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You know you've entered the dreaded dead period of sports in Louisville when you go to the C-J online and see a Bats loss as the top story.

Pretty sweet Pitino excerpt from a Malcolm Gladwell piece via Eric Crawford.

"I have so many coaches come in every year to learn the press," Pitino said. Louisville was the Mecca for all those Davids trying to learn how to beat Goliaths. "Then they e-mail me. They tell me they can't do it. They don't know if they have the bench. They don't know if the players can last." Pitino shook his head. "We practice every day for two hours straight," he went on. "The players are moving almost ninety-eight per cent of the practice. We spend very little time talking. When we make our corrections"-- that is, when Pitino and his coaches stop play to give instruction -- "they are seven-second corrections, so that our heart rate never rests. We are always working." Seven seconds! The coaches who came to Louisville sat in the stands and watched that ceaseless activity and despaired. The prospect of playing by David's rules was too daunting. They would rather lose.

This morning's AP story on Jeremy Tyler is fairly forgettable, with the exception of this exchange.

The biggest knock against Tyler's decision, of course, is that he's walking away from his education.

"But this ain't 1950," his father said. "I mean, everything is online."

Ain't 1950, indeed.

After taking a pair of games in a rain-shortened series with Villanova over the weekend, the Cardinal Nine return to action tonight at 6 p.m., hosting Ohio State. The Cards need all the non-con wins they can scrape together at this point.

Is Steve Kragthorpe a victim of coaching celebrity? No, no he's not.

The U of L men's golf team in a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Regionals, which begin in Bowling Green today.