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.
Emeritus Professor —
University of Louisville —
Louisville 40207 —
Dr. Cassaro is right about one thing: no team wants to play Kentucky this season.