Pitino now dispensing dating tips

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has never been shy about offering opinions. He often doles out great sound bites that make life easy for media covering the Cardinals.

Perhaps he should be a little more careful with the analogies, however.

At Big East basketball media day in New York on Wednesday, Pitino expressed frustration over Syracuse and Pittsburgh bolting the conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"My problem is not them leaving. My problem is you did it in 48 hours," he said in a USA Today story. "Don't run away with a girl after one date when you've been dating someone else for three or four years. You've been dating this woman for 30 years, show a little respect."

Yeah, don't run away with the mistress. By all means, have sex with her on a table at an Italian restaurant, but don't run away with her. That would be disrespectful to your wife.

■ BAD PRESS -- Another New York Yankees season ending prematurely has again turned Alex Rodriguez into a punch line for fans and media looking for a scapegoat.

Rodriguez is an easy target, being the league's highest-paid player and one of its most notorious chokers.

Still, one would think he might get a day off from the criticism in the New York papers on the day Moammar Gadhafi was killed.

Not so.

The New York Post published a full-page photo showing the body of the deposed Libyan leader, as well as the photo of 20-year-old Mohamed El Bibi, the alleged shooter, wearing a Yankees hat and holding Gadhafi's golden gun.

Using one of the various spellings for Gadhafi, the headlines read: "Khadafy Killed By Yankee Fan: Gunman had more hits that A-Rod."

A group of three Red Sox fans also had a chance to capture and kill the dictator, but they instead chose to head back to their apartment to play video games, drink beer and eat fried chicken.

■ TRESSEL INKED TO DEAL -- Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel finally will be in the coaches' booth for the Indianapolis Colts this week after missing the first six games of the season.

The team had delayed his hiring, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he would have suspended Tressel if the Colts hadn't made him wait.

Tressel was hired to consult coach Jim Caldwell on replay decisions, but Caldwell said Tressel will have other duties.

Apparently, the scandal-scarred coach also will be in charge of arranging car deals and tattoo appointments.

■ NO FONE LEAGUE -- The NFL set quite a precedent this week when the league decided against fines or suspensions for San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, who nearly set off a brawl after a bizarre postgame handshake.

Don't blame the league for failing to punish those two, though. Goodell and the league office had more pressing matters from Sunday to deal with first.

The NFL did choose to fine Troy Polamalu $10,000 for using a cellphone on the field. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Polamalu borrowed a cellphone from a team trainer to let his wife know he was OK after leaving the game against the Jaguars with a head injury.

What a jerk. Next time, just start a fight.