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Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 9:28 am
 
By Jeff Goodman

It was only a matter of time.

Just a few days after Kentucky coach John Calipari's verbal jab directed squarely at Pitino and Louisville, the Cards' head coach fired back.

"Four things I've learned in my 59 years about people," Pitino told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. "I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant and I ignore the paranoid."

"If the shoe fits anyone," he added. "Wear it."

Wow.

To refresh your memory, here are Calipari's comments earlier in the week in which he purposely omits Louisville when talking about programs in the state of Kentucky.

"It's a unique thing," Calipari said. "There's no other state, none, that's as connected to their basketball program as this one. Because those other states have other programs. Michigan has Michigan State, California has UCLA, North Carolina has Duke. It's Kentucky throughout this whole state, and that's what makes us unique."

This is why the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry currently has no peer in college hoops.

At least while Pitino and Calipari run their respective programs.

It edges out the one with closer proximity down in Tobacco Road between Duke and North Carolina. Not due to the hatred between fan bases, because that exists at a similar level in Bluegrass country.

But because of the hatred of the two coaches who run the programs.

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy Williams aren't exactly partners, but those guys are buddies compared to Calipari and Pitino.

Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Rick Bozich touched upon Calipari's jealousy in a column this morning and there's certainly some merit to his points.

It's no coincidence that Calipari accepted the job to coach the Dominican Republican national team shortly after Pitino agreed to (and later decided against) coach the Puerto Rican National club.

Calipari is envious of the fact that Pitino won a national championship.

Calipari is brash -- and even his closest friends in the business will tell you behind closed doors that he'll turn on anyone. I mean, think about the fact that Pitino was a key proponent in Calipari getting the UMass job years ago.

But that is ancient history now.

Pitino is nearing 60 and doesn't care what he says or who he offends these days.

A year ago, his team was over-matched talent-wise by Calipari's Wildcats. This year, although Kentucky remains loaded due to another stellar freshman class, the gap has closed significantly.

The two coaches will square off on New Year's Eve.

This makes for terrific theater, so grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.

Because it's not going to last forever.

Photo: AP
Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Kentucky vs lousville? i think UNC vs Duke is bigger rivalry you cheating moron



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Hey Racer.  A little sentence structure might help.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Racer, were you BORN stupid, or did it just come naturally?? 15th and Hill??? . Tells your about your FAN base there.  A lot of minimum wage workers from the south end . LOL  LOL



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Leave it to this guy below me to have no idea what he is talking about (Probably a Uk fan). Louisville ALWAYS ranks in the top 5 nationally in attendance, and usually we are top 3. We sell out our 22,000 seat arena every game. NIce try though Embarassed



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

'SMALL" wonder, according to your ex-wife



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Hey UKSMITHFAN. You MIGHT want to learn how to spell. Hypocrite!!!!  Of course, that's typical of a UKAY FAY-UN



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

There is no doubt that UK has the largest fan base in the country period, and Louisville does not fill up the gym regardless of who they are playing as a matter of fact most of there games are not sold out, only during big games like UK. I live i etown also and to say there is as many louisville fans as UK is not even close to accurate, hell i did work in downtown louisville on 15th and hill street and there were 4 to 1 UK fans in downtown louisville. Louisville never has been and never will be considered in the same category as UK when it comes to college basketball and that is why UK fans laugh at louisville  fans they try to put there school in the elite but it just aint thay way.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

I'm not Italian and I'm divorced. Laughing



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Paul, I didn't know you were Italian!!  Keep your wife out of Porcini's



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

It's funny... Pitino was God to UKAY fans twenty years ago... He brought them back from yet (ANOTHER) scandal.. one of the worst in history.  Now Calipari comes along, the man many Cay-ut Fay-uns swore they would NEVER want while he was at Memphis..

 They hate on Pitino, yet he was responsible for TWO of their titles.. Let's face it , Tubby was just along for the ride.

Anyway, the point I want to make is..  UKay can beat Louisville every year in BOTH sports.. They  can win multiple titles.  But they better remember one thing.. People will ALWAYS laugh at your fan base.  My God, I was in St Louis and UKAY was playing a game on TV in a restaurant.. The cameral scanned the crowd.  Needless to say, the whole place got a chuckle. That's something that will NEVER, EVER change.

As for the Calipari era, it just proves that UKAY sold out their long standing principles of recruiting only STUDENT athletes.  For years we heard, UK just doesn't go for the NBA first rounders.  They recruit and encourage the development of the STUDENT athlete.. Yes. UK sold out and they sold out to a snake oil salesman.


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