It's me, Eric. I've got some things I need to say. I probably should have said them earlier, but I was scared. I was scared if I let myself hang out there that you'd hurt me. So I waited. But I can't wait any more. In four years together we've gone through a lot, some of it great, like when you nailed it down on UK last season. Some of it not so great, like when you clunked a bunch of free throws in the late stages of close games this season. Some if it was incredible and awful at the same time. Like the second round the NCAA tourney your freshman year.
But during the Georgetown loss I kept wishing, for the first time, that you would just drive to the rack every possession. You were the only piece of the machine that worked consistently that day. It was then that I realized we would go only as far as you could take us this year. I think you know what that means. It means that you are going have to be the guy to make the good decisions that will have us playing until we absolutely get outmatched. You will know when to pop the triple, when to penetrate and kick out, when to drop the ball in to Samardo and Swop, and when use your trickery to put the puck in the net yourself.
You were a slashing masterpiece on Sunday. I never thought for a second that we were going to win that game. No matter who took the last shot. Every star seemed to be aligned against us. But you are kind of used to that. Stars aligning against you, that is. And it hasn't always worked out for the best. But now you are stronger. Now it doesn't matter because it is your time. There are probably a few teams out there that we simply can't beat. But there aren't that many of them. I hope you are able to guide the team through the brambles and bring them out on the other side of March. Few people think we're a sweet 16 team. I think we are. Next to no one thinks we're an 8 team. I think we are. I don't even think the final four is THAT much of an insane outlook for this team but we'll probably need to be in the right bracket and catcha break. But we've earned a break. And if we get one then it's a whole new ballgame. I won't be holding my breath or anything, but the pieces are there. The talent is there. The leadership on the floor is there.
If you make all the right moves you could become the most surprising floor general in the team's history. A guy whose name is part of the Louisville lexicon forever. Some people will say: "Can you believe how far Edgar took this team? It's amazing." Others will say: "Of course he did, I knew he was the man all along." And they'll both be lying a little bit. Because no true fan has not seen those championship sparks, and every true fan has wondered if they would ignite at exactly the right time.