By Drew Franklin on ©October 24th, 2017 @ 10:15am
As it stands now, Brian Bowen will not be playing college basketball this season. The five-star prospect was all set to be a key piece of the Louisville Cardinals, until the FBI found some funny business in his recruitment ($100,000 worth of funny business). He has since been suspended from team activities, although he remains a full-time student in hopes he is reinstated.
Bowen still needs to play high-level basketball, though; so what has he done to keep his game on track for the NBA draft next summer? According to the Courier-Journal, Bowen hired former Kentucky star Derek Anderson as a trainer.
“I told him when he came in here, the mental preparation is what separates you,” Anderson said Monday afternoon. “People want to see if you can handle situations, the game, the pressure. When you come into a game, you have to block out family, friends, everything.”
Anderson began working with Bowen last Thursday at the Harrods Creek Baptist Church in Prospect. Among those in attendance was former Louisville star Jerry Eaves, the head basketball coach at Simmons College. [Courier-Journal]
The C-J’s story also notes that Bowen still lives in Minardi Hall and has access to the basketball practice facility.
Now here’s a video of Derek Anderson dunking on Louisville:
By Drew Franklin on ©October 19th, 2017 @ 12:39pm
David Padgett has found another assistant to join his staff at Louisville and it’s a former Duke Blue Devil.
According to several reports on the internet, Greg Paulus will soon become the second assistant beneath Padgett, along with Trent Johnson. The addition of Paulus will be announced in a press conference later this afternoon.
Paulus was most recently an assistant at Ohio State, up until Thad Matta’s firing this past summer. He also spent time as a quarterback at Syracuse after his basketball playing career at Duke ended in 2009.
Rick Pitino can’t shut up, so let’s reflect on his latest PR blunder — an interview with Jay Bilas on last night’s midnight edition of SportsCenter.
1. He does not look good.
In fact, he gave me nightmares.
2. He is really hard to believe.
I don’t believe a word he says because he is an arrogant, self-centered, habitual liar who will do anything to cover his own tail.
So take it from Mike Decourcy, who wrote, “Rick Pitino would be easier to believe if he were more believable.”
3. Jay Bilas did not challenge him.
If you’re going to do that interview, you have to ask how/why Louisville has had three of college basketball’s biggest scandals in less than a decade. Or ask: If you’re truly in the dark, why are you so bad at knowing what’s going on within your program? Why do you suck at hiring assistants? Do you even work there?
4. “I passed a lie detector test” is not an answer.
Nobody cares about, or believes, your home lie detector test. Hell, you probably believe your own B.S. because you’re a crazy person.
Also, that’s not why you were fired.
Also also, you’re lying.
5. I laughed when he said his legacy is not important.
“Humility is the most important word in the dictionary, ” he said (seriously). “My legacy is really irrelevant. It’s not that important.”
Can we get a lie detector on that one please? Hook the narcissist back up to the truth machine and watch it burst into flames.
Tom Jurich has been fired.
The UofL board of trustees deliberated for several hours Wednesday afternoon before coming to a 10-3 vote to permanently remove him as the university’s athletics director. The firing came three days shy of the 20th anniversary of his hiring; thus ending a long, scandalous era of UofL athletics.
Vince Tyra, a UK grad and former Wildcat baseball player, is the new AD in the Ville.
Sports radio will be electric in the coming days.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 17th, 2017 @ 11:00pm
Rick Pitino’s fight to prove his innocence revealed one key piece of information the general public did not know about him before Monday: He’s an emoji guy.
When Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, released text messages between the former Louisville head coach and the men caught up in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, we learned Pitino uses emojis in his text responses.
Knowing Pitino is fluent in the emoji language, I hacked into his Apple account (the password was ‘bravopitino’) to find other emoji-filled (and fake) conversations in his inbox.
Have a look at what I found:
Multiple media outlets in Louisville are reporting Tom Jurich will be fired on Wednesday. WHAS radio host Terry Meiners is one of those people spreading the word; he tweeted Jurich will be fired “with cause” at the UofL board of trustees meeting.
