Tag:Rick Pitino
Posted on: May 8, 2009 10:20 am
Edited on: May 8, 2009 10:35 am

Lots of denials to the Pitino report

There have been statements from both Louisville and Sacramento that suggest Rick Pitino is not a candidate for the Kings job, as reported late Thursday by Yahoo! Sports. But it's worth noting that Adrian Wojnarowski authored that story, and he's well connected with a solid track record, meaning you can trust this Pitino-to-the-Kings possibility is something he was told on authority (even if it's untrue) as opposed to something he just invented (as some Louisville fans have angrily suggested) to hurt the Cardinals' program.

In a related note, there was a strong rumor in basketball circles early Thursday indicating Pitino might resign from Louisville by the weekend. But two sources close to Pitino shot that rumor down instantly, with one going as far as to tell CBSSports.com by text message that "there's no way" that would happen. On Friday morning, another source discounted the idea that Pitino would leave for the Kings, at which point I was reminded of a story I was told last month, not long after John Calipari was hired at Kentucky. At the time, there was speculation that Pitino might listen to a ridiculous offer from Memphis or that he could accept the Arizona job. But a source close to Pitino explained in the simplest terms possible that Pitino wouldn't make either move given the circumstances because he'd "never follow Calipari" at Memphis and hesitate to leave for any other job right now because he wouldn't want it to look like he was "running from Calipari."

(Rest assured, that's the way Calipari would interpret it. And he'd love it.)

So if you believe that theory, that's at least one reason why Pitino will likely remain at Louisville for the time being.

A move would be perceived by some (particularly in the state of Kentucky) as a surrender to Calipari.

And Pitino might rather rebuild at Louisville than deal with that perception.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 19, 2009 11:43 am
Edited on: April 19, 2009 11:58 am

Pitino case centers around wife of UofL employee

The person doing the alleged extorting in the Rick Pitino case is Karen Sypher, multiple sources have confirmed.

She is the wife of Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher.

They have five children.

Tim has worked for Pitino at Louisville for seven years, according to an official bio. He was also a personal assistant to Pitino for more than three years with the Boston Celtics, meaning he's worked with Pitino in some form for a decade. By pure coincidence, Daniel Acker of Bloomberg News took a picture of a Karen Sypher sources have said is the Karen Sypher last year at The Kentucky Derby.

Click this link to see it.

(She really does look like she's up to something, doesn't she?)

Records show Tim and Karen Sypher are in the process of getting a divorce.

Tim Sypher issued a statement Sunday morning.

"I am devastated by the bizarre allegations that my estranged wife is making against both Coach Pitino and myself," he said. "At this point, my primary concern is for my young daughter and four stepsons, both to the impact of their mother's actions on them, as well as the impact on Coach's family and the University. I love my children, and want to protect them. At the same time, I intend to defend the allegations vigorously and will have no additional comment at this time."

Posted on: April 1, 2009 5:46 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2009 6:01 pm

Pitino to Memphis? "No way in hell"

DETROIT -- Bruce Pearl is a realistic candidate at Memphis.

Rick Pitino, not so much.

CBSSports.com was the first to report Pearl as a legitimate candidate to replace John Calipari, and multiple sources have since added that if the Memphis boosters approach Pearl with a lucrative deal he would be open to considering a move to the western side of the state. Meantime, The Commercial Appeal has reported that, in addition to Pearl, the Memphis boosters have expressed an interest in trying to lure Pitino from Louisville with a deal that would give him more money than Calipari just took from Kentucky. But an industry source told CBSSports.com that there's "no way in hell" Pitino would move to Memphis, even if the school promised to make Richard Pitino, Rick's son, the designate coach in waiting.

So the bottom line is this ...

Pitino: No.

Pearl: Show me the money.

Posted on: March 1, 2009 12:14 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2009 12:16 pm

Pitino knows how to white it out

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino is taking part in the "White Out" here at Freedom Hall.

In other words, he's rocking the white suit again.

Meanwhile, Marquette coach Buzz Williams appears to be wearing black. But we're not even four minutes in to Sunday's Big East showdown, and he's already lost his coat, meaning Williams' white shirt is now prominent, making him blend in with the crowd, just a little.


Posted on: January 6, 2009 11:39 am

Dear Gary (on my Edgar Sosa comment)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: For you to say that Edgar Sosa can't shoot (in the Monday Look Back) is not to know him. I admit he's not comfortable in Rick Pitino's system, but this kid was born to knock down big shots. If you don't believe me ask Acie Law. I've been watching this kid since he was 12 and shooting the basketball is what he does. Maybe he doesn't fit with the Cards but if you really want to see him, come to Dyckman Park one summer and watch him ball-out.

-- Sherman

Oh, if I had a dollar for everybody who could "ball-out" and Dyckman Park.

Got another Sosa email, if you're interested.

