Better Know Your Hoops If You Question Rick

| January 23, 2013
UofL Coach Rick Pitino at the Louisville vs. Syracuse game.

UofL Coach Rick Pitino at the Louisville vs. Syracuse game.

No potty-mouth firebrand of a basketball coach should hold post-game media conferences, especially if he expects the scribes and radio and TV people to know as much as he does.

In Louisville, Rick Bozich, late of The Courier-Journal and now of WDRB-TV 41,  probably is the only media representative who can qualify as a basketball expert.

The rest of us hope that Rick will ask the questions that the rest of us are too timid to ask another Rick, Pitino, the University of Louisville basketball coach.

But when any coach has just seen his best guard make a game-changing  play that turns an almost sure victory into a devastating and (let’s be honest) embarrassing loss against a coach who gave him his first coaching job, he might be expected to blow up. Especially when Pitino’s Cardinals went into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Let’s face it, Pitino’s team was as close to beating Syracuse as many teams will be.

The coaches are close – heck, Pitino played Cupid and introduced the Syracuse coach to his wife while he coached the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington.

During a media conference after the Syracuse game, Pitino went ballistic when a media member asked a question that the coach thought was ill-advised and the coach unloaded on the poor guy, adding that the questioner lacked knowledge of basketball.

When Pitino turned to another question, he said that he was “p—– off by the previous question.”

The Syracuse loss dropped the Cardinals to No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Duke is No. 1, followed by Kansas, Michigan and Syracuse. You can look for continued juggling at the top.

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