Our girl Katina Powell is back in the news today. In January 2018, Powell was accused of stealing a toothbrush from Walmart. After failing to appear at a court hearing last month, she was arrested and sent to jail today. She’s being held at Metro Corrections on a $100 bond.
Anyone want to go bail her out?
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 28th, 2018 @ 9:30pm
Rick Pitino coached in his very first game for Panathinaikos BC this afternoon, and he couldn’t help but bring up the Kentucky Wildcats in his post-game press conference.
And surprisingly, the former Kentucky head coach had extremely high praise for the program.
“It reminded me of Kentucky,” Pitino said after his team’s 96-84 victory over CSKA Moscow. “Just like that, and that’s the highest compliment I give any crowd. Because I’ve always felt that in Kentucky basketball is a religion, and the fans tonight motivated us to play that type of defense.”
It’s been quite an eventful past couple of years for Pitino, as embarrassing scandal after scandal ultimately ended his coaching career at Louisville. From there, he has participated in countless interviews, wrote a book, filed lawsuits, and started a Twitter page for all of his “Pitweetos” to follow.
Now in Greece coaching in the EuroLeague, Pitino is just thankful for the opportunity to get back in the game overseas.
“I’m really impressed. It’s an honor to coach this team,” Pitino said after the game. “I said to the owner of the team, he congratulated me, and I said, ‘It’s my honor and I thank you for having me.'”
We even got our first look at Pitino inside the huddle for the first time in almost two years:
— EuroLeague (@EuroLeague) December 28, 2018
Former Florida guard and current Panathinaikos star Nick Calathes said Pitino’s presence has already made a difference in his short time in Greece.
“You could tell we were more hungry out there, we were more tenacious, defensively, offensively,” he said. “You know, it was just a great win and hopefully, everything will build off this for the next games.”
The former Kentucky and Louisville head coach is off to a solid start in Greece, so hopefully they update his official team photo sometime soon.
The unranked Louisville Cardinals were paid a visit by Santa (or head coach Chris Mack dressed as Santa) over Christmas. He delivered the team some Christmas cheer in the form of new hideous Adidas uniforms and hideous Adidas shoes for the game against Kentucky this coming Saturday.
Santa's last stop this Christmas? The Ville.
— Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) December 26, 2018
I don’t like when Chris Mack comes off as likable. He needs a good scandal soon so we can all laugh at him. Give us a scandal, Santa.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 18th, 2018 @ 10:38pm
Today in University-6, the Cards have fired dance team coach Todd Sharp after he reportedly took nearly $40,000 over a two-year period.
According to this letter of termination from UofL Athletic Director Vince Tyra, Sharp engaged in financial misconduct, taking the money meant for the team for himself:
In a letter obtained from .@uofl via Open Records Request, Ladybirds Coach Todd Sharp was fired for cause December 15 for “fiscal misconduct” involving athletic dept funds. The letter says .@uofl believes Sharp took nearly $40k over a 2 year period. @840WHAS @790KRD @CardsRadio pic.twitter.com/p0pmXXv640
— Will Clark (@WClark840WHAS) December 19, 2018
You may remember Sharp from Lifetime’s reality show, “So Sharp,” which followed the Ladybirds. His spirit animal is J-Lo:
Just when you think they’re done with the scandals, here comes another one…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 11th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
On Sunday night, Franklin-Simpson offensive guard Jack Randolph received a call from the Louisville coaching staff saying that new head coach Scott Satterfield was pulling his scholarship offer. Now, Randolph’s high school coach Doug Preston is fighting back, tweeting that Satterfield is no longer welcome to recruit players from his school.
Coach Satterfield shouldn’t bother sending anyone down here to recruit in the future! I can’t look my players in the eyes and tell them to trust anyone @UofLFootball any longer!
— Doug Preston (@coachadp) December 10, 2018
Preston didn’t stop there, calling Satterfield out for making recruiting staffer Pete Nochta deliver the news instead of doing it himself.
@CoachSattUofL pathetic move coach! No excuse! Don’t come our way in the future. I will tell our players they can’t trust you. Then to have Pete call these kids is an even more low class move.
— Doug Preston (@coachadp) December 10, 2018
I’ve known Pete since he was a kid and played high school ball for his dad. Trust me he isn’t to blame. This coach dumped the dirty work in his lap. Another gutless move by Satterfield.
— Doug Preston (@coachadp) December 10, 2018
Football recruiting isn’t always pleasant and transitions between staffs are tough, but this could have been handled better. Preston tweets that Randolph, a three-star player, had the grades to qualify for full academic scholarships to some prestigious schools, but passed because he had an offer from Louisville. Now, with just over a week until Early Signing Day, he and his family are scrambling for options, while Louisville is scrambling to get commitments for the 2019 class, which currently consists of only three players.
