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UofL Emeritus Professor thinks NCAA should shut down UK’s “corrupted” “smothering” play

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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Today in delusional Louisville fans: this letter to the editor in The Courier-Journal from UofL emeritus professor Michael Cassaro, who had some major problems with one team that “smothered and bullied” its opponent on Saturday. Here’s the shocker: the team that Cassaro complains is “corrupting” college basketball with its smack and grab play? It’s not Louisville; it’s Kentucky. Here’s the letter in full:

UK dooming college basketball?

I watched the Louisville-Kentucky game Saturday and came away with the perception that I had not witnessed basketball as I know it should be played. This is the only Kentucky game I saw this season. One team smothered its opponent, not randomly, but totally.

My belief is that Kentucky’s coach has planned, through recruitment and coaching tactics, to build a program that smothers and bullies opponents rather than play basketball the way it should be played.

Inevitably, this corruption of college basketball will doom the sport at the college level. No team wants to play that kind of program. I don’t understand how Kentucky’s players tolerate the loss of athletic play in their present up-and-down routine where true competition is never achieved.

The NCAA should reject this corrupted play before other schools reject submitting their programs to participate.




Dr. Cassaro is right about one thing: no team wants to play Kentucky this season.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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55 Comments for UofL Emeritus Professor thinks NCAA should shut down UK’s “corrupted” “smothering” play



  1. greginky
    10:32 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Even their “smart” fans are stupid!!



  2. UKfaninLou
    10:37 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Hahahahahahaha! Great joke, Professor! Keep ’em coming.
    Gotta tell you I am enjoying the UL fans’ reactions almost as much as I enjoyed the win.



  3. david8577
    10:38 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    This is what is wrong with America these days. The men are going down hill fast. Someone tell me this guy is joking, please.



  4. Kyblue34
    10:42 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Ha, UofL as an academic institution is a joke, and this so called professor just proved it!



  5. david8577
    10:42 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Would Clint Eastwood say, “You are smothering me, not randomly, but totally. Please stop or I will start crying to anyone who listens.”? F no he wouldn’t.



  6. Blue Hounddog
    10:43 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    If this is any indication of the level of intelligence of the UL faculty, then their athletics may very well be at a high level then academics…The only team bloodied was UK! This professor shouldn’t smoke weed and watch basketball at the same time! He should work on his lesson plans…



    • Blue Hounddog
      10:45 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      Should be *higher



  7. TSmithPage
    10:45 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Dr. Cassaro is clearly a fan of the old Loyola Marymount style of play. All offense all the time. However, I’d love to hear how he justifies his comments in light of Pitino’s press.



  8. douggercats
    10:52 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Peach baskets, underhand free throws, two hand set shots, belts and nut huggers. Now that’s basketball! (Wait, UK dominated then as well….)



  9. UK Big Board Update
    10:52 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Those who can’t, hate.



    • cats paw
      10:56 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      Trying to define others only defines one’s self!



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:01 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      I was referring to the Louisville fan base.



    • BigBlueBoom
      11:35 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      cats paw, that would’ve been the time to use quotations, since you were actually quoting someone. Your mom really sucks as a home school teacher.



    • Time Expired
      2:28 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

      Why even reply to cats paw he is nothing more than a blithering Tardnal idiot.



  10. cats paw
    10:53 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    JoeMoney333 December 30, 2014 at 7:02 am | Permalink
    Like It (3)
    Stop using quotation marks. They don’t work like you want them to work. Using quotation marks for emphasis is the epitome of grammatical ignorance.

    JoeMoney333 December 30, 2014 at 10:14 am | Permalink
    Like It (0)
    “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” (- George Bernard Shaw) and you’ve got plenty of both.

    🙂 🙂



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:03 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      He used them correctly. You, however, do not.



    • Scout23
      11:05 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      What are you talking about this time?



    • The Seer
      11:10 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      Just more incoherent ramblings.



    • JoeMoney333
      11:16 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      cats paw: I’m more and more fascinated that you can even work a computer.



    • BigBlueBoom
      11:17 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      Good lord, cats paw, just when we think you can’t get any dumber. He said stop using them for emphasis, he didn’t say stop using them when you quote what someone said. Why do you even try to argue with someone when you are retarded?



    • J-Dub421
      11:31 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

      What does this have to do with the article at hand? Its completely off topic.



