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.
Jeff Brohm is at the top of Louisville’s list of head football coaching candidates. You can even say Jeff Brohm is the list of coaching candidates for the Cards.
On Monday, Brohm was asked about the new job opening at his alma mater during his weekly press conference at Purdue. He responded, “I’ve heard the noise just like anyone else. It’s important for me to not comment on any speculation. We’ve got work to do. And a lot of it.”
That’s not a denial, and Purdue fans can’t love it.
If Brohm remains in West Lafayette, other names of interest for the job include Charlie Strong and Lane Kiffin, which is funny.
You can even bet on who will get the gig:
Jeff Brohm -200
Chip Long +250
Ryan Day +300
Charlie Strong +350
Brian Brohm +400
Lane Kiffin +450
Good luck, baby bro.
Being fired is embarrassing.
Being fired while your weekly television show is on the air? Now that’s just brutal.
Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports broke the news this morning that Louisville had fired Bobby Petrino, effective immediately. It wasn’t a surprise, as the Cards are currently 2-8 and haven’t won a game in seven consecutive tries. At least 20 players have already requested transfer paperwork, they’ve lost recruits, the fans have given up, etc. The timing was absolutely necessary.
But man, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and seeing that announcement on the bottom ticker with Bobby’s emotionless face in the background is just beautiful. The show is recorded prior to the official airing, but the point remains: He is “Coach Bobby Petrino” no longer.
UofL radio host Drew Deener also reports each of Petrino’s three family members have also been let go.
His son Nick was the team’s quarterbacks coach, his son-in-law L.D. Scott was the defensive line coach, and his other son-in-law Ryan Beard was the safeties coach.
Multiple sources indicate that the 3 family members (Scott, Petrino and Beard) are out immediately as well.
— Drew Deener (@Drew_Deener) November 11, 2018
In case there was any doubt, college football insider Brett McMurphy also confirmed today that Louisville will focus on Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm in their upcoming coaching search.
Louisville AD Vince Tyra on firing Bobby Petrino: “I did not have the confidence that it was going to happen next season without a change & it needs to start happening now.” Source told @WatchStadium Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, a UL grad, is “clear cut No. 1 choice” of Cards
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 11, 2018
KSR’s Matt Jones reports that while Louisville will make a hard push for the UofL graduate, it’s not a done-deal Brohm accepts the offer.
“I am told it is far from certain he takes the job,” he said. “But in the end, it’s hard for me to see him turning down his hometown and home school.”
On that note, I’ll just leave this right here…
More trouble could be on the horizon for the University of Louisville.
Dan Dakich tweeted, “Huge news coming out of Louisville in the next 72 hours..remember last time I gave U of L news it was spot on.”
Huge news coming out of Louisville in the next 72 hours..remember last time I gave U of L news it was spot on
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) November 8, 2018
Dakich is certainly right about one thing in the tweet: He was one of the first to say Louisville’s appeal would get denied and the school would have to lose its 2013 NCAA championship. He cited “sources in the room,” and days later we learned Louisville’s appeal got denied and the 2013 championship was no more.
Will his prediction be accurate again? I wouldn’t bet against him.
And for what it’s worth, a friend of the KSR program told me early this morning, long before Dakich’s tweet, that Louisville has more coming out and it ain’t good.
With two people saying there is more to come, I’ll go ahead and get some popcorn popping for when it happens.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 07th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
After starting the season 2-7, things are only going to get worse for Bobby Petrino and the Louisville football program.
According to a report by Louisville radio host Mark Ennis, 20 players have requested paperwork to initiate a transfer from the team.
According to a source within the athletic department, in the Fall 2018 semester alone, 20 Louisville football players have requested the required paperwork to initiate a transfer. Number was described as “abnormally high. The most for one sport since the women’s lacrosse fiasco.”
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) November 7, 2018
Ennis followed it up with an update from the athletic department, who disputes the high number of potential transfers.
“An athletic department representative contacted me and disputes that Louisville has had this many football players request transfer paperwork,” he said. “I stand by my earlier report, but in the interest of full disclosure Louisville denies it.”
Former Under Armour All-American and son of former Wildcat standout Craig Yeast, Russ Yeast, announced he was transferring from the University of Louisville just two days ago. Freshman quarterback Jordan Travis also announced he would transfer last week.
Louisville also lost commitments from their highest-rated 2019 recruit in Austin Griffin, three-star offensive lineman Jamari Williams, and three-star defensive end Kristian Varner.
There is no way Bobby P makes it out of this season as Louisville’s football coach.
Almost two months after telling every media outlet that would listen that he never wants to coach again, Rick Pitino now says he wants to coach again. Pitino has hired high-profile NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus in hopes of marketing himself as an NBA coaching candidate.
“I just want to be a part of an organization,” Pitino told ESPN. “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.
“I think the league is going to get younger and player development will become even more important to every organization. That’s my forte. I believe I can help an organization find a pathway to success.”
The fact that Pitino is finally admitting he wants to coach again is the least surprising thing ever; however, I’d be shocked if an NBA team took a chance on him.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 26th, 2018 @ 10:00am
Earlier this week, a jury found former Adidas executive James Gatto, would-be agent Christian Dawkins, and former Adidas consultant Merl Code guilty on felony charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Now, you can hear the wiretaps the FBI used to take them down and expose the seedy underbelly of college basketball.
ESPN released the audio this morning, which includes conversations between the guilty parties and Brian Bowen Sr. about the payments for his son to go to Louisville, and voicemails from Gatto to Rick Pitino after Bowen committed. Gatto and Code also discuss Arizona’s $150,000 offer for Nassir Little and whether or not Adidas would match it to make sure he went to Miami.
If you’ve been following the case, there’s nothing really new here, but it is interesting to read the transcripts to see how the sausage is made, so to speak. Keep in mind that the NCAA can use these to start their own investigations. To dive in, head on over to the Worldwide Leader.