Andrew Stosberg keeping things professional here on a business Tuesday. I can respect that. It can't always be partying and babies and dressed up animals and recruits with fantastic names; sometimes you gotta buckle down and get ish done...at midcourt, baby.
Big 12 guru Chip Brown hit the radio today to talk Care Bears films and conference realignment. On the latter issue, he stated that the conference is unlikely to make any move until the playoff situation is set and that Texas would like to see Notre Dame join up.
Later in the program he mentioned that the Big 12 took an exhaustive look at what adding Louisville would entail, and that the results did not turn out favorably.
It certainly doesn't sound good, but when things have sounded good in the past is when they've ultimately turned sour. This might mean that next week we'll be invited to the SEC and that they'll also want us to carry around the previously non-existant title of "conference king."
The major news out of the second day of Big East meetings is that the basketball coaches in attendance have reiterated their desire to have all teams included in the conference tournament. Huge news for the future of "The DePaul"...and DePaul.
If all 18 teams were to be included in the tournament, there would have to be two "play-in" games on campus sites on the Monday of tournament week. Six wins in seven days to claim a conference championship is insanity.
A quick issuing of congrats to the Louisville softball team, which fell short of its goal of advancing to the Super Regionals for the first time in program history, but still produced the best season in school history at 55-5. Congrats, ladies.
U of L baseball getting in some morning BP in Clearwater.
The top-seeded Cards open postseason play at 5 p.m. tomorrow against Pitt.
It was a big weekend for Trinity star and Louisville recruit James Quick, who set a state record in the 200m (20.94), and actually ran the fastest 200 ever recorded at U of L. To put that in perspective (via Jody Demling), Quick's time was just off the 20.75 provisional "B" qualifying standard for Olympic Trials.
A nice take on the death of former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart from ESPN's Brian Bennett.
But Stewart lacked an obsessive focus on details that mark most successful coaches at powerhouse schools, and his teams often reflected that. The Mountaineers in the Stewart era lost games to less talented teams because of untimely mistakes, turnovers and penalties. Fans believed his teams underachieved, and their case was only strengthened when Holgorsen won the Orange Bowl with Stewart's players last season.
But if the worst thing you could say about Bill Stewart was that he didn't spend every waking minute breaking down film or yelling at his assistants, so be it. He was a people person, through and through. On one of my first spring visits, we sat in his office talking for more than 90 minutes even though he had to attend a high school coaches' clinic that was underway. He asked me more questions than the other way around. On another visit, I was scheduled to drive back to Pittsburgh at the end of the day. Stewart worried that I would be driving into storms and kept checking the weather reports throughout the day. He asked me to let him know that I got back safely that night. How many BCS conference coaches would do that?
The Cardinal Connect interviews recent U of L grad and recurrent style icon Chris Smith.
Uriah LeMay, a four-star receiver from North Carolina, will announce his college decision on June 1. LeMay has previously stated that his final 10 includes: Louisville, Nebraska, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Georgia is presumed to be in the driver's seat for LeMay, as his brother is a quarterback there.
Daylan Hall, the former St. X star who speared a security guard into a pool on spring break and then was dismissed from the UK football team in Feb., has now been arrested for assaulting a police office.
Just in time for summer, from Big Time Yurts:
Dairy Queen confetti cake blizzard. I'm not even going to add anything.
Best news story paragraph of the year:
Yes, it's real, and yes, the reporter has been fired.
In the wake of last year's brawl, Xavier and Cincinnati will play at a neutral site for the first time in 25 years this December. The series may also be called off after a two-year trial period.
Adam Morrison is no longer human.
And finally, the best picture of a dog dressed like two pirates carrying a treasure chest that you're going to see all day.
Only now are you ready to tackle your afternoon.