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Tuesday morning Cardinal news and notes

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The kids of the WeiterVille Express know that it’s almost tailgate time again in the Derby City.

—Tickets are now available for the annual U of L Football Kickoff Luncheon, which will be held onTuesday, Aug. 17 at the Galt House Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon for the event, which will feature comments from Scott Satterfield and selected players.

—Vince Tyra will conduct a press conference outside of Gate 2 on the East side of Cardinal Stadium Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The U of L AD will be discussing enhancements coming to Cardinal Stadium for the 2021 football season.

—These videos remain the best.

—Texas and Oklahoma are officially looking to leave the Big 12 for the SEC.

—Chris Vannini writes for The Athletic that conference realignment sucks, and argues that it’s taking away what we love about college football.

— Louisville cornerback Kei’Trel Clark has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List.

—Tyler Harrell returned to Louisville in January and looked like a different receiver.

—Go Cards.

—Louisville women’s basketball’s Emily Engstler and Hailey Van Lith will play with the USA 3x3 women’s team at the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League, which will take place Aug. 2-4 in Voiron, France. The two Cardinals will be joined on the team by Kylee Watson (Oregon) and Madison Hayes (NC State).

—The ACCDN tackles the topic (video) of the greatest Louisville football player of all-time.

—Rob Dauster’s Peach Jam notebook is loaded with basketball recruiting news.

—Perfect.

—Cardinal kicker James Turner has been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list.

—The latest NBA mock draft from Sports Illustrated has David Johnson going 46th overall to the Raptors.

—Manual High grad Yared Nuguse is heading to Tokyo for the Olympics and fully embracing the moment.

—Former Card and Fern Creek grad Jamon Brown has retired from football and is now focused on helping build an empowerment center in the West End.

—The praise keeps coming for U of L football freshman Ashton Gillotte.

The freshman from Boca Raton, Fla., has been the talk of the U of L camp since he arrived in January after signing in December. U of L defensive coordinator Bryan Brown said after the first couple of days of spring ball that he had “flashed every day.”

U of L coach Scott Satterfield continued to laud the newcomer last week at the ACC Football Kickoff.

“You’ve seen the videos on Ashton,” Satterfield said with a smile. “He did that and he made it look pretty easy. He’s a guy that has come in here and since he’s been here he’s already put on about 40 pounds. He’s a guy who is going to be in the mix there on the defensive line. He’s going to play for us.”

Fifth-year senior linebacker C.J. Avery, who is one of the leaders for the Cardinals again this season, was asked about Gillotte and what he has seen from the youngster last week at ACC Football Kickoff and he didn’t hold back the praise.

“He is an absolute freak,” Avery said. “He just puts the work in every day and I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do on the field for us.

“It’s really been amazing to watch him come in and do what he has done.”

—Former Card Jonathan Greenard knows first-hand COVID-19 can devastate a family. That’s why he’s encouraging his fellow NFL players to get vaccinated.

—No matter how hard the league tries, the ACC can’t make Notre Dame love them.

—Louisville Report has an NBA draft profile of David Johnson.

—Cardinal Sports Zone talks with U of L hoops recruit George Washington III.

—Some nice love for Kei’Trel Clark here.

—Justin Marshall and Mark Vassett will both be crucial for Scott Satterfield’s Cards in 2021.

—Vegas currently lists Louisville as an underdog for its home games against Central Florida, Clemson and Kentucky.

—Jeff Walz and his staff have wrapped up their July recruiting period.

—And finally, The Sporting News has Ole Miss, Louisville’s first opponent of 2021, at No. 21 in its preseason top 25 rankings.