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The tears continue.

—Spread check: Florida State by 7.

—Congrats to Chad Green, who last night became the first former Cardinal pitcher to pick up an MLB postseason win.

—Sports Illustrated’s legal expert breaks down the upcoming battle between Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville.

As explained above, Pitino has clear incentives to blame others at Louisville for corruption related to the men’s basketball program. This is most obviously true in regards to the criminal prosecutions, which Pitino wants no part of, but it is also true when considering his contract dispute.

Therein presents a real risk for Louisville and its officials. If Pitino “goes nuclear” on the university, there is no telling what kinds of emails, texts, documents and other correspondences with Louisville officials that Pitino might share in court or with media. The Justice Department would certainly be interested in obtaining those materials, which could lead to additional charges or at least evidence to prosecute existing charges.

Pitino, then, may have substantial leverage over Louisville. If that proves true, expect the university to eventually reach a financial settlement with Pitino. In it, Pitino would be paid a significant portion on the remainder of the $44 million. In exchange, Pitino would relinquish any legal claims he may have against the school and its officials. Both sides would also sign non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses that prevent badmouthing of the other.

The college sports corruption scandal will likely take many twists in the months and years ahead. It is just as likely that Rick Pitino—and any knowledge he shares with prosecutors and the public—will play a central role in it.


—No Louisville players (including Lamar Jackson) were named first or second team midseason All-Americans by the Associated Press. Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph are the two quarterbacks.

—Seedy K’s pigskin prognostications are back for week eight.

—Spoiler: Donovan Mitchell is No. 1.

—The Comeback says Louisville is wasting what is likely Lamar Jackson’s final season with poor defense and poor coaching.

If Petrino doesn’t turn this around, it will go down as his greatest failure. Yes, even worse than his 2007 stint with the Atlanta Falcons when he resigned with three games left and a 3-10 record. At least then, he could say that he never got to coach Michael Vick, who wound up in jail for the dog-fighting scandal.

In college, with the exception of his first year at Arkansas when the Razorbacks went 5-7, Petrino has won at least eight games every season. This year, it’s going to be a challenge just to get to the six victories necessary to become bowl eligible.

Petrino is feeling heat for the first time ever at Louisville. He established himself as a coaching superstar in his first stop with the Cardinals when he went 41-9 from 2003-2006. His second act hasn’t been as successful, 30-16 since returning to the school in 2014. In fairness, Louisville’s conference competition is tougher now that it’s in the ACC versus Conference USA and the Big East.

Still, Petrino is compensated handsomely – $4.3 million per year – to find solutions and make Louisville a Top 25 program. He got plenty of credit for developing Jackson into the school’s only Heisman Trophy award winner. He should get blame for not surrounding Jackson with enough talent and support now.

—Scout’s Michael McCammon says the removal of Tom Jurich has created a fractured Louisville fan base and an unknown future.

—Shockingly, Mississippi State is the preseason pick to win the SEC this year. I’m just kidding, it’s Kentucky.

—This is guaranteed to be interesting.

—Central Florida’s new roller coaster court design is real and spectacular.

—ESPN’s Jeff Borzello spent some time with interim head coach David Padgett who, contrary to other reports, has not moved into Rick Pitino’s old office.

Even with the loss of Pitino -- and the suspension of incoming five-star freshman Brian Bowen, a situation that Padgett said is "out of my hands" -- the Cardinals are still a top-25 team and one that might have diminished expectations with the recent news.

"That's kind of the thing that went overlooked for a little while, just because of everything else that was going on, but we have a very good team," Padgett said. "We have some talent. We shoot the ball very well, we're athletic, we're long, we've got tall guards. It's just a matter of me not screwing it up, first of all. But I think we have a chance to have a very good year."

Double-figure scorers Quentin Snider and Deng Adel are both back, while senior Anas Mahmoud also returns. Padgett was particularly excited about the development of junior forward Ray Spalding and sophomore wing V.J. King.

"I think they're such a close-knit group," Padgett said. "They all want to play for each other. They all seem to be supportive of me. They want to just enjoy this year of college basketball. You only get four years to play."

—You’ll need a subscription to read the preview, but Louisville is No. 13 on The Athletic’s preseason countdown.

—Donovan Mitchell’s top 10 dunks at Louisville are a nice diversion.

—Pete Thamel profiles Christian Dawkins, the 'sloppy and reckless' prodigy at heart of college hoops scandal.

—Mallory Comerford has been named ACC Swimmer of the Week.

—I’m starting to think that Georgia Tech is just a campus full of thousands of Pastners.

—WAVE-3 takes an inside look at new Louisville prep school Aspire Academy.

—The U of L men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 1-0 overtime road win over Charlotte Wednesday night. Here’s video of the game-winner from redshirt freshman Liam Bennett:

—Denny Crum will be signing locally produced Hex Head Metal Art at the A Taste of Kentucky store in St. Matthews on November 4th.

—Oh, man. This hurts.

At least we’re guaranteed to not finish the football season with one win like that ‘97 squad did.

—Deng Adel is one of 21 players on the preseason watch list for the Julius Erving Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top small forward.

—And finally, R&R will be on from 3-6 this afternoon on 790-KRD breaking down the Tom Jurich decision and all the other madness that is continuing to unfold on Floyd Street.