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Mark Jurich says his e-mail about seats wasn’t about seats (it was 100 percent about seats)

Mark Jurich is sorry, he says, in a tweet sent out Thursday morning. He is sorry that his “message got lost” in the email he sent to new University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra about the location of the Jurich family’s season tickets at UofL basketball and football games.

“It’s never been about the seats,” he wrote. “I know there is not a bad location in either of these beautiful venues. To the UofL fans I offended, I am truly sorry.”

But in reality, it is absolutely about the seats. You kidding me? The whole damn thing is about the seats. It’s why he wrote the e-mail in the first place. If you were to read the whole e-mail and then someone next to you said, “Hey friend, what’cha reading about?” You would say, “Oh it’s an e-mail from Mark Jurich about seats.” It’s obvious it’s about seats. What other subject matter would it be? It’s crystal clear. Just like “Moby Dick” is about a whale and “Gulliver’s Travels” is about the travels of Gulliver, Mark Jurich’s e-mail is about seats. The e-mail doesn’t get written if his seats (his free seats he didn’t earn) don’t get moved.

“My message got lost.”

No, you’re backpedaling because everyone is laughing at you.


How can Vince Tyra expect the Jurich family to see from these free seats?

Photo: Twitter/@ericcrawford

You’re looking at the view from Section 107 in the KFC Yum! Center, where University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said he moved the Jurich family tickets for home basketball games.

In case you missed it, Tom Jurich’s son, Mark Jurich aka Captain Entitlement, sent a lengthy e-mail to Tyra complaining about his seat location for his eight free season tickets, in which he said it is “blatant disrespect” to the family.

Tom Jurich’s son blasts new UofL AD in e-mail about free tickets

Eric Crawford tweeted the photo of the Jurich’s new view to see the Cards.

I don’t know how they’ll ever enjoy a game in those free seats for the next 20 years. This is such an injustice. Pray for the Juriches. We’ll hold a candlelight vigil later this week.


Tom Jurich’s son blasts new UofL AD in e-mail about free tickets

Tom Jurich’s baby boy, Mark Jurich, sent an e-mail to new University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra to let him know he’s not happy.

Mark Jurich — you know, that guy who got paid a lot of money to do nothing — is upset because Tyra moved the Jurich’s season football and basketball tickets. The Jurich family had seats at midfield and midcourt in the club levels of Cardinal Stadium and the KFC Yum! Center, but Tyra recently moved them to a corner section of the club.

Poor wittle Jurich said the move is “blatant disrespect” for the family.

Here is the full e-mail, courtesy of The Courier-Journal:

In writing this email, I hope to be clear. It has been my goal to move on – yet you continue to attack my family which gives me no other option than to respond. This email is not about tickets. It is about you and the University dishonoring my father and your blatant disrespect for my family.

If you cannot bear the sight, or rather the optics of Tom Jurich in the YUM! Center or Cardinal Stadium, you are weaker than I thought. If you feel the need to hide my dad in a corner to make yourself feel important or simply comfortable, then so be it — he will do that for you. But you cannot possibly think you can erase him by hiding him in these stadiums. His fingerprints are everywhere. Your coaches still call my dad for advice. Your players still call my dad for insight. Your administration still calls my dad for guidance.

However, this all begs the following questions. Why be so petty? Why not be confident in the leader you think you are, rather than disregard the leader my father has always been? Why not honor him? Why not allow him to keep the seats he has earned after 20 years? These seats aren’t a gift. They were accepted in lieu of a pay raise. You have allowed Jim Ramsey and Kevin Miller (mind you, the athletic dept. accountant and the primary sport administrator for men’s basketball since I was in college) to maintain their seat locations, parking passes and dignity. My father honored Denny Crum with a prominent seat at YUM! for all the great things he did. So why the disparity?

Have you ever considered what my father did for you? He honored the legacy of your father. He was a steward of your money. He provided you with an amazing atmosphere for you as a fan and created a great product for you and your family. So why the continued efforts to embarrass us? My dad’s balance sheet has been on display for 20 years. Would you like for us to discuss yours? Would you like for us to discuss what I did for you at Cardinal Alley?

Or, Vince are you simply out of your league? What do you stand for? How do you look into my eyes moments after my father was placed on leave and say “I will do everything to make sure this University honors your dad”? Can you imagine me treating your son Cooper this way? No, because I never would.

While you were focused on $.79 pom-poms, Tyra jerseys and removing Jurich banners, you should’ve been focused on bridging the gap within our fanbase and supporting our program. The butchering of the NCAA appeal makes me question your agenda. To see the destruction of 20 years’ work in 10 months is heartbreaking. To see our top donors leave is understandable. You can package this however makes you most comfortable, but I question, as should everyone else, are you part of the problem? Is your ego so fragile that you cannot celebrate the man who preceded you?

