LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Montrezl Harrell is no longer a co-captain on the University of Louisville basketball team, and on Wednesday night we gained some insight as to why that is. Harrell had been a co-captain along with senior Wayne Blackshear.
Talking by phone on his weekly radio show on 840 WHAS, Cards head coach Rick Pitino said that it was Harrell's decision to give up the title.
"It was really no big deal, I've had a problem with Montrezl getting all over our guys in practice, especially the young freshmen," Pitino said. "After calling him for the fourth time, he said, "Listen coach, Wayne's the good guy, I'm the tough guy, let him be captain, I'm still going to be a leader, so we don't have to go through this all the time, " so I said if that's the way you feel, that's fine. I told the team that Montrezl is still going to be one of the leaders of the team, but that Wayne is going to be the official captain."
Cards center Mangok Mathiang was a guest on the show. "He feels like he has to, you know, be negative, to the, you know, freshmen, just to get them to work harder. That's probably how, that's how he became Montrezl Harrell probably," Mathiang said.
It is a story that has gotten national attention, something UofL guard Terry Rozier says is not warranted. "No, it's not a big deal at all, some people are leaders. He happens to lead in his own way, which is kind of aggressively," Rozier said.
#10 UofL (15-3, 3-2) visits Pittsburgh (13-6, 3-3) on Sunday at 4 p.m.
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