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Pitino believes his Big East schedule is unfair

Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 11:08 am

By Matt Norlander

The Big East intra-conference schedule was released yesterday. Here's what Rick Pitino had to say about it:

"We have one of the premier commissioners in athletics, but whoever's doing our scheduling must be doing it with a Ouija board. How can you play two of the top three (projected) teams in the league twice and have to play another top team that's a rival game (at Cincinnati) on the road for a second straight year? It just doesn't make any sense to me. West Virginia has a similar argument. They must be doing it with a Ouija board."

OK, that was in Louisville's press release. Crafted by the school and looked over by a few people before it was shot out to the public. And that's the quote Pitino chose to supply and the school was cool going with.

All I can say is ... awesome.

If that was the quote that was allowed, then Pitino must be really pissed. Without the filter of Louisville's athletic department offices, who knows what sort of disgust Pitino would have spit had a reporter got him one-on-one. By the way, here's Louisville's schedule: home games against Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse and Villanova; on the road versus Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Yeah, it's tough, but not the toughest. Look at that link, and you'll see other schools who have harder 18-gamers within the conference. And, to channel Dan Hawkins, it's the Big East! Tough games are coming, and the better you are and more high-profile you are, the more rigorous the schedule, generally, because TV dictates a lot of what goes on here. Pitino and Louisville are big sells. He knows that.

This is his only way of fighting back. Let's wait and see what the non-conference schedule looks like for Louisville, when the school releases it in a few weeks. If it's loaded, we'll know why Pitino's got his britches in a bunch. If it's weak, then this is nothing more than whining.

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Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 2:30 pm

Pitino believes his Big East schedule is unfair

Bring it on!

This year we have the team to play this schedule.

And Parrish, we are playing Kentucky on the road, Vanderbilt @ home, Memphis @ home, and Butler on the road so the non-conference looks to be challenging thus far (3 ranked teams).


Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:07 pm

Pitino believes his Big East schedule is unfair

Shut up Pitino. Villanova played Syracuse, Pitt, and Rutgers (not hard), twice last year. Did you hear Jay Wright complain about his schedule?? This is the best conference in America. If you want to go back to the Conference USA Rick than go back. Every year is going to be tough.

Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:58 am

Pitino believes his Big East schedule is unfair

Why don't you do a little research before you complain about Pitino.  We are playing Syracuse at home for the 3rd straight year because we play them twice this year.  It wouldn't really seem fair to play both games at Syracuse this year would it? As far as non-conference games, Louisville plays 3 teams ranked in the top 10 depending at whose rankings you look at.  At Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Memphis.  I'd say that's a pretty tough schedule.  All Pitino was saying is that the Big East doesn't schedule fairly.  Why is every year Louisville plays 2 of the top 3 teams twice.

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:55 am

Pitino believes his Big East schedule is unfair

I disagree with coach here. I feel like if were going to have a good team this year with serious thoughts of going far in the tourney we need to be challenged. The Non-conference games @ top 5 UK, vs top 10 Vandy, @ Butler (Hickle no neutral site) vs top 10 Memphis. Home and away vs top 5 Syracuse, home and away vs top 25 Pitt. Home vs UConn, @ WVU , @ Marquette, home vs Nova, @ St'Johns , At home Vs G'town. Then the Big EAst tourney in the Garden, the BEST conference tourney out there! That's a great schedule to get this team ready for the NCAA. Come on coach P this is what we need. GO CARDS

Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:47 am

Pitino believes his Big East schedule is unfair

Keep cryin Ricky P!  You are becoming a joke at Louisville.  And people consider you one of the great coaches in college basketball?  If so, you would embrace a tough schedule, much like Tom Izzo.  The school should be embarrassed by that press release, and by Rick Pitino.  But then again, there isn't a lot of intelligence going around over there with Louisville athletics.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:28 am

Pitino believes his Big East schedule is unfair

My vote is for whiner- for one, they play SU at home again, making it 2 years in a row the Cards gain that advantage. Slick Rick's image and credibility are not what they once were......................

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:27 am

Pitino believes his Big East schedule is unfair

Maybe Rick's parents never told him what mine told me.  Sometimes life just isn't fair.

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