Found October 31, 2013 on The Cardinal Connect:
While there is certainly enough on the plate of Louisville fans, CBS columnist Gary Parrish ponders who might replace coach Rick Pitino upon retirement. Parrish attempts to find successors for Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Duke’s Mike Kryzweski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, as well as Pitino. When speaking about a possible successor to the Cardinals coach Parrish suggests that Louisville will either look down his coaching tree or look down the family tree. “If Steve Masiello’s career takes off, might the current Manhattan coach/former Cards assistant get a call? Smart would obviously also make a lot of sense here, and he’d have to listen. But the ideal plan, I think everybody agrees, is for Richard Pitino to succeed at Minnesota so that he could be in a reasonable position to succeed his father when the time comes. Whenever that time comes.” While Pitino announced he would retire in 2017, Parrish believes (I concur) that this is no longer the case. Parrish also suggests Shaka Smart as a...

No drama in Louisville exhibition games these days

So much for Rick Pitino making exhibition basketball games look challenging as he did during his first few seasons at the University of Louisville. So many of them were cliffhangers. He has far too much talent on the floor for that to happen these days if the 115-67 romp over Kentucky Wesleyan is any indication. So many shooters and interchangeable parts, even without Luke Hancock...

Russ Smith explains challenge with NBA scouts, current team

Photo: Dylan Coulter – ESPN “The return of Russdiculous” is the title of a piece  appearing in next week’s College Basketball Preview for ESPN The Magazine. Instead of another story hashing out Russ’s incredible personality, or his roller coaster relationship with Rick Pitino; they allowed Russ to explain why he has returned to Louisville for his senior season. What results...

Louisville seeks a 3rd straight conference title

Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes the defending national champions have a chance at being a ''mini-dynasty.'' After back-to-back Big East championships, Pitino believes the Cardinals can carry that momentum over to their lone season in the upstart American Athletic Conference. Louisville heads to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014. Winning the reorganized...

Leaner, quicker Gophers try to keep up in Big Ten

Minnesota has a new coach in Richard Pitino, a fresh outlook fueled by a younger man in charge, and a faster style of play. The question is whether the combination will be enough for the Gophers to keep up in the tough, deep Big Ten. Gone is the rugged rebounding and experienced leadership of Trevor Mbakwe, as is the superior athleticism of Rodney Williams. Another starter, shooting...

From the locker room: Cards cruise

The Louisville Cardinals had no problem dispatching Kentucky Wesleyan on Tuesday night, defeating the Panthers 115-67 in exhibition play. Here are a few videos of Rick Pitino and player post game comments.

Cardinals ready for new hand-check rule

There was an exorbitant number of fouls called during Louisville's 115-67 exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Tuesday night, but Rick Pitino isn't complaining. The Hall of Fame coach has been preparing his team for the new "hands-off" style of play for weeks.

One Of The Top Recruits In The 2015 Class Picks Up Louisville Offer

247 Sports Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound, power forward from Cleveland, OH., picked up a scholarship offer from Rick Pitino earlier this week Bragg will be took an unofficial visit to the University of Louisville in September while in town for an event. The Cleveland naive is considered to be one of the top overall players in the 2015 class. ESPN ranks the him as the tenth...

Louisville 115 – KWC 67: Post Game Notes

Photo By: Jeff Reinking | Louisville Athletics Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals had their first exhibition game of the season on Tuesday night as they trounced Kentucky Wesleyand 115-67. Despite it being a foul fest, Louisville looked pretty solid. It’s almost scary to think that they played that well and didn’t have guys like Chane Behanan, Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock...

Sharp Shooting Class Of 2014 Prospect Has Louisville In His Final Three Just a couple of months ago, Louisville fans were pretty confident that they knew who would be joining the Cardinal basketball program in 2014. After two de-commitments  and two added commitments things have certainly changed. As of right now, Rick Pitino and his staff have commitments from three recruits in the 2014 class – Four star guard Shaqquan Aaron, four...

Goldencents wins Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Goldencents raced to the lead out of the gate and held to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile by three lengths. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Goldencents ran the distance in 1:35.12 and paid $9.60, $5 and $4. The 3-year-old colt finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness this year. Among Goldencents' ownership group is Louisville basketball coach...

ESPN Ranks Louisville No. 6 In Their Preseason Power Rankings

Around 1 PM this afternoon, the 2013-14 preseason College Basketball AP Poll will be released. Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals are expected to fall anywhere between the top five. Prior to the suspension of Chane Behanan, Louisville was expected to be No. 1 or No. 2, however without Behanan suspended indefinitely, I’m sure there are some voters who kept that in mind while...

Cards Manhandle Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 In Exhibition Opener

AP Photo: Timothy Easley Due to the new rules in college basketball, this wasn’t quite as entertaining as your average Louisville basketball game, but all in all, it’s tough to be disappointed after tonight’s game. “Overall I was very pleased. We’re going to work on our free throws. We’re a much better free throw shooting team than that,” Pitino said immediately following...

AP poll goes Harry High School

Lots of writers and analysts putting their credibility on the line in the pre-season Associated Press basketball poll, making the University of Kentucky their No. 1 pick for the 2013-14 season. They’re making their picks based on a bunch of recruits who have never played college basketball. The University of Louisville, the defending national champion, is picked No. 3, returning...
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