Disgraced Louisville coach Rick Pitino is out with a new book that seems to blame everyone but himself for his ouster at Louisville — including the Governor of Kentucky.
In “Pitino: My Story,” which the ex-coach is promoting, Pitino claims that Gov. Matt Bevin was at odds with former Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich, claiming that Bevin did not see eye-to-eye with the AD over issues relating to both the arena and the school’s Adidas contract. Pitino argues that Bevin wanted Jurich out of his role — and Pitino as well by extension, as the coach was an ally of the athletic director.
Bevin responded Wednesday in no uncertain terms.
“Here’s a guy who also excelled at many levels, both at UK and at U of L — not so much, a little bit of a sad chapter there with the Celtics — but in general a guy who has been up and down and mostly up,” Bevin told NewsRadio 840 WHAS, via Jared Peck of the Lexington Herald-Leader. “And now, he just sounds like a desperate, angry, bitter person, who wants to lay blame everywhere but at his own feet, which is where, frankly, so much of it belongs.”
Pitino was brought down by allegations of illegal payments to players, which he has denied knowing about. In general, he has cast blame elsewhere for the scandal and fallout, even though the federal indictments in the case tell a very different story than what Pitino has sold.
A Wake Forest Demon Deacons basketball assistant coach has been charged with assault in the death of a tourist in Queens.
According to a story from the New York Post, a Boca Raton man was in Long Island City for his stepsister’s wedding. The man, Sabor Szabo, allegedly was drunk and banging on cars outside the hotel where his brother was staying as he was looking for a ride he had called early Sunday morning.
The Post says a local resident came out to see what was going on and was punched in the face by Szabo. Jamill Jones, who is an assistant coach for the Wake Forest basketball team, allegedly punched Szabo in the head, causing him to hit his head on the ground. Szabo later died from his injuries.
The Post says that Jones turned himself in to authorities on Thursday.
The NCAA attracted a lot of attention Wednesday by announcing that they would permit a pool of “elite” high school and college talent to hire agents. It appears, however, that the new policy may be emptier than it initially looked.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NCAA’s announcement doesn’t appear to hold a lot of water. The announcement that USA Basketball would determine which players would be permitted to hire agents apparently “blindsided” both that organization, who are not viewed as prepared to handle such a responsibility. There is some dissatisfaction with the announcement both from USA Basketball and the NBA.
Few are pleased w/ NCAA's handling of release. USA Basketball and the NBA were blindsided w/ NCAA dictating USAB would decide which HS players could eventually hire agents. USAB doesn't have desire or infrastructure for those evaluations. If anyone has that expertise, it's NBA.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 8, 2018
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress further notes that high schoolers won’t even be permitted agents until the NBA changes its age limit, which looks to be at least three years away from happening.
So the NCAA now clarifies that high school players will not be allowed to have agents until the age limit is removed, meaning 2021 at the earliest, but actually most likely until 2022. Helps explain the lack of consultation with USA Basketball noted in an earlier tweet. https://t.co/JaVZ1BHscq
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) August 8, 2018
NCAA declaring its own rule changes for early entry legislation that hasn't even been agreed upon between the NBA/NBPA feels like little more than a PR stunt — and a way to mask NCAA's refusal to address true core issues of amateurism model. https://t.co/m5gJZ5PvW3
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 8, 2018
The NCAA policy attracted a lot of attention on Twitter, but ultimately it appears to be questionably implemented and very unclear to certain parties involved.
The NCAA announced on Wednesday some significant policy changes that will alter the landscape of college basketball, and they should be a step in the right direction for the future of collegiate athletics.
The most notable change is that “elite” high school and college players will now be able to have agent representation. It’s not exactly clear what criteria will be used to determine if a player has “elite” status, but Jeff Goodman reports that the initial proposal was that USA Basketball would make the determination.
In addition to players now being permitted to hire agents, said players will also be allowed to declare for the NBA Draft and return to school if they are not selected. The NCAA has also expanded the number of visits high schoolers can take to college campuses and will allow agents to cover certain expenses. You can read more about the significant changes here, but Twitter has already been set ablaze with reactions:
Wow- new NCAA college basketball rules seem modern and appropriate to me. High school and college players allowed to have NCAA certified agent, and able to return to school if undrafted. What do you guys think? Should it transfer to football?
— Olivia Harlan Dekker (@Olivia_Harlan) August 8, 2018
Definition of "elite" for NCAA agent representation will be determined in the comments section.
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) August 8, 2018
Wow NCAA is such a joke they pimp the hell outta their athletes and these new rules are a JOKE Ahahha PAY THE ATHLETES PERIOD.
— Fez (@Yess_SERG) August 8, 2018
I’d think the NCAA would have to change college football rule too. If you leave CFB early and aren’t drafted you should be able to come back too. Still messy though because way more would go early and see if they get drafted.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 8, 2018
WOOOOOW!!! This is great and RIGHT!!! Regulate the agents…let the kids come back for a degree! Yes NCAA!!!
— Joseph Brownlee (@TheTruthUNoLike) August 8, 2018
Ah, I see the NCAA made their money grab announcement today. So, their answer to 'cleaning up' youth basketball is to ADD agents, MORE shoe money, and a kickback to the NCAA. So, basically, the NCAA just wants high schoolers to be added to their free labor pool and more money.
— Marcus Shockley (@m_shockley) August 8, 2018
NCAA always thinking bout the . You can have an agent as College BBall player but he has to be "Certified by the NCAA". Cut the checks
— Hand Banana (@Im_ColdAF) August 8, 2018
I wonder how the introduction of agents for elite players will change the pristine reputation of the NCAA. Hate for anything to impact amateurism.
— Scott Howard (@ScottHoward42) August 8, 2018
Of course, everything the NCAA does is going to be met with a great deal of skepticism. It seems strange that the new rules regarding agents and draft status only apply to basketball, and that is likely something that is going to need to be addressed down the road. The FBI is still investigating widespread fraud involving payments to top college and high school basketball players, so this is likely an attempt to combat some of that.
Zion Williamson will probably be a slightly intimidating sight rumbling down the lane for Duke next season.
On Tuesday, news spread that the freshman star was being listed at a ridiculous 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds on the Blue Devils’ official website.
Zion Williamson is officially listed as 6'7", 285 lbs on the Duke basketball website pic.twitter.com/cRJf9Gk55S
— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 31, 2018
Those Herculean measurements, especially for an 18-year-old kid, elicited a lot of dumbfounded reactions from Twitter. Here were some of the best ones:
Right now, Zion Williamson is only five pounds lighter than the largest player in the NBA.
He just turned 18. pic.twitter.com/czMEF2ujLQ
— ESPN (@espn) July 31, 2018
Zion is heavier than LeBron pic.twitter.com/bVO3wxd0S5
— LWOS LA Lakers (@LWOSLALakers) July 31, 2018
Only NBA players in the 2010s decade to be listed 285 pounds or more: Al Jefferson, Boban Marjanovic, Nikola Pekovic, Roy Hibbert, Glen Davis, Andrew Bynum, Dexter Pittman, Eddy Curry, Kwame Brown, Yao, and Shaq.
Zion is basically a super-sized big weight-wise with wing height.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) July 31, 2018
- Zion Williamson
Indiana forward Justin Smith is proving that gravity is for losers.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore broke an all-time school record with an unreal 48-inch max vertical this week. Smith’s jump easily shattered Victor Oladipo’s old record of 42 inches and tied the NBA Combine record as well. Have a look:
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) July 20, 2018
The 19-year-old Smith averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game for the Hoosiers last season as a freshman. He could be in line for an increased role next season now that senior forwards Freddie McSwain and Collin Hartman have graduated.
Between Smith and another flashy attraction, head coach Archie Miller should have a deep and entertaining team to compete in the Big Ten this coming year.
The hits keep on coming for Papa John’s Pizza.
Oregon State Athletics announced on Monday that they have suspended their relationship with sponsor Papa John’s. Their decision is due to what they called “derogatory and insensitive comments” made by the pizza chain’s founder, John Schnatter.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) July 16, 2018
News emerged last week that Schnatter used the N-word during a conference call earlier in the year. The fallout from the report included Schnatter resigning as board chairman and having his name removed from Louisville’s football stadium.
In the past year, the NFL and Papa John’s ended a sponsorship deal, while MLB suspended a promotion with the company. The pizza company can still have deals with individual teams and schools, but some are choosing to make changes to that.