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An open letter to Rick Pitino


Rick Pitino

c/o University of Louisville Basketball

KFC Yum Arena

Louisville, KY, 40208

Dear Mr. Pitino,

This letter is regarding this blog post by Andy Katz.  Here, we see that when you are not wasting time in sexual harassment lawsuits, you're wasting time whining about how the Big East should create basketball divisions.  Katz correctly notes that we've done this twice....to the tune of abysmal failure.  But it also seems that you have no sense of conference history....nor geography.

You basically stuck all the non-football schools in an "east" division and the football schools in a "west" division.  This is a pretty broad assumption to make, buddy.  Never mind that there's no reason UConn, Syracuse, and Rutgers should be placed west of DePaul or Marquette.  No wonder you wound up coaching at second-rate academic institutions in the state of Kentucky and then somehow thought you'd be a good NBA coach.  Even people who can't put Mexico on a map can figure this one out.

But that's not even your worst flub.  You joined the Big East in 2005 and somehow think you know what's best for the conference.  And this is surprising considering you had previous coaching experience within the conference.  Did you kiss up to John Marinatto recently?  Because you have committed the cardinal sin of college basketball (but then again isn't that what Louisville sports teams are known for doing?  Cardinal sins?  BWAHAHAHAHA!).  You put Syracuse and Georgetown in opposite divisions, meaning there is a chance that they would never even meet once.  College basketball needs three important rivalries to survive: Duke-UNC, Kentucky-Louisville, and SYRACUSE-GEORGETOWN.  We've already sent our collective hatred to the Big East commisioners' offices in Providence.  Don't make us bite at you.  Because the whole reason the Big East isn't collapsing right now is because of the existence of Syracuse and Georgetown and our collective malicious, hatred for each other.

Clearly, as someone who got his start at Syracuse, either you're too stupid to remember your roots or people from Kentucky have corrupted you.  Now, I'm going to assume good faith and blame the state of Kentucky for corrupting you.  But don't prove me wrong.

Looking forward to kicking your ass twice next season,

-Your friendly neighborhood Syracuse fans.

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