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Is Rick Pitino snitching on Romeo Langford?

Rick Pitino can’t stop, and won’t stop. And now the vindictive former Louisville head coach is turning his attention to adidas demolition.

According to the Washington Post, adidas contacted Pitino expressing concerns that Langford could leave adidas for an Under Armour or Nike college.

“The way they phrased it, it was whoever [shoe company] was going to pay the dad’s AAU program the most money, gets it,” said Pitino in a recent phone interview. A few days later, Adidas’s league added a new team: Twenty Two Vision, featuring Romeo Langford on the court and Tim Langford as team director. Shoe company sponsorships can reach $100,000 to $150,000, and team directors who limit expenses can pay themselves salaries from those amounts.

“That’s the way that world works,” Pitino said. “Which is completely legal, by the way.”

Grab your (Christian Watford) popcorn boxes, UK fans. Pitino going after adidas and subsequently Indiana? Adidas making an AAU team just for Romeo Langford and naming it after his favorite number? Yes, please.

Remember, Louisville was considered the leader for Langford for the majority of his recruitment until Pitino was fired by UofL. Then when the news broke that UofL, with adidas’ help, began paying players and the FBI scandal became public the New Albany native dropped the Cards.

What makes this story even more wacky is that Langford’s dad, Tim Langford, said that Kansas lost ground because of their own FBI scandal. Now Langford and the Hoosiers could be mentioned as more people start to talk.

“Kansas, it pushed it out for me (talking about the scandal”, Tim Langford said. “Just having the name on your school. I didn’t take them out of the three verbally, but in my mind we just didn’t want him going there and anybody asking him that type of question. So, we don’t want him going to school there, we don’t care how good the basketball is.”

Well, if Langford is looking for bad basketball he will be comfortable in Bloomington, but the scandal may follow him, too.

In the article Pitino later mentions Kentucky.

“(Adidas) knew that Nike and Under Armour were going to make a run for him,” Pitino said. “I didn’t want him going to Nike or Under Armour .?.?. because then, he would’ve gone to Kentucky or somewhere else. .?.?. I would’ve had no chance.”

Pitino goes on to say that adidas never mentioned payments to him because they knew if they did that Pitino would be furious and drop adidas from the University of Louisville. Sure.

Strangely enough the team created specifically for Langford won’t compete on the adidas circuit this spring and summer. Funny how that worked.

Folks in Bloomington have to be nervous after today’s news.


Article written by TJ Walker

35 Comments for Is Rick Pitino snitching on Romeo Langford?

  1. Jiminy Crickets
    12:37 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Whole thing stinks. In every angle

    • gobble gobble
      12:42 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      So now rick is admitting to cheating going on??… but just says other people are doing it.

    • Bull Filmer
      5:20 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Rick needs to pay the bench Priest to be his personal censor and moral seeing eye dog.

  2. Realme
    12:40 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    How does Rick not realize that by claiming firsthand knowledge of this, he is basically admitting Louisville was trying to buy him first?

  3. ukbradstith
    12:40 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Guess I don’t understand the story…if the team was legal, why would IU be nervous?

    • Booby Petrino
      12:44 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      I’d be nervous about a company trying to find ways to pay a player if it were a UK player. If it turns out this is the only way they paid him and it’s legal, then no loss. But I’d be nervous until the smoke has cleared and they have not found any other payments besides a salary for coaching.

    • Booby Petrino
      12:45 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      essentially it’s inferring that the Langfords wanted to be payed for play. That’s enough to make the school nervous I’d say!

    • Han
      1:58 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Because while we all can see the Bagley and Langford situations are suspect (“legal” or not), Indiana doesn’t have Coach K’s teflon to avoid any punishment. It would not be beyond the NCAA to penalize them for the exact same thing Bagley’s family did.

    • faithguy19
      6:27 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      IU fans were nervous when the story first came out. Then the experts assured that there was nothing to the story whatsoever to worry about

    • Greatcatfan
      8:31 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Tom Creamer kept IU on probation for illegally contacting recruits and various other things then self reporting it. Had any other school (outside the ACC) committed the same violation that many times they would have been levied an actual punishment. So IU has nothing to fear.

