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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

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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.


Louisville’s Football Recruiting Class is Running Out of Recruits

Louisville’s Football Recruiting Class is Running Out of Recruits

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?

UPDATE (12:35)

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Louisville will reportedly hire Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield

USA Today

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.