Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/15/13
Just hours before Russ Smith went wild on the court of Madison Square Garden, scoring 28 points and leading Louisville into the semifinal round of the Big East tournament with a dominating 74-55 win over Villanova, he pulled up the Facebook app on his cell phone and started typing. "Rest in Peace to my Friend, Coach, Brother, Father, Advisor, Wizard, Teacher, Helper, Wiseman and those words are just understatements of how great of a man he really is," Smith wrote Thursday. "I couldn't focus all morning because of his passing... Going into his office and getting inspirational talks every day or his noble and historic quotes and phrases never left me without hope of achieving a goal." On the morning of Louisville's first game of its final Big East tournament, Smith had called up the athletic director at his old high school in Queens, Archbishop Molloy High School, to see if any of his old coaches and mentors wanted to come see him play that night. That's when he found out: His high ...
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