Rick Pitino
American college basketball coach
Rick Pitino
Rick Pitino is an American basketball coach. Since 2001, he has been the head coach at the University of Louisville. He has also served as head coach at Boston University, Providence College and the University of Kentucky, leading that program to the NCAA championship in 1996. He has coached on the professional level for the NBA's New York Knicks and Boston Celtics with mixed results.
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Pitino, Louisville rebut NCAA findings in escort scandal
Yahoo News - 27 days
Louisville has informed the NCAA the school disputes allegations that Rick Pitino violated his responsibility as a head coach by failing to monitor former staffer Andre McGee's activities that resulted in a sex scandal and subsequent investigation by the governing body.
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Duke's sputtering freshmen class must grow for Blue Devils to contend - FOXSports.com
Google News - about 1 month
FOXSports.com Duke's sputtering freshmen class must grow for Blue Devils to contend FOXSports.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. — About 47 minutes remained on the pregame clock Saturday when Harry Giles took his turn in the warmup line, whirled to the rim and elevated. The Duke freshman spiked the ball off the back of the rim and it bounded all the way beyond ... Louisville's experience edge adds to Duke's miserable stretchESPN (blog) Louisville's Rick Pitino defends Grayson Allen's tripping habit, calls it a 'reflex'CBSSports.com College basketball: A look at the days that led to Duke's second top-25 fallNCAA.com USA TODAY -Bleacher Report -GoDuke.com -WLS-TV all 137 news articles »
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How foreign-born players view Kentucky-Louisville rivalry - ESPN
Google News - 2 months
ESPN How foreign-born players view Kentucky-Louisville rivalry ESPN John Calipari and Kentucky head to Louisville to face the Cardinals in one of the biggest matchups of the season at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN. (1:05). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Pinterest · Email; comment. 7:08 AM ET. Melissa ... An insider's view of the John Calipari-Rick Pitino rivalryFOXSports.com How Kentucky and Louisville embraced the hate in college basketball's most heated rivalrySB Nation Louisville vs. Kentucky: Rivalry history, preview of Wednesday's top-10 clashNCAA.com Yahoo Sports -Bleacher Report -Sporting News -CBSSports.com all 141 news articles »
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No one-and-done craze? No Dunk City? Some of what might have been if Rick Pitino had stayed at Kentucky
ABC News - 2 months
Last Thursday night, New Albany High School's Romeo Langford, the No. 2 junior in all of high school basketball, hosted La Lumiere's Brian Bowen, the 13th-ranked senior. In prep hoops world, this was big -- big enough to earn a prime-time spot on ESPN2, in fact, and thus big enough to lure household-name college coaches out of practice gyms and onto charter jets. New Albany High School sits 15 minutes north of the Louisville campus, just over the Indiana side of the Ohio River. Louisville coach Rick Pitino didn't have to arrange air travel. Otherwise, though, it was your standard recruiting routine: show up, find a seat, be seen -- most crucially, by the prospect you're targeting (Langford), but also, probably, by a television camera or two -- grant a few selfie requests, and dip. Which is more or less what Pitino was doing when a funny thing happened. Midway through the game's first quarter, ESPN2's camera cut to a shot of the coach with an accompanying identification. ...
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Louisville’s Rick Pitino Claims Dominion, Except When Scandal Hits
NYTimes - 4 months
Like any successful coach, Pitino has an obsessive attention to detail. Still, he insists, he had no knowledge of a staff member providing Louisville basketball recruits with stripteases and sex.
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NCAA accuses Louisville, Pitino of violations in escort case
Yahoo News - 4 months
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The NCAA accused Louisville of four serious violations and criticized the conduct of coach Rick Pitino for failing to monitor a former basketball staffer who hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with recruits and players.
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Pitino: School's self-imposed penalties should satisfy NCAA
Yahoo News - 5 months
Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the school's self-imposed sanctions are enough to satisfy the NCAA as the governing body continues investigating an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers to entertain recruits and players.
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Rick Pitino distraught over Louisville's self-imposed ban on postseason play
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Rick Pitino looked the other way in disgust as he paced the visitors' sideline Saturday. The Louisville coach couldn't bear to watch after his team committed a costly turnover late in its 71-66 loss to Notre Dame, one that meant nothing to the Cardinals with their season's clock prematurely ticking...
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Louisville's Pitino awaits NCAA interview about sex scandal
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday morning that he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about an escort's book allegations that a former Louisville staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team's dormitory.
