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Pat Forde says UofL firing Rick Pitino isn’t out of the question

If you’ve read this site over the years or even followed the Kentucky/Louisville rivalry as a casual fan, you know about the bromance between Pat Forde and Rick Pitino. Anyone who’s been to Molly Malone’s in the past decade knows the two are close, which is why it was surprising to see Forde break the stripper scandal story on Friday afternoon. While you could argue the timing of the release — late on a Friday afternoon — was in the Cards’ favor, both Tom Jurich and Pitino seemed caught off guard it, Pitino looking downright shaken in his press conference.

Over the weekend, Forde recorded a podcast with Dan Wetzel in which the two discussed the scandal and, in my opinion, although it pained him to do it I’m sure, Forde did not hold back. Forde told Wetzel that he found Katina Powell’s story “credible,” albeit probably embellished, and went as far to say he doesn’t think it’s out of the question that Louisville could fire Rick over it. Whoa.

“Could they fire Rick Pitino? I don’t think it’s out of the question. Rick Pitino could resign, he could step down,” Forde said, doubling down when Wetzel guffawed and said ‘no way.’ “I am by no means convinced that Rick Pitino will be the coach a year from now, six months from now. He might be, but I don’t think it’s any sure thing. I don’t think it’s a ‘no way’ situation.”

Forde said he doesn’t think Rick knew specifically what was happening, but he still has to be accountable for what happens under his watch. He even mentioned the possibility of Louisville’s 2013 National Championship being vacated.

“[The scandal] has rocked this city where I live. It has been the biggest story going and a potentially devastating story for Louisville,” Forde said. “If that championship banner has to come down for this, wow. That will be a blow like few things I’ve ever seen here.”

Click here to listen to the podcast for yourself.

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67 Comments for Pat Forde says UofL firing Rick Pitino isn’t out of the question

  1. Boom
    3:44 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Awesome. Just quit Rick, save some dignity.

    • ConstantineXI
      4:15 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Totally agree. Resign now. Slink away, let time pass so we can remember him for what a great coach he once was. Not the Italian restaurant affair and pimping prostitutes for his players and recruits…

      The more of these things that happen the more I believe the rise of the program from the ashes had more to do with The Unforgettables and Mashburn than Rick Pitino.

      And remember, We are Kentucky. Our program is bigger than any one man. We won championships before Calipari, and we will win championships AFTER Calipari (whenever he decides to retire).

      It’s not foregone that programs like Duke (which is one man) and Louisville (which has only had two championship coaches) could remain elite after losing their current coach…

      Duke probably has a better shot than Louisville… Since there isn’t another university of comparable strength in their state right now (with UNC being so scandal ridden).

    • BigBlueSkyDog
      6:10 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Whatever dignity he had left ran down his leg in Porcini’s years ago. He has none left.

  2. yemx0311
    3:45 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    wow, if they have to vacate championship, I wonder if Rick will have the horrible tattoo removed….

    • UKfaninLou
      5:53 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      You win the Internet with that one! Lol

  3. Poppschmidty
    3:47 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    That’d be a shame if they have to vacate, and also a terrible way to end a Hall of Fame career. The UK vs UL rivalry is so much better with Pitino at the helm and with both teams being competitive and winning. Go Cats! Louisville…get your shit together.

    • Crazy8s
      3:55 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      I almost agree with this. The rivalry is the best it has ever been as far as I am concerned. I don’t want the rivalry to be reduced to the late Denny Crum days, but are you kidding me??? That banner coming down would be the ultimate trump card in any argument with a U of L fan. Louisville’s days were on the decline anyway, so I guess we’ll just have to enjoy watching it crash and burn instead of slowly fading away into obscurity. I, and I’m sure many others, am more than happy to pop some popcorn and watch the show.

    • Poppschmidty
      4:22 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Trust me, in a family that has mostly Louisville fans this would a great Trump card, but it would lessen the rivalry.

  4. GatorCat
    3:47 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    If the banner comes down and Rick is gone, they will have nobody to blame but themselves for creating and supporting an environment of Win First Integrity Zero. And a fish stinks from the head – looking at Ramsey, Jurich and the Trustees that allow this to go on.

