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I_medium Unbeknownst to me, there was apparently a bit of a kerfuffle here in the comments last week over a Tweet The Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer sent out regarding Shaqquan Aaron and a postgame quote from Rick Pitino.

Jeff would like to talk to y'all for a second:

It came to my attention on Saturday that some CC readers were upset about a  tweet I sent out after Wednesday's U of L-Syracuse game. The tweet quoted Rick  Pitino about Shaqquan Aaron, but in my haste to post it during the press conference, I left quotation marks around the entire exchange, and the tweet  wasn't fully accurate. That was a dumb move on my part, and I apologize to you  guys for making such a silly mistake. As you guys know, those pressers move fast  and they're usually entertaining, and I just moved too quickly in sending it  out, something I usually work really hard to avoid.

I go to probably 3-5 press conferences a week during football and basketball  season. I live-tweet all of them. But I never include someone's quotes in my  stories, print or online, until I've listened back to the tape and gotten it 100-percent accurate. And, to make sure I wasn't crazy, I looked back over a few  of my live-tweeted pressers in recent weeks, and I'm confident I have a  99-percent accuracy rate. It should be 100, but I'm human, and on Wednesday, that was obvious. I sincerely apologize to anyone I offended, and I can assure  you that I won't make such a dumb mistake again.

Jeff is a really good guy who is really good at his job, and here he is feeling really bad about letting you down.

Bob Knight couldn't be mad at that face.

I_medium Chris Jones says that he is actually not going to Houston to seek help for anger management, which is disappointing.

I_medium A huge game tonight as far as the race for the ACC's fourth double bye is concerned, with North Carolina hosting NC State at 8 p.m.

Here's your full ACC lineup for Tuesday night:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV RESOURCES
8:00 PM NC State at #15 North Carolina ESPN 3 PreviewTickets
8:00 PM Syracuse at #9 Notre Dame ESPN 3 PreviewTickets
9:00 PM Boston College at Pittsburgh
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I_medium Five-star class of 2016 small forward Tyus Battle has reportedly narrowed his list of potential college destinations to Connecticut, Duke, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Syracuse. His father says Battle's current plan is to visit U of L in mid-March.

I_medium NBD.

I_medium After Monday night's loss to the Cards, the folks over at From the Rumble Seat are wondering what could save Brian Gregory's job at this point.

I_medium The AJC's Ken Sugiura discusses his 3 biggest takeaways from Louisville's win over the Jackets.

3. This will go down as one of the strangest seasons in Tech basketball history. Monday's game may have been the topper.

Tech is 1-9 against RPI top-50 teams, the lone win over Georgia in the season opener. The Jackets led in overtime against No. 48 N.C. State, led at No. 27 Notre Dame with 19 seconds left in regulation, were down by one to the Irish with one minute left, were tied with 24 seconds left against No. 17 Louisville (after being up by 13 8 ½ minutes earlier) and were down three with one minute left at No. 37 Pittsburgh. And they lost all five.

It's difficult to fathom.

I_medium Keith Olbermann got into another feud with another college fan base this week, and wound up getting himself suspended by ESPN.

I_medium Before landing at Louisville, Gerald Christian says he was hoping to transfer from Florida to Florida State. Unsurprisingly, that move was not allowed.

I_medium From Harrison White (with a little help from Rick Pitino), your new favorite spirit for March:

I_medium Yahoo's Jeff Eisenberg discusses Louisville's status as a trendy pick to be upset in March.

I_medium Like DeVante Parker before him, Lorenzo Mualdin has signed with adidas.

I_medium Louisville fans finally got to hear Michael Dyer talk for the first time last week, and the former Cardinal running back said that he still thinks all the time about the way his career ended at Auburn, and that he wasn't especially upset about having to miss the 2014 Belk Bowl.

I_medium The 12th-ranked Louisville baseball team will be making its home debut (in 26 degree weather) today against 0-6 Butler.

I_medium If you enjoy jazz and the University of Louisville, your weekend has arrived.

In honor of the fact that brothers Derrick Gardner and Vincent Gardner will be the main act for this year's Jazz Fest, Yelp Gets Schooled At UofL will host a private pre-show reception in the theme of another jazz and blues loving pair of brothers.

But instead of going "Blues," we'll go with our favorite color instead: red! 

At this event, guests will be treated to the private reception that will be catered with light bites from Varanese and include other activities. UofL jazz department faculty will be on hand to give an insider's look at the concert. 

And then at 8 p.m., we'll attend a performance by Derrick and Vincent Gardner in Comstock Hall. Derrick Gardner, a trumpet player who's played in the Count Basie band and with Harry Connick Jr. among many others and leads the Jazz Prophets, and his brother Vincent, lead trombonist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, cap their master classes for UofL jazz students with a show featuring the UofL Faculty Jazz Ensemble and selected students.

Yelpers pay the $15 general admission to the concert, but they can take advantage of a special deal: Get $5 off a two-day pass through this promotion (so $25 instead of $30). 

And after the concert, guests will have the option to head to Griff's, the restaurant by campus recently opened by Louisville basketball legend Darrell Griffith, for some after-concert shenanigans.

***VERY IMPORTANT***

To RSVP, you must have a Yelp profile -- It's free and super fast to set up! -- with a real name and real photo. (You can sign up for Yelp here: yelp.com/signup.)

This event is 21+. And you can RSVP with one guest but you must provide his/her name when you RSVP.

I_medium U of L's Kelsi Worrell gave Swimming World Magazine's Performance of the Week by posting the third-fastest 100-yard butterfly in the history of the NCAA.

I_medium The story of former Kentucky player Daniel Orton getting thrown out of a Filipino professional league for (accurately) saying Manny Pacquiao isn't good at basketball is incredible.

I_medium ESPN discusses Louisville's next step and other college basketball notes.

I_medium "We don't panic at Louisville."

I_medium Montrezl Harrell has been nominated for the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week. You can vote for him here.

I_medium Pat Forde says that Monday night's performance gave the college hoops world no sign that the Cards will be anything more than an afterthought without Chris Jones.

I_medium ESPN's David Hale says Devonte Fields is the 16th-most intriguing player in the ACC for the 2015 season.

16. Devonte Fields

Role: Defensive end, Louisville 

Intrigue: There's little doubt about Fields' talent. He recorded 10 sacks in 2012 and was named the Big 12's defensive freshman of the year. But an arrest on domestic assault charges led to a dismissal from the school, and he spent last season playing for Trinity Valley Junior College. Fields certainly isn't the first troubled transfer Louisville has taken a chance on, but he might be the most high profile at this point. 

Potential impact: Bobby Petrino has asked for plenty of second chances in his own life, so it's no surprise that he's been willing to give some to his players, too. Time will tell whether Fields has learned from his past mistakes, but if he can stay out of trouble, he could be an instant impact playmaker as an outside rusher, filling in for the departed Lorenzo Mauldin.

I_medium Sports Illustrated's Brendan Prunty says not losing was the only positive thing that happened to Louisville on Monday.

I_medium I was unfamiliar with the "Brackets 4 Good" contest until recently, but it's a fantastic idea.

Think of the annual, 64-team college basketball tournament, but replace the teams with nonprofit organizations.

Now, instead of scoring baskets, in our tournament points are scored by donating online at bracketsforgood.org ($1 = 1 point). Also, instead of 40 minute games, our rounds are up to a week long and the nonprofit that wins the championship round will receive up to a $10,000 grand prize donation in addition to the money they raised each round

I_medium Here's a look at the numerous amount of mock drafts that have DeVante Parker going to the Vikings.

I_medium And finally, Louisville swimmer Tanja Kylliainen's thoughts on bringing home U of L's first ACC championship: "It's so cool."