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Kevin Stallings to UofL Fans: “At least we didn’t pay our players $100,000”

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Even opposing head coaches are making fun of Louisville.

Last night Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings got sick and tired of hearing lip from the Yum! Center crowd. As the second half ticked away in a 77-51 loss to Louisville, Stallings responded to hecklers in the crowd: “At least we didn’t pay our players $100,000.”

Another louder clip of the exchange:

After the game, Stallings did not deny his immature antics, unlike another coach who used to frequent the Yum! Center.

Quentin Snider is Salty about the Rupp Arena Refs

“It was the refs’ fault Louisville lost by 29.”  That’s the kind of excuse you’d expect to hear from an idiot UofL fan, but not a Louisville player.  They should know better, right?  Wrong.

Louisville senior point guard Quentin Snider made just 3-of-11 shots against Kentucky.  That’s not good.  Instead of shouldering the blame, he took a shot at the officials.

“We already knew what was going to happen,” said Snider.  “Each of us already had one foul when we came down here.  We just had to play through it, but it was tough.”

Snider was the victim, not the culprit.  It sounds like he learned a lot from his former coach.

He Gone: Rick Pitino’s face removed from KFC Yum! Center

He Gone: Rick Pitino’s face removed from KFC Yum! Center

The cleansing of Louisville continued Thursday when a gigantic photo of Rick Pitino’s face was removed from inside the KFC Yum! Center and escorted off the premises. The photo’s final destination is unknown, but my guess is it either went to the nearest garbage bin or was sent to a lab for vampire research.

It was a very sad day for Pitino fans in Louisville, all three of them, as their beloved coach was extracted from his cathedral. To make matters worse, there are rumors circulating that workers found a safe behind the photo containing hundreds of thousands of dollars in dirty Adidas money, as well as Pitino’s personal polaroid photos from the Minardi Hall parties. We are currently working to confirm.

He gone.

1,300 phone calls submitted as evidence in FBI case

Things are going to get a lot more interesting in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, once someone weeds through all of the new evidence.

According to our friends at the Courier-Journal, 1,300 recorded phone calls have been submitted as evidence in the case. Together, those intercepted phone calls make up over 200 hours of conversations between the folks at the center of the probe.

More from the C-J’s story:

Among the evidence includes recordings of “1,300 pertinent phone calls” as well as a full copy of an email account, text messages and recorded interviews with defendants, according to a letter from U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim.

Additionally, some of the phones being federally investigated as evidence cannot be accessed because they are password protected, according to court documents. [Courier-Journal]

I need a recorded conversation with Pitino saying “pay Bowden” more than I need oxygen.

Brian Bowen says he was unaware of bribery scandal

Brian Bowen is innocent, according to Brian Bowen.

The one-time Louisville Cardinal, whose family has been accused of accepting $100,000 from Adidas, did an exclusive interview with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, in which he said he was unaware of any pay-for-play scheme to attend U of L.

“I was shocked,” Bowen told Goodman, speaking about the moment he found out he was involved in the FBI investigation. “I didn’t believe it at all. … They have to be lying. There’s no way I’m involved in it.”

Bowen claims he didn’t know anything about what was alleged to have happened, and that he still hasn’t spoken to his father about it.

“I really didn’t believe it. I still don’t believe it,” he said. “All these allegations, so many stories. My mind has been everywhere. This has been rough.”

Bowen is still in Louisville where he works out with former UK great Derek Anderson. He hopes to receive a phone call from another college basketball program, but there has been very little interest in him at this point.

He also told Goodman, “I feel like I’m a victim because of greedy adults.”

Rick Pitino named one of the Least Influential People of 2017

2017 was a big year for Rick Pitino. His program was stripped of a national title for one scandal and then he got fired for an entirely different one; yet, if you ask him, he didn’t do anything wrong at all, which is why GQ named him one of the LEAST influential people of 2017.