Dear Gary:  First you diss Louisville in the rankings and verbally at every opportunity. Now Sosa can't shoot? Would you prefer a 40-pecent shooter without pressure or a 23-percent shooter who shoots 60-percent under pressure?

-- Rick

First, I have no idea where you're getting the "60-percent under pressure" stat. But either way, I'd just prefer somebody who didn't miss roughly four out of every five 3-pointers he takes, and I'm not even sure what the hell we're arguing about. Are you really upset that I dropped Louisville from the rankings when it was sitting at 7-2 with no good wins and losses to Western Kentucky and Minnesota? And do you really think the Cards should be ranked now even though they are 9-3 with the additional loss coming at home to a UNLV team that didn't even use its best player?


Remember, I'm the guy who had Louisville ranked second in the preseason.

And I'm the guy who called Rick Pitino the best coach in the Big East.

I like the team and its coach.

But the games are the games, and the losses are the losses, and I'm not sure how anybody can look at what's happened through 12 games and conclude that Louisville belongs in the Top 25. As for Sosa, I mean, the guy just doesn't make shots, and that's the best way to separate good shooters from bad shooters, to figure out who makes shots and who doesn't.

Kyle McAlarney, for instance, is a good shooter.


Because he makes 45.3 percent of his 3-point attempts.

But Sosa is literally shooting 23.1 percent from beyond the arc this season, 32.9 percent from the field overall. Furthermore, he made 34.5 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman and 37.3 percent of 3-pointers as a sophomore, so he's never really approached even 40 percent, which is a pretty achievable number for good shooters, or at least the ones who don't hurt their average by taking too many questionable shots (like Stephen Curry sometimes does).

So again, Edgar Sosa isn't a good shooter.

I stand by my statement.

And if you want to argue, that's fine.

But you must first explain why he's shooting 33.9 percent from 3-point range the past two seasons.

Good luck with that.

It'd be like me trying to tell you I'm a good speller even though I misspell seven out of every 10 words.

Would that make much sense?

Posted on: November 14, 2008 3:16 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2008 3:48 pm

Dear Gary (on Big East coaches)

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: We all know the Big East is full of great programs and players. In your opinion, who is the best coach?

-- Lorne

A nice, simple question.

I like it, Lorne.

Anyway, by my count there are three coaches with national titles in the Big East, namely Jim Calhoun (UConn), Rick Pitino (Louisville) and Jim Boeheim (Syracuse). So while I think Bob Huggins (West Virginia) is a Hall of Famer and Jay Wright (Villanova), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), John Thompson III (Georgetown) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame) are all established winners, it's probably right to stick to the group of men with rings when trying to establish the best of the Big East.

That means I'm down to Calhoun, Pitino and Boeheim.

All three are Hall of Famers.

But with a gun to my head I'd probably go with Pitino, because he's won at a high-level at three very different schools and there's no telling how many national titles the guy might have if he had never done two stints in the NBA. As it is, he's still got one national title (at Kentucky), and he's been to five Final Fours with three different schools (Providence, Kentucky and Louisville). That's pretty remarkable. And when you consider he's got another team this season that could challenge for a sixth Final Four and second national title, well, I don't think you can go wrong putting Pitino at the top of the list.

Agree or disagree?
Posted on: July 16, 2008 12:43 am
Edited on: July 16, 2008 1:03 am

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

The war on terror.

Amy Winehouse's life.

Those are two things I think might end worse than Derrick Caracter's 5,348th chance at Louisville, but those are the only two things I can come up with off the top of my head. I mean, I don't want to be a skeptic because I love a good comeback story as much as the next guy (did you see Josh Hamilton hit all those home runs!?!). But it's difficult to imagine any scenario under which this actually works out regardless of what Caracter has claimed he's willing to do while begging Rick Pitino to let him return to the program.

So what is it that Caracter has claimed he's willing to do, you ask?

According to Rick Pitino (per the Louisville Courier-Journal), Caracter has agreed to:

  • Pay his own way to school while missing the 2008-09 season (both practices and games).
  • Get a job approved by Pitino.
  • Secure his own living arrangements.
  • Get into shape.
  • Become academically eligible.
  • Stay out of trouble.

Pitino said Caracter will be allowed to rejoin the Cardinals for the 2009-2010 season if he does all those things.

My initial reaction: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Seriously, is there any way this is possible?

Caracter has been a problem at every level -- never been a good student, good teammate or good dude in general. The stories I could tell you about this guy are classic, and if you ever see me in a bar buy me a pint of Stella Artois and I'll be sure to share one of them. We'll have a good laugh. I'm looking forward to it. But in the meantime, just trust me when I tell you the odds of Caracter meeting the above-stated requirements and not doing something stupid over the 16 months between now and the time he'll supposedly play his next college game are about as good as Brett Favre ever permanently retiring.

Simply put, I just don't see it happening.

But I'll sure have fun watching it develop or unravel, whichever the case may be.

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