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Talking Men's Basketball with Mike Marra

 



Oct. 29, 2012

UofLsports.com caught up with eight different players during men's basketball media day on Oct. 21. Each day during the week, one of the men's basketball players will be highlighted with a write-up and their respective interview from media day.

By Sal Sabia for UofLsports.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men’s basketball senior Mike Marra suffered a second torn ACL in his left knee during a practice session on Sept. 28, but the injury will not prevent him from becoming a contributing factor to the Cardinals’ success this year.

Last season, Marra played in just two games before blowing out his knee against Lamar on Nov. 13 and was forced to take on a new role to help the team. He became a mentor for his teammates on and off the court.


 

 

Marra told UofLsports.com he would have “more of an outspoken role rather than just pulling guys aside, and try to be more of a coach this year.”

Head coach Rick Pitino said of the injury, “He handled it very professionally. Mike wants to be a coach, and this allows him to pursue coaching a year ahead of schedule.”

Although the Rhode Island native is disappointed to not have the opportunity to compete, he is eager for the chance to get a glimpse of his future.

“I’m excited about it as much as it hurts not being able to play,” Marra said, “but it’s good for me because I knew I wanted to coach and it’s a great stepping stool for me to get into coaching and get a good experience from the other side of the table.”

UofLsports.com sat down with Marra at Louisville’s Media Day on Oct. and he spoke about his excitement for the 2012-13 season.

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