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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: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:08 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Lets be honest - both UK and UofL football suck ballz this year. So this little feud has been whipped up to give both fan bases something to jaw about and take their minds off of their pathetic football teams. I am a die hard UK fan, but i think that if I had to listen to sportstalk radio on WHAS from now until the actual start of basketball season, I would probably slit my wrists.




Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:04 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

This is why the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry currently has no peer in college hoops.
Well, except for the whole "quality of the basketball" thing. 

UNC/Dook > UK/Louisville 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:57 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Anyone who follows either Kentucky or Louisville sports knows Bozich is a bozo!  Come on Goodman, if you are going to quote someone and give them "cleicks" then quote someone worthwhile please. 

I do love that Cal and Pitino jab each other.  Gives the rivalry more drama! 

Because on the court, Pitino and the yardbirds can't hang!  Go Cats! 




Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:56 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

I dont know which one of you is doing a better job of providing the Big Blue Nation with more one-liners Jeff, you or Bozich.

 Pitino is nearing 60 and doesn't care what he says or who he offends these days.
You are absolutely right, and he has the court records to prove it, too.

 

 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.

Define "significantly" please.

 Not due to the hatred between fan bases, because that exists at a similar level in Bluegrass country.
You really get paid to be this ignorant of reality?


 I mean, think about the fact that Pitino was a key proponent in Calipari getting the UMass job years ago.

Does Pitino still not to this day publicly deny this?



I have to tell you, I really do like Pitino. He will always be a special coah to me for what he did while he was here at UK.
However, guys like you and Bozich are the ones that need some serious help. Mostly in journalism. 



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:55 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

An over-the-hill, past-his-prime coach of a second-rate, red-headed, mentally retarded stepchild of a school just trying in vain to stay relevant against the freight train that is the Big Blue.  Suck ass Ricky P.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:55 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Calipari is great. And not in a good way. I can wait until UK on probation in a couple of years, while Calipari is coaching the seattle seahwaks, i mean.. a different basketball team. I'd also like to beg differ with his outrageous claim that there is a better rivalry that Duke vs UNC.  This guy is a p.o.s.



Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:43 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Pitino should learn to ignore skanks laying spread eagle on restaraunt tables....



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:41 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

"This year, although Kentucky remains loaded due to another stellar freshman class, the gap has closed significantly." Wow, Goodman, you must really like the taste of your own foot. UK's talent is again head and and shoulders over u of l's and it will show in the final score again on New Year's Eve.  UK by 12+....



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