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Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:53 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 11:26 am

By Jeff Borzello

Rick Pitino wasn't pleased with the officiating or the Cincinnati fans after Louisville's loss. (US Presswire)

Louisville’s 60-56 loss at Cincinnati on Thursday night was a tough one for the Cardinals. It could prevent them from getting a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament, and the defeat also makes it difficult to get a top-four seed – and double-bye – in the Big East tournament.

All in all, clearly not a great night for Louisville.

But it seems Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is not just upset about his team’s loss. According to Card Chronicle, Pitino went off in the postgame press conference about the officiating.

The officials “are really starting to get under my nerves,” Pitino said. “I don’t know who the hell they think they are. The level of arrogance, I just cannot believe it.”

And more, according to our RapidReporter Evan Hilbert: “I have a problem with the officials. They thought they were the three guys going into the Referee Hall of Fame the way they talked to me. I don’t know what they’re looking at sometimes, but they’re so positive, they should really go into the Referee Hall of Fame.”


Looking at the box score, both teams had the same number of fouls (16), and each team’s marquee big man – Yancy Gates for Cincinnati, Gorgui Dieng for Louisville – were saddled with four fouls. Throw in the fact that Louisville had to commit fouls late in the game to get Cincinnati to the free-throw line, and it doesn’t seem egregious in either direction.

With that said, there were some questionable out-of-bounds calls, as well as a couple of travel (and non-travel) calls that went against Louisville at key points.

And Pitino wasn’t done with his venom. He wasn’t fond of how the Cincinnati fans acted. He did say Cincinnati had the biggest homecourt advantage he’s seen this season, and would like to see the Louisville crowd bring the same energy on Sunday.

There’s one caveat, though, according to Pitino: “without some of the low-class behavior.”

He would not give specifics about that behavior, of course, but we know the crowd was hostile toward Louisville freshman Chane Behanan. Behanan is a Cincinnati native who committed to the Bearcats after his freshman year in high school before moving to Kentucky and changing his mind later on. Behanan found the atmosphere “fun” and “electric,” for what it’s worth.

Pitino was clearly upset about the loss, but the defeat wasn’t because of the officiating or the fans. It was because Louisville shot 1-of-14 from 3-point range, turned the ball over 14 times and allowed 15 offensive rebounds.

At least he found a way to defer attention from his team.


Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:07 pm

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

You do not compare fouls called for each team to see if refs were fair.  Maybe one team SHOULD have been called for many more.  You need to look at controversial/blown calls.  But that would require too much analysis for Sportsline.


Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:52 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Reading these comments, I must have gotten a different meaning out of the words he gave.  Either that our most of you didn't read and just saw "Pitino" and Upset about refs" and automatically assumed he was complaining that calls went against his team.  What I read was he thought that the refs were arrogant when he tried to talk to them and that they were acting as though they were infallible Hall of Famers.  About the low class behavior comment, if taken in context, it is just as much of a dig on YUM center fans for not bringing the energy of the Cinci fans.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:43 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I really think reporters should have to begin an interview of a high-profile losing coach with the following words:   "You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say or do will be held against you in a court of public opinion and possibly also by your conference and/or the NCAA.  You have the right to speak to a university spokesman.  If you cannot afford one ... oh, never mind that one.  Do you understand these rights as I have explained them to you?"

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:42 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Cry , whine, bitch, and complain about things. Seems so many coaches do it and are such great examples and leaders of our young men. I will do as I have done for years, quietly sit here, watch the Pitino's and Calipari's of get their victories, and then shake my head as the schools they leave in the dust for "better opportunities" try to recover their programs. I know it may be hard to imagine a better opportunity than what each of these coaches has, but that is always the spin. I will wait, and when they leave watch as the penalties and sanctions which have been levied on the progrms they leave in their wake. This is not a prediction or a hate statement, it is just a summary  of what has happened every time one of these "coaches" has left a program. Long live the days of, Wooden, Bennett, Phelps, Maguire, and the other "teachers of young men".

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:41 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

He OBVIOUSLY forgot about playing in Rupp Arena on December 31st. UCinn having a BIGGER home crowd advantage? Pffff.

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:40 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Wow.  Low class behavior?  After the back room restaurant incident I would assume Coach Pitino would refrain from calling anyone else low class for, I don't know, the rest of his career.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:37 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

pitno luck he got out of there without getting his ass kicked!!!!!

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:18 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

And replies like that make you an idiot.

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:08 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Way to act like a baby, minuteman!

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:52 am

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

 I am starting to think UofL would be better off in the B12 or any other conference, just so they would know what to expect would and would not be called for a foul...and more importantly--that both teams would be called the same way in the same game.  Even with their poor shooting and turnovers...UofL really was the better team and should have won the game last night.  Now UofL will probably not be a #4 seed in the NCAA tourney and have to beat a top 15 team in order to get to the second
BOO HOO!  Cry baby cry.   U of L lost.  Get over it.  My goodness.

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