It has been a general assumption for a while now at Louisville, but now a former player and a former coach have come forward and said Pitino pushes his team too hard in practice. In his latest report on the Cards, the Courier-Journal’s C.L. Brown has two interesting quotes about Rick Pitino’s practices:
Denny Crum: “Whether it’s right or wrong, Rick’s got the reputation of overworking his kids. And I don’t know if that’s true or not – I have no way to know that. I don’t go to their practices and stuff, so I have no idea what they’re doing.”
Preston Knowles: “You’re playing at 80 percent like the whole season” … “That’s Coach P’s forte. He plays hard, he’s going to outwork people and he’s going to outtough people. It’s a mind-set. It’s tough playing there. You love playing for Louisville, but going that hard and that intense every day, basically six or seven times a week, it can wear on you.”
Rick Pitino read, or at least heard about, Brown’s article and went off on a rant at the end of this morning’s press conference. Pitino reportedly told Brown that his article “hurt recruiting.”
Last time I checked, it wasn’t C.L. Brown’s job to recruit players to Louisville. Way to play the blame game, Coach.
Read C.L.’s piece here.