LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Welcome to The Overlap. Football and basketball converge. And more. A look back at Saturday's developments in order of appearance.
LOUISVILLE 30, TEMPLE 7: This was a going-through-the-motions win for the Cardinals. And that would be fine, if they were looking at some major tests coming up, or had games against ranked opponents in which to measure themselves. They blew out to a 24-0 halftime lead, then didn't get into the end zone in the second half and were outscored 7-6 by the Owls after halftime.
You might say that the Cardinals lost interest after halftime. I say there are some warning flags.
-- Three times the Cardinals got inside the Temple 10-yard line (twice inside the five) and had to settle for field goals. The inability to run the ball in the red zone will cost this team if it can't find a way.
-- The Cardinals didn't give up a score until late when they had a punt blocked, but they still weren't sharp on defense for most of the day, a fact Charlie Strong acknowledged after the game.
"It never felt like we were really in control," he said on his postgame radio show.
-- The extent of DeVante Parker's injury won't be known until sometime today. He suffered a shoulder injury in the first half, and all Strong could say was that it is sprained. Parker had caught a TD pass in a school-record ten straight games. If he can't go with two of the biggest games of the season coming up, it's a huge loss for the Cardinals, who are going to have to find something other than the fade route to throw in the red zone.
The Cards may well roll over Rutgers on the strength of offense along. The Scarlet Knights held off SMU 55-52 in overtime. But the Temple win wasn't exactly confidence-inspiring.
INDIANA 44, PENN STATE 24: I picked the winner of this game, and while that doesn't make up for picking Western Kentucky to lose at Louisiana-Monroe, it still counts for something. The Hoosiers had not beaten Penn State in their history, and this was a must-win if they hold any bowl hopes for the season.
After Penn State closed within 21-17 late in the third quarter, the Hoosiers ran wild. Penn State dominated time of possession, converted half its third downs and rolled up 410 yards of total offense. But the Hoosiers got the big plays -- three touchdowns in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, two on TD runs by Tre Roberson, and that was it.
Now, I know Penn State isn't really Penn State these days, but I'm not going to try telling that to the Hoosiers, who deserve to celebrate this blast of Big Ten excitement. With an offense like Indiana's, any game now can be a win. With a defense like Indiana's, every game can be a heart attack.
The Hoosiers' bowl hopes live on, and that's a big deal.
RED-WHITE SCRIMMAGE: It's one scrimmage, and comes, as Cardinals' coach Rick Pitino said at least a half-dozen times during his remarks, just five practices into the season, but this U of L team appears to have more offensive weapons already than the Cardinals' national championship team of a year ago.
The guards are as good as advertised. Russ Smith played the kind of game that will raise his NBA Draft stock -- 24 points, 8 assists (with only one turnover) and five rebounds. Terry Rozier had a better day than newcomer Chris Jones, but Pitino said he's seen even better from Jones in practice. Rozier finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Freshman Anton Gill went 5 of 10 from three-point range and finished with 17 points.
If you're looking for weaknesses, the 5-spot isn't going to be able to do the kind of offensive facilitating that it did a year ago with Gorgui Dieng, nor did any of the front-court players show the ability to hit the mid-range jumper on Saturday. But Harrell has made that shot in the past.
Luke Hancock sat out the scrimmage but says he hopes to return soon. Kevin Ware, who has been cleared to return to workouts, wasn't made available because of an eye infection, according to Pitino.
SOUTH CAROLINA 35, KENTUCKY 28: The Wildcats found some answers against a very good defense after falling behind 21-0 in Columbia.
It's no small deal to walk into that stadium and be competitive with South Carolina, but UK managed it in the fourth quarter.
Maybe South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier helped that along by messing with his quarterback spot after Conner Shaw led the Gamecocks to three TD drives early, but whatever the case, this was another promising performance by the Wildcats.
In past years under previous regimes, this could've been 42-0 in a hurry. First-year head coach Mark Stoops shored up his defense and offensive coordinator Neal Brown used Jalen Whitlow and some creative Wildcat formation snaps to JoJo Kemp to get the Wildcats going. The ground game became a weapon for the Wildcats, and Whitlow hit enough passes to make things interesting.
In some ways, this performance could be the biggest of the season for UK when the Wildcats look back on it. It was a kind of make-or-break week of practice for UK. Stoops came out Wednesday breathing fire after feeling his players had been less-than focused.
Now, the Wildcats can see light at the end of the difficult schedule tunnel they've faced in the past month, with a chance to regroup and maybe win some games moving forward.
It's a team that still has a lack of talent, but it's getting spirited coaching and a shot of toughness, and perhaps isn't so far away as preseason expectations would've had everyone believe.
LOUISVILLE LACROSSE STORY: Adam Himmelsbach of The Courier-Journal has a troubling story about U of L lacrosse coach Kellie Young, including allegations from former players of physical and mental abuse.
She's accused, among other things, of having an injured player perform push-ups in an airport terminal and leaving a player behind while on the road.
Note, this is not a story about a former coach. It is a story about a coach still in charge of the program. Former players and their parents told the newspaper that they went to former associate athletic director Julie Hermann with concerns, and got a sympathetic hearing, but little action was taken.
Himmelsbach went to great pains to present both sides, and includes Young's own defense of herself. She denies many of the actions.
If Young did what she's accused of doing by these former players, it's cause for dismissal. Period. And U of L athletic director Tom Jurich's response of, "You'll need to talk to Julie about that," when asked about what kind of hearing these grievances got isn't likely to satisfy critics, nor, frankly, should it.
Players don't sign up for this. Tough coaching is one thing. The actions described here, if they happened as presented, are something else. You can read the full story here.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:16:12 GMT
Teddy Bridgewater says thank you to U of L students in an ad in its student paper. Eric Crawford photo.
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