The Hatred Between Rick Pitino & John Calipari Is Genuine

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Over the past year, the Rick Pitino vs. John Calipari feud has somewhat died down. Sure the rivalry is still as intense as ever, considering both teams have won national championships in the past two years. However, the “sneak-dissing” from Calipari and Pitino that we saw from 2009-2011 has stopped.

After Kentucky eliminated Louisville from the Final Four in 2012, Rick Pitino took the classy route and said that he hoped Calipari and the Wildcats could bring the national title back to the Bluegrass State.

When Louisville was on their title run this past season and Calipari’s team was bounced from the first round of the NIT, he seemed to be humbled.  Any time he was asked about Pitino’s 2013 team, he spoke glowingly about how good they were and about how tough it was for them to be the picked to win the entire thing and then actually doing it. Similar to what his team did in 2012.

Don’t let all of this fool you. The hatred between Rick Pitino and John Calipari still exists and it is very real.

One Dead Person: Oscar Combs on Calipari V. Pitino from Rory Owen Delaney on Vimeo.

This was sample clip from the Red V. Blue documentary that Adam Lefkoe from WHAS11 is putting together. They’ve launched a kick-starter page to raise the necessary funding in order to complete this project. Click here to make a donation. This documentary needs to happen.

About Nick Coffey

Nick Coffey
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick has worked in sports talk radio for over three years.