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Rick Pitino elected to the Hall of Fame

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Rick Pitino is having quite a day. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this afternoon and his Cardinals will likely hoist the NCAA tournament’s coveted runner-up trophy later tonight. Throw in his son’s job as head coach at Minnesota and his horse’s win in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, and you’ll have a hard time finding anyone on a better hot streak than Ricky Three Stacks.

It’s sickening, really.

Go Michigan.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

94 Comments for Rick Pitino elected to the Hall of Fame



  1. NEWMAN
    1:27 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Ricky Thirteen Stacks.



  2. H.A. Milton
    1:28 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s go Wolverines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1



  3. Inmate2277890
    1:32 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Karen Sypher is rolling over in her cell right now.



  4. hodge
    1:34 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    He looks real happy !



  5. Goggles Up
    1:35 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Why are there UofL fans on KSR?



  6. RahRah
    1:36 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Agreed.
    Go Michigan.



  7. goUKats
    1:36 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Too bad the “Hall Of Fame ” has no moral or ethical values for induction.



  8. Simple Answer
    1:36 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Because they have a crush on Kentucky.



  9. Sammydog
    1:39 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Coach deserves the Hall of Fame. However, since the press and talking heads have already decided the Championship belongs to the Cards, it is likely to go the other way. Wouldn’t be counting those championship chickens just yet. Michigan’s players are good enough to beat the Cards. Their coach sucks tho. Shockers coach went toe to toe with Pitino. My gut tells me to be a contrarian and bet on Michigan.



  10. Pamola
    1:40 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    # 7, REALLY, I totally agree. I NEVER and I do mean NEVER, go to any U of L sites and they are on KSR as much as we are. WHY?????? It makes no sense at all. I don’t care what U of L fans are talking about on their sites so why are they so interested in ours???



  11. yuk it up
    1:47 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    6 and 11 – I’d guess a lot of them aren’t really Card fans but are simps that for some reason think it’s funny to act like they are to rile up Cat fans. Who knows.



  12. williamtitan
    1:48 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    if he didnt coach at kentucky this post wouldnt be up right now.



  13. kadizkat
    1:48 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #7 and #11, I think no one is willing to go to the trouble to establish a site like KSR, of course, why would they, it’d have to be a UL site.



  14. kadizkat
    1:49 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    My bad, #6 and #11



  15. J in Orlando
    1:49 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    And when Pitino came to UL, he shunned UM…how fitting would it be for the Wolverines to take this championship away?



  16. theSkinny81
    1:49 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    12 – It’s simple, really. It’s an inferiority complex. I mean, they only have as many NC’s as Cincinnati, and with a win tonight, ties them them with UConn with a whopping….. Three. They gotta see what its like in the Elite Programs world. Can you blame them?



  17. Dan Patrick
    1:52 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #6 Maybe because this post has to do with the Louisville head coach



  18. Larry the Electician
    1:53 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    too bad that doesn’t say “Pitino Electrocuted at the Hall of Fame”



  19. Rise
    1:54 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    I am going to become a adulterer and pay for an abortion. I might win the lottery after that.



  20. rainman
    1:54 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    GO MICHIGAN!!



  21. Rod
    1:57 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Would have been more appropriate to be in been in the 15 class…..



  22. WrongHall4Rick
    1:59 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    wow, the “nay-smyte” hall-of-shame folX really scraping the bottom-of-the-barrel w/their pick of (p)rick……he ought only be enshrined in a hall of fame for A-#1 A-hOles!!!!



  23. inlinefor9
    2:01 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    If Goldenscents goes on to win the KY Derby I’m going to lose it. COME ON KARMA!



  24. NextYearNow
    2:01 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    18 how would they know that if they weren’t on here to begin with? I have no idea what is on Card Chronicle right now, and I have no interest in going there to find out.



  25. Fake C. Thomas Howell
    2:04 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Just like my brothers from Red Dawn, go Wolverines!!!!! Oh, and #20, yiiiiiiiikess, that’s pretty harsh(and its very sad that it’s the truth).



  26. CA
    2:05 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Go Wolverines!!!!



  27. shields eyes
    2:05 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Why did it take so long for Bernard King to get into the Hall while Gary Payton went in so soon?



  28. klassact32
    2:06 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Put him next to Eddie Sutton. They have the same value system.



  29. Charlie
    2:08 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Slick Rick only owns a small part of that horse which won against weak competition in a 5 horse race. I guess the next best thing to happen to him would be the news that Karen is getting out



  30. Karen
    2:08 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Did I help contribute to that honor?!



  31. Billy
    2:08 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Elite Program? UK is not an elite program. Elite programs don’t miss the NCAA twice in 5 years or get beat out in the first rd of the NIT. Kansas hasn’t missed the NCAA since 1988 or ’89. Duke hasn’t missed it since ’95. Those are elite programs with tradition. UK has lost it’s tradition



  32. UKBlue1!
    2:09 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    His legacy @ UK will always be ruined. He should have taken the job at Michigan. Maybe, they can get a little revenge after he backed out of that job? Come on Karma.



