This is just too good to be buried in a link, the recent Dan Patrick interview with University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino on ESPN radio.
Patrick asks Pitino how he would go about getting a talented in-state player to choose Louisville over Kentucky. The hypothetical player is having a tough time choosing between the two schools. â€œIâ€™m from Kentucky, and this is keeping me up at night, and I really donâ€™t know what to do,â€ says Patrick.
Pitino says he doesnâ€™t criticize other schools, and he doesnâ€™t in the interview. Hereâ€™s his response to Patrick:
- â€œFirst, we have an extremely diverse campus, with 23% minorities. When you go into business, youâ€™re going to want a diverse type of situation.
- â€œWeâ€™re in the Big East, which is the most difficult conference in terms of competition. Competition makes you better. Youâ€™re going to play in the Big East Tournament, which is played in Madison Square Garden, the mecca of college basketball â€“ not on somebodyâ€™s home court.
- â€œYouâ€™re going to play on national television 18 times.
- â€œYouâ€™re going to play in a brand new arena on the river, a $350 million building, 90 luxury boxes, 22,000 seats.
- â€œWe just built a brand new training center for $15 million. We have the best facilities in all of college basketball
- â€œYouâ€™re going to play in a fun style, pressing, running style of play where all your skills are going to be highlighted, with more possessions.
- Certainly, youâ€™re going improve and reach your potential because of all the time, work and energy youâ€™re going to put into it.â€
This observer, if given the opportunity, would have added that you donâ€™t have an overly large segment of unreasonable and irrational fans who worship you when you’re winning but who will quickly demonize and quash you if you donâ€™t make the Final Four.