After sordid details at trial, how does Rick Pitino keep his job?
There's a horrible federal extortion trial going on in Louisville involving Pitino and
The sad, sordid tale makes everyone look bad.
Sypher became pregnant after the encounter with Pitino and had an abortion. Pitino's paternity was never proven. He has acknowledged giving her $3,000, but says he believed the money would be used for medical insurance. Pitino's long-time aide,
Pitino issued a public apology last year after going to the feds. At that time, Louisville president
Pitino wins games. He's the most famous person in Louisville. He's taken the Cardinals to the Final Four and Louisville is getting ready to move into a new arena. College basketball is a very big deal in Kentucky.
And so Pitino survives.
This amazes me. Pitino holds a high position at a major public institution of learning. He makes millions of dollars and controls the lives of talented teenage ballplayers. He succeeds by going to the homes of high school ballplayers and telling parents that their sons will be in good hands in his basketball program.
And Louisville does nothing in the wake of these admissions?
A lot of college coaches have been dismissed for less. Everyone makes mistakes and private life is private life, but Pitino's position at a public university usually requires exemplary conduct.
I like Rick Pitino. He played basketball at the University of Massachusetts and was on the freshman team when
Pitino's Celtic stint was dismal. He got off to a bad start when he made himself "team president" bumping
Soon after that he was gone. And he never came back to explain the failed regime.
Pitino has known real tragedy in his life. He and his wife,
He is wealthy and famous. He's a snappy dresser and resembles
Where does he go from here? When this trial is over, Pitino will still be free, wealthy and famous, but how does he go back to the bench, back into Lexington, back into the living rooms of those moms and dads who want their sons to succeed in school and sports?