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Goodman says Cats will win, but Pitino a better coach than Cal

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It’s just a Jeff Goodman day on KSR, isn’t it? During CBS’ College Basketball Podcast, released today, Goodman, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discussed a number of topics, including the UK/UofL game and Rick Pitino’s recent comments about his retirement. Most interesting was this quote from Goodman after he picked the Cats to win:

“It’s a rivalry game. I’m not saying that Louisville’s nearly as talented [as UK], I think they’re overrated as hell right now. But, when you go into Rupp and it’s a rivalry game, it’s the one you circle all year…I think Louisville’s going to be up for this one and I think Rick’s a better coach than Cal. Period.

Goodman says this around the 35:36 mark of the podcast, which you can find here (go on, give it a listen. They actually talk about the game quite a bit). Is his claim that Rick is a better coach than Cal crazy? Point blank, period? Maybe Matt and crew can get an explanation when he appears on KSTV tonight.

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86 Comments for Goodman says Cats will win, but Pitino a better coach than Cal



  1. jerrytipton
    4:07 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, and I’m a better writer than Goodman.



  2. nolablue
    4:08 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Tardvillians and their fans seem to have more “period”s
    than a Kotex commercial this year.



  3. Dumbledore
    4:10 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    #2 – hey-oh!



  4. RP_McMurphy
    4:13 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Cal’s a better husband than Rick…..Signed JoAnne in the Ville



  5. BravoBigBlue
    4:14 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino is not the same coach that he was at Kentucky. Not even close. After Cal hangs banner #8, there will be no debate. Period.



  6. Marcus L. Owens
    4:14 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Want to be a good coach, get good players.



  7. Czech KY Fan
    4:15 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is a good coach.. But if you look @ both Coach Cal and Coach Pitino over their lifetimes, records and achievements.. Pitino wins out.

    No qualms in saying that either as Pitino’s watermark was left @ Kentucky.



  8. Nassau65
    4:18 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    4. now that right there is some kinda funny mang!

    but to Goodman, well everyone has their opinion, i’d say they’re both pretty good.



  9. Nassau65
    4:18 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    4. now that right there is some kinda funny mang!

    but to Goodman, well everyone has their opinion, i’d say they’re both pretty good.



  10. SexnNursinHomes
    4:18 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    2- gold



  11. duhville cat
    4:21 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Did Corky say “bigger whore”? … Cause yeah.. that’s true.



  12. sack boy
    4:23 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Did ksr forget to give the front row tickets for tonights game away ? I haven’t heard.



  13. Hero
    4:26 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    #5 & #7 hit it perfect…given Pitino’s record, runs and overall resume, he beats out Cal every time. UK was his signature stop though and I think it defines him as a coach.

    Cal needs to win a title and needs to hold on to several final fours (i.e., not being vacated!) to be considered an equal (over the long term) with Pitino.

    Today though…If I could hire only one of them, Cal hands down would be my coach!



  14. nolablue
    4:27 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s just hope “it won’t show up in another bad place”.

    http://youtu.be/HX_RZOclX6o



  15. jesco white
    4:30 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I hate when people say this. They are both great. Some UL fans are the first to gripe about a lack of a plan B from Pitino. Harrelson last year torching them is just one example.



  16. Al B. Sure
    4:32 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Goodman is entitled to his opinion, even if it is wrong.



  17. capt. price
    4:35 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    5,7, 13. Agreed. Not that either one of them is bad. Pitino is now merely a shadow of his former self. And Cal is on the upswing.
    I’m curious, which of them has a better win pct. overall?



  18. Calipari'sInYourEar
    4:35 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    With everything considered… look at Louisville’s roster.

    Simply having Pitino on the sideline is 90% of Louisville’s ranking in the top 10.

    The voters know from watching Pitino that his strength is he can get more from lesser players than most other coaches. This is what he did at UK. This is also what Crean accomplished several weeks back in Indiana when we decided to play down to their level by not hustling as hard. It’s motivation. Is that “coaching”? We’ll it’s a piece of the pie. Recruiting is also a piece. So is mopping up dirty legs. Sorry, my fingers kept typing while I was finishing my thought. Strategy is another piece, and flexibility or adapatability.

