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Louisville pitcher cusses out batter, season ends in the very next inning

Louisville pitcher cusses out batter, season ends in the very next inning

Louisville baseball’s season has certainly been a stellar one, finishing the regular season with a 43-13 record before making a postseason run to the College World Series in Omaha.

After a gutty performance against Mississippi State to keep their season alive on Thursday evening, the Cards moved on to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in yet another win or go home game for the team.

In a back-and-forth effort for much of the evening, Louisville found themselves up 2-1 going into the top of the eighth inning. UofL starting pitcher Luke Smith then struck out his first batter, forced a ground out, and then struck out Vandy’s Julian Infante to end the inning.

After the impressive strikeout, Smith decided to flip the entire narrative of his dominant pitching performance by cussing out Infante on his way back to the dugout.

“F— you!” the Louisville pitcher yelled. “F— you!”

To no one’s surprise, ESPN caught the entire exchange on camera, airing the moment on live television.

In the top of the ninth, Smith forced a ground-out before walking the next batter and giving up an RBI double in the following at-bat to tie the game at two runs apiece.

From there, the potty-mouth Louisville pitcher was pulled from the game, with his replacement immediately giving up back-to-back hits and one run. 3-2, Commodores.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Cards could only get one runner on base, with Vandy forcing two strikeouts and a pop-up to end the game. Vanderbilt wins, while Louisville heads home with a big L.

After the game, Vanderbilt DH Philip Clarke told the Tennessean that Smith’s fine choice of words gave them the spark they needed to mount a comeback in the ninth inning.

“That was the big turning point in the game,” Clarke said. “Things like that definitely fire us up.”

Karma, ain’t it a beautiful thing?


REPORT: Rick Pitino has spoken with the Cleveland Cavaliers about head coaching job

Could former Louisville head coach be headed back to the states? At least one organization may be interested in making it happen.

According to Hall of Fame journalist Peter Vecsey, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been in contact with Pitino about their head coaching vacancy.

Back in October, Pitino told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that he’s interested in returning to the NBA and has been studying the league.

“I just want to be a part of an organization,” he said. “I want to develop young players. I want to be part of a team. I miss it terribly. I’m using this time to really study the NBA. If something opens up with a young basketball team, I’d have deep interest in it.”

He added that his coaching style would translate to today’s NBA game with ease.

“I think the league is going to get younger and player development will become even more important to every organization,” he said. “That’s my forte. I believe I can help an organization find a pathway to success.”

Pitino coached Greek team Panathinaikos this past season, leading them to the Greek Cup Championship. He had NBA coaching stints with the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics before transitioning to the college game.


Louisville receives verbal notice of inquiry from NCAA

More trouble in paradise.

The University of Louisville has received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA, which signifies the first step in the often-long process of the NCAA’s larger investigation. The verbal notice was sent to school officials in early March, a UofL spokesman confirmed to The Athletic

“We received verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA on March 8,” Louisville spokesman John Karman said. “There are no other details I can provide at this time.”

In case you’ve lost track, this particular investigation deals with the recruitment of Brian Bowen, a former McDonald’s All-American who never played in a game for the Cardinals. Authorities say Bowen’s father, Brian Sr., was promised $100,000 for his son to attend the University of Louisville and sign a sponsorship deal with Adidas when he turned professional. There are also other allegations in the Bowen case, including an alleged delivery of $1,300 to Bowen by then-assistant coach Kenny Johnson and multiple allegations involving former sports agent Christian Dawkins.

Although the school’s head coach, Athletic Director and two involved assistant coaches have all been fired, the case is especially problematic for Louisville since they were already on probation from the earlier “strippers-in-the-dorm” controversy.

Dawkins is scheduled to stand trial later this month for his role in a separate part of the same corruption case. Other advisors and Adidas executives have already stood trial or are currently awaiting their day in court. Arizona and Kansas are also reportedly under investigation.

The NCAA has said it’s monitoring the ongoing trials and hoping to work with the FBI to obtain more evidence related to the case.

Think Rick Pitino got the news all the way in Greece?

[The Athletic]


Louisville loses to Minnesota in the first round

And now for some truly tragic news: Louisville is going home. The Minnesota Fighting Richard Pitinos just sent the Cards packing 86-76. What a shame.

Somewhere in Greece, Rick Pitino is smiling.


Rick Pitino is NOT in Des Moines to see Louisville vs. Minnesota

Our dreams of former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino sporting Maroon and Gold behind the Minnesota bench will unfortunately not come true.

According to Ernie Johnson on the CBS broadcast, Pitino was unable to make the trip from Greece to Des Moines because he is coaching today.

Pitino said last week that he wouldn’t be in attendance, though many held out hope that he would make a last-minute appearance.

Though he wasn’t able to attend the NCAA Tournament in person, he did give his Final Four picks yesterday afternoon.

The predictions? Duke, Virginia, Michigan, and… Kentucky.

Maybe he’ll be in attendance next year as the head coach of UNLV. It’s a match made in heaven.


Louisville got new uniforms for the Kentucky game

Louisville got new uniforms for the Kentucky game

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.

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.


Louisville Dance Team coach fired after allegedly taking $40,000 of team funds

Louisville Dance Team coach fired after allegedly taking $40,000 of team funds

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:

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…


Coach calls out Louisville’s Scott Satterfield for pulling scholarship offer

Coach calls out Louisville’s Scott Satterfield for pulling scholarship offer

Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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.

Preston didn’t stop there, calling Satterfield out for making recruiting staffer Pete Nochta deliver the news instead of doing it himself.

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.