Originally Posted by cincrazy
The back and forth between UK and Louisville fans is quite entertaining. Truthfully, I don't see how much of an effect one has on the other. They're not in the same conference, and they can both be successful at the same time. It's not like Cal going to UK is going to cripple Pitino's program, and it's not like the presence of Pitino is going to hinder Cal. So one might, just MIGHT, lose a recruit they would have nabbed otherwise. However, they'll just replace that one recruit with another 4 or 5 star recruit and move on.
Agreed. They didn't recruit against each other when Cal was at Memphis so it is unlikely that they will overlap much now. Both are great recruiters and coaches. In the past Cal has pushed hard for the top guys regardless of how long or whether they stay in school. After getting burned several years in a row (Telfair, Donta Smith, Amir Johnson) Pitino has mostly stuck to recruiting top players that will stick around for a few years (Clark, Samuels, Siva). Although, he did flirt with Tyreke Evans before giving up on him his senior year when he started to look like a one year player (and Memphis had him locked up).
Both programs will be great. This just intensifies the fan hatred even more.