LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rick Pitino’s Louisville squad is not expected to make a dent in the national tournament this season, and the program is currently embroiled in an alleged sex scandal.
Needless to say, the Cardinals are down.
Across the state, John Calipari’s Kentucky team appears primed to make another championship run. (Mostly) free of controversy, the Wildcats have relatively few distractions as the season begins.
When asked about the Louisville allegations Wednesday, Calipari spoke softly and slowly.
“I hope it’s not true,” Calipari said. “If any of it is, it’s not good for college basketball. It’s not the norm. And I would say this: If any of it is (true), I can’t believe (Pitino) would know anything about it. Just knowing him as I do.”
The Kentucky coach said he didn’t think it was appropriate to reach out to Pitino after the allegations surfaced.
Louisville is currently being investigated by the NCAA after a former staffer was alleged to have set up recruits with prostitutes. Pitino and the rest of his current staff have thoroughly denied any knowledge of the events.
[story from today's luncheon] Louisville coach Rick Pitino promises answers in emotional speech to U of L fans – http://t.co/ucJGmgupE0
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) October 13, 2015