On historical revisionism

Kentucky coach John Calipari has taken some heat for omitting Rick Pitino during a recitation of the school’s great coaches during Big Blue Madness. I’m inclined to give him a break. If he’d mentioned Pitino, there likely would have been a negative reaction that would have drawn attention. And, of course, not mentioning him drew attention, too. It was a no-win.

(I’m more intrigued that Calipari needed to use a TelePrompter.)

But this selective use of history cuts many ways. Pitino himself is a practitioner of it. Walk into U of L’s practice facility and you’re greeted by a plaque of “Pitino players in the NBA.” Not former Cardinals in the NBA. Jamal Mashburn and Antoine Walker are on the wall. Rodney McCray and Pervis Ellison are not.

It’s all about recruiting, is the explanation. It sure isn’t about history.

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18 thoughts on “On historical revisionism

  1. How about this historical revisionism Eric: at UL Pitino thinks it is so much better to get right to "serious" work with "real" practice on the 1st day rather than waste time with a Midnight Madness spectacle. Funny that for 8 years straight in Lexington he wasnt complaining about being the center of a huge Midnight Madness spectacle. Last time I checked while UK coach he had 3 Final 4's and 1 Title, while at UL he only has one fluke Final 4 – hmn, maybe the missing ingrediant is starting the season with a fun festival for the fans as well as the players?

  2. He did the right thing. He left out any reference to the traitor & the drunks. I see that as a win win. The real shame is that PIMPtino has not and will not embrace UL's basketball tradition. He could not get away with that at UK but liitle brother is use to DISRESPECT. Anything for 1 trip to the final 4.

  3. *sniff Why did Ricky have to leave us? *cry He's such a traitor. *pout I wish we were the #1 seed in the ncaa tournament.Hey Cal, daddy's coming home soon. See you in January kitties.

  4. MadisonCard says:Dear Cats fans, lets get something straight if Pitino would have never come Around and helped your program you most likely wouldnt have seen the the final fours and title runs you saw in the 90's. I get why Cal didnt say his name but for Cats fans to hate him is a bit old. You need to give alittle respect. Really other than taking the Uofl job after the NBA how bad was he really?

  5. MadisonCard:Rick was great. He has a jersey in the rafters to prove it.But let's say Bobby Petrino (after winning a BCS chamionship) left UofL, went to Atlanta, and then left to come to UK.(now let's pretend UofL football is anywhere close to UK basketball)Would the ville still 'respect' him? NO

  6. on the Bobby Petrino comment – I dont think 90 percent of our fan base would disown him like the 90 percent that disowns Pitino, the very same coach that help you all get back on your feet. What a way to show appreciation for your former coach. Or any of your last 4 coaches for that matter.

  7. Do you mean the adulterer was left off the state of the union by Cal? Could be because in his speech he touched on character, teamwork, staying together in the tough times. Sounds like a good formula for a marriage as well, so why mention someone who has failed miserably?

  8. "on the Bobby Petrino comment – I dont think 90 percent of our fan base would disown him like the 90 percent that disowns Pitino, the very same coach that help you all get back on your feet. What a way to show appreciation for your former coach. Or any of your last 4 coaches for that matter"100% of your fan base HAS disowned Petrino, and rightfully so, so your argument is doody.

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