The players got back June 2nd and started their running and lifting and conditioning program. The quarterbacks are into the throwing part of it...they go out three nights a week and throw.
I've been happy with the way [the players] have adapted to our coaching. I think our coaching staff has done a great job at showing them how we are going to conduct business. When we got the job their feelings were a little hurt and they had a little chip on their shoulder for the way it all went down at the bowl game.
I know that we are going to have to play between 6 and 10 true freshmen. Hopefully they'll just have to back up early in the year. We'll get them involved in the kicking game. Then sometime when we get close to that South Florida game they might be in a position to start or at least contribute throughout the game. I think the guys you'll see playing early would be Michael Bush, Kolby Smith, who is a runningback and I think a very fine player. On the defensive side, Malik Jackson is a safety I really like. Brandon Sharp is another safety. We don't have a lot of depth there, so those guys are going to have to step up and play. William Gay is a cornerback out of Tallahassee that I think could come in and play right now.
If you can get early commitments from talented people, obviously speaking in generalities, and they're from you're region, that's a plus, because it adds a local flavor to it as well and that's what I'm excited about.
I think the  year will be the highest point of our program. I think we'll have the greatness that we'll need from an individual standpoint.
I think this coming season we will be rebuilding in certain areas and we'll be better in other areas.
Basketball Schedule Update
Pitino also referenced the 2003-04 basketball schedule and it's shaping up to be a dandy.
The Cards will face Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Murray State, Florida, Seton Hall and Holy Cross out of conference.
They'll also play in the Coaches v. Cancer classic in Madison Square Garden and the Maui Invitational to kickoff the 2004-05 season.
When the Cardinals football staff becomes interested in an athlete, there are three things that they will check when they begin expressing interest in a player.
They are, in order:
3. Talent Evaluation
Head Coach Tom Collen (ITV)
While at Colorado State, Collen's teams frequently were among the top five in the nation in 3-point field goals made and attempted. He said that the same can be expected at Louisville.
Senior Day Camp
The Cardinal football program held its annual Senior Day Camp this past weekend. Approximately 100 players traveled from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee to take part in the camp, which included positional instruction with the Cardinals coaching staff.
In today's ITV Video, Rick Pitino discusses the Big East and recruiting, while Bobby Petrino talks about Michael Bush and Stefan LeFors.