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April 10, 2013 | Associated Press
ATLANTA - Rick Pitino got the phone call of a lifetime and an incredible text at the same time. On Wednesday, John Doleva, the president of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, called seven people to tell them they would be in the class of 2013. Pitino was one of those seven calls. "When I got the call I was trying to call my wife over so she could hear it and I'm trying to put it on speaker phone and a text keeps beeping as I'm getting this special call," Pitino said Monday, just hours before he led Louisville over Michigan, 82-76, for the national championship.
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April 5, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Minnesota has picked 30-year-old up-and-comer Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, to take over for the fired Tubby Smith, the school announced Wednesday night. In his one season at Florida International, the younger Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school's first winning season in 13 years. At Florida International, Pitino inherited a program that was short on talent. The Panthers went 11-9 in the Sun Belt Conference, the most wins since joining the league in 1998-99.
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March 31, 2013 | By Nancy Armour, ASSOCIATED PRESS
INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino are finally doing an encore. For the first time since their teams played perhaps the greatest game in the history of the NCAA tournament, Krzyzewski and Pitino will meet in the NCAA tournament Sunday when top-seeded Louisville faces Duke. In the Midwest Regional final, no less. Never mind that few of their current players were even born in 1992. Or that Pitino is no longer at Kentucky, having switched sides in the state's civil war after his brief trip to Boston and the NBA ended badly.
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April 9, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - During this journey that will culminate with Monday night's national championship game, Rick Pitino has repeated one word to explain how much has changed since he brought Providence College to his first Final Four in 1987: humility. He did not have it then. He did not have it when was the boy-wonder coach of the Knicks or when he married his system to the overwhelming talent he recruited to Kentucky and won a national championship. He did not have it when failed for the first time in his pro career, with the Celtics.
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March 30, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rick Pitino is a man of contradictions. He can work his assistant coaches to tears, but they love him for it. He can make his wife go on a recruiting trip during their honeymoon, but then start a homeless shelter in the name of his dead son in a small Kentucky town. He wears Armani suits always, dressing like a man with too much money, but then gives the janitors and clean-up crew at Rupp Arena expensive bottles of wine and $100 bills at the end of a basketball season. He is generous and selfish, warm and imperious, a genius at moving basketball players around the court but not always so comfortable walking into a restaurant in Lexington, Ky. He is the most analyzed, dissected, scrutinized, picked-at and prodded coach here at the Final Four.
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May 7, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Calling the lure of the Boston Celtics "magical," Rick Pitino confirmed yesterday that he is leaving the winningest program in college basketball history for the winningest franchise in the NBA. There was also the lure of a contract said to be worth $70 million over 10 years, which would be the richest for any coach in any sport. It easily surpasses the estimated $25 million, five-year deal the 76ers, who also had interest in Pitino, gave Larry Brown on Monday. Pitino, who rebuilt Kentucky into a national powerhouse, is being asked to do the same for the Celtics, the once seemingly invincible pro basketball dynasty that has fallen on lean times and had the second-worst record in the NBA this season.
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April 1, 1996 | By Mike Jensen and Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
On the day before his first NCAA title game, it was mentioned to Kentucky coach Rick Pitino how ironic it was that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, his former boss, would wind up intruding on the two most spine-tingling nights of his life. It is part of college basketball folklore now, how Boeheim chased down Pitino on his wedding day to offer him a job as an assistant coach. Both coaches seemed to enjoy the retelling yesterday. "I guess he called someone who knew me, got my number," Pitino said.
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April 10, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright's salary is $2,290,346, 10th among coaches who made the NCAA Tournament, according to USA Today . Temple's Fran Dunphy's salary of $724,557 was 40th and La Salle's John Giannini's salary of $426,230 was 47th. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski was the top paid at $7,233,976, followed by Louisville's Rick Pitino ($4,078,327), Kansas' Bill Self ($4,750,763), Michigan State's Tom Izzo ($3,220,769) and Florida's Billy Donovan ($3,689,200). The newspaper obtained salary information from 62 of the 68 competing schools.
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April 3, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Kentucky coach Rick Pitino, hours after his team won the national championship game against Syracuse, said on CBS "This Morning" that although he expects to return next season, he couldn't guarantee it. When Harry Smith asked Pitino whether he will "absolutely" be at Kentucky next season, the coach responded, "Well, I made that mistake once before at Providence College, and I said I'll never make it again. I truly from my heart felt I'd be at Providence forever, and then I left to go to the New York Knicks.
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May 24, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
New York Knicks coach Rick Pitino said yesterday that he would extend his visit to the University of Kentucky to a third day, possibly indicating he was leaning toward taking the UK basketball coaching job if it were offered. Pitino had been scheduled to leave Lexington today. Now, he said, he plans to leave tomorrow. Pitino also said his agent, Mitch Dukov, would join him in Lexington today. If Pitino had reservations about accepting the UK job if offered, he kept them secret yesterday.
