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Rick Pitino trolls the one-and-done rule again

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I was actually hoping this would be the week we didn’t talk about Rick Pitino, but here he goes again, saying stuff to put himself back in the news. During his press conference today, Pitino took another shot at the one-and-done system, telling reporters he prefers graduate transfers to players who stay at school their freshman year then go to the pros.

This one-and-done is better than the other one-and-done because they’re not just getting a 6-month eduction,” Pitino said, according to Jody Demling.

So many things here. Not only would Pitino take a player like Anthony Davis or Karl Towns over a graduate transfer in a heartbeat, the only reason he’s using the “education card” is because he can’t get a player like Anthony Davis, Karl Towns, or the countless one-and-dones that have passed through Kentucky. Also, it’s hard to use the education card when your school is currently being investigated for hiring hookers to entertain and sleep with recruits and players.

Finally, let’s stop pretending the graduate transfer rule is so virtuous. Players are transferring to other schools to raise their profiles enough to get drafted, not (just) to earn a master’s degree. Sure, the degree is nice, but what they really want is to go to the NBA or NFL. I’m fine with the rule, but let’s stop pretending it’s all about the education, Rick.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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14 Comments for Rick Pitino trolls the one-and-done rule again

  1. jaws2
    4:47 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Pimpino just being Pimpino. Not worth the ink.

  2. UK Big Board Update
    4:53 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Yep. He gone.

  3. secrick
    4:54 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Cryyyyyyyyiiiiiiiinnnnnnnngggggggg.Stop it PRICK.

  4. Long Dong Silver
    4:55 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    If Rick doesn’t like the rule, he should lobby the NBA to change it. Don’t just whine about it to his homer UL media cronies. And I think that graduate transfer rule is silly, since he brought it up.

  5. nicky
    5:00 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Tyler…good write-up with excellent points

  6. BigBlueSkyDog
    5:07 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    It’s not easy being green, is it Rick?

  7. chicago_cat
    5:35 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    complete joke that he is now relying on graduate transfers to fill in spots on his crappy team. god louisville sucks.

  8. RexRox
    5:39 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    That is absolutely nothing but sour grapes. There are plenty of one-and-dones who listed loserville among their finalists. loserville just can’t close the deal. Pitino would have taken them in a heartbeat. Haters gonna hate …

  9. LeitchfieldAlex
    5:59 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Pure RP nothing else. Can’t recruit with the Big Boys can you Ricky P? You sir have become so sad and disappointing in your OLD age. So whine if it makes you feel good you need some kind of outlet I guess. So sad so sad. But I have to love it!!!!!! Go Blue! Remember Pricky P 1 and 8 baby!

  10. Jiminy Crickets
    7:15 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    so your best two players are 23 (Lewis and Lee) and you still cant win, Louisville’s best win is over a NIT bound NC State. They are likely only on your campus for 9 months regardless if they go pro or not. Im not sure how this rule is “better”.

    BTW I HATE the one and done rule, but if they gotta go to college, Id much rather have them on my team, than to have to play against them. We have had some really good guys that were truly “one and done”. Guys like Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, Knight, Davis, Towns and Randal were easily ready to make a try at the NBA. And guys like Goodwin, Young, Noel, and Orton made the one and done rule look bad, as virtually anyone could see they were not NBA ready. This is the part of the rule that must change, and hopefully the date for declaration changing will help in that, but as long as NBA drafts on “potential” Im not sure it will.

  11. Jiminy Crickets
    7:22 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    I remember Ricky P told Trey Lyles he would be “Louisville’s first one and done”, and Antonio Blakeney was recruited as a OAD, and Ricky accepted his commitment. Teague was another guy recruited by RP as OAD. He alos brought DeaAron Fox on campus less than 2 months ago, telling him he would be the center piece of the offense. Its only after he gets shunned that the rule is stupid. He should stop embarrassing himself and stop recruiting OAD guys if he hates the rule that much

  12. david8577
    7:50 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    I remember when I was picking out a college. All I cared about was, will you keep me here a long time, buy me hookers, and make as much money for the university as possible?

  13. FKCat
    9:55 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    One advantage of recruiting graduate transfers is that you don’t have to hire hookers and/or strippers to come to the dorm to entertain them. They can visit all those fine Gentlemen’s Clubs in the Louisville area legally since they are 22 or 23 years old usually. Can’t do that with 17 or 18 year olds.

  14. UK1983
    9:59 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    he is an idiot. with is method he knows GOING IN that he gets the guy 7 months AT MOST – there is NO HOPE he will return, but a freshman who comes may stay 4 years – or more.

    pitiful self justification