Louisville loss to Pitt: Blame a video game
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Louisville coach Charlie Strong said his Cardinals were more focused on a video game than they were on Pitt last week -- and it cost them.
Strong said Tuesday his team grew complacent after a three-game winning streak and focused on the release of a video game -- "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" -- rather than practice and trying to lock up bowl eligibility. Pitt won the game, 21-14.
"In about a week or so, you're going to be throwing that video game away, but we let a video game take control of us," Strong said.
A team that has started as many as eight freshmen, Louisville (5-5, 3-2 Big East) was coming off Strong's first victory against a ranked opponent at West Virginia as it headed into its home loss against Pitt.
Departing coach Houston Nutt suspended starting quarterback Randall Mackey and leading rusher Jeff Scott for the game Saturday against No. 1 LSU for violating unspecified team rules. The suspensions could last through the season finale against Mississippi State.
Backup receiver Albert Gary was charged with first-degree robbery stemming from a June incident in Ames and is being held on $25,000 bond.
Running back Marcus Lattimore will undergo surgery on his left knee later this week, more than a month after his season ended when he tore a ligament and suffered cartilage damage.
First Published November 16, 2011 12:00 am