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Remember Shabaka Lands? That was shady.

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If you followed Marquis Teague’s recruitment at all, you know that he was very close to signing with Louisville. The Cards were believed to be the favorite through most of the young point guard’s recruitment out of Indianapolis. Teague to Louisville was almost a lock for Rick Pitino, and he even hired some help to make sure he received a commitment from the top point guard in 2011.

In a desperate move to grab the edge over John Calipari, Rick Pitino hired Shabaka Lands to be a “Special Assistant to the Coach” at Louisville. Before joining Pitino’s staff, Lands was Teague’s assistant basketball coach at Pike in Indianapolis. Pitino claimed Lands was “the best person for the job” at that time, despite having a resume with zero college experience. That’s ok, though. Lots of storied college basketball programs go after high school JV coaches. It had nothing to do with Marquis Teague.

Teague, of course, signed with Kentucky and Shabaka Lands was relieved of his “special” duties at Louisville just months later.

Good try, Rick.

In typical Rick Pitino fashion, he gave and then he took away.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

34 Comments for Remember Shabaka Lands? That was shady.



  1. KidCody
    1:07 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    “Special Assistant to the Coach”…isn’t that Dwight Schrute’s position?



  2. Bmac
    1:09 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    This happens all the time. We hired Simeon Mars for Magloire. We have one of Lebron’s boys on payroll as well. I hate Louisville as much as you….but every college does this to get recruits…..



  3. Yates
    1:14 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Clint Hurtt



  4. CatGrad7072
    1:15 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    In and out in a few months? That’s the coaching equivalent of a romp at Porcini’s



  5. Jasper
    1:18 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino is shady, everyone already knows



  6. Smokin' Joe
    1:21 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Should pretty much seal the deal for Nerlen Noles to UK, wonder what he thought about the Blackbirds last night. He was suppose to be in attendance.. HEE HEE HEE



  7. Democrat
    1:22 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    #2 – Lebron’s “boy” is a STUDENT-assistant. Not on payroll, just a scholarship.



  8. Hal
    1:23 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    2- & i believe it was drew’s point that even though it “happens all the time” pitino attempted to do it & failed miserably.



  9. Rick Pitino
    1:32 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    You are not supposed to talk about this stuff! I’m retiring in 2017, remember?



  10. Me
    1:34 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    #2 – Hey bub, you do realize that was pitino that brought that high school coach to UK. My guess is that ‘we’ did a lot of shady dealings when ‘ole pitino was roaming the sidelines in Lexington.

    And just a fyi for those that are younger – pitino was the origional Billy Clyde in off the court ‘activities.’ Even Billy Clyde would blush at the things slick got away with.



  11. Bmac
    1:46 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Just saying it is common in college to do this. Cal hired Milt Wagner to get Dejaun Wagner for example. That being said, Pitino failed at it which is laughable. He failed at another attempt to lure a recruit while at UK too with Carlos Toomer. Offered Toomer a scholly in order to get a commitment from his teammate. The teammate went elsewhere. Toomer sucked for 4 years



  12. catsfan54
    1:48 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    hahahaha – rick is not so slick anymore



  13. Jeff teague
    1:57 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Damn that’s almost as shady as me signing with Nike the day before my l
    Marquis committed to uk



  14. BROOKTROUT
    2:04 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    13. is that you Scott Beam?



  15. Calipari'sInYourEar
    2:04 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    So in other words Rick Pitino’s recruiting strategy is something that holds integrity and should be compared to others?

    It’s obvious Rick doesn’t go after the one and dones and that’s why he doesn’t get them. He has no interest in them what so ever. None. He builds formations out of dirty legs and restaurant furniture. This is his passion. His signature style.

    What he gets is exactly what he is going after. There’s no sloppy seconds for Rick. Not on the basketball court, and not on the dinner table.



  16. Pat Knight
    2:10 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    13, Really? I guess that’s how Patty Swope felt when Karen made the scene. I’ll be damned!!!!!!…..My Pop did that all the time, especially when Damon Bailey signed with IU. Funny though, how when Damon played his final game his services was no longer needed.



  17. Guck Foodman.
    2:11 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    This should have been front page of the CJ.



  18. ESPN
    2:16 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    ESPN – Will Rick Pitino win a national championship at Louisville before his contract expires following the 2016-17 season?

    33% Yes
    67% No
    (Total votes: 46,673)

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/poll/conversation/_/id/130153



  19. Reality Is
    2:17 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    13. False. And it was a minimum contract that dozens of NBA players have. Quit listening to Howie Lindsay unless he’s giving a presentation on obesity.



  20. ESPN
    2:22 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Will Rick Pitino win a national championship at Louisville before his contract expires following the 2016-17 season?

    32% Yes
    68% No

    (Total votes: 53,611)
    http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/poll/conversation/_/id/130153



  21. Snl1960
    2:22 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s get a fan cam for game Saturday. A loss and a picture to remember



  22. uk
    2:23 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    BIG RED ARMAGEDDON:
    1. Belk bowl beat down
    2. Big East opener LOSS
    3. Beaten by Cals Cats for the 3rd year in a row!



  23. Another Perspective
    2:27 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    It’s also worth noting that Milt Wagner was an assistant for 4 years after Dejuan left the school.



  24. CATNTN
    2:30 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Just saw Shabazz at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach. Ole Roy was here last night and Rat Face will be here today. Where are Cal and O?



  25. Reality Is
    2:51 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    23. Good point. And Cal has helped him all along the way instead of discarding him like a cheap hooker. i.e. Pitino. Not to mention he had Milt get his degree while he was at Memphis.



  26. Ncaa
    3:05 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    hmmm how isn’t this against the rules…We need to check on this.

    New Rule: It is against rules now for coaches who own Orange leafs to recruit. They must rely on walk ons from mens shelters/



  27. GoCATS
    4:04 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Is that Wesley “Pipes” Snipes?



  28. Stan
    4:06 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    We might as well give up, we can’t catch QUICKIE RICKIE, who can?????? 15 SECONDS AND…GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!



  29. nolablue
    5:05 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Colonel Cryptkeeper Strikes Again!



  30. bigbluecats
    5:09 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    17- jockitch (jurich) owns UL and the loserville media and Pitino is his bitch. I was dissappointed when Pitino went to UL but still grateful for what he brought UK back to. But these past few years he is just an embarrassing media jackass. He is the most contridicting hypocrite to ever walk the earth. Even the devil would say WTF are u doing Rick. He now makes me ashamed to even say he coached the Big Blue. So i dont. I know we are all not perfect but for someone that is held in the media as a role model, he really f’s things up. Oh as my 5 year old says. “Go Cats, Louisville SUCKS, we hate louisville”



  31. Hoosiers
    5:12 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    What about Terrence Jones boy who crashed the car? Or Doron Lamb’s home boy going to school at UK? Cal is shadier than all



  32. JackBluto
    5:12 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    Dejaun Wagner left Memphis after 1 year. He was Cal’s first “one-n-done” though the term had not been invented b/c it was before the “one-n-done rule” of the CBA in the NBA. As #23 pointed out, Milt stayed 4 more years at Memphis – thus leading to the conclusion that he was at least qualified for the job he took since Cal kepts him long after his usefulness was expired. Clearly the same cannot be said of Pitino’s move here.



  33. mashburnfan1
    9:55 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    24} Cal and the gang were in Fort Myers last week watching Shabazz, and I assume the pg from Montverde {Hill}, among many others.



  34. "Double-O Tony Delk"
    10:13 pm December 29, 2011 Permalink

    No lie – I had Shabaka Lands in a class here at U of L a year ago. What was the class? Business Ethics. 100% serious.