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Derek Willis: Pitino’s Last Stand

In case you haven’t noticed, the Louisville basketball program is in trouble.  A lot of trouble.

It wasn’t too long ago that the Cards were the fourth-ranked team in the nation, oblivious to their talent deficiency and struggles against mediocre teams, and willing to declare themselves not only the best team in the nation, but also a candidate to be the first team in thirty-six years to run the table.  Point blank, period.

But in the days since Hurricane Chane jinxed his team with only a few thoughtless words, the Cards have spun out of control.  They’ve lost five out of their last seven games, including a humiliation at the hands of Providence on the night Rick Pitino was honored.  Peyton Siva forgot how to dribble and shoot and then how to smile.  Wayne Blackshear needs to drop a dress size.  The Cards have decided that they apparently don’t like each other very much or, according to Chris Smith, spend too much time listening to family members who don’t like their teammates.  Peyton Siva’s dad blamed the devil and Kevin Ware’ dad blamed Peyton Siva.  Rick Pitino?  He blamed C.L. Brown. 

And after a loss to Marquette this afternoon, the Cards, who are still floundering in the top-25 somehow, now appear bound for the NIT.  And, umm, by the way, guys….Rick said last year was the rebuilding year.  Not good.

But guess what?  It could get worse.

 On Friday, Bullitt East junior Derek Willis will sit before his peers at 4 pm and announce where he’ll go to college in eighteen months.  The 6’9″ Willis, formerly a Purdue commitment, will pick between the Boilermakers, the Indiana Hoosiers and the two familiar faces of Rick Pitino and John Calipari.  In just about every situation, this is a considerable advantage in the direction of Lexington.  But Willis is different.

Willis is a kid that has admitted to not be too in awe of the UK mystique and though he’s not a Jefferson County kid, he’s pretty much playing his high school ball in Louisville.  Kentucky didn’t offer a scholarship until late and Pitino has been seen at his games more than Calipari has.  And, oh yeah, by the way, Willis’ parents are Louisville fans.  His dad wears UofL hats to his game and when I was at Bullitt East last month, every kid that came over to talk said it was no secret that Willis likes the Cards.  So despite the apparent mismatch nationally in terms of recruiting, Pitino and Calipari’s first Battle In The Bluegrass appears to be decidedly in Pitino’s favor.

And that is what makes this potentially so damning.  If Willis announces Friday that he plans to enroll in Dinosaurs and Disasters with Dr. Greb in the fall of 2013 instead of sticking close to home with the Cards, it could be the final nail in the coffin for Rick Pitino’s coaching career. 

Derek Willis isn’t LeBron James and he isn’t going to rewrite either school’s record book as a freshman, but he’s representative of the bigger picture that has become the bitter rivalry between Rick Pitino and John Calipari.

It’s like Pitino is a fine hand-rolled cigar that was once fresh and sported a robust flavor and delicious aroma.  It was the kind of cigar you were proud to have in your collection and one you took great pride in enjoying.  But over time, that cigar continued to burn and burn and you were afraid to ash it, instead choosing to keep it intact and pretending that it was still that fresh, delicous cigar.  Now, it’s nothing more than a nub with an embarrassingly long ash and everyone else wonders why you’re still pretending that it’s something that everyone else can see that it is cleary not.

And with every calculated move, John Calipari flicks a little of that ash free, making it harder and harder to even remember how delicious that cigar once was.

Three for three against the Cards?  A little flick.

Louisville doesn’t exist?  A little flick.

Taking over the Dominican team?  A little flick.

Denny Crum coaching in the UK exhibition?  A little flick.

And after three years of flicking away the ash that still somewhat reminded us what Rick Pitino once was, if John Calipari were to land a commitment from Derek Willis Friday, he will have basically taken that last smoking piece and snuffed it out in the ash tray.

 

Article written by Thomas Beisner

101 Comments for Derek Willis: Pitino’s Last Stand



  1. Sexington
    9:36 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Beez just eloquently shatted on em



  2. caywood jr
    9:39 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the kid chooses any school but UK. The kid is good but not UK good.



  3. Pinch 'n' Roll Tactics
    9:39 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Can we set it up to where the podcasts are working and not stupid instead of stupid and not working?



  4. Buckets
    9:42 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dinosaurs and Disasters with Dr. Greb in the fall of 2013…

    Huh?



  5. Big City
    9:45 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Bwahaha, yes I’m sure Pitino will be gone if he doesn’t get Willis.

    How big is basketball to your little run down city whose biggest employer is a college? Besides the fact there isn’t anything to do in Lessington (sorry tin roof), Strong owns you in football and you now have to keep your crappy facilities b/c you can’t build new ones. UofL has the best all around program in Kentucky except we’re just behind you in Basketball…

    You better hope we don’t get a new coach or that yours doesn’t continue to get dusted by Big East teams in the tourney. Because once we get back in basketball then there will be nothing to do in Lexington, but take your cousin to the horse park. Git er done.



  6. Backwoods
    9:46 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Glorious.



  7. jon
    9:47 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’m all for keeping good Kentucky talent at UK. Seems like if we don’t get them they go somewhere were we have to play against them (Scotty Hopson, Lofton, Behannon, etc.).



  8. MKG fan
    9:48 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    We should all just support Pitino. The longer he stays at UL, the more he’ll run their program into the ground. It is honestly just hard to believe how much they pay Pitino for the results they get. He might be the worst return on investment ever in sports.



  9. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    9:48 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Love the Dinos&Disasters/Dr. Greb reference. The class is harder than you think, though, and Greb is kind of a dick. Great post, Beez. Sounds like we’re in good shape with Willis. As long as the coaches want him here, I want him here.



  10. Zach Morris
    9:48 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dinosaurs and Disasters in my KSR?!?

    I wish I could watch the video on Big Al in every class.



  11. ukfan
    9:49 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t care if we get this kid or not, hell I hope he goes to Louisville. His parents are UoL fans, he’s a UoL fan, we don’t need him.. like you said, he’s not Lebron James.



  12. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    9:49 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    smh @ 5



  13. MKG fan
    9:49 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    5. Enjoy next year, because it will be Strong’s last year in Louisville.



  14. Jenny Craig Pitino
    9:49 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I hear that RickyP asked the family if they had good health insurance, because if he went to UL he would probably need it.



  15. chardun
    9:50 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I am kind of like #2, but I do hope we get him just to keep him away from U of L.



  16. HoboKat
    9:50 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    The ultimate flick would be the scenario that MJ talked about on the radio show…
    sign Willis for 13
    sign Shabazz for 12, giving us the #1 class again
    play in the YUM as the #1 seed
    UL plays in Freedom Hall on a UK court in the NIT

    Thats the nuclear scenario, just thinking about it im cringing like im watching an old episode of Breaking Bonaduce. A slow moving train wreck that is hard not to watch.



  17. Roy D
    9:50 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Has cal even offered this kid a ride because he never did boohannon



  18. capnmonkey
    9:55 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Thomas Robinson is a scary man, he is dunking Baylor into submission



  19. Jenny Craig Pitino
    9:55 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t UL just go 7-6 and lose to N.C. State in football? Most of UL football wins this year where because they other team made stupid mistakes that gave UL the game any way.



  20. We R UK
    9:56 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Wow…what is #5 smokin’?



  21. Bwahahahahahaha
    10:00 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    #5, It’s not even half way through basketball season and your dumbass is already bringing up football? Hiliarious little bro, have fun being the 3rd (or maybe even the 4th) best team in the state. L-Yes, Louisville First.



  22. Roy D
    10:01 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    He’s smokin whatever siva is selling



  23. Blue
    10:01 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    apparently #5 is smoking crack. maybe he will overdose



  24. Lincoln park
    10:03 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    #5 sounds a little upset.. Ah, 🙁



  25. Jenny Craig Pitino
    10:05 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Willis may not be Lebron, but I would take another Jorts.



  26. UK Wildcat
    10:05 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dinos/Disasters was awesome. I left at the break almost every single class and got a B.



  27. FurdTurgason
    10:05 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I wish you guys wouldn’t stoke the fires like this. Let Pitino go away quietly. U of L fans are pissed at him, don’t give them a reason to rally behind him. Do you really want Pitino and Knight as the two most prominent ex-coaches on TV?



  28. Jman
    10:07 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dear UofLol fans: Yes, Yum is nice. We get that. Too bad recruits don’t give a crap. Stand on the floor of Yum and then stand on the floor of Rupp. That’s about the only thing the players see. You really think they give a crap that you have 87 bars that pull your fans away from the game while their playing?



  29. Grammar Police
    10:08 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Thomas, Thomas: Please remember what your 9th grade English teacher told you about the use of between (two parties)and among (more than two) as well as another speech blot of yours which is number (that which can be counted) and amount (that which may not be counted).

    It is a shame to witness those who have excellent analytical skills such as you and Drew Franklin to be limited by lack of basic grammar skills. This has held back your journalistic careers. Matt is very articulate but not an editor due to time constraints. There are many on line programs to help with basic grammar skills. Good luck if you wish bearing in mind that then players you follow need basketball skills and are excused for the use of Pigen English.



  30. bigbluedude
    10:09 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    18. i agree, thomas robinson is what we all thought T.Jones would be



  31. Great... Point blank period
    10:11 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Nailed it B



  32. bigbluecats
    10:11 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Number 5s best argument is about a city in general. Loserville fans make it easier to make fun of them than the UL program does. And its funny. UK can sell out that old run down arena to play against the school for the blind but UL has trouble filling the lower section for a Big Easy rival. LMMFAO at the city of Louisville. All u have to do is look around the city of Louisville and you can see what kind of shit came out of the Ohio river. So funny watching Little Sister have their meltdown right now. NIT bound



  33. BigBlueSkyDog
    10:12 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I could see Willis committing to us on Fri and Lousyville losing to Pitt on Saturday. If this happens Lousyville is all but assured an NIT bid. If Little Ricky won’t even show up on his own post game shows anymore. there’s no way he’ll endure the humiliation of playing at Freedom Hall on a UK floor while we play at the Chicken Coop.



  34. Jenny Craig Pitino
    10:15 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Does this post promote under age smoking? If it does maybe you should take it down.



  35. 7xcats
    10:17 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    what happen to the report that he was a UK lean. I heard back @ the KOB that he was a UK lean then and wanted to committ but dad wouldnt let him. Guess will see!!!



  36. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:18 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Beisner is Top Shelf Baby!

    Wow it makes trying to read some of these noobies almost impossible.



  37. Grammar teacher says
    10:18 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t let the door hit you, where the good lord split you #29



  38. Geez....
    10:21 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Number 5 bringing up football and then throwing hypotheticals in regards to basketball. Funny. And Grammar Police, seriously, just stop. It’s a blog, not English 103.



  39. catsfan54
    10:21 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    this is brilliant. i NEED these posts.

    BTW dinos and disasters is NOT as easy as you would think.

    29. go read the Herald Leader then, idiot.



  40. Logan
    10:25 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I never acknowledged that Louisville even had a program. Not sure why people on this site care



  41. little brother
    10:27 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Beisner- We need to enjoy a cohiba and debate the fact that you left teague off the ash list….



  42. manbearpig
    10:27 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Beisner FTW!!



  43. Jenny Craig Pitino
    10:33 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    The Kansas win by UK is looking better now, they are up by 10 over Baylor at half.



  44. jaws2
    10:34 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    If we’re taking this guy just to keep him from fifteeno, then let him go. I’d hate to lose a guy like Stokes because we don’t have a scholi to give by wasting it on a kid.



  45. cats11
    10:42 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    29/Grammar Police. Review your last sentence, then go f–k yourself.



  46. Logan
    10:42 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    We do need pitno to stay at UL. It would suck if they got some class act coach next. Pitno is to easy to make fun of. As for Charlie Strong I think he’s going to destroy us for the next couple years. Then take a better job



  47. Rixter
    10:44 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    # 33, you’re right. Look for Pitino to come down with another ‘mysterious illness’, and take his lame act back to the Mayo Clinic instead of coaching a game on UK’s court.



  48. The TRUTH not really
    10:44 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones, Matt Jones, Matt Jones, This is the Truth calling and your right their is so much drama on the bachelor it not funny, and that Courtney is a B if you know what I am saying. And I know UK is the best and Indiana is trying to catch up but me and Calbert Chaney will see
    you in the Final Four.



  49. Cristoforouk
    10:46 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    5 – I grew up in Louisville. If you think that is a big city, you are sadly mistaken. I will give you there is a lot to do in Louisville and it is much more diverse than Lexington. But there is still plenty to do in Lexington, especially for college students and those in their 20’s. Much better city to live in during this time of your life. I give the edge to Louisville for raising a family due to the mediocre educational system in Fayette County. But I live in Lexington and had the opportunity to move back to Louisville, and I don’t regret that decision whatsoever. Enjoy my life here.



  50. Oilman in Texas
    10:48 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    We don’t need Willis for 2013. I agree if his parents are card fans…he is already a lost cause. Just thinking about someone being a UL fan makes me a little sick at my stomach. Lord help him!



  51. Rixter
    10:48 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    # 29: “that then players you follow”

    Huh??



  52. UKfaninWI
    10:54 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    swung by the Bradley Center today to see UofL play Marquette, and proudly repping UK gear I was lucky enough to be sitting by a uofl fan who brought a sign with her that had the Marquette and wisconsin logos crossed out and the uoflol logo circled and from the moment she sat down next to me she had a look of disgust and uncomfortableness the whole time and with about 2 minutes left and the game still in reach i looked over and noticed she tore her sign up and only had the cardinal logo in her hand, which was strange given how nice the sign was and it looked like she spent alot of time on it and after another chane boohannen brick and more laughter out of me and my dad her dad and her left quickly, and later as the game was ending i stood up only to realize an old man with a ditka esque mustache in a gray uofl hoodie was giving me dirty looks the whole game…and finally, to make the experience complete, as i was walking to the parking garage a uofl fan gave me a fist bump and said “you guys whooped our asses two weeks ago” and another one stating that they like UK better than Marquette, where i added, I dont like marquette either, even tho i still rotted for them, pissing everyone around me off…moral of the story: Uofl fans are strange, and any cards fan who says he likes UK better than marquette is completely full of Crap



  53. UofLOL
    10:55 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    5. Silly tard. UK owns your ghetto commuter school. That toxic dump you ghetto trash call a campus is an embarrassment to the state. Strong? Lol He is the biggest cheater in sports. You morons will be in the OVC in a few years when the Big Least implodes. L yes



  54. Big O
    10:56 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like it took a lot of words by Besiner to say nothing new! Wilis is going to UL. Little Ricky wins one over Cal for an instate kid. It is not like football where the loss of an instate player really matters. Best of luck to the kid. Cal moves on to land the next player- more than likely a Burger Boy. Not much news here.



  55. ONEWHOKNOWS
    11:05 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    MMMMM dont be surprised if it comes down to Purdue and UK..



  56. Jason
    11:08 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    When did Louisville become Manhattan?



  57. fishersblue
    11:08 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I like the idea of getting a few kids who will be here more than 1 year…guys who have skills, can contribute early, but will continue to develop. Having a 7-man rotation just doesn’t let us play quite as fast as I would hope. Wiltjer, Wills, Cauley, maybe a Harrow. Surround these “long-term” guys with 4-5 studs and I like our depth. Not to mention it would be great having a little experience now and then.



  58. Jenny Craig Pitino
    11:08 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Cal also took Teague from RickyP after his dad had played for him, and hired Teague’s old coach to UL.



  59. bung
    11:08 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    get Willis…drop looavul



  60. Lovely
    11:11 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Remember a few years ago, during the Billy Clyde debacle? This is Louisville’s version. Maybe we can be kind since we know how it feels?



  61. UKfaninWI
    11:15 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    and #5 1-1 against UK is total domination…if thats the case then Joker dominates Louisville Tennessee and south carolina



  62. mitchell langley
    11:19 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    go to UK! !!!!!!!!!!!



  63. Pikeville25
    11:28 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Ummm, UK is the frontrunner as of now, guess things can change but not likely.



  64. UKClay
    11:29 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Great article



  65. capnmonkey
    11:32 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    3:34 left in Kansas v. Baylor, Baylor player lands a running knee to the groin of the referee who collapses to the ground



  66. Jenny Craig Pitino
    11:35 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Baylor down by 17 pts to Kansas with 2 minutes left.



  67. shrimpngrits
    11:39 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    #65..wish it was Ayers!



  68. Snowcat
    11:39 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I have a video on funny or die. Let me know what you guys think. Go Cats!! http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/d35477471c/good-evening



  69. catfan68
    11:53 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I think #5 is off his meds again…or maybe he is self-medicating again…who knows but he is insane. Yeah Louisville is soooo great…every night we hear about the multiple homicides that occur…wonderful city to live in and raise a family…many years Louisville has a higher homicide rate than larger cities like Boston. And how in the Hell can you say Strong owns us???? He is 1-1 against UK..not exactly owning anyone and when the NCAA is finished with UofL over the cheating by Strong and Clint Hurtt, let’s see where UofL is. Meanwhile, enjoy the Big Least until it collapses and your team is playing in the MAC or OVC and you are forced to hear Pitino whine and complain about how difficult the schedule will be playing against EKU or Akron or Kent St…UofL is truly pathetic…I almost pity little sister!!!



  70. BlueHaze
    12:09 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    wanna know whats pathetic, ksr and their obsession with bashing a the UK legend of Rick Pitino. screw ksr~ im going back to espn~at least they have some class. ksr=none.



  71. catfan68
    12:12 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    #70, We will not miss you…Goodbye!! When Pitino took the UofL job, as the mob would say, “he was dead to me”



  72. catfan68
    12:20 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    KSR has not changed ownership…it is now as it has always been…If you do not like it, then don’t come on here. That would be like going to McDonalds everyday and complaining about how they make hamburgers…if you don’t like it, don’t keep going there…same with KSR, if you don’t like it then don’t come on here. This is not a UofL friendly site. If you are pro-Pitino then go to Card Chronicle etc..on second thought the last time I looked on there, they were wanting Pitino’s head on a Silver platter.



  73. Wildcat Kyle
    12:28 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    #5 Yeah I forgot that you are big city folk. Grow up dude, You are from Kentucky just like us.



  74. Wildcat Kyle
    12:29 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    #70 Oh no! Please don’t go! LOL



  75. catfan68
    12:32 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    #74…good one!!!



  76. KSRBluesman
    12:36 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    #70…Bye dont let the door hit you all on your way out.



  77. Wildcat Kyle
    12:43 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    MKG is the BLUE WARRIOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  78. SMDreads
    1:10 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    70. You’ll be back and I can guarantee it, probably sometime tomorrow. And noone cares if you read/comment on this site ever again, true story. And you really put class in the same sentence as Pitino, yea since he IS JUST FULL OF IT!!!! Take your abortion loving ass back to ESPN dude and please do not come back.



  79. Cking98
    1:58 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Willis=Hood

    He is not, I repeat not, Scott Padgett.

    Better than Dakotah though.

    I say pass. We are getting the Fab 5 for that class.
    Willis ain’t fab.



  80. Jdaws
    2:49 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah Strong is dominating us. Last I checked he has 2 more wins than Joker and 1-1 head to head against Joker. Wow sheer domination.

    And #70 Rick Pitino decided his own fate when he chose to become the head basketball coach for UofSmell. He lost everything he ever had at Kentucky on that day. He lost any legend he had built.



  81. Donnie
    3:31 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Cal only wants this kid so he can stick it to pitino, if this kid didn’t live around here cal wouldn’t travel to see him play



  82. Knicks
    5:26 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    He chose uk days ago, rendering this article pointless. I wish Cal would stop taking players just to stick it to Rick. He did the same thing with Teague. Cal can do better. Willis is good, but not that good.



  83. Truth
    5:39 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Most uofl fans want pitino gone. All you are doing is fanning the flames. I don’t think this article will get under their skin. They want him gone. Why write this?



  84. Cats Fan
    5:46 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    I watched this kid play against a not so impressive team. He stuck with the motto, he was not so impressive. Great attitude though, very nice personality, I have to give the kid that. Go to Purdue. The Cards suck.



  85. bigcat013
    6:47 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    take the kid, stick it to nitino, besides we have to keep the WBA stocked.



  86. DeepBlueC
    7:11 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    I got a chance to see Anthony Bennett play this weekend in a tournament in Ohio. He would be a very nice pickup for the Cats. Also got to see the #1 sophomore in the country at PPat’s old HS, Andrew Wiggins. This kid is a huge talent. BBN was well represented.



  87. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    7:50 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    I haven’t seen the kid play, but don’t understand why people are complaining and saying he isn’t good. The real question should be whether he has the potential to be good after a few years under Cal. #Wiltjer



  88. ukcatfan88
    8:03 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    It’s not so much sticking it to Pitino than keeping good KY players in KY, playing for UK. We’ve always had a tradition of having in-state guys on the roster (Hood and Miller are examples). Try to keep some KY pride on the team. It’s not something that we can do and when the KY boys come back with another team and drill us (as they always seem to do), it hurts. Screw Ricky P. He’s dead to me and most other UK fans. We want the tradition of KY boys representing UK.



  89. WestPointCard
    8:08 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    The reports of the Cardinal’s demise are greatly exaggerated.



  90. Howdy
    8:15 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    #5 what’s so great about Louisville besides the east end? Is it a failing public school system or is it the bankrupting arena that the city owns? Don’t kid yourself, Strong is at a stepping stone Job. You UL fans have no argument you shoul realize what the national audience thinks of your program when you got skipped over by the Big 12 committee for WVU. Unless you are from the east end the rest of Louisville is just like the rest of KY. But not as many horse owning billionaires like Lexington. Oh yeah I forgot you have 4th street where people go and dress up like they are in new jersey or Miami pretending like Louisville is a big city, when in reality the biggest crowds at 4th street are fro hot country nights.



  91. Rondo'd9
    8:17 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Willis is the next John Hood. No offense to Hood, but both just shoot a ton for mediocre high school teams and will never be able to play at the college level sufficiently. When you’re tall and have some ability at the high school level, it’s easy to dominate amongst a bunch of 5 footers. Let him go to UL or wherever bc he won’t get PT for UK.



  92. go pitt
    8:44 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    If Slick Rick fails to get him it will be C.L. Brown’s fault.



  93. Zack
    9:01 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but as an English major the cigar comparison had me laughing hysterically. Really Beisner?



  94. kycatfl1
    9:35 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    #71 EXACTLY!



  95. Joel Lobb
    9:53 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Damn fine article Matt. Very creative. Love it.



  96. Thomas Beisner
    10:15 am January 17, 2012 Permalink

    I believe this is the part where I put my face in my palm.



  97. BIll Clinton
    12:45 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Wilis will sign with KY on Friday…write it down. Calipari will be at Montgomery Co. to watch him play Saturday night. Take that Ricky P



  98. JPOL
    1:46 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Willis will end up at U of L and be severely tatted by his first game. He just doesn’t have the “look” for WBA. Not pasty enough.



  99. Monte
    4:18 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    It is tough to decide on KY unless you are really a committed 5 star. UL he will play, go to the nit for the next few years, and be part of a dying program. If he really wants the NBA then he needs to step up and play under cal…..his dad as a ul alum might sway him.



  100. Thomas Beisner
    5:01 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    100!!!!!



  101. Mark Maggard
    7:08 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Willis to UofL. Ricky P told me himself