Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell Thought Tracy Wolfson Was 'A Lady in the Huddle Stealing Our Plays'

Rick Pitino's Louisville team stumbled a bit out of the gates this afternoon against Jacksonville State but rounded into form for a 78-63 win. The veteran coach used an anecdote to drive home a point about the relative lack of big-game history.

"This is a very inexperienced team," he said. "We're down two scholarships. Our backcourt's a little thin. Show you how inexperienced we are, one of my players said there's a lady in the huddle stealing our plays, Tracy Wilson (Wolfson). They thought she was giving it to the other team. I told Donovan [Mitchell], she's not doing that."

One can never be too careful. Nefarious huddle-joining has been a problem in college basketball this year.

If Wolfson had been spying, it would have been just another example of her willingness to go above and beyond her assigned duties today. During the first game of the day in Indianapolis, she assumed the play-by-play role after technical difficulties hit the broadcast.

© Jessica Hill/AP Photo. Syracuse's Abby Grant, left, and Briana Day pressure Iowa State's Bridget Carleton, center in the NCAA women's tournament, on March 18 in Storrs, Conn.


A Louisville player thought CBS’ Tracy Wolfson was spying for the opposing team, Rick Pitino says

Louisville beat 15th-seeded Jacksonville State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, 78-63. But the Gamecocks put up a bit of a fight, especially at the start. They were winning for a brief spell a little more than 10 minutes in, and Louisville had to get into gear before it could storm ahead and cruise to victory.

The Cardinals’ next opponent is Michigan, which has an elite point guard in Derrick Walton Jr. At his postgame press conference, Pitino fielded a question about the challenges of guarding all the Wolverines’ scorers. He turned it into a riff about his players being inexperienced, and it included one fun nugget.

“This is a very inexperienced team. We're down two scholarships,” Pitino said. “Our backcourt's a little thin. Show you how inexperienced we are, one of my players said there's a lady in the huddle stealing our plays, Tracy Wolfson. They thought she was giving it to the other team. I told Donovan, she's not doing that.”

Pitino then added that, no, the player in question wasn’t guard Donovan Mitchell. (He didn’t mention why his team is short of scholarships, but that’s another matter.)

Wolfson is a longtime sideline reporter for Turner and CBS, which broadcast March Madness games. Fun as it is to imagine her engaging in prolonged basketball espionage against the Louisville Cardinals, it seems unlikely.

Wolfson took the comment in stride.

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