  11. Catsby80
    10:56 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    this must be some kind of joke, right? what do you wanna bet Chane Behanan took his class a few times? #KeepSmokin’



  12. wildcat502
    10:59 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    I guess he never watched a Big East game over the last 10 years. Pitino`s defense has been known to grab, pull and push. Anything to slow down the opponent.



  13. The Seer
    10:59 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Perhaps we should stop keeping score, too?

    PARTICIPATION RIBBONS ALL AROUND!!!

    Someone get this man his bottle and his woogie so he will stop crying…..



  14. Willy
    11:10 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Already sent my reply letter to the CJ, kids are still enrolling at UL so he obviously didn’t corner the market on brains before he retired!!! This had to be dumbest letter to the editor l’ve ever read, it was a slap in the face to any team or coach that ever participated in any sport.



  15. meeksfor3
    11:14 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Mr. Cassaro, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.



  16. InigoMontoya
    11:18 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    He couldn’t possibly be a professor with an earned doctorate. If he couldn’t defend his short litle article on the show (which he was invited to do) he couldn’t possibly have defended a doctoral dissertation.



  17. Duuuuuude
    11:18 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    They hatecha cause they aintcha! That is so Louisville! LOL



  18. BobKYCats
    11:19 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    “I watched the Louisville-Kentucky game Saturday and came away with the perception that I had not witnessed basketball as I know it should be played. This is the only Kentucky game I saw this season. One team smothered its opponent, not randomly, but totally.”

    First off, if he’s only watched one UK game all season, then his sample size is pretty small. If he’s talking about slowing the game down to a half-court plodder built on suffocating defense, then he definitely hasn’t seen our games against UCLA and UNC, in which we were able to score in transition on multiple opportunities.

    “My belief is that Kentucky’s coach has planned, through recruitment and coaching tactics, to build a program that smothers and bullies opponents rather than play basketball the way it should be played.”

    Secondly, this is how basketball has ALWAYS been played! You win by scoring more than the other team. If you’re not good enough offensively to guarantee yourself a score every time you have the ball, then you have to play defense, and the better your defense is, the better a chance you have of winning the game, which is the OBJECT of the game. So yes, if you want to win championships, which is the goal at places like UK and UofL, you try to build top defenses. This doesn’t doom the game of basketball, it makes it better, because every possession matters.

    I kind of wish UofL fans would go back to blaming the refs; those arguments were more fun and less ridiculous.



  19. NewWildcatOrder
    11:21 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    This guy also thinks that Chris Jones got hit by Dakari’s elbow.



  20. HanOfTheBluegrass
    11:22 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    My God, how do Louisville fans keep accusing us of that of all things? Have they not seen the countless screengrabs of Louisville players hanging off Kentucky players, or do they just not understand the rules their team is breaking? Or are they blind? How is it possible to be so completely hypocritical? It’s like the UNC fans who accuse our players of not going to class and our coach of cheating.

    Fan is short for fanatic, but for some people, it must be short for fantastically stupid.



  21. J-Dub421
    11:25 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Did this idiot watch the same game that I watched? Was Tyler Ulis not the one who got bloodied? Chris Jones, Terry Rozier, and Harrell all had obvious flops. U of L shot 10 more free throws than we did. We did not go to the free throw line until there was 14:27 left in the game!!! Louisville is known throughout college basketball for slapping, hacking, and grabbing, and not getting called for it.



  22. Kevin C
    11:31 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    I have no words… 0_o



  23. BeastCat
    11:31 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    UofL trolls are on the same level of retardation as their professors. Leann, cats paw, and all of the other usernames that cats paw has created, just continue to go Full Retard everytime that I see him/her comment.



  24. catfan74
    11:36 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    The NCAA did shut down grabbing and pulling basketball. They did it last year by getting rid of the two hand check. This was in direct relation to the coaches request, after UL beat and bullied their way to the NCAA title in 2013. It was casually called “the Louisville rule”.

    Maybe he should watch more than one game



  25. ukjaybrat
    11:37 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Jeebus Christ, this guy has a thick skull…



  26. catsincebirth
    11:42 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Golly jeez, I didn’t realize our boys were being so mean. How inconsiderate! Why is our coach recruiting better players than them? Maybe those Louisville boys would want to shoot marbles or something to make it even. Of course if one of those darn marbles bounced up and hit one of them in the jaw it could be dangerous though…. Wouldn’t want to bully them you know.



