– Great news on the recruiting front as Louisville lost yet another potential player to UK. That’s right, yesterday NC State transfer Ryan Harrow picked the Cayuts over Louisville and Georgia. That leaves the door open for a possible commitment from Kevin Ware as he’s set to visit the Cards this weekend. Now, if Ware spurns Louisville too, then we might have to sit down next week and re-examine things a bit. It’s reportedly down to Louisville and Georgia. I know Rick Pitino’s teams look pretty solid for the next two years with the players returning and the new faces entering into the program, and it’s still very early in the 2012 recruiting process, but it’s never fun to lose anything to your #1 rival – including 19 year old kids that weigh 165 lbs and play suspect defense. Just sayin’.
– To further twist the knife in our collective recruiting backs, the potential future #1 overall player for 2012, Shabazz Muhammad, has officially dropped Louisville from consideration. He made two visits here last season, but apparently seeing 22,000 rabid fans and giant floating heads in the crowd wasn’t enough to keep the Cards in the fold. According to Jeff Borzello’s column (check out Borzello on LSL’s latest podcast here, if you haven’t already), Muhammad now lists UK, Texas, Kansas, UNLV, Duke, and UCLA as his finalists. Why do I have the feeling that we’ll see him in a familiar blue color as a visitor to the Yum! Center in early January of 2013???
– Pat Forde just posted a pretty interesting column ranking some of the biggest over/underachievers in college basketball over the last several years. Lot’s of Big East flavor in the column, for both good and bad reasons. Loved how he finished his underachievers list though, as he lumps in half of the SEC, showing us once and for all just how pathetic the league truly is. Besides, as our good buddy Brian Fantana would say, Pat Forde is ALWAYS right……60% of the time
– Finally, I gotta give some props to Brett McMurphy. He’s always been a great writer and solid journalist (as well as another former guest on LSL), but since he’s joined CBS he’s brought a lot of great insight to the Big East. And ya know, there’s a few of us around the country that follow the league pretty closely, believe it or not. In his latest column he gets a Q&A with Big East Commissioner, John Marinatto, and talks about expansion, TV rights, and the future of the league.
That’s all for now, hopefully there’s a new commitment to talk about next Monday – otherwise Ethan might fling himself from the Sherman Minton bridge…..and we don’t need that do we?
– Brent Lepping