Just when you thought Rick Pitino couldn’t sound more unhinged, here came today’s interview on the Terry Meiners Show.
During the 30-minute interview, Pitino rambled about how Tom Jurich is the greatest thing since sliced bread and how the UofL board — NOT Greg Postel, whom he claims to have never met — sabotaged the university by firing him in “a witch hunt of epic proportions.” Pitino claims that the board, specifically chairman David Grissom (whom he says is NOT a UofL fan, but instead a Centre College booster), “sabotaged” the university’s NCAA appeal by firing Jurich.
“This is a blueprint of how not to deal with the NCAA and the community in what you’re doing with an extremely popular athletic director who’s done so much,” Pitino said. “The people behind this aren’t Louisville fans.”
Pitino once again, despite scandal after scandal, insisted that UofL has a “highly compliant” athletic department, but it’s all for naught now that the board removed Jurich.
“It hurts us going forward with our appeal. I guess I should stop saying us,” he added, one of many times during the interview he used that line.
Pitino recalled a meeting with the board about a month ago, and how shocked he was by the chilly reception he received.
“They were totally against me. I felt it,” Pitino said of the board. “They rushed to judgment. They killed my dreams. They killed some of the players’ dreams, who wanted to play for me. They killed one of the top recruiting classes in this history of my tenure without any facts of what was going on.”
Listen to the entire interview: