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Despite the setback Monday night, Maddie Weber is still holding it down for the Cards in Texas.

—Spread check: No line.

—The CJ’s Cameron Teague-Robinson looks at four offensive players for Louisville who could see more snaps this Saturday against Eastern Kentucky.

—If you’re headed to the EKU game on Saturday, here’s a reminder of what’s new at Cardinal Stadium this season.

—Five years ago today, Lamar Jackson gave one of the more ridiculous individual performances in the history of Louisville athletics. He’d give another one eight days later.

—The U of L men’s soccer team continued a not-so-great week for Cardinal athletics by losing to Kentucky, 3-1, on Tuesday. The 2-2 Cards begin ACC play Friday night at home against No. 25 Wake Forest. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

—Jeff Greer’s latest Louisville men’s basketball newsletter lays out all the things that need to happen for the program to gain firmer footing.

Williamson and Withers emerge as stars

This tracks with the “win and win fun” item, but for that to happen, this has to happen. Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers need to take star turns. Become All-ACC-level players. Get drafted. Even just one of them taking that journey is a boost for Louisville and Mack.

Do damage in the NCAA Tournament

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me Louisville “just has to get to the second weekend” again, I’d have at least enough money for a big Dairy Kastle run to finish the summer with a flourish. Granted, just making the second weekend is a very difficult task, but I think the real point to that statement is just a desire to see Louisville playing competitive basketball in the NCAA Tournament again.

Bring back the fiery Mack

This is one thing I have wondered about the past year: Where is the feisty coach who wore the black jacket at Louisville Live, tweeted from the podium at the tipoff luncheon and once sparred with Mick Cronin? COVID-19 makes it awfully difficult to connect with people, and it’s clear the past season was exhausting for everyone involved in it, but Mack has a passion that just hasn’t come through in public the last year or so. Fans are attracted to that spirit.

—Tim Sullivan writes that the “fire Scott Satterfield” chatter is premature.

—Cardinal Authority looks at the week one schedule for former Cards in the NFL.

—Former Cards can’t stop mashing.

—Two decades later, David Teel revisits 9/11 through a sports lens.

—A developer has plans for a $78M project in NuLu — including a 479-space parking garage, apartments and office space — in hopes to attract “blue-chip” tech firms to Louisville.

—Demolition work has officially begun at the Louisville TopGolf site. The digging comes a mere 73 years after the idea for the project was first conceived.

—Ole Miss social media team refusing to let up.

—Former St. X QB Desmond Ridder is now the face of Cincinnati Bearcat football, and he’s also an early top-tier Heisman candidate.

—I haven’t been there in far too long, but I’m still very sad to hear that Highland Coffee is closing up shop after two decades.

—Whether it was out of frustration or joy, I would love the opportunity to yell “DUSTY!” during a Cardinal basketball game.

—Jordan Watkins is the latest U of L athlete to sign on with Rocketeer Sports Marketing.

—Louisville Report’s Matt McGavic shares some final thoughts on the loss to Ole Miss.

—The 6th-ranked Louisville field hockey team will host Indiana on Friday and No. 11 Liberty on Sunday. Here’s a preview of the weekend ahead.

—Boink.

—Louisville men’s cross country freshman Ian Kibiwot has been named the ACC Men’s Freshman of the Week in the first weekly honor of the 2021 season.

—Donovan Mitchell is helping raise $1 million to fund public school projects.

—The LMPD is asking for help in finding a 25-year-old man who was kidnapped and is being held for ransom.

—These visits are set in stone. The kid cannot tell a lie.

Plenty more where that came from if you choose to become a Cardinal, GWIII.

—After a humbling week one, the Louisville defense is focused on fixing its mistakes and regaining its swagger.

—Male High hoops star Kaleb Glenn is set for a couple of visits to U of L.

—Well ... he isn’t wrong.

—The Crunch Zone has a photo gallery from Monday night’s game.

—Cardinal WR Shai Werts is dealing with a leg injury.

—The Rebel Walk has some notes on Ole Miss’ triumph over the Cards.

—And finally, after being sidelined by illness yesterday, the Mike Rutherford Show returns this afternoon from 3-6 on The Big X (1450AM/96.1FM). You can stream the show here.