Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

Rick Pitino vows to grow beard amid chaos in Greek League playoffs

Image via

Is there anywhere Rick Pitino goes that crazy doesn’t follow? Pitino’s Panathinaikos was set to begin the Greek League Playoffs vs. Olympiacos today, but because of tensions between the two teams, Olympiacos forfeited, the latest in a string of bizarre delays that has Pitino so upset he’s vowed to grow a beard until his team plays again.

“I was paid to make Panathinaikos a playoffs team and tried to give some advice about the future of the team,” Pitino told “That’s what coaches do. At this point I can’t wait until we play again, that’s why I grow a beard. I will keep growing it until we play again.”

According to, when Olympiacos failed to show up for the game, Pitino had his team scrimmage against each other, and hilariously, someone put a raw chicken on what was supposed to be Olympiacos’ bench:

“I can’t talk about Olympiacos, though I can talk about Panathinaikos,” Pitino said after the scrimmage. “It’s disappointing because I came here to coach for basketball and not to know about the morals of the sport. It will be a month without having played basketball. We are disappointed in the Federation that has brought us this far back. Most of the players should be done with their responsibilities on June 15, but for about a month now they don’t play. It’s disappointing. I’ve seen things that I haven’t seen those 40 years as a coach, both good and bad”

Last week, Pitino shared his frustrations with the Greek Federation on Twitter:

Please send me back to Greece to cover this mess.



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

1 Comment for Rick Pitino vows to grow beard amid chaos in Greek League playoffs

  1. Smyrna_Cat
    9:30 pm May 20, 2019 Permalink

    “In my 5 months in Greece, I’ve witnessed things that I’ve never seen in coaching. ”

    LIke dancing hookers? Squirting to the ceiling? $125K handshakes? Pitino has already witnessed what most coaches don’t ever get to see.