    Is number of championships the measure of the best coach? I say no. It’s one measure. The man who stands on the sidelines with the most key players on the court who believe in themselves most is the best coach in my opinion. Having players who have fully “bought in”.

    I’d say both coaches do well at this. Yet, Pitino tends to have older players who exude this “fight” more visibily. They’ve been through the ringer more times (The quote, “it’s not the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog” seems to most clearly emphasize this point.)

    Since both UL and UK have younger teams this time around in the matchup (even though UL still has the older group) I think we’ll see a closer level of fight in each dog on the court. To me this shows both coaches have excellent motivational skill sets.

    On strategy, UK’s talent will neutralize Pitino’s press, so even though you might appreciaite Pitino’s strategy, Calipari one up’s it with recruiting. Another aspect of coaching.

    Wise people in sport know the only way to beat talent is with heart. It’s the only way. Some value heart above talent, but I’ll just say this… if Kentucky is going to win the championship this year it’s only going to be done with both.

    There are too many overachievers at the Division 1 level to win with just talent (the reason Cal doesn’t win the championship every year).



  19. spit out my water
    4:35 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    #2 – thank you



  20. Doom or Gloom
    4:36 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Im confused…How is Pitino a better coach than Cal? Give Cal 5 more years at UK and he will have more final fours, same (if not more) championships and will be approaching Pitino in wins.



  21. Terry
    4:38 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Hands down Rick is a better coach, Thats why Cal chooses too have top players to make his job easier fact.



  22. Owen
    4:38 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why does anyone still talk to/about Goodman?



  23. Designated Drinker
    4:39 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    It’s not crazy, but it is irrelevant. Neither one will wear a uniform all year and Rick has never won anything without the University of Kentucky as his employer. Cal will win his ring or 2, while Rick will never have more than 1. Rick Pitino will NEVER win a title at Louisville. His winning percentage is 10% lower at Louisville than Kentucky and UK was on probation his first 2 years. It’s not the coaches you jackass Goodman, it’s the Kentucky Effect, ya bum.



  24. BigBrother
    4:39 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    This isn’t even a fair comparison. Pitino has been coaching a lot longer than Cal and his coaching stops have included 2 stops to top 10 programs where it is much easier to win, especially at UK. Cal on the other hand has coached at 2nd rate programs that were far from elite. Everybody, including Goodman, need to wait and Judge Cal once he is done at UK. I have a feeling when that day comes he will have more wins, final fours and championships than even Pitino but it’s not fair to judge Cal yet because he is just in his 3rd year at a top tier program and already has a final four. That’s ahead of schedule vs. Pitino because it took Pitino 4 years to go to a final four at UK and 7 years to win a title so Cal is doing just fine.



  25. Designated Drinker
    4:42 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Tubby won with a team, Rick couldn’t win with the year before. The 1996 team was the greatest team in NCAA history and didn’t need a coach. Who beat that ’96 team with less talent at UMASS?? Cal that’s who.



  26. Holler Baller
    4:42 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Until Cal wins a championship Pitino is the better coach.

    Cal is a better recruiter (now not in the 90s)



  27. lipper
    4:43 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    totally agree with the article. ricky p always has a top 10 program regardless of the talent he has. always remember the “unforgettables”. if he had half the talent uk now has the tards would be unreal.



  28. DoTheDrew91
    4:43 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Are we talking about Pitno mid 90’s vs. Cal today? Because if that is the comparison then I’d take either, flip a coin. Other than that Cal owns Pitno now.



  29. btowncatfan
    4:45 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino’s a better coach? For their entire careers, yes. But today, right now, I’d take Cal without question. But then again, Pitino of today is nowhere near the coach of Pitino at UK.



  30. CAT8
    4:46 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    15 – Lack of “plan B” from Pitino… ha. haha. haaahaha. Maybe he could have used some plan B following his encounter with Sypher.



  31. CATSCATSCATS
    4:49 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    They are both very good coaches. But from what I saw of that live stream of the practice, I actually think Cal knows the X’s and O’s better. Even though they don’t run plays technically. Cal understands the art of spacing MUCH better than Pitino did even when he was here.



  32. TvilleCat
    4:49 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Louisiville fans at work complaining that Rick’s past his prime, hasn’t got it anymore. Today, Cal rules. Body of work, Rick’s got (our) banner. Just waiting on Cal to hang one. or two. or more.



  33. blw
    4:50 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    27. So you’re saying UL doesn’t have half the talent as UK? Your hyberbole is hilariously ironic. Donkey.



  34. Megan
    4:51 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    It’s a good question. I think they’re both top notch coaches. Now that I see him up close, Cal is much, much better than I thought he was. Jay Bilas says Cal takes a back seat to no one when it comes to Xs and Os. He was quite impressed after sitting in on practices, and he is amazed that Cal has been so successful with a bunch of one and dones. Bilas carries a lot of credibility on this point. Both are among the best in the game.

    Can we remind ourselves that Goodman was the Memphis beat writer at The Commercial-Appeal when Cal coached the Tigers, and that he still carries a grudge against Cal for leaving the program and taking all the talent with him?



  35. BigBrother
    4:53 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Hey 27, how many NIT’s has Pitino been to at UL? Pretty sure its more than 1 and last I checked an NIT team is not a top 10 team… Not to mention, people dont realize that in Pitino’s 10 years at UL he has only made it out of the 1st weekend of the Tournment 3 times. That means the other 7 years were either an NIT year, or a 1st or 2nd round loss in the Tournament. That’s not a top 10 program to me.



  36. JMFATZ47
    4:58 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    The question is: Who would you hire today between them? Cal



  37. JP
    5:01 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Who is Tville cat? By the way CAL hasnt lost to the ville in blue!!!



  38. yargamel
    5:02 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Every year, Pitino takes a team that never looks all that stellar at the beginning of the season to a highly ranked tournament team. Obviously, that never means much in the end, but it shows how he is able to build a team up over the course of the (basketball) year and that he’s a good coach.

    Cal is a great coach, but it’s hard to compare the two men due to the sort of players each coach is working with. I would say that the terrible free throw shooting by Cal’s teams is a sign of a lack of discipline, which reflects on him, but when you’re talking about playing 3-4 underclassmen every game, you don’t expect the sort of discipline you’d find in a Junior or Senior stacked team. Cal also seems to lock up during high pressure situations–not calling time outs being a big example of this, but you can’t win as many games as he’s won without being a good coach and leader.



  39. JP
    5:03 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    PREACH TO THEM #35



  40. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    5:08 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino looks like the picture of Dorian Gray. Granted, this has nothing to do with coaching skills, just an observation. I was a student at UK during the tenure of Sutton and Pitino. I’d have to say what most agree upon. During his time at UK, Pitino was the top coach. I don’t think his skills at designing plays has slipped, but a part of coaching is recruiting and motivation. Pitino’s recruiting has slipped. You can’t recruit to Louisville the way you can at Kentucky. Choosing to leave UK is also a coaching decision. One that Ricky got wrong.



  41. Beat tenn
    5:08 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    cal gets the better players making him the better coach. period



  42. Claw
    5:15 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Pains me to say it, but HAVE to go with Pitino as better coach. Cal is better recruiter, nicer person. But if it’s on the line and in the last fifteen seconds Pitino will finish first.



  43. Kentucky Gentleman
    5:30 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Kind of hard to compare these two guys in my opinion. Cal has more talent to work with than Pitino which gives him an advantage. However, I don’t think anyone can argue that Cal is the best in the country in getting his superstar freshmen ready to play at the college level and also play as part of a team. Pitino may be a better coach when it comes to developing players over the long term, which we don’t have as much of a sample size with Cal’s players.



