Rick Pitino tees off on shoe companies and recruiting

10/10/2014 07:30 AM

When Rick Pitino took the mic at his press conference Thursday, many expected the Cards’ head coach to preview his team, talk about off season improvements and other traditional story lines.

Coach Pitino covered those, but he also dove head first into a rant about recruiting, how shoe companies influence today’s high school athletes and why the NCAA should clean it up.

It all began with a question about the Big 10 conference guaranteeing four-year scholarships, and coach was asked if the ACC might follow suit. That led to a question about what issues he’d change in college basketball, and Coach Pitino responded with the following.

Pitino also addressed his team and said there will be a number of new players who are still adjusting to the college game, but he was very happy with what he’s seen so far from his starting five.


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