I got a very interesting email last week that I thought I would share with you all and get your thoughts. Again, this an email sent to me. I will also be interested to see at what comment somebody calls me an idiot thinking this is my writing. Anyway, here is the email:
“BTI, you are one to say crazy things so let me throw this one at you. As a Kentucky fan since 1987, Rick Pitino and his tenure at Kentucky were a huge part of my fanhood. I would say that even during the 2 Calipari years, I haven’t gotten as excited as I did during Pitino’s time in Lexington. Then, after taking us to a title once and 2 other Final Fours, he left for one of the great coaching jobs in sports for an absurd amount of money. He failed in Boston, and has openly admitted that leaving Lexington was the biggest mistake of his career.
But this is where it gets hazy for me. When he was gone from Boston, there were basically 3 major college basketball jobs open: Michigan, UNLV, and Louisville. And from what I understand, and what you typically get from Tom Jurich, UL offered him the most money, and is likely the most prestigious of those 3 jobs. So Pitino took it.
In my opinion, he simply made the best business decision for him. I have never understood the hatred for taking the job of the rival, especially since Pitino had no ties to UK before taking the job in 1989. It would absolutely be different if Joe B. Hall took the UL job because he was a UK player and bled blue. Pitino took the UK job not because he loved Kentucky, but simply because it was the best job available at the time. Which is exactly what he did at Louisville as well.
So again, why is it a requirement as a UK fan to hate Pitino? The man brought this program back from its darkest day and then made 2 business decisions that were best for his checkbook. I am sure he came to love the program, but to assume because he coached here he was FORBIDDEN from coaching Louisville seems absurd to me. Especially when you consider there was another job in between those 2 stops.
And if you choose to publish this, don’t let people tell you it is about the abortion. All that Sypher crap did was add ammunition to UK fans arsenal. They hated him at 100% before, and that just made it funnier. Nobody hates him now that didn’t hate him before Sypher. So that is a cop-out excuse to hate the guy simply because their feelings were hurt for silly reasons before.
So I guess the question is: Why should we hate a guy that brought us so much joy? I don’t get it and consider me a lifelong Pitino fan for what he did. And I hope he loses every game at UL. Hahaha. Keep it up. Don’t let the haters get you down.
-Jerry in Bardstown”
So, I will simply say Jerry makes some very solid points in this email. Now I give it to you. Pitino did have the best 8 year run at UK since the late 1940′s. He did it clean and brought character guys into the program. And then he left for a higher paying job that was closer to heart than UK was. But he does now work for our rival. Is this really unacceptable or just how business goes?
*Want to give a shout-out to two KSR couples currently celebrating engagements. Adam Wadlington and Liz Hennessey are due to tie the knot in June and I just celebrated the bachelor party with Adam and friends this weekend. At which time I met Jordan Carlock, a big KSR fan, who’s fiance did not believe him when he said he met BTI. So, I will simply tell Erin Flaherty that yes I did hang with your fiance and he can tell you that I am far more stupid in person than on this blog. Congrats to the 4 of you!
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