—Spread check: Ole Miss by 11.
The line for the game has moved four points towards Ole Miss since its initial release. That’s the fifth-highest jump for any week one game.
—The Rebel depth chart for week one is out.
—With Dez Fitzpatrick and TuTu Atwell both now in the NFL, Justin Marshall figures to get his fair share of opportunities in 2021.
—Neeli Bendapudi briefly spoke with reporters on Monday following her meeting with former U of L men’s basketball players. Among other things, she voiced confidence in both Chris Mack and Vince Tyra.
“I have great confidence and optimism in our program,” Bendapudi said. “Chris Mack is our coach. Vince Tyra is our AD. And we have some of the best in the business in there. Am I happy about what happened? Absolutely not. But I’m very optimistic about how we move forward.”
Bendapudi declined to discuss specifics of the decision or the six-game term of the suspension. Nor would she speculate on further disciplinary action if the NCAA finds violations as a result of allegations brought forward by former assistant Dino Gaudio.
“One of the things you all know is that any kind of personnel matter is highly inappropriate for me to comment in any way,” she said. “. . . I don’t want to go into any details. But I can tell you that my AD, I have complete confidence in Vince and what he deems appropriate. In any area, the person leading it should have my confidence, and Vince has my confidence. So I’m comfortable with all of the thoughtfulness that went into it and I stand behind it.”
Mack also spoke after the meeting, but said he wasn’t allowed to discuss specifics pertaining to his suspension.
—Tickets for the U of L-UConn women’s basketball game in December will go on sale Sept. 10.
—Preparing for the pace of the Ole Miss offense is one of the biggest points of emphasis for Bryan Brown and his defense this week.
—The Tennessee Titans have cut Javian Hawkins.
—Former Cardinal LB Dorian Etheridge has made the final 53-man roster for the Atlanta Falcons.
—Yesterday’s Mike Rutherford Show podcast is here.
—A pair of goals in the final four minutes lifted the Louisville men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over Evansville Monday night.
—Shoutout to Matthew Smith of Bardstown, who recently won the APA 9-Ball Shootout Pool Championship in Las Vegas.
—Swinging Cardinal Bird? Swinging Cardinal Bird.
—Our own Cardinal Strong helped preview Monday night’s game on the Redcup Rebellion Podcast.
—Louisville’s Oksana Master, an Atherton High School grad, has now won gold medals at both the Winter and Summer Paralympics.
—ESPN’s FPI has Louisville football at No. 52 heading into the 2021 season. That puts the Cards at 11th in the 14-team ACC.
—Jody Demling has a Q&A with new U of L football commit Maurice Turner.
—TuTu is the man.
—Kei’Trel Clark is “just special.”
UPDATE: The team’s head coach has been fired.
—Trinity baseball standout Jake Schwietzer has announced that he’ll play his college ball for Dan McDonnell.
—Darrell Griffith seemed to come away with some positive vibes from yesterday’s meeting with Neeli Bendapudi, Vince Tyra and Chris Mack.
Here's Darrell Griffith after the former UofL players meeting with Vince Tyra, Chris Mack, and Neeli Bendapudi. Called the meeting great... and said much of the problem was a lack of engagement with the former players. Also said Mack has done a better job in that area. @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/qZGXr0NhCb— Kent Spencer (@WHAS11Kent) August 30, 2021
—Samardo Samuels has signed a new deal in Mexico with Libertadores de Queretaro.
—You can check out updates and highlights from Lane Kiffin’s pre-Louisville press conference right here.
—Nick Suss of the Clarion Ledger can see a shootout happening Monday night, but he can also see why Ole Miss is a double-digit favorite.
Expect points. Ole Miss’ defense should be improved, but it’s still a unit that allowed 38.3 points per game last year. Even if Louisville is breaking in new skill players, including Georgia Southern transfer and converted quarterback Shai Werts, who’ll be used in a variety of ways, it’s a friendly defense to start things off against.
Ole Miss has the edge for a reason. Corral, plus the Rebels’ vaunted rushing attack, is a tough assignment for any defense opening week. There’s no reason to expect that attack to be anything other than fast and electric.
Louisville can keep the score close. But that means keeping the score high too.
—Saturday Down South has four key questions for Ole Miss heading into the Louisville game.
—This Ole Miss podcast from the Daily Journal discusses how the Rebel defense matches up against Malik Cunningham.
—I’ll admit that I had zero idea before this morning that this was even a thing you could do.
If Chris Mack had just been starting those GAs instead of using them for practice, we’d have nothing to worry about.
—The Carolina Panthers have waived Reggie Bonnafon, who missed most of the preseason because of injury.
—Brian Kelly thinks Notre Dame’s season-opener against Florida State this weekend feels a lot like the 2019 opener at Louisville.
—And finally, a big congrats to our own Keith Wynne and his wife, Kelsi, on the birth of their new daughter. Collyns arrived just in time for some Cardinal football.