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Louisville's Rick Pitino Responds To Criticism From John Calipari Over Scandal

It took a few days, but Rick Pitino has responded to John Calipari's apparent criticism over knowledge of the scandal that hit campus ahead of last season. Without naming Pitino or Louisville directly, Calipari told Mike Lupica that coaches are almost always aware of the things that go on on their campuses.

“All I can tell you is this: If it happens on your campus, and it happens with your assistants and those people, you probably have a pretty good idea of what’s going on."

It isn't a huge stretch to think that he had his coaching rival in mind with that quote. Pitino was asked about it today, and made a much more direct rebuttal. From the Courier-Journal:

"Whether it's Duke last month or us this month, these type of comments - we're here to build up the image of college basketball, not tear people down," Pitino said, making a reference to Calipari's recruiting manifesto that many believed was a shot at Duke and its recruiting tactics.

"I don't live in a glass house, and I don't throw stones."


"I don't have time to figure out what he did or didn't mean," Pitino said. "If our paths cross this summer, I'll ask him."

We would love to be a fly on the wall of that conversation, if it ever takes place.