Pitino sidesteps controversy by winning
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Pitino sidesteps controversy by winning

Louisville coach learned from 1977 problems with NCAA

Photo: Rick Pitino

The cover-up is always worse than the crime. That has been a catchphrase in American politics, sports, and life in general since Richard Nixon was caught covering up Watergate crimes and resigned as president in 1974.

Rick Pitino didn’t understand that lesson in 1977 when he was a young Hawaii assistant coach, but he certainly does now as a 64-year-old Louisville head coach who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. ...



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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