Last week, John Calipari created quite the stir when he took some not-so-subtle jabs at Rick Pitino and Louisville for the sex scandal. While Cal didn’t mention Pitino or the school by name, anyone who can read between the lines knew what he was talking about.
“All I can tell you is this: if it happens on your campus and it happens with your assistants and those people, you probably have a good idea what is going on,” Calipari told Mike Lupica last week. “All I can say is most coaches have an idea if it happened on their campus.”
This afternoon, the venerable Terry Meiners had Pitino on his show, and asked him about Cal’s comments. As Rick often does, he tried to make it come off like he was taking the high road by dismissing the comments, but then went on a seven minute rant about them.
“You know, Terry, whether it’s Duke last month or whether it’s now us this month, these type of comments — you know, we’re here to build up the image of college basketball, not tear people down,” Pitino said. “I know my coach when I was playing didn’t know anything that was going on with my teammates on campus. Unless somebody was getting into trouble with the law, he didn’t know what was going on.”
“The one thing I don’t do is, I don’t live in a glass house and I don’t throw stones. We have a rule in the ACC amongst coaches, unless you’re praising each other and building each other up, keep it to yourself and mind your own business,” Pitino continued. “I don’t want to comment on what anybody says unless it’s upbeat and positive because I don’t live in a glass house.”
Terry pressed Pitino on the topic, asking him if he was offended by Calipari’s comments given his history at Kentucky. Pitino insisted that he’s only interested in helping other programs, not “throwing stones.”
“All I’m going to do is praise people, and I’ve said that about Kentucky. They do a great job with what they do, Duke does a great job, North Carolina, Kansas. All these people do a fabulous job at what they do. So, the only thing I’m interested in is taking care of my program and that’s it. Unless I’m helping my neighbor, yeah, I’m not throwing any stones.”
When asked if he’s looking for an apology from Calipari, Pitino said he might question him about it if their paths cross this summer.
“It’s just like the Duke thing last month. He says that’s not what he means. I don’t have time to find out what he meant or didn’t mean. If our paths cross this summer, I’ll question him on it. Outside of that, look, he — I take care of press conferences when I have to do them, I feel like it’s an obligation. I’m not looking to be in the press.”
What is it that Calipari says? When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one you hit?