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Rick Pitino to interrupt your Masters viewing on Thursday

Rick Pitino wants you to listen to him again.

And he picked the first morning of The Masters to speak publicly. Again.

Pitino has decided to make a special guest appearance on Thursday morning’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, where he will undoubtedly proclaim his innocence and beg for your sympathy because all of the wrongdoing he suffered from Papa John — or “pizza boy,” as he calls him — and the UofL board.

The appearance is scheduled for 9:20 am ET, right after the fifth group of the day tees off at Augusta.

If you want, I’ll take one for the team and listen to Pitino’s gibberish for all of us, so you can keep your undivided attention on The Masters. I’ll report back with everything he says, although I don’t expect it to be anything worth reporting. Hell, I could probably write the whole transcript right now before he says it.

But if you must hear Pitino’s words, you can find him with Dan Patrick tomorrow morning. Nine twenty ante meridiem with DP.


Rhode Island president refuses to hire Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino was set to become the head coach at the University of Rhode Island…until the school’s president stepped in and killed the deal.

According to GoLocalProv.com, Pitino and URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn (what a name) had a rough agreement for Pitino to succeed Dan Hurley as head coach for $2 million per season, but when university president David Dooley heard about it, he shot it down due to concerns over Pitino’s ties to the FBI investigation into college hoops. Smart man.

Between rumors about the New Zealand Breakers and his constant rambling about not knowing what to do with his life anymore, it’s no secret Pitino is desperate to get back into coaching. Who will be the one to roll the dice on him?

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UPDATE: URI just released a statement claiming the story is #FakeNews:

Can you blame them for trying to get as far away from Pitino’s name as possible?


UPDATE: A Horse could Bring Rick Pitino Back to Kentucky

In October of 2017, Rick Pitino vowed to never step foot back in the state of Kentucky ever again. Surprise, surprise, that was probably a lie.

This evening in Florida, Coach Rocks, a horse Pitino co-owns, won the $250,000 Gulfstream Oaks.  The victory punches Coach Rocks’ ticket to the Kentucky Oaks.  Will Pitino keep his promise and avoid The Bluegrass State, or come to Churchill Downs with a million dollar purse on the line?

Let’s be honest, there’s no way Rick is avoiding the spotlight.  He can’t get enough of it.

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7:41 UPDATE

After today’s victory at Gulfstream, Pitino vowed he will not go to the Kentucky Oaks.  He told Bloodhorse:

“I’m not going to go to Kentucky for the Oaks, but my partners are,” he added.  “I will not, unless (chairman) David Grissom and the pizza guy, Papa John, retire from the board of trustees. Then, I’ll be there.”

Even his partner, Roddy Valente, does not believe Pitino will pass up the Oaks.  Never change, Rick.  Never change.


Five Reasons Why Rick Pitino Should Take The New Zealand Job

Five Reasons Why Rick Pitino Should Take The New Zealand Job

Rick Pitino reportedly has a job offer from the New Zealand Breakers in Australia’s National Basketball League.

He should take it, and here’s why:

 

1. He has said he wants to coach again.

First and foremost, Pitino has expressed interest in getting back into coaching. He recently told ESPN, “The level doesn’t matter to me. I just need it to be someone who believes in me.”

New Zealand’s new American ownership believes in Pitino.

2. Edgar Sosa is the Breakers’ star player.

What better way to return to the game than linking back up with one of his all-time favorite players? Edgar Sosa played 140 games over his four-year career under Pitino at Louisville, and now leads the Breakers in both points and assists per game. Sosa is most remembered from his time at UofL for hitting a last-second three-pointer from miles away to beat Kentucky in 2009.

3. The Breakers won the championship in 2013.

Pitino wants a 2013 title banner flying high in his arena; well, he’ll have one in the North Shore Events Centre, where the Breakers play their home games.

4. He can pay players and the FBI won’t care.

This is a two-parter: (1) the NBL is a professional league, so Pitino can (and is expected to) pay his players; and (2) he can do so without concerns of conversations being recorded by the federal government of the United States, which has no jurisdiction or authority in New Zealand.

5. Prostitution is legal in New Zealand.

According to a Google search and not my own personal experiences, New Zealand has some of the most liberal prostitution and sex laws of any country in the world. Brothels and sex services can be found all throughout country, which would allow Pitino to maintain his recruiting strategies from his time at Louisville.

 

It seems like an easy decision to me.


Rick Pitino has a job offer… in New Zealand

If Rick Pitino wants to get back to coaching basketball, he has his opportunity.

According to long-time NBA reporter Marc Stein, Rick Pitino has an offer on the table from the New Zealand Breakers of Australia’s National Basketball League. The Breakers recently took on new U.S.-based ownership, and there is serious interest in Pitino as the organization’s head coach.

The Breakers’ new American ownership includes our dear friends Big Cat and PFT Commenter of the “Pardon My Take” podcast (seriously), as well as former NBA players Shawn Marion and Matt Walsh. Yes, that is the same Big Cat and PFT Commenter who make fun of Pitino almost as much as we do.

