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Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 4:13 pm
By Matt Norlander

If you told Louisville fans they get five and a half more seasons with Rick Pitino, they'd of course take it. And they'd savor every game of it, because coaches like Pitino are throwbacks, rarities. He's equal parts competent as a motivator and an X-and-O man. Respected by many, Pitino, it can be argued, is one of the 20 greatest coaches in college basketball history.

At his press conference today, prior to U of L's Big East opener against Georgetown, Pitino offered where he sees himself in just over five years -- retired.

Card Chronicle's Mike Rutherford tweeted out the Pitino quote this afternoon that simply says: "My contract runs until 2017 and I'm not coaching past that." Louisville Rapid Reporter Evan Hilbert followed with more context:
Coach Rick Pitino said earlier this season that he could coach until he was 90. He has since softened his stance. “When you're 59, you're realistic that you don't have a lot of years left,” Pitino said. “My contract runs out in 2017 – I'm not coaching anymore after that.”
We've got a long way to go until then. There could very well be Final Fours and a national title awaiting Pitino from now until then. What I do know: I never trust what coaches say, 100 percent. At 64, Pitino could feel as good and as healthy as he did when he was 45. And if in January of 2016, he sees a top-five recruiting class coming in, who's to say he doesn't extend his contract another three years? Louisville would be more than willing if the Cards were in such a position.

So we'll see. After all, it's more than five years from now. Remember another recent, famous, aborted five-year promise? We know how that turned out.

It's nice that Pitino has some perspective, is thinking about his family and realizes his mortality. But just because he says he's done in 2017 doesn't mean that's the case. It wouldn't surprise me in the least to find Pitino coaching at 65 years old. No one knows who they'll be in five years, let alone how they'll feel. Walking away from the game is something coaches and players struggle with more than almost anything else. Pitino can be wrong about this. Louisville fans are already wishing for it.


Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:07 am

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

MrWiggles74 you said in your own words."For my money Pitino is the biggest dirtbag in college hoops."

I guess I really do need to work on my reading comprehension.  For the life of me I can't understand why coaches/players who have broken the law don't seem to count as being a part of college hoops?  Is there a unwritten rule somewhere that once you break the law you are no longer allowed to be considered part of college hoops?  Does the term "dirtbag" not apply to players/coaches who have broken the law?  If so I apologize no one ever informed me of that rule.  I could make a long list of all the coaches, and players who are playing, or coaching right now with DUI"s on their records.  Driving drunk putting 100's of peoples lives at risk.  Doesn't putting innocent lives at risk make you a dirtbag?  I understand you don't like him.  He did some really stupid things.  Things that I personaly don't agree with at all.  Everyone has the right to like/dislike anyone they choose to.  To say he's the biggest dirtbag in college hoops when you consider some of the things other current coaches, and players have done is a joke though

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:37 pm

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

wonder what happened that made rick change his mind. he gave the impression that coaching basketball was his glad to see that he realized thereis more to life tha basketball. its not like he needs the money

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:20 pm

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Coach until he is 90 or 2017.  Coaching in the college ranks then to the pros then to the college ranks again.  Hard to keep up with him.  Bang a female in an italian resturant and then one in the chinese restaurant and then one in the steak house.  Had you going for awhile didn't I.  I'm sure he has had a few females in different restaurants and positions.  Just hasn't come to the light of day yet.

One thing for sure, he will always be know as the 15 second man.  Maybe a tv show, similar to the million dollar man. 

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:07 pm

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

"retired." His next thought in his head was this - "BUT, if someone wants to back up a truck load of money I might stay. Highest bidder please!!!"

After he went from the Wildcats to the Cardinals he lost me as someone who thought this guy might be good for college basketball. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:36 pm

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

He's going to spend more time speding money to pay for abortions of what would be his 'illegitimate' children.  Scumbag.  Glad to see him go.

Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:06 pm

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

This is 6-7 years from now. Who cares? So much could change until then. Nice job, CBS. This was a waste of time and a waste of an article.

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:45 am

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Pitino still coaches?

The football team sure is a steaming pile of crap.  They were co-champs of the Big East and lost to NC State.  That's embarrassing.  

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:58 am

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Amen. Being from Hopkinsville, I have no particular love for U of L, but my career moves have led me to live two years in Tenn, 10 in Columbus, Ohio, and the past 11 in Columbia, Missouri.  Believe me,I've had a lifetime of arguing the merits of UK, state of Kentucky basketball (HS, College, HS Sweet 16, etc), and the SEC. Nice to have those seven NCAA titles to fall back on, and at times throwing in U of L's pair can advance my point at the time. Pitino will always be my favorite UK coach, and those years he led our team are very fond memories. Like all of you, I never cease wondering what we would have accomplished had he stayed , but that's a waste of time. While it is hard for me to support him at Louisville (I have times I pull for the Cards (UNC, DUKE, Indiana, UCONN, etc)), I do maintain an appreciation of his coaching excellence. This will be an exciting game Saturday, and I'm hopeful the current rankings will help elevate the game in terms of national prominence. I get sick of all that UNC-Duke greatest rivalry stuff, and if both our state teams can remain a steady Top 5 presence, we can rise to that level. I'll close by saying you can never imagine the animated sports arguments I've participated in while living in the heart of Big 10 country in Columbus. The SEC/Big 10 battle is neverending, and all those years of hearing how the Buckeyes don't cheat like the SEC does were a sweet memory when the Tresell mess broke last year. Overall, though, I have to admit the Buckeye football fans are like looking in the mirror for me when the topic is UK basketball. Happy New Year !

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:31 am

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

And why is it that anyone should care about this proclamation?

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:52 am

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

children, children, let's stop all this animosity.  especially between the u of l and the uk camps.  as a transplanted kentuckian living in the sunshine state, i've had to defend both schools on numerous occasions for at least a hundred different reasons.  being born in louisville but an alum of uk, my alligience is to the commonwealth.  i'm proud of both schools for their hardcourt accomplishments and deep traditions.  pitino and calipari are both great coaches that make me proud as did adolph rupp, denny crum and yes, even joe b. hall.  imagine all the crap i had to take from my gator friends a few years back when they won their second national championship in a row.  however, i simply reminded them of billy donovan's past and the fact that they only had to win 5 more championships just to equal that of uk's tournament record.  i will always bleed red and blue and look forward to a great game on december 31st.  happy new year, y'all.

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