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Sep 9, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange fans hold up signs prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 9, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange fans hold up signs prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

A little of this, and a little of that as we try to cool off after spending almost five hours (one hour of socializing and four hours watching the game) from Syracuse University's 62-28 loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the sauna..oops, we mean the Carrier Dome on Friday night.

The Heat Is On

Earlier in the day, a media source reported that the Carrier Dome would finally get air condition as part of the renovation project. It couldn't come too soon.

The temperature outside of the Carrier Dome was 84 degrees. Inside, it had to be close to 100. Complete dead air.

Hats off to the SU Strength and Conditioning staff for getting the Syracuse players in such top conditioning in the off-season, something that is needed with the fast-paced Dino Babers offense. And certainly, it will play to the Orange's favor as the season goes on, as the team is in great shape. Not once during the game did a Syracuse player go down with cramps. >> Read more...

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Sep 9, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Traveon Samuel (1) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Syracuse Orange during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. Louisville defeated Syracuse 62-28. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 9, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Traveon Samuel (1) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Syracuse Orange during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. Louisville defeated Syracuse 62-28. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

While the program is promoting that "Orange is the new fast," the Syracuse football team showed Friday night that the phrase refers to their offensive tempo and not the overall athleticism level of the team, as #13 Louisville blew up their defense with big play after big play en route to a 62-28 rout at the Carrier Dome. The Orange (1-1, 0-1 ACC) were gouged early and often by the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0), who had 15 plays that gained at least 20 yards as they piled up 845 yards of total offense, the most ever allowed by an SU defense.

It also could have been worse for the Syracuse defense. The unit forced three turnovers to thwart Louisville drives, but were also helped by a couple handfuls of passes dropped by Cardinal receivers. >> Read more...

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Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 13 Louisville (1-0) on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 13 Louisville (1-0) on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The first game of his tenure at Syracuse is in the books, and Dino Babers has the Orange on the right track. Not getting derailed in Week 2 is another matter.

Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 13 Louisville (1-0) on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams, and the Cardinals, with versatile quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way, are certainly a big step up from FCS Colgate.

Jackson is coming off a record-setting performance in the season opener against Charlotte, a 70-14 blitz in which he only played the first half and still accounted for a stunning 405 yards and eight touchdowns.

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St. Thomas More's Christian Vital, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Queens Village, enjoyed his official visit to Louisville.

"I enjoyed everything from the coaching staff, team, facilities, and the people in the city of Louisville," he told SNY.tv. "It's a great place."

Vital decommitted from UNLV after the coaching change and recently cut his list to three schools, Louisville, UConn and Iowa. He took an official to UConn early last week, along with Brewster (N.H.) Academy big man Taurean Thompson.

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Rick Pitino says he will evaulate his future plans after the season, but that he doesn't think he "can live a day without coaching."

Louisville imposed a postseason ban and will play its last regular-season home game Tuesday night against Georgia Tech before closing out the season on Saturday at Virginia.

"I'll ask myself after the season if Louisville is a better place with Rick Pitino as coach, and if the answer is yes, I'll do what I've done for 15 years and come back and fight for a championship, and that's what I plan on doing," the embattled coach told Ian O'Connor in this ESPN.com column. "But if the time comes that I feel Louisville is better off without me, I'm without ego now. I'd recommend this job to everybody. The town is great, the AD is off-the-charts fantastic and loyal, and I have a super team coming back. But if I think Louisville will be better off without me, anything's possible."

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Rick Pitino reiterated during an interview Tuesday morning on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" that he knew nothing about the allegations at Louisville and said he will be "totally vindicated."

"In the end I think I'll be totally vindicated and people will understand how it happened," Pitino said.

Pitino also said that if Louisville AD Tom Jurich "thought for one second" that Pitino knew anything about the allegations, "I would've been gone a long time ago."

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Damion Lee's NBA Draft stock won't likely be impacted by Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban. (Michael Thomas Shroyer / USA Today)
Damion Lee's NBA Draft stock won't likely be impacted by Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban. (Michael Thomas Shroyer / USA Today)

Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban is unlikely to impact the NBA Draft stock of its top players, several experts told SNY.tv on Friday.

"Not at all," Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com told SNY.tv. "Playing in the ACC, everyone has seen them against the best competition in college basketball."

