Rick Pitino had an answer for his critics on Thursday morning.
The Hall of Fame coach from the University of Louisville responded on his blog (RickPitino.net) to the recent outcry against him and his program amid the alleged sex scandal surrounding his program.
Pitino started the blog post with an address to "our loyal fans."
"I will not resign and let you down," Pitino said. "Someday I will walk away in celebration of many memorable years but that time is not now. I do not fight these accusations by others but rather turn the other cheek. Couldn't do it at 33 but at 63 it's the wise thing to do. Let's let the investigators do their job and we will play basketball."
Pitino's words come two days after an ESPN Outside the Lines report detailed more the alelgations brought forward by Katina Powell, a self-described former escort who wrote the book "Breaking Cardinal Rules." In the book, Powell allegeds that former staff member Andre McGee arranged and paid for escorts to entertain former players and recruits.
Since the allegations became public almost a month ago, Pitino has denied any knowledge of the parties. The school has hired Chuck Smrt, a former NCAA investigator, to conduct an internal investigation. The NCAA and local authorities are also doing investigations.
The strat of the blog posting by Pitino told the fans he was sorry "we all have to endure the pain of these allegations." He ended the blog posting by referencing Pope Francis' recent visit to the United States.
"The Pope on his recent visit was asked many controversial questions," Pitino said. "He would often answer, “We will let God judge.” There can be no better advice regardless of what religion you are than his words. Let’s not try to justify, but let the Lord judge!!"