Former Louisville Associate Head Coach and current Cincinnati Bearcats Head Coach Mick Cronin was a guest on Ramsey & Rutherford this afternoon on 93.9 The Ville. He talks about his relationship with Rick Pitino, what kind of program Pitino runs, and gives an update on his own health. Click below to listen!
ESPN’s C.L. Brown, formerly of the Courier-Journal, has just released a story on ESPN about the recent allegations on the UofL basketball team. Earlier on Thursday, WDRB’s Eric Crawford reported that a former player said that there were strippers in the dorm room at least one time.
In Brown’s most recent post, a former player described the strippers as “dancing in bathing suits.”
If you missed Rick Pitino’s interview with Terry Meiners, you can check it out here. Terry asked Pitino some tough questions about possibly resigning, President Ramsey not backing him in his statement, and more. Check it out.
Sure, it has been a few days since the Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center. But in the midst of all of this other talk surrounding the program, and with the football team on a bye, why not talk a little hoops on the court? Plus, I simply haven’t had as much time to sit down and put together something that I feel is worth posting about it. That is the main reason. I don’t have deadlines or quotas to meet on the amount of stories to post. So when I do something, I want it to be solid. Got off topic, here we go…
These are five things that I took away from the scrimmage on Saturday.
Rick Pitino went on Ramsey & Rutherford on 93.9 The Ville on Tuesday afternoon. The topic is pretty obvious. Click below to listen.
The second and final Red-White scrimmage for the Louisville basketball team on October 17th will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. Tickets are on sale for $10 and you can get them at Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or on Ticketmaster.
The Louisville football team plays Florida State at noon on the same day. I highly recommend going somewhere downtown to watch the football game and then head right over to the Yum! Center. I did that this past Saturday and got to the scrimmage about 20 minutes before it started. Make a day out of it!
I can’t remember a weekend in recent memory involving UofL sports that struck so many different emotions: anger, sadness, confusion, happiness, relief, comfort. In true Rick Pitino hyperbole, I will say that this was the craziest weekend in all my years on this planet. (It wasn’t, but hyperbole can be fun) There was the scandal news that broke on Friday, a huge football win on Saturday, and also real live basketball at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday as well. It was a back-and-forth of emotion.
This is the first chance I have really gotten to get on here and type something out this weekend, other than posting quick videos that don’t take much time to do. I still hope to post something individually for both the football game and basketball scrimmage. The scandal? Eh, not sure I (or any of us) have enough information to even form an opinion yet, but I will get into that here. So basically, this will just be a quick summary of how the weekend was for me, and probably for some of you too. I will try to expand on these topics soon. Until then, here is how the weekend went…
Coach Pitino met with the media after Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage. He talked about many things, including Quentin Snider and Trey Lewis playing together, Mangok Mathiang being out, Chinanu Onuaku’s fouls, and more.
He was also asked if the scrimmage was a relief after everything that is going on, so he went into some scandal talk for a few minutes.
This past weekend, Louisville hosted a major prospect on campus as 5-star point guard De’Aaron Fox made an official visit. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal spoke to his high school coach and got a feel for how the visit went. Here are just a few quick hitters from Greer’s column, which you can read here.
One of the nation’s top point guards in the class of 2016 is on UofL’s campus this weekend, and he has Louisville’s only commit with him. De’Aaron Fox, a five-star point guard on all four major recruiting sites, is taking an official visit this weekend while Cards’ commit V.J. King is here on an unofficial visit. It is believed that King is here on an unofficial because Fox asked that he be on campus when he is.
High school kids only get to take five official visits to colleges when they are deciding where to go. So if a big-time prospect uses one of those five visits on your school, you are right there in the mix. T.J. Leaf, a five-star power forward on all four major recruiting sites, will take an official visit to Louisville on the weekend of October 2. Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson met with Leaf and his family for an in-home visit on Tuesday evening, and parlayed that into an official visit for Leaf.
So this team seems sort of easy to root for. Friday was Rick Pitino’s 63rd birthday. It is so funny to watch over and over to see how different players react. Raymond Spalding wants no part of it. Anas can’t get enough. Freshman Donovan Mitchell is the leading the choir. And of course Jaylen Johnson remixes it all up.
On today’s show, we talked about who we would each WANT as the starting QB for Louisville this season. Not who we think it will be, but our preference. I give a terrible answer, but pick somebody in the end. Perrin Johnson joined us, which was a treat. We had our most callers we have had so far and had a great time. Click the soundcloud link below to give it a listed. As always, we are on 93.9 The Ville on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m.
If you caught Rick Pitino’s latest blog on Tuesday, you saw that the head coach dropped some pretty cool information about possibly adding some J.V. games to the schedule.
We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year. Some will be played at the Yum! Center on game day. It will give guys like Matz, Dillon and Ryan a chance to play major minutes and continue to develop.
David Burns is a big UofL fan just like the rest of us. I coach his son, Dawson, in basketball at Holy Cross High School. David, Dawson, and Whitney (David’s youngest girl) went down to Puerto Rico for a few days to watch the Cards in action. But while you are there, you have to do more than just watch basketball. When he asked me what he should write about, I said just make it all about your trip and what you experienced. Everyone else will have game recaps and write-ups, but nobody will have your own experience in a post. And so that is what he gave me. Enjoy!
By David Burns:
We visited several areas of the territory. We hiked, zip-lined, and rappelled through the rainforest. If you are in moderate physical shape…you should put one of these tours on your must-do list.
Things are really beginning to heat up in UofL sports and we squeeze all of it that we can into our 1-hour show on 93.9 The Ville! If you missed it today, you can click the soundcloud link below and check it out. We spent about half the time on basketball and half on football. What do these Puerto Rico games mean? Is Quentin Snider’s development slowed down by Trey Lewis/Damion Lee being here? And on the football side of things, we had Brandon Marcello on the show. Brandon is Auburn’s beat writer for AL.com and had some great insight into Auburn’s team and how he thinks the fans there are looking at Louisville. Check it out!
Here is the box score from Louisville’s 84-81 win over Puerto Rico on Friday. From an iphone or ipad, if the box score does not show up, try viewing it in the adobe app.
It was a rough night for the Cards, who dropped both games to Puerto Rico again. The rough part was in the second game, where the Cards lost 96-62. Here are the box scores from each.
Here is the final score from the second game on Tuesday, provided by Kenny Klein. I am having a little trouble getting the box score up from the first game. Click the link below to view the stats.
You will have to excuse Drew Deener and his use of technology. The audio alone is worth it, though. Coach Pitino and the Cards welcomed the fans to Puerto Rico, and the coach had nothing but good things to say about the team. We know Ricky P speaks in hyperbole, but he may have outdone himself with the following quote: