Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:41 am
Edited on: July 29, 2010 9:41 am

Pitino will face cross-examination Thursday

The details from Rick Pitino's testimony Wednesday were interesting but likely tame compared to what should happen during Thursday's cross-examination. No idea what will happen, exactly. But defense attorneys have a way of asking questions that make even good guys look bad, so this should be wild.

I'll be writing about all this later today, by the way.

My question: How many coaches besides Pitino could survive this?

He still has a wife.

He still has a career.

He still has recruits signing with him.

All in all, that's pretty damn remarkable.
Posted on: July 28, 2010 11:02 am

Pitino should take the stand today

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is expected to testify today in Karen Sypher's extortion trial.

There's no indication whether it will happen early or late afternoon.

But it should happen today.

And it should be wild.

For updates, follow the Associated Press' Will Graves on Twitter.

He's in the courtroon, Tweeting when he can.
Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:36 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 12:43 am

I'm never going to see my son again

ATLANTA -- Will Karen Sypher's extortion trial end before I make it home?

My guess is that it will.

As you can see by my dateline, I've somehow ended up stuck in Atlanta. I was supposed to be home Sunday at 6 p.m., just in time for 60 Minutes (CBS plug). But my initial flight was canceled. And then my Monday flight was delayed. And then I missed a connection. And now I'm in Atlanta, where I just ordered a three-item combo at the Chinese restaurant without realizing there's no need to ever order a three-item combo from a Chinese restaurant.

Nobody needs that much food.

Even me.

Anyway, I might make it home early Tuesday.

Or maybe not.

In the meantime, I wrote a column about Bo Ryan and Wisconsin basketball for a series Dennis Dodd and I are doing. Click this link to check it out. And if you have access to a private jet, please send it. Thanks.
Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:12 am
Edited on: July 26, 2010 9:22 am

Trial centered on Pitino starts today

LAS VEGAS -- My Sunday flight home was canceled, which means I'll be traveling home today ... or at least trying to travel home today. Wish me luck. Meantime, the trial of Karen Cunagin Sypher gets underway this morning. Case you forgot, she's the woman charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from Louisville coach Rick Pitino after a sordid affair that began at a table in an Italian restaurant.

Pitino is expected to testify Tuesday.

It's unclear whether Sypher will take the stand in her own defense.

My guess is that she won't considering cross-examination would be a nightmare for a woman who A) nailed Pitino on a table in a restaurant, B) had an abortion, C) married Pitino's friend, and D) allegedly performed sexual favors for another man who later helped her try to extort money from Pitino. Either way, this trial should be a blast. I'll be monitoring it closely (hopefully via Wi-Fi while flying home this afternoon).
Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:06 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2010 10:10 pm

Samuels, Bradley, Ebanks staying in draft

Louisville sophomore Samardo Samuels will hire an agent and remain in the NBA Draft, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

The news was first reported by ESPN.com's Pat Forde.

Samuels will be selected in the second round, at best.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season.

In related news, West Virginia's Devin Ebanks and Texas' Avery Bradley have decided to hire agents and remain in the draft, as expected. Both are likely first-round picks. Ebanks, a sophomore forward, averaged 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds this season. Bradley, a freshman guard, averaged 11.6 points this season.
Posted on: March 6, 2010 4:27 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2010 4:36 pm

All together now: KU is No. 1

Look at the bright side, Syracuse fans: At least we won't have to argue this week.

I mean, we can all agree now, right?
  1. Kansas
  2. Who cares?
As I tried to explain last Saturday , Kansas maintained the nation's best body of work even after the loss at Oklahoma State (and even if AP voters went the other way). We spent the subsequent 48 hours debating. It was fun. But any and all debates ended this afternoon thanks to a pair of games that went final within minutes of each other.

It was ...
  • Kansas 77, Missouri 56
  • Louisville 78, Syracuse 68
So the Jayhawks will move to No. 1 in the AP poll and remain No. 1 in the Top (25 one). Meantime, the Orange will be (or at least they should be) second or third in the rankings, and they're still all but assured a top seed in the NCAA tournament, point being the loss at Freedom Hall isn't a huge deal for Syracuse in the grand scheme of things.

But it's a massive win for Louisville.

Not only did it allow one of the nation's great programs to close its legendary arena in about the most memorable way possible -- with 22 points from Kyle Kuric, no less -- it cemented the Cards' place in the NCAA tournament. Louisville is now 20-11 overall and 11-7 in the Big East with two wins over Syracuse, two wins over Connecticut, a win over Notre Dame and just one loss outside of the top 80 of the CBSSports.com RPI. That's not great, I know. But it's plenty enough to remove the Cards from this weak bubble and ensure Rick Pitino will coach in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in his past 15 seasons as a college head coach.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:05 pm

Dear Gary (on the end of Louisville-Seton Hall)

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Did you see the end of the Louisville-Seton Hall game? The refs blew it!

-- Jack

I think they literally blew it.

As in blew an inadvertent whistle.

For those unfamiliar, Louisville's Jerry Smith hit a corner 3-pointer Thursday night to cut Seton Hall's lead to 79-77 with 0.7 seconds left. Keon Lawrence grabbed the ball to inbound it, and then he walked onto the court and into the lane, still holding the ball. Confused, he bounced the ball to official Tony Greene, who bounced it right back. Meantime, Rick Pitino was going bananas, wanting a violation. But no violation was called.

It was awkward, no doubt.

But I've watched the replay 30 times, and it seems that an inadvertent whistle was blown, which prompted the confusion. Click this link and see for yourself. And don't just watch Lawrence. Watch the Louisville players, too. What you'll hear is something that sounds like a whistle, then what you'll see is some of the Louisville players act as if play has been stopped for a timeout. That's why I believe an inadvertent whistle was actually blown, because the actions of the players suggest they thought play was stopped.

Still, there's got to be a better way to handle that.

Shouldn't the refs have stopped play and explained that an inadvertent whistle was blown?

Instead, they just let the whole thing go, which means they let Lawrence cross the baseline without calling a violation. That's why it's a controversy, because they didn't handle the inadvertent whistle correctly. But, to me, it seems like a blown whistle is what caused Lawrence to walk onto the court with the ball.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 3, 2010 4:55 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2010 5:23 pm

Cal yelled something at somebody. You decide.

Cameras have caught John Calipari yelling all sorts of things over the years, most notably when he called former Memphis player Earl Barron a female's body part, clear as day, on national television. In fairness, Calipari had a point about Barron. But not everybody thinks the Kentucky coach's sideline antics are nearly as entertaining as I do, which is why several angry readers have emailed a clip from Saturday's Kentucky-Louisville game that appears to show Calipari yelling at Louisville's Reginald Delk (though it could be of Calipari yelling at a ref).

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am not a licensed lip-reader.

So I could have this all wrong.

But Calipari appears to tell Delk that Bledsoe will "kick your ass after the game's over" and that Delk is messing with the "wrong guy." Or at least that's what I thought the first 20 times I watched it. But a reader pointed out that it's possible Calipari is yelling at the ref that Delk told Bledsoe "I'm going to kick your ass after the game's over" in an attempt to show the ref that he called the foul on the "wrong guy."

Honestly, I don't know.

But it's a good video, either way.

Click this link to check it out.

Then tell me what you think.

It goes down around the 17-second mark.
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