Caracter could return soon

Derrick Caracter won't play Saturday against Purdue because of suspension but the 6'9, 270-pound sophomore center could return to the Louisville lineup very soon. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Derrick Caracter won't play Saturday against Purdue because of suspension but the 6'9, 270-pound sophomore center could return to the Louisville lineup very soon.

"Here's the deal with Caracter. He signed a contract," Pitino said. "'I said if you don't break the contract you won't be suspended for a game. If you break it again, another game.' Indefinite means I don't have a whole lot of confidence that he's not going to break the contract again."


Caracter could return next week.

Caracter, who broke curfew twice last Saturday after Louisville's loss to Dayton, won't play this weekend against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis. He could, however, be back on the court next week if he upholds his end of the contract he's signed.

"Right now, he was suspended for one game for breaking his contract," Pitino said. "If he doesn't break his contract he'll be suited up on Tuesday and be on the bench against (Marshall). If he breaks the contract again then he won't play."

Pitino termed Caracter's suspension earlier this week ‘indefinite.' Thursday, the Louisville coach clarified his meaning of indefinite.

"He's doing his community service and the things he has to do," Pitino said. "But I say indefinite because my confidence-level is not real high that he'll get it done. Now, he has gotten it done in the past. The thing that is so frustrating about Derrick Caracter is he's a real good person. He just lives by a different set of rules and regulations and he thinks he can do what he wants academically, off the court and on the court. (But) that's not the way life works."

Pitino said that Caracter realized that his action had let his team down.

"It's up to Derrick if he wants to be successful," Pitino added. "He's a likeable guy and we hope he can turn the corner. He's let the team down right now because we needed for this (Purdue) game. I told him to learn from the past and help the team down the road. If he helps the team win it will all be forgotten."

Pitino says Clark not ready

On his coaches show this week, Rick Pitino said that Earl Clark would definitely return to Louisville for his junior season next year. Thursday, Pitino explained those comments.

"I met with his parents and we're all in agreement that Earl is too young emotionally. If he goes to the NBA right now he'll be a marginal player who will not prosper in the long run. He needs to stay here academically, socially and emotionally and grow as a person. Then he'll have a 13 year career in the NBA and be a lottery pick some day. He needs to mature. He needs time. His parents are on the same page as I am. I told Earl in front of them (parents) he's not going pro."

Even if Clark projects as a lottery pick this year?

"It doesn't matter what they think," Pitino said. "It matters what I think and his parents think and he's staying. It's not because I want him to stay to help our team. I want it because I know what the NBA is all about and this young man will not prosper if he goes to the NBA right now. If he waits another year he will very much prosper."


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