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  • Louisville newspaper depicts John Calipari as a crying baby

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger21 hrs ago

    Any Kentucky fans who turned to the front of the Louisville Courier-Journal sports page Friday morning likely weren't pleased with what they saw.

    The photo illustration that ran alongside an otherwise fair column by Tim Sullivan looked like something a Louisville fan would have posted to a Cardinals messageboard.

    Since Sullivan's piece focused on the perceived advantages of coaching USA Basketball and the tendency of coaches to complain when a competitor gains even the slightest edge, someone at the newspaper chose to accompany it with a photoshopped picture of John Calipari's face atop a baby's body. Yes, the image of Calipari in diapers is pretty hilarious. However, it's also a terrible decision from a journalistic or business standpoint. 

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  • Top freshman JaQuan Lyle no longer on Oregon's roster

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger2 days ago

    After Oregon updated its men's basketball roster on Tuesday evening, it didn't take long for savvy fans to point out a key difference.

    JaQuan Lyle, Oregon's top freshman, is no longer on it.

    Lyle was not admitted to the university despite being cleared by the NCAA, Rivals.com reported Wednesday morning. An Oregon spokesman confirmed Lyle has been removed from the roster but offered no further comment, citing student privacy laws.

    Adding to the confusion over Lyle's status at Oregon is a tweet he sent Tuesday night that read " I'm good, y'all! I promise, just wait!!" The Rivals.com report indicated Lyle needed to finish a summer course to complete his admission requirements to Oregon and a final determination on that course has yet to occur. 

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  • Antonio Blakeney's commitment to Louisville proves short-lived

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 days ago

    Antonio Blakeney's commitment to Louisville lasted only 11 days.

    The five-star guard quickly got a case of cold feet, announcing Monday night that he is backing out of his commitment to Louisville and reopening his recruitment. It's unusual for a top prospect to renege on his initial commitment to a school and still end up signing there, but Blakeney insists the Cardinals remain a strong contender to land him.

    "I am still really considering Louisville heavily," Blakeney tweeted. "I like everything about [the] program, coaches and fans!!"

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