Published March 01, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville coach Rick Pitino has a message for the male cheerleader now infamous for his ball toss: Enjoy the moment.
Pitino says he talked to cheerleader Jordan Alcazar a few hours after Alcazar gave Pittsburgh a chance to force a second overtime Sunday. Alcazar jumped on the floor before the game ended and grabbed the ball. The Cardinals were hit with a technical foul, Pittsburgh made two shots and then tried a desperation three-pointer before losing 62-59.
Louisville's Kyle Kuric had appeared to seal the win with a dunk. Thinking the buzzer had sounded, Alcazar tossed the ball in the air. However, 0.5 seconds remained.
Pitino says there are no hard feelings and told Alcazar to "enjoy your moment of glory, have some fun with it. Your children will be able to keep the footage."