Kyle Kuric turns out to be the highlight of Rick Pitino’s press conference, looking for all the world like a happy-go-lucky college kid as he enters the room, wearing his Final Four Adidas cap backwards. At least, it used to be considered backwards.

Kenny Klein

The University of Louisville senior manages to answer a couple of questions before Kenny Klein, the sports information director, makes a quick motion with his hands, quietly suggesting to Kuric that it might be a good idea to remove the head gear.

“Huh?” he says, with a surprised look at Klein. Hand gesture again. “Ah, okay.”

Kuric is asked the predictable questions about the upcoming match up with the Kentucky basketball team in the first game of the NCAA Final Four. He responds with the predictable answers:

“Yeah UK is a great team, maybe the best team we’ll play all year.”

“I heard about the rivalry while I was growing up. It is more fun being a part of it.”

When asked if the coaches prepare differently for Kentucky, he says the coaches are a lot more serious and practices are much more intense during weeks leading up to the game.  “We usually have a lot of fun, but practices during those weeks kind of suck,” he says.

What about all that fun you’re supposed to be having?

“Practice is serious,” he says. “We have fun duing games.”

He follows Rick Pitino, Chris Smith and Chane Behanan, each of them answering one question after another and another about Kentucky and the rivalry. One has the distinct feeling that coach and team are getting tired of talking about the Lexington team. They can’t admit that, of course, not wanting to give Big Blue any bulletin board material.

No end from the continuing speculation, analysis and predictions from local and national sports media, classmates, family, friends and neighbors.

Admittedly, U of L crashed the party, UK was going to be there all along. But one has to admit that Final Four week would be much more fun (not so irritable) without having to share the headlines and the spotlight with a dreaded rival.

There’s only one chance to shut it down for a while. That doesn’t come until Saturday.

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By Charlie Springer

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

5 thoughts on “Kyle Kuric lightens up Louisville presser”
  1. I, my wife and my adult son and daughter will all be in the New Orleans nosebleeds cheering our a#*es off on Saturday. Either way, I will be back on Monday cheering for whichever team from KY is on the floor, still wearing my Cardinal gear. I intend to show all UK and other schools’ fans what classy fans from UofL can be, whether inside the Dome or out on Bourbon Street. I encourage others to do the same.

    P.S. No, I will not be cheering for Coach Calipari or his model of college athletics, should UK advance to the championship game. I will be cheering for these ambassadors of the school of choice of several of my relatives, friends, neighbors, fellow professionals, at which I know some great academics strive to make it the flagship academic institution it should be. Wishing these classy UK fans I am privileged to know good luck, should they advance, only feels like doing what I would hope and expect of many of them, should UofL prevail on Saturday.

  2. Good article.

    No doubt both teams and coaches are tired of talking about it for now . . . but the winners, they’ll love talking about it, for decades to come.

  3. Pitino needs to channel his inner Herb Brooks for this game. Have the players watch the movie Miracle the night before.

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