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Fool of the Year: Rick Pitino

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

We are giving out our annnual awards and former Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino is our selection for our Fool of the Year. Pitino’s basketball legacy has been tarnished because of his alleged involvement in the FBI scandal that rocked the college basketball season a few months ago.

Pitino, who was able to escape an alleged escort service for recruits commitments, which was arrainged by a former assistant coach. He said he was not aware of that incident either. Yet, coaches should know everything that goes on in their program.

Former Louisville Cardinals men's basketball coach Rick Pitino (Getty Images)

Former Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino (Getty Images)

Despite passing a lie detector test, supporting documents suggest that Pitino knew what was going on with Brian Bowen, a recruit, who the FBI suggests the school gave a $100,000 to his father to ensure that he would sign with the Cardinals when he was being recruited.

Pitino and former athletic director Tom Jurich were immediately put on administrative leave once the FBI scandal broke.

All the new information that is released by the FBI is even more damaging to Pitino. Like former Penn State Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno, this appears to be another tragic downfall, as these two coaches lied about things to keep their program successful.

According to the FBI, Pitino has been identifed as “Coach-2” from “University-6” in their November release. The University-6 has been documented as the University of Louisville. “Coach 2” reportedly knew of players being paid, according to the documents.

He reportedly helped organize payments to players to help ensure that they would attend the University of Louisville. According to NBC News’ Tom Winter, “Dawkins explained that while Coach-2 and the University of Louisville were recruiting the student-athlete, Dawkins asked Coach-2 to call James Gatto, aka Jim, the defendent to request that Company-1 provide the money requested by the family of the student-athlete, which Coach-2 agreed to do.

Pitino, who was the Cardinals head coach, was the Cardinals head coach since the 2001-02 season. He was 415-141 at the school. However, with this FBI investigation, there is very good likelihood that he’ll never coach again.

As a result for Pitino lying about this allegation — and denying about it — he has received our Fool of the Year.

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