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Pitino refuses to do postgame press conference


In one of his best Pitino moves, Rick refused to go to the podium in front of the media following the loss, something every other opposing coach has done this season, and last season, and the season before that. Rick has instead invited media to meet him outside Louisville’s locker room, but he’s not drawing much of a crowd as everyone waits for Calipari in the main room.

Keep on doing you, Rick. Keep doing you.

Saltier than Rupp Arena popcorn.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

89 Comments for Pitino refuses to do postgame press conference

  1. Mysti Blue
    7:08 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    No class!

  2. dan
    7:10 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds about right. Great win, Cats.

  3. Wild Blue
    7:13 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Sorehead. Ha, that applies in another way too.

  4. KentuckyJoe
    7:13 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    The guy is 1-5 against a guy who has his dream job and “can’t coach”, what do you expect? He is hearing the crowd and seeing his dream be played out by a guy who he hates and owns the state.

    • red headed stepchild
      7:29 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      #L1C5 bit(hes.

    • Ashnick
      10:13 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

      If Kentucky is owned by Calipari, then I am way glad I moved years ago. What does Cal stand for? Instant gratification instead of working hard for 4 years and getting an education.

      Cal’s house of cards will come tumbling down just like they did at UMass and at Memphis

  5. Ridge Runner
    7:14 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Dang, that’s a shame. He should at least show up and have a comment even if its for 15 sec or so….

    • Al/in/Indy
      7:26 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      DING DING DING….we have a (in a Nu yak accent) winna!!!!!!1

  6. Airbornecat
    7:15 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    No Class!!!

  7. JD
    7:17 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Lil Bitch

  8. oregon cat
    7:17 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Before we rush to judgment, maybe there’s a reason. Doubtful, but maybe. In any event, great win for the Cats! Turning point for the season.

    • jimp
      8:29 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      Yea, the reason is, he’s an A__hole. He has done this many times over the years when his team loses. He even did it while he was coaching at UK. Many times he won’t even do his post game radio show on the UL network.

  9. JPmon
    7:21 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Stay classy Louisville

  10. What she said
    7:21 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    To be fair, he has tongue cramps.

  11. Do whut?
    7:21 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, that guy is a no class bum!! Thank goodness he never coached here!! Oh wait…

  12. UKBlue
    7:22 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Kinda hard to lie & run the propaganda machine when you lose, so you suck your thumb, pout, and pull a Rick & refuse to do your job by not doing an interview. Funny how Rick is always BS’ing about being humble; jackass.

  13. NKY_UK_fan
    7:23 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    That’s the same face Pitino made after 15 seconds at Porcini’s

  14. elkcity2224
    7:24 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Stay Humble.

  15. Mark Hamilton
    7:36 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Geez. I could have come up with a better Escape Goat than that!!!!

  16. Scott
    7:39 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    He apparently talked to someone…

  17. Medical Issue
    7:41 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    He really wanted to be there but he was cramping up. I have this from a good source

  18. Louisville Fan
    7:42 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    As I Cards fan I say good game wildcats. But I still hate UK fans so #GoCards. Hope to see y’all in the tournament!

    • Beavis
      8:12 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      Yep, the losers lament. No you don’t, you don’t want to play us again. You Lv fans just love to set yourselves up for the big fall so enjoy it.

  19. dewskilowe
    7:45 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Good win by the Cats at home!! But all this stay classy quotes are from fans and a university when it wasnt to long ago didn’t allow african americans to be in the athletic program and had one of the most racist coaches in the country!! You have a loooong way to go before you start telling other schools to stay classy! I for real Ole Miss and Mississippi State had blacks playing before UK!! Get a grip and enjoy the victory!! Don’t forget Pitino brought UK back for purgatory!!

    • Georgetown Luke
      7:58 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      Who had the first African American football player in SEC? A lie can be half way round the world before the truth can get its shoes on! Why? Because people just spout without knowing the facts.

    • Knows BS when he sees it
      8:04 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      That’s crap and this idiot knows it. There’s no known evidence that Rupp was a racist and UK was recruiting lots of black basketball players, like Wes Unseld and Butch Beard, long before they finally signed one. That people believe as this moron does shows just how bad the media in this country has become.

