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News flash: Rick Pitino “shocked” by Louisville’s involvement in FBI investigation.

Rick gets shocked so much he should never, ever change a car battery.

He was shocked last spring when it was discovered, basically, that a brothel was being run down at the basketball dorms, named after his brother-in-law who was killed on Sept. 11.

Pitino was reportedly shocked when informed, recently, that the Earth revolved around the Sun. He told investigators he had no Copernicus clue.

Pitino today is the shiny, slimy, slicked-back face of college basketball.  Rich guys in Armani suits who know everything about basketball but nothing about anything going on in their programs.

On the heels of possibly college basketball’s biggest, baddest scandal, Pitino tried to get out in front of this tsunami by saying a few “bad actors” should not ruin it for everyone.

Turns out the worst actor is Rick Pitino, whose school was already facing NCAA probation before the FBI ruined his Ruby Tuesday. Pitino is Richard Simmons doing Shakespeare in the Park.

No doubt Pitino had to be shocked Wednesday when he was effectively fired.

Boy do I hate being interrupted in the middle of college football by college basketball. The rule around here is that hoops news is not allowed until after the bowl games. We call it “First Semester” basketball. “Midnight Madnesss” is a communist plot hatched by ESPN.

But this is different. Tuesday was a very, very, very bad day for Dick Vitale.

I know so because I received a tweet from Dicky V as the basketball scandal story was breaking.

 

Answer: Louisville apparently thought so when it put Pitino and AD Tom Jurich on administrative leave. It’s not leave, though, it’s get-the-hell-out.

Part of the problem with NCAA basketball is that coaches have become the million-dollar stars. We never get to know the best players because they are one-and-done to the NBA (and what a dumb, ridiculous, treacherous rule that is). The coaches get all the college money, power, press and television adulation.

People are already asking me: could a scandal like this happen in college football?  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.