SOURCE: Negotiations cease, Tom Jurich to be fired "with cause" at Wednesday's UofL board of trustees meeting
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) October 17, 2017
Jurich’s firing marks the end of an era — an era of embezzling money from the university and allowing scandal after scandal without punishment.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 17th, 2017 @ 5:28pm
Today in “What did Rick Pitino do now”: the former Louisville coach is suing Adidas for — get this — ruining his reputation by funneling money to Brian Bowen.
Oh yes, Pitino alleges he suffered damages as a result of Adidas’ “outrageous conduct in conspiring to funnel money to the family of a college basketball recruit,” which he continues to claim happened without his “knowledge, participation, or acquiescence.” The federal lawsuit comes one day after Adidas terminated its contract with Pitino, who reportedly got 98% of the $39 million Louisville was owed in its current deal with the apparel company.
“Coach Pitino has striven to ensure that the University of Louisville men’s basketball program operates cleanly, properly, and in strict compliance with all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and other regulatory requirements,” the lawsuit reads. “He has never authorized, tolerated, participated in, or otherwise condoned giving improper benefits to recruits or players, or to their families.”
So, let me get this straight. Pitino is suing someone else for damaging his reputation?! Hahahaha.
Read the entire suit below:
And a statement from Pitino on the matter:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 16th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
WDRB’s Rick Bozich has never been one to shy away from controversial topics in his writing, for both good and bad. This afternoon, however, he wrote what may have been one of his most brutally honest pieces ever.
Bozich’s column discussed the downfall of Rick Pitino, starting with his rise to National Champion at Kentucky, to bottom of the barrel following scandal after scandal at the University of Louisville.
He began by discussing how weird it feels to send the legendary coach out with so much disgust and anger, when he was “supposed” to be sent off and appreciated for his historic career like most other historic coaches do.
Rick Pitino was supposed to go out surrounded by family and friends, not with attorneys sharing the results of a polygraph test they say Pitino passed.
There should have been music and standing ovations, not photocopies of text messages with an AAU coach from what was apparently Pitino’s telephone.
There was supposed to be talk about how Pitino won national titles at Louisville and Kentucky, not questions about whether the pressure to keep up with Kentucky and John Calipari led to this abrupt end to a Hall of Fame career.
It’s over now, the University of Louisville portion of Pitino’s coaching career. On the brink of his 17th season at U of L and 25th coaching in this state, the most compelling college basketball coach exited Monday with the blunt word from the U of L Athletics Association that Pitino’s contract was terminated.
To put it simply, Kentucky happened. The competition to keep up with Calipari and his recruiting success happened. His losses to the Wildcats year after year happened.
In Bozich’s eyes, the “little brother” place on the totem pole compared to Kentucky may have been too much for Pitino to take.
Kentucky happened because halfway through Pitino’s 16-year run in Louisville, John Calipari rolled into Lexington. You started to hear the whispers that Cal was eager to bloody Pitino’s nose. The two had a history.
Kentucky happened because Calipari recruited better players, went to more Final Fours and beat Pitino head-to-head over and over and over.
Did the competitive rush to keep up with Kentucky lead to a member of Pitino’s staff organizing the stripper and prostitution scandal that knocked U of L out of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, the possible vacating of the 2013 NCAA title and an embarrassing probation?
Did the drive to run with Kentucky inspire another member of Pitino’s staff to get dragged into this federal investigation? The Brian Bowen recruitment smelled too good to be true. The federal government appears to be making the case that five-star recruits don’t show up in early June without special incentives.
Until a sharper, on-the-record version of both events develops, the Kentucky Happened explanation works for me.
Overall, scandals and disappointment will be on the forefront when highlighting Pitino’s coaching career. Forever.
Now Bowen and the stripper scandal will define Pitino’s career as much as the two national titles, seven Final Four trips at Providence, Kentucky and Louisville and the Hall of Fame. It’s not the way Rick Pitino was supposed to say goodbye.
