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Jurich says Pitino has no plans to step down


The big question on everyone’s mind right now is whether or not Rick Pitino will step down following ESPN’s investigation into the prostitution scandal at Louisville. After five former players and recruits confirmed they attended stripper parties in Billy Minardi Hall and one confirmed he had sex with a dancer after Andre McGee paid her, it even seemed the question was more when Pitino would resign, not if he would resign.

Well, he’s not going anywhere voluntarily. According to Andy Katz, Louisville AD Tom Jurich released this statement via the school: “Coach Pitino has no plans to step down and he absolutely didn’t know about the allegations.” 

Of course. Pitino’s ego would never let him resign. Look, I doubt that Pitino knew what was going on in Minardi Hall, but as many have pointed out this morning, that doesn’t matter. It happened under his watch. Would fans and media be so willing to give John Calipari the same pass if it happened at Kentucky? I think not.

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60 Comments for Jurich says Pitino has no plans to step down

  1. ConstantineXI
    11:13 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Would fans and media be so willing to give John Calipari the same pass if it happened at Kentucky? I think not.

    No, and he wouldn’t deserve a pass. It’s a case of “if he didn’t know, he SHOULD have known”. Which is WORSE actually than if he did know!

  2. Allison
    11:15 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    If he isn’t forced to resign, then the University of Louisville is just continuing their proud tradition of reinforcing terrible behavior by staff and students, and apparently, potential students as well. I dislike Pitino as much as the next UK fan, but I am genuinely sad for him because I don’t believe that he knew this was going on. However, Cal or even Coach Kryshahdaiwski would not have been given the same lax treatment from the media or fans as UL. The NCAA would have already handed down the death penalty, rescinded all our titles, wins, you name it, if this had been Cal and UK. Somebody step up and make these people accountable!

    • Mary
      11:25 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Amen Allison! If it had been UK the death penalty would already have been handed down by this point! Afraid that this will go on at the same speed as the investigation for North Carolina, which is as inexplicable for the school as well as the NCAA

    • Rixter
      11:34 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      And that’s ok, Mary. Until this has been resolved, recruiting elite players is done.Pitino won’t be able to sign kids out of the YMCA leagues. They will quickly become one of the worst programs in the NCAA. And at THAT point, the fans will begin to demand a change.

  3. Bourbon Breath
    11:20 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    He’s getting paid millions of dollars to oversee the team. So they slipped in a 4-year long prostitution ring under his nose and that’s okay with those paying him millions? Interesting. If I were in charge of a company and my employees were busted for doing illegal things, no way in hell I’d get to keep my job.

  4. ed
    11:22 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    What about Jurich’s plan to step down? What about Ramsey’ plan to step down?

  5. Realme
    11:22 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    He’s a scumbag and he’s done. If he had the tiniest shred of integrity he would resign today and let the school begin the rebuilding process. I genuinely don’t understand why fans aren’t calling for him to take responsibility for the program he set the tone for and get out of the way and let them start over.

    • Reality Calling
      1:16 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      The fans know what is awaiting them when he does step down. I don’t think they are real eager to start the rebuilding process for the next 4-6 years. No decent coach is going to touch that program for a while. No one wants to tarnish their image with the nasty left behind.

  6. Mark
    11:22 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    If he didn’t resign after banging a skank in a public restaurant, he certainly isn’t going to resign now. UofL is an embarrassment if they don’t fire the woman hating Pitino.

  7. inside info2
    11:22 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    I’m hearing just the opposite from the athletic department in Louisville. I’m hearing he’s out possibly today, but by the end of the week. At least those are the rumors in the department.

    • UKBlue1!
      11:32 am October 20, 2015 Permalink


  8. CHILDREN!!!!
    11:23 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Why is no one talking about her pimping her daughters out for cash!!! That is CHILD PROSTITUTION is anyone going look into charging her??

    • UKBlue1!
      11:33 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Both girls are 18. It is still disgusting but they are legal whores.

    • Rixter
      11:38 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      And McGee for hiring an underage girl for sex.

    • LawDog
      11:39 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Legal age of consent in KY is 16, no child prostitution happened in this case.

    • King Kelly Coleman
      11:47 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      perhaps no under aged prostitution occurred….but prostitution is still illegal in KY.

    • SMH
      11:51 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      human trafficking

    • Ew
      11:56 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      It would fall under human trafficking. It doesn’t matter how sick of a mother is that to do that to her daughters. I would never do that to my teenage daughter. She should be charged. If she has kids left Social Services should get invovled

    • Like mother like daughter
      11:58 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      They were old enough to make their own decisions at that age. Prime example of how parents influence their kids. Sick yes but hey got to pay the bills. She needs to be locked up though.

    • LawDog
      12:25 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      yes, you charge her for human trafficking and McGee has to be charged too. So essentially Louisville was involved in human trafficking if you look at it that way.