    • dewskilowe
      8:18 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      Yes I am very aware but I meant UK hoops your holy grail so I do stand corrected ast the ENTIRE athletic program, but I guess they don’t make movies about UK breaking the color barrier in football! But UK football wasn’t and hasn’t been a juggernaut. We can go back and forth but at the end of the day the Arena UK plays in is named after a Coach that never ever wanted to have african americans on the floor while he coached at UK. Thats all I’m saying show some humility and some class yourself! Appreciate Pitino for what he did for the program and leave it at that. Once again good win by the Cats best of luck in the SEC!

    • DerbyDemon
      8:22 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      First, do you proofread? Second, you are so full of shit I can smell you from here.

    • bo
      8:25 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      I really could care less about all the so called racism crap back then. Could care less bout it now. Racism is just a word blacks use to try to get paid.

    • Luther
      8:36 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      That’s total crap you stinking Libtard! I’ve seen more class in a roach…

    • BBN
      8:38 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      Give the moron a break – the glory road was recently on TV, and we know that movies always portray events as they are. In another turn of events, it was determined that Jon Voigt was a racist, since he portrayed Rupp in the movie. Moron, please provide actual quotes or facts with specific references before you make an accusation. Much as you accuse Rupp of being a racist I state you’re a moron, but I can state my claim to be true as I can cite your idiotic, incoherent, and barely legible comments above.

    • jimp
      8:49 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      You are such a fool. I quarantee you that you know nothing about Rupp other than all the lies that have been told about him. I am old enough to remember when he was coaching at UK and that is so much bullshit. For you to bring up this garbage just shows you are more classless than any UK fan. I have lived in Louisville my whole life and believe my there are many racists in this city. Also, when you really know what you are talking about UL did not sign there first black basketball players till 1963 which is only six years before UK did and that is not very long in the course of history.

    • dewskilowe
      9:58 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      yeah good win UKKK

    • dewskilowe
      10:16 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      Enjoy the victory and hopefully we will see you in the Tourney and when they meet again the Cards will be ready!! First UK is very talented, but if you really think Harrison is going to lead this team your crazy!! Cats will lose 4 conference games and still struggle from intensity issues when you have to beg kids to play hard every game two things happen you either get better or you get beat! Lets see what happens these next 3 games! They will play MSU and I will wait till the second half to see if the Cats wake up because they will still have hangover issues from this game. The other concern I have is so much is asked of Julius Randle and of course he sat most of the second half and still defeated the Cards. He got dehydrated and couldn’t go! You can call me a troll but I just don’t see that Killer in them from team Cal has been successful with in the past since being at UK! By the way and this is the truth if someone in the NBA offers Cal 10 million a year is is a goner! Trust me when I tell you this! Also I’m headed over to Sea of Blue!!

    • BBN
      10:22 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      You’re an idiot – crawl back in your hole and don’t come out. Most trolls are smart enough to stay away after a loss. Don’t blame the refs either – there were some obvious calls such as smith’s walk that the refs missed. Most fans on both sides are able to be civil towards one another, but then there are morons like you. Again, as I stated earlier, provide actual proof and cite references for your accusations. And “daddy told me it was that way” doesn’t count as a reference MORON.

    • Buckets
      5:39 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

      This is the classic U of LOL fan response when they lose to UK: “Yeah, well Rupp was racist.”

      Truly hilarious because not only did none of them actually know the man, but he hasn’t coached at UK since 1972 – that’s more than 40 years ago to you U of L fans who can’t figure out the math. Loserville fans always like to say UK fans live in the past because we tout the fact that we’ve won so many championships in so many different decades, but these clowns are bringing up stuff that may or may not be true concerning a man who is long dead and hasn’t coached in a game in over 40 years.

      What does any of that have to do with today? Absolutely nothing. You lost. Now go home and cry like Quick Rick.

    • Tony
      10:07 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

      I recall the arena not stinking as bad back in the day when we didn’t allow blacks, person of color, brothers, African Americans …or what ever they want to be called these days! you want to talk racism, what about the crowd…..the ones buying the tickets are almost 100 percent white…..I think Christopher 2X needs to look into this as well, UK apparently won’t sell tickets to African Americans ….blatant racism at it finest !!!

