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Nine Suggestions For Rick Pitino’s New Book

Nine Suggestions For Rick Pitino’s New Book

Yesterday, Rick Pitino told Terry Meiners he plans to release a new book this fall documenting the events leading up to his firing from Louisville. Because we’re such big fans of Pitino here at Kentucky Sports Radio and always willing to lend a hand, I came up with some suggestions for book titles and covers.


Rick Pitino is writing a book

Rick Pitino called in to NewsRadio 840 WHAS in Louisville to chat with his good pal Terry Meiners about the recent passing of C.M. Newton. Newton of course hired Pitino to resurrect the Kentucky basketball program in the early 1990s, so Meiners asked Pitino to come on his show because he knew Newton as well as anyone.

Pitino said of his former boss, “He was one of the most honest men I’ve ever met in my life; one of the most selfless people, who loved his alma mater. But his honesty was something that just stuck out.”

“The term ‘southern gentlemen,’ if you looked it up in Wikipedia or in an encyclopedia, C.M. Newton’s picture could pop up,” he added.

After spending a couple of minutes reminiscing on old C.M. Newton stories, Pitino told the show he is in the process of writing a new book.

“It’s going to cover my whole career, basically,” he explained. “But it will go into great depth about some of the situations that we just experienced and it’s not all pleasant, obviously. Life has its up and downs, but I don’t like a lot of things that have happened, that were really unfair. But life can be unfair sometimes and you just have to get through it.”

He plans to release the book this fall.


Shocker: UofL tried to withhold sex scandal records

In news that won’t surprise you, the University of Louisville tried to conceal records about the sex scandal that led the NCAA to vacate their 2013 National Championship.

According to WDRB’s Jason Riley, Jefferson Circuit Judge Barry Willett ruled today that the university made a “deliberate attempt” to keep “embarrassing and damaging information” from going public, including the material that led UofL to self-impose a postseason ban in 2016. Willett ordered the school to turn over those documents within 30 days and ruled that they must pay court costs for Dr. Peter Hasselbacher, who previously requested them in accordance with the state’s open records act.

“The University has consistently refused to produce those records based on an unreasonably narrow interpretation of Dr. Hasselbacher’s open records request,” Willett ruled. “Moreover, the University has never articulated a plausible legal basis for denying Dr. Hasselbacher access to those records. Under the circumstances, the University’s conduct appears to be nothing more than a deliberate attempt to conceal information that it considers to be embarrassing and damaging to its reputation.”

It’s always something with them, isn’t it?

[WDRB]


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Louisville down to eight players with new departure

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Louisville is running out of basketball players for Chris Mack’s first year.

The team was already running low on bodies, and it got worse today with the news that would-be sophomore forward Lance Thomas will transfer to another program.

A four-star prospect in last year’s class, Thomas was expected to provide much-needed depth in Mack’s frontcourt, which lost Deng Adel, Ray Spalding and Anas Mahmoud from a year ago. Thomas will instead leave the Cardinal brotherhood behind, telling his Twitter followers, “After returning home at the end of the semester I was just thinking about my future. I feel it’s in my best interest to look at other options for my career.”

Thomas’ exit leaves Mack with only eight scholarship players on next year’s roster, which includes the recent grad transfer addition from Samford.

Good luck, Chris!


Louisville Reaches Settlement with Tom Jurich

WDRB

The University of Louisville and Tom Jurich have reached a formal agreement to part ways.  Instead of litigating the matter, Jurich and the Louisville Board of Trustees settled out of court.

The former UofL athletic director will be paid $4.5 million for his termination.  Jurich will receive a few extra benefits as well, like eight club-level seats and two parking pass to UofL football and basketball games for the next 20 years.  UofL also agreed to strike from the record the aggressive termination letter written interim President Greg Postel.

Meanwhile, Rick Pitino is still fighting in court with the Board of Traitors over his settlement, which should produce quite a few fireworks.

Find more details of the settlement in the WDRB report.


Meanwhile, at the KFC Yum! Center…

Meanwhile, at the KFC Yum! Center…

The KFC Yum! Center is removing its “2013 National Champions” window display that once hung so proudly across the arena’s glass front. It’s yet another tragic part of the process of removing any and all references to Louisville’s fictional NCAA championship of five years ago.

A friend of the KSR program snapped a photo of its removal Monday afternoon.

@bigern97

So sad.

So, so sad.

 

 

(Just kidding I love it.)


Phone records show UofL assistant was in contact with Andre McGee at time of parties

Phone records show UofL assistant was in contact with Andre McGee at time of parties

A new report from the hardworking staff over at WDRB exposes more juicy details regarding the Louisville basketball program and the program’s hiring of strippers and prostitutes.

According to the report, phone records obtained by University of Louisville police show former UofL assistant Mike Balado was in communication with Andre McGee over a five-day period in July 2014. This is around the time McGee was alleged to have arranged for Katina Powell and friends to visit the Minardi Hall basketball dorm for parties, while McGee was miles away from campus as an assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Records show Balado (or Coach Mike, as he’s known to those familiar with the scandal) and McGee spoke by phone or text over a dozen times. Coincidentally, McGee was in contact with Katina Powell at the same time. (Purely a coincidence, I’m sure.) WDRB has the conversation log and it shows McGee’s communication with the other two were only minutes apart.

Balado, now the head coach at Arkansas State, denied any involvement.

Riggggght.

[University of Louisville police focused on phone calls, texts between Andre McGee and former assistant coach]


Ex-UofL employee says she was fired for reporting coach was having an affair with co-worker

Ex-UofL employee says she was fired for reporting coach was having an affair with co-worker

There really isn’t a dull moment at the University of Louisville, is there? After this morning’s news that the UofL Board of Trustees is suing former President James Ramsey for misusing university funds, there’s even more drama to share. According to WDRB, former UofL associate athletic director Kimberly Maffet is suing UofL for firing her for health issues and reporting “wrongful conduct” including a UofL coach having an affair with a co-employee.

Now, the coach isn’t named, only listed in the lawsuit as “Coach 3,” but Maffet claims reporting the relationship, which violated the university’s sexual harassment policy, is part of the reason she was let go earlier back in February. She also reported a different coach verbally abusing employees. According to Maffet, that behavior was not only typical, but continuously covered up by the department.

Maffet claims her attempts to report the violation “were rebuffed” and other employees “attempted to hide” the information. […]

Maffet described the athletics department as having a “culture of misogynism, sexism, lying, cover-up, and bullying in the Athletic Department,” according to the suit.

Can somebody pass the popcorn?

[WDRB]


University of Louisville Sues Former President James Ramsey

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees will sue former President James Ramsey, his chief aid Kathleen Smith, and others for misusing university funds.

The lawsuit that will be filed today in Jefferson Circuit Court alleges that from 2008 to 2016, Ramsey and others took millions from the UofL Foundation’s endowment to make unauthorized, risky investments.  They allegedly attempted to hide the transactions to excessively compensate themselves.

The new chair of the board, David Grissom, said in a release: “Millions of dollars of donations originally intended for the benefit of the University and its students instead were used to pay excessive compensation.” He adds, “Other funds were directed toward risky and inappropriate investments, and spending regularly exceeded the Foundation’s own policy.”

Click here to read the entire lawsuit and the report from WDRB.