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The Cardinal Quarantine Kids are staying strong.

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—Following last week’s NCAA notice of allegations, former Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson has been fired at La Salle.

Major changes are coming to the NCAA’s NET ranking system in 2020-21. The NET will no longer use use winning percentage, adjusted winning percentage and scoring margin in its formula.

—This picture of a mayor in Italy giving the double bird to Mangok Mathiang mid-game makes me want to get into Italian basketball.

Should’ve been you, Travis Diener.

—Louisville senior softballer Caitlin Ferguson pens a farewell note to Card Nation.

—Brian Snow of 247 Sports ranks the best grad transfers of the 2020 college hoops offseason. Louisville’s duo of Carlik Jones and Charles Minlend come in at No. 1 and No. 13, respectively.

Name: Carlik Jones

Rank: No. 1

School: Louisville

In terms of match between player, school and need, virtually no graduate transfer found a spot more enticing than Jones. The Cincinnati native transferred from Radford, and the guard needy Cardinals were right there from day one ready to pick him up.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Jones averaged over 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game as a junior for Radford, and now he is set to enter the ACC as the top graduate transfer in the country. Look for Jones to spend time on and off the ball in college, and for him to be someone who makes an immediate impact from day. His ability to shoot and distribute should make him a big time contributor as a senior for the Cardinals.

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Name: Charles Minlend

Rank: No. 13

School: Louisville

Minlend is a bucket getter at the college level who is not afraid to attack the basket. He isn’t a great shooter, but he simply finds a way to score points. Minlend led San Francisco in scoring this past season and had some impressive showings in the WCC. Look for Minlend to battle for a starting job on a roster where his experience and scoring prowess will be welcomed with open arms.

—There is an elevated interest in LaBradford Smith after last night’s episodes of “The Last Dance.”

—Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician dives into the parallel universe where Jim Boeheim leaves Syracuse for Ohio State in 1986 and Rick Pitino takes over the program.

—Lamar Jackson’s mom is still awesome.

—Seth Davis tackles (Athletic link) the issue of what happens if the NCAA is successful in its argument that shoe company employees are boosters for the schools they work with. Spoiler: It’s not great for Louisville.

—Western Illinois Leathernecks: National champions.

—Chris Mack is still strongly pursuing five-star D.C. small forward Aminu Mohammed.

—UConn football has signed a TV deal with CBS Sports.

—A new lawsuit (Athletic link) from Zion Williamson’s former marketing agent is asking him and his family to members to admit that they received extra benefits in exchange for Zion attending Duke.

The document is a prelude to depositions that could occur as soon as later this month and could, according to lawyers for marketing agent Gina Ford, include Williamson as well as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

In the Plaintiff’s Notice of Propounding First Set of Interrogatories, attorneys for Ford, a Miami-based commercial agent, ask the New Orleans Pelicans star:

• Who owned the house at which Sharonda Sampson and Lee Anderson (your mother and step-father, respectively) lived during the time that you attended Duke?

• Fully state all facts that show how Sharonda Sampson and Lee Anderson … found and paid for the house in which they lived during the time that you attended Duke.

• Identify by landlord name, address, telephone number, and monthly rental rate, the property that you and your family lived in during your attendance of Duke University.

• Before attending Duke University did you, or anyone acting on your behalf, including, but not limited to, Sharonda Sampson, Lee Anderson, Sharonda Sampson Consulting, or any other person or intermediary) directly or indirectly (through persons on your behalf) accept money, benefits, favors or other things of value to induce or incentivize you to select Duke University as your college for undergraduate study?

• Before attending Duke University did you, or anyone acting on your behalf, including, but not limited to, Sharonda Sampson, Lee Anderson, Sharonda Sampson Consulting, or any other person or intermediary) directly or indirectly (through persons on your behalf) accept money, benefits, favors or other things of value to induce or incentivize you to use and/or wear Nike tennis shoes and other products?

• Before attending Duke University did you, or anyone acting on your behalf, including, but not limited to, Sharonda Sampson, Lee Anderson, Sharonda Sampson Consulting, or any other person or intermediary) directly or indirectly (through persons on your behalf) accept money, benefits, favors or other things of value to induce or incentivize you to use and/or wear Adidas tennis shoes and other products?

Expect this to be settled before anything too juicy comes out of it.

—Rick Bozich wonders if the NCAA will ever get involved with Zion/Duke. I feel quite confident in answering that question for Rick.

—Major League Baseball owners have OK’d a proposal that could lead to the delayed 2020 season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans.

—It’s impossible to watch this without losing it.

RIP, Jerry Stiller.

—Louisville is in the final 10 for three-star class of 2021 wide receiver Jaedon Wilson from Dallas.

—The Indianapolis Star dives into the strange dynamic of the NCAA investigating Louisville while Rick Pitino coaches at Iona.

—The official logo for the 2021 Final Four in Indianapolis has been released.

—Class of 2022 guard Rodney Rice out of Maryland has received a scholarship offer from Chris Mack.

—KFC Yum Center arena officials expect to make the building’s debt payments this year. After that, the arena’s financial picture is uncertain.

—Dad/daughter goals:

—Cardinal offensive lineman Cam DeGeorge is ranked by 247 Sports as the 57th-best overall transfer in college football for 2020.

—And finally, new Cardinal commit Benjamin Perry discusses what he loves about Louisville.