When Truth Is Your Enemy…. Avoid It!

    Godfather 2
    BobLee
    October09/ 2015

    A legendary ol’ scallywag of a coach, in the flickering twilight of his notorious career, was once asked …..

    “Coach, is it true that you broke every rule in the book?”  To which the sly scoundrel replied:  “Book?  What book?”…. You mean the Record Book that shows how many games and rings I won.  THAT is the only “book” I care about.”

    Big Time and Wannabee Big Time coaches in College Football and Men’s Basketball are our modern day Mafia Dons.   They create a bunker mentality – Us Against The World …. We Are Fam-i-lee – surrounding themselves with intensely loyal “foot soldiers / sycophants” who will eagerly “take a bullet” for them if asked…. or without even being asked.

    As we learned with UNC’s Deborah Crowder and “Mother” Burgess and with Louisville’s Andre McGee…. loyal sycophants who will “do anything” to earn an atta boy from The Don.   Cut off a thumb…. eat a bug…. devise a Scheme …. get’em laid …. drive around the state selling calendars ….. etc etc etc.

    I rail against “broad brushing”; but I’m going to broad brush that there is NOBODY other than the truly insane lunatic core of ‘VilleNation that thinks for a nano-second that Rick Pitino is “innocent” in Get’em Laid-gate.  – NOTE:  Am I the first to create a “-gate” phrase for this one?  Someone has to be first.   Why can’t it be me?

    How well Rick can parse “the definition of “knew about” or simply “go Sgt Schultz” is yet to be determined.   “Go Sgt Schultz” has become “take the 5th” for coaching mobsters.

    Godfather 2: …. Michael is appearing before the Senate committee with Tom Hagan at his side.   Michael knows the senators are every bit as corrupt as he is…. and they know how totally corrupt he is.   He keeps “pleading the 5th” and eventually walks….. and the old Pisano slices his wrists in the bathtub.   OK, the analogy isn’t 100%….  Pitino DOES “end in a vowel”!

    Hey BobLee, Pacino and Pitino look alike.   Yeah and both names start with a “P” and end in “ino”…. just a coincidence.  🙂

    Can’t you see Slick Rick or RoyTwoRings or The Butcher or Boeheim or Cal or, or, or, or just repeating “I didn’t know nuLoisLernerthin’ ’bout no paper classes, no ho’s, no nuthin’….. I didn’t know nuthin ’bout nuthin’” ad infinitum   When a gal “does it” will we call it a Lois Lerner?

    Never sell “a Rick Pitino” or a Larry Brown or any of the Hall of Fame of Cagey Cage Rascals short.   These cats have been competing against / recruiting against one another for 20-30-40 years.   They know each others’ moves and “tendencies” like Patton knew Rommel…. Like Lee & Grant….. like Blue Duck knew Rangers McRae and Call.

    They are experts at “reading kids”.   A Harrison Barnes, for instance, would not have reacted well to the opportunity to “get laid” by one of Andre’s skanky gals.   A “Touché” McGinnis on the other hand …..

    The Cagey Rascals that earn “rings” and HoF plaques learn early on whether to quote Bible verses or the latest Hip Hop lyrics to Billy Blue Chip.   They can do both / either as the situation requires…. like switching from man-to-man to zone on each possession.

    Louisville Ho-gate is only a week old (as far as being a public circus) and already the parsing of “know about ??” and, of course “the Slick Willie” a/k/a “what specifically is ‘having sex’” has started.  When a former recruit’s argument is:

    “They weren’t totally nekkid.  They kept their shoes on …..”

    Then we are deep into Yeeeeee HAA-Land and it’s only gonna get “more Yeee-Haa” by the hour.

    Put Ho-gate on a timeline.   During “the period in question” – 2010-2014 – Rick was feeling the pressure of “whatchu done for us lately, Rick” plus the Calipari Steamroller was in high gear just 78 miles away.   The “pressure” was absolutely ON for Rick and his staff of sniffling sycophants including Andre Miller.

    Think of Tobacco Road as a Bluegrass Road ….. Louisville / Lexington is Raleigh / Greensboro.   Not QUITE as cheek-by-jowl as the steaming cauldron of Raleigh – Derm-Chapel Hill but every bit as INTENSE.   Rival gangs of board monkeys are dumpster-diving 24/7 for real or imagined “dirt”.

