By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 03rd, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Today may be Labor Day, but for the staff here at KSR, it feels more like Christmas Eve because Rick Pitino’s book hits the stores tomorrow morning.
Co-written by Seth Kaufman, “Pitino: My Story” promises to deliver “the real story” of the recruiting scandal that led to his dismissal from Louisville last fall. Here’s the description from Amazon:
On September 26, 2017, the biggest recruiting scandal in college basketball history sent shock waves through the world of sports. Caught up in a massive FBI and NCAA investigation—and the intense media spotlight—was Rick Pitino, the Louisville Cardinals’ Hall of Fame coach.
Here, from Pitino himself, comes the real story of the ongoing case and the hard truth about how college hoops has been pushed to the brink of disaster by greed, bad actors, and shoe company money.
Rick Pitino has spent a lifetime in basketball. He is the recruiting and coaching maestro behind Final Four appearances with three different teams, and National Championships at two of them. He worked the early days of the legendary Five-Star camp and scouted players without the influence of agents, runners, or shoe companies. And he has run today’s recruiting gauntlet of sports apparel marketing, corrupted assistant coaches, unethical youth coaches, and powerful organizations hellbent against him. Rick Pitino has seen it all, dealt with it all, and now tells it all.
Pitino is the story of an epic coaching career and the evolution of NCAA basketball to the multi-billion-dollar enterprise it is today. It is also a master’s course on the arts of coaching and recruiting. And in the telling, the one and only Rick Pitino lays all his cards on the table in addressing scandals of his past and the current headline-grabbing investigation that led a packed Board of Directors at Louisville to derail his career.
Last week, The New York Post released an excerpt from the book in which Pitino rants about the Board of Trustees, specifically Papa John Schnatter, who he claimed appeared “unhinged” in one meeting:
I hear Drew Franklin’s already lined up at Joseph-Beth to secure his copy.
The shady dealings of the old University of Louisville Foundation will get a thorough check from the no-nonsense folks within the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has notified the foundation that it will send an agent to its office next month to request more information about the compensation of the foundation’s previous officers, including former UofL president James Ramsey.
The IRS doesn’t play games, so this will likely mean some serious trouble for Bologna Head and his cohorts. It’s been a long time coming and they soon will pay for whatever funny business they were involved in.
Get your popcorn ready.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 31st, 2018 @ 9:30am
Rick Pitino’s new tell-all book “My Story” comes out on Tuesday. Yesterday, The New York Post published an excerpt, and it’s just as ridiculous as you might imagine.
In the passage, Pitino describes the months leading up to his firing from Louisville, including meetings with the Board of Trustees. Pitino claims that during one of those meetings, Papa John Schnatter — who was attending the meeting via video call — kept mentioning Peyton Manning, who was apparently in the room with him.
He kept telling us, “I’m here with Peyton.” He mentioned it a number of times. At first, I couldn’t figure it out, because when I hear the name Peyton, I immediately think of my great Cardinal guard Peyton Siva, and I couldn’t imagine the two of them hanging out. Then Schnatter finally indicated the Peyton in question was Peyton Manning. His behavior was bizarre and Tom and I looked at each other, as Schnatter kept walking in and out of the video conference screen. He seemed unhinged. We later found out that appearing at a meeting via video conferencing was a violation of board regulations. But why should that matter to John Schnatter?
The best part comes towards the end when Pitino claims that because he was fired, his players’ livelihood was impacted, comparing Deng Adel, V.J. King, Anas Mahmoud, Ray Spalding, and Brian Bowen’s draft stock before he was fired to after the season ended, when only Ray Spalding went in the second round.
“It does not seem to be a huge stretch to say the board’s decision to fire me likely robbed some of these players of their professional careers.”
Oh, Rick. Never change. To read the entire excerpt, visit NYPost.com.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 30th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
A horse named Pitino finished second in the first race at Del Mar today, only to be stripped of its run for cheating.
Fred Cowgill of WLKY captured the race as the aptly-named horse broke the rules:
— Fred Cowgill WLKY (@FredCowgillWLKY) August 30, 2018
When asked afterward, the horse refused to accept any accountability for its actions and instead blamed everything on Pizza Boy and the Board of Traitors. It will release a book and a podcast next month.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 30th, 2018 @ 10:00am
Mark Jurich is sorry, he says, in a tweet sent out Thursday morning. He is sorry that his “message got lost” in the email he sent to new University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra about the location of the Jurich family’s season tickets at UofL basketball and football games.
