Rick Pitino Doesn't Think He Will Coach Basketball Again

“We live in a different world today,” Rick Pitino said, “and I’m not sure I want to coach in (it)"

Tiki and Tierney
October 30, 2018 - 7:45 am

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Rick Piitno dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss numerous topics, including his career, fall from grace, and new book, “Pitino: My Story.”

“I wrote this book for one reason: it gives closure to a career,” Pitino said on Tiki and Tierney. “I don’t think I’ll ever coach again. I do believe that.”

Pitino, 65, coached basketball for more than 40 years – and won a lot of games in the process. Fans will remember seven Final Fours and two national championships, but in the record books, Pitino is only credited with five and one, respectively.

Brandon Tierney, a Pitino fan, feels smoke has followed Pitino throughout his career. Pitino disagreed.

“There’s no smoke at Kentucky. There’s no smoke at Providence. There’s no smoke at Boston University. Nothing,” Pitino said. “The last four years, there’s been a lot of smoke. . .  The two scandals broke out. The (sex scandal), I deserve. I’m the leader of a scandal that happened, and I’m humiliated and embarrassed that it happened under my watch. The last thing (recruiting scandal), I don’t know why the FBI put my name in there. I had nothing at all to do with that.”

Former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen reportedly received $100,000 to ensure his commitment.

“I was shocked,” Pitino said. “I (asked the FBI) ‘Why are you here?’ and they told me why they were here, and I said, ‘I have nothing to do with any of that.’ . . . I’m bitter at (the FBI) for mentioning my name. I can’t be bitter at what happened at the University of Louisville. I have to be responsible for that.”

Pitino, of course, is referring to sex parties that occurred on Louisville’s campus.

“Until the scandal broke at Louisville with the dormitory situation, I think everybody thought I was a disciplinarian, a hard-ass, my practices were too difficult, (I) wouldn’t recruit one-and-dones,” Pitino said, referring to his reputation. “I think everything that’s happened since then, I deserve in terms of smoke – because it happened.”

Pitino reiterated that his career is likely over.

“We live in a different world today,” he said, “and I’m not sure I want to coach in this world anymore.”