  33. mj7juice
    2:10 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #32 Hey Billy…Numbers don’t lie Bidaw



  34. kadizkat
    2:12 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #32, you are an idiot. Even the media members who hate us, put us an elite program. Where you just being stupid or do you really believe that?



  35. memphis
    2:16 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    What are the chances his speech will last longer than 15 seconds?



  36. doc
    2:18 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats to UofL on potentially winning your third national championship tonight. I remember when UK won their third national championship. Wait, no I don’t. Because it was in 1951.



  37. Louisville Fan
    2:19 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Drew(or whoever deleted my comment),

    I find it even more pathetic that you find it necessary to delete my post which said that I find all the anti Louisville comments pathetic. I really have no hate towards the UK program, its just funny to me to see all this hate coming from you all. UK had an awful year, but its ok. I’m sure they will be just fine next year. You don’t need to tear down Louisville to make yourself feel better.

    By the way, I would much rather have an NCAA first round loss, Final Four, then National Championship… than have a Final Four, National Championship, and NIT first round loss

    Sure, you can boast your supreme dominance of college basketball. Winning 3 national championships in the last 32 years really is impressive. But just because your team isn’t so dominant this year doesn’t mean you can bash another team who has done nothing to deserve your bashing.



  38. living in "da'ville"
    2:21 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, ok, ok, before we take the official picture, would the folks that have F’d around on their wife and killed a baby, please step to the right…



  39. The Devil
    2:21 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    I own his soul.



  40. Roland
    2:22 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    @36, His mouth has greater staying power. Rules even over his anus over putting out sh..



  41. TN Cat
    2:22 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Wish this could have happened in 2015 instead of 2013.



  42. Pamola
    2:23 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #18, not so because they post about everything, even if it has nothing to do with their head coach or U of L in any way. I work with a U of L fan that gets on KSR as much as I do and every other UK site that he can find and then he comes in here mouthing off to me. I think #17 may be right about why they won’t stay off of UK sites. Makes perfect sense to me.



  43. [email protected]
    2:26 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    38 I find it pathetic that you find it even more pathetic than how pathetic you thought it was in the first place! Pathetic! No one on this site cares, troll. They can delete whatever they want, no matter how pathetic you find it to be. By the way, we also don’t care that you’d rather have a loss to Morehead, FF, then NC (potentially) as opposed to FF, NC, NIT loss. We’d rather have 8 NCs than 2.



  44. Charlie
    2:26 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #32 is out in left field somewhere. I hope he doesn’t put UL in the category of an elite program. An elite program doesn’t take 28 years to win a national title, if they win. UK’s basketball record and history speaks for itself. No disgrace not being the tournament or losing in the NIT without your top player. Take Ware out of the UL lineup and they wouldn’t have beat Duke. Let’s talk about elite programs a year from now.



  45. me
    2:29 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    When is espn gonna do a story on the other horses rick has? You know, the ones he has named after uofl players. Could you imagine if UK / Cal did anything like that? Front page news!



  46. Louisville Fan
    2:30 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    44. If UofL wins tonight, UK and UofL have had the same amount of National Championships in the last 32 years.



  47. Steve
    2:33 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Final Four officials: John Cahill, Tony Greene, John Higgins

    Cahill is Big East and SEC. Tony Greene is Big East and SEC, John Higgins is Big 12 and MVC.

    Louisville has caught a break with 2 Big East refs. Michigan will need to play a perfect game to win!



  48. 15 seconds
    2:34 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    47 – Is it really that easy to ignore the FIVE national championships before the last three?



  49. LOL @ 47
    2:35 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    47,

    Last 32 years???

    LOL! Why would you say 32 years??? LOL, what an idiot!



  50. huh
    2:35 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #47 – why did you cut that off at 32 years? How bout 34 years – oh that’s right, cause UK won in ’78. But you knuckle draggers view ’78 as ancient history, as opposed to ’80, right? Sucks that yall have to use our EXcoach to win anything.



  51. Give UL props
    2:39 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, have to give UL props!

    They finally found the formula to winning, hire UK coaches!

    LOL, lil bro!!!



  52. RICK
    2:41 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    SHOULDN’T RICK’S BE 15



  53. Hooky
    2:41 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    So will he be inducted as a Wildcat or the red-headed step son?



  54. Eric K
    2:44 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Mr. 15 seconds doesn’t get into the hof with his time at KENTUCKY! He hasn’t done anything anywhere else to be able to get in…#32 is a jackass! KENTUCKY IS THE PROGRAM….



