Found November 12, 2012 on
Fox Sports Tennessee:
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...
BEST OF MAXIM
Coach Pitino met with the media this afternoon to speak about his 2013 recruiting class. Here is a brief recap, along with a video, courtesy of Jody Demling of CardinalAuthority.com.
–Coach Pitino said it was critical in 2013 to bring in a class that could score and shoot.
–David Levitch, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from North Oldham High School outside of Louisville will join...
Rick Pitino and the Louisville basketball program are expecting to receive signed letters of intent today from their four commitments from the 2013 class. The early signing period starts today and will end on Nov. 21. All four of Louisville’s commitments are expected to sign and send their paper work to UofL via fax machine.
Louisville’s 2013 Recruiting Class
-Akoy Agau, 6-foot...
Half of Rick Pitino’s 2013 recruiting class has faxed in their letters of intent and are now officially Louisville Cardinals.
Chris Jones, a 5-foot-10 junior college point guard at North West Florida State College was the first to make it official. Jones (pictured below), submitted his paper work shortly before 11 A.M. this morning.
Jones verbally committed to Louisville following...
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino announced a signing class that includes three top high school players, one of the best junior college players in the country and a local preferred walk-on.
Earliest opening game ever, presumably cutting short preparation time for fitting all pieces of the puzzle. Fixing things on the run.
Fortunately for the University for Louisville, unfortunately for Manhattan College, the combination of Hurricane Sandy and The Super Storm left Manhattan with even less time to get ready. The visitors were also minus their leading scorer.
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has his replacement for point guard Peyton Siva. Northwest Florida College standout Chris Jones signed his letter-of-intent on Wednesday.
After sitting out two exhibition games because of a suspension, Chane Behanan returned to the lineup for the University of Louisville basketball team on Sunday. Behanan had nine rebounds and eight points and then coach Rick Pitino talked about his game and his focus after the win over Manhattan.
Things just keep getting better for the Louisville Cardinals. First came a surprise trip to the Final Four, then a contract extension that will keep coach Rick Pitino around for nine more years.
Can a national championship be next?
The players seem to think so.
"The expectations are a lot coming in, but we have the personnel to get the job done,'' guard Russ Smith...