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Rick Pitino says he’s done with college hoops, radio shows

This morning, Rick Pitino went on The Dan Patrick Show in what he claims was his last radio interview ever. That was just one of many ridiculous things Pitino said during the 23-minute talk, which covered the FBI investigation, stripper parties, whether or not he’ll coach again, and why the heck he just can’t move on with his life.

Some highlights, because this interview was one for the ages.

“It’s probably not going to work for me in college basketball”

After reports that Rhode Island was prepared to hire Pitino until the president killed the deal, Pitino claims he was never offered the job, although his name may have been “brought up.” Pitino said he was contacted by another school, but the fit just wasn’t right. He finally admitted that it’s “probably not going to work” for him in college hoops anymore because of the FBI investigation.

Board of Traitors (drink) lie detector test (drink) Minardi Hall (drink) 9-11 (drink)

Credit to Patrick for pressing Pitino with hard questions, but Pitino gave his standard responses, blaming the Board of Trustees for not giving him and Tom Jurich the chance to defend themselves, claiming to have never paid a player anything, and reminding everyone that he took a lie detector test and named the UofL dorm after his brother-in-law, who died on 9-11.

All these months later, it’s amazing to me that Pitino STILL doesn’t realize that whether or not he knew about what happened doesn’t matter. As the head coach, he was in charge and should be held responsible.

His son told him to move on with his life

Credit to Richard Pitino, who gave his dad the best advice of all: move on.

“My son said, ‘Dad, nobody cares. Why don’t you just get on with your life?’ It’s true. It really is. He’s a 35-year-old, he’s right.”

I never thought I’d agree with Richard Pitino, but he is right.

He thinks his name will be cleared in two years

Pitino started the interview off claiming that he didn’t care if his name was ever cleared, but by the end, he insisted that in two years, he will be exonerated.

“I think in two years, everything will come out, and they will say, ‘That guy was really railroaded out of the business,’ and nobody will care,” Pitino said. “It will come out that I’m innocent.”

Well, he’s half right.

“You’re my last show. I’ve told you the truth.”

Here’s a segment of the interview. You can listen to the entire thing over at


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27 Comments for Rick Pitino says he’s done with college hoops, radio shows

  1. ClutchCargo
    11:22 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

    ‘Dad, nobody cares. Why don’t you just get on with your life?’ I knew it! Richard Pitino is a closet UK fan!

    • Rixter
      11:55 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

      He’s 35, Rick.. not 12! Why so surprised he had good advice?

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:23 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

    If the media would keep his name out their mouth, pitino might just fade away. Which makes me wonder how long it will be until pitino and “stay in your lane” team up to take on the world.

  3. Catcasey1
    11:23 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Move on already WTF

  4. ClutchCargo
    11:23 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Haha! Apparently the mod bot doesn’t like my joke about Richard being a closet UK fan.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      12:12 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      Richard Pitino … the wannabe next head basketball coach for the Cats!

    • J-Dub421
      12:46 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll pass on Rick Jr. Thanks though.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:54 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      He did a pretty good job of drying up the sweat from the court as a kid, but I don’t think we need any more Pitinos around the program going forward.

  5. ukcamel
    11:24 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Watching Pitino crumble has been amusing, but now that he is a broken man it is just sad. He did it all to himself, but it’s still sad. I hope he takes his son’s advise, but I doubt it. There is always a new low for Pitino.

  6. UKinIN
    11:49 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

    What’s the over/under on how many radio shows Pitino will go on to make his point that he’s not doing anymore radio shows?

    • trumpetguy
      1:41 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      UKinIN, what ever the number is, I definitely say OVER! If there is a microphone nearby, RP will use it…

    11:50 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

    What I choose to remember with Rick was a tremendous coach that saved our program in the early 90`s. I do believe he deserved to be fired but I am not naïve enough to believe that it could be a power play against him. Rick is arrogant and proud and I am sure he has a few enemies in high places. However, not saying I like him, but I do appreciate what he did for our program at a time I am convinced no one would have been able to accomplish with the results he did. Think of Villanova now, we went to the Title game 3 times in 3 years!! I choose to remember that Rick..

