Spoiler Alert: The only addition to Coach Kenny Payne’s staff announced at U of L Basketball’s Monday press conference was the one we already knew about, Nolan Smith. Meaning the following contains essentially no breaking news about other members of the staff or roster changes.
Early in the presser, one anxious scribe, poised to jump the gun — guilty — inquired, when we might expect announcements about others on the staff?
To which fellow, KP gently chided that the question was premature, saying, “Good timing. I just hit a home run.”
Sufficiently chastised, allow me this observation: Nolan Smith checks all the boxes.
In fraternity parlance, he’s a legacy. He lived in Louisville until he was six, attending preschool at The Temple, then summered here through his youth. His father, you may have heard, was a starter for U of L’s first title team in ’80.
He’s intelligent and articulate. He’s a family man with an engaging wife Cheyna, a daughter and son.
To this point, he was tutored in his coaching career by the GOAT, at Duke, where Smith was an All-American and national champion.
Sitting in the jam-packed conference room, the inner Cardinal diehard in me had goose bumps.
Actually, truth be told, what I felt was verklempt.
This whole Kenny Payne/ Nolan Smith reformulation of University of Louisville Basketball Just Feels Right. Continue reading Nolan Smith Comes Back Home