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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: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

My sources are saying that Slick rick will retire when that nut job that tried to extort him gets out on parole. No way he wants that psycho stalking him again.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

***  Love all these UK fans jumping on post to Belittle ,smear & pass judgement on one of the Greatest Coaches Ever !!!  "they" .. They from a Racist UK background Who Continue now with a Slims ball who pays , cheats & breaks every rule possible to Recruit & then Prove hes Not even a Coach  but rather a Carnival Barker !!  They -- Who From a Distance love to "throw Stones" despite the Heavenly Proclamation !! OF Course .. THEY are UK FANS!!!  KARMA MY FRIENDS --KARMA  !!!   HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

When Pitino was at Kentucky in the mid nineties he said he had about 5-8 years of coaching left in him.  Pitino says a lot o things.  Look for Pitino to coach until hes Joe Paterno/Bobby Bowden age



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Norlander,

Nice objectivity.

Leave a program for the Pro's, then bail on that to get to another college program. That kind of 'throw back'? Or the adulterous pillar of society 'throw back'?
 
I know what I'll be doing in five years, not reading crap like this, with your name attached to it about 'throw back' when you meant 'throw up'. 



Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

"Is thinking about his family...". C'mon Matt, you actually think he thinks about his family. Maybe that'll he his New Years resolution.



Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

LOL at "aborted" five-year promise



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

and, what pray tell, would that "cause" be? Your distaste for adultery?



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Pitino gives an end date for his coaching career

Louisville should have ended his coaching career when they found out what he'd been doing with Karen Sypher in that Italian restaurant. If I had been in charge of UL, I would have fired him with cause.


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