Monday afternoon cardinal news and notes

– Spread check: Wake Forest at 5.5.

— The second-ranked Louisville volleyball team got off to a disastrous start to Sunday afternoon’s game in No. 8 Pitt. The Cards eventually fought back, forcing a 5th set before seeing their 37-match ACC winning streak snapped by the Panthers. U of L will seek revenge when they host Pitt on November 18th.

—Brett McMurphy’s latest bowl projections pit Louisville against East Carolina in the Fenway Bowl. The pirates destroyed central Florida on Saturday.

—Jeff Greer has four major takeaways from the Red-White Scrimmage.

Payne value passing, movement will eventually pay off

This was an interesting part of Payne’s opening post-fight comments:

“All I said was play the ball five times, get the ball in the lane and not kick it. Pass it and then that person will drive. Get the defense rotating and we’ll get any shot we want. After five or six passes, go to the post, a couple of rail passes, take it to the post and split up. There are no moves – it’s just action and offense. That’s the concept I’m trying to teach. The frustrating thing was that it took 25 minutes for us to get to it. I want them to get it. We practice it every day.”

As Louisville did pass and move like Payne wanted, the offense flowed really well. There was a nice sequence between Ellis and JJ Traynor that I thought looked very solid. Ellis threw an entry to Traynor, Traynor moved his defender and kicked him back to Ellis who blew past his man and ran the lane, Traynor’s man pulled before finding the recently relocated Traynor in the corner for an open 3. Now Traynor missed the shot but it was a great look and combination of passing between them.

There’s a reason Payne wants his team to fit and move consistently. Louisville isn’t a talented team at isolating every possession or running everything through pick-and-roll. The cards must move away from the ball and be willing to pass. When they did that late in the scrimmage, they drew some really nice looks. I just wonder how they’ll fare in games against teams like FSU or Kentucky who can overplay passing paths and really frustrate teams that want to move the ball more.

– Bill Connelly’s S&P ratings like Wake over Louisville fell by four points this weekend.

—I would love love love to see more of the emotion Scott Satterfield shows at the very end of this video.

Very cool.

– The Louisville women’s soccer team suffered a 4-0 setback at No. 10 dukes.

– The Louisville defense’s game-winning game vs. Pitt cracks the ACC Digital Network’s top five games (video) of the weekend.

– The Knoxville News Sentinel comes out this week and shoots.

— Charlotte fired her head coach over the weekend and The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman says Louisville OC’s Lance Taylor could be shortlisted by the 49ers to take the gig.

– Yasir Abdullah may never be the loudest person in the room, but on a night the Cardinals needed it, his game spoke volumes.

– Has the return of Naked/Fat Louie turned Scott Satterfield’s era at U of L? Many people say yes.

– CJ’s Brett Dawson serves up his key takeaways from Friday’s live event in Louisville.

– The preseason AP All-America team for the upcoming men’s collegiate hoops team has been announced.

– Louisville Report’s Matt McGavic has some final thoughts on Louisville’s win over Pitt.

—Clemson fans do what!?

But the Vols field team made it look seamless. It was a week-long effort. Seybold said he started on the lawn Saturday night, spraying fertilizer.

On Sunday, his crew came back with the blowers to give it a clean, and then “aired it out to remove as much compaction as possible,” Seybold said. They covered the field — they’re called growth blankets in the industry — on Monday because the temperature didn’t rise above 36 degrees on Tuesday after a cold front moved in. They spent this Tuesday installing the new goalposts that they had painted the day before. On Wednesday they sprayed more fertilizer, started painting the field and finished painting on Thursday. They started Saturday at 12:00 p.m. with their chessboards intact and a lush, green, glass-free field poised for a 65-24 win over the Skyhawks.

Seybold is fine with a wild week as long as it happens every 25 years or so. He said that seeing Clemson fans on the field after every game would get old for him very quickly. “If we beat UT Martin and they stormed the field, we would say, ‘C’mon everyone, what do we do? Let’s be smart,'” Seybold said. “I’m proud of our fans. Six years ago we beat Florida for the first time in 10 years, then this year we beat them for the first time since and they didn’t rush it either.”

—Bryan Brown is named one of On3’s top coordinators for week eight of the college football season.

– Cardiac Hill summarizes Pitt’s loss at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday night.

—Louisville City FC will open the USL playoffs by hosting the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday night.

– Mike Brey forever.

– ESPN picked up the story of Jack Harlow’s diss in Kentucky on Louisville Live.

– Louisville QB recruit Samaj Jones says there was a “nice atmosphere” at the U of L over the weekend.

—In his first “appearance” as the Cardinal of Louisville, Kamari Lands was impressive.

– The buddy cop drama this town needs.

– Rick Bozich says everything Scott Satterfield has done since he said he would get more involved in defense seems to be working.

—Kenny Payne says it’s been an “emotional” weekend as Louisville head coach.

– The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has five takeaways from the Panthers’ loss to Louisville.

– Not a bad weekend to be a recruit on an official visit to Louisville.

– Single game tickets for the upcoming U of L men’s basketball season are on sale now.

– Walk-on U by L TE Josh Lifson, a KCD product, says it was quite surreal to catch his game-winning touchdown catch on Saturday night.

—I loved Lifson’s father’s exuberant tweet after the game.

— The fourth-ranked Louisville field hockey team was upset on the street at Cornell on Sunday.

– The CJ has three main takeaways from Louisville’s victory over Pitt.

– And finally I have about half a vote but I will still be on the air this afternoon from 3-6 on 1450/96.1 The Big X. You can stream the show here.


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