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Former Card Zach Price’s Career At Missouri Ends Before It Actually Began

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Former Louisville center Zach Price’s career at the University of Missouri ended before it officially began. Just a week after Price’s run-ins with the law, Mizzou head coach Frank Haith announced that Price has been dismissed from the program.

“Last week’s situation was unacceptable and after a review, I have decided that Zach will no longer be a part of our program,” Haith said in a statement released by the school on Thursday. “The off-the-court incidents involving our program over the past few months will not be tolerated. Our program represents the entire university and needs to be an asset. That’s my responsibility as our head coach at Mizzou and we’ll get it fixed.”

Last week, Price was involved in a dispute with his teammate Ernest Ross and 23-year-old female. He then followed them to an area near the Missouri campus and blocked their vehicle with his own and prevented them from leaving the area. Price exited the vehicle and struck one of the victims in the face with his first. The other victim attempted to break things up and was pushed to the ground by Price.

Price was later brought back into police custody and arrested for the second time in a matter of 15 hours. According to the Kansas City Star, Price was arrested and booked again on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault and second-degree assault for allegedly ramming his vehicle into the victim’s car.

Strangely enough, Price and Ross were actually the closest of friends throughout the 2013-14 season while Price while the former Cardinal was sitting out, due to the NCAA’s transfer rule. Apparently something caused their friendship to end and Price’s actions resulted in him being dismissed. The Columbia Tribune has more on the situation.

Gorgui Dieng Is Eager To Represent Senegal

Jim Mone - Associated Press

Jim Mone – Associated Press

Former Louisville big man, Gorgui Dieng, has been tearing it up recently in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Gourgui has averaged a double-double in his last ten games as the T-Wolves interim starting center.  Making the most of his NBA opportunity has gotten Gorgs some long deserved respect in basketball circles.  Dieng was recently named NBA Western Conference rookie of the month in March, and now has his eyes on the international circuit.

FIBA’s basketball world cup will be played in Spain in the later part of this summer, and will include a representation from Gorgui’s home nation of Senegal.  Dieng recently expressed his excitement about playing for Senegal’s national team this summer in an interview with FIBA.com.

I spoke to coach Cheick Sarr, I’m really excited to go back and play for my national team, to play for my country,” said Dieng after a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. “And I’m looking forward to going back and fight for my country. I’ll do whatever the coach wants

Gourgi has been pegged as the future of Senegalese basketball since he played for the Senegal squad in 2011. The former Cardinal has continued his hard work habits since arriving in the NBA.  Gorgui evolved into a productive NBA center rather quickly once Nikola Pekovic went down with an injury.

Dieng has been accepted by the entire Minnesota community, and he seems to have assimilated nicely in his rookie season.  Minnesota’s veteran big men have taken Gorgui under their collective wings this season, and Dieng has thrived under their tutelage.

“I’m learning from all the bigs,” he said, referring to Nikola Pekovic,  Kevin Love, and Ronny Turiaf.  “They’re all good guys and they’ve been telling me the right things to do so I’ve been listening and learning a lot from them.”

Dieng’s rookie season did not get the early liftoff that most had hoped for, but Gorgs eventually found his way.  Moving forward, Dieng will most likely be a key reserve on an ever improving Timberwolves team until he gets a shot at a starting job.  Gorgui will get his chance to start in the NBA one day, but for now he’s in a great spot to learn the pro game while playing healthy minuets.  He’s yours now Minnesota.  Keep our man safe and we might not poach Richard from the Gophers when the time comes.

Former Louisville Center Zach Price Arrested For Third Degree Assault

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Two former Louisville Cardinals have been in trouble with the law within the past 48 hours.

The news broke Tuesday afternoon that former Cardinal forward Chane Behanan was cited for marijuana possession on early Tuesday morning after a car was pulled over in Louisville on W. Broadway at 1:15 AM. Behanan was the passenger in the vehicle.