“It’s never Rick Pitino’s fault,” Drew Magary writes. “Alleged hooker orgies for Louisville recruits? Affairs at the Ground Round? Named in a federal bribery indictment? Rick Pitino doesn’t know about any of that, folks. In fact, he’s downright offended that you would even have the temerity to imply that a college basketball coach of his stature–who has his hands in virtually every part of the program in addition to greater school affairs–would be privy to such damning misdeeds. Why, he was teaching bounce passes to disabled puppies when all that was going down!”

Who else made the list, which Magary calls a “roll call of enablers, buffoons, and losers who not only contributed nothing to society in 2017, but actively helped ruin America by doing so”? Lonzo Ball, Roy Moore, Woody Allen, Roger Goodell, Sean Spicer, and “All the Bad Men” accused of sexual misconduct in 2017, such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.

That’s some fine company, Rick.

[GQ: The Least Influential People of 2017]

BREAKING: UofL sues Rick Pitino seeking lost profits for NCAA vacated games and ticket sales

Back in November, Rick Pitino filed a lawsuit against UofL worth roughly $35 million for breach of contract following his termination from the school.

Tonight,  Jason Riley of WDRB has reported the University of Louisville has officially filed a lawsuit against Rick Pitino, asking for monetary damages from NCAA vacation of wins, ticket sales, donations, and bonuses.

UofL claims Pitino admitted wrongdoing in his epic ESPN interview with Jay Bilas, where he took “full responsibility” for his hiring decisions. They also argue Pitino knew about Brian Bowen’s mother living in the Galt House and did not report the potential violation to compliance staff.

After UofL had their hearing today with the NCAA, it’s obvious things did not go well at all and the school will look to earn back every cent lost when sanctions officially hit in January.

This situation just got a whole lot uglier..

Jurich and Pitino halted Charlotte Hornets to Louisville

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Earlier today, we mentioned an article on titled “College Basketball Made Louisville, Then Broke It,” a piece that analyzed the uprise and downfall of Louisville athletics.

Hidden in the article was a bit of breaking news that would have been pretty substantial for the state of Kentucky…

The Charlotte Hornets had an agreement to move to Louisville in 2002, but Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich didn’t want to share the city, let alone an arena, with an NBA team.

Around the time Pitino arrived, a group of Louisville businessmen and politicians were making a concerted effort to land an NBA team. In part, this was a play for economic development. Louisville could see how pro football and hockey helped revitalize Nashville. But it also came just as much from a desire for respect. The city burghers even had a nonbinding agreement with the Charlotte Hornets, which wanted to relocate. The plan centered around building a downtown arena that the Hornets and the Cardinals would share.

Jurich and Pitino had other ideas. They had no intention of sharing an arena with an NBA team–they didn’t even want to share the city with an NBA team. Louisville was theirs. David Stern, who was then commissioner of the NBA, recalls thinking, “If Rick Pitino doesn’t want us there, why are we going there?” The Hornets went to New Orleans instead.

The Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002 to become the New Orleans Hornets. In 2013, they became the New Orleans Pelicans.

If it weren’t for two power-hungry individuals, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, and Darius Miller would be playing professional basketball in Louisville right now.

As if it weren’t easy enough to dislike Jurich and Pitino already…

Bloomberg: “College Basketball Made Louisville, Then Broke It”

We haven’t tap-danced on top of Louisville today, so let’s do that now.

New to the internet, Bloomberg tells the unfortunate story of the University of Louisville’s demise. “College Basketball Made Louisville, Then Broke It,” the lengthy report is called; and in it, three Bloomberg reporters write about Louisville trying to put the pieces back together from the fall.

There’s not much new to it, but it’s worth your time on this Wednesday if you — you know — still find humor in Scandal U.


(Oh, and today’s the day of Louisville’s final appeal hearing.)

Dr. Ricky Jones talks about the UofL E:60 on Hey Kentucky!

Dr. Ricky Jones talks about the UofL E:60 on Hey Kentucky!

Sunday morning Dr. Ricky Jones grabbed the nation’s attention on E:60 by describing “the pimp game” that happened between Adidas, Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville.  Tonight he joined Matt Jones to talk about it on Hey Kentucky!

See the entire episode after the jump.