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73 responses to “Rick Pitino is talking about the stripper scandal again”

  1. ClutchCargo

    “I would have stopped it within ten seconds…” Never change, Rick!

    1. cats646

      I thought he made it to 15 seconds??

    2. 4everUKblue

      Wow he does everything really quick, can’t accuse him of being a minute man.

    3. ClutchCargo

      It’s hard to believe, but Pitino might have exaggerated just a little, cats646.

    4. 2andToodleLoo

      It is sad his grand son has an illness – but leave it to Rick to bring it up for his own sympathy. Classic Rick.

    5. BLUEDOUG65

      You young ones wont remember this but us older guys remember him for bringing our program back from probation quicker and more efficiently than any coach at that time could have done. For that I will always be thankful… did I get tired of his hyberbole and arrogance? Yes ! Got sick of the guy… but I happen to be close with one that was long term on his staff… I really believe he didnt know. should he have been fired? Yes but I dont think he knew..

    6. 4everUKblue

      I remember and I agree with you on all counts. Rick didn’t know….because he said “do what you have to do but don’t tell me, I don’t want to know”.

    7. Looother

      What BLUEDOUG65 said…

  2. DelrayCat

    I know I am in the minority…but I just wish the saltiness toward Rick would end from this fanbase. The dude made some major mistakes and paid the price. Although always perceived as an outsider, he was a good ambassador for the state universities. Sure, he is a flawed man, but I hope one day UK will honor him appropriately, and that UK fans will finally give him a break for leaving. No doubt Cal is the better coach…and a much better role model/ambassador for Kentucky…but Rick can still be an asset to this state.

    1. 4everUKblue

      I think people would cut him some slack if he would stop making the same mistake over and over again. And that is to stop all the lying and just come clean, he would get a lot more respect from someone like me who loved him when he coached at UK. Until he shows some integrity he is not a good ambassador for anything IMO.

    2. ClutchCargo

      I don’t know any UK fans who actually hate him or are mad at him. We just make fun of him because he has made such an ass of himself over the years. He chose to join our in-state archrival and then do all of that, so he’s fair game.

    3. DelrayCat

      Thanks for the retort…and I do somewhat agree with you. Rick has always been extremely arrogant and cocky. It’s part of what makes him a great coach. As far as lying goes…well, we are in a new day aren’t we? With the current president, the rule now for almost any public persona..especially when caught in a lie…is to just deny, deflect, and keep on lying instead of admit it. Granted, in Rick’s case, I have always believed his not knowing about the strippers. And the dirty stuff involving recruiting…well, that is probably a case of plausible deniability. Let’s face it…the game is dirty as hell. And all these coaches know it goes on…its just about keeping their own hands clean.

    4. 4everUKblue

      It was a response, yours is a retort. You are incapable of having a discussion about sports without bringing politics into it. It’s worse because you believe that we’ve had a president who never lied. You’d have to go back to Wilson to find a Prez with a shred of integrity so stop it already, believing being left or right makes you somehow better than the other makes you part of the problem. If Rick didn’t know about the hookers it was plausible deniability just like you said about recruiting.

    5. ukkatzfan

      I think we should honor him appropriately by taking his banner down from the rafters and give him a statue of a giant middle finger. Hate him is strong language. But he is one of my least favorite people in the world. If me him and Drew were in a room. And our feelings could be measured, my dislike for him would be strongest feeling in the room.

    6. DelrayCat

      Ouch…now that was a retort..lol. I must have hit a nerve. Well since we all now live in this reality TV show character’s world … of course it is now relevant to nearly everything else. Sure I have strong opinions about that incompetent lunatic, but people like you are actually the problem. By acting somehow above it all and equating both sides equally makes me think you are either willfully ignorant or just an ashamed Republican.

    7. wheresthelikebutton

      “believing being left or right makes you somehow better than the other makes you part of the problem.” This is my political philosophy in one sentence. Could not agree more.

      Also I am much closer to ukkatz on the Rick spectrum than Delray, Rick has taken plenty of shots at us since leaving here. It’s not like he’s been trying to be a decent human, or a friend to any facet of Kentucky.

    8. King hodon

      I do not like the messing around on his wife part.

