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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 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:53 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

How can anyone whose team has a cheater for a coach be taken seriously? It is funny how people like you have to resort to childish insults when you can't defend your argument intelligently. Maybe you should go back to elementary school with me?


How is Coach Cal a cheater?


Waiting......and do us ALL a favor and provide facts. Saying he is a cheater is your simple OPINION, which amounts to nothing except you.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:46 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

I really find it strange that Cal is even allowed to coach in the NCAA.  The guy cheats every year, and has even got caught but they still let him coach if that's what you call it.  Getting the best athletes every year and then spreading the court and playing 1 on 1 is coaching then he is great.  Maybe he coaches def, but there is a reason he doesn't have a title with the mot talent every year.




Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:01 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

How can anyone whose team has a cheater for a coach be taken seriously? It is funny how people like you have to resort to childish insults when you can't defend your argument intelligently. Maybe you should go back to elementary school with me?



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:58 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

How can someone with the name SWEETLUNY even be taken seriously?


Just saying......



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:57 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

I'm sorry popeye, maybe I can send my post to you so you can edit it first, anyway I will not worry about your critisicm but present the facts...UMass, sanctions, Memphis, sanctions. Do you need proof for everything or can you read between the lines? You must be one of those lawyers who are helping to ruin our country. Get a life.



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:23 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari


He is a cheater. He is a liar.

sweetluny-  It is very easy to accuse someone of being a cheater or liar.  But do you have facts or proof instead of your opinion.



Wether it's the truth or not is irrelevent, Calipari is an ass!



What a statement.  Truth is irrelevent.  Glad I don't have any financial dealings with you.  Who could trust someone like you.


And please learn how to spell.  Evidently you didn't graduate from elementary school. 

graduate instead of gradute

cheated instead of cheaed

some instead of some

What are you trying to say:  Do as I say, not as I do.  That should be your slogan.



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:13 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Just face it.  UL has always been number 2 in the state until this year when they were beat by Morehead State.  Now they are number 3.  What might happen next.  Stayed tuned.  Which will happen first???  Pitino going for 30 seconds or UL getting back to number 2 in the state.  Great drama. 




Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:07 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

Wether it's the truth or not is irrelevent, Calipari is an ass! End of story. He is a cheater. He is a liar. He does not gradute his kids and he is all that is wrong with college basketball. He should be denounced as a fraud and for all you "Cat" fans out there, who cares if he wins? He will have cheaed to win and the program will end up being under sme sort of suspension just like the other schools he has coached at. The guy is a bum and he taints your school. Enjoy him.



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:45 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

No Peer????????  Have you seen a Carolina/Duke game in the past 30 years????????????



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:41 am
 

Rick Pitino shoots back at John Calipari

exactly even die hard uk fans like me who wanna denounce uk burn the uk hats n shirts when they lose lol but still will always support louisville and rick pitino in all endevours kentucky blue or red is still kentucky


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