In the nearly five decades since Butch Beard left the Louisville Cardinals for the NBA, he has remained No. 2 in program history behind only Wes Unseld for points per game. His place in the program’s history was always something he took pride in.
However, recent scandals rocking the university’s athletic department and its basketball program have him gravely concerned and upset for where things might be heading. So much so that he felt he needed to issue a word of warning to the powers that be recently.
“Right now, the University of Louisville is at everybody’s mercy.” Beard said Wednesday in an interview at his downtown loft with Tim Sullivan of the Louisville Courier-Journal. “And I don’t think they know it.”
After the pay-for-play scandal broke just months into a four-year probation stemming from the sex scandal, Beard fears Louisville will be made an example of by the NCAA. Despite assurances from interim athletic director Vince Tyra, he foresees the death penalty coming into play.
“This is not only the University of Louisville; we’re just the tip of the iceberg,” Beard said. “[But] the thing that’s scary about it is you say, ‘Well, I don’t know if the NCAA will do anything drastic.’ Well, since we’re the first [of recent repeat offenders], somebody’s going to be made an example of. …
“What is about to happen, theoretically, with the federal government, that is scary.”
Beard questioned the administration’s win-at-all-costs attitude and the damage that it’s done to the reputation of the program and the university nationally. And if that sentiment is held by a larger number of former Cardinals greats than just Beard, it certainly could have a lasting impact on the program.
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