A coach from Utah stands up for Rick Pitino

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  • Kenngo1969 Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 19, 2017 6:30 a.m.

    I'll give Coach Pitino credit to this extent: There's more bad even in the best of us, and more good even in the worst of us, than many of us might suspect.

    Furthermore, compartmentalization is such a common human tendency that all of us, to a greater or a lesser extent, do it. "Yes," we say, "it's true that I do (or have done) bad thing [x], but good thing [y] ought to more than make up for it." Bill Cosby, for another example, is funny ... at least, he used to be. But that doesn't change the fact that he has a history of drugging women to have sex with them. I lean conservative, and President Trump has done some good things ... along with more than a few bad ones which I'm loathe to excuse simply because, nominally at least, he's a Republican. Whatever good he's done, he still had that conversation with Billy Bush about groping women.

    Have we reached the point in our politics and in other areas of life in which, forevermore henceforth, the best choice available simply will be the lesser of two evils? I hope not, but I wonder. I'm reminded of the old saying about what happens when one wrestles with a pig; You both get dirty, but the pig likes it.

  • Glenn101 Seven Springs, NC
    Nov. 19, 2017 6:24 a.m.

    I would say that we should wait until we have some evidence that Rick was involved in any of the shenanigans that led to his departure from Louisville before we proclaim guilt. I still do not believe in guilt by association.
    To present as evidence reports that Pitino is a control freak and paid great attention to detail as evidence that he was in the know about anything is sort of a straw man argument. The NCAA said that Rick should have known about the Katina Powell affair because he was the head coach and NCAA rules specify that the head coach is supposed to know, even if he does not. The NCAA actually found no evidence, even anecdotal, that Pitino had any knowledge of what was going on.
    I do not know the former reputations of the assistant coaches in question that were involved in the two different affairs, so the best or worst I can divine right now is that Pitino was not the best judge of character. But somehow he has become the focal point for all of the criticism while the people known to be involved are hardly mentioned. Strange

    Glenn

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    Nov. 18, 2017 10:07 p.m.

    "You only meet two or three people in your lifetime — if you’re lucky — that absolutely change who you are from your core; who can rearrange your DNA and make you a better human being. Coach did that for me and my teammates."

    Mr. Pope, with all due respect, I think you already had the DNA, although he provided a great forum and instruction for getting to know that DNA. To excuse Rick Pitino for a host of major character flaws because he taught you how to play basketball, however, may be something to spend some time pondering. If you can't see how what Rick Pitino stands for when he is off the court matters, perhaps we need to 'huddle up"!