Good morning, folks! Is it just me or is there a new Louisville Athletics controversy every 4-6 months? Let’s get right into the biggest news you need to know to start your day.
Big Dog spilling secrets?
By now, we all know that Vince Marrow isn’t one to mince words or hold back his true thoughts. It’s why the Big Blue Nation adores him and it’s what makes Vince, Vince. Us fans especially love it when he’s giving away hints about the quarterback situation. Which is exactly what he did the other day with Maggie Davis (remember her?) of BBN Tonight.
With less than a month before the season opener against UL Monroe, it’s becoming more and more clear that Penn State transfer Will Levis will be QB1.
Vince Marrow talks with our @MaggieDavisTV about UK’s current QB situation after today’s practice:
“All three of them are doing good things, but I’m liking Will [Levis]… Will has been more consistent, and more, the ball is coming out… and it’s looked pretty good…” pic.twitter.com/wXbEOZogwD
— BBN Tonight (@BBNTonight) August 11, 2021
“At quarterback, all three of them are doing good things but I’m liking Will,” Marrow said. “Will’s doing some pretty good stuff.”
“More consistent but making some big throws,” Marrow said when asked how Levis is standing out. “Not saying the other two guys ain’t making good throws, but he’s making throws that, you know, I’m like, ‘Wow.’ And then you’ll turn around and Joey [Gatewood] would make a good throw but probably Will has been more consistent with the ball coming out and it’s looked pretty good. Not to say the other guys haven’t but Will has a feel for it and that scrimmage was pretty good.”
Drew flew with the angels
KSR’s Drew Franklin was a VIP yesterday. Your favorite radio co-host flew with the Blue Angels on Wednesday for the Owensboro Air Show. We think he enjoyed it?
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) August 11, 2021
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) August 11, 2021
Position Preview: Running Backs
The Kentucky running back room in 2021 is loaded with talent and includes quite possibly the best individual ball-carrier in the SEC in Chris Rodriguez. While the hope is running the ball won’t be as critical of a focal point in years past, it will surely be a massive piece to the Wildcats’ new offense under Liam Coen.
Our trio of football experts–Nick Roush, Adam Luckett, and Freddie Maggard–sat down at the roundtable once again to discuss their thoughts on the running back position heading into the season. Roush also went long with an article that goes in-depth on the entire running back room. You’ll want to give that a read before watching the video below.
Chris Mack does not sound like a good person
New court documents accuse Louisville basketball head coach Chris Mack of threatening to pull players’ scholarships after the team failed to make the NCAA Tournament, among other details emerging from former assistant coach Dino Gaudio’s extortion case.
According to the report by WDRB’s Marcus Green and Travis Ragsdale, Mack’s threat to pull scholarships came during a coaches’ meeting on March 14, with Gaudio fighting back by telling the Louisville coach the school needed to “honor their commitments to the young men they recruited.”
Gaudio also claims he confronted Mack about alleged NCAA recruiting and COVID-19 health and safety protocol violations “at least twice” in the summer of 2020, with the claims centered around organized team workouts.
“On March 14, coaches and players gathered to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show,” the court documents read. “As the evening wore on, it became increasingly clear that Louisville was going to fall just short of being selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament. The mood soured and Mack called a coaches meeting following the disappointing Selection Show.
“Mack immediately began criticizing the players. He repeatedly stated that his players were not good enough to meet his expectations. Mack began threatening to pull players’ scholarships. Dino jumped to the defense of Louisville’s basketball players. Dino told Mack that he could not rescind scholarships because the basketball team did not fulfill his expectations and that they had to honor their commitments to the young men they recruited. Pointedly, Dino told Mack that had they not lost several likely wins from their schedule because of the number of COVID cases they would have been comfortably in the NCAA Tournament.
“To Dino, Mack was blaming his own failures on everyone else. It was particularly troubling that Mack was blaming his players. Nonetheless, Dino stopped short of calling Mack out for his failure to accept personal responsibility for a disappointing end to the season.”
The former Louisville assistant pleaded guilty in June to a charge of Interstate Communication with Intent to Extort after attempting to receive 17 months salary in exchange for not turning the program in for the alleged violations. Gaudio says Mack agreed to pay his severance package “either through the University of Louisville or personally” during a meeting on March 17, 2021. The Louisville head coach fired Gaudio during the meeting and allegedly taped the conversation without the former assistant’s knowledge.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari has gone to bat for Gaudio, too, writing a letter of support.
The court documents included a number of letters in support of Gaudio.
Including this one from Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari. pic.twitter.com/YyRpXVvFc3
— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) August 11, 2021
COVID knocks Warren County South out of LLWS
Just a few days into their Little League World Series run, Warren County South is being forced out of the tournament.
Ahead of Wednesday afternoon’s matchup, the Warren County South Little League All-Stars announced that they would have to forfeit the remainder of the event due to at least one positive COVID-19 test within the team. In a press release, Little League International notified Warren County South of the decision to remove them from the Great Lakes Region of the tournament as a result of the positive test(s).
“The team members and their families have been informed of all appropriate health measures to help ensure all individuals are cared for, and that appropriate isolation and quarantine efforts are being followed,” the statement said.
Isaiah Jackson and the Pacers make it official
It took a few extra days, but the Indiana Pacers and Isaiah Jackson have put ink to paper, making the former Wildcats’ rookie contract official on Wednesday night.
— Isaiah Jackson?Black Chaldean????? (@IJackson22) August 12, 2021
That’s the news you need to know to get your Thursday rolling. We’ve got radio in an hour. Drew will be telling us all about his flight with the Blue Angels.