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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: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Well then, Mr. Crybaby lawyer, why are you the only one defending the bum?



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Wow UKSMITHFAN you are a crybaby lawyer! 



1) Again, who says that I am crying.

2) What the f*** are you doing on this board. Nebraska doesn't play basketball.

3) You said you were leaving, so leave. Nobody really wants to read your non-sensical babble.

4) You can't HANDLE the truth.....admit it. I have backed my arguments with facts, but you have failed to provide ANY facts, other than your opinion, which nobody even gives a dam* about.



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Wow UKSMITHFAN you are a crybaby lawyer! 



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

On this date in 2009, Rick Pitino was at the center of a scandalous firestorm involving adultery, abortion and extortion. Meanwhile, his Louisville team was about to kick off a 13 loss season that ended with a 15 point drubbing in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.



John Calipari was soooo jealous.



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:38 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Beware the Black Falcon



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:34 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

As usual, Pops....good to see you.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:33 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

UK fans are delusional and dishonest.  I guarantee the same UK fans defending Cal today were critical of him before he took the UK job.  (In robot voice) You UK fans are correct, Cal is completely clean, he's never done anything wrong.  Seasons wiped away at UMass and Memphis?  Just bad luck for Cal.  Hiring relatives of high level recruits?  Just coincidence.  His recruits and players cheated at the two previous (and only) programs he was in charge of but he was ignorant to all of it.  Bury your heads in the sand UK fans.  Whatever it takes to feel good about yourself.


Now, correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Rick Pitino HIRE an AAU coach of a high profile recruit two years ago, only to then FIRE him when said recruit chose to go somewhere else? UndecidedSurprised



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:33 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari


I'll say goodbye now because i can't waste any more time with you. Ignorance and blind faith is hard to debate with.

I guess you could say that.  You have been wasting your time with about 10+ posts on this topic.  Either you are bored or lying.

Definition of IGNORANCE

: the state or fact of being : lack of , education, or awareness

Evidently you are ignorant too.  In the matter of spelling and lack of education.  So what is your point again?????



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:29 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

P.S. I don't hate UK, I am not a fan of either team. I just dislike people who can't see the truth through their own predjudices and than validate what they say by stating technicalities. The court of public opinion is not perfect but is usually accurate with or without "proof" and everyone knows Calipari is a lowlife, cheater. I'll say goodbye now because i can't waste any more time with you. Ignorance and blind faith is hard to debate with.


Then WHY THE F*** are you even on here to begin with? You're leaving because I have COMPLETELY refuted your opinion with facts, and that's what you can't stand. Life is based on FACTS. We use FACTS to prove arguments. The US Justice system is based on FACTS....not opinion.

Go run back to the football boards and pump your Husker chest....but pray to GOD that you win on Saturday....losing to THE Ohio St. University NOW would be bad for the Husker nation.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:28 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

UK fans are delusional and dishonest.  I guarantee the same UK fans defending Cal today were critical of him before he took the UK job.  (In robot voice) You UK fans are correct, Cal is completely clean, he's never done anything wrong.  Seasons wiped away at UMass and Memphis?  Just bad luck for Cal.  Hiring relatives of high level recruits?  Just coincidence.  His recruits and players cheated at the two previous (and only) programs he was in charge of but he was ignorant to all of it.  Bury your heads in the sand UK fans.  Whatever it takes to feel good about yourself.


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