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BOZICH | Monday Muse: Former Card Jerry Eaves says it's time for a change at Louisville

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Rick Bozich touches on 10 topics in his weekly Monday Muse. Rick Bozich touches on 10 topics in his weekly Monday Muse.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – TMZ. Sports Illustrated. CBSSports. Yahoo! Sports. The New York Post. ESPN. Rant Sports. The Sporting News.

Other than the BBC, is there any media outlet that has not been a player in the University of Louisville basketball alleged sex scandal story prompted by a book written by a local escort?

No, sir. That includes the local radio sports talk show hosted by former U of L player and assistant coach Jerry Eaves.

Plenty of fodder for the Monday Muse.

1. EAVES SAYS IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE

Jerry Eaves changed frequencies Monday, returning to 1080 AM in Louisville from noon-to-1 p.m. after several weeks of hosting the 7-9 a.m. shift at 790 WKRD.

But Eaves said that he will not change his message: He does not believe that Rick Pitino can continue as the U of L basketball coach.

“The program can’t go forward with Rick Pitino’s leadership,” Eaves said. “It’s not about what he did or what he didn’t know. The program just won’t be able to move forward with one or two more years of uncertainty while trying to recruit.

“There’s no way he’ll be able to recruit with the scrutiny over our heads right now. That’s just the facts.

“I have nothing against Rick Pitino. I’m not saying this trying to be political. I’m just asking: How are we going to be able to move forward with all of this stuff out there?

“It’s hard enough for us to recruit right now. We had holes coming into this season. We’re counting on two fifth-year transfers this season.”

Eaves played at Louisville from 1978-82, starting at guard for the 1980 NCAA championship team. (That group of players and coaches gathered last Friday night to celebrate assistant coach Wade Houston’s 71st birthday. Eaves said the situation was a hot topic with some of the group.)

Eaves later worked as an assistant coach to Denny Crum from 1996-99. He also has coached as an assistant in the NBA. Eaves served as the head coach at North Carolina A&T from 2003-12.

Eaves has shared his opinion on the radio. He said reaction has been “split, about 50-50 on the air and with people I see in the grocery store.” He also said that on Monday morning the coach of a national AAU program called.

“He had the same question that a lot of people have,” Eaves said. “He wanted to know what was going on here.”

2. HOW GOOD IS FLORIDA STATE?

Louisville ventures to Tallahassee Saturday to play the Seminoles, so I’ll ask the question a second time:

How good is Florida State?

Here is my honest and not trying to be snarky answer:

I don’t know.

I don’t think anybody knows.

The Seminoles (5-0) are one of 12 remaining unbeatens. But they have not beaten a team that currently has a winning record. According to the Sagarin ratings, FSU’s only victory over a Top 60 team came against Miami last Saturday.

Voters in the Associated Press poll are also puzzled by Jimbo Fisher’s team. They’re ranked as high as fourth by one voter – and as low 18th by another. FSU might be the best team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Or it might be Clemson.

For the record, FSU opened as a 10-point favorite against Bobby Petrino’s team. But the number has dwindled to 6 1/2.

3. HUGS FOR THE HILLTOPPERS

Western Kentucky is positioned to move to 6-1 Thursday night – and do it in a jumbo-sized way. The Toppers visit North Texas, which just fired its coach, Dan McCarney, after a 66-7 home loss to Portland State, an FCS program.

The announced crowd for that game was not awful – 19,801 – in Denton.

Las Vegas likes WKU on Thursday.

A lot.

The line for the game opened with Western favored by 24. In less than seven hours, the number moved to WKU by 31.

Western, for the record, ranks eighth nationally in scoring at 42.2 points per game and third in passing offense at 404.3 per game.

4. ILLINOIS, NORTH TEXAS, MARYLAND … NEXT?

Once upon a time, athletic programs waited until November to deliver change in the head coaching office. You let all 11 or 12 games unfold. You take the wide-screen view of the field.

Sorry, fellas. If you start the season on the hot seat, you’ve got a half the season to change the narrative in 2015.

Ask Tim Beckman, Dan McCarney and Randy Edsall.

They have already been dismissed by Illinois (Beckman), North Texas (McCarney) and Maryland (Edsall).

More change is likely. I cannot imagine that Steve Sarkisian will make it back from his leave of absence at USC. I’ll predict that Mike London will not be working the sidelines when Virginia (1-4) visits Louisville Nov. 14.