  20. blitzedanddazed
    7:45 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino is a smug little shill .

  21. ehatt493
    7:47 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t see one Lexington station mic flag when the media rushed him after left the locker room. No WKYT, WLEX or WTVQ. Matt was right, Louisville media does do the bidding of Rick and the UofL athletic department.

  22. UK Matt
    7:50 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Some U of L fan said that they were not doing the post game press conference due to their bowl game, likely excuse! Pitino has no class and U oF L media does their bidding.

  23. EC
    7:52 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    What a little snot! I guess UK was not able to supply enough violins to play while he whined like a baby about the officiating.

  24. bigblue091812
    7:53 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    #19 your a dumbass, I guess you cant’ read history books. Sore loser just like your no class scum bag gheatto rat coach. Different when you play someone isn’t it, I heard you did beat Our Ladies of the Poor.

    • dewskilowe
      10:41 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      great job Mr. Grand Wizard himself!!!

  25. Bluecreeker
    7:57 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    #[email protected] – Understanding you are nothing but a troll and one of the lowest forms of life (UofL Fan Troll) I will still have to school you.

    UofL “allowed” Black Basketball players a mere 7 years before UK. Nothing to brag about considering UofL was a little urban inner city “commuter” college at the time.

    7 years….that’s all.

    Wanna talk about UofL’s Title 9 problems?

    • dewskilowe
      10:45 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      hahah Title 9 problems umm had you looked at UoL facilities for women? As a matter of fact Tom Jurich won the NCAA title 9 award a few years ago something no other male AD has won or even been nominated for!! Also the AD isn’t there anymore and the Lacrosse coach is going to be fired! But UK c’mon man they only care about UK hoops and thats it!! E.A.D

  26. Mark
    8:07 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    #19, you are an idiot. Thomas Pain was a coach Rupp recruit. The CATS won this year. I said they would win by 5 all along. Good thing Randal didn’t play the second half. I could have been a lot worse. Maybe this will shut them up and some of our rude fans too…. The team played fine. Now U of L can go back to playing cup cake teams and get some more wins….

  27. Judy
    8:11 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    dewskilowe you’re pretty stupid aren’t ya? Trying doing some reading and research so you can have your facts right before you make a fool of yourself like you just did. Oh wait – you are a Louisville fan and we all know what that’s about.

  28. Basketball Benny
    8:18 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Randle does not do anything in the 2nd half, and UK still beats his team. RickyP has always been a sore loser at UL.

  29. Dewskilowe is a douche
    8:20 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    #19 you are without a doubt the biggest moron I have ever see type something UK. It is well documented that Rupp loved to win and hated to lose and would take a player regardless of skin color if it heled him win. So clean the biased uninformed crap out of your ears when I tell you Rupp tried to recruit African Americans but SEC rules permitted him from doing so. Look it up

  30. Tom'stac
    8:26 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Life is good

  31. Dick Pitino
    8:27 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    RickyP said that he did not want to do it on the same day in history that Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

  32. Dikard Pitino
    8:59 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    How can you people gripe about me not doing the press conference on the same day that , uh nevermind im just an arsehose youre right.

  33. Bob
    9:29 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    I’m thinkin’ Rick was pissed that the refs kept calling fouls on his team in the second half… they didn’t do that last year….

  34. ukblue502
    9:49 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Another great win for the well paid UK refs.

    • art vandalay
      9:59 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink


      Had to be the refs. Had to be.

      I had a uofl buddy that started crying about the refs on Monday of this week.

      pathetic little whiners.

    • jimp
      10:09 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      Kind of ironic isn’t it? Been hearing for years from UL fans that one of the many things they hate about UK fans is how they always cry about the referee’s every time UK loses a game. Go to Porcini’s and pick up a whore you bunch of losing fools. Don’t worry, Pitino will pay for all needed abortions.

  35. realtalk
    10:17 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Ricky Three Stacks at it again!!!

  36. Cards baby
    10:17 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky is full of pathetic wannabes. Are you going to the NIT again this year. Oh yeah, love the blonde hair callistyne whatever.