    • ConstantineXI
      4:07 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Will the NCAA have the guts to do this? Louisville is in the ACC now… Of course, this does compare to, even top the UNC academic fraud scandal, at least prostitution wasn’t involved in what UNC did.

      If UNC and Louisville don’t get the death penalty or damn close to it, no school will ever get serious sanctions ever again.

      But should the ACC be surprised? Louisville has been the ruin of every conference they’ve ever joined. At the very least the ACC is looking at UNC and Louisville being NCAA tourney ineligible for a year, perhaps multiple years?

      And could the ACC look at ejecting Louisville over this? If that happened, what conference would have them? I doubt even CUSA would want them back!

    • Rixter
      4:23 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Will the ACC even have enough eligible teams to play a tournament? They could have Louisville, Syracuse, and UNC all on probation at the same time!

    • J-Dub421
      4:29 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Don’t forget Miami and FSU, who have has plenty of issues recently too.

    • J-Dub421
      4:31 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      *Have had,* that’s what I get for posting without proofreading.

  5. To be honest
    3:54 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    The president of UL is the one to blame. Sole responsibility should fall on his shoulders. He has fostered this unethical and win at all cost mentality.

    The louisville fan base will have to suffer as collateral damage. This is sad but vacating is the only option. What UL is doing is sick.

    • ConstantineXI
      4:09 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Absolutely right. It starts with the President and goes down to the AD and, of course, to Rick.

      Thank God UK doesn’t have to put up with ANY of this kind of sick BS to have a top 5 basketball program and even a football program on the rise!

      Could you call yourself a UK fan if our school were doing this? I know I couldn’t.

  6. ConstantineXI
    3:55 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    I really wish he would retire. I loved the years 1989-97. My favorite Kentucky team of all time will always be the 1989-92 “Unforgettables” Era. And everything he does tarnishes that era.

  7. TheKraken
    3:57 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    We should also probably be talking about criminal charges and a few years of jail time for Pitino. You can’t just run an organization that forces children under 18 to have sex adults in this country. This isn’t Saudi Arabia, or first century Rome… you just can’t commit deplorable acts like this in a modern society. Even UL, with its decades of a lack of human decency, is not above the law.

    • ConstantineXI
      4:03 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Yep. I doubt every recruit was over 18. If so jail time is in order. I don’t see how Pitino survives this, and it’s a sad end to a once great coach. That said, this is Louisville, and they will put up with more misconduct than any school in the country.

      If he does survive, how does he ever go into the home of a recruit and ever look the parents of a 16 or 17 year old kid in the face ever again?

    • Jeff
      4:15 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      I think you are stretching quite a bit when you say “forces children under 18 to have sex adults in this country.” Did Pitino know? maybe, but forcing them to have sex? Really?

    • ClutchCargo
      6:06 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Pretty sure they were all at least 16, which means no statutory rape in KY.

  8. saul smith
    4:03 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Will Rick have to send his tattoo to Haiti, along with all of the national title t shirts?

  9. KevinM
    4:03 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Rick leaving UL will be on his own terms….did anyone forget they rehired the worse example for young adults to coach football? Rick will deny deny until ‘he’ decides he’s been through enough losses to Cal.

    UNC gets hammered first; there should be no penalties for any school until UNC gets their just due.

    • nkycatsfan
      4:09 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      I agree, I believe there is a HUGE UNC academic scandal that the NCAA needs to deal with first!

    • Crazy8s
      4:19 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      It appears UNC and UofL should both be punished. The reality, is the UofL situation is far easier. If the allegations are true, the players would have been ineligible, so every game those players played in should be vacated. UNC is about an accredited university compromising their own standards. If UNC doesn’t retroactively change some of those grades, it’s really hard for the NCAA to justify ruling those players as academically ineligible. It’s a case without a precedent, so we can’t speculate what the NCAA believes it has the authority to do. I’m not saying the NCAA won’t do anything, but it stands to reason that it could take a long time to resolve.

  10. James
    4:04 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    If with ho’s you did mate, you must vacate!!


  11. Joe Kyle
    4:04 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    It pains Pat Forde, but as an alleged journalist he cannot get scooped by out of state publications on a story this big happening right in his back yard.