    That NattyChamp Rick won “when the kid broke his leg” was in 2012-13 – smack dab in the middle of Ho-gate.

    Rick appears to be getting near the “waterworks” stage where he cries on camera and babbles about “doing it for the kids….”.   This is known as “doing a Larry Brown” in the biz.

    He also knows that he will eventually lose the Louisville Lunatic Fringe.   A school’s Lunatic Fringe is “insane” but not “stoopid”.   There is a difference.   When a Rock Star Coach’s flimsy excuses have all flat lined, he will be lonelier than a Maytag Repairman with leprosy.

    The “loonies” simply want to win.  When Push Comes To Probation they WILL throw any coach under the bus….. and go buy themselves the Next Messiah.

    They will steadfastly defend Rick so long as there is a chance he can “beat the rap”.   As with the TruBlues, they will scream EDI – Everybody Does It – and try to deflect attention by claiming Calipari is producing kiddie porn DVDs in the basement of Rupp Arena or some such.   Whatever Cal is doing doesn’t matter….. for now.

    In these ooey-gooey messes, always play the “flip the pancake” game.  Rival Lunatic Fringes are descending en masse on Louisville with pitchforks and torches ablazing; while Louisville Loonies counter with (1) “we’re being set-up by our hated rivals who are jealous of us because ________” and (2) decrying Kangaroo Kourts who rush to judgement blah blah blah.  If it was Kentucky or Indiana under fire, we would simply flip the roles of the respective Loonies.  Loonies is Loonies is Loonies…. forever and always.

    It’s Slick Rick “on the rack” with the needles being driven under his fingernails until he breaks and tells’em where the thumbdrive is with all the middlemen’s names and secret off-shore account #s.

    Maybe Rick won’t break.   Maybe he will simply get all uppity about “never gonna quit…. blah blah.”  And forever claim “John Blake?…. who is John Blake…. I hardly knew this John Blake you keep referring to …..”  OOPS, I’m getting my Big Time Coaches confused here.   My bad!

    I’ve always said Roy’s Big Exit Scene will be Incredible Theater…. Steve Kirschner and Clint Gwaltney frog-marching him out of the room with him kicking and screaming about “junk” and blaming everyone but himself.

    The two U of L’ville admin clowns to watch here are (1) AD Tom Jurich and (2) U of L President James Ramsey (pictured).   Jurich is a verJames Ramseyy very “tough cookie”.   He will totally support Rick….. until he doesn’t any more.

    As long as there is one “definition of ‘a ho’ or ‘kept their shoes on’ or ‘definition of having sex’ to hide behind, Jurich will hunker down with Rick.   At some point he WILL cut their umbilical and let Rick sink by himself.  Self-preservation is a very strong motivator.

    U of L Prez Ramsey is as clueless as EVERY University Admin always is in these cases.   He, also, will back Rick and Jurich….. until he won’t any more.  Then he will do a “Peter In The Garden” and deny he EVER supported them.  Remember Leslie Strohm is their whizbang legal counsel.

    98.4% of University Admins are Invertebrates….. that they can stand upright without benefit of a backbone is a medical miracle.   Can you say Bruce Poulton boys and girls?  Those over-educated, self-important dilettantes don’t know squat, Bo or diddly about “what really goes on in Big Time College FB/ MBB”.   They “clap like gay seals” and live in a fantasy world of lapel ribbons and eeeeevil right-wing boogie-men.

    For all his naïvet about so much of TGU,  Holden wanted to fire The Butcher on several occasions during Butcher’s final season.   BOTBob and his bragging rights-obsessed cronies kept talking him out of it.  Holden finally dropped the hammer when BOTBob no longer had a vote.  For his courage…. he received death threats.   You think James Ramsey wants death threats from Louisville Loonies?

    Back to that notorious old scallywag we began this rant with up top.   He would likely advise Rick Pitino…..

    Hellfire Rick, I bet it don’t say nowhere in that “book” about a kid “getting laid”.   I mean really….. Angels don’t play football…. and virgins don’t play basketball…. ain’t that what going to college is all about?  Ain’t it, Rick?

