Rick Pitino just won’t go away.
He released yet another statement Friday evening and it came during the press conference to introduce David Padgett as Louisville’s new head basketball coach. Intentional or not, and it was probably intentional because Rick’s a jerk, it was a dirty move to take away from Padgett’s big moment.
Here’s what the statement said (please hold your eye-rolls until the end):
There’s been a lot of turmoil the last few days and I’ve intentionally avoided making any public statements — primarily because so few facts are known. But I wish to make a few now.
First, I want to thank all my players from Providence, UK and Louisville. Your support means more to me than I can possibly express.
Second, to the many friends and fans who reached out to me in the last few days: I owe a thousand thanks and an apology for the disappointment you must have.
Third, as I’ve previously stated, I had no knowledge of any payments to any recruit or their family. But I was the head coach and I will take ownership of my decisions. The University took the action they thought was necessary and I will do the same.
Finally, Tom Jurich is the best athletic director in the country, and thanks to him I coached Louisville basketball for over sixteen years where we witnessed many great things. From Conference USA, AAC, Big East and now the ACC. I am proud of our many accomplishments and appreciate the continued support of the Louisville community. Again, a thousand thanks.
Fifth, you’re lying.