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27 responses to “Rick Pitino says he’s done with college hoops, radio shows”

  1. ClutchCargo

    ‘Dad, nobody cares. Why don’t you just get on with your life?’ I knew it! Richard Pitino is a closet UK fan!

    1. Rixter

      He’s 35, Rick.. not 12! Why so surprised he had good advice?

  2. Bluebloodtoo

    If the media would keep his name out their mouth, pitino might just fade away. Which makes me wonder how long it will be until pitino and “stay in your lane” team up to take on the world.

  3. Catcasey1

    Move on already WTF

  4. ClutchCargo

    Haha! Apparently the mod bot doesn’t like my joke about Richard being a closet UK fan.

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Richard Pitino … the wannabe next head basketball coach for the Cats!

    2. J-Dub421

      I’ll pass on Rick Jr. Thanks though.

    3. ClutchCargo

      He did a pretty good job of drying up the sweat from the court as a kid, but I don’t think we need any more Pitinos around the program going forward.

  5. ukcamel

    Watching Pitino crumble has been amusing, but now that he is a broken man it is just sad. He did it all to himself, but it’s still sad. I hope he takes his son’s advise, but I doubt it. There is always a new low for Pitino.

  6. UKinIN

    What’s the over/under on how many radio shows Pitino will go on to make his point that he’s not doing anymore radio shows?

    1. trumpetguy

      UKinIN, what ever the number is, I definitely say OVER! If there is a microphone nearby, RP will use it…


    What I choose to remember with Rick was a tremendous coach that saved our program in the early 90`s. I do believe he deserved to be fired but I am not naïve enough to believe that it could be a power play against him. Rick is arrogant and proud and I am sure he has a few enemies in high places. However, not saying I like him, but I do appreciate what he did for our program at a time I am convinced no one would have been able to accomplish with the results he did. Think of Villanova now, we went to the Title game 3 times in 3 years!! I choose to remember that Rick..

    1. ClutchCargo

      I think if he would just go away with dignity, and maybe show a little humility, more UK fans would be able to do the same.

    2. T-wah

      That’s a great point. That’s the way I try to look at it, too. He was probably the only guy (at the time) that could have pulled us out of the pit so quickly and brought the BBN all the way back to the mountaintop. I’m grateful for that. I disliked him very much at Louisville, but I still will give him credit for being the right guy at the right time at UK. Now, let’s move on. I like my current coach and my team.

  8. Smyrna_Cat

    Man. Pitino is just eaten up, isn’t he? This is pathetic.

  9. BobKYCats

    Is Pitino officially the new Bob Knight, yet?

  10. deepsouthfan

    I know this won’t be a popular post….But I feel sorry for the man.

    He earned my respect with wht he did with a UK program that was at its lowest point.

    He came in, recruited in state talent and ran with it. Brought us back for the brink to the top of college basketball.

    I agree that he was/is ultimately responsible for everyrhing that happened under his watch at UofL…but can’t we all respect him for what he did at UK and move on.

    Beat a man when he’s down just doesn’t feel like the right thing to do.

    1. Bluebloodtoo

      He earned my respect with that too, but then lost it when/as he refuses to be accountable for his actions/responsibilities. If he had the ability to be contrite and accept responsibility I think his future might look a little less bleak.

  11. Headhurts

    It’s sad to see a 60 yr old man that can’t see the forest because of those damn trees.

    1. 4everUKblue

      Uhhhhh…..Pitino is not 60 and hasn’t been for 5 yrs. In fact he is almost 66.

  12. Flake

    Besides resurrecting the program, The thing I will give Pitino the most credit for is his relationship with Bill Keightley. I was at several father-son camps in the late 90’s and got to meet Mr Keightley, and he was not just an icon through decades of UK basketball, but a very nice person, he was great to all the campers. I know that he and Pitino still had a good relationship, even after Pitino went to Louisville. I do think Rick is a scumbag, but I give him credit for how he remembered and spoke of Bill Keightley after his death.

  13. BLUEDOUG65

    I have a close contact that worked for Pitino for many years. He spoke very highly of Rick. If you were in his inner circle he took very good care of you. At Louisville though on the outside looking in, and really how many of us know the real truth on any of this? He needed to go, but it is very possible that he only hired people that made bad mistakes. He may very well have not known any of that. He also could be lying through his teeth. Only God knows and Rick? He ran clean programs, ask any of his old KY players. He was obsessive about the rules. I’m not taking up for the man in the least. I am just saying we all don’t know the truth of the matter. I couldn’t stand Tom Jurich the bully! Tom gets what he deserves. Rick I do still have some fondness for due to his time here.

  14. catsarerunnin

    If he were offered a college job he would take it in a heartbeat. My guess is it’s a play by him in hopes somebody will offer him a job. Reverse psychology if you will.

    1. trumpetguy

      catsarerunnin, that is probably the opinion of most. Only problem is that anytime ones name is mentioned in the same sentence with the FBI, that is usually not a good sign! College presidents and Athletic Directors might cringe just a little at that……but maybe that is just me.

    2. catsarerunnin

      That could be true but I have two words (name) for you: Kelvin Sampson. But I agree the FBI thing makes it somewhat different.

  15. catlaska

    The idea that he didn’t know what was going on in Minardi Hall is preposterous. The fact that he said UL didn’t spend any money on Bowen (before they got caught) is telling of his character. The man was desperate to recruit better players and to keep up with Cal. His ego is what did him in. He could not stand losing. I’m not sure why there aren’t at least 1 or 2 or 5 other D1 coaches in his current position, if there isn’t something very wrong with the man.

  16. Oaks

    This is like when a girl dumps you and you run around saying you dumped her.