Asked if he had a nickname for the new style of play, the coach said, “No name yet. You only get nicknames when you win.”
When asked if any of the players had been a pleasant surprise so far, Pitino mentioned George Goode. “For the first time, he’s under 10% body fat.”
The coach indicated he’ll be more prudent when calling timeouts this year. “We’ll have to use the TV timeouts, and save ours for the end of the game.”
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Pitino was asked about his decision not to participate in his own TV show this season.
“It’s not newsworthy. Not a big deal.
“I want to come up with some new ideas for it.
To close that discussion, he offered, “I hope Terry (Meiners) and the university make up, so he can do it with me next season.”
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Asked about the recommendation to end the July recruiting period, he answered, “It’s the most ridiculous thing since I’ve been a coach. We’ll have to spend 15 times the money recruiting.”
He suggested letting the NCAA run the summer camps, thereby taking the AAU’s influence out of the equation.
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During the practice, one of the media guys present confirmed that Deuce Bello and Quincy Miller were committing right then to Baylor. At which point, I threw out this question to the several of us who were gathered: Who is Scott Drew’s Sam Gilbert?
Which instigated a discussion as to who the dirtiest recruiters are?
“Drew’s third on my list. Matta is first.”
“Who is second?”
The fellow smiled and wouldn’t name Calipari. But did mention Ken McDonald at Western.
Several fellows confirmed that Miller and Bello had their hands out. (Besides, I learned that several of U of L’s players really disliked Miller when he came for his recruiting visit.)
When I asked what the chances of landing Rodney Hood are, one said, “If they meet his price.” Then mentioned that the kid wants to come play for Pitino, but indicated others are in charge of his recruiting, so he’ll probably end up at Florida State.
26 days until Butler comes to town.
– Seedy K