The University of Louisville basketball program, after reaching some biorhythmic peaks in March, is drifting and tumbling in the downward spin. The ups and downs of physical, emotional and intellectual cycles are converging at the lowest point.
- First comes the surprising news that Richard Pitino, who was quickly becoming a highly effective recruiter, was leaving Louisville to join Billy Donovan at Florida. Nobody says anything publicly, have to read about it on a Fox blog. No goodbyes, no thanks for the memories, just see ya later.
- Then the shocking news that a woman had been trying to extort Rick Pitino with yet-to-be-made-public accusations, embarrassing the family, the team, the university and the fan base while also putting her spouse in a no-win situation. Very little communication from the coach, sheer nonsense from his accuser, each apparently fearing the litigation cycle, hence the mumbo jumbo from the legalites. Pitino had to have been distracted somewhat during the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a bumbling bombshell wannabe.
- The latest is that 2010 U of L commit Jeremy Tyler, a 6-foot-11 high school junior whom some consider the best big man since Greg Oden, will skip his senior year to play professionally in Europe, according to the New York Times. â€œIf youâ€™re really focused on getting better, you go play pro somewhere. Pro guys will get you way better than playing against college guys,â€ he said. Duh, the fount of all wisdom. Tyler’s questionable judgment amounts to a momentum breaker in what was shaping up to be an incredible recruiting class, a reminder of days gone by.
Strange, unbelievable and unpredictable stuff. One can only hope that this downward cycle hits bottom sooner rather than later. Going to be an interesting off season.