"I've said it from Day One, and the reason I haven't gotten excited about it ... you're all wasting your time. The legislature is not going to vote it in," Pitino said. "We are behind the times as far as looking at Louisville as the economic engine that drives the state.
"I was down the road (Lexington), and I know what the perception of Louisville is: Louisville is an island — it's not part of the state of Kentucky. They don't look at it like Nashville or Indianapolis. They look at it as an island where they wear red instead of blue.
"I have never paid any attention to it. It's never going to get voted in. It's a waste of time; it's a waste of energy; it's a waste. I'm very excited about our new practice facility we're going to start building in May. So hire all the consultants you want; do whatever you like — it's not going to happen."