I don't think BU, Providence or Kentucky ended up on probation so there's only a 25% chance you'll end up on there. In the meantime, you might end up in the Final Four. Besides how bad can he be, Ralph Willard is his best friend and he's not a bad guy is he.
The job Pitino did with the probation ridden Kentucky program was as good a coaching job as there has ever been not to mention taking Providence to the Final Four. You may not like the man but there's no question that he can flat out coach.
My point is we want something that MIGHT not be attainable unless we make compromises-and not sure that is an acceptable option by many on this board, the administration or BOT. But the older I get I would love to see success without selling my soul-therein lies the conflict
I would bet the record the past two years, regardless of the roster, would be closer to 40-7 than it is to 7-40 if Pitino was the coach
Sometimes our attachment to the past and program behaviors are in conflict.
Since there is no way to prove it, I respectfully disagree. when Lowder quit, we had no point guard. Even tricky Ricky could not have overcome that. among many other roster flaws.
But would Lowder have quit a Pitino coached team or a team coached by Brett Nelson with five or six years of experience as head coach? Both the head coach and AD were rookies when Lowder and Pridgen left.
Post by WCHC Sports on Feb 23, 2021 9:06:36 GMT -5
I think a lot of folks on this board are down on Pitino. I can see why with his checkered past of integrity and issues with players. We all want players who will be good men, and good Crusaders, first and foremost. We also want to win. I have always argued that you can run a clean program and not hire d-bags, and not admit students who will fail classes, break the law, beat up their girlfriends, cut corners, etc. Maybe I was too optimistic or naive, or ignorant saying that for 17 years-- that you could win and win the "right" way. We haven't won. I can only hope or guess or assume that we've done that at least the right way (a few years ago with people kicked out of the program, I had doubts there too).
After 17 years, I start to wonder what a deal with the devil might feel like. Maybe I/we need to stop being so high and mighty if we just want basketball wins anyway. I wonder what the folks who have endured this for 40-50 years feel like.
Laughter is the best medicine except when you have E.D.
Goodness, the guy is a dirtbag. There is no other way to describe him. To review:
1. As an assistant at Hawaii in the 70's he was implicated in a scandal in which players received airline tickets and use of cars. 2. At Louisville, his DOBO hired strippers for recruits--he claimed to not know it was happening. 3. At Louisville, he was involved in the pay to play sneaker company scandal. Again, he claimed that if anything happened, it was an assistant's fault. 4. At Louisville, he had sex (he says it lasted only 15 seconds) in a restaurant with a woman who was not his wife, may have then paid for an abortion, and as a result put himself in a situation where an extortion attempt was possible years later. His apology only focused on the length of time between his indiscretion and when it was uncovered.
He is a liar and a cheater and I am quite confident that he cheated elsewhere and just didn't get caught. Why do you think he is willing to work for mid major money? Nobody wants him.
No need to wonder, WCHC. After almost 60 years as a Holy Cross fan, the feeling I get during stretches with poor records is awful. Want to spin that, all the losing makes the wins more special. Small comfort comes from the knowledge that HC does try to do things the "right way" and has not hired anyone who was there for wins alone, no matter how they were obtained.