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The reviews of Pitino’s new book are out (and some are predictably kind)

Rick Pitino’s new book came out today, leading to a frenzy of takeaways, recaps, and reviews online. So far, the consensus seems to be that the book is full of the hot air we’ve come to expect from Pitino; however, some writers are taking the bait.

In his review of the book for The Courier-Journal, Tim Sullivan says many of Pitino’s claims “could be hard to refute,” listing Pitino’s rants about the U.S. Attorney, the UofL Board of Trustees, and the NCAA that we’ve heard over and over in countless interviews. But Sullivan also bites on Pitino’s new theory: that Governor Matt Bevin was out to get Tom Jurich way before the FBI’s report on the college basketball scandal was released.

That anecdote’s significance is that it would reinforce the perception that Jurich and Pitino were already in trouble prior to the U.S. Attorney’s press conference on Sept. 26, 2017; that U of L’s fast-acting trustees were essentially waiting for an excuse to claim “just cause” and void their contracts; that John Schnatter’s complaints at an April trustees meeting were orchestrated, and that revelations about the corners allegedly cut in Brian Bowen’s recruitment amounted to window-dressing.

Pitino alleged that Bevin, U of L trustees chairman David Grissom and Schnatter “were out to destroy Tom, destroy me, destroy the legacy of 16 years of great basketball, and maim a thriving, growing institution.”

Danielle Lerner and Gentry Estes, Sullivan’s colleagues at The Courier-Journal, published ten takeaways from the book, including this passage from Pitino about Kentucky fans being racist.

Pitino said the love for the Wildcats in the state “is rooted in any number of things: the dominance of Wildcats basketball, the history of the state, racism and Kentuckians’ vision of themselves as rural folk as opposed to city slickers.”

As for the mention of racism, Pitino goes on to say that “the segregated past of Kentucky basketball still cast an ugly shadow on the school” and that the parents of some African-American recruits he tried to lure as UK’s coach “were dead set against their sons playing at the Rupp Arena.”

“My insistence that institutions can evolve – which is something I wholeheartedly believe – didn’t always win over converts, and I can understand why,” Pitino wrote.

If the bridge between Pitino and Kentucky fans wasn’t already burned, that should soak in lighter fluid all over again.

We’ll have more on Pitino’s book throughout the day, including Drew Franklin’s review. Something tells me it won’t be quite as kind as Tim Sullivan’s.


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14 Comments for The reviews of Pitino’s new book are out (and some are predictably kind)

  1. KTR2786
    11:07 am September 4, 2018 Permalink

    Ricky used the new tactic of injecting an infinitely broad claim of “racism” in order to obfuscate the issue. Such a malleable word that has become over the last 6-8 years.

    11:07 am September 4, 2018 Permalink

    “Lyingest liar that ever lied.”

    • 4everUKblue
      3:57 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

      So his epitaph should read “Here lies the lyingest liar that ever lied.”

  3. KTR2786
    11:18 am September 4, 2018 Permalink

    Is this the launch of his attempt at a comeback? His ego cannot be settled by a book or podcast; he will need to coach again to save his legacy.

  4. Wade
    11:48 am September 4, 2018 Permalink

    I remember Pitino had no problem getting black student athletes to Kentucky.

    • Skooms
      12:01 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly Wade! The only coach that seemed to have any disadvantage was Joe B. Even that wasn’t enough to stymie his ability, but I remember hearing a couple of stories about some of the in state parents having issues with their son attending UK. The counter point that Noone seems to want to hear is that UK broke the color barrier in the SEC before ANYONE else. We have 4 statues at Kroger Field that back that up.

  5. PillsburyThrowboy
    12:01 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

    Seriously? Racism? It still baffles me that people only think of Rupp as a racist. Bear Bryant didn’t have a black player until 1971 but nobody ever complains about him.

    • gright
      2:30 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

      There is no evidence that Rupp was any more racist than any other white man of his time. Louisville got black players first because it was easier to convince their parents for them to play teams up north than join the SEC and play teams in the south.

  6. Le Docteur
    1:00 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not a Bevin fan but I wonder…is it possible that Bevin was looking for ways to get rid of Jurich and Pitino before the U.S. Attorney’s announcement because Pitino had never been held to account for banging a skank under a table, knocking her up and then paying for an abortion? Or because the U of L Foundation was a complete cesspool of unaccountable corruption that included Pitino and Jurich? Maybe it was because Pitino got 99% of the money from the big Adidas contract and the school got socks, shoes and tee-shirts. I mean, some of those things seem like the kinds of things that a reasonable Governor might be disgusted by. Just sayin.

    • secrick
      1:42 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

      Amen Brother

    • 4everUKblue
      3:59 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

      Or maybe Bevin was jealous he didn’t get to do any of those things.

  7. ClutchCargo
    1:51 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

    Too bad the title “Cardinal Lies” isn’t already taken. Also, who does he think is going to buy this book? UofL fans? lol

  8. kjd
    3:15 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

    Did poor, little Ricky P. mention his NCAA violations in his first coaching job at Hawaii? I would guess no. But his book is only about the truth, he claims.

  9. Bluecreeker
    4:18 pm September 4, 2018 Permalink

    Note to Pitino: UofL had its first black scholarship basketball player a mere 7 years prior to UK.

    C’mon MAN!??!