Nice move, Scott.
By Nick Roush on ©December 10th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
You can count the players in Louisville’s 2019 football recruiting class on one hand.
If you’ve checked Twitter over the last 24 hours, you’ve probably seen a Cardinal commit reopen his recruitment. After announcements from three players — LaRue County athlete Anthony Adkins, Franklin-Simpson offensive guard Jack Randolph and New Jersey wide receiver Stanley King — Louisville is down to just
four three players in the class of 2019.
The wound to the Cards’ recruiting class appears to be self-inflicted. Randolph told the Courier-Journal he was informed Freddie Satterfield’s staff that he “didn’t have the length or the weight to play in their system, so they pulled their scholarship.” The about-face by Satterfield completely shocked the three-star recruit.
“We were told from somebody at Louisville that all of the commits that were still there were going to have their scholarship hold up, no matter what happened with the new coach,” Randolph said.
The attrition may not be over. One of the Cards’ four remaining commitments, three-star offensive tackle Zach Williamson, has an offer from Kentucky and officially visited UK over the weekend.
With only ten days left until the beginning of the early signing period, it’s a bold move by Satterfield to start pulling scholarships, especially when the rival is breathing down your neck. But then again, Freddie Satts is a bold guy. Is bold the right word?
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Miami Carol City senior 3 ?? 6’2 315lbs DT Denzel Daxon is back on the market!! Louisville new staff decided to go in a different direction. Daxon who was scheduled to graduate in December will now sign in February to way his options. pic.twitter.com/IEs8HvJky8
— Michael Tunsil (@coachtunsil) December 10, 2018
Bobby Petrino is selling his home in Louisville, again.
The Cardinals’ head football coach was canned after a 2-8 start to the 2018 season. Just three weeks after he was terminated, Petrino’s realtor has put his house on the market.
For the small price of $1.45 million dollars, you can live in Petrino’s former 10,416 sq. ft. estate. The 6-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom house has quite a few fancy features, like a wine cellar, film room and an aerobics center. There’s also a steam sauna and an in-ground pool.
As expected, the house is filled with Louisville memorabilia, most notably a large jersey from his ultimate ticket, Lamar Jackson. There’s also a surprising amount of appearances from WKU and Arkansas in his basement. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of his infamous Sugar Bowl hat anywhere to be seen on the realtor’s website.
By Nick Roush on ©December 03rd, 2018 @ 5:03pm
The Big Blue Nation has a new public enemy.
The Courier-Journal reports Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield will be named the Cardinals’ next head coach tomorrow. A press conference introducing Satterfield will follow a host of board meetings that will confirm the contract around 4:30 p.m.
Vince Tyra turned to Satterfield after Jeff Brohm left Louisville hanging last Wednesday. Satterfield waited to meet with the UofL athletic director until after his team locked up the Sun Belt Championship and a 10-2 season.
Aside from his alliterative name, I do not know much about Bobby Petrino’s successor. What’s good to know is that it was not Brohm or Neal Brown. Their Kentucky ties would have been quite a threat on the recruiting front.
Instead, the Cards went with Plan B. It’s going to take Scott “The Sensible Salad” Satterfield some time to revamp the recruiting scene and reinvigorate the Louisville football program.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 29th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
The University of Louisville needs a head football coach. It had one, but he sucked and nobody liked him because he was a jerk so he was let go before the season ended. The plan from there was to hire Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, who, according to UofL football message boards, was to be the second coming of Christ. Brohm was going to save the program and Louisville was going to win 50 straight national championships under his guidance, according to the fan base. But Brohm looked at the sh*t storm that is the Louisville football program and said, “Nah, I’m good on that. I’ll stay here at Purdue and not suck.” Those were his exact words, I think.
Now Louisville’s coaching search is in panic mode. Brohm was the first and only name on its list of candidates, but his name was crossed out in permanent marker and covered with white out and then the paper was wadded up and soaked in gasoline and lit on fire because it’s never happening. Sorry.
So who’s next? You can’t play football without a head coach. Somebody has to take the job. I do not know who Vince Tyra will turn to, but because I am a good person, I have some suggestions he should consider:
1. Lorenzo Ward
Last head coaching job: Louisville (Interim), 2018
Ward went 0-2 as Louisville’s interim head coach to end 2018, losing those two games by a combined score of 108-20. Both losses came at home by the way.
A simple solution to Louisville’s problem would be to remove his interim tag and give him more time to put his mark on the program. His offense showed a lot of potential and the university will save on moving costs and paperwork.