He’s been officially fired from the program that once thought so highly of him. The remaining $44-million of his contract will likely never reach his hands. Adidas has officially cut ties with him. Louisville fans will look at him in shame and disgust, not happiness and appreciation for what he did for the program.
As much as he says he will fight the decision and the dollar figures, it’s over.
You can read the rest of Bozich’s article here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 16th, 2017 @ 2:44pm
After almost six hours in session and a ridiculous 50-page defense from Pitino’s lawyers, the UofL Athletics Association Board just announced they have terminated Rick Pitino’s contract, meaning he is officially out after a 16-year career as Louisville’s head coach.
“After proper notice and an opportunity to be heard, the University of Louisville Athletics Association has voted to terminate Rick Pitino with just cause,” the board announced.
The vote was unanimous. He gone.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 16th, 2017 @ 1:17pm
The UofL Athletics Association Board is still meeting to determine Rick Pitino’s fate, and reporters were just given a 50-page report from Pitino’s lawyers that argues he did not violate his contract. The most ridiculous part of the report so far: Pitino apparently took and passed a polygraph test about the scandal to clear his name. Per Joe Sonka:
Pitino took a polygraph and his attorney included results in his defense: pic.twitter.com/UfjhIFPFuE
— Joe Sonka ðŸ˜ (@joesonka) October 16, 2017
Well, if he passed a polygraph test, he must be innocent. It’s not like people have been proving you can trick those for years.
Pitino’s lawyers also included screenshots of text messages between Pitino and Adidas executive James Gatto, whom he has been accused of conspiring with to funnel players to Louisville, as proof that their communications were about Terry Rozier’s shoe deal and not Brian Bowen:
Regarding that last screenshot, now is a great moment to remind you that it’s very, very easy to delete text messages in a thread, which is what appears to have happened between August 15 and September 28. C’mon man.
More texts from Christian Dawkins, the agent whose phone was tapped by the FBI:
Texts between Pitino and. Kristina Dawkins, agent and one of defendants: (2/2) pic.twitter.com/U1MXOVYq3a
— Joe Sonka ðŸ˜ (@joesonka) October 16, 2017
Pitino’s lawyers are also arguing that Dawkins, who was charged with three counts of wire fraud and money laundering, wasn’t really an agent:
Pitinoâ€™s team arguing Dawkins was not an agent. pic.twitter.com/9BikYnTFEt
— Joe Sonka ðŸ˜ (@joesonka) October 16, 2017
Also interesting: Pitino’s lawyers interviewed former assistant turned interim coach David Padgett, who recalled how upset Pitino was when he learned Brian Bowen and his family were living at the Galt House (Padgett claims he was not aware of that either):
Finally, in a four-page affidavit, Pitino still claims to have no knowledge of any wrongdoing and swears he will “fight tirelessly to defend my reputation.”
LOL. Haven’t we all seen this too many times to believe him?
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 11th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
After the initial reports on the nationwide bribery scandal were released, we were told at the FBI’s initial press conference that though they made their first round of coach arrests, their investigation was just getting started.
“We have your playbook,” said New York’s FBI assistant director in charge William F. Sweeney Jr.
Now, the LA Times is reporting that the “tip of the iceberg” rumors are true, and the investigation could lead to upwards of 50 assistant and head coaches being fired throughout the nation.
Two people involved in the case, who spoke on the condition they not be identified because of the ongoing legal proceedings, said they expect more college coaches and others involved with grassroots basketball programs to be charged later this month.
One former high-major college coach who retains deep connections in the business said he believes the case will lead to 40 to 50 job openings for head and assistant coaches by the spring.
Already, some coaches at schools not linked to the first round of charges have retained attorneys. A sense of unease permeates the sport during a time usually filled with optimism because the season opens next month.
Last Friday, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated writer Bruce Feldman said these indictments are expected in the “next two weeks.”
