Cardinal News and Notes Friday afternoon

– Spread check: Louisville at 7.

—Quincy Riley was named Jim Thorpe Award national Player of the Week.

– The JMU Sports Blog looks ahead to Saturday night’s game at Cardinal Stadium and predicts a 31-30 victory for the Dukes.

– The first Kenny Payne radio show of the season is tonight at the Roosters on Springhurst Blvd.

– I love how Ashton tries not to smile here.

– Jeff Walz doesn’t mind your questions about when his program will come “over the hill” and win a national title.

— The U of L men’s soccer team lost 2-1 to Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday night. The cards will now have to wait to learn if their name will be called when the NCAA tournament field opens on Monday November 14th.

– Former Louisville running back Bilal Powell will represent Louisville in the 2022 ACC Football Honors Class.

—Lamar Jackson appeared on AEW Dynamite on Wednesday night and was called out by Chris Jericho.

Lamar enjoyed it.

– Adam Zagoria writes for Forbes that Rick Pitino will almost certainly be pursued by power conference programs after being exonerated by the NCAA.

– Pat Forde seems to think the IARP failed to “off the hook” Pitino and Louisville. I strongly disagree.

– The latest episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcast is here.

– Josh knows it.

– The CJ staff make their picks for the first week of the Kentucky High School football playoffs.

– Our very own Keith Wynne is the guest on the latest episode of the From the Pink Seats podcast.

—Louisville Report goes behind enemy lines in preparation for the James Madison game.

– Scott Satterfield spent some time on the ACC Network on Friday morning.

– Jim Nantz talks about why he’s leaving the NCAA tournament after this season.

—Team Rankings predicts the Louisville men’s basketball team will finish 13th in the ACC this season.

– Travis Branham writes that Kenny Payne’s handcuffs are finally off on the recruit lane.

Kenny Payne Widely regarded as one of the best recruiters in the country. Year after year, Payne’s fingerprints were left all over the trail, earning five star after five star at the University of Kentucky an hour later.

With the cloud overhead finally lifted, Payne can now do what Mack never got a chance to, which is recruit with free hands while battling on a more even playing field.

Thursday’s news should definitely help the Cardinals in their recruiting efforts for years to come and could pay off immediately when the cards drop in 2023.

In the 2023 recruit class, the Cardinals remain firmly in the mix Isaiah Miranda and AJ Johnson and whether the cardinals can pair them with Caleb Glenn and Curtis Williamsthey would make for Louisville’s best recruiting class since Rick Pitino Epoch.

Expecting Louisville to come out of the gates with a strong class shouldn’t be the expectation though.

BUT With the Transferportal cycle coming in the spring and the 2024 cycles in full swing right after that, the excuses are off the table and we can start to really appreciate what this new Louisville hire is capable of.

One thing is for sure for the Louisville coaches, it’s a great day knowing they’ll never have to answer the questions again:

“What about the sanctions? what will they be When will they be decided?”

– Speaking of AJ Johnson, he has dropped out of Donda Academy and will be playing his final season of high school prom at Southern California Academy, which is also home to fellow Cardinal Isaiah Miranda.

– All three crew members over in State of Louisville like the cards to take care of Saturday night business.

– It’s a celebration, dammit.

—Congratulations to Louisville’s Carmen Griffiths on being named ACC Women’s Golfer of the Month.

– The 5th-ranked Louisville volleyball team will spend its weekend hosting NC State and North Carolina. Here’s a preview.

—Six new Louisvillans will receive Hometown Hero Banners in 2023.

– Former Louisville WR Justin Marshall made an MACtion highlight earlier this week.

– Carter Bryant, the 2024 5-star forward who had to cancel his visit to Louisville Live at the last second, is on an official visit to U of L this weekend.

– Cardinals are keeping tabs on where tonight’s U of L football commitments are taking place.

—Kenny Payne says he saw an improvement in Louisville’s second exhibition game.

—Light Up Louisville returns downtown for the 42nd year.

—Friday irrelevance:

– The CJ has three things he should know about the Louisville vs James Madison clash.

– A new Card Chronicle podcast episode is out.

– And finally beat James Madison.

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