Dan Wolken did an excellent job on today’s show, and between kitchen gadget reviews and interviews with Fran Fraschilla and Scott Roussel, he went on a lengthy rant about the University of Louisville. Wolken — who covers college football and basketball for USA Today — let it all out about UofL’s embarrassing string of scandals, the most recent of which will strip them of their 2013 NCAA Championship.
“Louisville, you look ridiculous, as a school, as a community that is rallying behind Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich after everything that has happened. The process may not be perfect but for the NCAA to finally stand up and say your athletic department has been a craven example of what not to do in college sports, that ‘this is not what it’s supposed to be about,’ I have absolutely no problem with that.”
“The volume of scandals and issues that have hit that school in the last ten years is nothing short of a national embarrassment,” Wolken continued. “Isn’t it time for a big cleanse? Just give the program an enema. Force it all out and start over. You’re in the ACC now. Louisville’s a good place. It’s established a level of success and competence and it’s got a good fanbase. It’s time to start over. Get rid of Jurich, get rid of Pitino, and start over. I think you would feel a lot better about yourself as a program and as a community to leave this crap behind. From a national perspective, I live in Atlanta, I get all over the country. There’s no athletic department in the country right now that people look at with more disgust than the University of Louisville.”
He’s not wrong. To hear his entire rant, listen to the podcast below around the 8:40 mark, or subscribe to our NEW iTunes KSR radio feed.