Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has promised to go after the three people he says got him fired. In his forthcoming book, Pitino has promised to tell "the real story" of his removal and the dismissal of athletics director Tom Jurich. Pitino blames the school's "board of traitors" (trustees), especially chairman David Grissom, trustee "Papa John" Schnatter, and interim school president Dr. Greg Postel. The former coach also says his book "will not be kind" to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. Pitino and I will discuss his book on WHAS radio in a few weeks. Follow me on Twitter @terrymeiners for show updates.
THE BEASMAN va shocks Louisville - radio sketch Friday, March 2, 2018 (laffs) I’M STILL LAUGHIN ABOUT THE VIRGINNY GUY HITTING THE THREE AT THE BUZZER TO BEAT LOSERVILLE. OH LARRY. (laffs) YOU GOT TO ADMIT THAT WAS A BIGGER LONGSHOT THAN KIM JONG UN SHOOTIN A NUKE-U-LAR MISSILE AND HITTIN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY RIGHT ON THE HEAD. (laffs) ALL US GOOD AND CLASSY CAT FANS WAS KINDA HOPIN Y’ALL WOULD BEAT VIRGINNY SO WE COULD SAY WE BEAT Y’ALL BY 30 AND Y’ALL BEAT #1 SO THAT MEANS KENTUCKY IS THE BEST. (laffs) BUT THAT’S OK…IT WAS STILL FUN WATCHIN ALL THEM SNAGGLE TOOTH CARDINAL FANS CRY THEIR CROCKER-DOW TEARS THINKIN THEY
The University of Louisville threw a little more water onto its dumpster fire of scandals by releasing student-athlete Brian Bowen and assistant basketball coach Kenny Johnson today. Bowen's scholarship to attend UofL remains valid but he was told he will never play basketball for the Cardinals after the FBI revealed secret meetings about shoe company money being funneled to his family. Johnson was terminated likely as another illustration by the school to the NCAA that it was cleaning house of the entire Rick Pitino leadership team, save for new acting head basketball coach David Padgett and a few support staffers. Rick Pitino tells me he is completely finished with coaching although he told ESPN earlier this week that (when he is proven innocent
Got invited back on Outside the Lines. Once again, I appreciate getting to represent the city of Louisville on these ESPN updates on UofL's meltdown. This time the matter at hand was Tom Jurich's reaction to the scathing termination letter sent by Dr. Greg Postel. Per usual, I was marginally lucid. Dude, I'm trying to cram a lot into a tight space.
In his first comprehensive interview since being fired at the University of Louisville, Rick Pitino defended Tom Jurich against what he called the UofL administration's "smear" tactics. He also talked about "Coach 1" Jordan Fair, controlling his employees, David Padgett's new Cardinals team, board chairman David Grissom & the board of trustees' agenda, severance money for both Pitino and Jurich, his adidas lawsuit, thoughts for Cards fans, and much more #L1C4 From the Courier-Journal: "Did Pitino throw Jordan Fair under the bus?" Pop the popcorn. Here is the entire half hour conversation. WDRB 41 Louisville News FULL TRANSCRIPT of the Pitino conversation via WDRB News HERE Rick Pitino and I have had some fascinating, insightful radio interviews over the years. Will he ever
Tom Jurich called me last night to respond to the University of Louisville termination letter. More to come today at a 3:30 press conference at the offices of his attorneys. Rick Pitino and I will talk about his firing and the Jurich termination letter at 5:35 PM today on 840WHAS Radio. I spoke about the Jurich call with Renee Murphy at WHAS11 and then with Rachel Platt on Great Day Live... ...then to Bob Ley on ESPN's Outside the Lines .@terrymeiners spoke with the recently ousted Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich... pic.twitter.com/efXq7O04sc— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) October 25, 2017 Plus there were 840WHAS radio chats with Tony Cruise and Leland Conway...then to WKRD to speak with Nick Coffey on "The Red Zone" And I
Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino have both been fired with cause. Pitino’s sixteen year term was burdened by multiple scandals. That’s cause. More litigation to come as Pitino's lawyer promised "a bare knuckle fight." Earlier today, Jurich was offered a relatively miniscule buyout if he resigned before the University of Louisville board of trustees voted to fire him. He declined the offer and was then told the school is considering filing a lawsuit against him. No other details were given. Legal teams for both Pitino and Jurich were given very short appearances before the boards. Pitino lawyer Steve Pence said he had "a well prepared and solid one hour presentation" at Monday's hearing yet there wasn't "a
Could Tom Jurich retain a position of authority at the University of Louisville? Yes. Don't believe the denials. There is backstage maneuvering to examine that possibility. More on that in a moment. First, let's deal with the nuclear meltdown that rocked our world. Since the University of Louisville's ties to a funneled shoe money scandal rocked the basketball world, the commonwealth of Kentucky is soaking in schadenfreude - taking pleasure in the misery of others. Rick Pitino is out. Tom Jurich is out (for now) after once again refusing to fire Pitino. That's the Jurich loyalty factor. "If he goes, I go." Well, Pitino is definitely gone after the FBI sting illustrates Louisville's involvement in a pay-for-play scheme to