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Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 11:59 am
 

By Matt Norlander

"It's a free country, and the KFC, last time I checked, was part of this country."

Oh, you bet, Rick Pitino. You bet your esteemed coif that KFC is part of this great, great country. Pitino was more specifically referring to the KFC Yum! Center, where Louisville plays its home games. It's also where John Calipari will coach the Dominican National Team against former Kentucky players on Aug. 16.

Calipari will scheme against former Kentucky players in an exhibition match that the state is eagerly anticipating. It's just another not-so-obfuscated way of Calipari milking whatever he can out of the system. It should be a blast for folks in Kentucky who will take any semblance of organized, Wildcats-infused basketball they can get.

But, yeah, the game's taking place at Louisville's digs. According to our former colleague Matt Jones, Louisville and Pitino were so anti-Kentucky when this new joint got built, they had it put into the contract that Kentucky could not play any games at the Yum! Center. And, technically, they're not -- it's former Kentucky players going up against the Dominican National Team. Still, Pitino is biting the inside of his cheeks as much as he can on this. Just (not really) grinning and (barely) bearing it. And I'm sure he hated having to address it to the media yesterday, when a press conference was scheduled so he could discuss his team's upcoming summer plans.

Pitino and the Cardinals will be just getting back from the Bahamas when this game is taking place. And then there's this, from the AP:
When an obviously irritated Pitino was asked why isn't the exhibition game being played at Freedom Hall, he said: "Why don't you ask them that?"
So we have another little drama inside the Bluegrass State. Amazing how much blogging material can be borne out of Kentucky and Louisville's programs, right? Think about it: Duke and North Carolina, two programs that collectively have more impact and history on college basketball than the aforementioned two, don't produce half the amount of news or conversation that UK and U of L do.

The rivalry extends beyond the maniacal fanbases. And with this thorn in Pitino's side, the feud between he and Calipari plunges to another depth.

Photo: AP
Comments

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:42 am
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

Guys, get a grip. The statement is jot comparing the rivalry between Duke/UNC with UK/UL, it's talking about the collective history. And COLLECTIVE is the key word. While UK has more history & fame than either Duke or Carolina, UL is not in the same league with any of the other 3. So, the collective & combined histories of Duke & UNC are probably more than the combined histories of Kentucky & Louisviile ... But only because Louisville has been irrelevant in the national basketball scene except for a few years in the 80's...



Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

I know you U of L and Kentucky fans hate to hear it but UNC - Duke is a much better rivalry.  The programs are much closer together, stock to NBA w/ talent(historically, not just the last few years), and between the two programs, have won 4 national championships since either UK or U of L have been to the Championship game.  They also play in a historically more competitive conference than the SEC or Big East.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

YOU CAN BET YOUR KENTUCKY-BLUE BLOOD ON THAT ONE!!!





Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:08 am
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

Really?  Duke and NC have more impact and history in CBB than UK?  No slanted ACC bias here.  Better read your basketball history book.


I get what he is trying to say, but I have to disagree.  UNC and dUKe are more "important" nationally right now because the media has two high-profile games with them later in the season.  They have loved building this game up and up and up for 20+ years.  However, UK/UL have as many championships (9) as the aforementioned schools.  Add to that, that UK has by far the most passionate fanbase of any college team, as well as the most wins, plus UL is in the Big East (the media darling of all conferences as of now), and at worst it would be a draw between these two rivalries.  Just my two cents.




Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:33 am
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

2 things...1) Unless it is an NCAA tourney game or against UK, Louisville can not play I Rupp. The hate goes both ways. 2) Pitino was not "obviously irritated" by the question. Watch the video on CJ website. The questions are asked about 1:40 in. He's smiling and joking the whole time.

It must be a very slow time for sports news because there is nothing to this exhibition game. They'll be lucky to fill half of the YUM Center. UK doesn't typically sell out Freedom Hall when they play there.




Since: Apr 22, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

After reading NCAA records, it sates that UK has more wins, more National Championships than Duke or/and North Carolins. That means UK is #1 for those most important records.  You need toget your Head examined NeilDaddy.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

Written like a true UK fan.



Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

Logic says that if the one rivalry generates more discussion than the other, than that could be an indication of the more heated rivalry. A rivalry between a state school and a private school.  A lot of similiarities.  The truth is, Coach Paino took the private school.  I have heard said I wasn't born in Louisville, I was born in Kentucky.  What if Rick had stayed in the Blue Grass. How many more banners. More wins. Gone the madness of Gillispie.  Coach Pitano argueably could have been the king of college basketball right now. 

Go Big Blue  



Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

"Duke and North Carolina, two programs that collectively have more impact and history on college basketball than the aforementioned two..."

No missing points here.  The statement is as clear as it is dumb. 



Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Pitino, Calipari rivalry reaches a new level

Who in here knew this.  UK is the only school to have its entire team play as the US National team in the Olympics and win a gold medal.
  Show of hands?
 


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