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Cal on Pitino: “We’re both Italians with big noses”

Calipari chatted it up with the media today before his team’s pre-Louisville practice, and the presser included talk about his friendship with Rick Pitino — or the lack thereof. When asked about his relationship with the Louisville coach, Cal told everyone he doesn’t exchange Christmas cards with Rick Pitino, and that the proximity of the two programs and the environment make it hard to be friends. He did, however, admit to being very similar to his archenemy. “We’ve both taken three teams to the Final Four, we both got fired from the NBA, and we’re both Italians with big noses,” he said.

Anthony Davis told Jerry Tipton that he’s heard a little bit about the coaching rivalry. He said he’s heard the two coaches hate each other. “One always goes out and parties when the other one loses,” Davis told reporters.

We’ll have more from UK’s practice later this afternoon. For now, just get ready for the annual awkward handshake between Cal and Rick at tomorrow’s game. It’ll be long gone after 2017.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

29 Comments for Cal on Pitino: “We’re both Italians with big noses”



  1. JackNicklaus
    12:50 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Lets just hope little brother coach does not push any of our cameras out the way as he exits thru the losers tunnel after the game.



  2. Flying carpet
    12:51 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I stalk the legs off this site.



  3. Jerry Tipton
    12:54 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    U of L has a good chance of winning. Pitino has been here before on this level, back in 1997.

    Pitino can outcoach Calipari any day of the week. He also looks good for someone that died 2-3 years ago, career died in 1997.

    UK has only six good players, all future NBA draft picks. U of L can go 8-10 deep, with maybe one future NBA draft pick, three future European players and a slow white guy that can’t make his own shot.

    U of L fans are dedicated. By dedicated I mean 11,000 show up for Madness in a 22,500 seat arena.

    Pitino has way more Tournament Experience than Calipari. He’s been to two NIT Tournaments while at Louisville and has failed to reach the Sweet 16 five times.



  4. Correction
    12:59 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    You’re both Italian. That’s about it. He’s taken three teams to the Final Four and has won a championship.



  5. Hal
    12:59 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    what a great pic.
    “get ready for the annual awkward handshake between Cal and Rick”
    this made me smile. not sure why.



  6. Eric Crawford
    1:02 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I am not sure why you guys are saying mean things toward me. Louisville exists, I work for the Courier-Jorunal, a somewhat real newspaper that barely exists. But it’s located in downtown Louisville, next to crack whores, homeless people, wine-o’s, and toothless hookers. And that my friends are just the people who work at the Yum Center.

    Louisville is a great city. Our bridge is falling apart. We threw out 500 DUI court cases. Let a killer go due to bad paper work. Do you not watch the news? Never seen all the meth cases on the news?

    Please don’t call me out!



  7. C Ray
    1:04 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Rick needs to get more fiber in his diet from that pic… There’s over the counter pills he can get for that.. Poor guy. 🙁



  8. Snoopaloop
    1:04 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Correction, you’re a trolling douche bag.



  9. BloodyBlue
    1:28 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    i am dying to see the spread.

    i bet 6



  10. Eric Crawford
    1:31 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    U of L 85

    Uk 70



  11. I Understand
    1:36 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #6, I mean Eric Crawford, if you don’t like the big city maybe you should move to a little town with less crime? Maybe you could move to Lexington. Oh, hold on shoot, you want to have a social life and actually have a job where you don’t have to work on a farm. Crud, well I guess you can be a bitter good ole boy that lives in the city, but hates it and it’s people….so sad.



  12. yeahright
    1:40 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    If Cal didn’t take three teams to the Final Four, then I didn’t hit 762 home runs. Doesn’t matter if you like them, or if the NCAA recognizes them, they happened.

    Signed,

    Barry Bonds



  13. jacocat
    1:49 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Did Cal also do a shank in a resturant in 15 seconds?



