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Tyler Sabo's celebrating the Cards' No. 2 overall seed from Hofbräuhaus München.

I_medium If you missed it earlier, Kyle Funkhouser will get the ball for game one of the Louisville regional on Friday.

I_medium I wouldn't get too worked up over the reports of Texas targeting Dan McDonnell.

I_medium Las Vegas sports book South Point has set Louisville football's over/under win total for 2016 at nine.

I_medium Romeo Langford continues to be unreal.

I_medium ESPN's regional hosts graphic was not accurate.

They actually didn't even make the tournament.

I_medium Good news from the world of track and field, where Louisville's Emmonnie Henderson and Ben Williams both qualified for the NCAA Championships on the final day of competition at the NCAA East Preliminaries on Saturday. Henderson advanced in the shot put, while Williams advanced in the triple jump.

I_medium Louisville's offensive line is one of the five biggest wildcards in the ACC's Atlantic Division.

Louisville's offensive line

It's a bit of a cheat to include the entire line, but the truth is that Louisville's hopes of winning the Atlantic rest almost entirely on the backs of the big boys up front. Last year's unit was dreadful. Louisville's running backs finished 10th in the ACC in yards before contact, and only Boston College allowed a higher rate of pressure on its quarterbacks. Still, it was a young unit, and both starting tackles this season -- Geron Christian and Kenny Thomas -- will be true sophomores who got crucial experience in 2015. Will that year of growing pains produce a better unit this season? If it does, the Cardinals could challenge Florida State and Clemson for the division.

I_medium Verne Lundquist is stepping down from being the voice of the SEC on CBS after the 2016 season. He will be replaced by Brad Nessler.

(Verne voice) Oh. Dear.

I_medium The Game of Thrones scorecard is sometimes a day late, but never disappointing.

I_medium Calvin Pryor expects himself to take a giant step forward in 2016.

"I know I'm one hell of a player when my mind is right and I'm focused and I'm locked in, and I have guys around me that believe in me," Pryor said. "I like to shine in the brightest moments. That's something I'm not going to shy away from. I think with Year 3, I can only get better."

Pryor bloomed at strong safety last year, generating a trio of turnovers after zero picks as a rookie. He wasn't afraid to confront receivers, either, logging six passes defensed while shining down the stretch.

"I believe in my ability to do great things, as well as make the Pro Bowl and being an All-Pro," Pryor said. "That's some of the things I have on my list, but at the same time, I have to put in the work for it. And once the season rolls around, I've got to play like it."

I_medium The Vikings have waived B.J. Dubose following his ACL tear last week. He could rejoin the team in injured reserve if he's not claimed off waivers.

I_medium Former five-star recruit Malik Newman isn't going to the NBA Draft, but he also isn't going back to Mississippi State. The reason? According to his dad, it's because Malik doesn't trust Ben Howland.

Malik Newman will transfer from Mississippi State, his father told the Clarion-Ledger on Monday.

The decision comes less than a week after Newman opted to return to school for his sophomore season rather than enter the NBA draft. Sources told The Clarion-Ledger that the former McDonald's All-American was considering transferring after second round projections dashed his one-and-done NBA dreams.

The considerations and eventual decision to play elsewhere evolved from trust issues between MSU coach Ben Howland. The family told the team on Sunday.

"I think it was a trust issue. I don't think that Malik trusted Ben. Not saying he's a bad coach or anything to that nature. We'd be crazy to say that he's a terrible coach," Horatio Webster told the Clarion-Ledger. "But he wasn't the coach for Malik. I don't think Ben trusted Malik so I think the feeling was mutual. I don't think they trusted each other."

Howland didn't answer when asked for comment.

I_medium The ACC Digital Network has a highlight video of the best moments from the ACC Tournament ... if you're into that sort of thing .. which you shouldn't be.

I_medium Purdue, which will face Louisville at the Yum Center on Nov. 30, will represent the United States this summer at the World University Games. Kansas did the same thing last year and won gold.

I_medium The latest mock draft from CBS does not have Chinanu Onuaku going in the first round.

I_medium I enjoy these Yelp reviews of newborn babies.

I_medium A team of Pac-12 all-stars will tour Australia in July, which is sort of a strange deal to me, but whatever.

I_medium Louisville lacrosse All-American Kay Morissette was one of seven college seniors selected this week to play in the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX). Morissette was selected by the Philadelphia Force and is eligible to play immediately. The inaugural season kickoff was last weekend.

I_medium This 92-year-old World War II vet who threw out the first pitch at the Mariners game yesterday is awesome.

I_medium Seth Dawkins is about to get his Teddy Bridgewater on.

I_medium Should Trevor Cooney be Syracuse's next athletic director? He has my vote.

I_medium Chinanu Onuaku is at No. 40 and Damion Lee at No. 64 on CBS' latest NBA Draft big board.

I_medium Even if you're a bigger fan of the college game (which I assume the vast majority of you are), the Warriors/Thunder series was pretty fantastic.

I_medium Big things are expected from DeVante Parker in his second season with the Dolphins.

"I'm not injured," Parker said Thursday per The Miami Herald. "I'm healthy this year. I just have to come out and stay healthy and come out and make plays."

Parker added "(the injuries) put me behind a lot."

Though once Parker returned, Rishard Matthews eclipsed him on the depth chart, the then rookie tallied 22 receptions for 445 yards, averaging 20.2 yards per catch over the final six games of the season.

Dolphins signal-caller Ryan Tannehill is excited to see a healthy Parker maximize his potential come this fall.

"I expect big things out of him. I'm expecting him to be a heck of a football player, a guy that other teams fear, because he can make big plays down the field, inside," Tannehill said. "He's a big-bodied guy. He's a guy we're going to want to use in the red zone, on third downs and to stretch the field as well."

I_medium In a subject that is becoming increasingly pertinent to Louisville fans, adidas appears to be gaining ground on Nike.

I_medium U of L QB commit Malik Cunningham says he's expecting an offer from Oregon soon.

I_medium Your "Hey Teddy" remix is here.

I_medium ESPN's Matt Fortuna says that if the ACC wanted more balance, it would move Louisville to the Coastal Division, which has been a popular move since before the Cards even joined the conference.

I_medium Good story from Mid-Major Madness about how Illinois State is moving forward after a very rough year both on and off the court.

I_medium Eleven Warriors talks about Ohio State coming to town for the Louisville regional.

I_medium Dez Fitzpatrick is officially on campus.

I_medium It appears as though Damion Lee recently worked out for the Phoenix Suns.

I_medium And finally, R&R is back with plenty to talk about from 3-6 today. John brings up the gorilla incident against my wishes or I give everyone who reads this five bucks. Listen here.