We thought Rick Pitino was finished talking about his scandals at Louisville. Not even springtime in Greece could change Pitino.
Ostracized by the college basketball community for more than a year following his dismissal from Louisville, when Pitino’s media damage control did not work, he made the move to coach professionally in Greece. As all Pitweetos know, it’s been a pretty successful stint so far.
Some believed he spent enough time lying low to return to college basketball. UCLA can’t find a coach. Why not Pitino? There’s not much juice behind that push, but there could be some to St. John’s. After all, Pitino loves New York City and what do the Johnnies have to lose?
Adam Zagoria reached out to Rick to gauge his interest in the vacancy left by Chris Mullin at St. John’s. In a wild twist, Pitino wants nothing to do with that city.
“Tom Jurich is one of the Best ADs I’ve ever worked with n that includes the likes of Lou Lamoriello n CM Newton. Secondly neither Tom or I had anything to do with that sex scandal proven by the NCAA . As far as the Adidas situation . I had no knowledge of anything that was being done behind our backs –I would bring St. John’s to the elite level not seen since Louie (Carnesecca) roamed the sidelines . But before that could ever happen the Southern District of NY would have to apologize for ruining an innocent mans reputation by putting his name in a complaint. So good luck to my hometown University because that’s not happening.”
Hopefully that was easier to read than the screenshot shared by Zagoria.
Pitino once claimed he’d never return to the city of Louisville until “the pizza guy” resigned from the school’s board of trustees. Now that Papa John is off the board, he’s turning all of his vitriol to country’s most renowned federal court of appeals. Probably not his wisest move.
It’s a shame Pitino can’t get off his high horse. The more he brings up his past at Louisville, the less likely he lands another college basketball coaching job. Hate him or love him, college basketball is better when this character is in it.