Pitino says he may allow Farley to return

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino called a Thursday evening press conference to address a letter sent out Thursday afternoon to several media outlets by Pleasure Ridge Park coach Dale Mabrey concerning Pitino's decision to dismiss freshman center Terrance Farley from the Cardinals team.

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino called a Thursday evening press conference to address a letter sent out Thursday afternoon to several media outlets by Pleasure Ridge Park coach Dale Mabrey concerning Pitino's decision to dismiss freshman center Terrance Farley from the Cardinals team.

In the letter, Mabrey offered a scathing version of Pitino's reason for dismissing Farley, "It's a well known fact that Coach Pitino needed to free up a scholarship for his incoming class next year..and [dismissing Terrance] was the easy way out," Mabrey said in the release. "It's just so sad that he felt he had to dismiss a quality young man for coming to a team meeting late without giving him a second chance." Mabrey has since apologized for his statement and for overreacting given the situation.

"I appreciate the loyalty a high school coach has for his player," said Pitino. "I can forgive him (Mabrey) for that. I will forgive him for it because it's an attack on me. I will certainly let my record of 31 years of caring for young people speak for itself. I take great pride in that. This was an emotional coach reacting. He was wrong in the situation, but I've been wrong plenty of times in my life, so I'm not going to throw any stones."

Pitino said that Farley had violated team rules on "multiple occassions and had been told not to do it again." Pitino, who met with the 6-10 freshman's mother on Thursday, said that she was in "total agreement," with his decision concerning her son. "I told her 'ma'am," Pitino said. "If he would have come to me and was apologetic for what happened, after some consequences, I would have reinstated him. And I still may."

"There was one sentenance in [Mabrey's] letter that was true," Pitino said. "And that is that Terrance is a quality young man."

"He could be the best player and I'd handle the situation the same way," Pitino continued. "I don't budge on certain things and won't be compromised with the principles that are put forth and what I believe in with our basketball team."

Pitino also left the door open Thursday night for Farley's return to the team.

"I still may reinstate him," Pitino said. "He's got to come see me [to talk about the situation]. And I have a feeling he'll be by to see me tomorrow. Terrance is a quality person but we have extremely high standards for this program -- how we act as people, how we act as players and in the total commitment we have on and off the court. This has been compromised by Terrance."

Farley, a first team All-State selection last season at PRP, had played in two of the Cardinals first seven games this season.


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