Former Louisville center Zach Price was reportedly arrested at 3:19 on Thursday morning in Columbia, MO. Price was arrested for suspicious of third degree domestic assault.

Price played two seasons at Louisville, but decided to transfer following the 2013 season. He enrolled at the University of Missouri and sat out this past season due to the NCAA’s transfer rule.

Behanan and Price were both members of Rick Pitino’s star studded 2011 recruiting class that also featured Angel Nunez, Kevin Ware and Wayne Blackshear. Three of the four have since left the program to transfer or were dismissed from the team.

Teddy Bridgewater Will Have A Private Workout With The Patriots Today

Brian Spurlock – USA TODAY Sports

Brian Spurlock – USA TODAY Sports

Now the pro day circuit coming to an end, NFL Draft hopefuls will spend the new few weeks traveling across the country meeting with different teams for private workouts. Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has met with a handful of NFL teams since his pro day work out in mid February. Surprisingly, he is expected to meet with the New England Patriots on Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe.

New England has the 29th pick in the first round and isn’t expected to be trading up to get a higher pick. However, that isn’t keeping Patriots head coach Bill Belichick from getting an early look at a couple of the top QB’s in this year’s draft. Former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel is also expected to meet with New England on Wednesday.

With Tom Brady under center for the Pats, they haven’t had a serious need for a quarterback in quite some time. However, it’s become common for Belichick to still meet with some of the top available QB’s each year.

Since his pro day performance, Bridgewater has fallen in nearly every NFL mock draft. The majority of NFL Draft analysts list him as the third best QB in the draft, behind Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles of Central Florida.

The Texas (No. 1 pick), Jaguars (No. 3 pick), Raiders (No. 5 pick) , Browns No. 4 & No. 26 pick), and Vikings (No. 8 pick) are the notable teams with first round picks that are in need of a quarterback.

The Minnesota Vikings appear to be the most likely landing spot for Bridgewater, but of course a lot could change from now until draft night.

Peyton Siva Discusses The Lessons He’s Learned In His Rookie Season

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At this time a year ago, Peyton Siva was helping guide the Louisville basketball program to their third national championship in school history. These days, Siva is a member of the Detroit Pistons. He hasn’t seem much action in his rookie season and has spent some time in the NBDL with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In 10 D-League games, Siva is averaging 13 points and 4.5 assists.

He is now back with the Pistons and recently did an uncut interview discussing what he has learned from his rookie season.

Louisville Legend Darrell Griffith Named To The Collegiate Basketball Hall-of-Fame

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Richard Clarkson – NCAA

Louisville native and Cardinal legend Darrell Griffith will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Griffith joins a star studded class that features former Grant Hill, former Shaquille O’Neal, and coaches Dale Brown of LSU and Gary Williams of Maryland. Rounding out the class are NAIA star Zelmo Beaty from Prairie View A&M, Howard Garfinkel, the founder of Five-Star Basketball Camp, and Glenn Wilkes Sr., a former coach at Stetson.

Griffith will be officially inducted into the Hall on Sunday, November 23, at a ceremony in Kansas City.

Dr. Dunkenstein is arguably the best player to ever wear the Louisville uniform. He was awarded the prestigious Wooden Award in 1980, the same year the University of Louisville clamied their first national championship.

Griffith scored 23 points in the championship game against UCLA and was named the Final our’s Most Outstanding Player. His #35 is retired and his jersey is on display at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the program’s all time leading scorer with 2,333 points.

After leading Louisville to their first national championship, Griffith was selected by the Utah Jazz with the second overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft. He scored 12,391 total points over the course of his 10-year professional career – all with the Jazz. The franchise recognized his contributions by retiring his jersey number 35 on December 4, 1993.

Steve Masiello Leaving Manhattan For South Florida

Photo: CBS Sports

Photo: CBS Sports

Former Louisville assistant coach Steve Masiello has reportedly landed himself a new gig.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com was the first to confirm that Masiello would be leaving Manhattan College to accept the vacant position at the University of South Florida.

