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Guess who was not at C.M. Newton’s Memorial Service?

Rick Pitino (Vicky Graff Photo)


It was no surprise that hundreds showed up for a memorial service in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Thursday for former UK athletics director C.M. Newton, who was also head coach at Alabama and Vanderbilt as well as a leader in numerous national organizations.

Newton died June 4 at age 88. He was beloved and admired by many.

Among the college basketball coaches attending the service were John Calipari of Kentucky, Tubby Smith of High Point and Avery Johnson of Alabama along with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. Current Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan, a former coach at Florida, was also there.

Newton hired Smith at Kentucky after Rick Pitino left UK for the Boston Celtics and Donovan was on Pitino’s staff at UK when Newton was athletics director.

But where was Pitino? Newton brought him to Kentucky from the New York Knicks after Eddie Sutton got the UK program on NCAA probation. But the Knicks were struggling under Pitino and it gave him a chance to resurrect his career.

Maybe he had a good reason for not being there — and we all know Pitino certainly has had a lot of issues lately. But it just seems a bit strange to me that Pitino would not have been there to play his final respects to a man who did so much for his career.



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  1. Nobody did anything for slick, quick rick other than slick quick rick.

    He has no loyalty to anyone but slick quick rick.

    Kentucky (CM) did nothing for slick quick rick, slick quick rick saved Kentucky and made CM look good

    Only in the mind of the world’s greatest narcissist, slick quick rick, could it be only this way.

  2. Sorry professor you are out of line about what Rick Pitino he did great things for UK or we wouldn’t be be setting at no 8

  3. Rick Pitino is a self absorbed narcissist. He lies, and he is now a demonstrated cheater. He is also a great college basketball coach, and I give the devil his due on that.

  4. Did not expect to see Pitino at CM’service He is consumed with his own issues and he doesn’t really care about anyone but himself..I was at Evelyn Newton’s service in 1999 and Pitino was there.CM did so much for me including help me raise the funds for remodeling Bill Keightley Equipment Room in 1992.
    Tubby and Cal are class acts they consistently prove that.
    Rest in Peace CM you did some great things in your life..

    1. Well said. NO excuse for not showing up

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