As Art Briles and Jim Mora disappear from the story, Charlie Strong remains tied to the Texas job.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Five For Friday, Tuition, Books and Housing Included:
1. Put former Louisville coach Howard Schnellenberger on the list of guys that don't want Charlie Strong to become a former Louisville football coach, too. Orangebloods.com, a site devoted to Texas sports, posted a story Friday afternoon declaring Strong and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin as two of the finalists for the vacant UT football job.
Neither Strong nor U of L athletic director Tom Jurich returned text messages regarding the story.
"Heavens yes, of course, I hope he stays," said Schnellenberger. "I think he's terrific. He's won many big battles and can win many more."
Schnellenberger attended the Cards' victory over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He left Orlando convinced of one more thing: Teddy Bridgewater will have a successful career in the National Football League now that Bridgewater is bound for the 2014 Draft.
"He can make all the throws that a quarterback needs to make," Schnellenberger said. "He takes care of the football. He might need to put on a little weight, but as he matures in that league that won't be a problem."
2. There will be another game when Tim Henderson saves the University of Louisville basketball team the way he saved the Cardinals against Wichita State in the 2013 NCAA Final Four.
He'll make a three-point shot. He'll back-tip the ball away from somebody. He'll find Montrezl Harrell for a layup. Depend on that.
But when it happens this time, something will be different. Henderson will be a scholarship player with the Cards.
After 3-1/2 years of persistently positive contributions as a walk-on, Henderson was rewarded with a scholarship for his final semester with the program. Rick Pitino gave him the word Friday after the Cards' final practice for the game Louisville is favored to win by 17-1/2 at Rutgers Saturday.
"While we were watching film, (Pitino) just turned around and said, ‘By the way, you're on scholarship,'" Henderson said. "Everybody kind of gave me a round of applause and we were all happy.
"It was a goal. I eventually wanted to get on scholarship … Might as well make that a goal. Don't just be OK with walking on."
Henderson has played 69 games during his U of L career. His career high? Depends upon how you define the term. He scored a dozen points against Western Kentucky three weeks ago, but those 12 points weren't even half as important as the six Henderson scored in 10 minutes against Wichita State in Atlanta last April.
3. Must-win for Indiana against Michigan State in Assembly Hall Saturday?
No. It's the first Saturday in January.
But it's around the corner from the Must-win Neighborhood.
The Hoosiers are 1-1/2-point home underdogs against the Spartans, the first time IU has not been favored at home since Dec. 31, 2011 against Ohio State.
IU (10-4) was bounced from Joe Lunardi's projected 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket on ESPN.com this week. Indiana lacks a victory against a Top 100 opponent this season, although the Hoosiers' strength of schedule benefited Thursday when Washington won at 11-3 Arizona State. IU beat the Huskies in Madison Square Garden by 18.
4. Chane Behanan has arrived in Houston, where he intends to undergo counseling with former NBA star John Lucas. Behanan, who was dismissed from the U of L team Monday for repeated violations of university policy, posted this message on his Twitter account:
"Just landed in Houston. #blessed."
Let's hope Lucas and his program can assist Behanan the way he has others and then help him fulfill his potential as a man and as a basketball player.
5. Remember former U of L reserve Angel Nunez? He's off to a solid start with his new team – Gonzaga.
Nunez has scored 27 points in three games, including 13 against St. Mary's Thursday. He also has 16 rebounds, although Nunez has yet to play more than 14 minutes in any game. Maybe Nunez, who is 6 feet 8, has improved his post-up game. He's made 10 free throws and only a single three-point shot. He left U of L a year ago with a reputation as strictly a perimeter guy.