      But if you are part of BNN, what he accomplished in the 90’s was spectacular. Got us back on top and no one wanted to come into Rupp. Has not been that way since. Cal is a blessing, but no one fears the Cats as much. That’s primarily because Cal’s teams are younger (I.e. it is a different time

      Plus he help get Jurich fired

    9. 4everUKblue

      I’m not above it all or even acting as if, I am ashamed criminals running this country and by that I mean all of them. I’m too proud to be a Democrat or a Republican. Trump like all the others is doing exactly what he’s told to do, if he doesn’t he’ll be the next JFK. The party system does nothing but give the illusion that we have a choice and keep us divided, the last thing the powers that be want is for us to all be united.

    10. ClutchCargo

      It appears that Delray is the salty one in this thread. I would hate to have a politician controlling my thoughts and emotions to that extent.

    11. 4everUKblue

      I’m with King hodon all the way.

  3. wheresthelikebutton

    He so silly.

  4. CatfaninCinci

    I fall in the extreme minority here, but it’s not inconceivable to me he might not have known about the strippers. My cousin played high major football for an SEC school, he says that players pull things off all the time without coaches knowing. We say over and over Cal didn’t know about Camby, and Cal didn’t know about Rose, but when it comes to Pitino, well, there’s just no way he didn’t know.

    Now, the adidas scandal, he knew how the game works, he knew about all that. They have adidas reps who talk to him on the phone. He knew. But when it comes to what players did in their private time, with the help of adults, there’s a chance he didn’t know.

    All that said, he absolutely pays the price for what he didn’t know 100/100 times. Because he should have known. He should know the guys he hires. And he clearly didn’t if he didn’t know.

    1. 4everUKblue

      So you’re comparing a player talking to an agent and a player allegedly cheating on a test for which he an Memphis were both cleared of to players having ongoing parties with underage hookers that everyone on campus but Pitino knew about?

    2. 4everUKblue

      That and not knowing how he got Bowen, who he was not even recruiting?

    3. CatfaninCinci

      No I’m not. Not at all. I’m just saying, there is a chance, the bumbling idiot didn’t know. Knowing what my cousin tells me that him and his boys did without his coach ever knowing, even his position coaches ever knowing, I’m just saying, it’s not inconceivable he didn’t know.

      Your statement is false, not everyone on campus knew about it. There were kids in the dorm who didn’t know.

      All I’m saying is, this standard that says, Coaches should have known about all this. Coaches are hired to coach, not be all knowing deities. Just like parents knowing everything about their kids. I bet you did things that had your parents known, you’d been dead meat. I know I did. But authority can’t know everything at all times. The idea is just stupid.

      Just like Cal didn’t know about Rose. I fully believe he didn’t know. But does that mean Rose didn’t cheat? Nope. Rose might have hired a kid who looked like him to take the exam, without Cal’s knowledge. Perfectly conceivable. Kids do stupid things on their own all the time and if they have adults helping them, why couldn’t they pull it off?

    4. T-Town Cat

      The “kids” did not arrange to have hookers in the dorm. They were arranged by at least two people on Pitino’s staff (McGee and “Coach Mike”) over a period of years, and apparently funded by a Board of Trustees member. Rick also once said if there was a broken chair in that dorm, he knew about it. He either knew about the parties or chose “not to know”.

    5. CatfaninCinci

      And you didn’t even read the part where I said, the adidas stuff, he knows about, knew about it. He knows how that works.

    6. CatfaninCinci

      At an SEC school, in the late 90s, they had Lineman/Backers and RBs shooting roids in the freaking locker room. And the coaches did not know.

      In the locker room.

      Should they have known? I’d hope so. But my cousin said they had no clue. It’s the reason my cousin washed out after 2 years. He said, he couldn’t stay clean and keep up.

    7. 4everUKblue

      I did read the part about recruiting, just forgot about it. Pitino said he knew everything that went on with his players and I find it hard to believe with the way kids boast about their sexual exploits that it wasn’t all over campus as has been reported in the past, if he didn’t know it was plausible deniability. One thing I love about Cal is that it’s part of his pitch that he will treat kids like they are his own and you don’t see his players getting into trouble. Cal is a good role model, Pitino on the other hand is anything but if you look at all the scandals involving him.

