He’s Coming Back, He’s Gone, He’s Back …

The continuing drama with the basketball program is preventing University of Louisville fans from turning their attention to football, the king of college sports everywhere outside of Kentucky and Indiana.

Earl Clark is apparently going to delay his venture into professional basketball. That’s the latest from Jeff Goodman, the reporter at Fox Sports who apparently serves as Rick Pitino’s personal media outlet:

According to sources close to the situation, the talented 6-foot-9 forward called Cardinals coach Rick Pitino on Tuesday night to inform him of the decision.

“He’s definitely coming back,” the source said.

Clark, who averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds this season, is not expected to go through the process and attend NBA team workouts or the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp next month.

Good. Now Clark has until October to work on his perimeter shooting, his passing and, most important, his decision making ability, which has already improved dramatically this week.

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Message to Kyle Draper at WHAS-TV — Hey, Kyle, when your only source at the University of Louisville is the Sports Information Director, you’ve obviously got a lot of work to do in developing contacts. Draper on Tuesday told viewers there was no substance to reports that Clark would return next season.

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Baseball Cards Edge Buckeyes — Dan McDonnell said the magic words to reliever B. J. Rosenberg with the potential tying run on second base in the bottom of the ninth. Don’t know what the coach said but Rosenberg proceeded to strike out the final two batters, giving U of L a 13-12 win over Ohio State in Columbus Wednesday evening.

The Cards, now 21-13, host conference foe Villanova in a three-game series this weekend at Jim Patterson Stadium, 4 p.m. on Friday, 4 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday.

Doubleheader for Cards fan on Friday — baseball in the afternoon, spring football scrimmage at night.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “He’s Coming Back, He’s Gone, He’s Back …

  • April 17, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Kyle Draper is a rank amateur in sports broadcasting. Granted, most of them are lazy and don’t do their homework, but this guy doesn’t even know where to begin to do his job.

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