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John Calipari calls out Rick Pitino in stripper scandal; Pitino fires back

'We're here to build up the image of college basketball, not tear people down,' Pitino said.

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino wants a direct translation from Kentucky coach John Calipari, who made comments implying Pitino likely knew about the scandal involving strippers hired to perform for basketball players and recruits.

"If it happens on your campus and it happens with your assistants and those people, you probably have a good idea of what's going on," Calipari told the Mike Lupica radio show.

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Pitino, who has denied knowledge of the improprieties related to the scandal, appeared on 840 WHAS in Louisville on Monday to respond.

"I don't have time to figure out what he did or didn't mean," Pitino said. "If our paths cross this summer, I'll ask him."

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Pitino took his own jab at Calipari over another verbal joust aimed at Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski during the recent recruiting cycle.

"Whether it's Duke last month now us this month, these types of comments - we're here to build up the image of college basketball, not tear people down," Pitino said. "I don't live in a glass house, and I don't throw stones. ... We have a rule in the ACC amongst the coaches that unless you're praising each other and building each other up, keep it to yourself and mind your own business."

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If there is no chance meeting between the coaches this summer, the rival programs meet annually before the start of conference play, with the 50th meeting of the archrivals likely to be played before Christmas for the first time in five seasons in December. Per recent tradition, the game was scheduled the Saturday after Christmas, but this year it will be moved up to Dec. 20 or Dec. 21 and be held at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

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