Rick Pitino Fires Back At Calipari

Posted on Oct 6 2011 - 10:49am by Brent Lepping

Pitino strikes back

 

One National Championship – check

5 Final Fours – check

Not gonna sit around and take your shit – check

You knew it was just a matter of time until Louisville head coach Rick Pitino fired back at John Calipari for his asinine and disrespectful comments at the annual inbred camp out / sleepover in Lexington this past weekend. In a conversation with CBS Sports yesterday, Pitino lobbed a direct shot at Calipari and made it clear that he’s not backing down any time soon.

“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.”

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.

 

Something tells me that this year’s meeting will be the most heated yet between the two sides. The last time the two teams met in Lexington there were multiple technicals, tons of trash talk and some near rumbles. I expect both teams to be in the top ten when they face off, and the intensity level will be at an all time high.

 

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  1. Red n Black October 6, 2011 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Love it!

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  2. Cool Card October 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    CRP is only 59? Wow, I'd have thought way higher. He looks terrible. Those 15 seconds and the fallout afterward aged him 15 years. It's understandable, shopping for healthcare can be stressful.

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    • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Wow, thank goodness none of you are politicians! You would be horrible at it. Am I the only one in Cardinal Nation not celebrating Rick's comeback? This basically shows that Cal is getting under his skin. Responding is what Cal wanted. He was goaded into responding.

      Also, the timing of Bozich's article and Rick's statement is not a coincidence. That article has the administrations finger prints all over it.

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      • Cool Card October 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

        I disagree Pahppy, you should be loving it too. It shows CRP is not a chump and still has street cred. Recruits are watching. If there are three-star recruits deciding between sUcK and the da ville, I think Rick just showed them what time it is.

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      • Larry O Cannons October 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm - Reply

        Obviously it swings both ways. Rick must get under Cal's skin as well or else he wouldn't take jabs at him and U of L.

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        • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

          He didn't take a jab at Rick…Rick took a jab at him. Which completely shows he's had enough of Cal. Cal is definitely getting to him.

          All Cal mentioned was why sUcK was unique with a backhanded comment directed towards UofL by not mentioning UofL. He never once claimed Rick was jealous, malicious, ignorant…so on…

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          • Larry O Cannons October 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm -

            Tell where in that blog Rick says Cal is jealous, malicious, ect.

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          • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm -

            I knew you would pull that out. 🙂 Ok then…who was he referring too? And if not a particular person then why the purpose of the comments to begin with? What was his objective?

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  3. hyperflux October 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    gotta love it…as if the rivalry wasnt heated enough, we won in football and now this back and forth with pitino/calipari…new years eve is going to be insane this year, would only be better if it was at the yum

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  4. Brent LSL October 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    hypeflux…..totally agree, this just amps up the rivalry even more.

    Pahp…… Yeah, good call. I'm sure that sneaky Jurich fella stood over top of Bozich's shoulder as he typed. Freedom of the press be damned. Good call.

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    • Red n Black October 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      If the Courier prints a story with anything negative about UK, all you hear from the blew necks is how Pitino and Jurich have the writers in their pockets.

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      • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        That's because they protect the student athletes/ athletic department R&B. If you can't see that then your a complete dumba$$!

        Rick held a press conference awhile back and blasted the media for the whole Sypher ordeal yet the media hardly put anything out there locally. Most cities…take that back…ANYWHERE ELSE he would have been destroyed by the local media. Then the sexual harassment case in the Athletic Department that was never reported until it was all over with. Then, media personnel losing their jobs or current positions because they failed to mention anything positive about UofL. This occurred on the news networks and radio stations. So basically the message is…"you say something bad…your job is in jeopardy".

        Yeah Brent…Freedom of the press baby. Good call! I'm sorry but an athletic department controlling anything outside of the university is some small town BS!

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        • Red n Black October 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm - Reply

          again, all I'm hear from you blue necks is….wa wa wa wa (That's a baby crying,) BTW, putting +1 on your own comments too funny.

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          • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm -

            Nice response troll! 🙂 I forgot…you're not very intellectual. I'll back off…

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          • Red n Black October 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm -

            A UK fan that spends his time posing as a L-ville fan must be your definition of intellectual. Good one troll.

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          • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm -

            I don't have to prove my allegiance R&B! CC and I saw you at commonfilth fraternizing with sUcK fans and bobbing for pig's feet! Try explaining that to us…

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          • Cool Card October 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm -

            It's true, we saw you wearing blue hammer pants and a sleeveless sweater vest with no shirt underneath. It broke my heart. I was actually starting to believe you were a card. We won't be fooled again.

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          • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm -

            Yeah…but what did it for me was when I saw him rubbing that sUcK fans man boob with 6 Underground (By Sneaker Pimps) playing in the background! Disgusting…

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          • Cool Card October 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm -

            That's where you and I disagree, I thought it was kinda hot.

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    • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      So your saying it was a coincidence? Hmmmmm…Ahhh, I see…terrible

      Come on…standing over his shoulder? Weak… Do you really think persuading the press works that way? Better yet…do YOU think the press (especially in a small local area such as Louisville) ever gets persuaded to run a story or create one? Because most non-factual (a story based on the writers opinion like this one) stories send a message to sway the audience to believe it or to do something/ get a reaction from whom/ what the story is about.

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  5. Ethan LSL October 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Calipayme has a sick obsession with Rick. Why? I don't know. He has dominated Rick since he got to Lexghanistan. I love that this rivalry is getting even more heated, but now Rick has to beat him.

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    • Pahpsmir LSL October 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Concur!!!

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    • Mr. J October 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Rick has to win the game this year…probably the most important game between UofL and uk since Cal arrived. But Cal needs a championship probably more than any coach in the nation. Is there a current coach who has underachieved more with such great talent at more than one school? I think not.

      Rick may be a little dirty but I'll take a coach who's never had any violations brought against him to a cheat!

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      • Cool Card October 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        Pitino's time at Hawaii was marred by a 1977 NCAA report on sanctions against the program. According to the report, Pitino was implicated in 8 of the 64 infractions that led the University to be placed on probation. The violations involving Pitino included providing round-trip air fare for a player between New York and Honolulu, arranging for student-athletes to receive used cars for season tickets, and handing out coupons to players for free food at McDonald's. He was also cited for providing misinformation to the NCAA and University of Hawaii officials. Also in 1977, the NCAA infractions committee recommended that Pitino be disassociated from Hawaii athletics.

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        • Strong Card October 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm - Reply

          Douche

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    • Cool Card October 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Absolutely, and this is the year!

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    It's nice to see rick firing back on all cylinders but i think the to sides should be kept a bit further back from now.

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