It appears that Louisville and former Louisville commit Ryan Taylor have officially broken up. No definite word on who cheated on whom.
Initially listed as a power forward in the 2011 class, Taylor committed to Louisville early, back in January of 2009. Due to academic issues, he was forced to re-classify as a 2012 class recruit and enroll at Hargrave Military Academy.
What's interesting about this development is that Pitino watched Taylor play at Hargrave just two weeks ago. Did Pitino confirm what he needed to see? Does Taylor no longer fit a need? Or did the academics issue play a factor?
Here's a quote from Taylor, via CBS.com's Jeff Borzello:
"I can't really say [what happened], but we both wanted to go our separate ways," Taylor said at the National Prep Showcase. "No disrespect to Coach Pitino or their program, but we wanted to go our separate ways."
Sounds to me like Louisville was ready to move in a different direction. It's not you, Ryan, it's us.
According to Borzello, Taylor has no timetable for a commitment but is looking at Dayton, Cincinnati and Arkansas. Taylor added, "I like the Big East style of basketball; Big East and Big Ten."
Final thought that's more of a question than a thought: Does this action have anything to do with Jared Swopshire's return to form and will Swop be allowed to apply for a medical redshirt and use his last year of eligibility as a Card? If so, count me as a fan. Love me some Swop.