Earlier this week, Rick Pitino made some waves with his comments to Adam Zagoria calling a potential move of UConn to the ACC “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard”. It wasn’t Pitino’s first swipe at the possible dissolution of the Big East and it might not even have been the most pointed of this week. The following excerpt from a blog post on Rick’s official site is making the internet rounds and it’s probably not because his humor is killer.
Let’s get to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If my information is correct, the ACC, namely certain basketball coaches, did not like the amount of exposure BIG EAST basketball was getting nationally and the amount of tournament teams selected the past couple of seasons. Their feelings were made known at conference meetings. Now true or untrue, you can’t tell me that Pitt and Syracuse are making ACC football significantly better. In the last few years, they have laid off more football staff coaches than Bank of America did with its employees last week.
Tip your waitresses and bartenders, folks. Rick is on fire. There have been some whispers around town that Pitino isn’t exactly enamored with the idea of coaching in Manhattan, Kansas instead of Manhattan, New York and his retirement might come more suddenly should the Cards move to the Big 12. The more he takes public shots, the more you have to wonder if that’s true.