Sabbatical For Rick Pitino?

Yes, And Fans Will Like ‘Willie Ball’

By Tom Stosberg

It’s not that I don’t believe Tom Jurich when he says he’s one million percent behind his coach …it’s that you can never be that sure about anything. It’s like the kiss of death.

Okay, take a deep breath, Now let it out slowly. Good. Let’s talk.

It is my personal opinion that University of Louisville fans really are going to like “Willie Ball.” It is a very well-planned offense that focuses a great deal on guard play. It is designed to utilize a lot of outside shooting combined with very quick back door cuts. You will have to adjust to primarily a half court defense.

So now that we have cleared that up, here’s one more thing you will be glad to know: there won’t be any players standing around waiting for someone to do something. It’s fast motion. And the big men will all be going to the boards at the same time on every shot. It’s an extremely disciplined game along the lines of Duke and North Carolina.

Oh …uh …Willie Ball is Ralph Willard’s style of play and this season I honestly and truly think you’re going to enjoy it. Cue the Fight Song.

Never. Out Of The Question

By Charlie Springer

A sabbatical is the furthest thing from Rick Pitino’s mind.

Yes, it could get ugly when Louisville plays basketball on foreign courts over the next few seasons, especially in Lexington. There the big question will be whether UK fans despise Pitino more than they embrace John Calipari. You have to know Kentucky fans.

Like Bobby Knight, Pitino thrives on being the center of attention, preferably for winning basketball games over sex scandals. He’s back in the nation’s consciousness, collecting more ink than when he won a national championship. He’s embarrassed and humiliated, but the drama, oh the drama, and he’s playing the leading role.

Pitino wants to win a national championship at Louisville. He’s getting older. Any time away is wasted, harms him with recruits, and delays what he considers inevitable.

And finally, he will never allow the likes of Karen Sypher, an alledged extortioner driven by dollar signs and apparent contempt for the male species, to get the better of him. A victory over her in the judiciary arena and her allegations in the court of public opinion are now just as important as any win on a basketball court.

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Tom Stosberg

Tom Stosberg and his wife, Linda, also an active participant on this site, have been U of L fans for nearly 40 years. Tom is self-employed by MarketFit, Inc., an outsource marketing advisory. Tom worked in radio, television and advertising for 35+ years. His web site is located at

11 thoughts on “Sabbatical For Rick Pitino?

  • August 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Your statement questioning whether UK fans despise Rick Pitino more than they embrace Calipari is outrageous. You owe Kentucky fans an apology.

  • August 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Dream on.

  • August 14, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Springer, how could you possibly know what the furthest thing on Pitinos mind is ?

    Your as bad as Dr.Ramsey and Tom Jurich.

    Any other coach at U of L would be packing their bags as I type.

    It’s a black eye for University and its getting worse because of their inaction.

    Talk about things getting ugly.

  • August 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Pitino has disgraced himself, his family and the University of Louisville. He’s finished as a big time player in college coaching circles. Perhaps the NBA has a spot for him.

  • August 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I think it is clear at this point that U of L is his home. Pitino has many personal things to work on. However, we need to give this some time for the dust to settle. NBA? huh..?

  • August 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    If any more revelations similar to the last hot ones come out

    we will be seeing Rick at the podium again–but he’ll be announcing resignation, rather than sabbatical i fear….

  • August 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I think this should do it. I hope if there are more reveals — it just remain in private. Meaning with the administrators, Pitino and his legal team. His family has been through enough. How much more crazy ugly needs to be shared!

  • August 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Mountain, meet molehill.

    So Pitino let Little Ricky out to play. He’s far from the first and he won’t be the last. We see multiple coaches arrested for DUI and moving on with their careers – which is the worse offense? (Hint: one endangers lives.)

  • August 15, 2009 at 7:12 am

    You need a reality check, Mr. Stosberg. Pitino isn’t going anywhere and his two superiors have accepted the apology. What’s your next topic? Jeff Walz needs to switch to coaching baseball?

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