    • BBN
      10:27 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      In totally unrelated news to your post, 73-66. L3C8.

    • Big Blue B-Rad
      10:37 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      Takes a big man, or a huge moron, to start talking smack about the team that just beat your team. I would say UL would go to the NIT this year, but with the pathetic conference they play in, even a blind man could win in that conference. Cats baby!

  37. ukblue502
    10:37 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah had to be the refs….HA HA HA….I just hope if we make it to the final four this year we play at Rupp. Everybody knows we havent won a non conference game on the road since 2010. Actually we have lost the last 9 of our last 10 games away from good old Rupp Arena dating back to last season. Glad Cal had the sense to pull the plug on going to Assembly Hall in Bloomington. We would’nt have our refs with us. Hell we lost the NIT tournament in a highschool gym last year…..GO BIG BLUE!!!!!

    • OH my gosh
      10:46 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      and we still beat louisville… doesn’t say much about their team does it…

  38. Tony Greene
    10:57 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Did I do OK for you Cats today? I did the best I could so get off my case the next time I come to your town!

    • BBN
      11:17 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

      I’m sorry cats fans that I missed the Russ Smith walk that led to a layup. I’ll try to catch that next game.

  39. Oohlala
    11:45 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Can anyone tell me why Ricky P wont get punished for his behavior? He criticized the refs and then portrayed childish behavior by refusing to do the presser. I assume it’s because the UofL way of discipline is to claim you are punishing someone while actually doing nothing, which teaches them life lessons and makes them a better person. Oh wait, that has nothing to do with basketball.

  40. ukcat1
    11:46 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    I LOVE THAT PICTURE!! KSR you can’t publish it enough

  41. I think it's funny that...
    11:52 pm December 28, 2013 Permalink

    …u of l lost to a team that lost in the 1st round of the NIT…..UL sucks!

  42. Cawood's lil buddy
    12:25 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    I worked at Host Communications during the years while Pitino coached at UK and he would pout after a loss and often times not do the post-game interview on the UK radio network. Pitino acts like a spoiled child who doesn’t get his way and takes his ball and goes home when he loses. He’s pathetic!!

  43. The Blue Cat
    1:56 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    Come on, fellow Cats. Maybe Pitino had something planned after the game. Like a date with a U of L freshman.

  44. cardsfan83/85
    2:02 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    I have to post that it is embarrassing to see all of these negative crappy posts from two schools fans with two of the best programs in the country. I am a UL grad and can say that UK played well today at home and beat a good Louisville team. UL does need to improve its front court play and I am sure they will. It is a long season and a process to get ready for the tourney. Congrats to the UK team. To the fans on this board, grow up!

  45. musrat59
    2:12 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    I was amused by the CBS segment on Pitino, especially when Pitino was talking about honesty and being truthful. I laughed like hell when I heard the little weasel talk about his honesty.

  46. bill
    3:20 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    Louisvilles 2nd loss. Still ahead of those NIT losers and still ranked higher in EVERY sport. Hey cats, how did your bowl game go? Hahahaha. Congrats on your regular season win #dontmeanshit

    • BBN
      8:49 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

      Your team lost today and you post on a rival’s blog – smart move moron. Your point makes absolutely no sense. All of the experts agree that Kentucky’s upside is tremendous, but the freshmen need to grow up, while Louisville is a team of skilled veterans. How did Behanan, Harrell, Blackshear, and Van Treese do for you yesterday. I would be concerned as a Louisville fan that this inexperienced group beat your team 13 games into the year. The refs aren’t allowing that same hack across the arm style that you used last year. I give credit it where it’s due, and both Smith and Jones played good games, but rest of team is terrible. You lost to a bunch of freshmen whose star player played only 2-3 minutes in second half. You can leave rival teams blog – try to get some sleep idiot and let what I said truly sink in.

  47. UK 95/04
    6:35 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 44. Win with class. If you have so much pent up anger, then go work out. It is a shame to see so much vitriol and low class comments. The team played well and won a huge game. Why not keep the focus on them instead of finding new ways to make the same tired insults?

