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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Here's Meredith and Kendall at the Grand Canyon paying homage to Louisville's triumph over Dan Majerle's team.

I_medium Louisville football would have been a No. 11 seed taking on Navy in the first round if college football had a tournament like its basketball counterpart.

I_medium "Relentless" Cortnee Walton will play through the pain for U of L this March.

I_medium Jim Boeheim took an interesting stance after his team lost to Pitt in the ACC second round on Wednesday, saying the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee should take into account what Syracuse went through last year and that their record is due in part to the 4-5 stretch the Orange went through when Boeheim was suspended.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he didn't know how the NCAA tournament selection committee would judge his team, but he said he believed his suspension should be considered because the Orange "already have been punished enough."

"The basketball committee is not the infractions committee,'' Boeheim said after Syracuse lost to Pittsburgh 72-71 in the second round of the ACC tournament. "Their job is to pick the best teams for the tournament. These guys had nothing to do with any of this and should be evaluated on how well they played. They've been punished enough.''

The Orange went 4-5 during Boeheim's nine-game suspension for NCAA violations and 15-8 since he returned to the bench. Syracuse's worst two losses on its NCAA résumé -- against Georgetown and St. John's -- both came when associate head coach Mike Hopkins was in charge. The Orange's best two wins, against Texas A&M and Duke, were while Boeheim was on the bench.

If "suffering" is a factor in seeding, Cards should be a top line lock for 2017.

I_medium If basketball doesn't work out, Damion Leee will have no hesitation about pursuing a career in music.

I_medium These numbers seem good.

I_medium If you missed it last night, Russ Smith's dedication post to Rick Pitino is the thing most worth your time today.

I_medium Speaking of Russ, there is no price to play golf with him that you shouldn't pay.

I_medium Louisville soccer preseason is in full swing after last night's exhibition match with Louisville City FC.

I_medium Scotty Davenport and Bellarmine begin their run at a national championship Saturday afternoon at 3:30 against Ferris State. The Knights are the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region.

I_medium The Bellarmine women ended their most successful season in program history with a 69-58 loss to Saginaw Valley in their big dance opener this afternoon.

I_medium These are fresh.

First pitch is at 2:30.

I_medium Soon-to-be millionaire Sheldon Rankins talks about his Pro Day experience.

I_medium Due to weather concerns this weekend, the Louisville baseball team will be opening ACC play with a doubleheader today against visiting Notre Dame. First game starts at 3 over at Jim Patterson.

I_medium The 4th-ranked and unbeaten Cardinal lacrosse team will hit the road to face No. 20 Duke Saturday afternoon.

I_medium Jim Crews, whose Saint Louis teams faced Louisville in the 2014 NCAA Tournament as well as this past November in Brooklyn, got the boot on Thursday. So did Eddie Jordan at Rutgers and another old AAC friend, Donnie Jones at Central Florida.

I_medium Probably the coolest video of March so far from Michigan's win over Indiana.

I will also use this space to remind you that no team has ever lost its conference tournament opener and gone on to win the national title.

I_medium SB Nation's latest NBA Mock Draft does not have Ben Simmons at No. 1, and also does not have a Louisville player in the first round.

I_medium Bilal's back, bitches.

I_medium A freshman who averaged 5.0 ppg for a 4-25 Southeast Missouri State team has declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Seems well thought out.

I_medium Mike Brey kind of owns Coach K and the rest of Tobacco Road.

I_medium With Winthrop, South Florida and Georgia State all going down, Zach Price, Angel Nunez and Kevin Ware have played their final college games.

I_medium And finally, we'll be talking more conference tournament madness and interview both Todd Grantham and James Burgess on this afternoon's Ramsey & Rutherford. Listen live on 93.9 from 3-6.