  12. Brian
    4:13 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Just glad Pat is not wagging on UK.

  13. nybrasky
    4:14 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Forde is a clown, but he’s no dummy. He knows that he needs his career to continue long after Pitino is done at UofL, so he can’t go down with the ship. If he’s on the wrong side of the scandal that could be the end of Pitino, he loses all credibility going forward and his career dwindles to an end shortly thereafter.

    It sure will be interesting to see how this plays out for all involved – journalists included.

    • BigBlueSkyDog
      6:16 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Indeed. Lots of journalists have hitched their wagons to Pitino. I sense that Bozich and Crawford are close to jumping off.

  14. harry
    4:18 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    It aint no fun when the coaches cant have none.

  15. bob
    4:22 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    W H A T ? Are you people crazy. This is nothing compared to the scandal Ricky P has already endured. Banging Karen Sypher, that skanky slut in the floor by the salad bar ( I call it giving her the Porcini Weenie) for all of 15 seconds by his own count. All the while your team manager had your back watching the door, while this was going on.(Then said team manager drove her to the abortion paid for by Pitino. Top that off with, the manager then married her) LMAO. Then UL rehired a guy who was so sleazy when he left town he BLATANTY lied to you and said he was not talking to anyone while he was IN ARKANSAS locking down his new job. (HE GETS FIRED FROM ARKANSAS for moral turpitude) Then you rehire him when Charlie Strong bolts for Texas. (Charlie second guessing that decision now.) So in my mind teenagers having sex is really not all that big of a deal. I realize there were hookers involved, I don’t really understand that as I would think being the big man on campus these guys could get all they wanted FREE. I am sure they were not pure as driven snow when they arrived on campus. The comments here talking about them being under age are ridiculous. How many of those guys were doing a Tim Tebow? NONE. So, the fact that they signed recruits by tempting them with hookers is pretty lame, I don’t see stripping the title for it. If it is established that Rick knew about this, then he has to be toasted. Otherwise, he’ll hang around as long as he wants to. I am sure he’ll find someone to take the fall for him.

    • Dangers
      5:15 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Actually this is FAR WORSE in terms of its effect on the program. Porcini’s was a personal deal and really had nothing to do with the school. Buying prostitutes for players and recruits (who I’m don’t doubt that some were under 18) is wrong on so many levels. First of all, it’s a MAJOR recruiting violation. Second of all, it’s, well, soliciting prostitution, which is, well, illegal. There’s just so much more on an ethical level as well.

  16. Ctrout
    4:23 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Where is the $10K+ hooker money coming from? Follow the money, it will lead you to the responsible party that will pay dearly for this mess. The money may take us to Jurich and Pitino

  17. Dude
    4:28 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    This whole story just keeps getting better and better….. Wow.

    You could just hear the pain and embarrassment in Forde’s voice – but to his credit, he didn’t try to sugarcoat anything. This might be the most telling thing yet.

  18. Semantics
    4:31 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    “Stripper scandal”? Come on, girl. It’s more than a “Stripper scandal”.
    We’re talking money for sex here. With young me who could have
    been under 18 at the time it happened. Are you even aware of the legal
    precedences for that? Think “Subway Jared”.

    This is not a “Stripper Scandal”. This is a PROSTITUTION Scandal.
    And it’s not a “nudge nudge wink wink” type of deal, either.
    It’s more of a “Spend Your Life In The County Hotel For A Very
    Long Time” kind of a deal.

  19. Just Say'n
    4:35 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    u of smell had something like this coming due for a long time. The school has become a win at all costs program be damned and it eventually had to come home to roost. I’ve talked to several big contributors who have been ashamed and embarrassed by what’s happened to their ‘higher’ institution of learning. Guess what, they still continued to financially support the program.

    Don’t think for one moment that Ramsey or Jurich will do anything about this situation. This web was spun a long time ago and will not be dismantled easily. As for the fans that support the program, NOTHING will convince them that anything has happened. They’ve been little brother for so many decades that they’ve become immune to anything and will point their fingers in other directions to make them feel better. Trust me on this, the “everyone does it” card will fly around as quickly as the “racist” card does. It’s a sad state of affairs in ‘Metro’ Loserville.

