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Louisville basketball forward Jordan Nwora talks about the influence new coach Chris Mack has had on the program. The Cardinals play host to the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville.
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Louisville basketball forward Jordan Nwora talks about the influence new coach Chris Mack has had on the program. The Cardinals play host to the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville.

Tuesday links of interest:

U of L trustee was cash source behind scandal, reports WDRB. “Former University of Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom said under oath last month that former U of L President James Ramsey told him that a university trustee was the ‘cash source’ for payments to strippers who danced for and had sex with Louisville basketball players and recruits in a campus dorm.”

A real talk about Kentucky basketball’s home schedule, from Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. “In 1969-70, Dan Issel’s senior year, Kentucky’s non-conference basketball schedule included games with West Virginia, Kansas, Indiana and Duke in Lexington.”

College football preseason has a dirty secret, says Eric Crawford of WDRB. “If you do this job long enough you learn things. Unfortunately for me, what much of that education has revealed is how much I don’t know. Now, that could be just me. But in consuming much of what American media produce daily, I suspect it isn’t.”

Power Five schools see steep rise in non-revenue coaching salaries, reports USA Today. “When Debbie Yow took the job as North Carolina State’s athletics director in 2010, the challenges weren’t limited to football and men’s basketball, both of which had been languishing at the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference.”

Tennessee paid $13.8 million in severance packages, reports USA Today. “Tennessee is the buyout king. The UT athletic department’s $13.8 million in reported severance expenses were the most among all Division I athletic departments at public institutions during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018.”

Ohio State quarterback preview, including Gunnar Hoak, from Eleven Warriors. “Ohio State could potentially have one of the best quarterbacks in the country this year, but right now, the Buckeyes are surrounded by uncertainty at the most important position on the field. For the second year in a row, Ohio State is entering the season without a single quarterback who has started a game for the Buckeyes – but this year, the Buckeyes don’t even have a single quarterback who has been on their roster for more than a year.”

Florida is seeking waiver for Georgia transfer, reports Robbie Andrew of the Gainesville Sun. “There’s a chance Georgia transfer Brenton Cox Jr., a former consensus five-star recruit, could be playing for Florida as soon as this season instead of having to sit out a year. Florida is going to be seeking a special waiver from the NCAA that would make the outside linebacker/defensive end eligible immediately, UF coach Dan Mullen said Monday.”

Former Louisville quarterback can play at FSU, reports the Orlando Sentinel. “The NCAA approved Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis’ waiver seeking immediate eligibility following his transfer from Louisville. Travis, a redshirt freshman with four year of eligibility remaining, has been battling veteran quarterback James Blackman and Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook for the starting job during preseason camp.”

Ex-Georgia receiver enrolls at FIU, reports Chip Towers of AJC. “Jeremiah “J.J.” Holloman has found a new home. The Georgia Bulldogs’ leading receiver from last season enrolled last week at Florida International, an FBS school coached by Butch Davis and located in Miami. Holloman is participating this week in the Panthers’ preseason camp. He is wearing the No. 4 jersey.”

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm wants a title, writes David Hale of ESPN. “Jake Fromm hunches over a to-go box filled with tacos, inhaling his lunch with a ferocity usually reserved for a nature documentary. He’s running late, and he hates that. He has a schedule, designed daily to squeeze as much into 24 hours as possible, and every delay is a practice rep or a lift session or, worse, a fish he’s not getting.”

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John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
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