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Thanksgiving over + Governor’s Cup win = CCBM tree season.

—Spread check: Sun Bowl over TaxSlayer Bowl by 3.5.

—SEC Country says that Saturday showed Mark Stoops and Kentucky have a pretty serious discipline problem.

—Longtime Kentucky supporter Oscar Combs did not disagree.

—The Lexington Herald-Leader also says that while Kentucky’s play was bad, its lack of sportsmanship was even more embarrassing.

—To be fair, it’s tough to defend your guys when they’re using trash cans to try and fight their opponents on the sidelines.

Second time in four years this stuff has happened. This is who Kentucky is going to be under Mark Stoops.

—Louisville brought 74 players to Lexington on Saturday. Just three of them lingered on the field afterward longer than Lamar Jackson.

—I am loving that seeing this postgame celebration is becoming a weekly tradition.

—Here’s the full report from the team’s 2-0 win over Colgate on Sunday that sent them into the national quarterfinals.

—I know that it’s a Nike thing, but the PK80 was awesome and college basketball needs it to become an annual event.

—The ACC champion Louisville volleyball team knew it was going dancing but still got to celebrate when it became official.

The Cards will be facing Northern Iowa in the first round of the tournament.

—Ray Spalding’s junior season is off to a terrific start.

—Tom Jurich says Papa John’s surprise comments back in April were part of a set-up.

Schnatter went public with criticisms of Jurich's department at an April meeting of the University of Louisville board of trustees, saying, "You cannot fix this university until you get a handle on athletics."

"That was a setup," Jurich said in an interview with Courier Journal. "He didn’t know what he was saying. He’s probably a brilliant man — I’m not saying that (he's not). It came out of his mouth, but it didn’t come out of his mouth. That was all a script. You could put all the pieces together, all the way back to March. It all fits now."

Jurich declined to identify who might have influenced Schnatter's statements but said he did not sense a problem last year when Gov. Matt Bevin decided to overhaul a board of trustees chaired by Larry Benz, a Jurich ally, with a new group headed by David Grissom.

"Maybe that's just me being naive," he said. "I didn't know David Grissom."

—The C-J has a lengthy profile of Jurich and his legacy here. At this point it seems like media members on both sides are hellbent on continuing to hash this out until into 2018 regardless of how many times people tell them to move on.

—Tennessee fans rallying so vehemently against the hiring of Greg Schiano that the athletic department totally reversed course is fascinating.

—Life is better with a healthy Jaire Alexander.

—Marvin Bagley III should still be in high school right now. Instead he’s the most dominant player in college basketball.

—Rick Pitino says he’s living vicariously through Richard and Minnesota right now.

Rick Pitino is just a self-proclaimed basketball “cheerleader” now and says he’s “living vicariously” through his son Richard Pitino, the Minnesota coach.The elder Pitino, who was fired last month by Louisville in the wake of the FBI investigation into bribery in college basketball, sat several rows behind the Minnesota bench for the Gophers’ wild 89-84 victory over Alabama in the Barclays Center Classic that ended with Alabama playing 3-on-5.

“I’m a cheerleader so I just root for him every possession,” the elder Pitino, 65, said at halftime before Minnesota point guard Nate Mason and later the entire Alabama bench were ejected. “For me, being out of work, I’m living vicariously through him.”

The Long Island native sat surrounded by friends and family and stopped to take pictures with several fans. Asked if it was good to be home for the holidays, he said, “Yeah, it’s been great, it’s been awesome.”

—The final nominees for the Piesman Trophy — given annually to the best run, pass or catch made by a lineman — are here.

—Cards standing up for Cards.

—It appears as though Todd Grantham will be accompanying Dan Mullen to Florida, and Gator fans who spent years making fun of him during his time at Georgia are none too thrilled.

—Yet another piece on how Lamar Jackson has been better in 2017 than the season that earned him the Heisman Trophy.

—Andy Katz has Louisville at No. 23 in his Power 36 rankings.

23. Louisville

Who’s hot? Ray Spalding. Deng Adel has been the most consistent but Spalding splashed down with a monster game against St. Francis (Pa.). He scored 19 points and grabbed 13 boards. He was efficient with 8 of 10 shooting. The Cardinals are showing they are balanced and unfazed by any distractions.

What stands out? The Cardinals are remarkably offensively consistent. They’ve scored over 80 points in the last three games. Interim coach David Padgett has had the feel of a head coach from day one. He has handled this surreal situation without a hiccup.

Word association: Focused. The Cardinals have new assistants, a different lead voice in Padgett with Rick Pitino gone, and yet aren’t fading one bit. The schedule difficult will ramp up considerably this week.

Last week: Beat Southern Illinois, 84-42; Beat St. Francis (Pa.), 84-72.

Up next: at Purdue, Tuesday; vs. Seton Hall, Sunday.

—The Cards sit at No. 17 in CBS’ top 25 and one rankings.

—Louisville is No. 18 in the college football S&P rankings.

—I love Lamar Jackson.

—The powers that be in the Purdue student body are warning members of the student section to be edgy, but not too edgy with Louisville coming to town on Tuesday.

My guess is this won’t be the last time a Louisville opponent has to send an email like this.

—Adidas has asked for Rick Pitino’s lawsuit to be dismissed.

—Pretty sweet video.

—Kentucky’s band claims it wasn’t mocking Louisville with its halftime performance.

— looks at the role that freshmen have played in the success of Louisville basketball thus far.

—And finally, it’s a big show this afternoon on Ramsey & Rutherford. Athletic director Vince Tyra joins us at 3:30, defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon hops on at 5:45, and we spend most of the time in between making fun of Kentucky. Listen here.