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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: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

I'll give Ricky Two Stacks credit....he does have two things that Coach Cal doesn't have. An NCAA Title, and an NCAA violation on his record. Of course, it is SWEET and always will be that his NCAA Title was with Kentucky. Maybe he'll retire when he wins another NCAA Title. After all, he DID guarantee one for Louisville when he arrived 10 years ago. How has that worked out so far?



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Who are these many?

Sorry you are too blind to be one of the many. 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Over the years we've had coaches invovled in murder plots.  Drug deals, abuse, pay to play schemes, and countless other actual crimes.  You know things that are against the law.  Pitino cheated on his wife, and managed to make himself a huge punch line in the process.  Unlike a lot of people he didn't try to hide it.  He didn't deny it.  He came out in open and admited it during the court case.  Which takes a heck of a lot more integrity then I'd assume you have after reading your post.

Knowing all that you say "For my money Pitno is the biggest dirtbag in college hoops,"

Well for my money you have just made one of the dumbest statements I've ever read on sportsline, and that's saying a lot.  Congrats on being one of the biggest idiots on sportsline.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

For my money Pitino is the biggest dirtbag in college hoops.


"Respected by many." Who are these many? People who are either clueless, have no morals, or whose aspirations are to bang sluts in an Applebee's with their assistant listening?


Also, I have never seen any "expert" be as consistently and completely wrong as Pitino was during his work as an analyst for last year's NCAA tournament. It was spectacular. That type of ignorance cannot be explained just by bad luck.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

This is news?  A guy announces he won't coach in 5 years?  And that he has the right to change his mind between now and then? 



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

"It's nice that Pitino has some perspective, is thinking about his family and realizes his mortality."

Pitino thinks about a lot of things, I'm sure family isn't one of them*

*except Rick Pitino, Jr.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Done coaching or done bangin' skanks after hours at the Waffle House?




Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

This is directed to KatinTexas because you always comment on UK articles and you are a complete idiot.  Watford for the win! Boom! Game over.  We're Back. Go Hoosiers



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Wow! Pitino gives end date 4 his coaching career

>>>"It's nice that Pitino has some perspective, is thinking about his family and realizes his mortality."

That being said, I'm sure the Hard Card is out tagging everything in his sight too! 



Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:59 pm
 

HPitino gives an end date for his coaching career

"At 64, Pitino could feel as good and as healthy as he did when he was 45. '

Anyone who believes this quote above is a knucklehead...


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