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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: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Personally, I have always still liked Pitino. I was about 7 or 8 years old when he came to UK, so for me he was the epitome of UK basketball for many years....the unforgettable.... the unbelieveables....back to back championships games - those are hard things to forget.  When he took the job at Louisville, that kind of stunk, but when you realized that he loved the state, the horses, etc you can't blame him for wanting to come back to the state of Kentucky.  I did lose quite a bit of respect for him with the whole adultery thing, but I still enjoy his style of play and coaching philosphy.  His signed picture is still hanging in my basement alongside Mercer, Epps, Ford, Mashburn, and Feldhuas! (I need to get more!)

I say all that to say, I will miss him if he leaves in 5 years.  I think he has many more wins left in him and should finish with 800+.  Also, the rivalry has taken a whole new turn with him and Cal and it almost always sets up two ranked teams playing each other. (Except for the BCG years when UK was unranked and lost)  Looking forward to the Dec. 31 mathcup and hope for a CATS win, but it is anybody's game!

Go CATS!!



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

So the 2017 recruiting class will suck



Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Thanks for the 5 year heads up coach!



Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Marcus Camby and Derrick Rose does not make a guy a slimeball.  So Pitino never got caught!  Who even knows if he knew what was going on with either of them?   Now, Bruce Pearl is a slimeball.  What Pitino did with Karen was slimy.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

"Pitino is so full of crap you cannot believe a thing he says..."

You seriously, as a UK fan, have the audacity or, stupidity to make such a comment???

Get real man, you have the biggest liar/cheater in all of college sports running your team...Calipari is the scum of the earth man...Just shut up, you are the biggest shill for your stupid UK...Nobody frickin cares man... 



Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Yeah right!  This is funny, although he has aged considerably terrible for a number of reasons, both sad and embarrassing.  He's too slimy and egotistical to stay away.  I think he just realizes he hates being number two in the state just 60 miles away or so.  Will always be appreciative of the title he brought the cats though despite him not playing Anderson in 97.  Just not much on his word in the past, hard to believe.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

UK is 2-2 in last 4 meetings against UL, you must have a bad memory



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

You will get you annual butt-whipping in a few days goon......until then try to remember the last time you beat UK.......




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Full of crap

Pitino is so full of crap you cannot believe a thing he says.....



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Now he can dedicate more time to pimpin' in that white suit.


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