Rick Pitino is one of the most successful college basketball coaches of all time and, as everyone already knows, he does just so happen to be the father of our current head coach. There are a lot of HOTTAKES to be made from this, but I want to break it down a bit slower. First off: what is the FBI saying? Exact quote: "In the second set of allegations, authorities say that James Gatto, on behalf of an unnamed "sportswear company," funneled "six-figure payments" to three players, who, in exchange, committed to play for particular college programs affiliated with the company. Gatto is the director of global sports marketing for Adidas. This set of charges includes a reference to a "public research university located in Kentucky." Sources have told ESPN it is the University of Louisville." Second thing: what does this mean for Louisville? Well, if this is proven to be true (and we're a LOOOOONG way from that) it could well mean Rick Pitino's career ends in disgrace with a show cause penalty on him, a death penalty for Louisville basketball, and quite possibly prison time for some people close to the program. It could also end up at the feet yet again of one of Pitino's assistants and never end up touching him personally. We've seen this before. Part 3: we've seen this before? Look, Pitino's been around a long time and, in the sordid world of college athletics, that's gonna mean a controversy at some point or another for even the best of them: North Carolina's African American Studies program, the life and works of John Calipari, hell even Coach K's Duke somehow had a player with $30,000 for jewelry. The problem with Pitino is that we just went through this less than 2 years ago with a prostitution scandal where one of his assistants took all the blame for players and recruits being given access to prostitutes in return for becoming Cardinals. In addition, because it will be mentioned by others, he's also had a sex scandal but frankly I see that as his own business. This however would take the cake, and it would be pretty hard to separate Pitino from this one. And 4: the hell does this have to do with us? The answer is please god i hope absolutely nothing. Richard is not Rick Pitino. Whether or not that's a good thing has yet to be seen. If it all feels like insinuation to even mention Richard in this, well that's because it is and I apologize for that. I don't want to cast aspersions but it is reasonable to ask questions. He was an assistant for his dad at this Louisville program earlier in his career and, by virtue of being raised by that man, it's not a massive jump to ask if Rick's anything similar. If the (incredibly well financed) Louisville program is found to have been paying players, I'm going to have a very hard time believing this just started within the last year. If we're then going back through history, it SHOULD raise questions about all the coaches and players that went through the program. To finish on 5: is this all just a shitty hot take? Yes, yes it is. For one, it's Adidas that is in hot water and the Gophers are a Nike company. Richard Pitino has spent the overwhelming majority of his professional career with very well respected and widely considered "clean" programs. Even if his dad is doing stuff under the table, Richard could very well be keeping it all above board and be if anything more horrified by this than anybody else. Time will tell. Still, something to keep an eye on.
Gopher Football specialist Justin Juenemann learned of his scholarship in an unconventional way on August 9, 2017 with the help of Coach P.J. Fleck and a friend from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
This was expected, but it's still a great pick up for the Golden Gophers.
Gopher Digital does an awesome job!
In this short video, PJ Flleck gives Gopher fans an update on what the have been doing, and whats next this spring for Gopher Football!
The Gophers roughed up the Anteater's starting pitcher with 3 runs in each of the first 3 innings then held on for the 9-8 win. Micah Coffey recorded 4 RBIs, Lucas Gilbreath started and got the win, Brian Glowiki recorded the save and Eduardo Estrada Jr hit a HR. UC-Irvine was receiving votes in one pre-season top 25 poll.
Could this be why?
3 quick thoughts:1) Anyone who embraces Ski-U-Mah that quickly and enthusiastically gets my support. It's a rule. 2) That's a great message for the team. 3) He has a fun energy to him.
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