Basketball

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Grand Marshals named for Louisville’s beloved parade

    Louisville, KY.  – This year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade will be a blast from the past for Festival fans. In honor of this year’s parade theme “ThrowbackThursday,” former coaching rivals and basketball fan favorites Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum will serve as the parade’s Co-Grand Marshals. It’s a familiar role for the coaches who also participated in the 1975 parade. “The parade is the event that started the Festival 63 years ago and this year’s march will be a trip down memory lane,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO. “Who better to evoke great memories than two coaches…


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Mack Fills LouisvilleKy’s Coaching Staff with Three Experienced Assistants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three experienced assistant men’s basketball coaches have joined head coach Chris Mack’s staff at the University of Louisville, including Dino Gaudio, Luke Murray and Mike Pegues.  Pegues (pronounced puh-GEESE) has worked as an assistant coach with Mack for the past six seasons at Xavier, Murray has been an assistant coach with Mack for the past three seasons at Xavier, and Gaudio is a former basketball television analyst who has 23 years of collegiate coaching experience, including a stint at Wake Forest with Mack.  Luke Murray Murray has operated on college basketball staffs for the last 11 seasons…


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University of Louisville’s Pitino, Jurich suspended from program

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley Louisville, Ky., – It looks like University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich and Men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino are on an extended vacation, albeit involuntarily. According to news reports blanketing television, radio and social media, the two have been suspended “effective immediately”. This comes one day after UofL was notified that it’s is under federal investigation. News reports say the basketball program is under FBI investigation for fraud involving Adidas. According to a UofL press release, university president Dr. Greg Postel informed the men of their suspension following allegations that “a men’s basketball coach participated…


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Louisville Loses Chane Behanan

Rick Pitino, coach of the Louisville Cardinals Basketball team announced earlier today (Thursday) that Chane Behanan’s is suspended indefinitely, effectively immediately for a “violation of university and team rules” and “no longer a part of” the program. When asked if Chane Behanan can come back on the Louisville team?” Rick Pitino announced that It is possible but not probable. According to sources it was Tom Jurich that made the call on letting Behanango. Of course indefinitely, in Louisville basketball terms may be he can rejoin the team as soon as December. In typical Rick Pitino style, when pressed as to…


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Pitino’s without the Fab Five in New Orleans

After Louisville won the 2013 championship the NCAA Coach Rick Pitino told the media they were denied a chance to go and support the Women’s Team by the NCAA, who cited it as an extra benefit. After that, it looked like the team would be forced to watch the game on their campus. Then, after much pressure, the NCAA said it was prepared to help the team get there. So Pitino and his staff flew to New Orleans on Tuesday, but without the team that won the National Championship the day before. Although the team wanted to support the school’s…


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Russdiculous Transfers away from Pitino

Russ leaves Pitino   Rick Pitino’s 3-year-old colt honoring Russ Smith, Louisville’s favorite basketball player was dropped in for a maiden $30,000 claiming race at Santa Anita Thursday. The $145,000 auction purchase last year finished second and was claimed out of the race for the $30,000. After losing 4 times in maiden special weight company, you have to wonder whether  the real Russ Smith may have been able to do better.     Before feeling too sorry for Rick, remember that The University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc.  extended his contract through the 2021-22 season, adding five years to his existing agreement and…


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Louisville found a different way to lose at Notre Dame!

  Spoiler alert……….Louisville Lost! After losing by 10 points or more in its three games since 2007, including an overtime loss two years ago, the Cardinals squandered an eight-point lead in the final minute of regulation before losing 104-101 in five overtimes Saturday night. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said it was a typical Notre Dame-Louisville game as it marked the sixth time in the last eight meetings that the game went beyond regulation. But it had never gone more than two overtimes, going that long twice previously. The game turned out to be the longest game in Big East regular-season…


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The Karen Sypher Story

With coach Rick Pitino ready for his team’s Final Four national semifinal game against Kentucky on Saturday, Karen Sypher is serving a seven-plus year prison sentence for trying to extort the all-time great coach. But Sypher has just released a book title ‘Raped and Railroaded: The Karen Sypher Story.’ Is is a coincidence that the book was released this morning when Rick is preparing Louisville’s Cards for what will be the most important game of their career so far? Of course not – it is as much of a coincidence as the price of the book – the famous “less than 15 seconds” quote…


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Big Expectations Come With Siva’s Captain Rank

Coach Rick Pitino dropped a small bombshell this morning. He announced this season’s team captains to be the squad’s only seniors Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith; but also named Junior Peyton Siva to the role. Pitino cited Siva’s “unparalleled” leadership for the change in protocol. Rick usually reserves the captain status for Seniors. The progression of Siva only adds to the building hype behind what many believe will be his breakout season. The point guard was ranked second and fourth in the Big East last year in steals and assists respectively. He played excellently in the Bahamas, and will be…


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Yes, It’s Still March Madness, only 2012…Get Ready Louisville!

I know, I know, I should be talking about horses and Derby hats,  bourbon, betting and Barnstable’s.  Basketball is over, no more Blueston, no more Cardinals till the leaves start to turn colors…It really takes me a while to “put the ball away”. What has helped me in my catatonic, saddened state the past 2 weeks?( I am a Cardinal fan after all) No, not the bourbon mentioned….do you know me that well already? Come on, it’s like every Cardinal and Wildcat and Hoosier and Knight’s fan, it’s the thought of next year, the new season, the new players, all of our hope and…