    8. Cletis75

      CatfaninCinci, you are comparing Apple’s to oranges, old buddy. If they were having those stripper parties in Detroit, I could believe that he didn’t know. Derrick Rose took his SAT in Detroit, Cal was in Memphis, it happened 1 time. Camby was pulled in by his friends associating with an agent. When Cal found out, he reported it, he didn’t deny it. Facts are optional for the writers of the the site, not the comment section.

    9. CatfaninCinci

      And again, I’m not COMPARING anything. My only reason for bringing Cal into the discussion is to point out that the idea that a coach is all knowing about everything is stupid and false. Please read the entire discussion before replying

    10. CatfaninCinci

      If college coaches in the 90s didn’t know about illicit rampant drug use in their own locker rooms, how the heck are they supposed to know everything about a student’s private life? Answer: they can’t.

      The only thing I’m pointing out is the precedent that coaches know everything about everyone is ignorant. And just because it’s Louisville, and fun to poke fun at, doesn’t make that any less true

    11. JPhelps

      “Rick also once said if there was a broken chair in that dorm, he knew about it.”

      My dad, a town police officer, once said if his son was out raising heck in the county, he’d know about it. Never once caught me raising heck. He may have thought he knew everything, but how many times has it come to pass that someone who thought they knew it all, didn’t know crap. How many bosses have been fired because of what they thought they knew?

      ” He either knew about the parties or chose “not to know”.

      Again, your opinion. Not fact. There’s also a third option. He probably should have known, but he trusted the wrong people, fully, and he shouldn’t have. He should be fired for that too. But that doesn’t mean either of your ‘choices’ are the only choices.

    12. 4everUKblue

      LOL @ JPhelps!

  5. Jesus H. Chrysler

    @DelrayCat STFU…seriously

  6. thenamerobdigity

    Agian?

  7. Youngcat25

    You seriously cannot compare Cal to Pitino in this situation. Its totally different

    1. CatfaninCinci

      I’m not comparing Cal to anyone. I’m saying this standard that says “Because he’s the coach, he knows about everything” is dumb. Just dumb. On its face. Idiocy.

      The NCAA wants people to believe that.

    2. 4everUKblue

      Well it seems Rick knew nothing about anything in any of the many scandals. You know the only reason Rick didn’t know? It’s because he said do whatever but don’t tell me, I don’t want to know. Believing anything else is idiocy. He was pissed, embarrassed by UK owning his @ss and was desperate to do whatever it took to change it.

    3. CatfaninCinci

      You’re dead on about that. Rick’s ego was eating him alive and Cal lived rent free in his head. With the recruiting, again, Pitino knows how it works. I can see the plausible deniability you’re talking about. Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know stuff.

      But when it comes to 18 year old kids and knowing everything they do 100% of the time, you can’t. You just can’t.

    4. 4everUKblue

      I agree you can’t know 100% of the time but this was ongoing as I understand it. Why were there cameras in the dorm, who was supposed to be watching the cameras but didn’t noticed they were off? The entire staff had to be incompetent.

    5. CatfaninCinci

      People break out of prisons all the time. Is every camera watcher incompetent? Dorms are no prisons, I’m sure there are tons of blind spots. All it takes is 1 smart person, who knows how to beat the system. Knows when they’re recording, when they aren’t. Any fool with $50 can learn that kind of intel. Especially when the people being bought for that information are broke college kids. Cmon man…

    6. 4everUKblue

      Now you’re comparing college students to prisoners And yes prisons are not always hiring the most competent people, there’s no line of the best of the best trying to get a prison guard job. Cmon man…you’re really bad at comparisons.

    7. 4everUKblue

      I’m gotta go, gotta go club a baby seal…

    8. CatfaninCinci

      Hahahaha – this is pointless. You’re so blind to hatred of a school, you can’t concede that there is a slim chance Pitino might not have known. Not that he shouldn’t be fired. You’re agreeing with a precedent, because it’s convenient and fits what you want to believe.

      I don’t like Pitino. Can’t stand the guy, but I see a possibility where it exists. Even if it’s slim. It’s there.

