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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- On Wednesday afternoon, Fox 41's Bill Francis spoke with 84 WHAS Radio's Terry Meiners about UofL Coach Rick Pitino's decision not to continue his weekly UofL basketball show on WHAS-11 TV.
Meiners confirmed that neither he nor Coach Pitino would be doing the weekly show, as was originally planned.
Below is a transcript of what Meiners told Fox 41 about that development. Click on the link to the right to watch the raw video of that interview.
Francis: Terry when did you find out you would not be hosting the show? Who told you and what reason did they give you?
Meiners: It was about three weeks ago that I was informed by WHAS-TV that Rick Pitino was not going to be available for the TV show any longer. We did it on Fox 41 in kind of a kooky way for several years, and I've had a good time doing it for a long time, but for some reason he doesn't want to do it for the next year. He's taking a year off – which is peculiar.
Francis: You all are friends. Has he told you why?
Meiners: He has not stated why and maybe he's just overwhelmed with all that's gone on in his life in the last year-and-a-half.
Francis: Who told you that you wouldn't be hosting the show?
Meiners: The manager of WHAS TV said that since Rick Pitino is not on the show, then we don't really need you on there because we're using the two of you for your repartee together, since they're putting together a highlights show apparently.
Francis: What about the halftime show on the regular broadcast? What's the deal with that?
Meiners: That was part of the same package – I would do the silly halftime interviews. And he and I did plan them out as farcical little plays. We would try to make a joke or whatever. We would try to get on Sports Center and ultimately it works.
Francis: Most people think you've been good friends with Rick Pitino. Have you talked with him about this?
Meiners: I have not. We are good friends. We'll remain that way forever. But the fact that he's taken a year off just sort of leaves me off the side and that's fine. I've got too many jobs already.
Francis: Have you heard or speculated why he's not – most coaches, like you said on your air, have contractual agreements to do shows. It's kind of unusual, isn't it?
Meiners: There has to be some contractual language he'll have to step through, because yes, coaches – part of their compensation package is to show up for their coaches' show, so he'll have to dance around that some way, and I guess that's for high-priced lawyers to figure out.
Francis: Are you disappointed?
Meiners: Absolutely. I wanted to keep doing that until Rick Pitino finished out his career in Louisville. It was fun. It was just a different thing to do.
Francis: You said on your show just a minute ago – you criticized UofL I guess for some of the seating arrangements at the new arena. There's been a lot of talk about that of course. Do you think that has something to do with you not being on the program anymore?