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Does Calipari Have Pitino Envy?

John Calipari and Rick Pitino have a longstanding rivalry that traces far back, before the two wound up as competitors in the Bluegrass State.  And every time Calipari gets a chance to take a shot at Pitino or his school, he does so.

Take, for example, what he said about Wildcat fans who camp outside just to get tickets to UK’s first practices of the season:


“It’s a unique thing.  There’s no other state — none — as connected to their basketball program as this one.  Because those other states have other programs.  Michigan has Michigan State.  California — UCLA has all those. … North Carolina has Duke.  It’s Kentucky, throughout this whole state, and that’s what makes this unique.”


Rick Bozich of The Louisville Courier-Journal suggests Coach Cal has “a king-sized case of Rick Pitino Envy.”  Here’s guessing most UK fans will disagree with that one.

Instead, it appears Calipari has a little Steve Spurrier/Dan Mullen to him.  When he sees a chance to dig at his rival — and boost his own school in the process — he’s not afraid to take it.

In this case, his own fans will cheer the above comment, but it’s unlikely that Calipari’s words are powerful enough to erase Louisville’s tradition, Louisville’s arena, and Louisville’s program from the minds and memories of non-UK fans throughout the nation.

 


11 comments
Ron Grubbs
Ron Grubbs

Kentucky is a vile program and they deserve to have a Coach like Calipari. It's only a matter of time until another disgrace follows him to the NBA as he tries to weasel out of another scandalous tattered program in his wake! He's scummier than the sludge that BP flowed into the Gulf.

bigblue967
bigblue967

Calipari has the professionalism of a crack whore

FourThinInches
FourThinInches

“We’re a little like the Green Bay Packers,” Pitino said, after winning the 1996 National Championship at UK. “The entire state of Kentucky owns our basketball team.”

Hes just repeating Ricky P's own quotes.

FourThinInches
FourThinInches

Pitino and Cal hate each other. Goes back to UMass days like Tyler said. When we got rid of Billy G and were looking for new coaches and Coach Cal's name was in the mix. Pitino was quoted saying, we should hire one of his ex-assistants not cal.

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

If IU ever gets their act back together, the real rival will come back. Since realignment is part of the discussion.

Texas vs Oklahoma = Indiana vs Kentucky
Texas vs TAMU = Louisville vs Kentucky

badgercat
badgercat

After two drinks a few years ago, Bozo told a few of us how the C-J had become a puppet of Tom Jurich. The amount of press that the winningest program in the history of D-I revenue generating athletics receives compared to the Jefferson County Community College is laughable. Bozo got more "hits" on his column today than he has in a decade. UL fans know their current basketball coach had his greatest glory in Lexington. His decade in Louisville has been pretty weak after his run with UK in the mid-90s. 12 NCAA wins and two NITs in a decade may be the best UL fans can hope for, I suppose.

Sean
Sean

Calipari is right. the sate of KY is 97% Kentucky fans. Also Louisville hasnt been relevant in who knows how long. tey are only known now for a nice arena.

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

Haha, like him or not, that is some great flaming by Calipari.

Ron
Ron

Hey Bubba - Last I checked, Louisville has had a lot more success than IU and Kentucky in the last 7 years.

Brent Armstrong
Brent Armstrong

Nice try banjo picker. Last I checked UK has won 3 titles since they allowed black men to play. Louisville has won 2. In order to accomplish this Kentucky offered cash in paper bags to players and have nearly suffered the death penalty in fooftball and basketball. Of course to make things better they have hired the only coach in history to have 2 schools stricken from the record books for NCAA Final Four appearances. We all understand Kentucky. Best players money can buy. Put your teeth in before you hit the tractor pull this weekend weearing your UK gear. UK fans should always make a good impression. Aahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!

WDE>Bammer
WDE>Bammer

Rather dumb of Calipari to say that. When you already pretty much own Kentucky as UK does, why give your rival any crumbs to eat?

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