The vision, unprecedented growth, wins, first-class facilities, world-class coaches, sponsorships, partnerships, conference realignments, conference championships, world series, bowl games, national championships. The campus, the city, the state, etc., etc., etc.

All Tom.

How quickly one forgets.

Now that I have reminded you, would you like to reconsider your decision? You and I both know that it is never too late to do the right thing.

-Mark

[The Courier-Journal]

Awwwwwwww… Poor wittle Mark has to sit in his free seats in the corner now. Awwwwwwwwww… That’s so sad. My heart breaks for the Juriches.

I guess it’s too much to be grateful that Louisville gave the family eight club-level tickets and two priority parking passes for both football and men’s basketball for the next 20 years when Tom left.

What a douche.


Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas receive advance copies of Rick Pitino’s book

Rick Pitino’s book is set to release next week, and a few big media members are already getting advanced copies.

ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas received and read the book, and both hinted that it’s going to rock the college basketball world.

To no one’s surprise, Vitale is defending Pitino again, saying “naysayers” will change their minds on the situation after reading the book.

Bilas said the book is “gripping” and “compelling,” saying it sheds light on the NCAA/FBI situations, his coaching career, and more.

The tell-all book where Pitino says he will “lay all his cards on the table” is set to release on September 4. And it just might be worthy of a KSR dramatic live reading.

Get your popcorn ready, BBN.


Louisville’s new Cardinal Stadium graphic is hilariously average

Louisville’s new Cardinal Stadium graphic is hilariously average

Louisville just brought Microsoft Word’s clip art back to life.

As you can see above, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium has a new and not-so-improved look going forward. They have apparently found the most low-budget graphic designers to create the latest post-Papa logo. As Matt Jones put it on Twitter, it looks like they found some students from a middle school art class to do the job.

In fact, I timed myself to see how long it would take to come up with something as generic and boring on Microsoft Word, and this bad boy took me a whopping minute and 48 seconds:

Stock “animated red football stadium” image, Word Art, and a generic Cardinal head. Where do I sign up?

Louisville fans aren’t too pleased about it, either…

I hope those art students had an extra 15 minutes of recess as a reward for their hard work.


Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas got dismissed

A federal judge dismissed Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas on Tuesday.

The former Louisville coach, now a frequenter of a Best Western outdoor bar in Miami, filed the lawsuit last October. He was seeking damages for emotional distress and humiliation from Adidas putting him on blast in the Brian Bowen play-for-pay scandal.

U.S. District Court judge David J. Hale tossed it out like a fake national championship, saying it must be settled in arbitration, as Pitino’s endorsement with the shoe company states.

You can read the full order over at LEX18.com.


Of course Rick Pitino owns a horse named “Party Dancer”

You can’t make this stuff up.  Rick Pitino owns a horse named Party Dancer.

The horse ran first yesterday in the fifth race at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.  The maiden claiming race produced a $33,380 purse. A $2 win bet on Party Dancer paid $10.80.

I wonder where Rick found his inspiration…

This is so ridiculous, I now believe Pitino has become self-aware.  He knows he will never coach basketball again, so during his down time at the Best Western bar, Pitino is thinking of the most creative ways to troll America.  “Party Dancer” the horse is step seven of a master plan that involves a book, podcast and Twitter account.  The next step: Pitino becomes a Papa John’s franchisee.


Chane Behanan’s Arrest Draws Cheech and Chong Comparisons

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Chane Behanan’s Saturday night arrest quickly became a quick punchline, one the Louisville Metro Police could not even resist.

The former University of Louisville forward and National Champion was arrested at a traffic stop on Seventh Street Road for possession of marijuana and a stolen firearm. A passenger in the vehicle, initial reports were sparse on details, aside from a stolen Sporter 7.62 AK-47 and the smell of marijuana.

Yesterday the LMPD’s social media accounts took some time to give a pat on the back to officers in the 4th Division.  It did not directly call out Behanan by name, but the details in the arrest match up with the Facebook post.  Pictures of property taken from the Saturday night Seventh Street arrest reveal a stolen AK-47 and quite a bit of marijuana.

Even if this post is not related to Behanan, the LMPD social media account manager deserves a raise for the line, “Cheech and Chong would be impressed at the amount of apparent weed smoke pouring out of the windows.”


Source: Louisville Metro Corrections/WDRB

Chane Behanan arrested on marijuana, gun charges

Source: Louisville Metro Corrections/WDRB

Good ‘ole Chane Behanan is at it again.

