After the Louisville Cardinals failed to make the NCAA Tournament this year, that led to some staff changes on the basketball team. Assistant coaches Luke Murray and Dino Gaudio were let go by Chris Mack. Murray had been at Xavier with Mack also for a total of six seasons between Xavier and Louisville.
That might not have been the best move by Mack, as now it is being reported by Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, that the firing of Murray and Gaudio has led to “turmoil” behind the scenes of the UofL program.
Jones, who was informed via a source familiar with the situation, says that some people in the program are upset that Murray and Gaudio were let go and that “at least” two recruits want out of their National Letters of Intent to play for Louisville.
Jones’ source said “it’s bad and may get worse.”
Since that report came out, Louisville has announced it has released four-star recruit Bobby Pettiford and three-star recruit Eric Van Der Heijden have been released from their national letters of intent. The Cardinals now have just three recruits signed on for next season.
Death, taxes, and turmoil within the Louisville basketball program.
BREAKING | Eric Van Der Heijden and Bobby Pettiford, who each signed a national letter-of-intent with the University of Louisville men's basketball program in November, have been released from their commitments to pursue other opportunities. pic.twitter.com/unlgsmoI6q— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) March 20, 2021