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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."

CBSSports.com 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.

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Comments

Since: May 26, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:55 am
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Well, Rick, you DESERVE it ... an end, to a certain, coaching career. You've made your knowledge/expertise, and ways of motivations, to certain points, without certain ends. Players can make their coaches, seem-better than what they (players/coaches) are, but basketball is an evolving type of game, after all. John Dromo, Denny Crum, Peck Hickman and others were predecessors, but I think you will NOT be-content, until a local team attains what others, in '86, and the P Ellison/Herb Crook/Billy Thompson team, of later, accomplished. In any case, you're a top-fllght CLASS of a person, and a good man.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:29 am
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

jonvi - you have been reading too many cheap fortune cookies. Did you really write "stranded soul" and "grow with the days and learn the lessons of life"? And thanks much for that original gem of wisdom "shiat happens...then you die." That is remarkable. Spouting faux-religious arrogance and repeating trite drivel does not add anything to the conversation.

Pitino is a dirtbag. He banged a chick in the back of some restaurant and then paid her to keep quiet. The only reason that the truth came out is that she got greedy and tried to get more from him. Do you really think that is the only time he ever did anything like that? Listen, no one - in your words - is trying to crucify him or pass judgment on his immortal soul. Call Pitino a great coach if you want. Compare him against felons if you want. But sometimes a dirtbag is just a dirtbag. The more you fight against that truth, then the more you debase yourself.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:17 am
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

dust601 - you need to work on your reading comprehension. Nowhere did I or anyone on this message board say that Pitino is worse than someone who engaged in a murder plot. That would be criminal. Pitino is just a dirtbag. Your trying to turn his admitting banging a chick in a restaurant to avoid extortion into something noble is mystifying. Covering up that bewildering statement by throwing out random insults only makes it worse.



Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:07 am
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

As a UK fan, I must admit. I like Rick Pitino and give him all the credit for reviving the UK program. What Calipari has done is amazing, but what Rick did is absolutely legendary. He coached in what is widely thought of as the greatest NCAA Tournament game of all time '92 vs. Duke, and also one of the most high powered NCAA Championship team of all time as '96 had the highest avg margin of victory in the modern era

That said, let's be honest. He would have left UL a long time ago had one of 5 or 6 NBA teams offered at that time-LAL, NYK, Clev, Dal, Miami, Port. In fact, right after his last Final 4 in '08, especially after the Sypher fiasco, he would have gone to ANY NBA team that would have offered. Frankly, the NBA has changed in the last 5 years or so and he is too old as no NBA franchise has even hinted at offering. Frankly, I think Calipari si also too old. Unless your a longtimer or Phil Jackson, the NBA coaching club is a 40'ish thing now.

My guess is either in '17 or later, he will retire as the UL Coach unless he gets tempted by a deep proper Big East School such as St.Johns or Cuse just to end in the area where he started



Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

He wants to hand it over to his son. Not sure the fans will like that.




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

That is why your name is  "pendejo33".   Nothing more than that, a pendejo.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

That is why your name is  "pendejo33".   Nothing more than that, a pendejo.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

"dust601 - wow, you are really stupid. Did you seriously praise Pitino's integrity because he copped to banging some skank in the back of the restaurant? I think you did, as well as throwing out some vague insults that prove nothing more than your having an anger-management problem."



If calling a person an idiot.  For saying someone who cheated on his wife is worse then people who have commited crimes.  Crimes that involve murder plots, drug deals, pay to plays, and many more that resulted in many people getting hurt means I have anger management issues.    Then yes I have anger management issues.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

He is the Rick Perry of the hard court, more fluff than substance.

Where do you guys come from...You are aware that Coach Pitino has been to the final four more times than Texas, more Elite eights than the entire history of the University of Texas. You must realize UT would fire Rick Barnes (the best Longhorn Coach ever) to hire this man. And they would beg Karen to be a part of the recruitment process.

And Oh Yeah...Coach Pitino has a NC in Basketball...at the D1 level...in college...in the United States. Texas has the Alamo. I would like to say I am at a loss for words, but you guys keep begging me to type. Please quit.




Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Respected by many...  Okay, but I'd put my money on more in the biz not respecting him in many ways.

One of the 20 greatest coaches in college basketball history...  It can be argued is a good statement.  Because it would have to be argued, a case presented.  He is not in the top 10, not even close.  Hmmm, not in the top 15 and I have many more names.  He is a nice coach, but let's not carried away with any top 20 talk.  Rick is a cheesy, light weight as a human being.  He's a narcissistic hair-boy whose unceasing self-promotion makes him look as oily as our worst politicians.  He is the Rick Perry of the hard court, more fluff than substance.


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