The University of Louisville basketball team will play at least nine games in Puerto Rico starting Aug. 11th, but Rick Pitino may be coaching the Puerto Rico teams against the Cardinals.
The schedule was leaked Monday by Terry Meiners, of WHAS TV and Radio, on his Facebook page:
Aug 11 – 5:30 pm UofL vs Puerto Rico Junior Team; 8 pm UofL vs PR National Team (Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan)
Aug 12 – repeat Aug 11 schedule (Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum)
Aug 13 – 8 pm UofL vs PR Junior Team (Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, PR)
Aug 14 – 8 pm UofL vs PR National Team (Municipal Coliseum, Manati Ave, Manati, PR)
Aug 15 – 5:30 pm UofL vs PR Junior Team; 8 pm UofL vs PR National Team (Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, Bayamon, PR)
Aug 16 – 8 pm UofL vs Puerto Rico National Team (Humacao Coliseum)
UofL beat writer Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal indicated that “Pitino will coach the Puerto Ricans, as he is in two international events this summer, while his U of L staffers direct the Cardinals.”
The ultimate conflict for Pitino, coaching against his own team, during a crucial extra period of development time for a young, newly-blended team. Good thing his close friend Ralph Willard will be involved in this confusing arrangement.
No word on broadcast access yet.
The University of Louisville football program wins another hat-picking contest Thursday, with Keion Wakefield, a talented wide receiver from Male High School, picking the Cardinals.
Wakefield briefly picked up a University of Kentucky hat, giving Wildcat fans a fleeting thrill, before placing it aside and donning the UofL hat. He chose the Cardinals even though his brother Keron plays at the Lexington school.
A 5-foot-9, 165-pounder, Wakefield helped Male High to an 11-1 record last season and had 40 catches for 670 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s obviously serious about playing college football at the higher level.
Good news on the defensive front for University of Louisville, with reports that DeVonte Fields has met academic requirements, will report to campus Aug. 4, and can play during the 2015 season.
Fields was named the Big 12 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press as a freshman in 2012 after leading TCU with 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Fields played just three games in 2013 because of injuries, and spent the 2014 season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.
Not so good: Fields was dismissed from TCU after being charged with domestic abuse charges, allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face, a Class A misdemeanor. The case was dismissed this year, and Fields agreed to take four anger management classes. Prior to the beginning of TCU’s 2013 season, Fields was suspended for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules.
In January 2014, Fields reported that he was attacked and robbed by three individuals at an off-campus residence. He reportedly grabbed the arm of one of the gun-wielding assailants and five shots were fired. Fields escaped without major injury, and no charges were filed.
Up to now, trouble has seemed to follow DeVonte Fields around. If he’s ready to put the past behind him, Fields is the perfect candidate for some tough love from Bobby Petrino.
With so much focus on other issues, don’t be surprised if Fields is in need of a lot of conditioning before he returns to action.
When University of Louisville students return for the 2015-16 school year, some of them aren’t going to recognize some of the changes that have occurred over the summer. The observer was on campus Wednesday checking out some of the upgrades.
An entirely new view of the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus from the recently-completed flyover drive for the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park. Motorists enter the road from Third Street and Iowa Avenue, with an exit to parking at the J. B. Speed School, and on to Eastern Parkway. The road has yet to be named. Any suggestions?
Floyd Street remains an obstacle course with traffic cones and construction equipment as beautification efforts continue, with a goal of completion by the time students return the week of August 24th. Whether the underground utility work will be done by then is anybody’s guess.
Another new entrance at Floyd and Warnock streets, providing a greatly enhanced entryway onto one of the busiest intersections on campus. That’s the Ralph Wright Natatorium in the background. A new visitors center will be located on the opposite side of Floyd Street, across from the campus McDonald’s.This view is significant for what’s not there. That would be the 22 silos which towered over the campus for more than 70 years. Also missing is the Oak tree that was adjacent to the old administrative offices. The site will serve as a temporary parking location for University of Louisville football, at least through the 2015 season.
If you’re a University of Louisville fan, it may be about time to get off the sideline on this issue. It’s about much more than Jim Ramsey’s paycheck.
J. D. Nichols, chairman of NTS Corp., a Louisville-based real estate development firm, has the answer for the critics of the compensation package for Ramsey as UofL President. He addresses the issue in a letter to the Courier-Journal, which has yet to apear in print.
A couple of members of the 20-member UofL Board of Trusteees apparently have a problem with the UofL Foundation, which has numerous breakthroughs possible for the University. The facts suggest possible conflicts of interest.
They want the Foundation fall under the board’s oversight, making it susceptible to gubernatorial political appointments, weakening UofL’s ability to invest in the future.
Fortunately, the University has some powerful and strongly committed allies. Here’s J. D. Nichols’ letter:
“To the Editor:”
“Something the critics have failed to acknowledge is that there is absolutely no taxpayer money in the University of Louisville Foundation. It has been exclusively funded by generous gifts from alumni and many others who recognize the wonderful accomplishments of the previous and current presidents.
“Recent comments from misinformed University of Louisville Trustees calling for the Foundation to fall under the auspices of their Board, are totally contrary to the intended role of the Foundation.
“The intent was to provide a separate source of funding not subject to state finances or political influence for various University projects. Additionally, it was intended that some of the funds be used to supplement salaries and performance bonuses for employees and educators, when state mandated guidelines were insufficient to attract and retain the appropriate personnel. Its mission also included funding any unforeseen needs that the state couldn’t or wouldn’t fund. It was not intended that the funds be co-mingled with other state funds and treated as if it was the taxpayers’ money. Since the entire Board of Trustees is appointed by the governor, allowing the Board to control the Foundation would instantly politicize it and be counter to the original mandate of the Foundation.
“I recently made a donation to the University of Louisville Foundation with the stipulation that the funds be spent at President Ramsey’s discretion – not at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. I am not criticizing the Board of Trustees. They have many responsibilities and do an excellent job fulfilling their obligations, but controlling how my donation is appropriated is not one of them.
“The recent criticism of bonuses awarded to President Ramsey and others that were funded by “private funds” from the Foundation is absolutely absurd. In my opinion, the only people who have a right to question how the funds are utilized are those of us who funded the Foundation.