I just wanted to open a discussion to CardChron about why we are potentially losing recruits during Pitino's career.
I am currently reading "The Jump," the book about Sebastian Telfair's process of decision of jumping to NBA or going to Louisville for a year. Telfair repeatedly says throughout the book that he was offered many things by many people in the basketball world. He most notably speaks how college coaches made offers to him under the table to consider their school. He specifically says BIG EAST coaches offered him money under the table.
Now, he was asked if Rick Pitino offered him anything, or if anyone involved with Louisville promised him anything, under the table. His response is "No, Coach P doesnt do that."
So could it be that Rick Pitino does a phenomenal job of recruiting guys in the earlier stages and getting guys to commit, but we arent paying the money under the table that these kids are being offered by other schools. It could explain why we lose recruits late in the process, or lose recruits who have pledged commitments previously.
Or was Telfair just protecting a coach he maybe would have to play for?