Pitino, Plump, Pals for Poole & Patterson the Place to Be

Revised 3/31 11:30 am and again at 3;00 pm. (In the initial paragraph I mistakenly wrote “Joey” Chitwood, instead of “Jimmy” Chitwood, the character in “Hoosiers.” And my mistake is a mistake, because “Joey” Chitwood is really Joie Chitwood, a former contestant in the Indy 500, who later thrilled car nuts with his Thrill Show. He once drove a Chevette 5.6 miles on two wheels. But I digress, though the diversion is well within bounds of this big Indy week.)

Will The Real Jimmy Chitwood Please Stand Up? That would be the personality garnering more print space in advance of Saturday’s semifinals than anybody . . . even coaches and players.

Bobby Plump, come on down!

I chastised Pat Forde yesterday after reading his Final Four Likeability Index. He mentioned “the real Jimmy Chitwood” without actually naming Plump, star of Miracle Milan and later for Coach Tony Hinkle — sound familiar? — and the Butler Bulldogs (Not the Bears as originally written.). The ESPN scribe’s retort, “you will read his name plenty tomorrow.”

Well, the fourth estate must have held a convention yesterday at Plump’s Last Shot. I assume Forde’s going to have a piece on Plump today. But he was trumped — deadline-wise anyway — by Pete Thamel in the New York Times, whose profile I read in print with my coffee this morning.

By the by, Plump, as legendary as they come along the banks of the Wabash, likes his alma mammy to take it all. Wouldn’t have it any other way, would we?

Pitino For Life, A Done Deal. You read it here first yesterday. U of L and The Rick have worked on an extension which will keep Pitino in Louisville for the duration of his coaching career . . . should he choose. And pay him enough in salary and loyalty bonuses to finance the new downtown bridge himself.

The timing seems curious to me. There are conceivably details of an embarrassing nature that might be revealed in that little legal proceeding this June. Why not wait until that’s over before this commitment?

I trust Pitino’s position in this matter is that the extension will help him get it done on the recruiting trail. If so, it’s time to git ‘er done.

Stacy Poole & Who Else? Word filtering out of Golden Arches Game Central is that UK may have five positions available. That all current Big Blue Ballers with an option other than practicing in the House That Rupp Built will bail. So long Messrs. Wall, Cousins, Patterson, Bledsoe and Orton . . . it’s been good to know ya.

Next.

So, let’s say Coach Cal makes Brandon Knight and C.J. Leslie and Josh Selby and Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb offers they can’t refuse. And they all drink the Kool Aid and choose to matriculate to Lexington for their one year of higher education.

You think they and Cal will be under pressure? Well, I imagine. The Big Blue Nation is giving lip service that the Elite 8 was good enough this year. Perhaps.

But, will it be next?

Meanwhile On The Diamond. That Louisville Cardinal 9 did it again yesterday. Another comeback W for the highly ranked baseballers. It was their lucky 13th of the season. U of L is 6-0 in one-run games.

Andrew Clark’s two out tater in the 9th led the Cards to a 5-4 victory in Bloomington over the Hoosiers.

Big East rival Villanova comes to Patterson Field for games at 6:00 Thursday and Friday and 1:00 on Saturday.

– Seedy K

5 Comments

  1. cbcard
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    The timing of the announcement of Rick’s extension is simple. Recruiting. Got to get the news out B4 the spring signing period.

    There are only two constants in college athletics. Recruiting and $$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  2. Herbert Birdsfoot
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I love your blog and hope the posts keep on coming. But, just FYI, an error which has popped up in a couple of posts is that the Butler U. mascot is the Bulldog, not the Bear (like the Louisville high school).

  3. Seedy K
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Bulldogs, of course.

    Joey/Jimmy/Joie, Bears/Bulldogs. Geesh.

    Thanks. Now revised.

  4. Birdie King
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I had the pleasure of hearing Reggie Theus speak to our group while he was here in Louisville. For all his accomplishments he is the most humble, amiable, down-to-earth “superstar” I have even met. Every success to him!

  5. Seedy K
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you 100% about Theus. Very nice fellow. But he has made some interesting career choices since leaving U of L.

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