This is the easiest question you will ever be asked (if you are a college basketball fan):
â€œDid you see what BozichÂ said about Pitino?â€
Social networking is not my cup of tea, but a lot of people have told me that Pitino vs. Bozich was the topic of the day there.
I read Rick Bozichâ€™s column in The Courier-Journal about 4 a.m. (just a few hours after the Cardinalsâ€™ heart-breaker of a loss to Syracuse).
I thought Rickâ€™s column was right on. He knows basketball. All he did was list the things that went wrong for the Cardinals in the 52-51 loss to Syracuse, the No. 2 team in all of America. The game absolutely should have been won by Pitinoâ€™s Cardinals.
It has been a rough year for Pitino. This isnâ€™t his first dust up this season with a media member. Earlier he dressed down Chip Cosby (the former Lexington Herald-Leader writer who now has his own TV sports show on Insight). That didnâ€™t last long. Both apologized.
This has been a challenging year for Pitino, whose first college coaching job was when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim hired him for his Syracuse staff.
No wonder Pitino was upset. The Cardinals all but gave the game away. All Bozich did was list their mistakes. And Pitinoâ€™s mistakes also.
This season has given Pitino a chance to show his coaching brilliance. A slow start for UofL while that team up the road in Lexington was beating him and then becoming the nationâ€™s No. 1 team.
Just after Kentucky was winning at Vanderbilt and adding to John Calipariâ€™s rÃ©sumÃ© came UofLâ€™s chance to beat Syracuse and get the national spotlight turned on Pitino and his Cardinals.
And right there all of that was for the taking only to see things go horribly wrong.
And then Bozich undressed him for all to see. But it was all true.
Pitino is a big boy. He has bounced back from worse situations than a loss to an excellent Syracuse team.
College youngsters are under intense pressure. Just ask yourself this: How would you perform if your everyÂ act was being observed by anyone in America who can turn on TV?
At this time of year all coaches should take a step back, exhale and then realize one more time that itâ€™s just a game.