Derrick Caracter is back in the news this morning, begging the question of whether or not there's ever been more summer attention devoted to a college basketball player who's never averaged more than eight points in a season.
The latest turn comes from - appropriately, I suppose - the blog of Rick Bozich (again, no boundaries). The Courier-Journal columnist apparently ran into the former St. Patrick's High School star (seriously, what other description works at this point?) in the winner's circle after Curlin won the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Down's on Saturday (absolutely no boundaries), and asked him about his future.
Dressed in a polo shirt, jeans and a pair of bright green sneakers, Caracter said that he still wants to play for
with fellow juniors Earl Clark, Jerry Smith and Edgar Sosa next season. He signed several autographs and waved at fans who screamed, "We want you back, DC. We need you, DC." Louisville
Caracter said he was enrolled in summer school and taking two classes this session.
"I'm already eligible," he said. "This is where I want to be. This is where I want to play. I took my name out of the (National Basketball Association) draft because I want to play here. I don't want to transfer.
"I'm going to talk to coach (Pitino) at the end of the month. I don't want to be anywhere else."
Already eligible? So was he never really ineligible or did he just apply himself for two weeks and turn out to be Henri Poincare (I could have just said Einstein, but it's Sunday morning and I'm feeling saucy)?
I realize this is all becoming increasingly difficult to follow, so let's break things down by taking a look at the (potential) psyches of the story's major players.
DERRICK CARACTER - Realized he was not going to fare well in the draft and backed out. Feels comfortable in Louisville and with his teammates, and would like to return to school for another year. Has been telling anyone with an ear that he's back on the team since Earl Clark made his decision, assuming his head coach would let him back without much of a fight.
RICK PITINO - Was hoping Caracter would either leave or go through the pre-draft camps and return aptly humbled. Worries about the effect an unaltered DC might have on a team that could contend for a national title. Doesn't really want him back, but feels like he can't kick him off solely for being a pain in the ass.
LOUISVILLE FANS - Super bored and willing to talk about almost anything with nothing else to actively follow.
WILL SCOTT - Has a scholarship he doesn't really need.
This is my view of the situation as it currently stands, but for proof that there isn't anyone out there who knows beyond the shadow of a doubt whether or not Caracter is done at U of L, we turn to (100% no boundaries) a message from T-Will's MySpace.
COACH PITINO LET WILL SCOTT HAVE DC'S SCHOLARSHIP SINCE HE WILL NOT BE RETURNING, BUT DC IS STILL HANGING AROUND THE VILLE TRYING TO BECOME ACADEMICALLY ELIGIBLE TO TRY AND TRANSFER SOMEWHERE, BUT HE WILL NOT BE BACK IN THE VILLE. JUST WANTED TO KEEP YALL UPDATED SINCE HE DON'T BE ON HERE THAT OFTEN. I WISH THE BEST FOR HIM. HOPE YALL DOING GOOD AS WELL. MUCH LOVE.
The summer sucks.
So how does everyone feel about Steve Kragthorpe?