  27. millertime98
    11:52 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    obviously, I am not unbiased but there is no way this guy has any idea how basketball is played, nor does he watch the game objectively. Everyone across the nation knows how the Cards play. Even their players admit it. Not only did Jones flop every chance he got but he put himself in those positions because Rick teaches the body up and show your hands method of defense. If anyone has “hacked the system” it’s Rick. (yes I used quotes)



  28. Leroy Bird - 00
    11:53 am December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Dr. Cassaro unsuccessfully ran for U.S Senate in 2008 in the Democratic primary. Took a beating. I guess the tagline should read”

    “Michael Cassaro, purporting poorly thought positions since 2008”?

    In seriousness – this has to be satire. Surely no sane fans could believe this?



    • J-Dub421
      12:16 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

      You seriously underestimate Louisville fans level of delusion.



    • CPACAT
      12:18 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

      I think “Baby Magic” has hit the nail on the head here, this must some satirical farce. Anyone with only rudimentary knowledge of college basketball knows that Coach Pitino has made a living off of having his players fouling so excessively that the referees can’t/won’t call them all…i.e. there would be multiple fouls on every rebound, shot attempt, trap, etc. One can only surmise that his position is so insanely hypocritical that it must be viewed as satire.



  29. gottodoit
    12:01 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Professor Emeritus of what?



  30. BigO
    12:08 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    If Dr. Cassaro is indeed serious then if I were a fan of the University of Louisville I would be supremely emabarrassed. There are really no other words as to how to describe this comment.



  31. Tom Blevins
    12:13 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Dr. Cassaro’s comments reminded me of what Adolph Rupp said to the team when the NCAA banned Kentucky from playing basketball for the 1952-53 season. “Well boys, they finally figured out a way to keep us from winning the NCAA championship.”



  32. Mc12
    12:14 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    This is hilarious.



  33. RexRox
    12:21 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Is probably a very knowledgeable guy in his field (whatever that may be) but obviously knows nothing about basketball. Similar to something your 80-year-old aunt may say over dinner, and everybody just quietly moves on to another subject because it’s well known she doesn’t know anything about sports and this is the only game she will watch this year.



  34. anrbob
    12:33 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    This guy is pain doctor in the area. Maybe he wants more business for the butthurting going on.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelgcassaro.



  35. brian
    1:02 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    I actually graduated from UL Speed School in 2003 and had a professor Dr. Cassaro that taught concrete design. He was crazy and senile then; looks like things haven’t changed!



    • Actionhero
      1:38 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

      Doesn’t sound like that is the same guy.



    • J-Dub421
      1:41 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

      The people who think it’s the pain doctor have the wrong guy.



  36. new dreamer
    1:14 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Dr. Cassaro is a retired pain management specialist. I wonder if he felt the pain of Ulis? All Ulis needed was a steady diet of dirty bird soup for no pain felt.

    I guess Pitino and his birds needed all the psyco babble of Dr. Cassaro to get over the agony of defeat inflicted by a bunch of souped up WILDCATS. They say birds of a feather flock togeather.

    GO CATS



  37. 25OR624
    2:27 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Michael Tuna Cassarole must have boned Kern Cyfer too and the tertiary syphillis has overwhelmed his cognitive abilities.



  38. Time Expired
    2:45 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    Calm down everyone. The good professor just got the teams wrong. Seeing all the blue in the Yum Center must have made him think it was a UK home game and that UK was naturally wearing those ugly azz white unis. So the team in white was the one he had to be referring to. Please have sympathy for him as he obviously cannot read what is on the uniforms.



  39. catfan74
    3:35 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    You guys do realize this letter was tongue-in-cheek. He states UK “smothered its opponent, not randomly, but totally”.
    States “planned, through recruitment and coaching tactics, to build a program that smothers and bullies opponents”

    Then finishes with “no team wants to play that kind of program”

    This a very satire way of saying they kicked UL’s butt, and no one wants a piece of them. I kinda thought the letter was very pro-UK, and think it was meant to be that way



  40. Gap Tooth Danny
    3:44 pm December 30, 2014 Permalink

    The good Dr. has written a brilliant piece of satire, with the unintended (I think) result of rubbing UL’s face in their own misery.