After All the Shame, Pitino Should Resign
"Very briefly," he said.
Oh, and we're all supposed to feel better now because he says the session was brief. It doesn't really matter, of course, whether Pitino used the entire shot clock or fired prematurely. Sex in a restaurant is sex in a restaurant, a particularly tacky and mindless act in any context, much less that involving a married man who is the most visible face of the University of Louisville. If he's the custodian of a basketball program that demands players to show discipline and sound judgment in their daily lives, how is Ricky Dicky supposed to be taken seriously when he couldn't control his sexual appetite at an actual table where people eat and drink in a well-regarded establishment? I mean, that's just gross behavior. For too many reasons to count -- including how he possibly can enter a recruit's living room and explain his actions to mom and dad -- Pitino should realize he has permanently undermined his credibility as an educator and do the right thing.
He should resign his position as coach.
But somehow, there is little chance of that happening. Even if Pitino and the school are being subjected to unprecedented humiliation in the sensational trial of Sypher, who is charged with attempting to extort him and lying to the FBI, the U of L administration backed him earlier this year by granting him a four-year extension and a $3.6 million longevity bonus. Seems there's a brand new downtown arena with seats and suites to fill, and rather than take a stand for integrity and decency, the university chose to absorb a summertime bullet in hopes the city will forgive and forget. Sad thing is, a lot of folks already have forgiven Pitino in Louisville because they know he's a master of his craft. Such is the runaway-train hoops culture in the state of Kentucky, where up the road in Lexington, John Calipari can run roughshod over academia with his one-and-done sales pitch to prep stars and hear little local outcry. All they want in the Commonwealth is to win big, and if Pitino likes an after-hours booty call at Porcini, the fans don't care as long as the Cardinals are in a Final Four mode.