  44. C Ray
    5:52 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    We’re not talking (table spank banging) We’re talking basketball!! The only thing Pitino beats Cal in is trips to the Cleveland clinic!! #Winning



  45. Seattlekat
    5:53 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    “Every year, Pitino takes a team that never looks all that stellar at the beginning of the season to a highly ranked tournament team.”

    Really #38, yargamel? Considering UofLOL’s NCAAT record, I think you are just wrong.

    Ask Morehead State. Lot’s of foolish posts.



  46. C Ray
    5:54 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    (Table skank banging) is what I meant.



  47. RealisticCatsFan
    5:55 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    If Pitino was coaching all the current UK players, and Cal was coaching all the current UK players, who would win? I think UK would still win. UK capitalizes on the NBA rule that does not allow players to enter the draft directly after high school. UK’s freshmen are ready to play in the pros while UofL’s players develop over time



  48. cats1068
    5:58 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    RP is only a shell of the coach he once was. At UK he was all world. At U of L he has undeachieved. Yargamel stole my thunder. Props to him or her. Pitino is only good now in name recognition. Honestly, to Goodman and the other people that think Pitino is better, do you think his results at U of L still warrant him as a top coach? If you answer objectively, the answer will be no. Git your fax straight!



  49. Scott
    6:16 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino’s success at UK was largely thanks to his asst coaches. His good year at UL was when he had good asst coaches too.

  50. Who cares, especially if Cal hangs #8?



  51. cracka
    6:23 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    i think they’re both really good coaches that both play an entertaining brand of ball … i like both of ’em … mark jackson is in his first year as a head coach and just did an interview, perked my ears when i heard him say pitino was the best coach he ever played for



  52. BROW-JONES
    6:24 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    #25 good point, I never really thought of that



  53. Easy Question... My Reply
    6:26 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Many have already answered as I would. RP is not the same coach as he was pre-Celtics. He communicates, coaches, and recruits without the confidence he once did. He blames and complains instead of coaching assertively. His recent “retirement announcement” is the perfect example of an ego-led personality that is more interested in image than in the program. Cal has the self-assurance to lead a program of stars while still instructing in ways that make the athletes even better. RP no longer has that ability, and it shows.



  54. BROW-JONES
    6:27 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Goodman just said that to get BBN riled up and to get some attention. we should ignore anything these so called b-ball experts say unless they are strictly covering UK Basketball.



  55. Truth Hurts
    6:46 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a Kentucky fan grew up in a Louisville household. And I’ll tell you, he’s 100 percent right!



  56. Truth Hurts
    6:46 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a Kentucky fan grew up in a Louisville household. And I’ll tell you, he’s 100 percent right!



  57. Lovelease
    6:48 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Dude does pitino have any blood left i mean look at his pale self



  58. Don
    6:48 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino took #1 rated center and made him into a second round underachiever. Siva is one of 3 McDonald All Americans on the current team . He he has not preformed up to the level in 3 yrs that If he was at KY People would be saying he should in one. Ville has several other 4 star players. This crap that Cards have no talent is bull. They have talent, Pitino just likes to tell the media he doesn’t and then when they play close to what they should, all say they overacheived. I like Pitino but he plays the media every year about lack of talent, sut not true!



  59. GODSAZNO
    6:57 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Look at that ugly mug shot. Pitino needs to visit the tanning bed to hide those blemishes.



  60. Stan
    7:00 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I assume “Quickie Rickie” is faster than Cal, hell, he is probably one of the fastest in the state. 15 SECOND QUICKIE RICKIE!!!!!!!!! hahaha!!!!!!!!!!



  61. Joe
    7:01 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    And yet Cal still manages to humiliate Prick year after year. Corky is basing this on Prick’s time at UK. Someone needs to remind him which coach was in the Final Four last year, and which coach hasn’t had an NCAA tourney win in 3 years.



  62. Bill
    7:26 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink


  63. Ares
    7:29 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I think Rick does a great job of game planning and motivating his players. I think Cal does a great job in all aspects.



