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The Burnetts spend one of summer's final days representing the Cards on Mackinac Island in Michigan.

I_medium The other major takeaway from Rick Pitino's post earlier today is that Louisville will apparently be playing 10 junior varsity games this season. If you don't think I'm not going to be overly invested in those JV games, you don't read enough Chron.

I_medium The ACC Digital Network kicks off its countdown of the top 25 players to watch in 2015 with James Quick at No. 25.

I_medium CCBM art is so hot this summer.

I_medium Here's your full tip-off marathon schedule for 2015 (rankings are ESPN's):

Monday, Nov. 16

7:30 p.m.: No. 4 Virginia at George Washington ESPN2
9:00 p.m.: Kennesaw State at LSU ESPNU
9:30 p.m.: San Diego State at #13 Utah ESPN2
11:30 p.m.: #17 Baylor at Oregon ESPN2

Tuesday, Nov. 17

1:45 a.m.: BYU at Long Beach State ESPN2
4:00 a.m.: Nevada at Hawaii ESPN2
6:00 a.m.: Green Bay at East Tennessee State ESPN2
8:00 a.m.: Stephen F. Austin at Northern Iowa ESPN2
10:00 a.m.: Valparaiso at Rhode Island ESPN2
1:00 p.m.: Alabama at Dayton ESPN
3:00 p.m.: Colorado at Auburn ESPN
5:00 p.m.: #8 Oklahoma at Memphis ESPN
7:30 p.m.: #3 Kentucky vs.  #6 Duke (Chicago) ESPN
9:00 p.m.: Georgetown at #1 Maryland ESPN2
10:00 p.m.: #5 Kansas vs. #19 Michigan State (Chicago) ESPN

I_medium Leadership and ball security are the two biggest items on James Quick's to-do sheet when it comes to living up to his five-star status this season.

"Basically it's one of those things where you have to lead by example and make sure that those (younger) guys follow you, so you have to go hard every play," Quick said. "Every rep in every drill you've got to go at full speed so that they follow and match your speed."

A focus for Quick in practice has been to shore up his ball security. He's had an occasional problem of not fully looking the ball in and tucking it at his side before he starts to dart up field, and it's led to drops. He admitted that it happened a few times just last week, though he's improving overall.

Petrino explained that Quick and the receivers go through one drill in which every time they catch the ball they must tuck it, look at it and yell out if they saw "words," as in the brand name on the pigskin, or "blanks," if it was the other side up. If a player doesn't know the answer, it means he didn't look the ball into its tuck closely enough. Quick said it's a daily process trying to break that occasional bad habit.

"His whole problem sometimes has been that he's so fast that he wants to continue to run before he gets the ball," Thomas said. "But I think he's made a conscious effort this summer at that, and he's done a great job. Here's a guy who loves to practice, goes 100 percent and never complains. He's a joy to coach."

I_medium JaQuay Savage is back at practice and says he's 100 percent after missing the start of fall camp with a minor injury.

I_medium Former Cardinal and Auburn Tiger Zeke Pike's latest run of trouble has resulted in him being arrested and kicked off the Murray State football team.

Zeke Pike, a transfer from the University of Louisville, was released from the Murray State football team this week for being arrested and on a violation of team rules according to Head Coach Mitch Stewart.

Pike was announced as a transfer from the University of Louisville and previously Auburn where he was a five-star recruit as quarterback for the Tigers.

"Right now basically it is more important for Zeke Pike to take care of Zeke Pike rather than worry about football related items and give him the option to work on that," Stewart said. "He can now step away and take care of himself without worrying about football."

Here's hoping Zeke gets whatever help he needs.

I_medium The Ironman Triathlon is staying in Louisville for another five years.

I_medium Same here, young lady.

I_medium We had some Soundcloud issues, but the podcast of yesterday's show is now available.

I_medium Steve Jones has a practice report from earlier today.

I_medium 'Sup, OSU?

I_medium Indiana has inked a new deal with adidas.

I_medium Kentucky football is legitimately scheduling the worst teams it can find.

To which only one reply seems appropriate: Hang on, buddy, if you think this season's UK non-league football slate is weak, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Coming soon to future Kentucky Wildcats football schedules are:

Austin Peay. Over the past three seasons, the Governors are 3-32 in football.

Southern Mississippi. Over the past three seasons, the Golden Eagles are 4-32 in football.

New Mexico State. Over the past three seasons, the Aggies are 5-31 in football.

Eastern Michigan. Over the past three seasons, the Eagles are 6-30 in football.

At UK, the hard reality has long been that a soft non-SEC football schedule — other than intrastate rival Louisville — is a necessity. Yet Kentucky's recent flurry of scheduled cupcakes for future seasons is perhaps a little too much of an understandable thing, no?

I_medium Sports Illustrated is still in the midst of its tournament to determine the best NCAA Tournament Cinderella of all-time, and as CD Kaplan pointed out in an email, the 1959 Louisville Cardinals may have warranted inclusion in that field. The Cards finished the regular season 16-10 as an independent, beat Eastern Kentucky in the first round before upsetting No. 2 Kentucky and No. 7 Michigan State in Evanston to make it to the Final Four. They ultimately ran out of gas, losing to Oscar Robertson and Jerry West in Freedom Hall.

I_medium Wazzou probably deserves more of a reputation.

I_medium College athlete unionization is dead, at least for now.

I_medium Your non-U of L read of the day is this GQ piece on Stephen Colbert, which is terrific.

I_medium TJ Thieneman, Michael Brown and Kara Casey are already tailgating in Orlando for Louisville/Alabama in 2018.

I_medium Awful news out of Akron, where former Cardinal WR Michaelee Harris tore his achilles in his very first practice with the Zips. The young man could just never catch a break.

I_medium The U of L men's soccer team will continue its preseason schedule tonight with the second of its three exhibition games. The Cards will face UAB at 7:30 inside Lynn Stadium.

I_medium And finally, Ramsey & Rutherford is back from 3-6 this afternoon on 93.9 The Ville. We'll talk all of today's big news, take your Twitter questions, and give away some cool tickets to some cool ish. Tune in.