Rick Pitino was in it for all the wrong reasons
Rick Pitino was ‘effectively fired’ as head coach of the Louisville basketball program, today, after becoming entangled in the FBI probe involving the funneling of top recruits to basketball programs in exchange for cash.
Pitino claimed to have no knowledge of wrongdoing in the recruitment of 5-star recruit Josh Bowen in exchange for a reported $100,000, but was relieved of his duties, along with athletic director Tom Jurich.
Today, Colin pointed out that Pitino’s downfall is a result of him being more concerned about himself than his players, and a desire to stay on top of his profession at any cost by capitalizing on the rampant corruption in recruiting.
Surely, he’s not the only coach that has broken rules – as this massive scandal continues to unravel, more names will come to light – but not every coach is dirty. Pitino is, and has been for a long time.
In the end, this mess was to big to explain away, and the depiction of him as a dirty coach will outlive any of his on-court achievements.
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Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio to talk college basketball recruiting scandal; why amateurism Is a fraud; and his college football Almost Upset of the Week
Jim Jackson – FS1 Analyst joins the show to talk Pitino’s downfall; and why ignorance as a defense doesn’t cut it.
Aaron Torres – College basketball writer is in-studio talking Pitino’s downfall at Louisville; his theory that John Calipari’s arrival at Kentucky may have factored in to Louisville’s willingness to break rules; and why the basketball model will be hard to change because of money at the AAU level.