Found August 22, 2013 on
The Cardinal Connect:
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com recently polled over 250 division one college basketball coaches to get their thoughts on who was the best X’s and O’s coach in the country. Tom Izzo of Michigan State was the clear cut number one selection, while Michigan’s John Beilein was the second choice. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino finished in third place
3. Rick Pitino, Louisville Cardinals (18)
Record: 664-239 (28 seasons)
NCAA tournament record: 48-16
“Coach Pitino is always willing to change mid-game. He is not married to a style, he believes in matchups and adjustments. His pro background taught him it’s all about finding a way to win that particular game.” — Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin
The last two years have been pretty magical for Rick Pitino. Back-to-back Final Fours and a National Championship is quite an accomplishment. However, prior to 2012 there was a little bit of pressure on Pitino, in my opinion.
He’d been at Louisville for decade and still hadn’t won a national title and ...
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According to ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein, four-star big man, Goodluck Okonoboh, has trimmed his list to five. Rick Pitino and the Cards did not make the cut.
Okonoboh is reportedly down to Florida, Duke, Indiana, Ohio State & UNLV, in no particular order.
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound prospect was actively being pursued by Louisville during the early part of the summer, however things...
Tom Izzo was voted the best X's and O's coach in college basketball in an informal poll of his peers.
“Tom’s guys not only understand what they want; they execute details to make sure it happens,” said Lon Kruger.
John Beilein of Michigan, Rick Pitino of Louisville, Bill Self of Kansas and Bob McKillop of Davidson placed in the top-5.
Mike Krzyzewski was ranked seventh...
Walter McCarty’s education as a coach came from a very unpopular voice here in Boston. But without it the former Celtics reserve forward might not be answering questions as a new assistant for Brad Stevens.
McCarty — who was hired by Stevens to fill out the Celtics coaching staff with Ron Adams and Micah Shrewsberry along with holdovers Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga — spent...