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Just 24-hours after making an official visit to Louisville, 3-star defensive lineman Derrick Calloway has de-committed from the Cardinal program and is now a part of South Florida’s recruiting class. Calloway had given Louisville a verbal commitment in December and left this weekend saying he was solid with that commitment, despite taking a visit to South Florida last weekend and was scheduled to visit Arkansas next weekend. With this being one of the biggest recruiting weekends for Louisville since Charlie Strong took over the program in 2010, I certainly didn’t expect it to lead to zero new commits and one de-commitment. Calloway picking USF over Louisville isn’t something I think Cardinal fans should panic about. However, I do think this is only the beginning of Willie Taggart making noise on the recruiting scene in the state of Florida.
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As you could expect, there were multiple NBA scouts in attendance on Saturday at the KFC Yum Center for the Louisville – Syracuse match-up. One of the veteran NBA scouts spoke with Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV following the game. Here is his evaluation of Russ Smith’s performance.
**Russ Smith, Louisville (25 points, 4 steals)
Scout’s take: ”Russ Smith is shooting up the charts...
Albeit a close game, anytime you have Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng combine for seven total points, it could be hard to beat just about anyone.
Cards were right on par with their average of 11.4 steals a game with 12. That led to a 21-6 advantage in Points Off Turnovers. That kind of advantage is not typical in a loss.
Just under 37% of Louisville’s offense came from Russ Smith’s...
Two former University of Louisville football players – Alex Kupper and Mario Benavides – will take a major step towards what they hope is a professional football career on Saturday night. The two offensive linemen will participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Both players talked with Cardinal Authority about the event and their future.
Russ Smith seemed upbeat following Louisville’s 70-68 loss to Syracuse. Russ was very complementary of Syracuse and says the team has already moved on and is looking to the next game.
After a 70-68 loss to Syracuse on Saturday, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday to talk about the Cardinals’ game on Tuesday at Villanova. Pitino had plenty to say about the Wildcats, the loss to the Orangemen and his team’s progress. Cardinal Authority was there.
Last year Louisville associate head coach, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator was named in the scandal that sent Nevin Shapiro to jail and the Miami Hurricanes to, more than likely, a major penalty by the NCAA. Not only was Hurtt named in the scandal, but he played a major role in “woo-ing” the recruits by making sure that they got to Shapiro’s parties and yachts...