By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 18th, 2019 @ 10:35am
Today, we got one step closer to St. John’s giving up and hiring Rick Pitino.
This morning, Iona’s Tim Cluess became the latest coach to turn down the Red Storm, joining Bobby Hurley (Arizona State), Porter Moser (Loyola-Chicago), and Ryan Odom (UMBC). The news is particularly cruel considering Cluess is a St. John’s alum and both of his brothers, who died young, played there as well. Last week, Chris Mullin stepped down after four seasons.
Where does St. John’s go from here? According to Matt Norlander, they’re interviewing Yale’s James Jones today and former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson and Oklahoma State’s Mike Boynton are also in the mix.
How long before the St. John’s AD is on the phone begging the Southern District of New York to apologize to Rick Pitino so he’ll return to New York?
By Maggie Davis on ©April 10th, 2019 @ 11:57pm
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?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 21st, 2019 @ 2:32pm
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.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) March 21, 2019
By Jack Pilgrim on ©March 21st, 2019 @ 12:30pm
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.
Ernie confirms Rick Pitino is coaching in Greece, therefore not in Des Moines today
— Tate (@tatefrazier) March 21, 2019
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.
— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) March 20, 2019
Maybe he’ll be in attendance next year as the head coach of UNLV. It’s a match made in heaven.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 06th, 2019 @ 5:47pm
You didn’t think Rick Pitino would let the first of the college hoops trials end without a ridiculous statement, did you? After Christian Dawkins’ attorney called Louisville one of the “dirtiest basketball programs in the history of the NCAA” and the judge presiding over the trial said Dawkins and Merl Code covered Pitino’s tracks, Pitino put down his afternoon Greek yogurt and picked up his phone to text Tim Sullivan of The Courier-Journal.
“Here is my response for the 100th time,” Pitino said in a text message from Turkey, where his Greek EuroLeague team plays Friday. “I’ve never in my 40-plus years given any player any incentive to come play for me. Dawkins in a wiretap, along with (former Adidas consultant T.J.) Gassnola and (Bowen’s) dad said I had no knowledge (of) what was going on.
“(If) A polygraph is not good enough, people under oath is not good enough, 20-plus assistants is not good enough, then nothing is. The Southern District of New York used me for publicity, the University of Louisville buried a Hall of Fame career. Let me rest in peace. Please, you have killed enough of my life.“
I’ve found myself becoming somewhat indifferent to Pitino during his Greek revival phase — even rooting for him to succeed on occasion — but this statement is further proof life’s more entertaining with him around. Come back to the States, Rick.
Read more at the link below.
Louisville is “One of the dirtiest basketball programs in the history of the NCAA,” says attorney in college hoops trial
By Drew Franklin on ©March 06th, 2019 @ 8:53am
While you were getting ready for Kentucky-Ole Miss on Tuesday, the three men caught up in the college basketball corruption trial were given their sentences. Jim Gatto, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins were handed light sentences for their roles in defrauding universities by paying college basketball recruits — Gatto got nine months, Dawkins and Code each got six. There will be an appeals process before they serve their time, if they serve any at all. Good luck to them.
But we’re not here to discuss the crimes of Gatto, Code and Dawkins right now. We have more important things to share from the trial, like Dawkins’ attorney calling Louisville, “one of the most non-compliant and dirtiest basketball programs in the history of the NCAA.”
It’s right here in Yahoo’s story from the trial:
“I’ll never forget that,” Kaplan said. “They knew it was wrong and they were covering their tracks. And they were making sure they were covering Rick Pitino’s tracks. Why were they covering Rick Pitino’s tracks? Because they knew he was out if he did know.”
Pitino was fired anyway when the federal charges were first announced. He is the only head coach to lose his job thus far.
Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State all offered victim-impact statements prior to sentencing. Louisville even claimed the case had demoralized alumni and defeated the fanbase. But as Moore noted, two of Louisville’s own assistant coaches were involved in possible NCAA violations, “yet they have not yet been prosecuted.” And if the school wasn’t willing to fire Pitino after prostitutes entertained players and recruits at parties in the dorm, then how demoralizing could this have been?
“I think the way Louisville handled ‘StripperGate’ was telling,” Moore said after the sentencing.
Haney was even more direct, mocking the entire concept that the Cardinals could be an aggrieved party, labeling it, “one of the most non-compliant and dirtiest basketball programs in the history of the NCAA.” [Yahoo.com]
That’s music to my ears.
But back to the college basketball mess in its entirety, there is a new trial coming this spring and it’s going to bring even more crimes from the sport to light. LSU’s Will Wade and Arizona’s Sean Miller have already been subpoenaed, and you can expect more illegal activity to appear from the shadows as the defense tries to prove its the culture of college basketball, not just a couple of criminals.
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.