April 10, 2013 |
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.
April 5, 2013 |
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.
March 31, 2013 |
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.
April 9, 2013 |
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.
March 30, 1996 |
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.
May 7, 1997 |
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.
April 1, 1996 |
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.
April 10, 2013 |
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.
April 11, 2016 |
"I gotta get this under control. " That would be difficult, even for him, particularly given the 72,000 screaming people and the flashing lights and the fireworks and the confetti blizzarding to the floor of the basketball court and his players dogpiling each other and his assistants grabbing him and Roy Williams shaking his hand, saying Roy Williams-type, deep-meaning stuff, but Jay Wright had to get this thing under control because - didn't anyone...
April 3, 1996 |
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.