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August 12, 2009, 02:26 PM ET
Pitino’s Uncanny Timing

by John Gasaway

Just think: If health care reform had been enacted during Clinton’s first term, there would be no “town brawls” erupting this summer and, more to the point, Karen Sypher wouldn’t have had to dun Rick Pitino for $3K in 2003.

Speaking of our 42nd president, don’t write off Pitino’s “image” or “legacy” or such in toto just yet. I make no predictions regarding his continuing employment at Louisville–that is entirely up to president James Ramsey and athletic director Tom Jurich–but I do know this: Clinton is now springing American prisoners from North Korea. Eliot Spitzer writes for Slate. Mark Sanford is still, at this writing, governor of South Carolina. Different cases all, to be sure, but the examples they provide suggest that there are indeed second acts in American lives. Even after an unremittingly tawdry episode.

Anyway, that’s what Pitino (not to mention John Edwards) is hoping.  

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