  14. Al B. Sure
    1:50 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone needs to go over to http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball and vote for Anthony Davis on the poll:

    Who is your frontrunner for Player of the Year?
    25% Jared Sullinger
    13% Thomas Robinson
    27% Marcus Denmon
    5% Tu Holloway
    6% John Henson
    23% Anthony Davis

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball



  15. Al B. Sure
    1:53 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    11 minutes ago – by Aaron Smith – No ‘hatred or animosity’ toward Louisville
    Louisville may be a rival, but coach John Calipari doesn’t anticipate the game devolving into fights. “There’s not ever, from my side, going to be a Cincinnati-Xavier,” Calipari said. “Our team does not feel any hatred or animosity toward their players. We do not talk that way, we do not play that way.”

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/rapid-reports/post/16648421



  16. strange brew
    1:57 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I understood, I live Louisville. I write for a Louisville newspaper. I have a great social life. Not sure why you are so upset.



  17. Eric Crawford
    1:58 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I understood, I live Louisville. I write for a Louisville newspaper. I have a great social life. Not sure why you are so upset.



  18. sk-54
    2:01 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    this pic always cracks me up. pitino and cal look like they should be sharing champagne coolies on a beach in key west.



  19. understood
    2:04 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Oh, okay. I thought you were one of those UuhK fans that lives in Louisville and hates the city b/c it’s not Lexington but you can’t live in Lexington b/c I mean who would do that? I don’t even think Satan would force someone to live in Lexington, that would just be cruel.



  20. Cinderella
    2:12 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    A few differences between the coaches: one still lives with his wife; one has NO NCAA violations; one is still relevant today …



  21. correction 4 correction
    2:15 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Oh Yeah, I almost forgot that pitino has a title. Where does that banner hang?



  22. back at ya
    2:28 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #21 Right above Calipari’s head everyday.



  23. Me
    2:45 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #22 – How does it feel to have a coach that has only has success at your most hated rival? How does it feel to have a coach that you use to hate with a passion? How does it feel to have a coach that hasn’t had nearly the level of success you thought he would when you hired him 11 years ago? How does it feel to have a coach that bangs ugly chicks in resturants and can onlly last 15 seconds. How does it feel to have a coach that curses the day he left UK and would crawl on his hands and knees through sh!t all 75 miles to Lexington if he could coach there one more day? Oh, and how does it feel to be little brother?



  24. Easy now
    3:00 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #23 How does it feel that the last coach you had that won a championship, you fired cause he only won with Pitino’s recruits? How does it feel that the greatest team that ever played the game at UK was coached by a guy that is at Louisville now? How does it feel that the coach you have now is just a Pitino wanna be? How does it feel that you have to wait for Basketball every year to have something to do b/c you’ll never win a BCS bowl, Lexington is boring and the coolest place in Kentucky is a city that you hate? How does it feel that you wanted so bad for Christmas to hear Lexington’s mayor say your were going to build a better arena than “little bro” but you can’t cause Lexington is hick ville? How bad do you hate that Louisville was able to build a new stadium and arena and your guys over in Lexington can’t even walk and chew gum at the same time?



  25. Carlzwa11
    3:18 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #24 How does it feel that your team is so wack that you hang out on KSR comments sections? GUNS UP!!! L YES



  26. Logic
    3:55 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    23-How does it feel that the last coach that won one at your school was fired b/c he only won with Pitino’s players? How does it feel that the best team to ever lace em up at UK was coached by Pitino? How does it feel to pump all your money into bball while your football stadium falls apart all the while your haven’t won a title in 13 years? How does it feel that “little bro” has a new stadium and arena down the road and your guys can’t even walk and chew gum at the same time?



  27. iWantToBeTheDrewFranklin
    5:25 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    24 &26- How does it feel that we have 7 and you have how many? 2? I don’t even know? How does it feel that it took your coach 6 years to win 1 of our 7 titles, but hasn’t came close in his 11 years at Louisville?

    L Yes!!!!



  28. Ben Johnson
    5:44 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I am just like Usain Bolt. We both won the gold in the 100.



  29. How does it feel...?
    5:52 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    …when you actually order a cannister of Flex Steel and spray it over a screen door. Then you take it out on a lake to see if it actually floats, because it’s supposed to seal stuff with no leaks. But then you sit on it. How does that feel, when you start sinking and you’re wet and it’s cold and you’re a Cardinals fan. Huh?