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Pitino considered “Least Likable Figure In College Sports” by at least two people

Aaron Torres of and “One and Fun” fame called Rick Pitino the “Least Likeable Figure In College Sports” in his latest masterpiece.

Torres wonders what the reaction would be if John Calipari had flipped off a fan and ducked the postgame press conference. It’s a fair question, and we all know the answer:

I’m pretty sure that it would be a code-red, ring the sirens, national crisis that would be the lead story on every sports debate show in America. We would be talking about what a sore loser he is and how he needs to set a better example for his players, with hack TV personalities all across the country (who probably haven’t watched a game of college basketball all season) saying “This is typical Calipari.” The reaction would be similar (minus the last part) if Coach K or Jim Boeheim had done the same, and I’m pretty sure there would have been more pure outrage if a Louisville player had given Kentucky fans the middle finger, rather than Pitino himself. After all, didn’t everyone freak out when an Ohio State football player flipped off Michigan fans a few years back? Although in Pitino’s defense, he only flipped up one middle finger, so maybe he only deserves half the outrage that an unpaid, 21-year-old college kid gets, right?

(Yes, I’m kidding).

So why is Pitino constantly given a pass for his actions? I don’t know. But I do agree with Aaron: Pitino is the least likable figure in college sports.

Read more on why…

Rick Pitino is the Least Likable Figure In College Sports

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

19 Comments for Pitino considered “Least Likable Figure In College Sports” by at least two people

  1. bigblueforever
    1:32 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    In the photo, is that an imprint of Cal’s shoe in the middle of Pitino’s forehead? I know he has one on his ass, but apparently Cal can get his leg up pretty high!!

    • Long Dong Silver
      3:06 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

      It does like a shoe print!

    • mobile2
      10:16 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

      Ashes from Ash Wednesday

    • UK Big Board Update
      2:10 am December 29, 2015 Permalink

      ^ Thank you, Captain Obvious!!! Smh…..

  2. bigblueforever
    1:35 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    The irony of this is that Cal asked the fans to act classy towards Pitino. Then Pitino shows no class by complaining about the officiating at halftime, flipping off the fans when the game was over and storming out of Rupp without doing his post game presser. He needs to take his millions and go away.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:50 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

      well let’s be honest here…I’m sure something unclassy was said to him. Probanly a Sypher/abortion line. Does it excuse his reaction? No. Just sayin…even though Cal asked us to stay classy, we likely didn’t.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:51 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

      I’m cool w him taking his millions and going away, but I’m also cool with him staying and Cal owning him!

    • Go Deep
      2:49 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

      The only “unclassy” thing someone yelled was 1-8!

  3. blitzedanddazed
    1:52 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    How sickening is it to see Pitino place a Catholic Priest behind his bench for all to see. Like this is going to absolve him of all his current/future/past behavior? Pitino is a sick little man that is a spoiled brat. He is lucky to employed by two men in Ramsey and Jurich that are of his same moral / character fiber. Once Pitino found out that he was not bigger than the City of Boston, he came back to one place he knew where he could go back to his old “ways” and be hero worshiped by the fools of Louisville. I personally hope does not leave UofL for a long time…..they deserve one another.

  4. BluKudzu
    1:55 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    I read the article in its entirety. The author seemed to be at a loss for the lack of outrage shown by fans and media, taking Rick Pitino to task for his low class move of throwing up the middle finger to UK fans after losing his 8th in 9 tries against Calipari at UK.
    I think the reason is this: Rick Pitino, due to his past actions, has become insignificant, further, due to the Louisville Athletics Department actions and indiscretions, the national media little desire to provide any publicity or attention to such a program.
    Rick Pitino and Louisville are significant because we make them so. If we did not do so that program would fade into obscurity.
    Rick is now facing the fact how far he has fallen in the world of sports. He is at the bottom fighting to keep from going lower. It is difficult to consider the fact, that he can, but if there is a way, Rick will find it.
    Knowing Rick as the world does, another low life act coming from him is not news. It is only significant if we make it so. Louisville is nothing. Zero. We make them worthy of coverage.
    Without us, they remain obscure and no value to media anywhere.

  5. Kat4Life
    2:02 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    He is a very divisive character…..and there is no doubt his decision to coach a Louisville of all places created a lot of angst with UK fans…….but I try to remember what he did for us those first few years he was on campus……he brought us from absolute crap to the Final Four……and he has a banner with is name on it in our rafters……that said, he is unquestionably one of our sports true villains, as is Cal for that matter.

  6. scwhite9
    2:32 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    It makes me sad. I loved what he did for us. I don’t care that he went to Louisville. I do care that he makes not just Louisville but the state of Kentucky bad by what he does and how he acts.

  7. Screech
    2:41 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    Make that three…

  8. Go Deep
    2:52 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    The mark on his head looks like “96”… maybe he got a tattoo when he won at UK and just didn’t tell anyone.

  9. chimichanga
    2:53 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    I really appreciate all that Pitino has done and continues to do for UK. Almost any other coach would have beaten us a couple times at least, just by luck if nothing else.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:19 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

      You could say that Pitino has been at least in part responsible for Kentucky dominating Louisville in two different decades now! Once as Kentucky’s coach and once as Louisville’s coach…

  10. leon singleton
    3:43 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino is good for the game. Babe McCarthy [Mississippi State] and Dale Brown [LSU] use to get under BBN skin. I hope he stays at Louisville.

  11. KevinM
    4:34 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like he also has that #1 finger ready to go just in case someone asks him……

  12. rainman
    5:11 pm December 28, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t count me in the SLick lovers, can’t stand him now, couldn’t stand him then!
    Once a LIAR always a LIAR! All this is just proof you reap what you sow in life!
    As far as the Priest goes, when you mess up as much as he does, you have to
    keep one on speed dial!