UofL BASKETBALL | Reactions to Wednesday's UofL Announcement

09/27/2017 07:36 PM

Following a press conference with University of Louisville Interim President Dr. Greg Postel and University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chairman David Grissom regarding the FBI investigation into a college basketball scandal involving the UofL men’s team, many offered up opinions on what they thought the outcome should be.

Director of Athletics, Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Jerry Eaves, a former Louisville basketball player, told Spectrum News he was “shocked” when the news broke Tuesday. Eaves played for Louisville under Denny Crum from 1978-1982 and returned to coach with Crum from 1996-1999. He is currently the head men’s basketball coach at Simmons College in Louisville and was in attendance for the press conference Wednesday afternoon. He believes they should “clean up” at Louisville.

Yahoo Sports Columnist Pat Forde also in attendance at the press conference. Forde has covered Pitino and his career since he was a young head coach at Kentucky. He even co-wrote a book with Pitino in 2008, “Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0”. On Tuesday, Forde wrote a column suggesting the program should receive the death penalty. He stuck by his initial response following the press conference.

Of course many fans are also wondering what former UofL men’s basketball head coach Denny Crum had to say. Spectrum News reached out to Jonathan Israel, UofL Associate Director of Development, for a statement:

“Coach Crum is traveling with family and has indicated he has no comments on today’s developments other than he wishes the University the best as it moves forward.”

ESPN SportsCenter Michael Eaves, a Kentucky-native and UK graduate also weighed on on the national perspective of Louisville athletics and college basketball as a whole.

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