We were blessed & surprised today to receive a new blog post from Coach Rick Pitino. In his post he talks about the FSU game, summer progressions & how many bids the ACC can land in the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy.
Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier Journal is reporting that Damion Lee has signed a training camp deal with the Boston Celtics.
Rick Pitino came on ESPN 93.9 The Ville and talked about this years basketball team. He said “We’ve pressed a lot in the past but this team is very long, very athletic. I’m very bullish on this basketball team.” I absolutely love those words. I’m guessing you do to. Here is the article,
An article published by The Sporting News in June of 2015, talked about Louisville players in the NBA and the lack of staying power despite collegiate success. The article says “Terrence Williams, Samardo Samuels and Chris Smith had their shots. Peyton Siva, the point guard on that championship team, is stuck in the NBA Development League. Francisco Garcia, Pitino’s most successful NBA product, who played 10 years in the league, was waived by the Rockets this season. Of Pitino’s drafted players, three remain in the league: Gorgui Dieng in Minnesota, Russ Smith in Memphis and Earl Clark in Brooklyn. The latter two played a combined 158 minutes last season, while Dieng was a solid role player and occasional starter for the Timberwolves” The article was published prior to the 2015 NBA draft and it wasn’t trying to belittle Louisville but rather it was saying that Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier are the type of players that have staying power in the NBA and they are (as the title of the article states) hoping to rebuild the path to the NBA for Louisville players. Read the rest of this entry
The Calipari media train rolled in this morning and it’s stop was on Mike & Mike. Cal was asked about his comments and if they were aimed towards Rick Pitino. Cal said they weren’t intended for Rick and apologized if anyone thought they were. EVERYONE thought they were. I’m certain they were. Just another day in the life of Cal. The full podcast is below.
Coach Rick Pitino went on 840 WHAS this afternoon and was asked about Coach Calipari’s inflammatory comments from last week that were a blatant shot at Rick Pitino. Here are his responses:
That is all for now. We are still waiting for Swaggy P to come out and when he does I hope he takes no prisoners. We got a small taste today. This is not a UL/uk thing, this is Calipari always being a Jack*** thing. Go Cards!
- So what’s been going on? Anything happening in the sports world? Of course not. It’s not basketball season. Wait! What? Oh, I almost forgot. We are fans of The University Of Louisville and we have a sport to cheer for all year round. As you may have heard the 2016 College World Series is about to get started and the Number 2 overall seed, University of Louisville, is two wins away from another trip to Omaha. Louisville will face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (if necessary) in a best of three series at Jim Patterson Stadium. The games on Saturday (6/11) and Sunday (6/12) will start at noon. I don’t think there will be a game on Monday but if somehow it needs to be played, the game time will be announced after the game is deemed necessary. Louisville is 36-1 at home this year so the fact that I don’t think they will lose 2 out 3 shouldn’t seem crazy but you never know. Good Luck Cards. See ya in Omaha! Here is a link to the NCAA CWS brackets, http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/baseball/d1/2016
The following was a press release from UofL Basketball coach Rick Pitino that was put out during the show this morning. Sorry for the delay!
“All of Louisville celebrates the life of our Champion,” said UofL Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. “He shined brightest in the ring and preached peace outside of it. He loved babies, people and cherished his friends. We will miss you Champ. Rest in Peace.”
The following are a compilation of tweets about the press conference today as I was working and not able to attend myself. Enjoy!
Billy Donovan will not replace Rick Pitino when he retires from coaching basketball at The University of Louisville. Donovan will likely never coach in the college ranks again. Donovan, in his first year as the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach, has taken his team to within 1 game of the NBA finals. If the Thunder can win 1 of the next 3 games against the Warriors, then he will have reached a level of success that will more than likely assure him to always be an NBA coach. Read the rest of this entry
On Wednesday, May 25th, Louisville Center Chinanu Onuaku will have to decide if he will remain in this years NBA draft or if he will return to Louisville for his junior season. Everyone has an opinion on his future and I am no different. When I stared as a contributor for Cardinal Sports Zone I said I would always keep it real. I intend to keep it real as I give you my opinion of Onuaku’s future. It’s hard as a fan to remove our selfish desires and look at the whole picture but I intend to do my best. Read the rest of this entry
Here is an update on Chinanu Onuaku: (From Mike Hughes Twitter)
We will update you more if we hear anything. Tune in to Midday with Marques Maybin to hear MM & Steve talk about this on 93.9 FM The Ville from 10-noon!
