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Predicting Rick Pitino’s response to his new scandal

When it comes to scandals, Rick Pitino is a pro’s pro at weaseling his way out of accountability. After all, he he has tons of practice deflecting responsibility for his actions.

So with today’s new black cloud over Pitino’s basketball program, what route do you think he will take to get out of it?

I have some guesses…

— “I can’t believe we’re talking about this 15 years and 16 days to the date after 9/11.”

Rick Pitino’s go-to line is always a reference to 9/11. Whenever Rick feels the heat, he invokes our nation’s worst tragedy.

— “I can’t believe we’re talking about this nine years after the day Paul Newman died.”

Back in 2009, Pitino invoked the death of Ted Kennedy, twice, when calling his relationship with Karen Sypher a 100 percent lie. 9/11 was also brought up.

— “I can’t believe we’re talking about this on World Contraception Day.”

Yes, today is World Contraception Day. It is also National Pancake Day.

Maybe it’s worth a shot.

— “Andre McGee needs to come forward and tell the truth about this.”

Andre McGee has nothing to do with the new scandal, but Rick’s not above doubling down on his “Andre McGee is the only one who knows the truth” excuse.

— “I just wanted to bring a pro team to this great city.”

The people of Louisville want a pro team, Rick should say he was only trying to provide one.

— “I was busy banging a woman in a restaurant when the money was transferred.”

He needs an alibi, right? This would be a believable one.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 Comments for Predicting Rick Pitino’s response to his new scandal



  1. IAmTheDanger
    11:56 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    U of L – the punchline to SO many jokes 😂



  2. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:07 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    So we’ve read the whole indictment and UK is not involved at all, right? I’ve heard this touches a ton of schools. I just think we need to get clear of the scene before we pile on too hard.



    • Mathlete
      12:36 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Why would Adidas’ top brass be paying players to go to a Nike school? If anything, Kansas should be quaking in their high tops. It would explain a lot about how they get elite recruits despite consistently mediocre results.



    • timbo
      12:54 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with Big. One of the adidas reps arrested came from Nike. Either adidas is the first to do this, or they’re the first to get caught because someone turned States evidence (informant) to avoid charges. No matter. Bad/sad news for a person or persons is not something to celebrate. I think the writers are being humorous about the situation, but let’s be careful not to celebrate others’ misery.



    • JTHinton
      12:46 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah same. Since we are Nike hopefully there won’t be any fallout. Classic UL to take us down w/ then if possible



    • Han
      12:54 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      One of the Adidas guys was at Nike before, fwiw.



    • BigBlueMeade
      1:04 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Kansas should be concerned. They have picked up 3 or 4 of the best transfer students in the country in the past two years.



    • Biglaw Dawgin'
      1:05 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Read Dan Wetzel’s twitter feed. He thinks this indictment is the tip of the iceberg and many more schools will be involved. He says the focus is on “one and done” schools and, admittedly, we’re the kings of that. I just hope it’s limited to just Adidas schools and/or that we’re squeaky clean.

      https://twitter.com/DanWetzel



    • BobKYCats
      1:08 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      College basketball scandal: Is the University of Kentucky involved?

      Phillip M. Bailey, @phillipmbailey
      Published 12:40 p.m. ET Sept. 26, 2017 | Updated 12:55 p.m. ET Sept. 26, 2017

      No.

      The far-reaching FBI investigation into payments being funneled to the family of college basketball recruits does not appear to involve the Kentucky Wildcats.

      The only Kentucky university mentioned in the indictments – revealed Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York – is described as having “approximately 22,640 students” and more than 7,000 faculty and staff members.

      The University of Kentucky has roughly 29,000 students, according to its website.

      The University of Louisville, which is the only other public research university in the state, lists a student headcount of 22,640 on its website.



    • Mathlete
      1:10 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      @Timbo – Personally, I’m good with a little schadenfreude this week. I think as a fanbase we could collectively use it.

      On the downside, I’ll miss Louisville basketball as a UK fan. Crushing their dreams year after year after year has been one of mygreat joys.



  3. Booby Petrino
    12:19 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    I actually have a Louisville fan arguing with me now that Louisville “isn’t linked to anything yet.” Lordy these people are delusional.



    • 4everUKblue
      2:39 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      This from esp..go.com………. “Today, the University of Louisville received notice that it is included in a federal investigation involving criminal activity related to men’s basketball recruiting,”



  4. 4everUKblue
    12:48 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    The banging a woman in a restaurant only gives him an alibi for 15 seconds unless he used Pitino math in which case it could have been 3.5 seconds…



  5. classof68
    12:52 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Whatever the crime involved is, you can almost be sure it has something to do with the IRS.



  6. 4everUKblue
    2:49 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Too bad Karen Sypher has already been released from prison, maybe she could have been transferred to a coed prison where she and Rick could work on his sexual stamina…