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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Hopefully this was about the women’s basketball game.

—Some bad news to start: Louisville tight end transfer Tanner Koziol has decommitted from U of L and is headed back to Ball State.

—Congrats to Bryan Hudson on accepting an invite to play in the Hula Bowl.

—A pair of Louisville wide receivers in the transfer portal found their new homes on Thursday. Ahmari Huggins-Bruce is headed to South Carolina, and Kevin Coleman will play for Mississippi State.

—The latest episode of the CC Podcast is here.

—Congrats to the U of L women’s basketball team on all-time program win No. 1,000.

—Defense was the name of the game for Jeff Walz’s Cardinals against Duke.

—John Y. Brown Jr., Rajon Rondo and Howard Schnellenberger will be getting Louisville hometown heroes banners in 2024.

—Louisville offensive lineman John Paul Florers has hit the portal.

—Here’s how former Louisville players in the NFL fared in week 17.

—He’s the coolest man alive.

—JJ Traynor can’t return soon enough for the Louisville men’s basketball team.

—The latest episode of the Starting 502 podcast is here.

—The NCAA has agreed to an eight-year, $115 million/year deal with ESPN to broadcast 40 championships, including the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

—Technically, Guerrendo can play in this game and still choose to return to Louisville for one more season, but it seems far more than likely than Isaac’s days as a Cardinal have come and gone.

—That makes Louisville’s recruitment of MAC Offensive Player of the Year Peny Boone — who is expected to arrive for an official visit today — all the more important. Florida State is hoping the Toledo transfer RB will also be visiting Tallahassee this weekend.

—Texas A&M LB transfer Jurriente Davis is also set to be in town for a visit today.

—College basketball coaches need to stay off the damn court.

—ESPN ranked the 100 best college football players of 2023 and had Ashton Gillotte at No. 78.

78. Ashton Gillotte

DE, Louisville, Junior

Notable 2023 stats: 23 solo tackles, 11 sacks, 3 FF

Preseason ranking: NR

Gillotte had 11 sacks this season — ranking No. 9 in the nation, and the most at Louisville since Devonte Fields had 11 in 2015. Gillotte picked up first-team All-ACC honors after also notching a career-high 45 tackles, a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles. Gillotte has already announced he will return to Louisville for his senior season.

—The U of L swim and dive squads are hosting Missouri this weekend.

—With Lamar Jackson sitting out the final game of the regular season, Malik Cunningham “will be a factor” for the Ravens against the Steelers.

—The ball is kicked ...

—Jody Demling highlights some class of 2025 football recruits for Louisville fans to keep an eye on.

—Terry Rozier is cooking right now for the Hornets.

—Next UK QB was discovered over the holidays.

—After seeing limited snaps in his one year at Louisville, LB Keith Brown is back in the portal.

—You can watch Kenny Payne’s pre-Pittsburgh media address here.

—Matt McGavic of Louisville Report likes the Panthers over the Cards big tomorrow.

—Duke Basketball Report recaps last night’s loss to Jeff Walz’s Cards.

—Suck it, Clemson.

—Ole Miss star running back Quinshon Judkins is entering the transfer portal and is easily the biggest surprise departure of the season.

—Sacred Heart is No. 1 in the first girls high school basketball media poll of the season.

—Louisville baseball will play 16 games against teams ranked in the Perfect Game Preseason Top 25. The Cards themselves do not appear in the rankings.

—Needed this to start the new year.

—The CJ highlights five new restaurants opening in Louisville this month.

—Pitt’s official preview of tomorrow’s game at the Yum Center is here.

—U of L offensive lineman Eric Miller will play in the College Gridiron Showcase.

—You can vote for Donovan Mitchell and Terry Rozier to be named NBA All-Stars here.

—And finally, the Mike Rutherford Show wraps up the week from 3-6 on 1450 The Big X this afternoon. You can stream it here.