Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cup O' Jones : Inauguration Day Edition

Congratulations to Mr. Barack Obama, who will be inaugurated as 44th president of the United States in ceremonies held later on today. In this picture, President Obama is shown in his early balling days. What are the odds he led this team in scoring? Jodie Foster (to his right) did this team a favor by leaving the girls team to help young Barry Obama lead his Punahou squad. 60 Minutes should bring all the guys in this picture back together. How can we make that happen?

- Coach Pitino has a press conference today to preview Wednesday's game with Rutgers. He is usually joined by a player, my guess is it will be Samardo, but I could be wrong. We will have an audio link and/or summary as soon as possible. The audio will also be available on UofLSports.com sometime in the early evening.

- T-Will and Samardo Samuels swept the BIG EAST individual honors this week. Williams took the player of the week award and Samuels to freshman of the week. T-Will won it just with his 24-16-8 performance against ND and Mardo averaged 14 points and 6 boards in the Cards two wins over top 15 teams. I expect both to receive this award a couple more times before the season is over.

- Rutgers has two of the top newcomers in the BIG EAST in PG Mike Rosario and F/C Greg Echinique. Rosario might be the best freshman PG in the country averaging 17 points a game. He plays off the ball a good amount as well and can shoot well from the outside. Echinique was Samardo Samuels front-court mate at St. Benedict's in high school. He was only a junior in high school last year, but was granted early eligibility from the NCAA because he had taken all the core courses. It will be interesting to see how the Venezulean (Echenique) plays against the Jamaican tomorrow night. My guess is that Mardo took him to school back then and will continue to do so Wednesday.

- RB coach Tony Alford leaving for South Bend is no surprise as the mass exodus continues. I just hope this doesn't effect the status of Victor Anderson, Bilal Powell, Darius Ashley, and all the other running backs we have on the roster. However, if this is the "bombshell" that's been expected from the Schnellenberger complex then it was anti-climactic. I'm sure Alford is taking a pay raise and going to a school where a loss to Syracuse will only happen once before something is done.

- I'm going to throw it out there because it would be awesome and I think it could just maybe grow some legs: Jon Gruden as Louisville's next football coach. Yea I said it. Why not? His brother, Jay, was a record-setting quarterback for Coach Schnellenberger in the late 80's so I'm sure Jon is familiar with the program. He has expressed interest in joining the college game and we've expressed interest in having a quality coach. Gruden's family from Ohio - not far. There would be expectations here - but not that of a Tennesse or Michigan. It is very conceive able, but we are stuck with Krag so this is just another opportunity wasted.

- Krag and the Cards did get a commitment from a guy who looks to be bigger than former tackle Breno Giacomini. Mr. Demling reported JuCo OT Joe Evinger, a 6-7 340 monster, gave the coaching staff a verbal committment over the weekend. Like incoming QB Adam Froman, Evinger was also named a junior college All-American out of Santa Clarita College of the Canyons (CA). The manchild chose the Cards over Arizona, Arizona St. UCLA and some bottom feeding SEC team that wears blue.

- Demling went and saw 2010 Louisville recruit Jeremy Tyler play in Dayton over the weekend and JT did not disappoint scoring 27 points, grabbing 19 boards and blocking 6 shots in front of Coach Pitino and Walter McCarty. Tyler cited McCarty as one of the main reason he chose the Cards. I know this is overused, but Tyler has the possibility to be Pitino's best recruit ever. If there wasn't an age rule, he'd be NBA bound, no doubt.

Starting FIVE ( new 5 random links of the day - stolen from John Renshaw- email me @ robjones.lyes@gmail.com with anything you want me to add)

1. Luke Winn, SI.com - Things We Learned This Week (very heavy on Louisville - very insightful for a national guy)
2. Joe Lunardi, ESPN - Bracketology (Cards #2 seed in South)
3. Eric Crawford, C-J - Cardinals are playing hot off the press (talking about the Pitino press' impact on games)
4. Rick Chandler, Deadspin.com - Top Ten Ways Sports Can Improve over the Next 4 years (in honor of presidential inauguration)
5. Joan Fleischman, Miami Herald - D-Wade divorce takes tawdry turn (you have to see this)

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