Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Pitino 'misquoted'

College sports notebook

Enquirer and wire reports

Louisville's Rick Pitino.
(Enquirer file photo)
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Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino didn't make the derogatory comments about Conference USA that were attributed to him by a Syracuse newspaper in its Sunday editions, said C-USA assistant commissioner Brian Teter. "He called me today and said he was misquoted," Teter said Monday. "I take him at his word."

Bob Snyder, a college basketball writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, quoted Pitino as saying, "Conference USA is god-awful. The worst thing about Louisville is it's in Conference USA."

Louisville has been mentioned as a prime candidate to join a reconfigured Big East if, as expected, Miami, Syracuse and Boston College leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

UC has also been mentioned as a possible Big East candidate, although not as prominently as Louisville.

"I'm sure the Big East is going to do whatever they can do (to keep the league intact)," UC athletic director Bob Goin said. "I just feel comfortable that either this league will get stronger where we're at or we'll have some other options."

UC coach Bob Huggins declined comment.

--Bill Koch

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: Sophomore tight end Redgie Arden of Ironton pleaded innocent to his second drunken driving charge in 15 months. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder was expected to compete for playing time for the defending national champions this year.

MIAMI HOCKEY: Forwards Marty Guerin and Andy Nelson, who both played in the USHL last season, have signed to play for the RedHawks next season.

Guerin, an all-USHL second-team selection with Des Moines, was second on the team with 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points. Nelson helped the Waterloo to the East Division title, registering 50 points (20-30).

UC BASKETBALL: Junior college standouts Crystal Ashley and Bellva May have signed letters of intent to play for Cincinnati's women's team. Ashley, a 6-1 forward, was an honorable mention All-American at Cowley County Community College in Kansas. She was the leading scorer (13.1 ppg and 6.0 rpg) for the Tigers, who were ranked No. 21 in the nation and went 28-6.

May, a 5-9 guard, led Louisburg College to a 25-5 record and eighth-place finish at the NJCAA Championships. May, first team all-region, averaged 15.8 points and 4.4 assists last season.

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