2. Butch Jones
Last head coaching job: Tennessee, 2013-17
Butch Jones needs his own team again. He currently serves as an analyst for Alabama, whatever that means, but he was born to be a head coach. Give him what he deserves, Louisville. He’ll take you to the “championship of life.” It’s the biggest championship you can win, so he said at Tennessee.
3. Lee Corso
Last job head coaching job: Orlando Renegades (USFL), 1985
Since Louisville likes to re-hire its former coaches, why not give Lee Corso another look? After all, he did take Louisville to its second-ever bowl game in 1970.
4. John L Smith
Last head coaching job: Kentucky State, 2016-Present
Like Corso, John L. Smith needs another look. He led the Cardinals to five straight bowl appearances and back-to-back Conference USA titles in 2000 and 2001. So what if he told his team at halftime of the 2002 GMAC Bowl that he’s leaving for Michigan State? He’s a proven winner, and at 70 years young, he’ll inject much-needed energy into the program.
5. Howard Schnellenberger
Last job head coaching job: Florida Atlantic, 2001-2011
Brohm was the hometown hero Louisville wanted, but Schnellenberger is the hometown hero Louisville needs. He built the program once and he can build it again today.
And if he turns it down because he’s 84, try Ron Cooper.
6. Clint Hurtt
Last job head coaching job: None
A former Louisville recruiting coordinator, who was responsible for bringing Teddy Bridgewater to the ‘Ville and was named 2011 National Recruiter of the Year, Hurtt should get a call. Never mind all of those NCAA sanctions from paying players at Miami, he’s a changed man and he is doing a great job as the assistant head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Plus his penalties from the NCAA ended in 2015 so he’s good to go.
7. Art Briles
Last job head coaching job: Estra Guelfi Firenze (Italy), 2018-Present
Former Baylor head coach Art Briles recently took a job in Italy, but we all know he’d jump at the opportunity to get back into America football. Most programs wouldn’t even consider a guy who covered up a campus-wide sexual assault scandal involving multiple players, but this is Louisville we’re talking about here, not some place with morals.
8. Hugh Freeze
Last job head coaching job: Ole Miss, 2012-16
Freeze lost his job at Ole Miss over strippers and hookers. Need I say more?
9. Bobby 3.0
Last job head coaching job: Louisville, 2014-18
So Bobby 2.0 didn’t go as planned. It started well, but ended poorly, to say the least. But wait ’til you see Bobby 3.0. He caddied for his granddaughter and he’s a changed man this time. Plus he’s an offensive genius. He’ll have Louisville back to prominence in no time, once he has a little time to bring in his own players and system.
10. Papa John Schnatter
Last job head coaching job: Papa John’s Pizza, 1984-2008
Who better to put butts back in the seats of Cardinal Stadium, than the man who put the seats in Cardinal Stadium? Papa John Schnatter is Cardinal Stadium. He is University of Louisville athletics. And dare I say… Peyton Manning as his offensive coordinator?
Better ingredients, better football. Papa John’s.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 27th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
It’s been too long since we reminded you about that time Louisville lost its 2013 national championship because members of the staff provided prostitutes to players and recruits. Remember that? Holy hell what a fall that program took in only a few years. I still laugh about it from time to time. In fact, I was driving down the road the other day and just burst out laughing because that T-Pain song about strippers came on and all I could think about was the Minardi Hall stripper parties and how the 2013 banner is probably buried in some dump on the outskirts of Jefferson County somewhere. It will never not be funny to me.
Anyway, there is a new update on the UofL basketball scandal today, sort of, courtesy of the news team over at WDRB. Through an open records request, WDRB uncovered an interview between Andre McGee and an investigator back in 2015, in which McGee denied providing any money for prostitutes or strippers. He acknowledged a relationship with Katina Powell, but said the players knew Powell’s daughters socially and would ask him to bring them over to Minardi Hall.
It’s the only known record of McGee talking about the scandal.
The new findings also reveal former UofL assistant Mike Balado told police he couldn’t remember why he deleted text messages to McGee during the exact timeframe Antonio Blakeney, a recruit, was on campus and participated in parties with Powell. Balado’s memory is a little hazy as to why he would’ve deleted any texts, and he denied any wrongdoing. (Yeah, OK. Coach Mike.)
Read the whole story here.
By Nick Roush on ©November 27th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
Brohm Watch: 2018 has captivated the city of Louisville.
Once perceived by many as inevitable, early week reports indicate it’s not yet a done deal. That may have changed during this afternoon’s reported meeting between Vince Tyra and Jeff Brohm. While UofL fans await the fallout, they’re weighing potential backup plans.
