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.
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