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Category Archives: Louisville Basketball

ULAA Unanimously Votes to Terminate Rick Pitino’s Employment

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After hours of deliberation, the Universiry of Louisville’s Athletics Association has unanimously voted to terminate Hall of Fame head coach, Rick Pitino’s employment for “just cause.”
The move comes less than a month after Louisville was tied to a pay-for-play FBI investigation.

Rick Pitino served 16 seasons as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals.  Under Coach Pitino, the Cardinals made 14 NCAA appearances, including three final four trips and a National Championship in 2013. Pitino’s record at Louisville is 415 – 141.

Full Report On How 84 Schools And 6 Conferences Handled FBI Investigation

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Contrary to popular belief, UofL is not the only school being hit hard by the fallout of the FBI investigation into college basketball. The Associated Press asked 84 schools how they are handling the investigations, and 63 schools responded. Take a look at the full report, and let us know if you are surprised by any of the schools that declined to respond.

Pitino’s Attorney Distributes 53-Page Defense Of Rick Pitino


Rick Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, handed out a 53-page document to the media awaiting the ULAA’s decision on the employment of Pitino.
The document contains text messages between Pitino and Adidas Exec. Jim Gotto, as well as conversations regarding Brian Bowen with Christian Dawkins.

The document also contains a polygraph test and Pitino’s affidavit.

Read Pitino’s 53-page Defense

Rick Pitino Releases Info Supporting Innocence


Steve Pence, Rick Pitino’s attorney, released a 40 page document defending Coach Pitino’s innocence in the FBI pay-to-play investigation.

In the tweet below, we see a text Brian Bowen’s mother sent to Coach Pitino after the announcement of his unpaid leave.

Pitino also had Pence release his communication via text with Adidas Exec. Jim Gotto.

Below are texts between Christian Dawkins and Pitino.

Dick Vitale Takes To Twitter In Defense Of Rick Pitino

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During the ULAA Meeting, at which Coach Rick Pitino’s fate as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals was being discussed, Dick Vitale took to Twitter to defend his long time friend.
In a series of tweets, Vitale explains why Louisville’s board is making a huge mistake.

ULAA Approves One Year Contract For David Padgett


The University of Louisville’s Athletic Association has approved a one year contract for acting men’s basketball head coach David Padgett.

Via Fred Cowgill

David Padgett’s Post Game Press Conference Red-White Scrimmage

Take a look at David Padgett’s post game press conference from the first red-white scrimmage.

Red – White Scrimmage Teams Announced

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Tonight is the fan’s first chance to see the UofL men’s basketball 2017-2018 team. You can see the team break downs below!

Letters of Suspension for Kenny Johnson And Jordan Fair

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Kenny Johnson’s and Jordan Fair’s Letters of Suspension were obtained by the Courier Journal through an Open Records request yesterday. The letters were actually composed by Acting Athletic Director Vince Tyra and sent out to both coaches on October 6th.

Of course, we all already know Jordan Fair has now been fired without cause and Johnson remains on paid administrative leave.

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NCAA Forms Commission On College Basketball


On Wednesday, NCAA President, Mark Emmert, announced the NCAA was forming a commission for college basketball.
The announcement comes after the FBI arrested four assistance college basketball coaches and six other individuals in connection to a “pay for play” scheme.

According to the release from the NCAA, President Mark Emmert says the commission will focus on, “the relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities.”

Emmert also explains the commission will examine the effect of the NBA’s one-and-done rule, as well as, “creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability.”

Dr. Condoleezza Rice will chair the commission. Dr. Rice was appointed national security advisor by President George W. Bush in 2001, becoming the first African-American female (and second woman) to hold the post. She also served as the 66th Secretary of State from 2005 through 2009.

NCAA President has also tabbed the following to serve on the commission:

  • Mary Sue Coleman: President Association of American Universities
  • General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired: Chairman of USA Basketball
  • Mark Emmert: President, NCAA
  • Jeremy Foley: Athletics Director Emeritus,University  of Florida Athletic Association
  • Jefferey A. Hathaway: Vice President/Director of Athletics, Hofstra University
  • Grant Hill: Owner/Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks
  • Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: President, University of Notre Dame
  • Mike Montgomery: Retired Basketball Coach, Analyst, Pac-12 Networks & Westwood One Sports
  • G.P. “Bud” Peterson: President, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • David Robinson: Founder, Admiral Capital Group
  • Kathryn Ruemmler: Former White House Counsel; Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Gene Smith: Sr. Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed; Athletics Director, Ohio State University
  • John Thompson III: Board of Directors, National Association of Basketball Coaches

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Trent Johnson Named New Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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Former TCU, LSU and Stanford coach, Trent Johnson was officially named as the assistant of the UofL Men’s Basketball team. Jonshon was let go from TCU in March of 2016, but everyone surrounding the program had nothing but positive things to say about his integrity and character.