    And so it goes…..

    http://www.wdrb.com/story/30221729/bozich-hidden-player-in-louisville-scandal-recruiting-pressure-in-2010

     

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    BobLee
    • GWC Reply
      4 years ago

      The connection between the Binghams , the Kenans and the Flaglers is a key component of the book “The Binghams of Louisville” and there are marriage-for-money tales , suspicions of murder-for-money , big money , and possibilities of sexual diseases within the “family” that have raised all sorts of familial complaints since the book’s publication . But Bingham ( Dorm in my day ) was a gift to UNC and the Bingham Academy ( now a B&B) out on Hwy. 54 toward Burlington are reminders of the Bingham family’s Carolina roots .

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Sound a bit like The Borgias… or Rothschilds.

    • GWC Reply
      4 years ago

      And I wonder what the Binghams might be thinking about all the going-ons in their old Tarheel neighborhood ? In that same vein what might the Kenans , Venables , Grimes , Hills , Haneses , Pattersons , Carmichaels , Carrs , Kluttzes , Bahnsons , Craigs , Winstons etc. be thinking ? But the Binghams had feet in both the Kentucky AND the Carolina camps so they must be doing double-grave-turnovers !

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The Binghams were Louisville’s version of The Daniels of Raleigh…. a/k/a “The Family That Owned The Newspaper”. I was not aware of their Old Well connection. Of course many of those esteemed families you noted also have their secrets they would prefer not be detailed “above the fold”.

    • UNC86 Reply
      4 years ago

      You make mention of the Louisville “situation” dating back to 2010-14 when things were heating up and the Caipari steamroller being in high gear. Understanding that we are talking about different tactics, but could it be that this sounds a little similar to the UNC AfAm Studies thing getting started around the same time Duke had won back to back titles in 91 and 92?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        That certainly had to be a factor. Also, DES was realizing he was going to have to recruit more “high-risk” kids… Rasheed Wallace, McGinnis, etc. Once a program starts down that path, it is next to impossible to reverse course.

    • CPR Reply
      4 years ago

      Invertebrate? Brings to mind a joke my favorite coach used to tell at clinics.

      “Out in West Texas, near Langtry, a blind desert hare bumped into a blind snake. ‘Can you tell me what I am?’asked the hare.

      The snake wound around the hare, replying, ‘you have long floppy ears, a cottontail, and large feet. You are a hair. Now tell me what I am.’

      The hair examined the snake, proclaiming, ‘You are slimy and have no cajones. You are an administrator.’

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Near Langtry… surely the hare was not referring to Judge Roy Bean !!

        • CPR Reply
          4 years ago

          I knew you would get the connection.

          Enjoy reading Doug and BK referring to Kentucky memories. Hot Brown…Hot Dang.

          One time I was recruiting Charlie Selvy in Corbin. He was Frank’s younger brother. The family took me to a restaurant on the old US Hwy. Halfway through the meal I noticed a painting of the Col. taking up a huge part of the wall. It dawned on me that we were in Sander’s Restaurant. That was a time when KFC was in individual restaurants around the country, before they were free standing and owned by Harlan or franchised.

          Were you aware that the Col. was born and raised in Shelbyville, Indiana?

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            Wonder how The Binghams would be dealing with Rick’s Latest Mess ??

          • Doug Reply
            4 years ago

            CPR, Rogers Restaurant on Broadway in Lexington rivaled any Hot Brown ever made. Sadly it was torn down a few years back to make room for a new development. Progress I guess. 🙁 As a young 22 year old from “dry” NC I still recall the revelation of men in business suits sitting at the bar drinking hard liquor before noon.

            • CPR
              4 years ago

              Doug, you know your Hot Browns. Difficult for me to believe that I left UK fifty years ago and Westwood forty-five. Where has the time gone? As I have watched the college coaching game sink into the devil’s slime (which many predicted back then), I have never regretted my choice for a second.

              Ho-gate was a natural recruiting tool back in my day, especially at Louisville and Cincinnati. Beautiful “girls” and a convertible. Chased more away than caught. It was boosters in those days, not Juck or Peck.

