Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 10/24/14
The University of Louisville informed local media outlets that Rick Pitino will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM. The release also says that Russ Smith will join Pitino at the media briefing if has made a decision on his future at that point. As I mentioned earlier today, I have no inside source close to Russ Smith, but I’ve maintained for the past week that I believe he’ll return for a senior campaign. Regardless of how loaded next year’s draft is, Russ can definitely improve by playing one more season under Rick Pitino. I just think leaving this year would be a risk. After another year, they’ll be no risk because it’ll be his only option and he can also improve in many ways. There are a few media members who claim to have sources close to the situation that say Russ will announce tomorrow that he’ll return for his senior season. Drew Deener, someone who is connected as anyone with the Louisville basketball program, says two sources have informed him that Russ...
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