.