  20. Ha!
    4:35 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Makes you wonder what they were thinking enticing those players and recruits with these hookers. Cal might want to make sure his house is in order….thus the lack of comments on his part. I’m sure we use certain enticements aimed at our recruits in case they might be borderline commitments.

    • Ha!
      4:53 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Nice try, troll. Your shady program is going down, in flames, for the whole world to see.

      Should be a fun game at Rupp this year. 😉

      1-7, bitch.

    • Elmer Skaggs
      5:08 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      The NCAA is going to take such a large dump all over the Louisville program and its 2013 NC banner, CJ Johnson would be proud.

  21. John m
    4:38 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Karen Sypher. Hiring Bobby Petrino after he cheated on his wife and Arkansas. Chris Jones. And now this. All on Jurich’s watch. Remember when Jurich tried to get Lachlan McLean fired when he questioned letting Willie Williams come to UL to play football? Jurich personally vouched for him. Williams is in jail now. Jurich will try to bully the Louisville press into keeping their mouths shut and it will work on most of them. There is no man with less integrity than Jurich. Both he and Pitino need to be gone.

    • Dustin
      4:51 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Please don’t lump Chris Jones into all of this. He was falsely accused and does not deserve to be included in this discussion as if he did anything wrong. He has already been punished PLENTY even if you blame his false accusation on bad decisions that he made that put him in a situation like that in the first place.

    • Beavis
      5:47 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      No wonder Jurich was looking at the Texas job.

  22. Lisa Mac
    4:41 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    I’m starting to think that Pitino will not make it to the start of this season.

  23. UK fans are the best
    4:51 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    You rubes certainly have wild imaginations. All that’s here is maybe a rogue staffer paying a few girls an appearance fee to come to a party and impress a few recruits. Any stripping and sexual favors were just unintended by-products that just happen at parties sometimes. To suggest Pitino and Jurich should be dismissed, UofL should be thrown out of the ACC, and banners should come down is absurd. We’re talking minor improper recruiting activity infractions, at best. You clowns really need to stop getting all lathered up about nothing.

    • CatsBy80
      4:52 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Minor recruiting infractions? you cannot be serious with that drivel.

    • Ha!
      4:57 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      And UL fans are the most delusional….

      That must be why it was on OTL today, and every major media outlet is jumping on this. You can try to convince YOURSELF it didn’t happen, but please, save it when it comes to trying to convince everyone else.

      Even your boy Pat Forde basically indicted Pitino today…

      Good day, sir. 1-7, #L1CWhore 😉

    • Dude
      5:01 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      This guy just epitomized the UofL fanbase in one paragraph.

      Kudos to you, sir.

    • theSkinny81
      5:06 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Little Brother saying Little Brother things. I love it.

      Whatever it takes to win, right?

    • Bill Reed
      5:14 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Once the donors and corporate finders start pulling their money, Pitino and even Possiby Jurich will be gone. Wonder what Papa John Scnatter is thinking now? If he doesn’t pull his money, I will never buy one of his pizzas again!

    • BluKudzu
      5:36 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      You rubes certainly have wild imaginations. – If you call “wild imaginations” fueled by a prostitutes accusations towards a program coached by a sexual deviant that performs lewd acts in a public restaurant and then pays for the abortion, co written by a Pulitzer winning journalist wild, I see your point. I think you might have the wild imagination.

      All that’s here is maybe a rogue staffer paying a few girls an appearance fee to come to a party and impress a few recruits. Any stripping and sexual favors were just unintended by-products that just happen at parties sometimes. – I really need to get out more to those Louisville fan type parties. I am sure that happens in your world, you know, tailgaters with stripper poles in the parking lot, nothing unusual there.

      To suggest Pitino and Jurich should be dismissed, UofL should be thrown out of the ACC, and banners should come down is absurd. We’re talking minor improper recruiting activity infractions, at best. – This I totally agree. The U of L Athletics Program is the punch line of the NCAA. Nothing will happen. Banners will stay, this will be forgotten by the national media in a few days. If this was going to have any issues with the NCAA, the hooker and her children would already be interviewed, and the players as well. Louisville will always Louisville, no class, no morals. Just trash to humiliate the rest of the Commonwealth.

      You clowns really need to stop getting all lathered up about nothing. – Also true. Nothing out of the ordinary here, Trash being trash. This is to be expected from those with no moral compass, lack of dignity or class, and especially from the school that would rehire Petrino, and keep Pitino.