  64. saki7
    7:45 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    40)ROFL!! Pitino looks like the picture of Dorian Gray..that’s awesome. XD



  65. mdd34
    7:55 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    If Rick spent the rest of his career at UK since the 1990’s we would have hung at least 3 extra banners by now. Rick is a good coach people, let’s not act like it’s RIDICULOUS for someone to have the opinion Rick is better than Cal… even if I disagree.



  66. REXinNC
    8:07 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    saying quick rick is a better coach at the end of game??? fluke game not guarding the inbound pass ring a bell??!!



  67. Dave in Kabul
    8:23 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky Homerism aside. Pitino has proven that he is better by the fact that he has actually won the NCAA Championship.

    He has a sustained winning record without probation or NCAA TOTAL RECALL (vacated wins) occurring. Doesn’t matter if it was Cal’s fault or not. The fact is that those things happened on his watch. Just plain old Bad luck or complicity or whatever.

    Pitino has the edge.

    Right now, Cal out recruits everyone. Will that last? Who knows. I certainly hope so.

    What is Cal doing with those recruits? Can he recruit a team that has the tools to go all the way? Can Cal coach them all the way there?

    Only the future will tell this.

    Pitino has the edge by virtue of the Championship alone.

    And I’m no Card fan so don’t go there.

    Spelling Queen Bees? Any typos? Any grammatical errors? Please, do tell???



  68. yargamel
    8:48 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    45- Seattlekat, read the next sentence after that: “Obviously, that never means much in the end…”

    My point was that UL has received pretty good seedings over the last decade, but they can’t get it done in the tourney. I can see how that could be misinterpreted, though.



  69. Bmac
    9:05 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Gonna be nice to hand Louisville their first loss on Saturday. Wait.



  70. CAUKFAN
    11:22 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino is done, Cal is just getting started.



  71. Vito Van Damm
    6:15 am December 29, 2011 Permalink

    I think what people are forgetting in this argument is that in the mid 90’s Pitino had jaw dropping talent. People say Cal isn’t a great coach,its the talent that makes him look good. Pitino won his championship because of the crazy talent on that team. No doubt Pitino is a great motivator(The Unforgettable’s),but number 7 was a product of immense talent. Coach Cal is currently what Pitino was in the 90’s. If you look at their resume, Pitino is clearly better,but give Cal the time and I believe they both end up in the Hall of Fame. I am grateful to have been a fan of the Cats in which both these coaches were on our sideline.



  72. Dane Brammage
    8:06 am December 29, 2011 Permalink

    CAL has the original & secret recipe ingredient which is KENTUCKY.

    Pitino threw it away; just one more of his many, infamous, foolish decisions.



  73. prpcat
    8:39 am December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Christmas is over goodman put the eggnog away



  74. Poor Bob
    10:15 am December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is coaching true blue chippers many with an attitude to lose….he is the consumate people person able to communicate, teach and motivate these special talents. Pitino has many of the same qualities but has guys that need him to get to the next level. Is there an high NBA prospect on this squad???? Nawwwwwww. I wish Teague would listen to Cal more in 2012!!!



  75. Kwildcat
    10:18 am December 29, 2011 Permalink

    69 – you must have missed the game last night…..and you really thought the Tards would beat a ranked team????? lol



  76. be honest
    10:18 am December 29, 2011 Permalink

    pitino is a better x and o’s coach. cal is one badass recruiter and a pretty good coach. he lost early in the ncaa also while at memphis when he had some very good teams. wins vacated will haunt calipari always, no way around it. pitino has been a disappointment at ul during the ncaa tournament. thats a fact as well. i still would take pitino as coach and calipari’s players. like denny crum always said tho,”good players make you look like a good coach.”



