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Thursday evening Cardinal news and notes

Many people are saying the thought of having to face Louisville in the expanded Playoff scared Nick Saban into an early retirement. Many people.

—NET Rankings Update (men’s): No. 236 (up 27!)

—NET Rankings Update (women’s): No. 20 (no change)

—The 15th-ranked Louisville women’s basketball team returns to action tonight at 6 against Pittsburgh. The ACC Network will have the television coverage for the game, which is previewed here.

—Your eyes and ears are not deceiving you, this is a Louisville men’s basketball victory video.

—Here’s the CJ write-up of last night’s upset victory in Miami.

—The Louisville athletics department closed out the 2023 fall semester in 13th place in the Learfield Directors’ Cup Division I standings released on Thursday.

—Football said goodbye to Pete Carroll, Nick Saban and Bill Belichick all in the span of about 24 hours. That’s pretty insane.

—Former Florida cornerback and Louisville transfer commitment Jalen Kimber has flipped to Penn State. Not good news on the surface, but maybe good news as it pertains to Quincy Riley’s leave or come back decision.

—Mark Stoops did not include Louisville in final coaches poll top 25 ballot.

The Cardinals were No. 18 in the final coaches poll.

—Kentucky transfer and former Male High standout Izayah Cummings is thrilled to be wrapping up his college career at Louisville.

—Sports Illustrated’s Kevin Sweeney breaks down where things went wrong for Mick Cronin and the UCLA men’s basketball program.

—The MLB network has Will Smith as the No. 2 catcher on its “Top 10 Catchers Right Now” list.

—Your most embarrassing story of the day: ESPN used fake names to secure Emmys for its “College GameDay” stars.

Since at least 2010, ESPN inserted fake names in Emmy entries, then took the awards won by some of those imaginary individuals, had them re-engraved and gave them to on-air personalities.

Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard and Samantha Ponder, among others, were given the ill-gotten Emmys, according to a source briefed on the matter, who was granted anonymity because the individual is not authorized to discuss it publicly. There is no evidence that the on-air individuals were aware the Emmys given to them were improperly obtained.

“I think it was really crummy what they did to me and others,” said Smith, who worked at ESPN from 1997 until her contract expired last July.

The fraud was discovered by NATAS, which prompted an investigation by that organization and later by ESPN. Those probes resulted in sanctions beyond the return of the trophies. While it is not known who orchestrated the scheme, Craig Lazarus, vice president and executive producer of original content and features, and Lee Fitting, a senior vice president of production who oversaw “College GameDay” and other properties, were among the ESPN employees NATAS ruled ineligible from future participation in the Emmys.

In a statement, ESPN said: “Some members of our team were clearly wrong in submitting certain names that may go back to 1997 in Emmy categories where they were not eligible for recognition or statuettes. This was a misguided attempt to recognize on-air individuals who were important members of our production team. Once current leadership was made aware, we apologized to NATAS for violating guidelines and worked closely with them to completely overhaul our submission process to safeguard against anything like this happening again.

—The Associated Press recently collected all the vote totals from every college hoops AP Poll ever published to create an all-time AP Top 25. Louisville checked in at No. 6.

—Eric Crawford wrote before the Miami game about Louisville men’s basketball fans needing to embrace the suck.

—Waxing crescent moons are my life now.

—The upcoming CFP expansion will give more teams a reason to dream.

—New NCAA president Charlie Baker said yesterday that Michigan’s football national championship was earned “fair and square.”

Louisville should put the 2013 banner back up tonight.

—Alabama students are not here for the Dabo to Tuscaloosa rumors.

—ESPN’s Bill Connelly backs up his assertion that Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach to ever do it.

—Louisville’s win in Coral Gables last night represented a Quadrant 4 loss for Miami which could tank their NCAA tournament resume.

—Mike James says that after the way Louisville played Wednesday night, the Cards have “no excuses” moving forward.

—Jordan Nwora caught one last night.

—Duke Basketball Report recaps the night that was in the ACC.

—Miami head coach Jim Larranaga did not mince words when talking about his team’s performance last night, saying “we were awful from start to finish.”

—Lamar Jackson went on Tom Brady’s podcast this week, and the respect between the two remains very high.

—Rick Bozich writes about the biggest win of the Kenny Payne era to date.

—Canes County has three takeaways from one of the worst losses of the Jim Larrnaga era to date.

Miami can’t stop teams from scoring

In three conference games in the 2024 calendar year, Miami has given up 80 or more points and is 1-2 in those contests. Although the game against Wake Forest did go into an extra period, the ability to get stops is an issue for this version of the Miami Hurricanes.

In the last three games, opponents are shooting 45 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from the three-point range. Against Louisville, Miami could not stop two players:

Mike James, who started the game scoring 16 of the Cardinals, and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, both inside and outside of the paint. The two Cardinals had 26 and 22 points apiece on 17-26 shooting combined.Huntley-Hatfield, like many bigs in the ACC, has the height advantage over

Norchad Omier (6’10” to 6’7”). Although Omier is a tremendous player and undoubtedly one of the most valuable for the Miami Hurricanes, being the sole big defender may be too much. Perhaps more minutes from a taller AJ Casey (6’9”) or a Michael Nwoko (6’10”) could relieve Omier of bearing the brunt of the paint defense. Casey played ten minutes, and Nwoko played zero minutes against Louisville.On the perimeter, Miami continues to give up big shots because of ball movement from the opponent. In the last three games, Miami lost the assist battle in its two losses (31-26) and won the assist margin in the win against Clemson (19-15). Rotating to the basketball is undoubtedly an area that needs improvement.

—New Cardinal transfer portal WR addition Antonio Meeks believes he “100 percent” belongs at Louisville.

—And finally, beat Pitt.