Rick Pitino once said that when the time came it was time for him to move on from UofL, he would walk away quietly. With no surprise, that doesn’t seem to be the case. He has now came out and said that he didn’t feel he had support anymore at UofL and that Papa John’s comments hurt his feelings.
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Now that it is December, we have found our first Grinch of the holiday season. His name is Kevin Willard. Willard was an assistant to He Who Shall Not Be Named (Pitino) from 2001-2007 and even recruited David Padgett. While he compliments how well David has handled everything the past few months, he also mentions that he has no emotional attachment to UofL since Pitino and Jurich are both gone. We also can’t fully blame him, he has been gone for a while. Either way, Sunday should be fun when Seaton Hall visits the Yum! Center at 4.
Today, former head coach Rick Pitino announced he will be suing the University of Louisville athletic association for a breach of contract. He is looking for over $35 Million. In a statement released through his lawyer he is claiming his contract was breached when he was suspended and ultimately fired. Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal helps break it down below.
Adidas has come forward and asked a judge to dismiss Pitino’s case against the company. They have no new evidence, but they stand by the original findings and say that Pitino knew fully of the exchange of money to Brian Bowen’s family. It seems this is just the beginning of a very long, and ugly, battle.
Rick Pitino released a statement through his lawyer today following yesterday’s accusations. Coach Pitino condemns the latest allegations to be false and defamatory in nature. He maintains his innocence and will continue to fully cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation.
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Today officially begins the end of the Pitino era. For better or for worse, the board unanimously voted to begin the process of terminating his contract. What do you think about this latest development?
Eric Crawford with WDRB released the letter that Rick Pitino received on Wednesday, notifying him of his suspension. You can see the full letter below.
Rick Pitino had a brief phone call with the Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer, in which he continues to say he is an innocent bystander in the FBI’s investigation of bribery in college basketball. Pitino also mentions that he hopes this team wins the national championship and he loves them, and David Padgett. David was announced as the interim head coach on Friday evening. He also disclosed that he has left for Miami and plans on selling his house here in Louisville. You can read the full conversation below.
Terry Meiners shared a text message that Rick Pitino sent him this week. Rather you believe he should be gone or not, you can tell how much he misses the sport already.
Dick Vitale has figured out how to use Periscope kind of and spoke on his good friend Rick Pitino. Today, he spoke to Rick Pitino, and Rick had some interesting things to say. With no surprise to anyone. Listen for yourself, and then let us know what you think.
Some of the current and former players of the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team, have come forward to show the world what Rick Pitino meant to them.
"Let your family and close friends be the judge of who you are as a person, don't worry about being judged by others who don't know you because your family and close friends know what you are all about"- Rick Pitino.. I will always respect what you have done for me, and you will for ever be my coach! ✊🏽✊🏽
Words can't describe the love and respect I have for my coach. This is a terrible day for me, card nation and everyone else close to the Pitino family. I just heard the news and it breaks my heart. This man taught me a lot of life lessons and helped me to become a better player and man. I will always stand by my coach. Now for the players affected by this that had nothing to do with it keep your heads held high this to shall pass. To the fans sorry you all had to endure the negativity surrounding our University that you all love and respect.
Following yesterday’s news, Rick Pitino is no longer the head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. He has been placed on non-paid, administrative leave. The likelihood of his return, does not look high at this time.
Eric Crawford with WDRB has laid out the contract details for Rick Pitino regarding what his future could look like.
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College Basketball is right around the corner. While it feels like we have just settled into football season, we have a little over a month before basketball is happening as well. Myron Medcalf with ESPN.com sat down and dreamed up the rivalry games the sport needs. That WE need. Take a look and let us know what you think about them.
Rick Pitino has never been shy to share his opinions on the one and done rule that the NCAA and NBA have put in place. It is just not for him. But Coach Pitino has met with Marty Smith with ESPN and mentions that he believes the one and done will be a thing of the past within the next two years. You can see the full interview below.