  4. Blue Jesus
    12:51 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Is this the same situation as what happened with Bagley? If so, then it would seem to be within NCAA rules, for some reason.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:24 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      False. Signing with dook is a critical step in pulling off such a scheme, and he didn’t do that.

    • Mathlete
      4:19 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Clutch – I don’t know if you intended it, but I immediately heard Dwight Schrute saying the rest of your comment after reading the word “False” as a beginning statement.

  5. RackEmWillie
    12:52 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    If Pitino takes down IU, then he definitely deserves to be in the UK Hall of Fame. Dude won a championship, completely rebuilt UK basketball from the ashes, had UofL vacate a banner and wins, get them put on probation, completely tarnish their reputation, and now if he gets IU put on probation? He’s a saint.

    I would say IU banners would come down, but, you’ve gotta have them first.

    • IAmTheDanger
      1:44 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      **that’s gold**

    • Han
      1:56 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      We still need him to drag Duke down with him and somehow get the NCAA to punish UNC for their decades of cheating.

    • IAmTheDanger
      2:30 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      I think we have a new frontrunner for the successor to ole Roy or the weasel.

    • henderblue
      2:32 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      RackemWillie…that is truly golden

    • 72uksprinter
      2:47 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Rack ’em,
      I’ll have what you’re having. LOL.
      Comment of the Month.

    • Cletis75
      4:00 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Easy there Han, he would have to be able to walk on water to pull off those feats.

    • Greatcatfan
      8:35 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Well we just found the guy who should be writing some of these articles.

    • Memphis UK Cat
      10:34 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink


  6. Duuuuuude
    1:05 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    And now we know why Calipari never went anywhere with Langfords recruitment.

    • SuperTroy18
      1:18 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely. Cal seemed to never really wanna go near the kid. Even when he had him on the USA roster with him. So Ricky’s shade thrown at UK doesn’t add up at all. He’s just trying to get a shot in.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:32 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Pitino is so delusional he doesn’t realize that Cal is at least 2 steps ahead of him all the time.

    • timbo
      3:04 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      And still further evidence that it is done the right way at Kentucky. The kids that come here are the ones that WANT to come here (despite the minority of jerks that think “Cal lost his touch” or “He’s getting beat at his own game”). They are good kids. It was obvious to me (and it’s obvious EVERY time it happens, to me) when Malik Newman went elsewhere after being a huge UK lean, that Cal sensed the danger/trouble. Mo Bamba, Zion, Ky-Ky Tandy… it’s always crystal clear if you’re not a hater in the first place!

    • chardun20
      9:44 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      timbo, are you saying Cal backed off of recruiting Zion Williamson? I don’t recall it happening that way, Williamson just choose PUKE who didn’t seem like they was in the running.

  7. david8577
    1:15 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Love that UK was never really in play here. Also, Pitino, keep “UK” and “Kentucky” out of your filthy mouth.

  8. a21CATSfan
    1:50 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Nothing to see here. This is exactly what Marvin Bagley and his Dad’s AAU Team we’re accused of. If it was ok for a dUKe player, then it should be okay for a…never mind.

  9. Han
    1:56 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Funny how Pitino has all this insight into that recruitment but saw nothing amiss with Bowen committing out of nowhere. According to him, of course.

    I’m sure he also sees nothing strange about knowing about this but being completely oblivious about the strippers and the money for Bowen. Like other highly visible narcissists, including at the highest national level, he wants to be seen as powerful and knowledgeable and as a result he scuttles his own “I didn’t know about that” defenses right and left.

  10. BobKYCats
    2:00 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Pitino is basically saying, “I’ll give you everything I know, and you’ll see that none of it includes Brian Bowen or Jordan Fair”.

    Or in other words, “don’t pay attention to that man behind the curtain”.

  11. ukbradstith
    2:40 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Again, this is all legal, and I’m pretty sure from what I know Tim Langford made this known 2 years ago. He was starting a team, with his son, and looked for high dollar sponsorship. All legal, all out in the open from what I can tell.

  12. PillsburyThrowboy
    4:07 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Why can’t he just take all of his millions he’s been paid over the years, go to Florida, and shut up? Why is it so hard Rick? WHY!?

  13. Irish son
    7:15 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Rick’s ego just won’t let him shut up. It’s almost like he has no control over his mouth. Just take your millions and go away Rick. Enjoy the rest of your life