“It’s never been about the seats,” he wrote. “I know there is not a bad location in either of these beautiful venues. To the UofL fans I offended, I am truly sorry.”
I’m sorry my message got lost yesterday — it’s never been about the seats, I know there is not a bad location in either of these beautiful venues. To the UofL fans I offended, I am truly sorry. I’ll be at every home game with my boys — we are excited to support the Cards!
— Mark Jurich (@mark_jurich) August 30, 2018
But in reality, it is absolutely about the seats. You kidding me? The whole damn thing is about the seats. It’s why he wrote the e-mail in the first place. If you were to read the whole e-mail and then someone next to you said, “Hey friend, what’cha reading about?” You would say, “Oh it’s an e-mail from Mark Jurich about seats.” It’s obvious it’s about seats. What other subject matter would it be? It’s crystal clear. Just like “Moby Dick” is about a whale and “Gulliver’s Travels” is about the travels of Gulliver, Mark Jurich’s e-mail is about seats. The e-mail doesn’t get written if his seats (his free seats he didn’t earn) don’t get moved.
“My message got lost.”
No, you’re backpedaling because everyone is laughing at you.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 29th, 2018 @ 12:30pm
You’re looking at the view from Section 107 in the KFC Yum! Center, where University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said he moved the Jurich family tickets for home basketball games.
In case you missed it, Tom Jurich’s son, Mark Jurich aka Captain Entitlement, sent a lengthy e-mail to Tyra complaining about his seat location for his eight free season tickets, in which he said it is “blatant disrespect” to the family.
Eric Crawford tweeted the photo of the Jurich’s new view to see the Cards.
I don’t know how they’ll ever enjoy a game in those free seats for the next 20 years. This is such an injustice. Pray for the Juriches. We’ll hold a candlelight vigil later this week.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 29th, 2018 @ 10:36am
Tom Jurich’s baby boy, Mark Jurich, sent an e-mail to new University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra to let him know he’s not happy.
Mark Jurich — you know, that guy who got paid a lot of money to do nothing — is upset because Tyra moved the Jurich’s season football and basketball tickets. The Jurich family had seats at midfield and midcourt in the club levels of Cardinal Stadium and the KFC Yum! Center, but Tyra recently moved them to a corner section of the club.
Poor wittle Jurich said the move is “blatant disrespect” for the family.
Here is the full e-mail, courtesy of The Courier-Journal:
In writing this email, I hope to be clear. It has been my goal to move on – yet you continue to attack my family which gives me no other option than to respond. This email is not about tickets. It is about you and the University dishonoring my father and your blatant disrespect for my family.
If you cannot bear the sight, or rather the optics of Tom Jurich in the YUM! Center or Cardinal Stadium, you are weaker than I thought. If you feel the need to hide my dad in a corner to make yourself feel important or simply comfortable, then so be it — he will do that for you. But you cannot possibly think you can erase him by hiding him in these stadiums. His fingerprints are everywhere. Your coaches still call my dad for advice. Your players still call my dad for insight. Your administration still calls my dad for guidance.
However, this all begs the following questions. Why be so petty? Why not be confident in the leader you think you are, rather than disregard the leader my father has always been? Why not honor him? Why not allow him to keep the seats he has earned after 20 years? These seats aren’t a gift. They were accepted in lieu of a pay raise. You have allowed Jim Ramsey and Kevin Miller (mind you, the athletic dept. accountant and the primary sport administrator for men’s basketball since I was in college) to maintain their seat locations, parking passes and dignity. My father honored Denny Crum with a prominent seat at YUM! for all the great things he did. So why the disparity?
Have you ever considered what my father did for you? He honored the legacy of your father. He was a steward of your money. He provided you with an amazing atmosphere for you as a fan and created a great product for you and your family. So why the continued efforts to embarrass us? My dad’s balance sheet has been on display for 20 years. Would you like for us to discuss yours? Would you like for us to discuss what I did for you at Cardinal Alley?
Or, Vince are you simply out of your league? What do you stand for? How do you look into my eyes moments after my father was placed on leave and say “I will do everything to make sure this University honors your dad”? Can you imagine me treating your son Cooper this way? No, because I never would.
