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Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:30 am
Edited on: December 21, 2010 9:41 am

Posted by Matt Norlander

How about this: The comments Rick Pitino made about concussions is the dumbest thing he's been associated with in a long, long time.

Yes, dumber than the Karen Sypher mess.

Speaking about serious head injuries as if they were the in vogue medical ailment of the modern era — think ADD and ADHD's rise in the past decade — Pitino pontificated in a postgame presser about how we're all just a little too trigger-happy to diagnose our athletes with these silly concussions.

"It's the 17th concussion we've had this year," Pitino condescendingly told reporters a few days ago. (Was that supposed to be a shot at the team trainer?)

After Louisville defeated Gardner-Webb 78-49 Saturday afternoon, the Louisville coach was in good spirits and bantering with the press. (This just days after not being like that , at all, following the Cardinals' loss to Drexel.) Hey, maybe it was the comfort of landing the job coaching the Puerto Rico national team; maybe it was something else. Either way, Pitino got ignorant on us in a quick moment when he challenged old-school, incorrect thinking re: the potential dangers of concussions.

Fast-forward to the 2:45 mark to hear his comments — or the 2:35 mark, if you'd like to hear him make a Kenny Loggins joke. Yes, anything was fair game for Pitino on this night. He certainly did go into a ... danger zone ... on this topic.

"I've been coaching now 35 years. I've seen maybe five concussions in 35 years," he said. "The new thing is everybody has a concussion. If you walk out and slightly brush the door, you have a concussion. That's the way it is today. Everybody has a concussion today. [Elijah Justice] had concussion. [Pitino laughs, followed by inaudible question from reporter]. Yes, barring the fact if he doesn't walk into the door at Benardi Hall and get another concussion."

You can tell Pitino was just waiting for that question about Elijah Justice's head condition. To make light of it sends a terrible message, one that, if I was a parent, would be a huge turn-off if Pitino happened to be recruiting my son. In football, where the issue has reached the daily mainstream conversation, more and more people are becoming educated on the subject and embracing all precaution that must be taken following a thwack or thump to the dome.

But in basketball, it seems some have ways to go. The NCAA has a two-page check-off sheet of sorts to help coaches with identifying concussions, but this is clearly not enough. The sport could be more susceptible to negligence in this regard because coaches and players haven't had this issue (ironically) beaten into their heads enough yet.

They'll get there eventually, though. Comments like Pitino's only show the process as slower than we'd hope for it to be.

(H/T, ESPN CBB Nation )

Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 11:30 pm

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

What's a Vigin? never heard of that before

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:08 pm

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk


Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:03 pm

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk



Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:00 pm

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

Coach Cal has a concussion everytime the NCAA office has questions for him.

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:58 am

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

Matt Norlander  is a zit on Gary Parrish's arse!!

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:43 am

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

i wish our bowl could have been as tough as the #6be vs #5cusa, now back to concussions, if he was afootball couch then this would be unacceptable but since basketball isnt facing the problem fb is it shouldnt be that big of a deal, but still he shouldnt touch this topic with a 10 foot poll well as long as he doesnt make jokes about it

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:26 am

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

This guy is a blogger....isn't that enough said?  Bloggers can say whatever they want these days.  Of course he's local because Pitino made these comments on the post game interview with Bob Valvano after the Gardner Webb game.  Seriously guys, you can't let what a blogger writes worry you.  We are all dumber for reading this. 

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:06 am

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

I understand medical professionals being careful with something that isn't fully known and don't know how to gauge the effects of what the person right in front of them can suffer.  I understand that.  L'ville understands that, the proof is the kids are missing games and practice time due to concussions.  Maybe Pitino shouldn't make light of a player for walking into a door, or the number of concussions that have been suffered by his team. 

All that being said, Matt Norland is an idiot, he acknowledges that L'ville takes care of the issue as an institution as a preface to calling for recruits not to go there because of the coach's attitude toward the issue.  In short, he either has a low IQ, dislikes Pitino or dislikes L'ville.  Makes you wonder who he is a fan of?

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:43 am

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

UKalumauh........get a life, get off UL boards, and stick with what you know......collecting POS cars in the front lawn of your trailer. God do you all understand that the Karen thing is so in the past now. The only reason UK fans even bring it up anymore is because they can not think of anything intelligent to say so they resort back to Sypher jokes. Maybe i should try to go back to the Gillespie era, or maybe talk about how racist Rupp was.............Just saying...........PS Cat fans good luck with your bowl game its going to be a tough one and we'll see you New Years

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:39 am

Pitino makes light of all the concussion talk

He must have had a concussion when he 15-seconded that Karen woman at the restaurant.  If you follow Pitino you will know that it is either the players fault or the ref fault, but never his Holiness's fault!

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