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Louisville commit Quentin Snider reopens his recruitment

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On Wednesday Louisville saw its number of verbal commitments in the 2014 class drop from three to two, as Ballard High School (Louisville, Ky.) point guard Quentin Snider announced his decision to reopen his recruitment.

Snider was the first verbal commitment for Rick Pitino, announcing his decision some two years ago, with wing Shaqquan Aaron and combo guard JaQuan Lyle announcing their decisions in February and June respectively.

Via his Twitter account, Snider stated the following: “I would love to be a cardinal but at this time it’s time I think it’s better to look at other options to make sure it’s the right fit for me.”

According to Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Snider’s father hopes that Louisville will continue to recruit Quentin.

He’s been kind of going back and forth this past month. There’s  just a lot of guards. Everybody still wants him to go to Louisville. The family does, and we hope Louisville still recruits him. I don’t know if they will or not, but he just wants to make sure it’s the best fit for him basically.

Snider, a Top 50 prospect according to the major scouting services, has already received an offer from another school as Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority reported via Twitter that Minnesota has offered Snider. That shouldn’t be a surprise, as there is some familiarity between Snider and new Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino.

As for Louisville, they’re in good shape at the point with junior college transfer Chris Jones (considered by many to be the top JUCO player in the country last season) and Terry Rozier both joining the program. And while many expect him to play off the ball when he gets to Louisville, Lyle (who is 6 foot 4) is more than skilled enough to handle the point if needed.

The number of options that Rick Pitino will have on the perimeter in 2014 leaves the Cardinals in good shape even with Snider’s decision to reopen his recruitment.

Interestingly enough, those options may have helped Snider come to the conclusion that he should take a look at other schools.

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Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.

h/t ShockerHoops.net

AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.