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Herald-Leader Op-Ed Decries Louisville’s Shamelessness

Nearly 30 years after the cover of Sports Illustrated was graced with “Kentucky’s Shame,” a Lexington pastor has a free tip for SI to encapsulate the many scandals surrounding the University of Louisville: “Louisville’s Shame-lessness.”

In a week’s time, the forensic audit detailed extensive corruption in the President’s office, followed shortly after by NCAA infractions stemming from deplorable dorm-room behavior that was instigated by a men’s basketball team staff member.  Penning an op-ed for the Herald-Leader op-ed, Rev. Robert Cunningham of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington is less concerned with the actions of UofL’s leaders, but with their reactions to the countless scandals.

So surely this has brought about institutional humiliation and contrition? Surely the fan base has finally had enough and is demanding drastic changes? Surely U of L has responded by taking responsibility and cleaning house?

One would think, but we’ve heard nothing of the sort. In fact, we’ve heard very little from the administration at all. Instead, we’ve heard Rick Pitino deflect the blame, defy the penalties and decry the NCAA (not just for their punishment, but apparently for giving Jimmy V cancer). Also, we’ve heard Louisville fans blindly justify and insanely rationalize.

Not all UofL fans lack this shame, but the overall attitude reflects the leadership.  Rev. Cunningham’s outlook is bleak: “A culture without shame is like a body without pain receptors.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Herald-Leader Op-Ed Decries Louisville’s Shamelessness

  1. playmorezeppelin
    9:30 pm June 20, 2017 Permalink

    This is great. Cannot wait to frame this article and hang it on my wall.

    • BBNDan7
      9:36 pm June 20, 2017 Permalink

      I’m giving framed articles to any Louisville friends I have for Christmas

  2. BigBlueSkyDog
    9:50 pm June 20, 2017 Permalink

    This editorial might be the Magna Carta of this scandal. Cunningham is 100% correct about how UK fans felt in 1989. We all felt a sense of shame because we didn’t believe that Kentucky should have to cheat to win. Once UK cleaned house and put in controls (thank you Sandy Bell) that would stabilize the program, we have had unprecedented success, excluding the two year belch that was the Gillespie era. UL will never clean it’s house/sty because they’re used to the stench and actually like it.

  3. 4everblue
    10:26 pm June 20, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky dug a hole and climbed out it. Louisville dug a hole and decorated it!

    • Booby Petrino
      10:37 pm June 20, 2017 Permalink

      Louisville dug a ho… Hee hee

    • Booby Petrino
      10:41 pm June 20, 2017 Permalink

      But in all seriousness, ironic that we dug out of our hole with Pitino and now he is wallering in the dirt at Louisville.

    • 4everblue
      10:41 pm June 20, 2017 Permalink

      Ohhhhhh I see what you did there and I dig it!

  4. 4everblue
    10:42 pm June 20, 2017 Permalink

    Very good point BP, you would think he learned from the earlier experience and actually even remembered it.

  5. Jeffiers302
    10:31 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

    Dicky V said the punishment was too harsh. Dicky V is wrong.

    This whole bit that Pitino couldn’t be at Minardi 24/7 is a twisted reasoning. No, he couldn’t be there 24/7. But they should have EXPECTED him 24/7. A major college coach making that much money with so much at stake should be haunting his players. If he wakes up with heartburn, he should run by the dorm. If he has been out for dinner, he should run by the dorm. If he runs out to get light bulbs, he should stop by the dorm. They should think that at any time, any day, he could pop through that door, and they obviously did not. Or maybe they knew that even if he did come by, he wouldn’t care. Or most likely, he knew when NOT to come by.

    • wesmorgan1
      1:32 pm June 21, 2017 Permalink

      There are two proverbs in the military that apply here:

      1) “A commander is responsible for everything his team does OR fails to do.”
      2) “You can delegate AUTHORITY, but you can never delegate RESPONSIBILITY.”

      It’s Pitino’s JOB to keep up to speed on what his assistants are doing, what’s going on with recruits, and all the rest. It’s the same for any head coach, from travel-the-world NCAA D1 programs to sell-t-shirts-to-raise-money NAIA D2 programs…and Pitino failed.

  6. catlaska
    1:45 pm June 21, 2017 Permalink

    Well said