ESPN defines each Top 25 basketball team by a movie

Citizen Kane

College basketball people at ESPN had a little time on their hands, and with that time, they defined each Top 25 basketball team with their own movie. For Louisville, they went with “Citizen Kane”. While I must say I have never seen this flick, I have no interest to now since it has been matched up with our program for the reasons given below.

13. Louisville Cardinals: “Citizen Kane” (1941)
The ongoing NCAA investigation into the Louisville program seems ripped from era of yellow journalism: Prostitution! Scandal! University rocked by salacious expose! It’s the kind of headline Orson Welles’ William Randolph Hearst/Harold McCormick industrialist mash-up Charles Foster Kane would have giddily run, particularly about a business rival. It’s also the kind of headline Kane earned for himself. Perhaps the key pivot-point on which the movie turns is itself a sex scandal — one that derails Kane’s gubernatorial run and signals the end of the subject’s idealistic rise and the beginning of his extended, cynical downfall. — Brennan


I’d like to think of our movie is more along the lines of “The Shawshank Redemption”. Andy Dufresne represents the program as a whole. “Red” is Tom Jurich; he is who you want on your side and a great ally. He just can not leave and he feels more comfortable within those walls than on the outside. The warden? That is Ramsey.

Were we accused of doing something wrong like Andy was? Probably. But we served our time and were compliant throughout the process. And when it was all said and done, we “crawled through a river of s*** and came out clean on the other side.” That is the hope, anyways.

Yeah, that sounds much better. Our movie is now “Shawshank”.


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