Now that Miami fans have finished celebrating the coaching change made by the Miami Dolphins, they’d like the Hurricanes to dump Al Golden.

Better pack your ear plugs as well as your defense and special teams.

5. JIM RATS

The frontrunners for college football coach of the year award are two guys named Jim with solid connections to this area.

Jim Number One is Harbaugh, the former NFL quarterback who helped his father, Jack, resurrect the program at Western Kentucky. He’s the first-year coach at Michigan. The Wolverines won five (of 12) games last season. The Wolverines have won five (of six) games this season.

Get this: Michigan has allowed 14 points in its last five games.

Jim Number Two is McElwain, the former University of Louisville receivers’ coach who made his name working for John L. Smith here and at Michigan State. He’s the first-year coach at unbeaten Florida. The Gators won seven (of 12) games last season. The Gators have won six (of six) games this season.

Including their edge in the tiebreaker with Kentucky, the Gators have a two-game lead in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference so they should make it to the SEC title game.

6. DABO DOES IT RIGHT

Credit to Dabo Swinney of Clemson. He didn’t like a post-game press conference question about the way that “Clemsoning” has moved into the football glossary as the word everybody uses whenever any team stumbles unexpectedly or underachieves.

And Swinney said so. With emotion. And conviction after the Tigers moved to 5-0 by dominating Georgia Tech Saturday.

If you haven’t seen the 3:25 clip of Swinney’s response to the question, you should watch it now.

Then prepare for everybody to pile on Swinney if the Tigers back-track against Boston College this week.

7. WHAT’S NEXT FOR CHARLIE?

Charlie Strong celebrated his biggest win at Texas Saturday, toppling unbeaten Oklahoma, 24-17, even though his Longhorns were a 16-point underdog.

Congratulations, Charlie.

Now after you have removed that 10-gallon hat and stopped celebrating, let’s move to the next question:

Can Texas navigate to six wins and a bowl invitation? The Longhorns are 2-4 during this off week.

The win-total projection at ESPN’s power index is not favorable – just 4.8 victories for Texas.

Texas will need to beat Kansas State (tough), Kansas (book it) and Texas Tech (maybe) at home and then steal a road victory at Iowa State (possible) or West Virginia (less possible).

Better get to six wins before Dec. 5. The Longhorns finish their season Dec. 5 at Baylor.

8. SANDY ARRIETA

If you know me, you know I’m a baseball guy. If March is the greatest month on the sports calendar, October is 1A.

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals play game three of the National League Division Series Monday night at Wrigley Field. There has not been a bigger baseball game played in Chicago since Scott Podsednik and the White Sox walked-off the Houston Astros in Game Two of the 2005 World Series.

Michael Wacha pitches for St. Louis.

Sandy Koufax pitches for the Cubs. He just pitches right handed and uses the name Jake Arrieta.

Long-time St. Louis columnist Bernie Miklasz crafted this paragraph that explains precisely how unhittable Arrieta has been for the Wrigleys:

“In his last 14 starts (including the wild-card shutout at Pittsburgh), Arrieta is 12-0 with an 0.52 ERA. The Cubs have won all 14 starts. During this preposterous stretch of bulletproof pitching Arrieta has a strikeout rate of 28 percent, a ground-ball rate of 64 percent, and has choked opponents to a .144 batting average and a .372 OPS. I didn’t think a .372 OPS over 14 games was even possible.”

Can’t wait to watch.

9. SOLZMAN SCORES

Time for a hat-tip for Louisvillian Daniel Solzman, who has built a fine baseball blog about the Cardinals that he has titled “RedbirdRants.” Solzman scored a big-time interview this month, landing a Q&A with Bob Gibson, Mr. October during the Cardinals’ glorious post-season runs of the 1960s.

Gibson and former Cincinnati sports columnist Lonnie Wheeler have teamed for a book titled, “Pitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game.” The book chronicles Gibson’s epic 17-strikeout performance against Detroit in Game One of the 1968 World Series.

You can link Solzman’s interview with Gibson in the first paragraph, but I’ll share part of one quote from Gibson as he explains why he chose to do a book on that game:

“Game 1 that year is still the only World Series game in which the pitching matchup featured two MVPs. On top of that, taking into account the setting and timing, it was probably the best game of my career; or, at least, the one I’m best remembered for. It’s a game that I enjoyed reliving.”

10. POLL RESULTS

Do you believe Katina Powell’s allegations about the University of Louisville basketball team?

No – 71.5 percent.

Yes – 28.5 percent.

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