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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Big East commissioner Val Ackerman: "We're very comfortable with who we are. We are basketball schools."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Preseason Media Poll: Kentucky, Florida, Texas A&M, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Tennessee, LSU.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Preseason First Team All-SEC: KeVaughn Allen, Yante Maten, Hamidou Diallo, Michael Porter Jr., Robert Williams.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Three-way tie for Preseason SEC Player of the Year: Georgia's Yante Maten, Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. and Texas A&M's Robert Williams.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Recruiting update: Will Richardson told ESPN that he has narrowed down his final list of schools to Georgia, Gonzaga, and Oregon. He has completed all his official visits and plans on making his decision in the upcoming weeks. Richardson made a huge jump in the latest rankings back in August. He went from no.84 up to no.38. One of the most versatile point guards in the country as he can easily find the open man, play the drive and kick game, knock down deep 3's, and rebound down with his length at 6'4".

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

The mascots are all ready for Big East Media Day.

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 100 Tyler Herro has decommitted from Wisconsin. No. 27 in 2018.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Rick Pitino's federal lawsuit Adidas' actions have caused grave damage to his "public and private standing and reputation, causing him extreme embarrassment, humiliation, and emotional distress." The lawsuit says it is "about more than just money; it is Coach Pitino's vehicle for proving that he had nothing to do with Adidas' outrageous, wrongful, and illegal conspiracy."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Rick Pitino sued Adidas America in federal court on Tuesday, one day after he was formally fired as Louisville's basketball coach. In the civil lawsuit, Pitino alleges he suffered damages as a result of Adidas' "outrageous conduct in conspiring to funnel money to the family of a college basketball recruit...all without Coach Pitino's knowledge, participation, or acquiescense."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

David Padgett told ESPN there is no update on Brian Bowen's status. "That situation's out of my hands. I wish I knew more."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

David Padgett told ESPN he hopes to have his assistant coaches figured out by the end of the week. Said he's going through the process with a few candidates.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Breaking news in recruiting: Point guard Jared Butler tells ESPN he is headed to Alabama. Butler sits at no.83 overall in the ESPN 100. This is the first commitment for Avery Johnson and staff in 2018. A Scout's Take is on the way.

Mike Schmitz ESPN 

In Tempe for ASU practice. Veteran group that has added some nice young pieces. Freshman Kimani Lawrence impressing early. 6-7, 211 pounds, 7-foot wingspan, can make a shot. Devils get Zylan Cheatham, Rob Edwards and Carlton Bragg eligible next season.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Notable excerpt from Rick Pitino's lawyers' submission to the board: "To find a failure of diligent supervision, monitoring or oversight, ULAA must have proof that Coach Pitino deviated from a standard. . . . if ULAA terminates Coach Pitino's contract without proof of that deviation, it will be in breach of contract, and will be obligated to pay him the full balance due under his contract."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ULAA voted to terminate Rick Pitino's contract with "just cause."

Mike Schmitz ESPN 

In PHX for Grand Canyon practice. Brand new facility attached to the Jerry Colangelo Museum. Really talented group. Staff excited about long-term potential of international newcomers Roberts Blumbergs and Alessandro Lever. Lopes NCAA Tourney eligible.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Pence, Pitino's lawyer: "Nobody can guarantee the activities of everyone under them." Said if it happened on Pitino's watch, then it also happened on the watch of the school president and Board of Trustees chairman.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Pence, Pitino's lawyer: "The right thing is to make the determination that the coach did not know and could not have known of this scheme."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Pitino's lawyers just entered the executive session of the ULAA board meeting.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Cover of the Louisville student paper. Check out the Adidas logo.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

The ULAA board is now going into executive session -- closed to the public -- to discuss the future of Rick Pitino.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

David Padgett will get paid $800,000 for one year as interim head coach, plus incentives and bonuses.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ULAA passes resolutions ratifying the appointment of David Padgett as acting head coach and Vince Tyra as acting athletic director.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

The University of Louisville Athletic Association has a board meeting in about 30 minutes where it will vote on Rick Pitino's status.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Strong six-week stretch for Bill Self on the recruiting trail: Silvio De Sousa, David McCormack and now Devon Dotson. All top-35 prospects.