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Louisville assistants on preseason hype about Cards and perception of Mark Stoops at Kentucky


Louisville assistant coaches Tommy Restivo and Sherrone Moore came to Danville Saturday to speak at the Kentucky High School Coaches Association Clinic. Restivo coaches defensive backs and had three players earn All-BIG EAST Conference honors — cornerback Adrian Bushell and safeties Calvin Pryor and Hakeem Smith — last season. Prior to joining the Cardinals, Restivo was the defensive graduate assistant at Florida for Louisville coach Charlie Strong, who was the defensive coordinator.  Moore, an offensive guard at Oklahoma from 2006-2008 on two Big 12 championship teams, coaches tight ends. His players caught 30 passes last season.

The two assistant coaches shared their thoughts on several subjects. Here’s part one.

Question: Is all the preseason hype about Louisville football a good or bad thing?
Restivo: “You have to play those 12 games and if you don’t take care of business one day at a time, those preseason rankings don’t mean anything. You look at end of the season and evaluate what you did good and bad. Preseason hype is good, but we have to take care of business in the offseason and get to camp and get ready to roll. We are 0-0 right now. Sugar Bowl, that’d done. New season.”
Moore: “I think it gives a little extra confidence but that is when we have to make sure they understand those are scholarship players we are going to face every game. Just because we won last year, it is a new team and something different every game for us.”

Question: What’s your perception on what Mark Stoops is doing at Kentucky since he took over there?
Restivo: “He has done an excellent job. He has brought some juice to the program. The rivalry is going to be back to where it was. He is doing a heck of a job. I know they are hitting Ohio recruiting-wise pretty hard. They have some guys (on the coaching staff) who are from there and he is bringing some good things back to the program.”
Moore: “With all the recruiting and stuff we have, I don’t have time to pay attention to other stuff going on. I hear things and I hope they keep building and doing a good job. But we really don’t have time. We have so much to focus on with our kids and what we have to do that we don’t have time to pay attention to other teams.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    Louisville will be tough to beat unless UK can pressure and stop Bridgewater. This first season under Coach Stoops will lay the ground work for bigger and better things in 2014. UK must get control of this Louisville rivalry asap. Louisville already has a top 10 class committed for 2014 according to 247Sports.com. They already have 8 commits from the state of Florida the latest being 3* commit Isaiah Ford from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville. UK is on the way up too with our great recruits. This rivalry will heat up. It is gonna be a war.

  2. Love SEC F-Ball

    I agree with your comments, LP. Strong has done a great job both coaching and recruiting. A big win last year to close out the season. I still think that the best team lost that game. He has started the 2014 recruiting season with a bang as well. However this fan is betting that Coach Stoops will be ahead when the 2014 recruiting war is finished. As for the game this fall – It is hard to say – Remember the most talented team does not always win in this series.

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