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Tuesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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—Spread check (Holiday Bowl): Louisville by 7.5.

—The Louisville men’s basketball team is No. 279 in the first NET Rankings of the season. One spot behind 0-6 Eastern Washington.

—The U of L women’s team is No. 18 in the first NET Rankings.

—Happy 1-year anniversary to all who celebrate.

Still one of the more surreal breaking news days in recent Louisville sports history, which is saying something.

—Saturday’s ACC Championship had an audience of 7.03M, making it the fourth highest-rated ACC Championship Game ever.

—Louisville has now had (as of the time of this writing) nine football players enter the transfer portal, all but one on the defensive side of the ball: S Josh Minkins, DE Popeye Williams, DE Kameron Wilson, DL Victoine Brown, CB Marquis Groves-Killebrew, LB Jackson Hamilton, DL Ryheem Craig, OL Izaiah Reed, DB Daniel Martens.

—Minkins elaborated on his decision yesterday on Twitter:

—Former Texas Tech and Oregon QB Tyler Shough was on an official visit to Louisville on Monday.

—Good read here on Damon Stoudamire’s quest to return Georgia Tech basketball to prominence.

—Jordan Travis tweeting earnestly that he wished he’d broken his leg earlier in the season is the defining moment of the four-team playoff era for me.

—Harvard DT transfer Thor Griffith will take an official visit to Louisville.

The week ahead in Cardinal sports:

Thursday, December 7

#2 Volleyball vs #3 Creighton (NCAA Sweet 16) - 12 p.m. ET (Pittsburgh, PA.)

Saturday, December 9

Men’s Basketball at DePaul - 2 p.m. ET

Sunday, December 10

#22/19 Women’s Basketball vs Kentucky - 2 p.m. ET (KFC Yum! Center)

—The Athletic is keeping up with the best quarterbacks available in the transfer portal with this tracker.

—Louisville is mentioned here as a potential landing spot for Ohio State transfer QB Kyle McCord.

—State of Louisville’s Presley Meyer writes that Louisville football fans should be very worried about what just happened to Florida State.

—Matt Brown says that yes, Florida State got screwed, but the worst is yet to come for college football.

—Louisville is among the programs poised to dominate the transfer portal, according to Brad Crawford of 247 Sports.

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

New hotness. That’s the way Louisville’s success has been described within the industry coming out of a second-place finish in the ACC under Jeff Brohm. The former Purdue coach completely reshaped the Cardinals’ roster last offseason and will do the same this time around, shifting his focus to filling needs with instant-impact targets. Louisville is ascending in the Power Five and that’s always attractive to transfers.

—Louisville volleyballs’ Anna DeBeer has been voted the AVCA’s East Region Player of the Year.

—The Cardinal volleyball team is headed to Pittsburgh today, where they’ll face third-seeded Creighton in the Sweet 16 Thursday at noon. A win then would likely set up a rubber match against top-seed and rival Pitt on Saturday.

—Here’s a recap of how the Cards got to the Sweet 16.

—Sports Illustrated has the Holiday Bowl as one of the best non-playoff bowl games to look forward to.

—Matt McGavic of Louisville Report has some final thoughts on the Cards’ loss to FSU.

—Sacred Heart star and U of L recruit Zakiyah Johnson is featured in a new Under Armour commercial.

—One of the most thrilling Louisville games in any sport ever.

—Recruiting now matters more than on field results in college football.

—Pat Forde and Richard Johnson have a guide to the most impactful players in college football’s transfer portal thus far.

—Kentucky’s Mr. Football finalists include two standouts from Louisville.

—CBS ranks all 41 bowl games from worst to best, and has the Holiday Bowl at No. 9.

9. Holiday Bowl: No. 15 Louisville vs. USC

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m. — Sometimes you have to rank these games on their ceiling if everything goes well, and this game has a high ceiling. It also has a low floor, but this could be a banger. I’ll be shocked if Caleb Williams plays, but it doesn’t matter. We’ve got a matchup of two of the best offensive minds in the sport with USC’s Lincoln Riley and Louisville’s Jeff Brohm. Yes, Louisville’s offense looked like trash against Florida State in the ACC title game, but that had a lot more to do with FSU’s defense than the Cardinal’s offense. USC’s defense? Yeah, it ain’t FSU. The Cardinals will have more success in this game, and even without Williams, USC has plenty of talent on offense. If these teams show up ready to play this game will be incredible. If they don’t, I’ll look like an idiot, but I’m used to that. It’s not a big deal.

—Yahoo has the matchup at No. 15.

—After playing in two straight 6-A semifinals, Ballard is now in need of a new head football coach.

—Congrats to Louisville’s own Ben Rhodes on his second NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series championship.

—Very excited to see what this partnership does for the Louisville pitching staff.

—While Deion Sanders said in Monday that top recruiter Nick Williams was headed to Louisville, the former Buffs assistant was actually headed to Syracuse.

—Kei’Trel Clark has had a solid rookie season for the Arizona Cardinals thanks to plays like this.

—Duke transfer DL Aeneas Peebles is expected to make five official visits, including one to U of L.

—Jeff Brohm spent the day after the loss to Florida State making sure his top-rated in-state recruit was ready for signing day.

—Tim Sullivan writes that the Holiday Bowl will be an anticlimactic end for what has been an exhilarating Louisville football season.

—Here’s how former Cards in the NFL fared this past weekend.

—Gobbler Country recaps Virginia Tech’s Sunday win over the Cards.

—And finally, Louisville will head into its bowl game as the No. 16 team in the AP top 25 poll, and the No. 15 team in the College Football Playoff Rankings.