—Awful news for U of L legend Angel McCoughtry, who will miss the 2021 WNBA season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in her right knee during a preseason game on Saturday.
—Just a day after telling everyone in America dozens of times that there was no way Medina Spirit had been treated with anything containing betamethasone, Bob Baffert was forced to tell everyone in America that Medina Spirit was treated with an ointment containing betamethasone. The horse will be allowed to run in this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (with conditions), but his Derby win is now in serious jeopardy.
—NBAanalysis.net has a one-on-one interview with Carlik Jones.
What was the most challenging thing you faced playing at either Radford or Louisville and how will overcoming this challenge help you at the next level?
Carlik Jones: I would not necessarily say there is one experience at either Radford or Louisville that was challenging, but I would say the whole journey of going to college, not just as an athlete, but as a student is definitely a challenge! You know, many people think athletes just go to school to play a sport, but getting a great education and making my family proud with a degree was just as important to me as finding success on the basketball court. The biggest overall challenge basketball wise was answering the question people were asking me of whether or not I could play at a higher level on a higher program like Louisville and still be as effective and successful as I was at Radford.
I know a lot of people from my hometown did not believe me one bit that I could go to college and do what I was doing in high school and be successful, but my friends, family and teammates thought the world of me and believed in me. They would always tell me “Man… you can go to Louisville or you can go to any of these high majors and be successful because we know your work ethic!” This was my motivation every single day I played in college and ultimately, it helped me get to Louisville and continue to prove all of my doubters wrong, on top of my own self-motivation. I may have been at Radford, but I always thought to myself, “You know what, I am one of the best players in the country!” I understand my record and stats may not always show that and I know that my team’s success may not always show that, but I personally always felt that and always had the mindset of I was the best. Making that jump from low-major (Radford) to high-major (Louisville) was definitely a challenge given the difference in skill-level of everyone else on the court, but for me, I immediately made an impact and the rest is history.
—Louisville Report looks at the players from the class of 2022 that Chris Mack has his sights set on.
—Male High hoops star Kaleb Glenn (2023) will visit Louisville on June 5. A week later he’ll head to West Virginia.
—BetOnline has Louisville football at 33/1 to win the ACC in its first odds for the 2021 season.
—Louisville softball standout Taylor Roby has earned First Team All-ACC honors.
—Arizona State guard Remy Martin has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Martin has averaged 19.1 ppg in each of the last two seasons for the Sun Devils.
—Commonwealth Credit Union and LG&E are now Founding Partners of the student-run eSports organization at U of L.
—Shame on these people.
The news didn’t realize they were hanging with Mr. Cooper pic.twitter.com/35WBbO4Zzz— LA Sports Radio (@LASportsRadio) May 11, 2021
—Awful news out of California where former star Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has died at the age of 37.
—The Athletics may be in the process of leaving Oakland. Bring them here and set them up at Derby City Field.
—Jack Harlow’s DJ has been arrested for the murder that took place at Vibes nightclub on the night before Derby.
—Louisville baseball commit Kade Grundy is having a stellar season for Somerset.
The Best Academic School In Every State pic.twitter.com/kWzkSXYbVE— Big Game Boomer (@BigGameBoomer) May 10, 2021
—Offensive lineman David Siegel will make an official visit to Louisville in early June.
—A decade after re-launching its football program, Lindsey Wilson College just won its first NAIA national championship. The Blue Raiders went 11-0 and won every game by at least 21 points.
—Popeye Williams raised his stock (subscription) this past weekend during a five-star camp in Indianapolis.
—The U of L women’s golf team sits in fourth place after day two of the Louisville Regional. Individually, Lauren Hartlage is tied for sixth place.
—Good story here on former Louisville women’s soccer star Emina Ekic beginning her professional career while observing Ramadan.
—Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at the U of L men’s basketball roster for next season.
—Jeff Walz gave his first offseason update of 2021 during a Q&A session with the media on Tuesday. Here’s a transcript.
—And finally, a shoutout to our guy LJ Nesbitt over at The Crunch Zone, who posted the final installment of his BucketHatism series Monday night. Thanks for always keeping it fun, and congrats on a great run, man.