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Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:31 am
 
By Matt Norlander

Rick Pitino's capability for a good quote has too often gone overlooked. Thankfully, in the doldrums of June, college basketball's second-worst month of the year (only August is worse), Pitino has delivered some fighting words. Words that will have some lasting impact by the time Kentucky and Louisville play each other around New Year's Eve.

And the words aren't even directed at Kentucky -- they're a shot at the SEC. The Louisville coach sent a verbal barb flying Wednesday in the direction of the conference, a clear response to something John Calipari said last week.

After the SEC ditched its two-division format, opting to have one league with 12 teams, giving the league a better chance at more NCAA tournament teams, Cal said, "This is no knock on the Big East but they’ve had 19 teams in the tournament the last two years and how many have made it by the first round? How is this happening? When they start playing each other they say the 11th team is really good. What? We have to figure out how you play the best schedule you can play and still win. That’s different for all of us. I think that’s more important than 16 or 18 (conference) games." 

Card Chronicle also brings up the fact Calipari, in March, said the Big East is a product of "media hype." So Pitino, the former Kentucky coach who led them to a title in '96, clearly knew what he was doing when he said this:

The coach jabbed back just a bit tonight at a Cardinal Caravan event in Shelbyville. When introducing his son, Richard, to the crowd, he said:

"(Richard) went away for a couple of years to learn how to do things in a second-rate league, then get back to the big time."

Richard Pitino spent the past two seasons in the SEC as an assistant under Billy Donovan, a Pitino disciple. It's as much a playful jab as it is an under-the-surface shot. And a truthful one. The Big East has been a better league than the SEC for most of its existence. Undeniable. And Kentucky, you'll remember, saw its 2011 season end in the Final Four at the hands of Connecticut, a Big East team.

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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:28 am
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

These statistics that you posted only prove that you have way too much time on your hands.  You can't even name the teams in the BE in the late 80's to early 90's without googling it.  Wake up, the SEC is whack in basketball....you know it, I know it and the whole country knows it.  As for the Pitino stamp, its worked out just as good for UL as it has for UK since he left ( 1 F4 and 2 Elite 8's for UL) (1 F4 3 Elite 8's for UK).  So there are some significant stats for you so go cut and paste that!!!!!!!!

You my friend obviously need some type of counseling, please read the story again, and you tell me where Pitino even mentioned anything about the SEC in the 80's or 90's.  You just went and tried to find anything you could to try and disprove Pitino...who cares about Cal beating Pitino in 95 (irrelevant) UL losing to Morehead St (irrelevant) Denny Crum leaving UL (irrelevant) UL Caravan (irrelevant).  Your whole post was nothing but some irrelevant ranting that had no point whatsoever...Get at me when you have something intelligent to say about the story that was posted!!!!

So take your coach that has done absolutely nothing in his entire coaching career except be the only person to have 2 Final Fours vacated from 2 different schools, and we will take ours who is officially the only coach to take 3 different teams to the Final Four!!!








Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

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 . He was also cited, along with the head coach, Bruce O'Neil, for providing misinformation to the NCAA and University of Hawaii officials. Also in 1977, the NCAA infractions committee recommended that Pitino and O'Neil be disassociated from Hawaii athletics.


And that's what you call getting taken to school son. Now just shut up. And don't go away mad just go away. I have a parting gift for you though and that's shut up before you get made to look stupid again, but thanks for playing.




Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

Where and when was Coach Pitino "Busted" for recruiting violations as a Head Coach smart guy? I will tell when, NEVER.......In 1978 he was an assistance at Hawaii. The University was hit with 64 sanctions, Coach P was investgated an implicated in 6 violations but not found to be guilty.  Thus, YOU need to research while you look even more Stupid.


OK, moron, I never said he was busted as a HEAD COACH, but he has been found guilty of violations by the NCAA. And yes, that IS fact. YOU need to do YOUR research. And, you also listed the WRONG date.

Allow me to save you the time.

Pitino started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the in 1974, and became a full-time assistant (and interim head coach) in 1975. He was then the first assistant hired by in 1976 as Boeheim began his tenure at .

Pitino served as Hawaii's interim head coach late in the 1975-76 season. Coach Bruce O'Neil was fired after the Rainbow Warriors' started the season 9-12. Pitino led Hawaii for their final six games, going 2-4 in the span.<sup id="cite_ref-4" class="reference"></sup>

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 . He was also cited, along with the head coach, Bruce O'Neil, for providing misinformation to the NCAA and University of Hawaii officials. Also in 1977, the NCAA infractions committee recommended that Pitino and O'Neil be disassociated from Hawaii athletics.





Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

Where and when was Coach Pitino "Busted" for recruiting violations as a Head Coach smart guy? I will tell when, NEVER.......In 1978 he was an assistance at Hawaii. The University was hit with 64 sanctions, Coach P was investgated an implicated in 6 violations but not found to be guilty.  Thus, YOU need to research while you look even more Stupid.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

keep your expectations nice and high so you can see kentucky lose to the lowest seeded big east team in the toruny the first round


And here it is again....."toruny", but this time, without the E. Did Websters change the spelling of TOURNEY and not tell anyone. And, actually, TOURNEY isn't even a word, to my knowledge. I believe it is TOURNAMENT. And, to correct you again, UConn was NOT the lowest seeded Big East team in the "toruny". Having won the Big East TORUNY, UConn was a #3 seed, whereas Marquette was a #11 seed. So, Kentucky lost to a HIGHER seeded team, in the Final Four.