I wish I were clever enough to make this up, but it’s legit.

It may help that New Zealand is led in scoring by Edgar Sosa, one of Pitino’s favorite point guards at Louisville.


Help me hate Chris Mack

Help me hate Chris Mack

Help me hate Chris Mack.

Because now that Chris Mack is the head coach at Louisville, I need to hate Chris Mack.

So what do we know about him? I’ll admit: I know very little. I know he coached at Xavier and did pretty well there. I know he also played at Xavier. I know he doesn’t like Mick Cronin and neither do I. I know he’s bald.

Other than that, my Mack knowledge is limited. His Wikipedia page tells me he played tuba in the University of Evansville band before transferring to Xavier, but that’s pretty funny. I can’t hate him for playing tuba in college. I know one of his assistants is Bill Murray’s son, which means Bill Murray will now be a Louisville fan — I can definitely hate him for that.

What else, though? Who can give me a really good reason to hate Mack, other than the fact he’s at Louisville? Rick Pitino was easy to hate and poke fun of. Almost too easy, really. But Mack, this is going to take some work.

The pimp jokes write themselves, so that’s fun:

But I still need more than Louisville hiring another pimp on its coaching staff.

Any ideas? Or should I just wait and let nature work its course?


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Louisville hiring Xavier’s Chris Mack

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After several days (weeks?) of speculation, Louisville finally has its man. According to Jeff Goodman, Louisville and Xavier’s Chris Mack have agreed to a seven-year deal worth roughly $4 million per season. An official announcement is expected tomorrow.

Mack is Xavier’s all-time winningest coach, with a 212-96 record, three Sweet 16 appearances, and one Elite Eight appearance. This year, the Musketeers won the Big East regular season title and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Mack will replace interim coach David Padgett, who took over when Rick Pitino was dismissed in September amid the FBI’s investigation into college hoops.

This is a great hire for Louisville and I’m a little bitter because it appears Mack’s bringing his assistant Luke Murray, son of Bill Murray, with him, which means we’ve got several years of seeing Bill cheer for Louisville ahead of us. Dangit.


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Report: Xavier’s Chris Mack now recruiting for Louisville

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Need further proof that Xavier’s Chris Mack will be the next coach at the University of Louisville?

Here ya go:

Kent Taylor of WAVE-TV fame tweeted that the family of an unnamed recruit says Mack called them to say he is now recruiting for Louisville, not Xavier.

There was already plenty scuttlebutt suggesting Mack is all set to be the Cardinals’ next head coach, and this only adds more evidence to the discussion.

Vince Tyra will be formally named the full-time athletic director at UofL later today. Mack should be introduced as coach not long after that.


UofL Police said Katina Powell, Andre McGee Ran “Criminal Syndicate”

Almost two years after UofL police concluded their criminal investigation into Katina Powell and Andre McGee, we have the results.

In records obtained by Jason Riley of WDRB, UofL police urged the Commonwealth’s Attorney to charge Powell and McGee for multiple felonies, including prostitution, promoting prostitution, unlawful transaction with a minor and engaging in organized crime from 2010 through 2014.  Police listed Powell, her three daughters and McGee as the three organized crime suspects and said the syndicate would have continued if McGee did not leave the university for another job.

Upon receipt of the report, Jefferson County prosecutors chose not to press charges.  There was not enough credible, corroborating evidence to make a case.

“Simply because they (U of L police) say it, doesn’t make it so, with all due respect to their police department,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said today.

Even though nothing came of the UofL police report, it’s still quite a fascinating read that you can check out at WDRB.


Louisville Fans Hire Attorney to Sue NCAA for Title Banner

Louisville Fans Hire Attorney to Sue NCAA for Title Banner

Louisville fans are taking extreme(ly stupid) measures to keep their beloved 2013 National Championship banner.

Fans created a group, the University of Louisville Protection and Advocacy Coalition (Louisville PAC), and hired attorney Robert Florio to file a lawsuit against the NCAA.  Florio told the Courier-Journal he plans to charge the NCAA with breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and arbitrary and capricious treatment of a member school.  The Louisville PAC hopes this suit will reverse the NCAA’s decision and remove all penalties.

Rick Pitino said last month the University of Louisville Board of Trustees should sue the NCAA for vacating UofL’s wins.  When the board did not take action, fans did, even though I don’t think that’s how the law works.


Louisville earns two-seed in NIT, will take on Northern Kentucky in opening round

Louisville fans had their hearts torn out when they officially missed out on the NCAA Tournament this afternoon.

Soon thereafter, news broke that not only did their tournament dreams burst, they weren’t even considered one of the First Four Out.

Just now, the Cards reached a new low, as they will not only miss out on the Big Dance, they will be the TWO-seed in the NIT against Northern Kentucky in the first round.

On the bright side, Louisville has been looking for something to replace the 2013 National Championship banner in the Yum! Center. An NIT title banner would look pretty good in the rafters as a replacement if you ask me.


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