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Babies imitating birds with teeth. Tale as old as time.

—Spread check: Miami by 4.5.

—Dan Dakich said some stuff today.

—U of L is now planning to use a search firm to hire its permanent athletic director. Interim president Greg Postel says that despite everyone assuming Vince Tyra has the inside track to the gig, that isn’t the case.

—Nice to see the U of L managers bounce back after their first L of the season.

—The Vikings are likely to put their faith in Teddy Bridgewater in 2018.

—The public spoke yesterday and shifted the opening Heisman Trophy betting lines significantly.

Odds to Win the 2018 Heisman Trophy

Player 1/23/18 Current Odds (1/24/18)

J.K. Dobbins (RB Ohio State) 12/1 6/1

Jonathan Taylor (RB Wisconsin) 8/1 6/1

Bryce Love (RB Stanford) 7/1 7/1

Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama) 10/1 7/1

Jake Fromm (QB Georgia) 12/1 12/1

Khalil Tate (QB Arizona) 9/1 14/1

Will Grier (QB West Virginia) 12/1 16/1

Jarrett Stidham (QB Auburn) 12/1 16/1

Kelly Bryant (QB Clemson) 15/1 18/1

Justin Herbert (QB Oregon) 15/1 18/1

Trace McSorley (QB Penn State) 18/1 20/1

Cam Akers (RB Florida State) 22/1 25/1

Rodney Anderson (RB Oklahoma) 25/1 25/1

Jake Browning (QB Washington) 22/1 25/1

Ryan Finley (QB NC State) 25/1 25/1

Drew Lock (QB Missouri) Off the Board 25/1

McKenzie Milton (QB UCF) 18/1 25/1

Travis Etienne (RB Clemson) 35/1 35/1

Nick Fitzgerald (QB Mississippi State) 35/1 35/1

D’Andre Swift (RB Georgia) 35/1 35/1

Brandon Winbush (QB Notre Dame) 35/1 35/1

David Sills (WR West Virginia) 45/1 45/1

Ed Oliver (DL Houston) 55/1 66/1

Nick Bosa (DL Ohio State) 75/1 75/1

—Does John Calipari actually know what socialism is? Deadspin investigates.

—Florida State QB Deondre Francois is being investigated for a domestic violence incident.

—Biggest shot of the damn game, dude.

It went in, by the way.

—Good story here on Tim Schnellenberger, Howard’s son, who successfully battled addiction and is now trying to help others.

The Schnellenbergers know all too well how much everyone is impacted by an addict’s disease.

“This is a family disease. Everyone is affected emotionally and financially. My parents had to pay a fortune — literally, millions — because of my addiction and Stephen’s addiction,” says Tim.

“We didn’t realize we were doing it, but we enabled Stephen and Tim when they were younger,” recalls Beverlee. “Through our foundation, we hope to help not only the addict get better, but also the family. Relatives may not understand how their enabling contributes to their own suffering — and prevents the addict from truly recovering.”

“We have been blessed by good health, strength and the ability to coach football,” says Howard, of a career that spanned more than 50 years and included Super Bowl victories with the Miami Dolphins, a national championship at the University of Miami and the creation of the Florida Atlantic University football program. “The foundation is a great place to invest and put our name behind a cause we believe in.”

Tim says as challenging as his own recovery was, “I was shocked and felt so powerless when my brother struggled with addiction. We based the Recovery Boot Camp weekend family program on what my parents learned when they attended a similar program many years ago.”

—Chris Holtmann says a change in the NCAA transfer rule is “inevitable.”

—Lamar Jackson had to deal with a higher drop rate than just about any of the other high-profile quarterbacks this past season.

—The U of L women take on Miami tomorrow at ... 11 a.m.? That’s dumb, but here’s a preview.

—This is probably my favorite tweet of 2018 so far.

—Athlon says the game Lamar Jackson played against Boston College was the eighth-most impressive individual effort of the 2017 season.

8. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson at Boston College — Oct. 14

Realistically, most of Jackson’s 2017 could have made this countdown. The Louisville quarterback may not have had any one contest in the past season as memorable as his decimation of Florida State in 2016, or the record-setting showing he had at Syracuse on the way to the Heisman Trophy.

But in 2017, Jackson was more consistent, and the result was a slew of impressive, individual efforts. The loss at Boston College was a snapshot of Louisville’s season, with Jackson providing heroics on offense — a season-high 180 rushing yards with three touchdowns and another two scores via the pass — but the Cardinals’ defense struggling on the other end.

—Here’s the official U of L preview for tonight’s game at Miami.

—Barrett’s on board.

—Jeff Greer has a good look at how David Padgett has improved on the fly this year.

—And finally, I ended yesterday’s N&N my saying that my thoughts were with everyone affected by the tragedy at Marshall County High School. I didn’t realize at the time that one of the two 15-year-olds who lost their lives, Bailey Holt, was a U of L fan who had been featured on this site before. Her father, Jasen, reached out to me today and let me know that Bailey is going to be buried in a U of L shirt.

I can’t begin to imagine what the Holt family and all the other families are going through right now, but it is a nice reminder for all of us to appreciate the loved ones we have who are still breathing. Give those people a hug tonight if you can.

Go Cards. Beat Miami.