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Ellis Myles Joins Cardinal Staff on Full-Time Basis

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Apologies for my notable absence over the last couple of days. I've been battling a bug since Saturday, and I spent most of yesterday following the tragic unfoldings in Blacksburg.

Anyhow, I couldn't be more excited about today's announcement that Ellis Myles is becoming a full-time member of the basketball staff.

Ellis Myles, starting center on the University of Louisville's 2005 NCAA Final Four team, will continue in a full-time capacity with the Cardinal men's basketball staff as assistant strength coach.

"Ellis has a desire to be a full-time assistant coach some day," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "We will certainly groom him with that in mind. He'll start his journey as an assistant strength coach and work his way up the ladder. Ellis was a dedicated basketball player, understands our system and there's no doubt in my mind that he'll make an outstanding coach sometime down the road."

Myles initially joined the U of L staff on a temporary basis on Jan. 30 while in Louisville rehabbing a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, which he suffered while playing professional basketball in Israel. After earning a bachelor's degree in sociology at U of L in 2005, he also played pro basketball in Belgium and Italy.

By all accounts Ellis did a magnificant job with Derrick Caracter in a limited amount of time last season, and I'm thrilled by the prospects of having him as a full-time assistant coach sometime in the fututre.

Louisville is Ellis's home, and it's outstanding that he's going to be here for a while.