Jody Demling

Cardinal Authority presents this week's edition of the weekly notebook of items surrounding the Louisville men's basketball program

Cardinal Authority presents this week's edition of the weekly notebook of items surrounding the Louisville men's basketball program. Cardinal Authority will have a weekly Friday notebook involving the Cardinals' program.

Pitino on the road

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff are hitting the road this weekend.

The recruiting period where coaches can visit prospects began this morning and the staff isn't wasting any time.

Pitino and Kenny Johnson will make visits to Fort Wayne, Ind., standout Malik Williams, who has committed to Louisville, and top '18 target Romeo Langford of New Albany this afternoon.

U of L assistant coach Mike Balado is expected in Arizona this afternoon to see '17 center target Makhtar Gueye.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on the whereabouts of all the coaches on the premium forum.

Louisville vs. Memphis again?

It appears the rivalry between Louisville and Memphis is on again.

CBS Sports first reported and Cardinal Authority has confirmed the Cardinals will meet Memphis in a game during the 2017-18 season to be played in Madison Square Gardens. It will be in an event in the first two weeks of the season.

The two schools are still working on a contract to play several other times in the future.

The meeting will be the 90th all-time between the rivals with the Cardinals leading the series 53-36. The two teams haven't played since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014 but Rick Pitino has said it's a series he wanted to get going again in the future.

Memphis is now coached by former Pitino assistant Tubby Smith. Pitino is 7-5 all-time against Smith.

Two Red-White Scrimmages Set

Louisville will have two Red-White intrasquad scrimmages this coming season in the KFC Yum Center.

The first will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12 and the second will be Friday, Oct. 21. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. Tickets for the two games are $10 each and will go on sale Sept. 13 at the U of L ticket office. You can also get tickets on Ticketmaster or call 1-800-745-3000.

Mark’s Feed Store will sponsor a coat drive for the Oct. 21 scrimmage, with fans encouraged to bring a new or gently used coat to donate.  Collection areas will be available at the arena entrances.

Cards ranked No. 13 in Athlon Sports

The first of the preseason magazines is out and the Cardinals check in at No. 13 in Athlon Sports.

Other ACC teams ranked are: Duke (No. 1), North Carolina (No. 6), Virginia (No. 7), Virginia Tech (No. 22) and Florida State (No. 25).

The magazine listed four ACC players on their All-American teams - Duke's Grayson Allen on the first team, Duke's Harry Giles and Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame on the second team and N.C. State's Dennis Smith on the third team.

Athlon picks U of L to be the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and lose in the Sweet 16 to Villanova.

The Cardinals are picked fourth in the ACC.

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