Some days it does not pay to be at the University of Kentucky.
Sports Illustrated sees one thing when they see a UK jersey, alumni, player, or coach, and it must be complete and utter contempt for our program. Coach Rick Pitino has had his share of troubles lately, and as I have said numerous times before I feel for the man. But now Sports Illustrated, that "pearl" of sports journalism has decided in their ultimate wisdom to put Coach Calipari in with the group of coaches they have labeled morally bankrupt.
In this article, that watchdog of all morality, Jeff Pearlman, has put Rick Pitino, Tim Floyd, Jim Harrick, and Coach Calipari all in one nice tight neat club."Do as you must. Behave as you will. Act as you act. Just keep winning." It seems that Pearlman has designated himself to decide what constitutes good character among today's coaches. He puts Calipari, a man who has had nothing but rumors and innuendo thrown at him by everyone imaginable, in the same category as Pitino, an admitted adulterer.
This classless act by Pearlman, which should surprise no one, may be the epitome of the media's attempts to put our program in the tank once again, with the oldest sham of all, guilt by association. Guys like this one need to be made to prove something before they can write about it. I take no pleasure in "labeling" Coach Pitino, and if not for the purpose of having to defend a man who has done nothing wrong, would never do it. Pearlman and others who keep throwing everything at the wall and hoping something will stick need to have a few things thrown their way. Or maybe just incessantly having someone write about them being in a group of individuals that lack character and morality. All of this is being dine in the name of journalism......sounds to me like the man never studied what the word meant.