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Holy Gee: Pitino calls out OSU president

I'm no particular fan of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. Something about him (and, no, I can't put my finger on it) strikes me as skeevy. He also lied to my face once upon a time, which hardly ever wins points with me.

But if I could shake the man's hand today, I would. Might even slap him on the back.

That's because, after Ohio State's Gordon Gee, the Barney Fife of college presidents, ran his mouth recently about those dirty Catholics at Notre Dame and those dirty academic chiselers in the SEC and at Louisville, Pitino did what too many people fail to do these days: He stood up on his hind legs and let the guy have it with both barrels.

Called Gee a "pompous ass" on a radio show last week. Said he was ignorant for blasting Louisville's academics, when Louisville had the No. 1 grade-point average in the Big East the last three years. Said Gee's comments about Catholics got him "boiling."

"I don't know what denomination he is or what lord he prays to (Gee is Mormon, for the record), but trying to get jokes out of that, it really, really boils me," Pitino said. "It's a pompous attitude and certainly I have a major problem with him, not with Ohio State, and he's a pompous ass for making those statements."

Rave on, brother.

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