The Louisville Mount Rushmore was a tough one. The general consensus was that–while Johnny Unitas was a superstar–his star was so NFL-related as to question his inclusion in a Louisville Mount Rushmore. The Confidential is not too bold as to ignore criticism. Where, as here, there is a legitimate beef, the Confidential listens. We removed Unitas from the list.
With two holes to fill, the decision becomes a bit easier. Darrell Griffith is beloved to Louisville hoops fans. Unlike Unitas, he did most of his real damage in college–benefiting the program directly. He left school as the all-time leading scorer. His jersey has been retired. He won a national championship. He even earned the moniker Dr. Dunkenstein–an exciting player coming before Phi Slamma Jamma and Michael Jordan. He would have been #4, but now he is #3.
The battle for #4 becomes tougher. On the one hand, Rick Pitino just won a national championship. On the other hand, Rick Pitino is at Louisville because of athletic director Tom Jurich. Although the Confidential’s initial thought was to defer Jurich for a later edition, the fan outcry was significant. Jurich hired Pitino. He hired Charlie Strong. Both of those programs are top 10 and headed to our beloved ACC. He has been in charge of Louisville’s rapid climb in revenue–despite the paltry sums generated by the TV revenue from Big East (and lesser conference) membership. Louisville sports is as powerful as it has ever been–and most of that is due to the efforts of Tom Jurich. Someday he will have a field, arena, or stadium named after him. For now, he will have to settle for a spot on the Confidential’s Louisville Mount Rushmore.
The Final Louisville Mount Rushmore: Denny Crum, Howard Schnellenberger, Darrell Griffith, and Tom Jurich.
Other Mount Rushmores:
- Maryland Preliminary Maryland Final
- Boston College Boston College Final
- Wake Forest Wake Forest Final
- Miami Miami Final
- Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Final
- Syracuse Syracuse Final
- Virginia Virginia Final
- Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Final
- North Carolina State North Carolina State Final
- Clemson Clemson Final
- Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Final
- Notre Dame
- North Carolina
- Florida State
For more on the Louisville decisions, see the original discussion…