We at Cardinal Sports Zone are a member of the 93.9 family. Whenever Rick Pitino comes on we do our very best to share it. Our guys Mike Rutherford & John Ramsey had the incomparable Rick Pitino on their show today. He had a lot of interesting things to say and I will not spoil one word of it. Thanks to Mike Rutherford for letting us use this interview. Here is the link to interview. Go Cards!
We hope you didn’t miss TODAY’S episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone show on ESPN 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steven Rummage & the social media guru Jeremy were there to talk all things Cards! Today we welcomed in Red Rage Dave (His new government name) and were all over a bunch of topics? How do we use the last scholarship for UofL Basketball? With Nanu announcing he got a draft combine invite, will there be 2 schollys? Can Lamar amass 1000 total yards in a game and why does Charlie keep getting Bobby’s credit on draft night? We went over all of this and more as we walked through the doors at 9:59 & 1/2 this morning.
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I’m gonna share some excerpts with you in a few about a column by Eric Crawford in a few about the NCAA NOA and a line of defense Coach P has been using in just a second. First I want to share some personal experiences I’ve observed first hand. There is the whole Coach P knew angle. You all know that I had a few friends that played at Louisville between 05-08. I went back to finish my degree at that time not only to get my degree but because they were going to school too. I was at Minardi Hall pretty much every day for 4 years. I seen foolishness attempted and it was all met with big consequences. One of my buddies was late to practice & ran on the treadmill for hours plus lost his playing time for months. He didn’t mess up again. The point being, there definitely is a fear factor going on at UL & it’s in a positive way.
Here is an excerpt from the article by Eric Crawford. (Click on excerpt for link to full article)
When the 2nd set of self-imposed sanctions the thing that people worried about after they collected their thoughts was: How will we recruit? I say after because when they were announced, people acted like they were unaware that these sanctions were coming down. We all assumed that reduction of scholarships, recruiting restrictions and a suspension for Coach P were on their way. (Side Note: When they announce Coach P’s suspension, do not repeat hysteria) Anyways, let me digress for a moment. We all wondered what the staff would do to make up for the things handed down. We speculated on them taking advantage of AAU tournaments in Louisville this summer as they would not have to travel at all which would aid them greatly restriction wise. Another thing that has seemingly aided them is the unexpected notion from their recruits of what Louisville is going through and the knowledge that it won’t affect them when they arrive on campus.
I have been doing Ky Derby previews for quite a few years now. My first big Derby win was in 1994 with Go For Gin. I know it doesn’t really fall under the category of Cardinal Athletics but it’s the one time of the year all local sports fans come together and celebrate Louisville as a city. Oh, and we all try to win money. That is why I do this every year. I try to give you as much information as I can so when you place your bet, it’s a well thought out, educated bet and not just betting on a name or color. I want everybody to win money. I won’t tell you who or how to bet and I won’t tell you who is going to win because nobody really knows. If someone tells you they know somebody who knows somebody who said their horse is going to win, don’t believe them. Yes, there are signs that a horse is ready for a big race and signs that are cause for concern but nothing is certain. It’s called gambling for a reason. Be smart with your money. Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose. Don’t bet 10 horses in hopes of getting to cash 1 ticket on the winner. Usually I would say to look for value when you place your wager but the Ky Derby has the best payouts and odds of any race so bet who you think will win. Especially this year where the race is wide open. There is no heavy favorite so the winners payout should be nice even if the favorite wins. We could see a $20 winner. Don’t be afraid of the exotic bets but learn what and how to bet them before jumping in. Do your research. It could pay off handsomely.
Here are the contenders in no particular order,
I’ve been on vacation for a week therefore I have a lot to catch up on so this week’s edition of Nunnsense will be a potpourri of topics. I was enjoying my family time on vacation so much that I didn’t even watch the college basketball national championship game. I knew that since I didn’t watch there would be an epic finish. And of course, I was correct. Congrats to Villanova. I took the vacation week and removed myself completely from the sports world. Well, almost……..