By Jody Demling,
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino just turned 60, signed a new contract extension that will have him coaching until hes 70 and has perhaps his best team in 12 seasons with the Cardinals. Pitino and his team will open the regular-season on Sunday at 4 p.m. against Manhattan' College.
Rick Pitino was ready to hang it up.
The future Hall of Fame coach was prepared to retire following the 2010-11 season when his University of Louisville basketball team lost to Morehead State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Pitino dabbled in some broadcasting for the remainder of the tournament following his teams early exit.
And Pitino was thinking it was time to turn to broadcasting full time.
"I almost did it," Pitino said. "I told myself it was a great time to do it. It even got to the point where I sat down with somebody and said, 'This is it'."
But the man with 629 career victories, including 42 in the NCAA Tournament, didn...