Of the many names floating around town, none strike a chord quite like Neal Brown. The Troy head coach has compiled a 38-16 record over the last four years, including a pair of 10-win seasons and victories over Top 25 LSU in 2017 and at Nebraska in 2018. Brown’s resume is impeccable, but his Kentucky past is a sticking point for many Louisville fans.
The Danville native played wide receiver at Kentucky before he called Mark Stoops’ offense in 2013 and 2014. As the Cats prepared to play in his second spring game as offensive coordinator, Brown shared his recruiting pitch with the media.
“When I first get on the phone (with a recruit) or when a kid first comes here and I’m having my first conversation, that 51,000 at the spring game is one of the first things I talk about,” Brown said. “I’m talking about, ‘Hey, our fan base is one of the best, if not the best in college sports,’ because there’s no NBA team, there’s no Major League Baseball team, there’s no NFL team. So UK athletics is it.
“The other team doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.”
Vince Tyra played baseball at the University of Kentucky. Rick Pitino coached Kentucky to a National Championship in 1996. They accepted each with open arms, but this rivalry talk makes him unqualified? It’s illogical, but I will not be mad if it prevents one of the Big Blue Nation’s finest from crossing over to the dark side.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 24th, 2018 @ 9:40pm
There have been a lot of hilarious moments in tonight’s game, but this one may best encapsulate the dumpster fire that is Louisville football.
After senior tight end Micky Crum (no relation) committed an unsportsmanlike penalty in the third quarter, interim coach Lorenzo Ward told him to go to the locker room. After Crum argued, Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra had to step in and tell him to do the same:
things seem to be going marvelously at louisville pic.twitter.com/3c7uUMpH5a
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 25, 2018
Here is Crum sulking on the sidelines:
— David Scott (@Finna_Go_HAM) November 25, 2018
You would think this is the end of the story, but it’s not. Crum not only refused to go to the locker room, HE WENT BACK IN on Louisville’s next series.
Keep in mind this is the same player that pointed his finger at the chest of an official earlier in the game:
— James Combs (@lurchasarus) November 25, 2018
Stay classy, Louisville.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 19th, 2018 @ 9:15am
Brian Bowen is not going down without a fight. The recruit in the center of the college hoops pay-to-play scheme has filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against Adidas and the individuals involved in funneling money to his father for him to attend Louisville. At the college hoops trial last month, Bowen’s father testified that his son has no knowledge of those payments, which rendered him ineligible by NCAA rules.
Bowen, now playing for the Sydney Kings in Australia, is seeking unspecified damages and also wants to ban Adidas from sponsoring Division 1 men’s basketball programs.
“Adidas has thus far infiltrated college basketball with complete impunity,” Bowen’s lead attorney Mullins McLeod wrote in a statement. “It is now time for them to answer for what they have done and to suffer the consequences of their corporate misconduct. Brian is an exceptional young man who is determined to right this wrong and to do his part to help free other student athletes from corporate corruption that has no place in college basketball.”
As Adam Zagoria notes, the complaint went even further, comparing Adidas’ exploitation of student athletes to slavery.
Bowen's complaint uses the terms 'exploitation' and 'slave labor' in discussing Adidas' relationship with student-athletes pic.twitter.com/R5IqKSxjmZ
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 19, 2018
As Zagoria also notes, Bowen’s attorneys will also have the chance to conduct discovery against coaches from Kansas, Louisville, NC State, and other Adidas schools. Bill Self is even listed in the complaint:
Bill Self is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Kansas. On information and belief, Coach Self was aware of a bribe payment made to the legal guardian of Kansas recruit Silvio De Sousa by Adidas and communicated with Defendants Gatto and Gassnola about it.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 15th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
Two media members out of Indiana are reporting Jeff Brohm reached a verbal agreement with the University of Louisville to become its next head football coach. Our dear friend Dan Dakich is one of said media members and he put an actual date on it (November 26th) in his “Breaking News” tweet:
Breaking News…Jeff Brohm will be announced as The University of Louisville Head Football Coach on Monday November 26th according to my sources…
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) November 15, 2018
Kent Sterling of Kent Sterling Show fame also has Brohm as Bobby Petrino’s replacement.
Brohm was of course asked about Dakich’s report following his team’s practice Thursday afternoon at Purdue, to which he said, “Completely false.”
Jeff Brohm calls today’s reports that he is headed to Louisville completely false. pic.twitter.com/jLRH82B36C
— atreya verma (@atreya_verma) November 15, 2018
He said the current reports are false, but hasn’t denied a future in Louisville.