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Notes: New Louisville board member has used Twitter to express strong opinions about U of L sports

Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich listened to U of L president James Ramsey announce a self-imposed postseason ban for the school’s basketball program in 2016.
Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich listened to U of L president James Ramsey announce a self-imposed postseason ban for the school’s basketball program in 2016. Associated Press

Random notes:

▪  Gov. Matt Bevin appointed 10 new members to the University of Louisville’s board of trustees on Wednesday. One is apparently not a Rick Pitino fan. When Louisville announced its self-imposed postseason ban, Doug Cobb, an entrepreneur in Louisville, tweeted in February, “Why punish the players? If Rick had any character he would bear responsibility for this by resigning.”

Cobb has tweeted that Tom Jurich should resign. He tweeted that the Louisville baseball team “choked” when it lost to UC Santa Barbara in the Super Regionals.

Wednesday, he did tweet that he loves Louisville sports and his tweets have been more from a passionate fan than anything else. “To all my new twitter friends: you don’t need to worry about … my love for UL and UL Sports. Like any fan, elated by wins and devoted by losses. My sincere apologies for hot-headed tweets following the latter!”

Alas, after saying he would not delete his tweets, Cobb apparently deleted his Twitter account on Wednesday night.

▪  Speaking of Pitino, the U of L coach said recently that the Cardinals are taking a one-year break from its series with Western Kentucky and will play Eastern Kentucky instead next season. EKU is coached by Dan McHale, who was a manager when Pitino was the Kentucky coach and served under Pitino as an assistant at U of L.

▪  Rick Stansbury knows how to get players. He proved that again Wednesday when five-star 2017 big man Mitchell Robinson committed to Stansbury’s new employer, Western Kentucky. Rivals and Scout rank Robinson as the 11th-best prospect in the class of 2017.

▪  The grand slam that J.J. Hoover surrendered in the 15th inning of the Reds’ 7-2 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday was the sixth of his career, a franchise record. Hoover was returned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.

▪  Heading into Wednesday, the Reds had allowed 131 home runs, 25 more than any other team in the major leagues.

▪  Speaking of Tuesday, Cubs Manager Joe Maddon put relief pitcher Travis Wood in left field in the 13th inning and had him alternate on the mound with Joel Peralta. Spencer Patton came in to pitch in the 14th, then alternated with Wood.

▪  The Cubs reached 50 wins on Tuesday, June 28, the earliest that has happened in a season since 1918.

▪  Former UK baseball coach Keith Madison and new UK baseball coach Nick Mingione visited San Diego Padres’ skipper and Lexington native Andy Green in Cincinnati last Friday. Madison coached Green at UK. Mingione’s connection? When he was an assistant to John Cohen at Kentucky, Mingione would throw offseason batting practice to Green and ex-Reds outfielder Austin Kearns.

▪  No one might be benefitting more from Baylor football’s problems than Charlie Strong. Offensive lineman Patrick Hudson signed with Texas on Wednesday. He’s the fourth Baylor signee to switch to the Longhorns since the Bears fired head coach Art Briles.

▪  Phil Steele’s voluminous College Football Preview is on the newsstands for 2016. Phil has Kentucky finishing fifth in the SEC East.

▪  Former Kansas basketball star Perry Ellis has signed a sponsorship deal with clothing line Perry Ellis. We did not make that up.

▪  Colts quarterback Andrew Luck agreed to a new contract extension on Wednesday. Kevin Clark, who covers the NFL for Bill Simmons’ site, The Ringer, claims Luck told him last month the first thing he wanted to buy was a robot ping-pong machine.

▪  After the Cavaliers won the NBA title, Richard Jefferson said he was retiring. He changed his mind. After Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America Cup finals, Lionel Messi said he would no longer play for Argentina. I bet Messi changes his mind.

▪  While everyone is talking about Bryce Harper and David Ortiz and Clayton Kershaw, the Texas Rangers are the best team in baseball.

▪  The ACC, Big East, CAA and Atlantic-10 announced they are forming an officiating alliance. One of the reasons: scheduling. Apparently the conferences have (finally) decided that working six games in seven days is not a good idea.

▪  I haven’t been notified, but I might have been included in an NHL trade on Wednesday. Seems like everyone else was traded.

▪  You know it’s a slow sports news days when ESPN.com runs the following headline: “The song that defines each top-25 team in college hoops.” (I’ll save you the trouble: UK’s song was Sorry by Beyoncé.)

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