Dan Dakich and Mike Tirico called last night’s Louisville/Michigan State game, and this morning, Louisville fans are all upset over some comments Dakich made regarding Rick Pitino and whether or not he should be held responsible for the sex scandal embroiling the program. Dakich said that, regardless of whether or not Rick knew what was going on, if he was the Louisville athletic director, he wouldn’t keep Rick on as head coach.
Eric Crawford transcribed Dakich’s comments in his column today:
“There’s so many layers to it. There’s the NCAA part of it. There’s a criminal investigation. To me, it doesn’t matter whether Coach Pitino knew or didn’t know. It shouldn’t happen under anybody’s watch. I’d be a bad athletic director, I know. I’d be a bad president. I would be. But I would not have Coach Pitino as my coach. When these things come out, you just can’t tolerate that as an institution. This isn’t the only thing that, over the last five years, has come out with Louisville.
And as a president or athletic director I’d get tired of these things. I have too much respect for higher education and the people who pay to have their kids go to Louisville to allow that. But he is, and good for him. I mean, hey, his athletic director has stood by him. The president initially didn’t but then he ended up showing support. He’s got full support. And if Rick Pitino didn’t have the Louisville job, he’d have another job in two minutes. That’s how good he is. But you can’t have these things continue, no matter how successful your basketball program is, they cloud your university. ”
With no end to the scandal in sight, Louisville fans need to get used to hearing it discussed on national TV. Like when they play UK in 23 days.