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Davenport will stay at Bellarmine in Louisville KY Through 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Bellarmine University announced that the school and head basketball coach Scott Davenport have agreed to extend their relationship through the 2019-2020 academic year.Per university policy, contracts are not created for employees, but Bellarmine President Dr.Joseph J. McGowan has confirmed that the two have made the arrangement. “We are thrilled to have made assurances to keep Scott Davenport as the Bellarmine head basketball coach for another five years,” McGowan said.”He has demonstrated an absolute dedication to excellence both as coach and as an ambassador of Bellarmine University.” Coach Davenport, who came to Bellarmine in 2005, has accumulated a record of 232-82 (.739).This year, he led…


The Week in Louisville KY — Puppies and Rainbows in Your News Feed

Here’s what’s dominating, or clogging, your news feed this week: Puppies: It was National Puppy Day on Monday, so all your dog-loving friends, and my girlfriend Paula, posted pictures of their puppies on Facebook. Rainbows: Good news for homophobic caterers in Indiana. Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the deceptively named “Religious Freedom” bill that allows businesses to refuse to provide services to gays. All they have to do is say it’s against their religion. Convention planners, and many others fair-minded folks, reacted by threatening to refuse to do business in Indiana. (Courier-Journal) Dawne Gee Day: In the same week…


Bellarmine’s Season Ends at Elite Eight in Evansville

from Paul Najjar, Catholic Sports Net EVANSVILLE, IN – In the end, the only numbers that mattered were 79-76. No. 1-ranked Florida Southern College’s All-American guard Kevin Capers drained a three pointer with 0:08 left to break a 76-76 deadlock to lead his team to victory over the No. 3-ranked Bellarmine Knights in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight tournament at the Ford Center. An epic clash that, combined with the first time these teams matched up last December, proved to be two of the best games played at any level this year. “I’m going to take…


Bellarmine Cruises to Elite Eight with Win in Louisville KY

From Paul Najjar at Catholic Sports Net. Photos by Bill Brymer All this season, the theme for the No. 3-ranked Bellarmine Knights men’s basketball team has been “family.” It took the entire family, along with 2,200 of its closest friends, to take down No. 15 Indianapolis 81-72 in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional championship game Tuesday night at Knights Hall. This game had all you could want for a title tilt: eight tie scores, three lead changes and several big momentum swings. But when the chips were against them, it kept coming back to the close bonds of the Bellarmine family —…


Knights to Remember in NCAAs at Bellarmine in Louisville KY

You may have heard this around town, but if you haven’t been to a basketball game at Knights Hall on Bellarmine’s campus, you really should put it on your list of unique experiences in Louisville KY. On Saturday, the gym was full and the top-seeded Knights were primed for Coach Scott Davenport. It was a little like watching Kentucky play, in that the home team seemed to toy with the visiting Drury for a while, but midway through the second half the only mystery was the margin of victory. (24, 84-60). It wasn’t anything like a Kentucky game in every…


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The ABC’s of Basketball in Kentucky Version 2012

by Billy Reed A is Atlanta, the place where UK and IU will play Friday night in the South Regional semifinals. Everybody seems to think the Wildcats will be so determined to avenge their loss to the Hoosiers last Dec. 10 that they will crush the boys in the candy-cane warmup pants this time around. To quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend.” Hardened by a winter in the nation’s toughest league, IU will not back down from the Big Blue Bullies. B is for block, the stat popularized this year by Anthony Davis at Kentucky and Giorgi Dieng…


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Pollio’s Loyalties Tested in Big Hoops Week

Sure, there is a huge amount of interest in the NCAA Tournament, but Billy Reed would have you pay more attention to the tournament trail being traveled by Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan and Northern Kentucky. And here’s the story of one guy with hoops connections to all of them, plus Western. by Billy Reed If I were Mike Pollio, I’m not so sure I’d be able to attend Tuesday night’s NCAA Division II regional final between Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan. You want conflicts of interest? Pollio has them out the wazoo. He had better wear beige to the game because Bellarmine…


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Card Troubles, Knight Triumphs

Yes, I wasted a few hours yesterday afternoon watching Rick Pitino’s Cardinals stink things up in Milwaukee yesterday. The Cards looked awesome for about 3 minutes, building an 18-2 lead, but then reverted back to form, missing shots, turning the ball over and generally playing an uninspired brand of basketball. The outcome was never in doubt in the 2nd half, with the final coming at 74-63. For those of use who thought maybe this team had hit bottom in losing by 31 at Providence. It’s not. U of L has no scoring threat outside of Russ Smith, and with Kyle…


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Goliaths of Hoops Taking On Davids Is Good for All

Billy’s got a soft spot for the Bellarmines and Pikevilles of the college basketball universe, and says that players on both sides have a lot to learn from early season exhibitions. by Billy Reed On Sunday night, I attended the dinner at Keeneland that was held in honor of the first basketball game between the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University (my alma mater) in 100 years. The, ah, contest will be held Wednesday night in Rupp Arena, which actually is closer to Transy’s small downtown Lexington campus than to UK’s sprawling campus a mile or so away. Both head…


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Back to School Edition

Some local universities seem to be in the news lately, for good and bad reasons. Heap a Trouble for For-Profits: Check out this investigation by Huffington Post into for-profit schools. It’s eye-opening to read about heavy-handed sales tactics used to entice students into enrolling, where they could take advantage of government funding programs and get themselves in debt while earning degrees of dubious value. The target is Education Management Corp.,  which operates schools across the U.S., including Brown Mackie College. Jack Conway has joined a national lawsuit against EDMC. As a former instructor at the local BMC campus, I’ll tell…