Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rick Pitino Defends Former Boss Jim Boeheim, Calls Him "Man of Great Integrity"

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was asked about Syracuse head man Jim Boeheim and his recent NCAA troubles today.

Pitino, who was a member of Boeheim's first coaching staff, defended Boeheim and called him a man of great integrity.

Here is an excerpt from

Rick Pitino didn't defend Jim Boeheim against the NCAA sanctions recently levied against the Syracuse basketball program. He didn't think he needed to.

"I think Jim already had the press conference to handle that,'' Pitino said of his former boss, "and I certainly don't need to defend him because he did it quite well himself.''

But after saying that, Pitino went ahead and defended Boeheim anyway.

"I do know this, that he's a man of great integrity,'' Pitino said. "I worked with him. There's not an ounce in him that would ever break the rules knowingly. So I know him very well, no different than Roy Williams. These are guys with great integrity. And sometimes you just — in today's culture, anything can happen.''

Pitino, who is in his 14th year at Louisville, was an assistant coach at Syracuse from 1976 to 1978. He was a member of Boeheim's first coaching staff.

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