  55. Eric K
    2:45 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry without his time at KENTUCKY!



  56. wildcat will
    2:46 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Good for Rick Pitino. So many of you who worshipped him while he was at UK have clearly forgotten what he did while he was here. The guy took over a program that was in shambles and brought it back to the top of the mountain. I remember thinking it would take us 4-5 years to get us back and he had us back in two. He took three Kentucky kids who were riding the pine under Sutton and made them into UK legends. Hell Sutton didn’t even want Farmer but signed him because he had to because of pressure from the state. So while I hate UL and yes Ricky P has moral issues, I will be forever grateful for the run he had us on. Maybe some of you fans were to young to remember what a mess we were in before Pitino. We need to give the man his due and remember what he did to get this program back to the top.



  57. jaws2
    2:59 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sure #57. I suppose all of the Duke fans would think it was great if coach K left and went over to coach UNC. After all, look what all he’s done for Duke. You and others like you must sit around a campfire all week and sing Cumbaya!



  58. Blue Hair
    3:01 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    If people had forgotten what he did at UK, then it wouldn’t be a big deal that he went to UL. He could have gone anywhere else in the country and UK fans would have rooted for him but he chose the one place he couldn’t go.



  59. wild24
    3:02 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    I heard it only took the judges fifteen seconds to make the decision.



  60. UK_Gr8ness
    3:05 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Puck Fitino!!!



  61. UKBlue1!
    3:07 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    I hate UL.



  62. asdfa
    3:09 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Funny how you people talk about Pitino and a mistake he made, yet would probably do the exact same thing judging by the comments made everytime there is a picture thrown up on here of a girl.

    6. Probably the same reason UK fans comment on Card Chronicle or every comment section on ESPN that has to do with UL. Actually, I won’t say that because Card Chronicle doesn’t post about something UK every day haha.

    51. Go ahead and take it to 35, so you would have 1 more than UL. Not exactly a monumental accomplishment over what UL has done the past 35 years. Yes you had the 5 60 years ago, but that is pretty irrelevent now because you will never do that again.



  63. Ricky Pee
    3:10 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Suck it all you bluenecks – I’m going to go out and nail a couple more skanks tonight just to celebrate! The devil may own my soul, but I damn sure am having a great time in the precious present.



  64. d_jo4
    3:12 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    how perfect would it be if he was elected in 2015? a picture with slick Rick holding a #15 jersey would be quite possibly one of the best pictures ever.



  65. RealCatsFan
    3:14 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    I bet 63 was talking a lot of smack a couple years ago when UL lost to Morehead and the fans were calling for Pitino’s head. They only come out from under their luck when they get on a little roll. Cards fans can thank UK for hiring Cal – that is the only thing that lit a fire under Pitino’s ass. He was content to mail it in every year and amuse himself by nailing cougars in restaurants after hours until Cal came along and raised the bar on him.



  66. Wildcat will
    3:14 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #58 I got better things to do then sit around and sing Cumbauya. Keenland is running and the blue white game is Saturday.



  67. NO1UNO
    3:25 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    The only Hall of Fame (Shame) to remember him would be Porcini’s. He’s a sick man who’s glorified by an even sicker, dysfuntional fan base. They deserve one another.



  68. Kelkat
    3:32 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #63 UK has won 3 tittles since UL last won one in 1986. And you haven’t YET won it tonight. UK has 8 championships and everyone counts so don’t try to discount it because you are envious of UK’s history. AND..do you really…really…really think that UK and John Calipari are done winning championships???? LOL



  69. asdfa
    3:48 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    66. I started at UL in 02 and have been proud to be a Card since. Yes, we lost to Morehead St, you lost to Robert Morris in the NIT, the two don’t =.

    69. I am well aware of that, and I don’t mark down tonight as a win until it happens. And no, not everyone counts, just UK fans. Go outside of the state and no one gives two craps about UK basketball (they don’t care about UL either, I’m not nieve about that.) If you had 8 in the past 20 years then yes, I would be pretty envious, but you only act as though you had. Basketball wasn’t exactly the same when you won the first 5 as the last 3, (those NCAA sanctions for paying players would probably have revoked some of those this day and age) so again, not really relevant when you are talking about who is prominent program NOW.



  70. Here it is
    3:55 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Blow me! ^^^



  71. Sgt. Jimmy
    4:08 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #7 Is the reason you never go to uofl sites is because you have to pay for access? They have two teams in the Final Fours so give them their due. I hope they win this year. He who laughs last, laughs best. BBN will have plenty to brag about next year.



  72. Realist
    4:13 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    70) no one has had eight in the last 20 years. No one team will dominate year in and year out like UCLA did in the 70’s. The game has totally changed since then. The fact that UK has 8 titles, three since ’96, over the last century is proof of the elite status of the program. No other program has had that level of success over that amount of time. UK Will eventually catch and surpass UCLA, maybe not in our lifetime, but it will happen because we are an elite program and have had unprecendented success over decades of play. Plus we’ve won more games than any other program in history. UL has had a great year. Enjoy it for what it is. UL will NEVER be on the same level as UK.



