Rick Pitino continued his mini media tour on Tuesday morning with an appearance on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show. Here are the most pertinent portions of that interview:
On the punishment system in college athletics
The system is broken. We need a president to step up right now and change this system. We see years of investigating. Schools need to be fined heavily, and they can't take that money from any other program. Coaches need to get their salaries deducted, 20, 30, 40 percent whatever.
I'd work for free if we could have the NCAA Tournament for these guys.
On the alleged stripper parties
At the time I had three nephews that lived in that dormitory. Right away I went to them and I said, 'Did you ever see anything that went on in that dormitory?' and they said, 'Uncle Rick, if we saw anything we could come to you right away.'
I didn't say it didn't take place. What I did say was I have absolutely no knowledge. If someone broke a chair in that dormitory I would immediately go over there and get that chair fixed. That's how much this dormitory meant to me. It was a sanctuary and it meant the world to me.
It didn't get us any recruit, a matter of fact it just damaged us.
On his future at Louisville
My future is really irrelevant and unimportant. It's the University of Louisville that I care about.
I do the same thing after every season. I go away and I take my time, and I say "Did you have fun? Do you still have great passion?" I have more passion today than ever before and I love teaching more than ever. Every day in practice is just utopia for me.
That being said, the day comes. It came for Denny Crum, it came for Al McGuire. The day will come for me when I say, you know what, it's time to let somebody else do it. I hope that day doesn't come for a long time for me. But it's not going to be because of this, because in the end, I think I'll be totally vindicated and people will understand how this happened. But I'll let the NCAA come to those conclusions and I'll just keep doing my job.
The only thing I'm heartbroken about is I have a difficult time just talking to my team right now, because I know their dreams have been shattered.