The former UofL forward was arrested for enhanced possession of marijuana and receiving stolen property. Behanan was one of four arrested during a traffic stop on 7th Street Road in Louisville late last night.

According to WDRB, a stolen Sporter 7.62 AK-47 style rifle was found with Behanan in the backseat, along with marijuana residue in the the former Louisville forward’s lap. An enhanced marijuana possession charge indicates there was a minor involved or the incident occurred in a school/protected zone, and harsher punishments will likely follow.

Behanan was part of the 2013 National Championship team that never existed, per the NCAA. Rick Pitino eventually kicked him off the team for repeated team violations, which Behanan eventually admitted was due to failed drug tests.

Behanan’s court date is scheduled for tomorrow, August 6.


Rick Pitino Does (Another) Interview, Says He’s Done Coaching

Believe it or not, Rick Pitino did another interview.  This time he admitted his coaching career is probably over.

“I’m not looking to coach again,” Pitino told Terry Meiners on 840 WHAS.  “I think that the university and the Southern District in New York put me in such a light that I don’t think coaching is in my future.  It’s a shame.”  

Pitino returned to the airwaves on the same day UofL officials released text messages that proved Pitino knew Brian Bowen was seeking $200,000 to play college basketball.  Naturally, he categorized the message he sent to Kenny Johnson as “gossip and rumors you see on the internet every single day.” Pitino condemned the university for dragging out the settlement process, because in his mind it’s only going to hurt the basketball program.

Pitino is going down swinging.  He’s willing to go all the way to court to settle with UofL.  Before he drags in his former players to testify, he’s prepared to go after three people — he alluded to Papa John, David Grissom and Governor Matt Bevin — in his upcoming book.  “Everything in that book is 100% the truth.”

Pitino’s entire 13-minute conversation with Terry Meiners is another wild ride.  Click here to listen to all of the madness.


UofL: Rick Pitino knew schools tried to pay Brian Bowen

Following Rick Pitino’s termination at the University of Louisville, the school and former head coach have filed lawsuits against one another.  Through discovery, UofL revealed that Pitino knew schools were trying to pay for Brian Bowen’s services.

“DePaul trying to pay Bowen 200 K to come there,” Pitino texted then assistant coach Kenny Johnson. “Crazy world.”

David Padgett acknowledged in a deposition that the information about DePaul would have been a red flag.  The once interim head coach said he would not have recruited a player who was allegedly accepting money from schools.

UofL also detailed Pitino’s relationship with agent Christian Dawkins, one that was never reported to compliance officials.  A text message on June 2, 2017 from Dawkins informed Pitino that other schools were trying to “influence” Bowen’s decision.  Dawkins encouraged Pitino to call Bowen.  The following day, Bowen committed to UofL.  Pitino celebrated the news by telling Terry Meiners this:

“In my 40-some-odd years of coaching, this is the luckiest I’ve ever been…It fell into our lap, and we got very lucky, and every once in a while, you need a little luck.”

For more details, read the WDRB report and keep up with snapshots of the discovery from Jason Riley’s timeline. This might be the juiciest nugget so far:


Rick Pitino’s book has a release date (LESSGOOOOOOO)

Put me down as super excited for Rick Pitino’s new book.

The Washington Post has a story about it today in which we learn it will be called “Pitino: My Story” and it is set to hit bookshelves on September 4.

The former Louisville coach promises to “tell all” and will “lay all his cards on the table” in the book that is co-written by Seth Kaufman and will cover his entire career, all the way up to his scandalous exit from Louisville.

But isn’t laying on tables what got Pitino in trouble in the first place?

[The Washington Post: Rick Pitino promises to tell all in upcoming memoir]


Photo: Louisville Metro Corrections

Katina Powell indicted on theft charges

The “escort queen” who single-handedly took down the Louisville basketball program is in the news yet again.

Katina Powell has been indicted by a grand jury on criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception charges.

According to the arrest citation, Powell is alleged to have stolen blank checks totaling $2,900 and attempting to cash them at a liquor store. The reported victim, Thomas Tyre, has since dropped the charges.

“I want her in my life,” Tyre told the Courier Journal in May. “I’m sad about what happened.”

The arrest occurred on May 17, where she was seen wearing a Louisville football shirt in her mugshot.

Photo: Louisville Metro Corrections

Powell was evicted from her home back in April after her daughter reportedly pulled a gun on a man in front of their home back in January. The court deemed Powell was in violation of her lease agreement.

Powell was also arrested in January for allegedly shoplifting a toothbrush from a Walmart in Louisville.