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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Gordon Cairns Morrison arrived four weeks early just so he could catch the official announcement of Kenny Payne as Louisville basketball coach. He joins his two older brothers as a News & Notes front page babies.

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—Here’s the AP story on Kenny Payne adding Danny Manning to his Cardinal coaching staff.

—To the surprise of absolutely no one, Tyler Harrell will take an official visit to Alabama.

—Emily Engstler is ready to earn her spot in the WNBA.

—This is cool. I like this.

—It’s visit weekend for Oak Hill standout and Louisville hoops target Devin Ree.

—The U of L baseball team dropped the first of its three games in Tallahassee against Florida State.

—An 80-year-old Louisville woman will compete in her fifth Boston Marathon.

—Two new tremendous Louisville shirts are now available over at Homefield Apparel:

If you’re making your first purchase from Homefield, be sure to use the promo code “CHRONICLE15” at checkout to save 15 percent on your order.

—The latest episode of the Card Chronicle Podcast dropped this afternoon.

—If you want to play five of the best courses in Southern Indiana for under 25 bucks a round, a few of the 2022 Big X Golf Cards are still available.

—Danny Manning makes his first statement as a Louisville Cardinal:

For what it’s worth, both Manning and Nolan Smith have “associate head coach” in their social media bios. The official U of L release on Manning used “associate,” but it didn’t with Smith.

Whatever, I say we use “associate” for the third assistant too. Let’s go for the turkey.

—U of L swimming star Nick Albiero has been named the ACC’s Scholar Athlete of the Year.

—Yeah I’m still gonna call it the Carrier Dome.

—After stops at UMass, Bradley and John Logan Community College, Louisville native and former New Albany High standout Sean East is headed to Missouri. East was high school teammates with Romeo Langford.

—You can win two free tickets to the Cinco De Derby party on May 5 by entering here.

—The oddsmakers at BetOnline aren’t high on the Louisville baseball team’s chances of winning the College World Series.

Seems like a solid value bet.

—SPEAKING OF, if you were hoping to have legalized sports betting in Kentucky this year, that dream officially died on Thursday.

—Why did it die? Oh, only for the dumbest reason imaginable.

So you’ve got something that an overwhelming majority of the citizens of Kentucky want, something that passed the Kentucky House, and something that a majority of Kentucky state senators want ... and we’re still not getting it.

Good thing the state doesn’t need the revenue boost.

—The Louisville lacrosse team is on the road to take on No. 4 Syracuse. Here’s a preview.

—Louisville has offered class of 2023 DT Jamarrion Harkless out of Frederick Douglass in Lexington.

—The Cards were a finalist for Huntley-Hatfield during his first recruitment coming out of high school.

The 6’10 forward played a supporting role for the Volunteers this past season as a freshman.

—Wish it hadn’t happened against the Reds, but Will Smith belted his first homer of the season last night.

—Perrin Johnson will be one of Ellis Myles’ assistant coaches at Fern Creek this winter.

—Louisville is one of four finalists for Semaj Turner, a three-star defensive lineman out of North Carolina.

—Antoine Davis, who torched Louisville last November and who is currently No. 22 on college basketball’s all-time scoring list, has entered the transfer portal.

—Former Illinois point guard Andre Curbelo is headed to St. John’s.

—Brian Dohn of 247 Sports goes inside the building of Louisville’s electric 2023 football recruiting class.

“Pierce is an alpha personality, very popular among the kids out here,” said 247Sports national analyst Greg Biggins, who covers the west. “The second he committed he was very proactive as a recruiter. He said he was going to take 10 California kids with him. A lot of these guys are looking at Louisville because of his relationship.

“They’ve known him since middle school. They play on the same 7-on-7 teams with those guys. Best friends with a couple of them. Aaron Williams, they played on the same Pop Warner team, the visited together last month and the other two California kids, one plays with him at Bosco and the other plays on the same 7-on-7 team.”

Credit for getting the Cardinals deep into the southern California recruiting scene goes to Louisville quarterbacks coach Pete Thomas. He prepped outside of San Diego at El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla.

“(Thomas) has really good relationships out here,” Biggins said. “That enabled them to get in. They’ve been trying to get into California for a while, and that’s why Pierce was their top quarterback target.

“They felt like if they could get him, they would have a chance to build a little bit of a pipeline. Peter Thomas is pretty well respected out here and knows his way around southern California.”

—A total of seven tornadoes have now been confirmed to have touched down in Louisville or its surrounding areas on Wednesday night.

—And finally, the Mike Rutherford Show is wrapping up the week from 3-6 on 1450/96.1 The Big X. Keith Wynne will hop on in the second hour to talk about this latest helping of positive football recruiting news. You can stream the show here.