Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino appeared on a local radio show this morning and had plenty to say about his Cardinals and the upcoming season. When the topic of his recent war of words with Kentucky's John Calipari was brought up by host Drew Deener, however, Pitino was less enthusiastic about opening up.
Here's a transcript of the exchange:
Pitino: "I'm not interested in that, Drew. Let's get to important matters. That's totally unimportant. It's about Louisville, it's not about anything else. We just speak here about the University of Louisville. If that concerns you, you speak on your time, not my time."
Deener: "I just know you had fired back..."
Pitino: "There's no firing back. I personally, in my life, will turn the other cheek. I've done it in this town with the news media in a number of instances the last couple of years. I've turned the cheek all my life. If you look at my record, all I say is positive things about coaches to the point where I have the best Lou Holtz act in the history of the game. And I will continue to do it, because I believe in it."
"But If someone hits the University of Louisville in any way in a derogatory manner, you will see someone not turn the other cheek from this point on."
The latest installment of the heated in-state rivalry between the Cardinals and Wildcats will take place on New Year's Eve in Lexington.