Feel free to keep posting....your ignorance is simply outstanding.




Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

cal is just bitter every year his been in the toruney at kentucky he lost to a better big east team, he is pathetic, pitino did way more for kentucky then cal ever did. 



Yea, as a Kentucky fan, it truly sucked losing to a Big East team in the Final Four. I would have preferred to just get the loss over with early, like Loserville did by losing to an OVC team in the first round. Yea, that would have been much more enjoyable.

What's a "toruney"????

Of course, Kentucky DID beat West Virginia....and Notre Dame....and Loserville last year, and ONLY lost by 3 to UConn.

As for Coach Cal being bitter.....do you have first hand knowledge of this? Seems to me that Slick Rick is the bitter old has-been now adays. Coach Cal seems rather happy, knowing that he has a MUCH better team than Loserville and Slick Rick will ever have again.

Slick Rick was at Kentucky for 8 years, whereas Coach Cal has been there fore 2 years. To make your "Pitino did way more that Cal ever did" is just plain moronic. Now, 6 years from now, if you would like to post this, then we can have an intelligent conversation about it. Until then.....you're just a moron.



Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 11:23 am
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

keep your expectations nice and high so you can see kentucky lose to the lowest seeded big east team in the toruny the first round



Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 11:20 am
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

cal is just bitter every year his been in the toruney at kentucky he lost to a better big east team, he is pathetic, pitino did way more for kentucky then cal ever did. 



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 10:22 am
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

thank you for correcting me...i agree with you 100% regarding your last paragraph. very well said. I just become upset because lets say bruce pearl doesnt illegally recruit a tobias harris. He was all but packed to play at syracuse, then pearl rubs in it with harris at a cuse game at msg. meanwhile he is fired,  how different our season might have been if he was playing for the orange? it def changes the game unfortunately 



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 9:43 am
 

Pitino: SEC is 'second-rate' basketball league

Clearly you are a moron, go cut and paste somewhere else...these statistics have nothing to do with Rick calling the SEC a second rate league...even fans of the SEC in this post agree the SEC in basketball for the past 5 or 6 years has been sub par, football is a different story SEC is clearly the best...UK has been irrelevant since 1998 when Rick's stamp was still on the program...you UK fans just can't get over the fact that he left


First of all matthewd before you start insulting other peoples intelligence I suggest you take a long hard look in the mirror you little prick. I'll cut and paste anywhere I like thanks. Now having said that I can see why you'd be upset since the statistics I posted proved not only Pitino wrong but all you loud mouthed whiny little pricks with your line beards that follow him around like puppies on his ball sac as well.....Gangsta that L yeah. That's the thing about you guys....The truth always hurts.

And just so you know sunshine if UK has been irrelevant since 1998 then UL has been irrelevant since the mid 80's jerkoff...and that was Tubby Smiths team that one the last title at UK not sticky ricky.....

Also not that it matters but just for the record I'm glad Pitino is gone. Personally I thought it was a mistake when they hired him in the first place. Have you ever met him? I have. He's a cold heartless prick that only cares about himself and his profit margins, and body parts that I can't name since CBS is a family site, but he could've just as easily made his fortune screwing people (sound familar?) by selling insurance instead of coaching basketball. So you think whatever lets you sleep at night son. You got your version but I got the truth.

And for proof its taken UK thirteen years to become relative to the sport of college basketball again after Pitino left...so he didn't do UK any favors and in the end did far more to hurt the Kentucky program as well as it's fans than he ever did to help it. So good luck with him. Btw, how's that Pitino stamp working out for ya?  You still liking it? How he runs kids off.....has no morals, no allegiance to them or to your program? Jurich sold you guys souls to the devil when he ran Denny Crum(a Hall of Fame coach btw) off to hire lil ricky. And what's he done since besides bring shame to the UL program and hurt kids in scrum practices? They sure aren't getting hurt in games are they.....I for one am happy he's there and Calipari is in Lexington and thought Cal was the better coach since he thumped Pitinos all pro team in 1995 in Detroit with Marcus Camby. Even told friends and family that Cal was the better coach then and who we needed at Kentucky not Pitino. 

Now you can get over yourself and go shave that peach fuzz off Pitino is nothing without the Kentucky brand. He's proven that at UL. Can't recruit and can't coach. Morehead st. ring any bells in that fog you call a brain? And that goes for the rest of you retard pricks as well. And as far as the "UL Caravan" this year I'm surprised they went outside of the 264 loop since that's where the majority of UL's fanbase resides in trailer parks anyway. Now go get lost in Cherokee park.

P.S. (if you even know what that means) but if you think anything of your program the best thing all of you can do is start a petition to get rid of his crypt keeper arse now and get Donovan in there while you can. Someone that at least has a chance to recruit against Calipari and has his mind on the game and not some sabertooth in a dimly lit bar.





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