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Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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—A fourth-place finish at the Noblesville Regional has the Louisville men’s golf team moving on to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in program history.

—The U of L baseball team got back on track Tuesday night with an 8-6 win over USC Upstate.

—Eric Crawford shares his thoughts on Louisville basketball’s latest extortion mess.

The last thing I’m going to do is gloss over violations for a program that ought to have zero, given the NCAA hammer it is living under. But this kind of Level II or III thing is not the kind of thing that strikes fear into anyone.

Which is why I can’t understand going to the FBI with this behavior from Gaudio. If I’m Mack, I try to figure out a way to smooth this over without involving the courts or the cops. Unless there’s more to this story than we know.

If Gaudio’s game plan here was stupid, U of L’s isn’t much easier to grasp.

Nothing draws more attention, and a bigger microscope, than a court proceeding, especially if you’re U of L. If this thing proceeds, we’re going to see everything, and more. We’re going to hear Mack’s recording of Gaudio’s threats. We’re going to see the recruiting video. We’re probably going to see a lot more. Rick Pitino, let’s remember, won his extortion trial (actually, let’s be more accurate, Karen Sypher lost it), but not before every cringeworthy detail of an extramarital affair was laid bare in open court.

So I don’t get it. Why put the program — and the university — through another federal court case?

—Attendance for the upcoming ACC baseball tournament in Charlotte will operate at full capacity.

—The latest episode of the Card Chronicle Podcast is now available.

—Results from poll one:

Satterfield results tomorrow.

—Louisville is an 8-seed in the latest offseason Bracketology from Joe Lunardi.

—CBS ranks the 65 Power Five conference college football coaches, and has Scott Satterfield at No. 45.

45 Louisville

Scott Satterfield: He fell further in our rankings this season than all but one coach — and I suppose you can say the coaches who were fired fell even further — dropping 14 spots from No. 31 last season to No. 45 this year. I think it’s probably too severe, but when you get to this midfield portion of the rankings, recency bias tends to play a much larger role because there’s so little that splits the candidates. So you see Satterfield going 4-7, and it’s a little easier to mark him below similar coaches coming off better seasons.

2020 rank: 31 (-14)

—Louisville is not in the top 35 of Seth Davis’ updated hoops rankings for The Athletic.

—Chris Mack’s Cards also do not crack Gary Parrish’s updated rankings for CBS.

—You can read a transcript of Chris Mack’s Monday press conference here.

—Rick Pitino says he’s going to break his tie with John Calipari when he gets Iona to the Final Four.

—Duke is naming Nina King as its next athletic director.

—Michael Kirian, who has spent all of this season as Louisville’s Friday night starter, is moving back to his old role of closer. He got the save for the Cards Tuesday night.

—I’ve spent my entire life confident that the Lions are going to suck for the foreseeable future. I’ve never been this confident.

—Louisville is a 2-seed in the Nashville Regional (of course) in’s latest bracket projection.

—The latest Cardinal Sports Zone podcast is out.

—Eric Wood, Chris Redman and Joey Wagner will be hosting the Tee Up For the Cause Golf Tournament benefitting Kids Cancer Alliance on June 28 at Hurtsbourne Country Club.

The cost is $600 per team, and that includes golf and four tickets to a VIP cocktail party at Redman’s house that Sunday night. To sign up, go to

—The CJ has three things you should know about new Louisville assistant Kahil Fennell. I will admit to not having read the story, but I’m hopeful that No. 1 is that he’ll never attempt to extort the program.

—Captial Grille is coming to Louisville, which people seem to be excited about.

—Ignoring your pregnant wife and the birth of your child to own the Cards.

—Several key Louisville basketball recruits have scheduled their unofficial visits to U of L.

—Raleigh WR Wesley Grimes has scheduled an official visit to U of L.

—Former Louisville punter/kicker Logan Lupo has transferred to Florida Atlantic.

—The good news is it would be damn near impossible for Louisville football to be worse in close games than they were a year ago.

—RIP to comedy legend Paul Mooney.

—U of L field hockey standouts Mercedes Pastor and Meghan Schneider have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Division I Senior Team.

—Dez Fitzpatrick is on a mission to prove that the Titans were right to draft him when they did.

—I love this place.

—Last Word on Sports takes a look at what the Ole Miss defense might look like when it faces Louisville on Sept. 6.

—A full look at the week one schedule in college football.

—And finally, we once again want to send a million well wishes in the direction of Bobby V, who begins his treatment for Stage 4 leukemia on Thursday. The whole city remains behind you.