Well, that escalated quickly.
While we can't say that with any official certainty, it was pretty darn quick, because the hosts immediately hung up on Pitino after telling him he ruined the Celtics.
Here is how it all played out Thursday morning on Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub (audio available at CBS Boston):
Fred (Toucher): We are joined by Rick Pitino, former coach of the Celtics, current coach of the Louisville Cardinals who won the national championship. Rick Pitino, hello!
Fred: You stink. You ruined the Celtics.
Fred then hung up and began “The Stack” segment, and the interview was over.
We imagine this is how Toucher looked before the interview.
As a reminder, before Pitino was leading the Cardinals to the national title, he was bumping around the ranks of both college basketball and the NBA. Some stops were more successful than others. He spent three losing years at the helm in Boston, starting with the 1997-1998 season, before resigning with a 12-22 record nearly halfway through his fourth year in 2001.
Both franchise and coach went on to far more successful ventures, but that hardly means anyone is going to forget the tumultuous time he last spent in professional basketball.
Now go ahead and laugh at coach all you want. He just received the radio version of the prank call, but it will hardly take from the fact that life is pretty darn great for Pitino at the moment. Let's recount the myriad ways things are unbelievably awesome for the 61-year-old.
Earlier this year he won his second NCAA championship when Louisville defeated Michigan in April. It was a return to the collegiate mountaintop, winning his first title with Kentucky in 1996.
After the season, coach kicked up his feet, reappearing just long enough to root for his horse, Goldencents, in the Kentucky Derby field. Oh yeah, he's part-owner of a Thoroughbred racehorse.
It's clear "The Toucher and Rich Show" invited Pitino on just for giggles.
If you feel bad for Pitino, don't. Something tells me he will be just fine after Thursday's, um, brief interview.
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