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Monday evening Cardinal news and notes

Danielle Hall and Neeli Bendapudi are both looking to bring back the good times we all enjoyed before and after the 2019 Music City Bowl.

—In addition to the Ross McMains announcement, Louisville men’s basketball also announced on Monday that DeVante Frazier is coming in from Colorado State to take over for the retired Fred Hina as athletic trainer.

—After being swept by North Carolina, the Louisville baseball team has fallen completely out of the top 25 poll.

—Dez Fitzpatrick with some high praise for U of L wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer.

—TuTu Atwell has agreed to terms on his first pro contract with the Los Angeles Rams.

—Three-star class of 2022 RB Joseph Himon has Louisville in his top eight.

—This was really well done, and I love seeing U of L shining the spotlight on local boy Jordan Watkins.

—Incoming U of L women’s basketball freshman guard Payton Verhulst is one of nine athletes and seven USA Basketball gold medalists to be named to the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team.

—Lawrent Rice, a top 100 guard from the class of 2023, plans on taking an official visit to U of L.

—If you live in the Denver area, game watches at Blake Street Tavern are coming back this year.

—Noah Locke (31) and Jarrod West (54) both land on this CBS list of the best committed transfers in college basketball.

—Kentucky got a commitment from Georgia transfer PG Sahvir Wheeler on Monday.

—The Louisville women’s basketball team achieved a collective 3.069 grade-point average for the 2021 spring semester and a 3.133 for the 2020-21 academic year. This marks the 14th straight semester that women’s basketball has earned better than a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

—A bad stretch for Bob Baffert just got worse.

—Stadium has a comprehensive and updated NBA Draft early entry tracker.

—Keeping it Heel recaps UNC baseball’s very surprising weekend sweep of Louisville.

—Ole Miss, U of L’s Labor Day night opponent in Atlanta, is expecting to field a vastly improved defense this season.

—Following the NBA Playoffs has gotten a lot more fun around here in recent years.

—Cardinal Authority’s latest U of L baseball weekly notebook is out.

—A Louisville resident will compete in the annual Jeopardy! tournament of champions.

—Teddy Cahill over at Baseball America is pushing the panic button on the Cards.

Jerry (NC):

Are there any teams who we might be perceiving as locks to make the tournament field who should be a little nervous over these next two weeks?

Teddy Cahill: Much of the ACC should probably be taking a long look at itself. The selection committee didn’t seem to be impressed by the conference last Friday when it only named two ACC teams to its shortlist of host sites. But I wouldn’t say anyone I view as a lock is in trouble. Your definition of lock might be a little different, though. You never know. The most obvious team that’s perceived to be safely in that might be closer to the bubble than we realize is Louisville. The Cardinals rank 55 in RPI, are just 8-12 outside of Louisville and are just 3-7 over the last three weeks. There resume is plenty fine as of now, but if they don’t arrest that slide, they’ll keep heading toward the bubble.

Dan McDonnell (KY):

What strings should I be pulling at this point to try and salvage this season?

Teddy Cahill: Speaking of Louisville - man, I don’t know. Returning home this week will be a positive. The Cardinals always play well at home and this year there’s a big home-road split going on with that team. But just about nothing went right this weekend at UNC. Louisville scored one run in the first two games and didn’t pitch particularly well. I don’t know what you’re supposed to do with that other than flush it and move on. Unless you can magically get the Cardinals back to full health this weekend, I don’t think there are any quick, easy fixes.

—With Dana Evans now suiting up for the Dallas Wings, Jeff Walz is expecting Hailey Van Lith to play more aggressively in 2021-22.

—The events of this past weekend allowed Notre Dame baseball to lock up the Atlantic Division title and the No. 1 seed for the ACC tournament. The Fighting Irish were picked to finish last in the division heading into the season. This marks just the second time since joining the ACC that Louisville has failed to win the Atlantic.

—And finally, the Louisville men’s golf sits in fifth-place after day one of the Noblesville Regional. The top six teams in the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Cards are looking to make it to the NCAA Championships for the sixth time.