LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rick Pitino is speaking out in his new book, “Pitino: My Story.” The former Louisville coach addresses the scandal involving prostitutes being hired for recruits that led to his firing.
“To outsiders looking in, I can see how I might easily appear to be a villain. My program became embroiled in a tawdry scandal when one of my assistants, acting completely on his own, hired strippers and prostitutes to perform for recruits,” in an excerpt from the book.
Pitino also writes about his time as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, calling it “Camelot.”
Pitino also talks about Papa John Schnatter, Governor Matt Bevin, interim U of L President Greg Postel, the school’s board chairman David Grissom, and the influence they had on the program.
“Grissom and Schnatter had their marching orders (from Bevin),” writes Pitino. “They were out to destroy Tom, destroy me, destroy the legacy of 16 years of great basketball and maim a thriving, growing institution.”
The ‘Tom’ Pitino referred to is fired U of L athletics director Tom Jurich. He was let go two days after Pitino in the wake of a national federal corruption investigation of college basketball. Jurich disputed his firing and eventually agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with the university.
Pitino’s sit down interview with Robin Roberts airs on ‘Good Morning America’ Wednesday morning on ABC 36.