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Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

Posted on: October 12, 2009 6:09 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2009 6:12 pm
 

There is still no indication that Louisville's Jerry Smith and Terrence Jennings will be disciplined in a public and meaningful way for getting arrested this weekend, which is further evidence that the whole Karen Sypher Saga has put Rick Pitino in a tough spot.

Seriously, what can he do?

If he doesn't suspend Smith and Jennings, Pitino is open to criticism for not disciplining players.

But if he does suspend Smith and Jennings, Pitino is open to criticism for being, well, a hypocrite.

It's the classic no-win situation, and that's why acting as though the admitted affair with Sypher (and the abortion that followed it) wouldn't affect Pitino's ability to coach was short-sighted. My thought was always that, going forward, Pitino would have a hard time telling players how to act away from the gym because they'd unquestionably think of how he acted away from the gym, and if Pitino wasn't disciplined for conduct unbecoming of a Louisville Cardinal then how could he discipline players for conduct unbecoming of a Louisville Cardinal?

It's a tricky situation, obviously.

And that's why I expect Smith and Jennings to start the season as planned, because to suspend them would almost certainly cause a rift Louisville doesn't need. By handling this internally, Pitino can express his disappointment with Smith and Jennings while simultaneously playing the but-I've-got-your-back/we're-all-in-this-circus-together card. And at this point that's probably Pitino's best move, the lesser of two bads, sad as that might seem.
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Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 5:06 am
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

Is there something in the state of Kentucky that creates these hypocritical minds? Perhaps the Bourbon? These conservative states have a knack for hiring the non conservative Coaches & immediately forgiving them....




Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 4:58 am
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

That was a beautiful yet subtle answer to the thread/question...HRDCRD? LOL!! Pitino is definitely hypocritical & although I was never a fan of his teams, I did have great respect for them & his coaching abilities....I don't think there is a greater victory for me than the 1997 National Championship that my beloved ARIZONA WILDCATS beat a loaded, #1 seeded Kentucky team in the final....This victory was made sweeter considering that my CATS had beaten 2 other #1 seeds (Kansas & North Carolina respectively)....Granted, Pitino exacted revenge in a way when his Louisville team smashed us in the Sweet 16....

Guess, the answer to the thread is, Yes Pitino needs to discipline his 2 players otherwise where does he draw the line? In some ways he is lucky to get this issue out of the way quickly so that it will be history & not a lingering question mark over their program...



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2009 4:26 pm
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

Don't be mad because your team did not land John Wall.  If we are going to discuss all the types of infractions that players get into who would have players?  Duke???  I am pretty sure that the NBA will have no issues allowing John Wall to enter the league next year. 

Ft. Mitchell is a nice town BTW...

Have a good day GOAT!!!



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2009 4:15 pm
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

Mr.  Parrish,

Love you work, sometimes I agree with you comments...  Sometimes I don't.  I do not know if you have an affiliation with the state of KY but it pleases me to see you always writing/discussing the "CATS & CARDINALS".  On this matter, I agree with you and disagree.  I agree that the players should not be suspended but I hate that you throw that shot in at Pitino in the end, (sad as it might seem.)...

If a player cheats on his wife while playing for the Cardinals does he get suspended?  Is he less of a basketball player?  Should he lose a scholarship?  Who is equipped to judge another human regarding Infidelity?  Definitely not a writer...

Stop riding the fence all the time and take a side.

Sorry Cardinal fans I did mention "CATS before CARDINALS".

UK FOREVER, Cardinals GOOD LUCK!!!!




Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2009 6:26 pm
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

F***head,

Wall,  just like all UK fans, is a degenerate.  He was arrested for breaking and entering.  Your team is not entitled to anything, and you will be dealt with accordingly.  You can follow me around all the message boards and call me a moron, and I can erase the backwards a** town off Ft. Mitchell off the map.  It's your call.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2009 4:55 pm
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

i agree whole heartedly with kcs pitino DID discipline his players while he was at kentucky but since hes went to louisville hes not done anything to them if they broken his rules.  and why were they out late night and in jefferson city indiana anyway?  doesnt the ball coachs have a curfew for their teams after they return to school?  and if they do why were they out breaking that curfew?

they definatel;y deserve to be suspended.



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2009 4:42 pm
 

Yes, but he has to do it.

I get that it looks hypocritical if Pitino suspends them.  But if Pitino is going to continue to coach college basketball, he needs to do what college coaches do, which includes disciplining players.  What's the alternative - never disciplining players?  I don't think you can coach a program like that.  If Pitino doesn't feel he can punish players and be an authority figure, he needs to get out of coaching. 



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2009 4:29 pm
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

Moron,

Wall entered a house under construction....he didn't break take or make a mess. Your two beloved players assaulted a police officer. Last time I checked, that crime was a bit more severe. Your guys deserve JAIL TIME!!



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2009 2:30 pm
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

That is also a good point.  Keep in mind that this happened across the river in Indiana, so there is a little animosity there as well.  I guarantee this would not have happened with Louisville Metro police.



Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2009 2:12 pm
 

Would it be hypocritical for Pitino to suspend?

I think people are losing sight of what these players were charged with: resisting an officer.  That doesn't mean that they possessed drugs, got into a fight, stole property or anything all that bad.  What that really means is only that the police officer didn't like you.  I happen to handle these types of charges all the time and most of them basically come about from routine mouthing off or not following directions.  If that is all that these players are charged with, why discipline them at all?  Who knows whether the officers themselves were out of line or not?


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