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I woke up this morning and thought to myself that I needed to write something and was going through topics in my head.  I made the personal decision I was done bothering myself with the shit storm in Louisville and if they didn’t care about the mess they have then why should I.  But then I saw Jeff Greer’s article in the Courier-Journal and thought…


From Rick Pitino to now Russ Smith, they just will not take their punishment, fix the problem and move on.  They act like that annoying kid that just will not go away and has to have the last word.  Well, there is only one thing to do to that kid.


Let’s do this!

Here is the full letter from Smith, who was a standout guard on the 2012 and 2013 teams, with small edits for publication:  ( excerpts from the Courier-journal article linked above)

Just so the fans of U of L and the people who follow basketball know, I strongly believe the truth will come out and I still have faith the NCAA will take a closer look at the situation at hand and not penalize any of my brothers or recruits or young men who were minors at the time because of deceitful adults who had separate intentions.

111Ummm Russ, the truth is out already and you can find it here or stop by the BDS compound and read the NCAA report I have printed off.

This is embarrassing for many of us, including our families, our close friends and our fans who saw everything we went through in order to achieve that goal.

Oh that is rich! (*Comic Book Guy voice)  Louisville player telling us he is worried about embarrassing others.

College is a place where things happen, where young adults open wrong doors and see things maybe they shouldn’t see 

Like pre-paid prostitutes and a member of your coaching staff with a Snoop Dogg level pocket full rubbers things?   Are those the things you see at Louisville Russ?

Louisville basketball is a place where we are the face of the city, and we take pictures with many and don’t ask what their profession is or what they do for a living.


Like this one Russ?  And by the way, when your coaches pay her and then she takes off that hideous dress she is a working girl, you know, the oldest profession.  wink wink

No one condones hookers or prostitution.

(cough cough) Except the UofL coaching staff.  #JustSayin

In the city of Louisville, I’ve seen women chase some of my teammates and including myself when I was pretty popular. We did not have any attraction or interest in any of Ms. Powell’s shenanigans, especially paying.

Good thing the coaching staff paid the bill then.

This paints a terrible image of the university and most important my coach, who, for a fact, if he had found out what was at hand or that woman’s business, would have had charges brought upon her, and the people involved would have lost jobs immediately.

mj-laughingStop it!  Stop it!  It hurts!

Or he would have had a staff member drive her to Cincinnati to pay for her “health care”.  Either way you are probably right that Ricky would have taken the moral high road.  We know Rick didn’t know about this because he would have made sure this would take place in a location he could have a nice lasagna and a bottle of Chianti.

laughing-gifs-pillow-coverMy coach has taught me many life lessons, and the truth is one of them. He cooperated entirely with the NCAA and he will do anything and everything in his power to keep the dignity of our university, demand justice and refuse to sell his soul.

No really, stop!  I can’t breath!

Like I said before, college can be a welcoming or tainted place depending on the city, certain students, who hangs around campus, underage drinking, women, drugs, rape, etc., etc., you can name it.

Like Louisville, you can get them all there.

Drinking      check

Smoking      check

Hookers       check

Coaches pay for all the fun     check

That’s where I stand. I hope the NCAA reads this and this sheds a brighter light on whatever you may have.

Russ, once again, I have a feeling they will have a different reaction.  I just can’t believe these guys can not keep their mouths shut.  But any parent like myself know your kids are lying when they can’t stop talking.  But at the end of the day that is what they do.  Lie, cheat and steal.


I think it is safe to say UofL misses Charlie Strong. 

This is the funniest thing you will see all day.  Thank you Lonzo Ball and Foot Locker for giving us this.

Everyone outside the city of Louisville has always known the University of Louisville was one step away from being a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.  We have all been waiting for them to get their comeuppance for their morally corrupt and incestuous behavior and for them to actually take some responsibility for the misdoings and scandals.  Up to this point the UofL response when asked about their laundry list of misdoings has been this…


Well, now there are people with actual power looking into this trash heap and news of how UofL brass was misappropriating school funds is coming out.

Yesterday a 132 page forensic audit of the UofL Foundation was released.  Here is the Courier-Journal’s article about the release.

There was a lot of information that came out yesterday but here is one nugget that really caught my eye.


That’s right, UofL AD, Tom Jurich’s son, Mark received $791,000.  So what is the big deal says BirdGang, well Mark Jurich didn’t work for the UofL Foundation so there’s that little fact.  And it got me thinking.

How many WORKING Athletic Directors made less than Jurich’s son?

(info courtesy USAToday)

You are right UofL, nothing to see here.

Unknown-14This week news broke of Ohio State and Thad Matta parting ways opening up the Buckeye’s head basketball coaching position.  This got me thinking.  What is the better basketball job right now, Indiana or Ohio St?  

Now many of the IU fans I asked in my normal course of day scoffed like I was asking a ludicrous question but I really didn’t think so.  I’m serious.  If I was an up and coming coach what job would I rather have?  I’m really not sure.

Thad Matta made $3.37 million vs Tom Crean’s $3.15 million showing both schools are willing to get off their wallets so no really advantage there.  Then I was wondering which program had been the most successful over the past 30 years.  I thought it would be close but what I found out really surprised me.  Take a look for yourself.

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Not only is it close but the two programs are damn near identical.  It is amazing how close these numbers are especially when you think how many coaches each school has gone through during this 30 year span.  Indiana had five coaches (Knight, Davis, Sampson, Dakich and Crean) while Ohio State had four (Williams, Ayers, O’Brien and Matt).

For all the reasons above I think when the dust settles and OSU wakes from their daydream of NBA coaches and names like Shaka Smart they will be looking at roughly the same list of names the Hoosiers were looking at.  Unknown-15Well guess what, it might not be the sexiest list of names but it is full of guys that can get the job done.  The two guys I thought IU should have taken over Archie Miller, Chris Mack and Chris Holtmann, will surely get serious looks.  The ironic thing is if Miller would have known this was happening or OSU had not waited so long Archie would probably be heading to Columbus instead of Bloomington for next season.

As much as Hoosier fans think the Indiana program is superior to Ohio State they are just wrong.  If you go back forty, fifty years sure but come on.  Do you know how long ago that feels to kids today?  That’s like us comparing Rupp’s Kentucky to McCracken’s IU, irrelevant to any conversation being had today or even when we where kids in the 80’s or 90’s.

Unknown-16I know Purdue has always been Indiana’s BigTen rival but with Archie at the helm The Ohio State University might be the team the Hoosiers circle on their calenders from here on out.   And just imagine if the Buckeyes hire Holtmann.  Man, this is going to be fun to watch.

The NCAA baseball tournament starts play today and Kentucky and Indiana will both start their march to Omaha in Lexington, Kentucky this afternoon.


You will be able to catch the Cats on ESPNU today at Noon and all other games including the Indiana/NCState game can be found online via ESPN3.

Here are the links to listen if you are on the go.

Kentucky Wildcats Audio

Indiana Hoosiers Audio



Unknown-11Well this is fun.  I want to first thank everyone that has sent messages today excited about the news regarding the KSR Summer Host contest.  This has always been a dream and would be so much fun so I am just trying to enjoy the ride.

Here is what Matt Jones had to say about the contest today on KSR.



So I guess now we wait to see what Matt thinks of the clip I sent.  But if anyone wants to send him suggestions of who he should choose his Twitter handle is @KySportsRadio.  Just saying, wink wink.