Pitino says Calipari/UMass $5,000 check story is true

NEW ORLEANS — After Rick Pitino’s press conference today in new Orleans, Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog cornered the U of L coach and asked him about the $5,000 check Pitino says he wrote to help hire John Calipari at UMass.

In S.L. Price’s Sports Illustrated profile of Calipari, the check story was disputed.

But Pitino claims it is true, telling Zagoria, “John doesn’t know this but I know it to be the truth.”

Pitino even said that his wife, Joanne, was upset that Pitino wrote the check because she needed it to pay her Saks Fifth Avenue bill.

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