    • Benjamin Drencker Reply
      4 years ago

      BL,

      Your best line ever:

      “98.4% of University Admins are Invertebrates….. that they can stand upright without benefit of a backbone is a medical miracle. Can you say Bruce Poulton boys and girls? Those over-educated, self-important dilettantes don’t know squat, Bo or diddly about “what really goes on in Big Time College FB/ MBB”. They “clap like gay seals” and live in a fantasy world of lapel ribbons and eeeeevil right-wing boogie-men.”

      Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner for quote of the year.

      Keep up the good work!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Thanks. The chasm between High Academia and mainstream society seems to widen by the hour. That “we” have such a quintessential stereotype of “why” here in The Triangle area with UNCCH and Duke makes that more apparent to us.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 years ago

      The “they still had their shoes on….” might just be the comment that moves Cozell McQueens’s “Why did you chose North Carolina State….I wanted to go north and get out of the south….”
      I think that UNC had the best plan….no cash changed hands and the coeds (Sweet Caroline’s” had the pick of tickets and parties and other such “social booty” to pick from.
      The SC’s reminded me a bit of the young ladies in the Paper Mill in “An Officer & a Gentleman”….

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        A high % of the myths and legends involving the Sweet Carolines were produced between Hillsborough St and Western Blvd. Not unlike “how many State fans cavort with farm animals” is a Franklin Street fabrication. In both cases there may be just enough truth to fuel the myths.

    • unctarheel1984 Reply
      4 years ago

      “Ho-gate” is much better than “Get ‘Em Laid-gate” as it rolls off the tongue so much easier. Speaking of which, have you looked into the frat house scandal at Indiana University where some poor pledge was “forced” to have sex with a willing (albeit perhaps “paid professional”) female? http://gawker.com/indiana-university-frat-suspended-after-video-of-possib-1735354012?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The protocols for getting an official “-gate” name are murky at best. Maybe “Get’em Laid-Get’em Signed-Gate” although a simple Ho-gate works best if space is an issue. The history of college boys & hos is quite long and involved. Those “Playing Fields of Eton” likely had a few “working girls” involved on occasion.
        .
        Should “getting recruits laid” even be a no-no ?? Is there any difference being employing a ho-for-dough versus a willing coed with an itch needing scratching ??

    • Old MacDonald Reply
      4 years ago

      Michael did not take the fifth — “I have not
      taken refuge behind the Fifth
      Amendment, though counsel advised
      me to do so.”

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Perhaps when Andre McGee takes the stand, Rick will arrange for his brother to come over from Sicily and to be sitting in the gallery ???

    • Doug Reply
      4 years ago

      And the band played on. The times, they are a changing, but some things never do.

      The best thing about I-64 between Lexington and Louisville is the Claudia Sanders Dinner House 30 minutes east in Shelbyville. Claudia was Harlan’s wife and, believe it or not, CSDH is a countryfied fine dining establishment. Best Ky Hot Brown and white bean soup I’ve ever had during the heyday’s of the tobacco auctions. Wonder if Rick ever visited one of the private dining rooms there?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The mind reels re: Rick and restaurant tables.

    • 58 wolf kennel Reply
      4 years ago

      BL, you make it all sound so bad, and I think you are right. Remember I retired from Louisville Gas & Electric in 1998. Knew the City prides and peculiarities. Louisville sports were not so big-time in those days until they went out to hire “big name” coaches.
      Must take issue on trying to be “fair and balanced” by invoking Chancellor Poulton’s name. He was neither a bad guy nor an ignorant guy in the Jimmy V situation. He became the fall guy for the BOG, but continued to serve NC State for almost 20 years afterward. Go back and read my Jimmy V book which gives the whole picture on Poulton. Good man who died about 6 months ago, so he can’t defend himself. Roy can :+))

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        BK, you are welcome to defend Poulton. Just as I will defend Holden Thorp to a degree. Not sure comparing Roy to Poulton is apples/apples. I recall Howard Schnellenburger “woke up the Louisville Sleeping Sports Giant”. Now Papa John gets to be their Phil Knight sugar daddy.
        .
        I doubt there is anything about “Louisville’s society / civic culture” that makes the community any more prone to getting drunk on sports wine than many similar cities. I do find “college towns” usually behave different than larger metro areas as far as their reaction to college sports. We are unique around here in that “a college town” is a significant element of a larger metro area with, of course, our three major sports college rivalries.

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