—D1Baseball.com projects Louisville as a 2-seed in its latest 64-team bracket.
—Eric Crawford used the term “butt rash” in the headline of a column about the Kentucky Derby. Today is a good day.
—Donovan Mitchell will remain sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.
—Lamar Jackson’s 2021 season will begin with a Monday Night Football tilt in Vegas.
Surprise, Week One MNF in Vegas— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 12, 2021
Rest of the schedule drops tonight ‼️
: NFL Network 8 pm pic.twitter.com/6xo61Ue3LX
—The Louisville baseball team has added a game to the schedule. The Cards will host USC Upstate next Tuesday, May 18 at 3 p.m. The Spartans are currently 34-10 and No. 35 in the RPI. Admission to the game will be free.
—It’s not every day that you see a 5-star hoops recruit pick Milwaukee over Duke, but that’s what Patrick Baldwin Jr. did on Wednesday morning. Baldwin’s father is the head coach of the Panthers, which may have played a small part in his decision.
—ESPN’s Turron Davenport writes about how Dez Fitzpatrick can quickly help the Tennessee Titans.
Fitzpatrick said the Titans took note of the reps he had in the slot in the Senior Bowl and how he played in the slot during his earlier years at Louisville. After losing receiver Corey Davis to free agency and releasing Adam Humphries, the Titans needed to add players who could play across the formation.
In free agency, the team added Josh Reynolds, who played every receiver position for the Los Angeles Rams over the past four seasons. Tennessee is getting similar versatility in Fitzpatrick, who gives them another option that can be moved around and complement star wideout A.J. Brown.
“They said that they’re really impressed that I can play inside, outside at my size,” Fitzpatrick added. “Going back to my first two years at Louisville, I played the Z position, which allowed me to play inside and outside, but the last two years at Louisville I played the X position. They liked how I can move at a big size, a thicker frame.”
Fitzpatrick posted 43 receptions for 833 yards and three touchdowns last season at Louisville. The most attractive part of his stat line is the 19.3 yards per catch.
The Titans need a player who can stretch the field and open up the underneath game, giving Brown more space to work the middle of the field. If Tannehill can successfully connect with Fitzpatrick on some deep passes, safeties will start to play the vertical routes, which would give Brown one fewer defender to worry about and open up more of an opportunity to gain yards after the catch.
“I feel like for you to be a deep threat, that’s how it comes — that’s how you get your separation in your intermediate routes and your shorter routes,” Fitzpatrick said. “They respect everything if they think that you’re going deep. The slants and the hitches and everything works better when they respect your deep threat, and that’s kind of how you got to go about things.”
—Louisville baseball camps are back this summer/fall.
—Former Kentucky Mr. Football Jamale Carothers is transferring from Navy. Carothers rushed for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns over 20 games with the Midshipmen.
—Jeff Walz is excited about the newcomers U of L has added for 2021-22.
—The high school of former Cardinal Jonathan Greenard is retiring his jersey.
Hiram HS will retire Jonathan Greenard’s jersey before their spring scrimmage against Douglas County May 21st at 7:30. Jonathan was an outstanding football player at Hiram who went on to have a successful college career at Louisville and Florida, and now with the Houston Texans. pic.twitter.com/GKPAgBKYoY— Paulding County BOE (@pauldingboe) May 11, 2021
—New York Magazine’s Will Leitch writes that the shift on NIL laws hardly means politicians suddenly care about the welfare of college athletes.
—Louisville women’s soccer coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes has been inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
—Matt Ellentuck identifies Myisha Hines-Allen as one of five key players to keep your eye on during the 2021 WNBA season.
2. MYISHA HINES-ALLEN
Aerial Powers’ departure followed by Alysha Clark’s injury and Emma Meesseman’s delayed return until after the Olympics break leaves a sizable gap at the forward spot that Hines-Allen is left to fill. Myisha Hines-Allen took a massive leap with most of her star teammates sitting out of the bubble season, averaging 17.0 points on 51 percent shooting with 8.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 steals a year after playing just 7.8 minutes per game and scoring 2.3 points. Will she be able to replicate her same effectiveness? And how does she fit in a smaller role next to true bigs Delle Donne and Charles?
If Hines-Allen is able to ball-stop on the wing and space the floor as she did last year, maybe D.C. will be OK without a handful of key players. But that’s a lot to put on the third-year forward who’s just starting to play significant minutes.
—Sen. Jerry Moran said after a Wednesday meeting with NCAA President Mark Emmert that “it will be difficult … if not impossible” for a federal law on college-athlete NIL to be enacted by July 1, which is when various state laws take effect.
—After seven years at the helm, Aaron Yarmuth is moving on from LEO Weekly.
—Anas Mahmoud gets some love in this ESPN write-up.
—Lester Holt will be hosting the NBC Nightly News show from Louisville next Tuesday.
—Louisville DE signee Vic Brown is the guest on the latest Cardinal Authority podcast.
—Four-star Male High defensive lineman Selah Brown will be attending Louisville’s big man camp on June 24.
—Shively Sporting Goods is having a final curtain call tent sale this weekend.
Final curtain call tent sale this Saturday, May 15th 10am - 5pm. Most items are $10 or less. Come shop a final time at our iconic business. 4006 Dixie Highway Louisville, Ky 40216 #finalcurtainsale pic.twitter.com/qTEE1QizJl— ShivelySportingGoods (@SHIVELYSPORTS) May 12, 2021
Pay your respects.
—And finally, congrats to U of L women’s golf star Lauren Hartlage, who finished fourth individually in the Louisville Regional, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships.