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The Gorgui Project

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I opened my browser this today to find a facebook invite from a friend to ‘like’ a page titled The Gorgui Project.

Of course, I follow that rabbit hole because I am curious to read the exact blueprint on how to lose to Kentucky 3 times in 3 years at Louisville (Okay, he got one this year, but c’mon). Or maybe even how to get injured and then magically return by the witchcraft that is a Rick Pitino press conference.

Anyways, I click and find out that a group of UofL fans have started a movement called The Gorgui Project to get a Dieng statue on the Cards campus. At first, I was taken aback. A statue? For Gorgui Dieng? A guy who might’ve committed to Kentucky had Calipari pursued him harder and who could never seem to overcome the Cats in a game…until this season. Seems crazy to me, but I guess the recent announcement that Dieng will participate in Senior Day stuff as a junior (meaning he is gone to NBA) for their fans fired up.

Then I thought about all the recent big men at Kentucky who had similar career stats as Gorgui, 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Imagine having statues of:

– Boogie. Alright, I’d take that.

– Chuck Hayes. Okay, that too.

– Erik Daniels. As a lefty, I’d at least consider it.

– Randolph Morris. Now you’re pushing it.

There more I thought about it, I realized these crazy Card fans have a big-man crush on Dieng. And that’s okay. He seems like a pretty stand-up guy who worked his butt off at Louisville. If he had beaten UK more than once in his career, I’d probably hate him a little more.

Still, a statute is a bit much. But Gorgui will still remain a cult figure for Cards fans after he’s gone, even if there is a 0.0% chance he gets the statue The Gorgui Project calls for.

Article written by Chris Thomas

33 Comments for The Gorgui Project

  1. Blue Jesus
    9:43 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Marshall Henderson is so fun(ny) to watch

  2. seriously
    9:49 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    why is this posted? who the f cares about this other than louisville fans, which i am assuming none of us are

  3. JKUK
    9:50 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Dieng is gone?? Wow, Louisville is gonna have trouble next year

  4. Wildboi
    9:54 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    You should hate him no matter how many he didn’t beat us

  5. Blue Jesus
    9:54 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    It sucks we have this quick turnaround between the Georgia game and Florida game, I’d rather we played tonight then Saturday

  6. Ryan
    9:57 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Does KSR not have spell check?

  7. 5000
    9:57 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    and on a pedestal that reads “Three French Hens”.

  8. Hitman
    10:04 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    “still, a statute is too much…” you are right, a law about Gorgui Dieng would definitely be too much.

  9. oldschool
    10:07 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    It might have to do with the fact that the kid is also an excellent student, is fluent in five languages and takes his academics just as if not more importantly than his basketball game.

    I’m a lifelong UK fan, and there was a time when most in BBN valued kids who really tried hard and succeeded academically. Anyone remember Jim Kovach from the football team. The man not only was an Academic All-American and an NFL pro-bowler – the guy studied both law and medicine at UK and is renowned in both fields today.

    A few years later, a guy by the name of Chuck Verderber was a blue-collar player on the basketball team and a serious student off the court. He would go on to become a dentist.

    I remember a guy named Jonathan Davis who graduated early and was an excellent student as well and even Patrick Patterson got his degree early. These are the young men that really need to be celebrated.

    Instead – today’s UK fans are more concerned about some one-year wonder who shows off some trendy dance at Midnight Madness.

    Gourgi Dieng is what is RIGHT about college athletics. UK used to celebrate that too.

  10. Lpool03
    10:14 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Lol this cracks me up. We debate about hanging Anthony Davis’ jersey in the rafters of Rupp after he won; Natl. player of the year, the wooden award, natl. defensive poy, final 4 MVP, NCAA tournament MOP, a national title, a gold medal in the Olympics, a concensus 1st team all american and was the #1 pick in the NBA draft and louisville fans want a statue of a guy who has won a couple big east honors and a big east tournament title…. And they get mad when we call them little brother!? Lol

  11. ...
    10:14 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Umm didn’t Boogie average a lot better than 8 and 8??

  12. Ksr_needs_an_editor
    10:40 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    All I ask is that after you write your story, you read it over at least once before you post it.

  13. dave
    10:43 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    9-you’re my favorite poster. you honestly believe everything you type.
    you tell everyone that a guy who is apparently extremely smart actually cares about academics when he turns down wayy better academic programs like marquette, VT, etc for uofl.
    we all know he went to uofl for one reason: pitino/top basketball program.

  14. oldschool
    10:50 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    13 – Why type it if you don’t believe it?

    I didn’t say basketball had nothing to do with his choice of school. But once he picked a school, this young man from a third world country had a much better appreciation of what a college education could do for him after his playing days and he has taken it seriously. The young man is very polite during interviews, and highly intelligent and if he played at UK – would no doubt be a fan favorite – for all the right reasons. I’m not a Card fanatic – but I do love college basketball – and especially love the stories of young men who truly embody the whole “student-athlete” concept. It’s a nice change.

  15. jaws2
    10:52 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    oldschool, I’ve heard and watched every guy you’re talking about play, but as long as the one and done rule is in effect, all I care about is National Titles. Oh, and I’ll guarantee you Dieng is not at u of l for academics.

  16. oldschool
    10:58 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    15 – “all I care about is National Titles” – which means you’re going to be disappointed much more often than not. By your standard – Cal has been a failure in three out of four years.

    A basketball program should be judged by consistency, it’s ability to be a contender and by the players who represent the school. I can be just as proud of a team that comes up short of a title if I know they gave it their all, represented the school and state with class and did their job in the classroom as well.

    If you can’t be happy with that, then you’ve lost proper perspective and I truly feel sorry for you.

  17. Rae
    11:08 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    9. He’s majoring in communications, per the UL site. You act like these athletes need their degrees, when most of them major in communications. That’s fine for going on to law school or another graduate program, but just a degree won’t get you a job in today’s market, ESPECIALLY communications. If he goes to the NBA, he won’t need that degree. These one-and-done guys will make more in their first two years than in a lifetime of using that communications degree. Thousands of students graduate from communications programs every year, many with good grades, many who play sports, and they don’t get statues. After all, we didn’t immortalize P-Patt in bronze. College isn’t just for 18-22 year-olds. It will still be there when their time in the NBA is done. Davis and MKG will be on campus this summer.

  18. Rae
    11:15 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    16. We actually agree on that. I love Brandon Knight’s team. When his time in the NBA is done, he can go back to school. He took his academic work seriously, like most of Cal’s guys do (Orton was the major exception and few like him.) He is smart enough to have set aside $200,000 for his education.

    I have heard good things about Dieng. But he isn’t statue worthy. Maybe a retired jersey or a nice plaque.

  19. blueaville
    11:23 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    and why are we talking UL AGAIN??

  20. JJ fa Threy
    12:07 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Are you really comparing Dieng’s career to Boogie? Chuck Hayes? Erik Daniels?

    This post makes zero sense

  21. Editor please!!
    12:39 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Are you drunk? Please have someone else read your article before you post. Completely ruins the credibility when spelling and common grammar is ignored.

  22. Wild Blue
    8:03 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Oldschool–is Dieng leaving after this year with a degree? If not, then that makes your post sound stupid!

  23. Thatguy
    8:48 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Oldschool, you are a UK fan that gets my respect. This guy has been great for us and Pitino has DEVELOPED him into a NBA first round draft pick. He didn’t come to us for one year on his way to the NBA, he worked hard and has developed into what he is today. And no he wasn’t on the winning side against UK, but his rebounds/defensive stats about equaled Davis in both games last year.

  24. hahahaha
    8:51 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    I mean honestly. This post is riddled with spelling errors. I think some people hide behind the “most ridiculous manner possible” style of covering sports as an excuse for not knowing how to spell. I can understand one spelling error (no I can’t, you’re a blogger, using spell check before posting should be a no-brainer), but 5,6,7,8….that’s unacceptable.

  25. Uk4life
    9:00 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Do they teach grammar and proper sentence structure in Communications classes so these athletes can improve their speaking when interviewed?

  26. Just saying
    9:04 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Disengage?? Why would auto correct select that for “Dieng”??

  27. whyamireadingthis
    9:35 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    17. I agree communications isn’t the most difficult or useful of majors this day and age but for someone who could barely speak English three years ago I’d say that’s pretty impressive.

  28. Biglaw Dawgin'
    10:11 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    I was waiting for the part when you tell us that he was the first player from his country in the NCAA, or that he saved a bus of children when he was 14, or something. Instead, you cite his impressive 8.2 points a game for justification. The only adjective for this proposal is “ludicrous.” A statue of that deadbeat is simply ludicrous.

  29. Mike
    10:49 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Why would he go early? He isn’t even projected in the first round, at all. Sounds like another pathetic ploy for Pitino to make it seem like his players choose to come back to UofL over the draft. They will “honor” him for no reason on senior night and he’ll be back next year. Why? Cause he isn’t getting drafted. It’s all a joke.

  30. Mike
    10:51 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    27 – If he could barely speak English, then how the hell did he get into college?

  31. David from Bowling Green
    3:01 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    @5, you sound just like Vandy’s coach. He complained about that problem for Vandy last year as they had 3-4 different times they had to deal with that, and UK maybe only once, if at all. Part of life and playing TV games. But you’re right, we don’t like it when it happens to UK.

  32. GetOverYourselves
    3:43 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    This is a great post as it further reveals BBN’s inferiority complex…

    “The Gorgui Project” sprung from a meme that developed over at Card Chronicle. Gorgui is beloved by Louisville fans, and the statue talk came about because of his unprecedented story, work ethic, humor and overall contribution to Louisville’s program. Read this part slowly, BBN: Louisville fans are not REALLY expecting a statue for Gorgui. It’s all in the spirit of having fun and showing how much we love Gorgui Dieng.

    So what’s over/under on the next Louisville post on KSR?

  33. BBNHomie
    8:04 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    @32, that explanation is far too logical for any reader on this site to understand.