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Fourth Of July 2013 Headlines

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1. $626.42.  That’s the average asking price for a ticket to the Alabama – Texas A&M game.

2. So what did Urban Meyer know about potential NCAA violations at Florida and when did he know it?

3. Florida with the toughest schedule in the country?  Arkansas and Kentucky also make Phil Steele’s top 10.

4. ESPN’s Chris Low says Alabama has the best receivers in the SEC, Tennessee comes in last. Alabama’s Amari Cooper rated No. 1 overall.

5. One take on LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger - “might be looking at his last shot at redemption.”

6. Matt Hayes on the warm seat at Missouri for coach Gary Pinkel: “Missouri isn’t nearly ready on the lines of scrimmage to compete in the SEC…”

7. Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson encountered former Missouri coach Woody Widenhofer at a Florida toll booth.

8. “I don’t believe there’s a discipline problem within the football program at Georgia.”

9. Georgia tight end Jay Rome on the duo with Arthur Lynch: “I really think we’re gonna be the best tight end duo in the country next year.”

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10. It will be the fall before Kentucky signees  Aaron and Andrew Harrison and James Young are enrolled in school.

11. Accusing of trying to fix a game while at Auburn, Varez Ward’s trial is postponed until November.

12. Last year’s 10-22 record has Mississippi State players inspired to hit the weight room this summer. Nine of the Bulldogs 13 non-conference games will be played at Humphrey Coliseum.

13. Missouri is counting on Keanau Post to fill the void left by the departure of Alex Oriakhi.

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14. Aaron Hernandez had a secret apartment.  Police find ammunition and clothing that could prove helpful in their murder investigation.

15. Has realignment in college sports paused?  What comes next?

16. Butler is searching for a new basketball coach after Brad Stevens departs for the Boston Celtics. The news drew plenty of reaction.

17. Good news for Digger Phelps.  Doctors tell him he’s cancer free.

18. The most American brand in college sports?  What about the Great American Rifle Conference?

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As for Louisville’s predicted demise, not so fast

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Some thoughts from the KFC Yum Center after Louisville’s 88-73 win over Butler:

Don’t be so quick to count Rick Pitino’s team out just yet. Yes, it was just one game. Yes, the Cardinals were certainly jacked-up for the opener of their new arena. But this is a team that will play the way Pitino wants it to play – fast, aggressive, together. The Cards scored 27 baskets, and 18 of those came off assists.

The key to Louisville’s season is likely to be Rakeem Buckles, the 6-foot-8 sophomore out of Miami. This night, Buckles did not disappoint. He scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also registered three steals.

Pitino praised former Shebly Valley star Elisha Justice, saying that the Dorton native wanted the ball down the stretch, even if he only made nine of his 14 free throws. Justice played 21 minutes, the most of any Cardinal off the bench. Part of that may have been because former Clark County star Preston Knowles was limited by a thigh bruise, then cramped up at the end of the game. But it appears that Justice will have an important role to play on this team.

As for Butler, Shelvin Mack finished with a game-high 25 points, and the former Bryan Station star would have easily had more had he not cramped up in the second half. (Cramps bothered him in the Final Four last year.) The junior guard out of Bryan Station had 17 of Butler’s 23 points in the first half. He ended up hitting eight of 17 shots, including four of 11 three-pointers.

Louisville’s 18-point lead (41-23) at halftime was its largest over a ranked team since Jan. 6, 2000. U of L led No. 18 Utah 40-18 on the way to a 75-55 win.

Butler coach Brad Stevens was impressed with Louisville, saying, ““They’re really good. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.”

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