    • ClutchCargo
      12:01 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      I think if he would just go away with dignity, and maybe show a little humility, more UK fans would be able to do the same.

    • T-wah
      12:06 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      That’s a great point. That’s the way I try to look at it, too. He was probably the only guy (at the time) that could have pulled us out of the pit so quickly and brought the BBN all the way back to the mountaintop. I’m grateful for that. I disliked him very much at Louisville, but I still will give him credit for being the right guy at the right time at UK. Now, let’s move on. I like my current coach and my team.

  8. Smyrna_Cat
    12:00 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Man. Pitino is just eaten up, isn’t he? This is pathetic.

  9. BobKYCats
    12:16 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Is Pitino officially the new Bob Knight, yet?

  10. deepsouthfan
    12:17 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    I know this won’t be a popular post….But I feel sorry for the man.

    He earned my respect with wht he did with a UK program that was at its lowest point.

    He came in, recruited in state talent and ran with it. Brought us back for the brink to the top of college basketball.

    I agree that he was/is ultimately responsible for everyrhing that happened under his watch at UofL…but can’t we all respect him for what he did at UK and move on.

    Beat a man when he’s down just doesn’t feel like the right thing to do.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:07 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      He earned my respect with that too, but then lost it when/as he refuses to be accountable for his actions/responsibilities. If he had the ability to be contrite and accept responsibility I think his future might look a little less bleak.

  11. Headhurts
    12:38 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    It’s sad to see a 60 yr old man that can’t see the forest because of those damn trees.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:22 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      Uhhhhh…..Pitino is not 60 and hasn’t been for 5 yrs. In fact he is almost 66.

  12. Flake
    1:03 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Besides resurrecting the program, The thing I will give Pitino the most credit for is his relationship with Bill Keightley. I was at several father-son camps in the late 90’s and got to meet Mr Keightley, and he was not just an icon through decades of UK basketball, but a very nice person, he was great to all the campers. I know that he and Pitino still had a good relationship, even after Pitino went to Louisville. I do think Rick is a scumbag, but I give him credit for how he remembered and spoke of Bill Keightley after his death.

  13. BLUEDOUG65
    1:35 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    I have a close contact that worked for Pitino for many years. He spoke very highly of Rick. If you were in his inner circle he took very good care of you. At Louisville though on the outside looking in, and really how many of us know the real truth on any of this? He needed to go, but it is very possible that he only hired people that made bad mistakes. He may very well have not known any of that. He also could be lying through his teeth. Only God knows and Rick? He ran clean programs, ask any of his old KY players. He was obsessive about the rules. I’m not taking up for the man in the least. I am just saying we all don’t know the truth of the matter. I couldn’t stand Tom Jurich the bully! Tom gets what he deserves. Rick I do still have some fondness for due to his time here.

  14. catsarerunnin
    2:00 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    If he were offered a college job he would take it in a heartbeat. My guess is it’s a play by him in hopes somebody will offer him a job. Reverse psychology if you will.

    • trumpetguy
      2:16 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      catsarerunnin, that is probably the opinion of most. Only problem is that anytime ones name is mentioned in the same sentence with the FBI, that is usually not a good sign! College presidents and Athletic Directors might cringe just a little at that……but maybe that is just me.

    • catsarerunnin
      3:02 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      That could be true but I have two words (name) for you: Kelvin Sampson. But I agree the FBI thing makes it somewhat different.

  15. catlaska
    3:30 am April 6, 2018 Permalink

    The idea that he didn’t know what was going on in Minardi Hall is preposterous. The fact that he said UL didn’t spend any money on Bowen (before they got caught) is telling of his character. The man was desperate to recruit better players and to keep up with Cal. His ego is what did him in. He could not stand losing. I’m not sure why there aren’t at least 1 or 2 or 5 other D1 coaches in his current position, if there isn’t something very wrong with the man.

  16. Oaks
    7:34 am April 6, 2018 Permalink

    This is like when a girl dumps you and you run around saying you dumped her.