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Louisville football player Kemari Averett charged with threat to kill girlfriend

Louisville football player Kemari Averett was arrested and charged with putting a gun to his girlfriend’s head and threatening to kill her. The tight end was suspended from the team. According to the arrest citation, the confrontation began when Averett realized his laptop was missing from a backpack returned by his girlfriend. The player remains held on $10,000 bond after pleading not guilty. University police charged him with first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault.

Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over vacated national title

An attorney representing a group of former Louisville men’s basketball players says they have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization’s vacation of the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four. The NCAA stripped Louisville of the title as part of sanctions for violations discovered during an escort scandal investigation. John Morgan, one of several attorneys representing the players, called the NCAA “a morally bankrupt organization” that exploits student-athletes.

Former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen entering NBA draft

South Carolina forward and former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen is entering the NBA draft. The school announced Wednesday Bowen won’t hire an agent so he could return next season. Bowen transferred to South Carolina amid a federal investigation and has never been cleared by the NCAA to play. Bowen was suspended by Louisville after news of an alleged payment of $100,000 from an Addidas representative involving the Cardinals and his father. Bowen has said he has no knowledge of the payment.

Reports: Louisville hires Xavier’s Chris Mack as Cardinals’ coach

Louisville has found its new men’s basketball coach, tapping Xavier’s Chris Mack to guide the program back to national contention after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals were linked to a federal investigation. Multiple reports say that school has hired Mack and a person familiar with the situation confirmed Mack is Louisville’s choice. Mack, 48, said in a tweet Tuesday that “this situation offered a new and unique challenge that I could not turn down.”

Louisville parts ways with David Padgett, begins search for coach

Louisville has let David Padgett go after one season as the Cardinals’ interim men’s basketball coach. Padgett went 22-14 after being elevated from second-year Louisville assistant last fall. He replaced Rick Pitino after the school placed the Hall of Fame coach on unpaid administrative leave following its acknowledgement that it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of college basketball.

QB Lamar Jackson will leave Louisville for NFL Draft

Lamar Jackson announced on Twitter that he’ll leave Louisville to enter the NFL Draft, one season after becoming the youngest Heisman Trophy winner. The Cardinals junior quarterback says he talked with family before making the decision. It was somewhat expected after improving on his 2016 Heisman-winning numbers as a sophomore.

Louisville says freshman Brian Bowen will not play for Cardinals

Louisville says freshman forward Brian Bowen will not play for the school and the Cardinals have parted ways with assistant coach Kenny Johnson. The 6-foot-7 Bowen signed with the Cardinals in June but has been held out of practice and games since the school announced it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of bribery in college basketball. Johnson had been on paid administrative leave before Wednesday’s announcement.