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June 23, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHEN SAM HINKIE took over as president of basketball operations and general manager of the 76ers in May 2013, he inherited a team that was without a head coach (Doug Collins had retired the month before), had finished with a disappointing 34 wins, and seemed to have more years of mediocrity ahead. He did have a young, All-Star point guard to build around in 23-year-old Jrue Holiday, who was coming off a season in which he averaged 17.7 points and eight assists. But Hinkie's first major move as the lead dog of the Sixers was to deal Holiday on draft night and select Michael Carter-Williams as Holiday's replacement.
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April 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Damion Lee, who had decided to transfer after playing three seasons at Drexel, will complete his final year of college basketball eligibility at Louisville. On Lee's Twitter account, there is a photo of Lee in a Louisville jersey with the words, "Louisville First Cards Forever. " The 6-foot-6 Lee, who was unavailable for comment, also mentioned on his Twitter page that he chose Louisville over Arizona, Gonzaga, Marquette, and Maryland. He will be eligible immediately and enroll at graduate school at Louisville after earning his undergraduate degree in general humanities social science at Drexel in June.
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December 24, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
GIVEN THAT all the superpowers know they will be in the tournament before the season ever begins, regular-season games are rarely must-watch anymore. Kentucky at Louisville on Saturday is must-watch. The teams will arrive at the KFC Yum! Center, hard by the Ohio River in the 'Ville's downtown, with combined records of 23-0 and rankings of No. 1 (Kentucky) and No. 4 (Louisville). Rick Pitino's Cardinals team lost most of the key players from the 2013 national champs and last season's Sweet 16 team, which was knocked out by Kentucky.
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November 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to the constant annual movement of college basketball teams to new leagues, Mount Rushmore is now located in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Mount Rushmore of college basketball coaches, that is. The repositioning of Louisville as the ACC's 15th team brings in Rick Pitino as the conference's fourth Hall of Fame coach, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, and North Carolina's Roy Williams. Four of the five active Hall of Fame coaches (Larry Brown of Southern Methodist is the fifth)
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October 29, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
BRETT BROWN may not be as familiar as he's going to get with Marquis Teague's game, but he certainly is familiar with the makeup of the young man. Brown and Shawn Teague, Marquis' dad, were roommates at Boston University, where the two played for coach Rick Pitino. Shawn transferred to BU from Missouri to play for Pitino and also to play with his brother, John. Jeff Teague, Marquis' older brother, plays for the Atlanta Hawks. In Marquis, whom the team acquired on Friday from the Brooklyn Nets with a 2019 second-round draft pick for Casper Ware, Brown envisions a lightning rod of an offensive player and someone who will have to prove himself defensively in order to see minutes.
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October 15, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THIS MIGHT not come as a real surprise, but recent history has shown the 76ers are not very good at giving information on players' injuries - such as those to Andrew Bynum and Nerlens Noel. Now there appears to be a little confusion over the shoulder surgery that has sidelined NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. Just after MCW received his award in May, the team said that he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and that the recovery period would be 2 to 4 months.
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July 11, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari settled into the fifth row Wednesday night. Syracuse assistant Gerry McNamara sat to his left. Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie was two rows behind him. Louisville's Rick Pitino sat to the right. College basketball's power players filled the Philadelphia University bleachers for the evening's last game at the Reebok Classic Breakout, which runs through Friday. The two teams on the court each had 10 players, but these men had their eyes fixed on Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones.
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February 16, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The frustration continued Friday night for Temple and it's all encompassing - a harmful mix of poor defense and inefficient offense that looks particularly bad against the ranked teams of the American Athletic Conference. Louisville, the nation's No. 13 team, came into the Liacouras Center and treated it like its home court. With sophomore center Montrezl Harrell dominating the paint at both ends, the Cardinals rolled to a snow-delayed 82-58 victory and handed the Owls their 12th loss in their last 13 games.
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August 15, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
RICK PITINO and Brett Brown go back nearly 35 years. When the Louisville coach noticed on the ESPN ticker 6 weeks ago that the Sixers were about to hire Brown, he texted congratulations to his former player and longtime friend, telling him he was going to have some champagne in his honor. Brown told him to "have the glass, but hold off because this is far from over. " Pitino explained it was all over the ticker. "I know coach, I don't know where that's coming from, but there's no truth to it," Brown said.
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July 11, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware could be back on the court by October. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said yesterday that he's encouraged by Ware's rehabilitation, which recently has included riding a stationary bicycle. Ware broke his right leg in a gruesome incident during Louisville's regional final victory over Duke and his injury became a rallying point in the Cardinals' run to their third NCAA title. "He's just riding the bike and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing," Pitino said.
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