This morning, Rick Pitino went on The Dan Patrick Show in what he claims was his last radio interview ever. That was just one of many ridiculous things Pitino said during the 23-minute talk, which covered the FBI investigation, stripper parties, whether or not he’ll coach again, and why the heck he just can’t move on with his life.
Some highlights, because this interview was one for the ages.
“It’s probably not going to work for me in college basketball”
After reports that Rhode Island was prepared to hire Pitino until the president killed the deal, Pitino claims he was never offered the job, although his name may have been “brought up.” Pitino said he was contacted by another school, but the fit just wasn’t right. He finally admitted that it’s “probably not going to work” for him in college hoops anymore because of the FBI investigation.
Board of Traitors (drink) lie detector test (drink) Minardi Hall (drink) 9-11 (drink)
Credit to Patrick for pressing Pitino with hard questions, but Pitino gave his standard responses, blaming the Board of Trustees for not giving him and Tom Jurich the chance to defend themselves, claiming to have never paid a player anything, and reminding everyone that he took a lie detector test and named the UofL dorm after his brother-in-law, who died on 9-11.
All these months later, it’s amazing to me that Pitino STILL doesn’t realize that whether or not he knew about what happened doesn’t matter. As the head coach, he was in charge and should be held responsible.
His son told him to move on with his life
Credit to Richard Pitino, who gave his dad the best advice of all: move on.
“My son said, ‘Dad, nobody cares. Why don’t you just get on with your life?’ It’s true. It really is. He’s a 35-year-old, he’s right.”
I never thought I’d agree with Richard Pitino, but he is right.
He thinks his name will be cleared in two years
Pitino started the interview off claiming that he didn’t care if his name was ever cleared, but by the end, he insisted that in two years, he will be exonerated.
“I think in two years, everything will come out, and they will say, ‘That guy was really railroaded out of the business,’ and nobody will care,” Pitino said. “It will come out that I’m innocent.”
Well, he’s half right.
“You’re my last show. I’ve told you the truth.”
Here’s a segment of the interview. You can listen to the entire thing over at DanPatrick.com.