    • UK fans are the best
      5:36 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Again, this is just a young staffer trying to get noticed in the college basketball world. If true, it leans inappropriate, but in his mind he was trying to connect with recruits and players. I welcome the rivalry and understand the countless hours UK fans spend trying to diminish our program, but even you guys should sharp enough to not paint the program with such broad strokes based on an alleged isolated incident of one person.

    • J-Dub421
      5:59 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Lol, whatever helps you sleep at night.

    • CardFan502
      6:49 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      I agree with the OP. I don’t see what the big deal is with the staff paying for a couple of prostitutes for recruits we didn’t get and they fam. This type of shit happens everywhere.

      Minor infractions. Nothing to see here.

    • ukjaybrat
      7:26 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Dog strippers don’t strip for free and hookers don’t hook for free. Somebody paid them and it wasn’t high school kids. You are a moron if you believe any of what you just said

    • Ha!
      8:35 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      The sad part, ukjaybrat, is I think he actually does…… 🙁

  24. USC Trojans
    5:34 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    This happened:

    The NCAA found that Bush had received gifts from sports agents Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels from at least December 2004 in violation of NCAA rules of amateurism. As a result, USC was placed on four years’ probation and forced to vacate its last two wins of the 2004 season as well as all of its wins in the 2005 season. It was also banned from bowl games in 2010 and 2011 and lost 30 scholarships over three years. Running backs coach Todd McNair was banned from off-campus recruiting for one year after the NCAA determined he’d known about Bush’s dealings with the agents. The NCAA also forced USC to permanently disassociate itself from Bush.[44][45]
    The vacated games included the Trojans’ Orange Bowl win. On June 6, 2011, the BCS officially vacated USC’s 2004 National Championship.

    • UK fans are the best
      5:58 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      A lot of things happen, but Reggie Bush was given tangible items. Going to a party in which some of the attendees were compensated to be there as photo ops and seat fillers is not the same thing.

  25. UKfaninLou
    6:11 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Living here in Louisville, I can tell you how this is likely to go down. The Commonwealth Attorney is already involved and investigating the underage girls. This lady (?) will end up in a cell with Karen Sypher. Jurich holds the power in this city. I don’t know how he does it, but she’ll go to jail and UofL, Pitino, and Jurich will live to keep the sleaze going. Sure hope I’m wrong though.

  26. BNClay
    6:31 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    The down side is if wins are ereased from the 12-13 season we won’t be able to say L1C6,7,8,9 etc… Never mind L0C whatever sounds better anyway.

  27. RealCatsFan
    6:33 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Well, this should make for some interesting Halloween costumes this year! I can see a few ladies dressed up as hookers while their date goes as a UoL basketball player.

  28. BluKudzu
    6:39 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Right now, based on what I have seen, the accusations are obviously pretty bad. U of L has been working on this since they knew the book was in process, from back in August. They self reported to the NCAA. The book has nothing completely, without a doubt, incriminating to anyone. The images are not much, and the credibility of the accuser is questionable at best. The only way this gets any attention from the NCAA, is from a former player, or a recruit to come forward and corroborate the story. “He said-she said” has never been the virtual lock down for guilt.
    It would seem to me, based on the book, the woman has incriminated herself, more than anyone. I would agree that she is looking at some serious jail time.
    If the rest of the story becomes real and no plausible deniability emerges, Rick might have an employment issue. However, with U of L and their past track record, I am sure this will be taken care of, and Rick maintains his coaching gig.
    Either way, this is sleazy, and leaves a mark.

  29. JamesCatsFan
    7:58 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Can someone please make #L1CWhore trending?

  30. James
    9:58 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Never, ever take anything Pat Forde says or rights as credible

    • Ha!
      10:16 pm October 5, 2015 Permalink

      Does Pat Forde know the difference between write and wrong?

  31. I can honestly say...
    12:34 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

    I hope all of you die in a house fire. That is all.

    • J-Dub421
      12:52 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Your house is already burning, better see to that first.

    • Ha!
      1:03 am October 6, 2015 Permalink

      Yep, they definitely know they’re in trouble……. 😀 😀 😀