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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: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

No matter what pitino says he seems like he couldn't live without the game. He will probabally take a break, then come back



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

 if you have half the accomplishments and twice the screw ups, you will be a God amongst your peers. 


And so to reemphasize.... I wouldn't want to feel I haven't tried hard enough to help a stranded soul.  Grow with the days and learn the lessons of life.  Shiat happens...then you die. 



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

mistakes that everyone makes is to excuse abnormally bad behavior.

      
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I excuse...well that's your word, I forgive everyone and accept there is no perfect person. A person must be judged on the entire work. The issue with Karen Sypher is something that happened. Had RP killed, beat up, or manipulated someone, I would have lots of issues with Coach RP. But from where I sit, RP did none of those things. He allowed himself to be manipulated. I don't call that evil. I call that ignorant of who he was and what was about to happen.

You wish to crucify him and call anyone who would disagree a moron or stupid. In my eyes...you would be that person.  So continue all you want. You have nothing much to gain...and not much else to lose...cause you are that guy.




Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

he should retire today



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Do not worry bon jonvi, you are very far from upsetting me. No one is trying to take away anything from Pitino's accomplishments. Of course he has been extremely successful, at least at the collegiate level. But if you cannot see the other side of the man - the cheater, the hypocrite, the blowhard - then it is you (or as you would pretentiously put it, "ye") who are blind. To say that Pitino's actions are just foibles or mistakes that everyone makes is to excuse abnormally bad behavior.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

ahhhh...riggles....I did't mean to upset you.  You seem to have a Pitino hate fest.  Go with it if it feels good to you...after all that's what RP did.   I've read moron, stupid...yet you're the person who ignores a man's accomplishments.  Go on wid your bad self. 

Be ye a man or a women, if you have half the accomplishments and twice the screw ups, you will be a God amongst your peers. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Hoosiers are back .......wooooo, welcome back.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Don't be a hater berc........Calipari is the fruit of Pittsburgh loins sir.......Moon Township. You are just part of the Great Ignorance......but you will learn......even you will learn in time.




Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Yes, jonvi, I guess I was blind to the fact that there are so many morons out there. Thanks for opening my eyes.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:22 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.

You say he didn't try to hide it - but don't you realize that he only admitted it once the woman was trying to blackmail him? He totally tried to hide it until he realized that he needed to admit it for the sake of self-preservation. There is absolutely no way to make this any kind of praiseworthy action.


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