  9. GatorCat
    11:24 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    In Jurich’s mind, there’s nothing wrong here. Both Pitino and Petrino are guilty of worse personally and have his full support. Just SOP within a soiled program. They deserve every bit of media hell they will be going through……and that won’t even cover the whole story.

    • Mixxy
      11:30 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      This scandal also effectively eliminates Jurich as a candidate at Texas. At best, he might be able to save his current job, but even that is very iffy.

    • The Loco Pollo
      12:29 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Ehh, you may be overestimating Texas. With what they’ve been going through, they may only care about money & winning, which still aligns nicely with Jurich.

  10. ukgags
    11:25 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Interesting that he didn’t comment on his own status. For as much as Pitino is and should be on the hot seat, so should Jurich. This will only get worse as more and more facts come to light that are subsequently confirmed by eye witness accounts. Good luck saving your coach Tom but the University should be asking you to pack up your things as well.

  11. Dreaming
    11:26 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Do you really think that the media would not give Coach Cal of Coach K the same treatment? The media holds both of them so high and they could do no wrong. I don’t think Pitino is getting a pass, they are just not rushing to prove guilt. Guilty until proven innocent in this world these days.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:28 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Oh hell no Cal wouldn’t get the same treatment. Cal would be raked over the coals, and all we’d hear is “cheater, cheatter, cheater.” There would be demands of his resignation from around the country, not just Louisville fans. Coach K…I’m sure he’d get the softer gloves like ol Ricky is getting.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:30 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      and guilty or innocent doesn’t matter here. Doesn’t matter if Pitino knew or not, it happened on his watch. He probably didn’t know it was happening, but as the leader of the team it is his responsibility to know that a stripper/prostitution ring is going on with his players, his employees, and in a dorm named after his family.

    • Allison
      11:33 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Ugh, isn’t there a way to block all these Louisville trolls? Technology is so advanced now…….The media HATES, LOATHES, DESPISES Cal. Anyone who says otherwise must be living on another planet.

    • LawDog
      11:42 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      There is a way to block the trolls, or at least make them register to comment which does slow the trolls down, but KSR doesn’t want to do it. They did it for a while and the comments went way down in numbers, which I’m sure affects advertising on the site. Trolls are too dumb to realize their trolling keeps KSR successful.

  12. Scott B
    11:29 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    I remember when Eddie Sutton said he wasn’t resigning.

  13. Amateur Reporter
    11:32 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    My sources tell me that Petrino is upset because he and his players weren’t invited to the stripper parties.

  14. The Loco Pollo
    11:36 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Both of these ego-maniacs think they are way above any rules and will never step down. It would take the university president or chancellor firing them for either Jurich or Pitino to go. I’d say both could probably be fired for cause, avoiding the need to pay them out for their contracts.

    Of course, I doubt UofLol’s president has any more character or respect for society than everyone in the athletics department, so I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  15. Jon O
    11:39 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    To say slick rick didn’t know is ridiculous! He might not have known exact details, but he had an idea of what was going on. If memory serves me correctly, allegations of when this started are around the same time Richard Pitino left suddenly to be on Billy Donavon’s staff at Florida.

  16. Fred Parks
    11:40 am October 20, 2015 Permalink


    • Parkels
      11:50 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Not a chance. It’s like that last piece of pizza…you know you don’t need it, but it’s way too good to ignore and just let sit there.

    • King Kelly Coleman
      11:51 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Give it a break?! We’re just getting started bro!

    • bluecreeker
      11:54 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Hey Fred, sorry for your apparent lack of understanding here. But as a UK fan who lives in Louisville, who has watched these guys rape the taxpayer, watched as they escaped the possible Death Penalty on a technicality, watched Jurich turn his head at scandalous indiscretions by his Bball HC which made the institution an even bigger laughing stock, hired yet another HC who flat out misappropriated University of Arkansas funds and lied about it, layered up with the absolute worst trash to defend them from the financial payola scandal (Strohm)…..all the while getting UK and “Cal’s a cheater” shoved up my hind quarters…..I can say I’m having more than a little fun with this.
      Yea, it’s bad, and yea I feel bad for RIck. But the average UofL fan living in Louisville is a heapin pile of ignorance and hate all wrapped up in one. I for one am glad to see some of them finally getting their due.
      Any program whose coaches are paying for the services of prostitutes to sway recruits deserves whatever bad PR and whatever hate their advisories can throw at them. As well, those individuals in charge of such a program should be removed from College Athletics. If you don’t like what you’re reading here…then don’t read it.

    • TimInOboro
      12:05 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Was an accident liking your comment. You are almost right though Fred….. Dam broke this morning and we are just enjoying the waters.

  17. Fred Parks' Hound Dog
    11:48 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Really Fred? “Give it a damn break?” You sound like a
    paedophile whose Subway stock is failing. *YOU* STFU.
    I know what you did.