“His record won’t be deemed a success. But Trent Johnson’s time at TCU won a lot of people over because of the way he conducted himself and ran his program.” – Gil Lebreton with Star-Telegram.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to send a warm welcome to coach Johnson and look forward to seeing him on the court this season.

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Mini Plan Tickets For Men’s Basketball Go On Sale October 12th

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It was announced today that Mini Plan tickets for UofL men’s basketball will go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM. Fans can select their choice of six games in priority seating in 4 different packages. Check out the full details below.

Former 2018 Commit Still Interested In UofL

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After a visit from UofL Acting Head Coach David Padgett yesterday, Courtney Ramey appears to still have a strong interest in UofL despite the FBI bombshell and the suspension of Rick Pitino.

Jody Demling, of Cardinal Authority, spoke with Ramey’s father Terrell Ramey about what Padgett said to he and his son during his visit and where UofL stands in his son’s recruitment.

Terrell Ramey told Demling that the allure of UofL for his son was originally Rick Pitino, but that Courtney eventually fell in love with the city and the fans. Terrell Ramey said that Courtney “bought into the whole L1C4.”

He also said that Padgett was actually more involved in Courtney’s recruitment than Pitino and that during this visit he apologized profusely for the situation.

In the article, Terrell Ramey gives Jody Demling a very interesting tidbit of information some UofL fans may like. According to the elder Ramey, David Padgett has his sights set on becoming UofL’s full time Head Coach eventually and he is trying to rebuild the damaged 2018 class.

You can read Jody Demling’s full article below.

 

UofL Assistants Could Be Fired By Monday

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According to the Courier Journal, Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair could be officially terminated as early as Monday. The ULAA will meet Monday to discuss the next steps following the fall out of the FBI investigation that was brought to light just two weeks ago. You can read the full outline of their contracts below.

David Padgett Interviewed On “We Need To Talk”

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Tuesday night, acting head coach David Padgett talked to the ladies of “We Need To Talk”. He touched on everything from his relationship with Rick Pitino, to his expectations for the season. You can listen to the full interview below.

Asia Durr Named College Sports Madness Preseason All-American

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Junior Guard, Asia Durr, is already racking up accolades and we’re still a month out from the first tip off.
On Tuesday, Durr was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-American Team. She is one of 20 women to receive the honor.

For more information about Asia Durr or how to obtain season tickets, check out GoCards.com.

Men’s Basketball Luncheon Tickets Now Available

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The annual Men’s Basketball Luncheon tickets went on sale today. The lunch will take place on October 26th, doors will open at 11:30 with lunch beginning at noon. Presented by Clark & Riggs Printing and WAVE3, at the Grand Ballroom of the Louisville Downtown Marriott, tickets are $45 a piece and you will hear from acting head coach, David Padgett at the event. Find out how to buy your tickets and support the team and Coach Padgett below.

UofL Basketball Names Temporary Coaches

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According to Kenny Klein, current staffers Michael Bowden, Logan Baumann and R.J Evans are now in temporary coaching roles.

The Barbour Shop: David Padgett is a “Louisville Man”

David Padgett is the right man to lead UofL basketball this year. Don’t listen to these columnists who claim he’s tainted because of the scandals. He appears to be a great guy, he has high basketball acumen, and he’s exactly what UofL basketball needs right now.

As young assistant coach trying to work his way up the ranks to be a permanent head coach, Padgett could’ve decided to leave UofL when this new scandal or even the old one broke. There is no reason to stick around and deal with someone else’s mess.

Yet, David Padgett chose to stay and endure. According to his own words, he’s staying for the players because he loves them. It’s pretty clear from the press conference held by the captains last week that the feeling is mutual. In an age of cynicism and skepticism, it’s sometimes hard to believe it’s that simple. However, Padgett’s words seem very genuine. His actions are backing them up.

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Coach David Padgett’s Presser

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Today, Coach David Padgett met with local media to discuss a variety of different topics.