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Worth noting: Coaches have been fired for less

Posted on: August 12, 2009 3:32 pm
 

So I was on a radio station in Iowa talking about the Rick Pitino situation, basically stating how there's no defense for the Louisville coach's behavior while also explaining that I didn't believe his job was at risk. But then the hosts mentioned Larry Eustachy, and I started talking about the parallels between the cases, and it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps this is more serious than I initially thought.

Why?

Because coaches have been removed for less, that's why.

Eustachy is the most obvious example.

Remember, Eustachy was pushed out of Iowa State after photographs of him partying with young women and drinking cheap beer surfaced. It was a bad deal, no question. But was it worse than a married man nailing a stranger on a table in a restaurant, and then paying for a subsequent abortion?

It doesn't sound worse, does it?

And that's really my point.

When you take a step back -- and consider Louisville president James Ramsey has been less than supportive in his public comments -- it doesn't seem like a given that Pitino's career will continue uninterrupted, which is not to say I would suspend or fire him. Just so we're clear, I would not. If I was in charge at Louisville, I'd keep Rick Pitino as my head coach, and all indications are that he will indeed continue as Louisville's head coach. But it took a couple of radio guys in Iowa to remind me that coaches (specifically Eustachy) have been removed for much less, and now I'm not so sure Pitino will coast through this soap opera the way I initially anticipated.

Could this really be the beginning of the end for Rick Pitino?

No, I don't think so.

But it's at least a reasonable question to ponder, and I wouldn't have said that last night.
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Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:09 am
 

Worth noting: Coaches have been fired for less

 

cant compare larry eustachy and rick pitino because, Rick can coach and possibly win a national title. Eustachy cant. its that simple and its that simple as to why Rick Pitino aint going anywhere....

Eustachy did get Iowa State to the Elite 8, remember?  Let that sink in.  Iowa State.  Elite 8.  Acutally the decision can be chalked up to what a poster stated earlier:
ISU simply could not tolerate the association. The heat isn't on ISU to go to the Final Four and win national championships in basketball.  They don't have the tradition of Louisville, so it was easier for ISU to cut ties with Eustachy.  And to his credit, he has reformed his life and has actually been loyal to our program for the past few years, although we haven't had much success.  I wouldn't say that the guy can't coach, though.  Who would Louisville get if Pitino was fired?  It would be hard for them to find a coach to maintain the success both on the court and on the recruiting trail that Pitino has had at Louisville. 

But it took a couple of radio guys in Iowa to remind me that coaches (specifically Eustachy) have been removed for much less, and now I'm not so sure Pitino will coast through this soap opera the way I initially anticipated. I do agree that this will become a soap opera.  Well, it already has, and this is the offseason.  Just imagine how bad it will be when the season starts.  And you know some reporter won't be able to help himself (or herself if it is an ESPN reporter) by bringing this situation up.  This will grow to be a tired story even before hoops season gets here.



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 2:00 am
 

Worth noting: Coaches have been fired for less

He should have killed her and then he wouldn't be in this mess. What a fool.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 11:20 pm
 

Worth noting: Coaches have been fired for less

Rick Pitino will be coaching Louisville in 2009-10.  And for as long as he keeps putting championship teams on the court and producing substantial revenues for the University.
College basketball, like college football, should be considered to be a wing of a school's development office rather than part of the athletic department. The role of college basketball is to make as much money as possible for the university.  Unless one believes this, there is no justification for big time basketball or football on a college campus.
Rick Pitino is a winning basketball coach.  As long as he keeps winning, he will be the coach.  If he was simply a "very good coach", he might be out the door.  Anything less and he would already have been fired.  But Rick Pitino is one of the five best coaches in college basketball today.  As long as he maintains the program's home in the top ranks of major college basketball he will be the coach at Louisville. 



Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2009 11:10 pm
 

Worth noting: Coaches have been fired for less

Has anyone heard if this was really a one time event?  I mean, the husband was his personal assistant for Pitino for quite a while.  Isn't it a plausible idea that this may have been an ongoing affair?  I obviously don't know, but I was wondering if anyone closer to the situation had any idea?


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Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 10:38 pm
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Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2009 9:38 pm
 

Worth noting: Coaches have been fired for less

Posted on: January 10, 2009 8:45 pm by Gary Parrish Terrence Williams got into the lane, put the ball on the rim, watched it fall through and gave the Louisville Cardinals a huge road win, you know, the kind that are hard to come by in the Big East. So then Rick Pitino held a press conference and talked about it all, and my favorite quote was the following quote:

"I've looked forward to this year more than any other," Pitino told reporters after the . "You'll never see 12, 13 teams as tough as this. It's special, I'll tell you that. I'm getting the hell out of here after this year, I'm telling you that."

I'm sure Conference USA would welcome him back.

(Start the Pitino-to-Houston rumors now!)

Interesting that these were his comments 8 months ago. With a decidely different  but still talented team is his heart still in it?  L'ville may just ask have to ask his wife.




Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2009 9:38 pm
 

Worth noting: Coaches have been fired for less

Pitino will only be excommunicated from the catholic church if he used a condom while cheating.  Since he apparently got her pregnant he is in the clear.  Although she will be kicked out for having an abortion.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2009 9:28 pm
 

Are You Kidding Me?

"When you have a problem, if you tell the truth the problem becomes part of your past," he said. "If you lie it becomes part of your future."This was from Rick Pitino's press-conference/ news release.  Frigging Hilarious!!!  Told the truth did ya Rick...um, it happened in 2003!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2009 9:19 pm
 

Conduct Unbecoming Clause:

Any public entity of noteworthy status just about has this in their by-laws, rules, contracts.  That is probably what UofL fans should worry about in this situation.  It is probably the only thing they can fire Rick Pitino for w/out being sued for breach of contract.  While I doubt UofL will fire Rick, Parrish is right that Ramsey's comments ("surprised/ disappointed") haven't exactly sounded supportive.  However, UofL and its fans are a different breed.  They are far more accepting of their coaches' failures.  Let us not forget that they hung onto Ron Cooper far too long, and are doing so with Kragthorpe.  Also, Denny Crum far outlived his welcome.  Crum also cheated on his wife with then news-anchor Susan Sweeney Crum, whom he is now married.  My only question for UofL fans and critics alike is this, "if this were Ramsey or Jurich, would they be fired?"  I believe they would!



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2009 8:49 pm
 

Worth noting: Coaches have been fired for less

i can understand why the story is generating so much publicity but i cannot understand why people feel he should be fired.  should every person be fired from their jobs for having affairs?  presidents, surgeons, police officers, teachers??  it seems a tad bit ridiculous. 



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