Hearing more indictments are coming in college hoops. Expected to happen within the next two weeks, I'm told.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 6, 2017
After the LA Times released their report, Feldman responded that their story falls in line with what he was hearing, as well.
This LA Times report lines up with what I'd heard & tweeted about last week involving the ongoing college hoops scandal. https://t.co/xRCH8H1FPb
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 11, 2017
As we told you last week, the University of Kentucky has confirmed they have not been contacted about any potential investigation by the FBI.
“We have not,” they said.
Las Vegas bookies, on the other hand, believe UK could be one of the next schools involved.
Back in September, MyTopSportsBooks.com released their odds on the next program to be investigated by the FBI, and Kentucky made the list.
- Texas: 9/1
- Alabama: 12/1
- Kansas: 15/1
- Ole Miss: 16/1
- Missouri: 16/1
- UNLV: 20/1
- Duke: 25/1
- Kentucky: 25/1
John Calipari is tied with Coach K at 50/1 odds at being the next head coach involved in the investigations.
- Bruce Pearl: 6/1
- Andy Enfield: 8/1
- Jim Larranaga: 15/1
- Frank Martin: 15/1
- Sean Miller: 15/1
- Mike Boynton: 40/1
- John Calipari: 50/1
- Mike Krzyzewski: 50/1
Any bets the “former high-major” coach making the prediction is Rick Pitino?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 11th, 2017 @ 2:07pm
Give Louisville interim head coach David Padgett some credit: he just made a really smart hire. As first reported by KSR, Padgett is adding former head coach Trent Johnson to his staff. Johnson has been the head coach at TCU, LSU, Stanford, and Nevada, and will bring some much-needed experience to a staff that desperately needs it.
You probably remember Johnson best from his time at LSU, when he said of playing the eventual 2012 National Champion Kentucky Wildcats, “I don’t know if it’s Kentucky or the Miami Heat we have to play on Saturday.” A week later, after the Cats mauled the Tigers, he said, “You can crown them right now.”
Good for Louisville for finally hiring someone with some common sense.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 06th, 2017 @ 2:06pm
On Tuesday, UofL interim president Greg Postel sent Rick Pitino a letter as part of the university’s termination process, and man, it’s intense. In the three-page letter, which went public this afternoon, Postel blasts Pitino for his involvement in “two recent and highly publicized scandals” (the hookers and the money).
“Your involvement in these recent scandals cannot be considered isolated events,” Postel writes. “Instead, they are illustrative of a pattern and practice of inappropriate behavior.”
Postel also reveals that Christian Dawkins — an agent indicted in the FBI probe — was on UofL’s campus “for purposes relating to the basketball program” in late May, just before Brian Bowen committed to the Cardinals. That’s a new and pretty damning fact. Dawkins, as you might remember, was caught on tape discussing the scheme to funnel money from adidas to Bowen with UofL coaches in Las Vegas in late July.
All in all, Postel charges Pitino with violating his contract in eight ways between the two scandals. Per the letter, Pitino will have a chance to present evidence against his suspension and termination at a board meeting on October 16, the same day his paid leave ends.
Read the entire letter for yourself below:
Postel ain’t messing around.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 06th, 2017 @ 12:44pm
Today in University-6: assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair have been placed on paid leave, effective immediately. Louisville just announced the news, with this statement from acting athletic director Vince Tyra:
“We are in the process of executing our due diligence as it relates to an ongoing investigation and feel that this is an appropriate step at this time. Our university will continue to fully cooperate with federal authorities in their investigation.”
That leaves one-time assistant and now interim head coach David Padgett all alone to man the ship. Good luck, man.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 05th, 2017 @ 3:14pm
The Courier-Journal has pretty much ended Tom Jurich’s run at Louisville with its reporting of Jurich’s robbery of the university today.
In going through the reports, you’ll find plenty of insane perks Jurich had, but one really stands out to me among the rest: UofL paid Jurich’s bar tab at two different country clubs, on top of the $53,000 in annual membership dues.
Sign me up for that job!