Louisville Basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino was back in the blogging business this afternoon with a new note. Coach Pitino discussed UofL’s Senior Night and handed out a few thank yous, briefly talked about the Georgia Tech game itself, dealing with Haters, a trustee in particular, the Virginia game, and a preview of his next blog.
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Such a special night for our seniors. So many thank you’s are necessary:
Our marketing department — A tremendous job producing great videos.
To Jim Haney and Reggie Minton from the NABC for granting our two seniors to play in the Reese’s College All-Star Game.
Ryan Ford of Jostens — My ex-Providence Friar player who rushed and delivered our beautiful rings.
Kenny Klein for his tireless dedication to making every game special.
The game itself was typical of some senior nights, filled with nervous energy and jitters. We needed our one run in the second half to secure the lead. Besides his two big mistakes, errant full court pass to Jaylen and not running the ball into his hands, Nanu was brilliant most of the game.
As I said before the game to the crowd, our coaches of all sports under the direction of Tom Jurich are extremely compliant to NCAA rules. They have been great supporters of me throughout the years. Thank you coaches — your concern has meant a great deal to me this year.
Please do not think the haters get me down. Someone approached me the next day and asked the question what did I think of the trustee that brought up my indiscretion from ten years ago? I responded this way and I will share it with you. My price was paid for a long time. Any time a person hurts their loved ones, the pain is greater than one can imagine. As for the person who said it, the glass houses are overflowing with people who throw those stones. That trustee would be better served trying to get a dysfunctional board on some form of a team. I’ll make a suggestion to the person I have not met: let God judge and get out of your glass house.
On to important matters: Virginia.
The most difficult game on our schedule. We travel into their senior night. They are a great defensive team with a high level of experience. We will have to figure out how to get higher percentage shots than the last time we played them. Should be a fun game.
Ralph Willard will be moving on and I can’t thank my great friend enough for his outstanding work and loyalty. You will be missed.
The staff worked tirelessly to help make our team what they are. Thanks guys, you are special!
Good luck to Jeff Walz, staff, and the Cardinals’ women’s team. Another tremendous job by them this year.
Next week I will take you through each player and what we will go to work on this spring to help them reach their potential.
Last, but by no means least: thank you to our great fans. You are part of a special team. We love and thank you so much for your support.