  73. mike
    4:19 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats Rickie P and thanks for saving our program.



  74. Realist
    4:24 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Also, how UL fans try to create this air of superiority is laughable. What are you talking about regarding sanctions. if I had wings, I could fly for free. If the rules that are in place today were in place during the 70’s, ucla would have a fraction of their titles. Wooden was no angel. It’s amazing how all the UL people have totally dismissed the embarrassment Pitino brought himself and the university, not to mention that he works with kids! any other school would have fired him, but not Louisville. Would sell their soles to the devil for a win and chance to try and keep up with UK.



  75. rich
    4:29 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 70 Do you want to bet the 80 and 86 dirty birds received 100 dollar handshakes too!!



  76. mike
    4:40 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    70. You are a moron. You were two the last time Louisille won a title and you feel the need to come to a Kentucky Sports website to tell us how it is. Do you not have anything better to do the night your team is playing for a title to come see what Big Bro is doing? Your mere presence on this Website shows who you feel is prominent. Let’s hear it for that UL education, niave is spelled with an a not e. Dumbass, go trim that line beard you have a big night ahead. The pizza joint where you work will probably be packed for the game.



  77. Inspector
    4:40 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    My problem with pitino is the way he up left UK after stating that he was not leaving, then hand picked his replacement. Then saying time after time he wished had not left. Then comes back to college ranks all place U of L. That is the biggest problem.
    I am at the final 4 and hoping for the cards to loooooose because of pitino and his ego
    GO BIG BLUE



  78. Rajon4rondo
    4:50 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    He was INDUCTED today. He was ELECTED before today. Learning is fun.



  79. Justin
    4:59 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Hall of Famer no doubt. Turncoat no doubt.



  80. Rajon4rondo
    5:01 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Whoops, I was wrong. My apologies.



  81. Larry Eustachy
    5:06 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t believe this dickbag is being inducted into the HOF. All I did was crash a couple of college keggers and get my picture taken with a few hot coeds, and I got canned from my job at Iowa St for violating a morals clause in my contract. I didn’t even get laid! Meanwhile, Mr. Fifteen Seconds gets a contract extension from his boss after knocking up some skank and paying for her abortion. Goes to show who has the morals around here!



  82. paducahfan
    5:08 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s a scary thought. If U of L wins tonight (and maybe even if they don’t) their last two years will have been better than ours even with last year’s NC.



  83. RealCatsFan
    5:08 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    #70 – you want to come along and drag out NCAA sanctions, seriously? Last time I checked, U of L was the last program in hot water with the NCAA (Samakigate anyone?), and the ONLY reason they escaped without major sanctions was because Jurich hired a high powered attorney with NCAA connections to get them bailed out on a technicality.



  84. Marion County
    5:09 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations Pitino



  85. WinningCuresAll
    5:15 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink


  86. RealCatsFan
    5:20 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    84, I can play that game too. I can say that before this year, UK’s last two years were better than UL’s last two, with a loss to Morehead St and a FF (and knocked out by their biggest rival). How about this – if UK wins the title again next year, then Cal will have twice the championships in half the time it took Pitino to get one at UL. 🙂



  87. Grown up
    5:55 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Really there is no need to even act like we notice Louisville fans on here.. It says enough about there jealousy and there teams mediocrity that they are even on here… So the the next time u read a stupid trolls comment, laugh and understand how pathetic it is that they are on here…. I really find it hilarious myself…lmao

  88. If Loserville wins I pray they don’t come and burn my Lazy Boy Chair.



  89. Blue Boy
    6:11 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    It’s to be anounced later that they are having an exhibit titled SCANDALS and he will be the marquee. Just ask Joann, Karen , and Hawaii.



  90. KB
    7:55 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats to Rick. Well earned, one of the best coaches in BBall. Thanks for all he did for UK. Great memories.



  91. Can Fan in NC
    8:00 pm April 8, 2013 Permalink

    So let me get this straight U of Smell fans are about to play in their first title game since Reagan was in office and all they can do is troll UK sites? LOL what a pathetic fanbase. Enjoy it now Tard fans cuz karma and payback are a comin!



  92. LW
    10:43 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Ryan,

    Know your enemy, the best shooter ever as stated by Pitino was Mike Marra, Louisville PG for next year will be Chris Jones #1 JUCO player in country that everyone wanted. He will compete with the twins, mark it down.



  93. LW
    10:46 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Look at Louisville vs KY over Pitino’s tenure 11-12 years, (Tubby, Billy & CAL) Louisville has had better results, anyone want to argue?