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Louisville's Rick Pitino Had A Long Rant Today About The Influence Nike, Shoe Companies Can Have On Recruiting

Louisville, an Adidas school, lost a five-star shooting guard recruit in mid-September, and many college basketball recruiting experts believed the de-commitment of Antonio Blakeney was shoe-company related

Blakeney, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard, is reportedly now most heavily considering Kentucky and LSU, both Nike schools. 

Today, Cardinals' coach Rick Pitino ranted about the impact shoe companies can have on recruiting. He wants shoe companies "out of our lives." 

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Pitino's shoe company argument sounds a lot like the AAU argument many coaches were making in the 1990s and early 2000s. AAU hasn't gone away on the recruiting circuit, and neither will shoe companies.