Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 10/3/13
Joanne Pitino applauds the University of Louisville’s NCAA championship during a community celebration at the KFC Yum! Center in April. Before we get too far removed from that splendid moment in April when the University of Louisville basketball team cut down the NCAA championship nets in Atlanta, a little credit to someone who has played a major role in UofL’s success. Joanne Pitino, his wife, remember, was the person who convinced Rick Pitino to accept the head coaching position at Louisville when it appeared Pitino might be headed toward the University of Michigan.  Dick Vitale, his good friend, was convinced that Pitino was headed to Ann Arbor at the time, and was actively campaigning for the Spartans. As the story goes, Joanne reminded her husband of how much he had enjoyed his time in the Bluegrass State, urged him to return to the state he loved. According to report in the Courier-Journal, Pitino was all but ready to retire after a 62-61 loss to Morehead State in the second r...
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