Rick Pitino spent almost 25 years as a coach in Kentucky, but he won’t be visiting The Bluegrass State again, according to a radio host.
It’s been almost exactly one month since the longtime Louisville basketball coach was fired after an FBI investigation into college basketball revealed a scandal that allegedly involved Pitino.
On the Ramsey & Rutherford show Tuesday on Cards Radio 790 KRD, John Ramsey revealed that he had talked to Pitino, who coached the Kentucky Wildcats for eight seasons and the Louisville Cardinals for 16.
“I actually had this conversation with Coach Pitino,” Ramsey said when asked if Pitino will ever be back in Kentucky. “He says he will never step foot back in the state of Kentucky. He’s feeling pretty bitter right now and that might change, and I want to not believe that, but he sounded pretty determined and staunch on his stance.”
Pitino won national championships at both schools, at Kentucky in 1996 and at Louisville in 2013. However, his relationship with those in the state is strained.
Following the firing of Pitino, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich was let go after refusing to fire Pitino himself.
The FBI probe revealed that Louisville allegedly paid $100,000 to one recruit. In the past week, Pitino has denied any knowledge of the alleged payment.