    9. 4everUKblue

      No it’s pointless because of you naivety. I don’t hate the school or Pitino but I do enjoy watching a train wreck. I think he most likely didn’t know but only because he said “don’t tell me I don’t want to know”. There’s also a slim chance Bruce Pearl didn’t make any contact with any recruits while on self imposed double secret probation. Slim but it’s there.

    10. JPhelps

      “I think he most likely didn’t know but only because he said “don’t tell me I don’t want to know”.

      This is very possible. Which means, he still needs to be fired, because its bad leadership. But its also ‘possible’ he didn’t know about it. I agree its a shady way to try and skirt the rules, and I don’t think Catfan would disagree with that. I’ve read this entire thread, he’s been pretty consistent in that he hasn’t said there’s no way Pitino didn’t know. Only that its possible. Wouldn’t this be one of those possible scenarios?

    11. 4everUKblue

      Anything is possible, it’s possible that Bigfoot exists.

  8. Coldcat

    Oh No! Not Agian!

  9. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    Of course Pitino is bringing it back up, that’s the last time he got any.

  10. UKinIN

    You have to love the way Pitino tries to tell you what you think.

  11. UKinIN

    Is it just me or Pitino channeling Creed with the toner in his hair?

  12. Racerr11

    Rick is crap and lying thru his teeth. They only ashamed political party is the one self destructing right before the entire worlds eyes . Democrats are embarrassing . Lmao

    1. 4everUKblue

      What a [email protected] ^^^

    2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      Anybody who votes for the party instead of the person is an idiot. I’m a conservative but I have found myself disagreeing with the very essence of the person running as a Republican. Only a a fool votes for someone because they’re willing to force others to agree with your point of view instead of what they’ll actually do to help you. You say the Democrats are embarrassing and your right. But what you failed to mention is the fact that McConnell has blocked the Senate (the representatives of the US as a whole) from being able to vote on laws he disagrees with. Now I don’t think it has anything to do with Russian but to block the “people” of ones country from having a voice is the very definition of a dictator. Now I’m not saying Trump’s a dictator but I do believe he’s in over his head. I know plenty of people on the verge of losing their business, or being forced to give up farming because the tariffs on China are killing them. He says China has to pay for them but I’ve personally seen other wise. I also know a guy who keeps track of the middle east because his family is deployed over there(who’s also conservatives) who says the crap Trump’s doing over there is about to turn into a full fledged sh!t meet fan situation. ISIS is making a comeback and Iran is on the verge of being backed so far into a corner that they’d have no choice but to fight back. And if think Iraq was bad you have no ideal how weakened they were from us destroying their economy. Iran just upgraded half their army with Chinese knockoffs and the guy in charge of Irag is a Iran sympathizer. So not one but multiple countries we would have to fight against all because Trump can’t say he’s wrong about anything and let someone else take over on things he doesn’t understand.

    3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      I guess we’re that 20% of the party that don’t kiss his butt because he’s a Republican. Oh and FYI if businesses start to shutdown that great economy will go back to how bad it was before Obama. Think the housing crisis but far worse because not only do individual people lose something all their employees lose it to.

  13. Racerr11

    It was never said that the head coach should know everything it said that the head coach is responsible for everything. But he knew and I’d say the ringleader of it all. Probably was said here’s what you can do here’s where you get the cash and I don’t want to ever hear about it again. I’d also say Rick was the one who paid McGee to disappear and never talk .

  14. neat1ky

    The problem I have with Pitino not knowing, several coaches were involved and it took place many times in an on campus dorm that was constantly monitored and a friend’s son was dating one of the volleyball girls and she said when it came out it was fairly common knowledge about the parties. If he still didn’t know then it was time to go with Jurich

    1. 4everUKblue

      Thank you neat.

    2. 4everUKblue

      But don’t tell that to CatfaninCincy.

    3. JPhelps

      Agree on all counts here. The case is, Pitino SHOULD have known, and if he didn’t that’s almost worse than knowing and hoping it stopped.