While you were focused on $.79 pom-poms, Tyra jerseys and removing Jurich banners, you should’ve been focused on bridging the gap within our fanbase and supporting our program. The butchering of the NCAA appeal makes me question your agenda. To see the destruction of 20 years’ work in 10 months is heartbreaking. To see our top donors leave is understandable. You can package this however makes you most comfortable, but I question, as should everyone else, are you part of the problem? Is your ego so fragile that you cannot celebrate the man who preceded you?
The vision, unprecedented growth, wins, first-class facilities, world-class coaches, sponsorships, partnerships, conference realignments, conference championships, world series, bowl games, national championships. The campus, the city, the state, etc., etc., etc.
How quickly one forgets.
Now that I have reminded you, would you like to reconsider your decision? You and I both know that it is never too late to do the right thing.
Awwwwwwww… Poor wittle Mark has to sit in his free seats in the corner now. Awwwwwwwwww… That’s so sad. My heart breaks for the Juriches.
I guess it’s too much to be grateful that Louisville gave the family eight club-level tickets and two priority parking passes for both football and men’s basketball for the next 20 years when Tom left.
What a douche.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 26th, 2018 @ 10:00pm
Rick Pitino’s book is set to release next week, and a few big media members are already getting advanced copies.
ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas received and read the book, and both hinted that it’s going to rock the college basketball world.
To no one’s surprise, Vitale is defending Pitino again, saying “naysayers” will change their minds on the situation after reading the book.
Hot off the press / get the TRUTH about the hoops scandal / a key FACT / Rick Pitino & no one on his staff were indicted like many others yet he gets fired / Read what he says & I believe if u were a naysayer u might change ur feelings / a super READ! pic.twitter.com/0V1OZkqITz
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) August 26, 2018
Bilas said the book is “gripping” and “compelling,” saying it sheds light on the NCAA/FBI situations, his coaching career, and more.
Just finished reading an advance copy of Rick Pitino’s new book “Pitino: My Story.” What a compelling book. From the NCAA to the FBI to a detailed history of how the money influence has changed the game, like him or not, Pitino’s book is gripping stuff. pic.twitter.com/FsIk1goQM3
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) August 26, 2018
The tell-all book where Pitino says he will “lay all his cards on the table” is set to release on September 4. And it just might be worthy of a KSR dramatic live reading.
Get your popcorn ready, BBN.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 19th, 2018 @ 5:30pm
Louisville just brought Microsoft Word’s clip art back to life.
As you can see above,
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium has a new and not-so-improved look going forward. They have apparently found the most low-budget graphic designers to create the latest post-Papa logo. As Matt Jones put it on Twitter, it looks like they found some students from a middle school art class to do the job.
In fact, I timed myself to see how long it would take to come up with something as generic and boring on Microsoft Word, and this bad boy took me a whopping minute and 48 seconds:
Stock “animated red football stadium” image, Word Art, and a generic Cardinal head. Where do I sign up?
Louisville fans aren’t too pleased about it, either…
I hope those art students had an extra 15 minutes of recess as a reward for their hard work.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 15th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Last week, a horse Rick Pitino is part-owner of named “Party Dancer” came away with a victory in the fifth race at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The final purse was $33,380, and a $2 win bet came out to $10.80.
After receiving obvious backlash about the horse’s hilarious and completely unsurprising name, Pitino came out today and played the dumb card. Again.
“It was unbeknownst to me,” Pitino told the Courier-Journal. “I have absolutely no clue about the name of this horse. (Co-owner Larry Spitcaufsky) doesn’t even know I’m a basketball coach. … It never dawned on me that Party Dancer is a striptease act.”
You couldn’t connect the dots that strippers DANCING at a PARTY for recruits isn’t a striptease act? Shocker.
The self-pity continued, with the former Louisville head coach saying he can’t even savor the victory without people raining on his parade.
“The shame of it (is I) can’t even enjoy a win,” Pitino said. “The piling on is incredible.”
Jockey Club spokeswoman Shannon Luce confirmed the name was not submitted by Pitino himself back in 2017.
Reportedly owning “just” a 50 percent stake in Party Dancer, Pitino said he will name another horse when he can afford it again.
“When I’m a majority owner, I will name a horse,” he said. “When I left coaching, I can’t afford to be a majority owner.”
Pitino is also the sole owner of “Miss Loyalty” (another gem of a name for the scandal-filled former coach), a three-year-old filly that raced earlier this year.
For more of Pitino’s pity party, head to the Courier-Journal here.