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The reviews of Pitino’s new book are out (and some are predictably kind)

Rick Pitino’s new book came out today, leading to a frenzy of takeaways, recaps, and reviews online. So far, the consensus seems to be that the book is full of the hot air we’ve come to expect from Pitino; however, some writers are taking the bait.

In his review of the book for The Courier-Journal, Tim Sullivan says many of Pitino’s claims “could be hard to refute,” listing Pitino’s rants about the U.S. Attorney, the UofL Board of Trustees, and the NCAA that we’ve heard over and over in countless interviews. But Sullivan also bites on Pitino’s new theory: that Governor Matt Bevin was out to get Tom Jurich way before the FBI’s report on the college basketball scandal was released.

That anecdote’s significance is that it would reinforce the perception that Jurich and Pitino were already in trouble prior to the U.S. Attorney’s press conference on Sept. 26, 2017; that U of L’s fast-acting trustees were essentially waiting for an excuse to claim “just cause” and void their contracts; that John Schnatter’s complaints at an April trustees meeting were orchestrated, and that revelations about the corners allegedly cut in Brian Bowen’s recruitment amounted to window-dressing.

Pitino alleged that Bevin, U of L trustees chairman David Grissom and Schnatter “were out to destroy Tom, destroy me, destroy the legacy of 16 years of great basketball, and maim a thriving, growing institution.”

Danielle Lerner and Gentry Estes, Sullivan’s colleagues at The Courier-Journal, published ten takeaways from the book, including this passage from Pitino about Kentucky fans being racist.

Pitino said the love for the Wildcats in the state “is rooted in any number of things: the dominance of Wildcats basketball, the history of the state, racism and Kentuckians’ vision of themselves as rural folk as opposed to city slickers.”

As for the mention of racism, Pitino goes on to say that “the segregated past of Kentucky basketball still cast an ugly shadow on the school” and that the parents of some African-American recruits he tried to lure as UK’s coach “were dead set against their sons playing at the Rupp Arena.”

“My insistence that institutions can evolve – which is something I wholeheartedly believe – didn’t always win over converts, and I can understand why,” Pitino wrote.

If the bridge between Pitino and Kentucky fans wasn’t already burned, that should soak in lighter fluid all over again.

We’ll have more on Pitino’s book throughout the day, including Drew Franklin’s review. Something tells me it won’t be quite as kind as Tim Sullivan’s.


UofL Foundation to be audited by IRS

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.


Pitino, a horse, disqualified from Del Mar race because Pitinos are cheaters

Pitino, a horse, disqualified from Del Mar race because Pitinos are cheaters

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:

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.


Mark Jurich says his e-mail about seats wasn’t about seats (it was 100 percent about seats)

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.”

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.


How can Vince Tyra expect the Jurich family to see from these free seats?

Photo: Twitter/@ericcrawford

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.

Tom Jurich’s son blasts new UofL AD in e-mail about free tickets

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.


Tom Jurich’s son blasts new UofL AD in e-mail about free tickets

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.

All Tom.

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.

-Mark

[The Courier-Journal]

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.


Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas receive advance copies of Rick Pitino’s book

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.

Bilas said the book is “gripping” and “compelling,” saying it sheds light on the NCAA/FBI situations, his coaching career, and more.

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.


Louisville’s new Cardinal Stadium graphic is hilariously average

Louisville’s new Cardinal Stadium graphic is hilariously average

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.


Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas got dismissed

A federal judge dismissed Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas on Tuesday.

The former Louisville coach, now a frequenter of a Best Western outdoor bar in Miami, filed the lawsuit last October. He was seeking damages for emotional distress and humiliation from Adidas putting him on blast in the Brian Bowen play-for-pay scandal.

U.S. District Court judge David J. Hale tossed it out like a fake national championship, saying it must be settled in arbitration, as Pitino’s endorsement with the shoe company states.

You can read the full order over at LEX18.com.


Of course Rick Pitino owns a horse named “Party Dancer”

You can’t make this stuff up.  Rick Pitino owns a horse named Party Dancer.

The horse ran first yesterday in the fifth race at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.  The maiden claiming race produced a $33,380 purse. A $2 win bet on Party Dancer paid $10.80.

I wonder where Rick found his inspiration…

This is so ridiculous, I now believe Pitino has become self-aware.  He knows he will never coach basketball again, so during his down time at the Best Western bar, Pitino is thinking of the most creative ways to troll America.  “Party Dancer” the horse is step seven of a master plan that involves a book, podcast and Twitter account.  The next step: Pitino becomes a Papa John’s franchisee.