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Ted Valentine incident being investigated by ACC, plus more links

North Carolina’s Joel Berry II (2) and Luke Maye (32) react to the Tar Heels’ 81-80 loss at Florida State on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
North Carolina’s Joel Berry II (2) and Luke Maye (32) react to the Tar Heels’ 81-80 loss at Florida State on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Raleigh News and Observer

Quick hits for Friday:

▪ Kentucky women’s basketball lost its seventh straight game, falling 74-70 at No. 19 Texas A&M. Maci Morris led the Cats with 22 points. UK is now 8-8 overall and 0-2 in the SEC. Matthew Mitchell’s team plays Georgia at home on Sunday.

▪ Louisville’s women improved to 17-0 with a 66-60 win over Duke at the KFC Yum Center. Asia Durr scored 22 points for the No. 3-ranked Cards in the win over the 17th-ranked Blue Devils.

▪ Lexington legislator is looking for more oversight of college athletics contracts in the wake of the Louisville scandal. U of L fired athletic director Tom Jurich and head basketball coach Rick Pitino in the wake of an FBI investigation into college basketball.

▪ The ACC is addressing an incident in which official Ted Valentine turned his back on North Carolina guard Joel Berry during Florida State’s win over the Tar Heels on Wednesday night. Berry tried to talk to Valentine about a call, but the official known as “TV Teddy” turned his back and faced the crowd.

▪ Drew Barker’s departure is another lesson learned from Kentucky football’s star-crossed 2014 recruiting class. Barker announced earlier this week that he is leaving school as a graduate transfer. The former Conner High School star started three games at UK in 2016.

▪ Former UK quarterback Reese Phillips is seeking his sixth year of eligibility after suffering a gruesome injury this year at Montana. The Chattanooga native transfered from Kentucky after the 2015 season.

▪ Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings will miss Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game with Georgia. Jennings suffered a knee injury late in Bama’s 24-6 Sugar Bowl win over Clemson on Monday.

▪ Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith will be a focus for the Alabama offense on Monday in Atlanta. Smith won the Butkus Award for best college linebacker. He was also the defensive MVP in Georgia’s Rose Bowl win over Oklahoma.

▪ Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has proven that he can throw, after all. Fromm replaced the injured Jacob Eason early in the year and has taken the Bulldogs within one win of the national title.

▪ Looks like offensive coordinator Matt Canada is out at LSU. There was talk that UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran might be pursued by the Tigers, but Steve Ensminger is now thought to be the favorite.

▪ Ex-Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has spoken publicly for the first time since his firing. Jones said in a radio interview that he was proud of what he accomplished at UT and is getting the itch to coach again.

▪ Rick Barnes says immaturity is Tennessee basketball’s biggest problem. After an impressive non-conference season, the Vols are off to an 0-2 SEC start. They play host to Kentucky on Saturday at 9 p.m.

▪ Florida basketball’s injured big guys remain in a holding pattern. Senior center John Egbunu and freshman center Isaiah Stokes are still rehabbing after ACL surgeries. Stokes is to return in late January. Egbunu’s return could be later.

▪ No. 1-ranked Michigan State had no problem in a 30-point win over Maryland on Thursday. Nick Ward led the way with 16 points for the Spartans, who got 27 points off the bench.

▪ Colorado upset No. 4 Arizona State in overtime on Thursday. It was Colorado’s first win over a top five team since 2011. It was the second loss for Bobby Hurley’s Sun Devils, who fell last weekend at Arizona.

▪ Cincinnati men’s basketball had to rally to knock off Temple on Thursday night. Jacob Evans hit the game-winning shot as the Bearcats won 55-53 in Philadelphia.

▪ Kansas’ tailspin has much to do with the defensive end of the floor. The Jayhawks have allowed 1.18 points per game or more in successive games for the first time during Bill Self’s tenure in Lawrence.

▪ Are cracks starting to show in the New England Patriots’ structure. ESPN has a story claiming things are not so swell in relationships involving owner Robert Kraft, quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.

College basketball on television Friday

  • 6:30 - Akron at Toledo (CBS Sports)
  • 7:00 - Wisconsin at Rutgers (ESPN2)
  • 7:00 - Saint Peter's at Iona (ESPNU)
  • 8:00 - Northwestern at Penn State (Fox Sports 1)
  • 9:00 - Wright State at Detroit Mercy (ESPNU)
  • 9:00 - Northern Kentucky at Oakland (ESPN2)
  • 10:00 - Oregon at Oregon State (Fox Sports 1)
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