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Pitino Catching Heat Across National Media


Rick Pitino thinks his team is number one.

Really, Rick?

Yes, he actually included that bonehead statement in his defense for flipping the bird.  Well, it’s obvious they aren’t number one given yesterday’s 75-73 defeat.

As a reminder, Pitino flipped off UK fans on his way back to the locker room. He then proceeded to send out Ralph Willard for the post-game media conference. While that was in progress, Rick would sneak his way out of Rupp Arena, avoiding any and all contact.

A top-25 NCAA head basketball coach avoiding his media obligations, how that’s not a breach of contract and doesn’t result in a fine, I don’t know. If this was the NBA, it would’ve been a hefty one. It’s hard to believe the NCAA doesn’t have something similar.  Nonetheless, it happened and Rick is getting slammed, even by some of his biggest supporters.  For example, Yahoo’s Pat Forde.  Here’s what he had to say about Pitino’s actions following the game:

Sending out associate coach Ralph Willard to handle the press conference was a colossal copout. Willard has done a few other postgame media ops in Pitino’s place this season — including their only other loss, at Michigan State — but you don’t pull that maneuver here and now. Not after the Kentucky game.

Still, he handled this loss like a thin-skinned 37-year-old — like the guy who came to Kentucky as its coach in 1989 — instead of a 63-year-old Hall of Famer. Which probably has a lot to do with who he lost to.

Pitino always has been one of the world’s worst losers, which is a significant reason why he loses so rarely. It clearly eats away at his innards and tends to make him an incredibly hard guy to be around in the hours and days after a loss.

And nothing brings out the sore-loser demon in Pitino more than being defeated by Kentucky. Especially Kentucky coached by John Calipari. Regardless of the pregame grip-and-grin they annually stage, the two men detest each other.

Another shot at Pitino would come from Louisville WDRB’s Rick Bozich:

When Calipari says the right thing, Pitino does the wrong thing. When Calipari is the gentleman, Pitino is the adolescent. Calipari gets it. Pitino gets himself in messes he should be too wise to create.

In the end, no matter how both coaches comport themselves, Calipari always wins — on the scoreboard (75-73, Saturday in Rupp Arena) and in the Miss Manners’ competition (1-0 after Calipari’s eighth win in their last nine meetings).

Congrats, Rick!  You’ve literally managed to turn everyone against you.


Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

21 Comments for Pitino Catching Heat Across National Media

  1. BluKudzu
    11:26 am December 27, 2015 Permalink

    Camelot? In the very arena that fed his ego, his greatest era as a coach, a place where a banner in the rafters holds his name amongst legends, it has come to this. Another chapter written in the book of a narcissistic author who gives guidance on how to live, loses yet another stitch holding his tattered and frayed career together. What a shame.
    For all of the good he had done at UK and the good UK had done for him, he will always be remembered for this one act, a gesture of a sore loser and classless Louisville Man. little brother being little brother, again.

  2. Cat House
    11:39 am December 27, 2015 Permalink

    This is the most fun I have had in a long time. Just been singing bird bird, bird is the word.

  3. Buckeye Fan
    12:08 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    I realize education isn’t that important in Kentucky, but please research the use of the word “literally” before you attempt to use it again.

    • The Rest of the story
      12:25 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Wow dude your life must really stink.

    • Buckeye Fan
      12:32 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Well, I’m not from Kentucky, so I have that going for me. My parents aren’t related. I received a proper education. I visit a dentist regularly. All in all, not too bad.

    • The Rest of the story
      12:38 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Lol and you have zero knowledge of Kentucky so you are not too bright. Keep voting for Obama you stupid Buckeyes.

    • rainman
      12:43 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Hurts doesn’t it?
      Keep trying to hide your team affiliation, I would too if I were you!

    • Buckeye Fan
      12:55 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Rest of the story, please do some research on Presidential Term Limits. You will find one can no longer “keep voting for Obama.”

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:00 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Buckeye Fan always comments on Louisville related posts… interesting.

    • The Rest of the story
      1:52 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Hey buckeye you will likely write him in anyway and yes I know more about politics and government than you and your pea brain ever will. You are such a troll go back under your rock or wherever your slim goes.

    • WillySpankit
      2:47 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Actually, if you do the research of which you spoke, you’ll find that due to the wide misuse of the word, they’ve added an informal definition to “iterally” which states “used for emphasis while not being literally true”. So technically, Kort got it right.

    • 25OR624
      4:27 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

      Buckeye Fan’s Mamma is so fugly and shnasty, she successfully invoked the Poo-Pourri “Stink Free” Guarantee!

  4. 25OR624
    12:24 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    In true “Benedict Arnold” fashion, Rick Pitino – once again – exhibits cowardice.

  5. The Rest of the story
    12:28 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    Rick who brought UK back from the dead in the 90s, gave us one if not the best team to ever play the college game in 96, a man who can really coach, and becomes such a classless jerk. The man needs therapy really bad.

  6. UKinIN
    1:04 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino has been the coach at U of L since 2001, he is now and forever a Cardinal. His time at UK should be remembered like his time with Providence or the Knicks, better places of former glory where the highlights were Final Fours, playoffs and NCAA championships unstained by infidelity, paying for an abortion, players constantly in trouble and a hooker scandal.

  7. Willy
    1:09 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino’s biggest bone-head move was leaving UK in the first place, a move I’m sure he has regretted every day since. That, combined with his hate for Cal & his success will eventually consume him, really to be pitied in the long term.

  8. Cat68
    2:35 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    Huh, and that book is lowering the value of a UofL education.

  9. gottodoit
    2:43 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino has a tattoo of a Louisville Cardinal on his back.

    Doesn’t that tell all?

    He has no respect for UK and UK should have no respect for him.

    It’s been a messy divorce. But aren’t they all?

  10. Tej
    4:47 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino is a great college coach, a Hall of Fame guy. He resurrected the UK program when we needed it. But, his legacy has been tarnished by the Karen Sipher incident, the ongoing sex scandal at UL, and this latest flap after yesterday’s game. These guys all have large egos and I’m sure these losses to UK and Cal are just major blows to his ego. It is unfortunate his career will end like this.
    Another thing-had the roles been reversed and Cal had flipped the bird to Lou fans at their arena, the CJ writers would be demanding a resignation, a fine, or more.

  11. swoods
    7:52 pm December 27, 2015 Permalink

    That GIF is the most hilarious clip from the game… He looks like Skeletor when He-man “foils” him again!

  12. Wildcat Sheli
    9:43 am December 28, 2015 Permalink

    On the “We r #1” comment, here a FLASHBACK from 5/6/01:

    Pitino, “Hopefully, after the first year, things will get back to normal. I root for Kentucky. They are the premier program in the country. We have a long way to go before we can catch them. . . .”

    No way he thinks Louisville is #1 over UK. Does he still, in some way, consider himself part of the BBN?