      My best friend was an RA, and its also a well known thing, RA’s only bust down and rat out people they want to rat out. I knew many RAs in school that could have turned their head at the right time for the right price. And with a UL booster funding it, at a certain point, the RA would lose everything they got if they rat. Their ‘scholarships’. Their ‘room and board’. These were very powerful people funding this. You think they can’t pay off an RA?

    4. JPhelps

      4everUKblue – Cinci isn’t wrong. It is possible he didn’t know. Likely? Eh… That’s tough. By most accounts, he should have. And that’s enough reason to terminate him. But I agree with him, that 18-20 year old student athletes can pull off things without their coaches knowing. When I went to school, it was well known Erik Daniels had women in the lodge all the time after hours. That was strictly against Tubby’s policy. Tubby never knew. And why would he have?

    5. 4everUKblue

      Do you think he might have gotten wind of it if the girls had been underage hookers? Tubby was not the control freak Rick was. I’m ok with you and cincy hoping he didn’t know but IMO the only way he didn’t know was that was the orders he gave to whoever made it happen. Sure kids get away with a lot but they also have big mouths when it comes to boasting about their sexual exploits, so I stick with my opinion.

    6. 4everUKblue

      Also there is a big difference in getting away with sneaking a girlfriend into the dorm and having ongoing full blown underage hooker parties. Or is it just me?

  15. sincitycat

    When someone is constantly lying, how would you ever know when they are telling the truth?

  16. Cats79

    I have lean more in a way that he didn’t know it. You young and old and myself have done things we shouldn’t have in our lifetime. That being said Rick did more great things at UK to just get were it is today. I think it’s time to move on and appreciate what he did for UK just because he coach at Louisville and I think that what lies why lot of our older UK fans hate him more than what had happened at UL. It’s time let the man move on with forgiveness regardless what you think.

  17. cats646

    I’ve convinced myself that Ricky P infiltrated Louisville, and burned them to the ground from the inside. We should build a statue of him with his back turned towards Louisville. Also hire him back when Cal leaves!!

  18. l503423

    We know that one staff member and more likely at least 2 staff members facilitated the events that took place in the dorm. And now we know it was quite possibly funded by a trustee.

    It was a recruiting tactic conducted his own leadership, so by default, the accountability lies with him, whether he knew or not.

    If this was a scheme cooked up & executed by the players or other non-staff, he could conceivably try to distance himself from it, but that’s not the case.

    And lastly he’s smart enough to look the other way & not ask questions. Don’t ask don’t tell, to ensure he can claim plausible deniability. Nice try Rick.

  19. 502ownsLexghanistan

    Haha. Just like I said 2 days ago on another KSR post regarding Louisville, all this site has on it’s mind is Louisville! Should be called “Louisville Sports Radio.” Haha y’all are pathetic! Enjoy! #KsDown

    1. 4everUKblue

      Hey there CodeRed, welcome back. Y’all had the banner taken down and the title vacated and you’re calling us pathetic? LMAO! Try to come up with an original thought. BBN doesn’t have some stupid hand sign, only UofLittleBrother so L’s down as usual. And don’t post late and run away, stay and chat with us, we’ve missed making fun of you. And one more thing….we own your @ss!

    2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      You’re right KSR does need to stop posting about Louisville because losing to us and what the opposition’s sites post about Ls down is the only thing that makes them relevant in the state of KY.

  20. Tedington

    To everyone that thinks fans should greatful for Pitino for what he did at UK or we should stop being salty towards RP just think about this.
    Benedict Arnold was considered a great military leader, UNTIL he turned on the colonials and spied for the British.
    Adolph Hitler was considered a great leader for industrializing Germany so quickly, bringing them out of the great depression and creating a strong sense of a national pride in the motherland UNTIL he starting slaughtering millions and turning Germany into a war machine.

    Pitino may have done some great things early in his career. He would have been remembered as a legend in UK lore, UNTIL he abandoned BBN and a short time later joined our arch rival and took many petty shots at UK and our fans over the years . Becoming so desperate to catch up to juggernaut Calipari created that he was willing to cheat to save face.
    Rick should not be remembered for the good he did anymore than other creeps throughout history have been remembered for the good they did before they became creeps.

    1. secrick

      I agree. He’s an a** hole.