  18. Captain of the Titanic
    11:52 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Wish Tom Jurich had been my boss…….

  19. Syphon hoes knows
    11:57 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Hey, UL, Pitino, Jurich, former players?! They all gonna ride this out, cause they always have. All thru the years, they all used to getting away with literally anythang! They all control freaks. You know they all believe in the end nothing is gonna happen to them, cause it never does! How many times have they been busted before? Plenty!! How many times have they gotten in serious trouble? None. They’re probably on the look out right now, for some new party girls! You think ole Roy at UNC is making his boys get a legit education now? That’s funny. They putting them through some new classes. Nothing will change. If this was honestly some “rogue” low-level assistant coach, keeping it hush hush from? For FOUR YEARS?! I still got a little ocean front property for sale? Anywhere you want it! I can have it delivered to you!!

  20. Ew
    12:00 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    For some reason I couldn’t reply to the post above. But I would never do that to my daughters she should be charged.

  21. Keep Pitino
    12:05 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Retain Rick!! UK owns him!

  22. Jay
    12:24 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Hate to say it but I think UK fans should be the most sympathetic. Rick will pay but cal himself got in trouble at both schools prior to uk. Nothing as insane as prostitution but he was linked to impropriety under his administration so to speak. We’ve defended him up and down as we should–nothing was proven against him. Granted this is a much worse violation but I don’t think we should be laughing while Pitino burns. It’s not an excuse either, but were quick to forgive and forget Cals past allegations. We should give him a break–more of a break than what were doing.

    • Booby Petrino
      12:29 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Um…NO…these things aren’t comparable. Prostitution for recruits is not the same thing as a player getting someone to take his ACT for him and another player accepting cash. Pitino already had his break when he knocked up Sypher and paid her bribes until the price got too high, then ratter her out like a snitch, and kept his job.

    • Booby Petrino
      12:30 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink


    • Jared
      12:35 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      To me there is a big difference in the two. A player breaking a rule on his own can easily happen under any coach, a member of the basketball staff systematically breaking rules over an extended period of time is lack of institutional control.

    • BAdams
      12:54 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Jay, there is no way to compare the two just as Jared said. Not to mention the fact Cal was NEVER named in any wrong doing. In other words, go home! You’re drunk!

    • Dude
      12:55 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Not even close, Jay.

    • seefus
      1:01 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      trying to rewrite history Jay? john calipari was never ” linked” to any improprieties. that’s why he was never alleged, by the ncaa or a school, to have done anything improper. i’m laughing at the thought that some of the ul athletics cesspool may finally be catching fire though.

  23. NCAA Infractions Committee
    12:47 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Get used to hearing the phrase “impermissible benefits”, as in “a student-athlete’s use of an institutional staff member’s telephone for long distance calls would constitute an impermissible benefit.”

    • CatsBy80
      1:12 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

      are long distance calls even a thing anymore? i thought the only upcharge was for international calls…

  24. Elmer Skaggs
    12:48 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Karma, linebeards…

  25. UL Beat Writers
    12:48 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Who’s going to ask…

    – who hired Andre McGee?
    – who did Andre McGee report to?

    … because we all know the answer.

  26. Linda Shnitz
    12:49 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    We are f*cked. Royally.

  27. Larry Clapp
    12:50 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Great, our program will now slip into irrelevance. Maybe even further than IU….

  28. cats paw
    1:12 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Ever find that you have trouble ripping banners down from the rafters after you have been sanction by the NCAA? Ricky Three Stacks here for a new invention that will revolutionize the art of vacating wins and National Titles. Velcro Banners. Velcro Banners are easy to apply, just take off the protective covering, stick to the back of the banner and to the front of the surface to hang the banner, and wallah! You have an easy to remove piece of history in case of NCAA sanctions meaning that Andre McGee, the prostitute-loving director of basketball operations self were guilty as sin but Tom Jurich, wink wink, decided you were too good for business.

    No more cherry pickers, no more having to get the janitor to walk the cat walk. Just use the include free pole to grasp the bottom of the banner and gently tug to allow the vacated piece of cheating, prostituting lore fall to the arena floor.

    Velcro Banners, from ADIDAS. Get yours today!

  29. JR
    2:43 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Anyone remember Shawshank when the warden locks himself in the office? If walls could talk…

  30. Tej
    4:52 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    As this investigation progresses, we will see who runs the University of Louisville-the President and Board of Trustees, the AD, or the basketball coach. I would hope the Board and President Ramsey will be the decision makers rather than Jurich or Pitino.

  31. Tommycatsfan
    7:46 pm October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Sounds like Pitino is a “Louisville man” to me. Wonder if Jurich is 1 million percent behind Ricky two stacks now like he was during the Sypher debacle? Probably only about 300,000% behind him now.
    UL sports: gift that keeps on giving. PLEASE do not fire Pitino!!!👏