  77. 1pumpchump
    11:18 am December 29, 2011 Permalink

    #26 your right.. cal as a coach, hes good,although bad coaching in the IU game.. but no pitino.. Rick pitino will be/is a legend in college basketball.. Cal will be know as the recruiter..who can get the best talent but couldnt win a title.. until cal wins a title, consider him behind pitino!!! we can hate pitino all we want, but he brought kentucky basketball back on the map after sutton screwed us.. but wait until cal leaves kentucky here in 4 years that it will be a mess…



  78. Deacon
    11:46 am December 29, 2011 Permalink

    All I know is last New Year’s Day in the Yummie!, RP had planned to stop Terrence Jones in
    the middle. TJ kept dumping the ball off to Harrellson who had a record day. RP made
    absolutely NO ADJUSTMENT to try and stop “Jorts”. Good Coaching???? Who had the better game
    plan???? RP prepares better for a game than any coach but during the game??? He is better
    than when he was at UK. His overtime record was something like 1-7. And, they were BIG
    overtime losses. Duke, Arizona in Finals, UNC in Final Four, etc. etc.



  79. APeerce
    4:39 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    For what it’s worth, both men are great coaches. Every coach has good days and bad days, just like players. Pitino is a great motivator on and off the court. Coach Cal is the same. Every coach and player make mistakes on and off the court. In the end and scheme of things, the fans are also a part of how a coach coaches as well as how well players play. Any team can get beat on any given night, no matter the coach.



  80. cobwebcat
    5:18 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino might be a better coach, but one cannot with the Kentucky Derby with a mule… Calipari is by FAR the best recruiter, motivator and the best at bringing some level of maturity in very young players… I am a UKAA member Class of 1968 and I have been watching UK since Frank Ramsey played…



  81. Farrell Curtis
    8:03 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    So What else is new. All CBS and ESPN so called experts hate Kentucky and it is very evident when they broadcast a game. They are so full of themselves and like to let us all know how much they know and forget about calling the games, who fouled, who got fouled, etc. I like to turn the volume down and listen to Tom Leach on the radio



  82. patricia Bowling
    4:58 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino is the better coach, he keeps players around for more than a year so they can become better and smarter players and maybe have something to fall back on when they get injuried in the NBA.



  83. TheKyWildcat
    5:56 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino has age, thus giving him more time running the show, i agree with the guy who said, Cal is what Pitino was in the 90s… we’ll have a championship, but i think the one thing Cal needs to change in order to keep his job at Kentucky, is pushing players to the NBA, keep em long enough to get a championship instead of tryin to get it with freshman, how many times ya seen a team with 4 freshman starters win it all? not many if any at all. You gotta have the experience, i think right now thats Cals only problem, he pushes em out, there have been a couple that wanted to stay an extra year that he has said “I wouldnt, i would go”, and.. they went.. Kentucky isnt gonna deal with NO championships, final fours are good, yes,… but overall we want the BIG banner hanging, not just a final four year after year. Pitino WAS a great coach, and still is, but i believe personally, he’s worn out, atleast he isnt gonna try to stay longer than what he needs to, like Deny did, past his prime where “OLD STYLE” is not gonna work, NOT to disrespect Crum in anyway, i’ve met him, and he’s an awsome fella, but he did stay to long.



  84. mlbaldridge
    10:05 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Pinto is a good recruiter, but when the game is close, he is always out coached.



  85. JT
    10:51 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    Honestly, I don’t think either guy is a great coach. Both are great recruiters and motivators, but when it comes to X’s and O’s both have a lot to learn. Pitino has one style of play and he sticks to it even if his roster is not suited for the style. Pitino runs his players into the ground, as a result they’re so hyped up and/or exhausted that they can’t get into a good offensive flow. Cal gets awesome talent, but doesn’t seem to know how to properly run basic offensive, hence not getting the most out of his talent. I’m a UK and UL fan, but if Coach K had either of these teams, hands down they’d win a championship. We have a chance, to bring a championship back to the bluegrass, but we need help from our opposition.



  86. Katbluefan
    7:38 pm December 31, 2011 Permalink

    People can discuss who is the better coach until Mules are run in the Kentucky Derby and the decision will not be made until Coach Cal wins two (2) National Championships at Kentucky and then we will know. Pitino will not win a N.C. at Looserville because the great players do not want to play for him. His days are behind him.