The same sentiment was echoed by one NBA executive.

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Louisville will self-impose a postseason ban. (Jamie Rhodes / USA Today)
Louisville will self-impose a postseason ban. (Jamie Rhodes / USA Today)

Louisville has announced a one-year postseason ban for its men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal in which an escort alleged that a former staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

University President James Ramsey said Friday at a news conference that an investigation by the school has revealed that some violations did occur. Ramsey said the ban is for all postseason tournaments, including the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments.

Ramsey said he received the latest results of the investigation on Thursday, but noted the review of the allegation is continuing.

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Rick Pitino said Louisville was "wronged" by Andre McGee in the sex scandal case, and that the NCAA investigation could last into July. Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Rick Pitino said Louisville was "wronged" by Andre McGee in the sex scandal case, and that the NCAA investigation could last into July. Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

Rick Pitino said Friday that Louisville was "wronged" in the school's sex scandal and that the NCAA investigation into the case may go into July.

"I believe we have been wronged," Pitino said in a long press conference the transcript of which is here. "We have been wronged. Now, did one person do some scurrilous things? I believe so. From what I know now, I believe so. The only thing I don't know, I don't know why he did it. I just, for the life of me, can't figure out - he knew better, he was taught better, by his parents and by me.

Andre McGee, the former Louisville staffer, has yet to speak publicly in the case where former Louisville escort Katina Powell says she provided strippers and prostitutes for Louisville players and recruits from 2010 to 2014.

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In the wake of heavy criticism for skipping the post-game press conference following Louisville's loss to Kentucky on Saturday at Rupp Arena, Rick Pitino issued an explanation on his Website.

"Before I release the MVP order, let me set the record straight about not doing a postgame press conference. I told Kenny Klein and Paul Rogers 24 hours before the game that it didn't matter, win or lose, I would speak to our fans through our postgame radio interview and Ralph would speak with the media. I've done the same after a victory at home. It is an ACC rule for me to do the postgame interviews for league games, but not for non-conference games.

"But let's get to the truth of why. Once every two years, it's an extremely emotional and difficult experience for me to coach in Rupp Arena. I knew that when I accepted the job at Louisville, but it's never easy. We give them credit for the victory and we hope to grow after the loss."

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis shoots during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals guard Trey Lewis at Rupp Arena. (Frank Victores/USATSI)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis shoots during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals guard Trey Lewis at Rupp Arena. (Frank Victores/USATSI)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's shortest player led the Wildcats past their biggest rival.

Point guard Tyler Ulis scored 21 points, and No. 12 Kentucky held off 16th-ranked Louisville's rally for a 75-73 win Saturday to give John Calipari his 200th victory as the Wildcats' coach.

"It was a great team performance and really a good win," Ulis said. "We played with a lot more enthusiasm from the start."

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari is calling for fans to be "classy" in the wake of the Louisville sex scandal. (David J. Phillip/AP)
Kentucky head coach John Calipari is calling for fans to be "classy" in the wake of the Louisville sex scandal. (David J. Phillip/AP)

With Louisville set to visit Kentucky on Saturday in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass, John Calipari is calling for Big Blue Nation to be classy.

"I would tell our fans, 'Enjoy the game, don't be bringing in banners, don't be bringing in posters. Don't. You don't need to do it,'" Calipari said Thursday. "I mean, let's just enjoy the basketball game. Let's be classy. We have the classiest fans. I would expect that's how they'll be in this game."

Louisville has been engulfed in the sex scandal in which Katina Powell alleged in her book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" that former Louisville staffer Andre McGee hired dancers and hookers to perform for and have sex with Louisville players and recruits. The allegations triggered multiple investigations from the NCAA and legal authorities.

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Rawle Alkins went off on Sunday at the Bluegrass Showcase in Lexington, Ky.

The 6-foot-5 Brooklyn native poured in 51 points as Word of God Academy (N.C.) beat Victory Prep (Texas), 121-101, in front of Indiana head coach Tom Crean and assistant Chuck Martin as well as Louisville assistant Mike Balado. Alkins drained six of his seven 3-pointers in the second half, when he scored 33 points.

Jarred Vanderbilt, a Class of 2017 big man, had 33 points, 23 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.

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