Masiello spent six seasons as an assistant coach under Rick Pitino before accepting the head coaching position at Manhattan in 2011. In three seasons, Masiello compiled a 60-36 record and led the Jaspers to this year’s NCAA Tournament where they nearly knocked off Louisville in the second round.

Masiello will take over South Florida program that went 12-19 this past season in the first year of the American Conference. The Bulls were a combined 6-30 in league games over the past two seasons.

Rick Pitino has expressed his support in Masiello making the move to Tampa, FL.

Gorgui Dieng On A Tear In Minnesota

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LM Otero – Associated Press

At this time last year, former Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng was helping guide the Cards to their third national championship in school history. These days Dieng is helping hold down the paint for the Minnesota Timberwolves. After a very slow start to his rookie season, Dieng has been playing very well as of late.

Minnesota starting center Nikola Pekovic has been injured for the past week and Dieng has been starting in his place. It would be an extreme understatement to say that Dieng is making the most of his opportunity.

Dieng has recorded double-double’s in four of the past five games that he has started. He become the first Minnesota rookie in franchise history to record a 20-&-20 game this past Thursday when he finished with 22 points and 21 rebounds against the Houston Rockets.

DATE

OPP

SCORE

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

Mon 3/24 @ MEM L 92-109

37

5-10

.500

1-2

.500

17

1

0

1

4

2

11

Sun 3/23 vs PHX L 120-127

25

2-3

.667

2-2

1.000

9

2

0

1

3

1

6

Thu 3/20 @ HOU L 106-129

38

6-16

.375

10-11

.909

21

4

0

1

3

0

22

Wed 3/19 @ DAL W 123-122

25

5-5

1.000

0-0

.000

11

1

1

1

4

0

10

Sun 3/16  vs PHX W 104-102

37

5-7

.714

2-6

.333

11

0

5

2

2

1

12

Pekovic will be Minnesota’s top option at the center position once he get healthy, but it’s nice to see Dieng proving his worth with the recent opportunity.

Highlights from Dieng’s 22 points – 11 rebound performance against the Houston Rockets last week.

Early Highlights From Teddy Bridgewater’s Visit With Jon Gruden

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Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is one of nine NFL Draft hopefuls that will participate in the annual QB Camp series with ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. Bridgewater arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Florida on Monday morning to meet with the former Super Bowl winning coach. ESPN shared an early look of Bridgewater’s experience at the camp.

Teddy Bridgewater’s Pro Day Performance Receives Mixed Reviews

Photo: Jeff Greer IG

Photo: Jeff Greer IG

Representatives from every team in the National Football League traveled to the Derby City on Monday morning for the Louisville football program’s annual pro day. A total of 15 former Cardinals participated, but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater commanded the most attention.

Bridgewater attended the NFL’s combine in late February, but did not run the 40-yard dash and didn’t throw with the rest of the quarterbacks. Monday was the first opportunity for NFL teams to evaluate Bridgewater since the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl over Miami.

“I thought I had a great day throwing the ball,” Bridgewater said following his workout. “Being a perfectionist, it was nowhere near where I wanted it to be though.”

Unfortunately, the majority of the national media that attended pro day this morning agree that Bridgewater could have performed better.

Bridgewater completed 57-of-65 passes with two drops. Those numbers aren’t bad, but it’s rare to have that many incompletions during a pro-day workout.

“I try to control what I can,” Bridgewater says. “I don’t pay much attention to draft stock. At the end of the day you just have to prove yourself. I want to be the No. 1 pick, but I want an opportunity.”

Bridgewater will meet with multiple teams for private workouts over the next couple of weeks. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, reports that Bridgewater has already met with the Minnesota Vikings. Bridgewater says he plans to meet with the Houston Texans in the very near future.

We’ll have more from pro day posted later on this afternoon.