LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Taking a Sunday stroll through the news while trying to be a better listener and reader.
1. The Future of Louisville Basketball
In the aftermath of the NCAA decision on Friday to penalize the Oklahoma State men’s basketball program with three years of probation, one year out of the NCAA Tournament, scholarship reductions and other hits, the natural reaction locally was often this:
What does this mean for the University of Louisville, which recently received a notice of allegations about NCAA rules the program allegedly broke while already on probation?
My sidekick, Eric Crawford and I, wrote about this Friday. While I can’t say it is a good sign, I also think it’s premature to determine that the Oklahoma State ruling means that Louisville will absolutely be hit hard, too. With NCAA penalties, you never know. It's why everybody loves the NCAA, right?
Mine is not a majority opinion. Three respected national college basketball writers do not agree.
First, Dana O'Neil of The Athletic.
From yesterday: O’Neil: Bad news for Oklahoma State is worse for others involved in NCAA cases https://t.co/QjW8n9txkI— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) June 6, 2020
Then, Pat Forde from Sports Illustrated:
Last: Friday column on the NCAA smacking Oklahoma State. Cynics said the CBB scandal would amount to nothing, but the first case to go through the NCAA system wound up in major sanctions. Now 11 other schools hold their breath https://t.co/BA0wwYHav0— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) June 7, 2020
Finally, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports:
NCAA's Oklahoma State ruling a sign of things to come. “The pendulum has swung to where all the punishments are severe.” Today was bad news for Kansas, Louisville, Arizona and many others. https://t.co/qaS28zheLp— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) June 6, 2020
2. Bill Russell Speaks
A Hall of Famer who dominated college basketball at the University of San Francisco and the NBA with the Boston Celtics, Russell has always been an outspoken and socially conscious athlete — even when it was not encouraged in the Sixties.
Didn’t matter. Russell spoke his mind. He discussed topics like “white cultural bias,” and racism in the autobiography, “Second Wind,” that Russell wrote with Taylor Branch, the noted civil rights historian, 40 years ago.
Russell is 86. He said his wife took him to a protests about racial inequality and police brutality this week.
His reaction, on Twitter, is deserving of a share.
My wife took me to see some of the #protests she said it was emotional & impactful & asked Can U believe U would live through this again in your lifetime? I said Yes, nothing had changed & we will see some change but most likely not enough #GeorgeFloyd @MSNBC @nba @BostonGlobe pic.twitter.com/ophnSYNfgc— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 4, 2020
3. Kash Daniel Speaks
Former Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel had already apologized once (after the Belk Bowl) for his unfortunate ankle-twisting encounter with Florida quarterback, Kyle Trask, last season.
Daniel was compelled to apologize again — and did it during a podcast that he taped with the “Saturday Down South,” website.
Daniel said that he understood the need to apologize after he watched a game replay and saw a reaction to the play by Trask’s mother.
Good for Daniel.
Marques Maybin is one of my favorite local athletes and radio hosts. His joy for life is infectious. His curiosity for life is inspiring.
And his wit is delightful.
Conor McGregor retires more than Jay Z!#knockitoff— Marques Maybin (@Marques_Maybin) June 7, 2020
5. Sunday Feel Good Story
This did not happen in Louisville. It happened in Buffalo, N.Y.
Teen who cleaned up after protest rewarded with car High school senior Antonio Gwynn Jr. was rewarded with a car and a college scholarship after cleaning up protest damage in Buffalo, New York. https://t.co/fK99zHM5gW #Video #USRC pic.twitter.com/9C8QyUaiPh— Top U.S. & World News🗽 (@USRealityCheck) June 7, 2020
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