On the brighter side, this season did see significant cracks form in the Louisville hegemony. Virginia Tech was an astonishment, beating Georgetown, West Virginia and Virginia thanks to Allen, who was voted the conference's Coach of the Year, and to intrepid guards Bimbo Coles and Wally Lancaster. At South Carolina, freshman Brent Price could do for Felton what brother Mark did for Felton's former boss Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech Southern Miss any one of whose players will let fly a three-pointer at any time from anywhere will defend its NIT title
For the Metro as a whole and for Louisville in its own semi-independent way, the tournament marked a new beginning. Perhaps that's why, on the official transcript of a postgame press conference, one player's "damn" was changed to "whew." When you're cleaning up your act, you have to start somewhere.