  48. prpcat
    7:26 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    Seems you can’t win just because you might be better blaming refs is the only option left, and Pitino did you not get the rule changes before the season? quit your whinning and be a real coach…….

  49. bluegrassjimmy
    8:47 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    First #18 hope you guys make it to the big dance we will enjoy kicking your ass again TWICE in the same season. #46 wait until the NCAA finishes looking into your football program, then we will see who is laughing “ass hole”!!!

  50. Umm
    9:21 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA isn’t “looking into” Louisville’s football program dummy.

  51. Alex brown
    9:48 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    The refs were clearly favored the kitty cats . Pretty sure Pitino didnt want to tk to the media because of this. Enjoy Russs smith dunk for now .

    • PhilUK18
      11:00 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

      Seriously? Your team lost, your “star” senior PG (who Pitino had to beg to come back to school) got outplayed by a freshman, and your coach pouts after the loss, and you want to bring up one dunk? Whatever helps you sleep at night, I guess.

  52. bluegrassjimmy
    10:05 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    #50 What did I say! Hide and watch “dumb ass” and what are you loosers doing on this KENTUCKY web sight. I really hope Kentucky buys the YUM center and has it raised, “DESTROYED” and takes it for a tax write off!!
    There are serious talks of this you know!! LMFAO!!!!

  53. Spinner
    10:13 am December 29, 2013 Permalink

    It was a good win but the refs were not in the Cards favor for the most part. Sad to see a win tainted with some questionable officiating. Looked like they missed a pretty easy double dribble by Young on a fast break around the 7 min mark of the second, and they called quite a few fouls that didn’t look like much, but they called a few on us too. All in all I wish the games officiating was a little more of a non factor but its still a CATS win baby.

  54. Jesus H. Chrysler
    1:12 pm December 29, 2013 Permalink

    Nah, he just wanted to support his boy, Charlie, and catch the 1st half of ‘Tard Nation Futböl game

  55. Spoon
    2:02 pm December 29, 2013 Permalink

    Cal did the same thing last week. Pay attention to what your own coach does everyone in awhile.

  56. Gary Hunter
    4:18 pm December 29, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care what you uk fans say. The only way yaw could beat us was with the help of those weak assistance refs. They won the game for you all them Lily boys that played.

  57. Cards fans are funny
    6:14 pm December 29, 2013 Permalink

    The only thing Louisville fans have to say is to fall back on football. Wake up call y’all played in the worst conference in America couldn’t win that and get by a mid major in central Florida at home. Your claim to fame to back up this loss is y’all played in a bowl game. That’s nice over 80 schools play in a bowl game. Y’all sound like those mid major schools that win their conference tourney celebrate and jump up and down just to know they will go out in the 1st round of the big dance. Uk has a football national championship where is louisville’s? Winning a bcs game is just like getting to a final four and getting beat. There is only one team people remember in any sport and that’s who wins the national championship. We can invite you over to sec media days next year if y’all want to see what real football teams a conference and a champion look like. Plus talking about cal leaving for the NBA Charlie strong is about to leave for Florida. Y’all’s football program isn’t even good enough to keep him from upgrading to a different school while when our coaches leave there is no step higher except where they are going which is the nba. So get off that whole well our football team played in a bowl game the only people that care are Louisville fans Miami fans and well Vegas .

  58. Katbluefan
    8:28 pm December 29, 2013 Permalink

    Poor “Little Ricky Pitino”, his Cards got beat again by Cal’s Wildcats. Wonder what excuse he has for the loss ?? It’s a shame he was so upset that he couldn’t do the post game press conference. Very poor sportsmanship on his part but what do you expect from a person with his record of , well I think most people know what I’m speaking about.

  59. Betty White
    10:55 am December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Sometimes its hard to talk when you feel as tho your heart is broken, Im a wildcat fan but when they don’t win…..Go Louisville, Rick you are one fine coach.

  60. BoCard
    12:04 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Good Game Cats! Wish fans could be humble weather winning or losing. For many of the posts, take a few days and go back and read your posts. They will proabably not sound so good.

  61. BoCard
    12:04 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Good Game Cats! Wish fans could be humble whether winning or losing. For many of the posts, take a few days and go back and read your posts. They will proabably not sound so good.