Now, as we bid a sad adieu to long time Cardinal fan favorite QB Luke McCaffery, let’s take a deep dive into his highlights in the red and black:
I mean really, the memories, so many memories, they boggle the mind. What a career here.
It was, allow me to be brutally honest, really difficult to pick and choose.
I’m sure that CardChronicle.com pigskin guru Keith Wynne will weigh in soon. He’ll have a more astute analysis.
The whole transfer portal thing is wacky enough. And, truly hard for us old school guys to take a liking to.
But this, this is the reality of the current state of affairs in its most severe form.
The kid couldn’t win the job at Nebraska. Transferred to U of L under the delusion he’d immediately become the top dog signal caller. Then, before ever taking to the practice field, realized that wasn’t the case. Nor, obviously it appears, does he have the gumption to try and work for the job.
Luke, got a suggestion for you: Missouri State.
Oh yeah, sayonara. So long, it’s been swell to know ya.
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So, I gots to ask this about Donovan Mitchell.
How come at U of L we never saw this transcendent player he’s become — one of, oh, the ten best in the NBA?
He averaged 7.4 and just under a couple of assists per game as a freshman, on the team that purposely sat out the tourney, per the school prexy. As a soph, he was leading scorer at 15.6, on a 25-9 team that captured U of L’s last NCAA W, a first rounder over Jacksonville State.
But he wasn’t, you know, the Donovan Mitchell who’s taken the NBA by storm, averaging 20.5 ppg and 3.7 apg and 3.7 rpg as a rookie. Increasing those numbers every single season.
Three 45 point playoff performances. Putting him in rare territory.
So, yeah, I wanna know?
Is he simply a late developer? A kid who didn’t discover his mojo until he donned a Jazz jersey?
Or, was he handcuffed as a collegian, by his coach, who advised him he wasn’t ready to play for pay?
Asking for a friend?
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Read a great article today about all the changes in college hoops, and how schools are having to change and add to their staffs.
Specialized recruiting authorities. For prepsters and portal dwellers.
It’s a whole new game. As if you haven’t noticed.
Which is one of the reasons, I’ve become totally comfortable with Chris Mack’s staff changes.
The idea of Ross McMains is growing on me.
Seems like a bold move.
If it doesn’t work out, we’ll just push him in the portal.
— c d kaplan