Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/11/12
University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino enters the upcoming season with the No. 2 ranked team in all the land, according to most media outlets at least. This comes on the heels of leading the Cardinals to a surprise Final Four appearance during last season. Furthermore, nearly all of the key pieces from that Big East Tournament Champion club are back for an encore in 2012-13, and look to be serious contenders to bring home the first national championship to the 'Ville since 1986.But there was a time not long ago when rumors ran wild that the 12-year coach might be leaning toward retirement. Disgruntled fans from disappointing results on the hardwood coupled with off-the-court personal issues virtually sucked the basketball life out of the New York native. But these reasons alone weren't enough to push Pitino over the edge. No, one of the biggest reasons that kept him from retiring was none other than the thought of boredom.Pat Forde of Yahoo! recently addressed this very issue in his latest column. Here's a few snippets from that piece that detail Pitino's fear of having nothing to do:A couple of years ago, Pitino would have run screaming from the idea of an extension that had him coaching until he was 70 – especially at a place where he'd already been longer than any other stop in his career. He thought seriously about retirement early in 2011. Boredom might be Pitino's biggest aversion – some people have snakes, some have airplanes, Pitino has a fear of waking up with nothing to do. It's why his offseasons are filled with projects like writing books, or trips to play golf or watch his horses run. One thing Pitino shouldn't be this college basketball campaign is bored. From early morning practices to individual instructions to afternoon workouts to plenty of games, the former Boston Celtics coach should have more than enough to keep him busy this year. His prize at the end may just be his second national title as a head coach, and first since 1996.
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