By LARRY VAUGHT
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.”