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U of L scraps from Big East Media Day feast

October 20, 2010

To appease your appetite while waiting for the hoops season, a few morsels and scraps from Rick Pitino on Louisville basketball and other topics (in a disturbingly random order):

  • Really hopes that Villanova picks up football, and is glad to be in the Big East because “football drives the bus” in all the rest of the major conferences.
  • We have heard almost every year that he’s going to have the Cards running a fast tempo, then come conference play, a big helping of 2-3 zone, with some press sprinkled here and there.  He is more adamant than usual because he’s trying to give this team an identity and he doesn’t have much of a choice, anyway.  Says its going to take depth and courage.
  • He kept using the term, the whole is greater than the sum.”  Says this team needs a gimmick, like his Providence Final Four team did, and the fast pressing tempo will be it.
  • The coaches have installed a hypothetical 20 second shot clock for the team, and they have 3-4 seconds to get the ball over the mid-court line.
  • Still on good terms with Terry Meiners, even after the rumored falling out between the radio jock and the UofL AD’s office. “Terry’s one of my very best friends.”
  • Confirmed that he is not doing a TV show this year; feels they’re worn out and didn’t like how the variety show ended up turning out.
  • Mike Marra hasn’t had a good Italian meal since leaving Rhode Island.
  • Leaving Freedom Hall is like what it would be to Leave Wrigley Field or Fenway Park.
  • Thinks Cincinnati is picked too low (12th in the Big East coaches poll).
  • Kevin Willard will get it done at Seton Hall because he is a tireless worker and “cut from the same cloth as Billy Donovan.”
  • Kyle Kuric and Mike Marra are the “Billy Ray Cyrus of Louisville Basketball.”
  • LeBron James leaving Cleveland is what set the table for Samardo Samuels to get a roster spot on the Cavs.
  • The KFC Yum Center is the “finest basketball arena ever built” and takes elements from Staples, Conseco, etc.  The atrium is probably his favorite part because it is so overwhelmingly spectacular.

Miscellaneous:

  • No word yet on the Gorgui Dieng appeal.  The NCAA is doing what they do best, dragging UofL along and aging Kenny Klein.
  • Peyton Siva excited and ready to go, looking forward to being the Cardinal floor general this season, discounts media pessimism.
  • Preston Knowles says that he has hit the weights hard this summer and wants to leave on a good note, with a Big East Championship.
  • Plug:  Sure could have used a naughty Volvo S60 getting to downtown Manhattan.
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  1. Zagnut says:

    Really good report. The writer earned his keep in New York. Can I go on the next trip?

  2. Eddie says:

    Marra ever heard of Porcini’s? Take him along some time but don’t get out of his sight.

  3. Glenn says:

    I sure hope U of L has the depth for breakneck speed basketball. Seems like Denny has pretty good success when he was only using about eight players.

  4. Mills says:

    Pitino sure knows how to promote. Now if only he could tie more of those top recruits down, we might live up to the hype. Could be a long season, but entertaining all the while.