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Feb 7, 2015; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino gestures from the bench against the Virginia Cavaliers in the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers won 52-47.
Feb 7, 2015; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino gestures from the bench against the Virginia Cavaliers in the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers won 52-47.
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After the Syracuse game, Rick Pitino said Chris Jones could rejoin the team if he complied with instructions, but that if he didn't, he could play in Belgium for all he cared.

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Schools Conf W-L Conf PCT W-L PCT
Virginia 12-1 .923 24-1 .960
Notre Dame 11-3 .786 23-4 .852
Duke 10-3 .769 23-3 .885
Louisville 8-5 .615 20-6 .769
North Carolina 8-5 .615 18-8 .692
Syracuse 8-5 .615 17-9 .654
Miami 7-6 .538 17-9 .654
Clemson 7-7 .500 15-11 .577
Pitt 6-7 .462 17-10 .630
NC State 6-7 .462 15-11 .577
Florida State 6-7 .462 15-12 .556
Wake Forest 4-10 .286 12-15 .444
Georgia Tech 3-11 .214 12-14 .462
Virginia Tech 2-11 .154 10-16 .385
Boston College 1-11 .083 9-16 .360

Message received, evidently: Jones has complied with whatever was asked of him and he'll suit up to play against Miami Saturday.

On the other hand, Pitino went through something similar with Chase Benahan, suspending him for a month before reinstating him after just one game.

So whatever.

We'll see how Jones does Saturday, publicly anyway, and presumably if he screws up privately again, Pitino will let us know.

Meanwhile, down in not-so-Hotlanta, Brian Gregory has made Chris Bolden's punishment clear: he's suspended for six games.

That would mean that Tech would have to win its remaining four games and two in the ACC Tournament before Bolden could play again.

We have no idea what he's in trouble for, but that should just about finish him.

He may take some comfort knowing that Tech coach Brian Gregory is probably not going to outlast him by much.

Back in Chapel Hill, the scandal and its many tentacles continue to ensnare UNC.

The N&O filed a public records request and has the contract the university has with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The firm is charging between $450-$950 an hour but don't worry taxpayers! The $950 is "a significant discount."

This firm will handle litigation and accreditation and various other issues; another firm (Bond, Schoeneck & King) is handling the NCAA.

We understand that legal help is desirable here, but unless we're mistaken, this is taxpayer money. It would be nice if the people's university were a bit more careful with the people's money.

Too bad Gary Williams didn't stick around long enough to make a trip to Syracuse, which really is Alaska, at least weather-wise (on the other hand, North Carolina has been colder than Northern Alaska, so he could have visited Tobacco Road and alleviated his concerns about Maryland being the ACC's Alaska all in one fell swoop).

We're really enjoyed getting to know the Syracuse paper, first of all for its loving, year-round embrace of Syracuse basketball (take note, NC papers), and secondly for its immense abundance of weird news.

After last year's loss to Duke in Durham, one Syracuse fan told us we could go burlap our sister, which we admit took us back a bit (by the way, Tobacco Road is a basketball term but it comes from the novel, where one character sees an incestous coupling and yells out..."they's...burlapping!" So now you know).

Despite being almost in Canada, the Syracuse paper regularly has bizarre crimes, murder and attempted murders.

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Take the Tipp Hill shooting case.

Some guy named Michael Morris had a relationship with an older woman who thought he was 22 (he was 17).

He went to prison for stealing an officer's gun.

When he got out, he was mad that she didn't visit, so naturally he did the logical thing: he kidnapped her and took her to a bar and tried to kill her in front of her family.

Apparently indecisive, he took her to two graveyards first and threatened to kill her in both.

His driver? His new girlfriend.

Spossey said she didn't know what sort of lifestyle Morris led, but her own hasn't been so great: she crashed her car in late 2012, during the time Morris was waiting for her to come visit him in the Big House and was charged with driving with influences.

We certainly have our share of weird stuff, but we'll promise you this: if you read it on a daily basis, the Syracuse paper will not let you down.

We do read it primarily for basketball news though, and there is significant coverage of the last two good Syracuse point guards, Tyler Ennis and Michael Carter-Williams, have been traded to Milwaukee, where they'll be teammates with Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee, and also the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Both guys have a big chance there, as does Plumlee, but the point guards will be playing for Jason Kidd, and if anyone knows what it takes to be an NBA point guard, it's Kidd.

Finally, Jerry Ratcliffe finds the debate over Virginia's style ridiculous, and we take his point to an extent.

We admire great defense and there's no question that UVA has become an incredible defensive team.

It's a bit harder to enjoy the offensive end, but it's part of a system, and it works incredibly well for Virginia.

The best thing we've heard about the argument is that college allows all sorts of styles and that is certainly true. We're very happy for Virginia's success and we wish more ACC teams were doing as well.