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Louisville basketball team banned from tournament
Reuters.com - about 1 year
Long-time coach Rick Pitino says the decision by the president of the University of Louisville to ban the men's basketball team from this year's NCAA tournament was "difficult" but "the right thing to do." Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Basketball's Rick Pitino Relists Mansion for $25.9 Million
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
The waterfront home of the University of Louisville basketball coach and his wife has gone on and off the market several times over the years.
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Louisville's Rick Pitino is living in an alternate reality
Chicago Times - about 1 year
So this is what it looks like when a coach loses his mind. He transitions from drunk on power — blowing off postgame interviews after a loss to his team's biggest rival — to life in an alternate reality. And he does it before our very eyes. Perhaps you heard about Rick Pitino's New Year's Day news...
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Pitino Discusses Scandal
NYTimes - about 1 year
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said Friday that the N.C.A.A. had not interviewed him about an escort’s book containing allegations of sex parties at a players’ dormitory.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rick Pitino
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 62
    As of 2015, Pitino's .746 winning percentage in 72 NCAA Tournament games ranks fourth among all coaches, third among active coaches.
    More Details Hide Details Beyond basketball, Pitino has been involved in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing as the lead partner in Celtic Pride Stable and the Ol Memorial Stable. Among his notable horses have been A P Valentine and Halory Hunter. Pitino, through the stable name of RAP Racing, owns a 5 percent share of Goldencents. Goldencents who won the $750,000 2013 Santa Anita Derby, ran in the 2013 Kentucky Derby and finished 17th despite having 8/1 odds of winning.
    Pitino coached the Puerto Rican national team at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championships in Mexico City.
    More Details Hide Details Pitino is the author of a motivational self-help book (and audio recording) named Success is a Choice. He published an autobiography in 1988 entitled Born to Coach describing his life up until his time with the Knicks. His most recent book "Rebound Rules," was the top seller at the 2008 Kentucky Book Fair. In 2005, Pitino's Louisville team posted a tie for the most single season wins in school history (33)—since surpassed by the 35 total wins by the 2013 NCAA title-winning Cardinals team—while he is one of two men's coaches in NCAA history to lead three separate schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to the Final Four. The other coach is his in-state rival, John Calipari (UMASS, Memphis, Kentucky), though both final four appearances at UMASS and Memphis were later vacated.
  • 2013
    Age 60
    In 2013, Pitino led the Louisville Cardinals to their third National Championship in an 82-76 win over Michigan to become the first NCAA Division I coach in history to win a championship with two different schools.
    More Details Hide Details Pitino became head coach of the New York Knicks in 1987. The year before he arrived, the team had won only 24 games. In just two years, Pitino led the Knicks to their first division title in nearly twenty years.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    In 2012, Pitino coached the Cardinals to the Big East tournament championship and a berth as a 4 seed in the West region of the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals defeated Davidson, New Mexico, and top seed Michigan State to advance to the regional final against Florida and his former player and friend Billy Donovan. The Cardinals would go on to win that game, but lost to arch-rivals and eventual national champions Kentucky in the 2012 Final Four.
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  • 2011
    Age 58
    On April 29, 2011, it was announced that Pitino would not coach the Puerto Rico national team due to scheduling conflicts and NCAA regulations disallowing it.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    On December 20, 2010, the Puerto Rico Basketball Federation announced Rick Pitino as the next head coach for Puerto Rico's Olympic team.
    More Details Hide Details The President of the Basketball Federation described the hiring as the highest impact coaching hire in the history of Puerto Rico Basketball.
  • 2005
    Age 52
    Pitino himself reprised the speech in a tongue-in-cheek manner at Louisville in November 2005, challenging his freshmen players to play as tough as past seniors and drawing laughter from sportswriters in a post-game press conference.
    More Details Hide Details During his time in Boston he had complete power serving not just as head coach but as general manager, CEO, and president of the team.
  • 2003
    Age 50
    On August 11, Pitino admitted to having engaged in sexual relations with Cunagin on August 1, 2003 in Porcini, a Louisville restaurant.
    More Details Hide Details Several weeks later, Cunagin told Pitino that she was pregnant and wanted to have an abortion, but she did not have health insurance. Pitino paid her $3,000 for an abortion. During the trial, Pitino downplayed the pair's sexual escapade. The complete act took, the coach testified, "No more than 15 seconds." In addition, Cunagin, who was convicted for extortion and lying to federal agents, claimed that her estranged husband, Tim Sypher, was paid to marry her. At a press conference on August 12, Pitino made a statement, in which he apologized for his indiscretion and stated that he would remain as coach. While Pitino's contract allows for his firing for "acts of moral depravity or misconduct that damages the university's reputation," University of Louisville president James Ramsey announced on August 13 that Pitino would be retained in his position. On August 26, Pitino demanded in a press conference that the media stop "reporting these lies." The conference was called even though University of Louisville officials advised that he was not obligated to respond.
  • FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 48
    Their son's death was not the last tragedy for Rick and Joanne. Both were especially hard-hit by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as Joanne's brother and Rick's closest friend, Billy Minardi, was working as a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center when it was struck by American Airlines Flight 11.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2002, the University of Louisville has designated a December home game as the Billy Minardi Classic, and the university named a dorm on campus as "Billy Minardi Hall." Only a few months earlier, another brother-in-law of Rick, Don Vogt, was killed after being hit by a New York City cab. With Eric Crawford, Pitino has written a book, The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life. On April 18, 2009, Pitino announced that he was a target of an extortion attempt. On April 24, Karen Cunagin Sypher, the wife of Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher, was arraigned and charged in US District Court with extortion and lying to federal agents.
  • 1999
    Age 46
    Pitino struggled in his roles with the Celtics, and statistics like 1999's 19–31 record made him little better in the eyes of many Boston fans than his inexperienced predecessor, M.L. Carr.
    More Details Hide Details Pitino's remarks became a cornerstone of Boston Celtics lore, and has served as a metaphor for other sports franchises and their inability to relive past successes.
  • 1997
    Age 44
    His NBA coaching experience often demonstrated a deep frustration with the dynamics of the league, especially in Boston, where he amassed a 102–146 record from 1997 to 2001.
    More Details Hide Details After being beaten by the Toronto Raptors on March 1, 2000, on a buzzer-beater by Vince Carter, Pitino's frustration reached critical mass as he addressed the press. Referring to the expectations of Boston Celtics fans and media, Pitino challenged each of them to let go of the past and focus on the future: Larry Bird is not walking through that door, fans. Kevin McHale is not walking through that door, and Robert Parish is not walking through that door. And if you expect them to walk through that door, they're going to be gray and old. What we are is young, exciting, hard-working, and we're going to improve. People don't realize that, and as soon as they realize those three guys are not coming through that door, the better this town will be for all of us because there are young guys in that (locker) room playing their asses off. I wish we had $90 million under the salary cap. I wish we could buy the world. We can't; the only thing we can do is work hard, and all the negativity that's in this town sucks. I've been around when Jim Rice was booed. I've been around when Yastrzemski was booed. And it stinks. It makes the greatest town, greatest city in the world, lousy. The only thing that will turn this around is being upbeat and positive like we are in that locker room... and if you think I'm going to succumb to negativity, you're wrong.
    Pitino went back to the NBA in 1997, but returned to college—and his adopted home state—on March 21, 2001 to coach the University of Louisville following the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2005 season, Pitino led Louisville to their first Final Four in 19 years, and became the first men's coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools to the Final Four. Immediately following their Final Four run, several players graduated or entered the 2005 NBA Draft. The inexperience caused the Cardinals to limp into the Big East Tournament seeded 12th, and miss the NCAA tournament. They made the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), where they were defeated by eventual champions University of South Carolina. The 2007 Cardinal team was primarily the same team, with added freshmen. Picked to finish towards the bottom of the Big East Conference again, Pitino led them to a second-place finish, 12–4 (tied with the University of Pittsburgh, who had been beaten by the Cardinals during the regular season) in the conference standings and a first round bye in the conference tournament. Pitino implemented a 2–2–1 and 2–3 zone defense midway through the season. The 2007 team's season ended when the Cardinals lost to Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2008 Cardinals finished second in the Big East and ranked 13th in both the AP and Coaches' polls. Louisville was the third seed in the 2008 NCAA tournament's East region. They defeated Boise State, Oklahoma and Tennessee to advance to the Elite Eight, where they were defeated by North Carolina.
    The following year, Pitino's Kentucky team made it back to the national title game, losing to Arizona in overtime in the finals of the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Pitino's fast-paced teams at Kentucky were favorites of the school's fans. It was primarily at Kentucky where he implemented his signature style of full-court pressure defense. The following year he left Kentucky for the NBA and Kentucky went on to win the 1998 national title. He would later refer to Kentucky as "the Roman Empire of college basketball".
  • 1996
    Age 43
    As a college head coach, Pitino has also served at Boston University, Providence College and the University of Kentucky, leading that program to the NCAA championship in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to his college coaching career, Pitino also served two stints in the NBA, coaching the New York Knicks for two seasons and the Boston Celtics for three and a partial fourth. Pitino holds the distinction of being the only men's coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to a Final Four and the only coach in the NCAA to lead two different schools to an NCAA National Championship (Kentucky and Louisville). Pitino is also one of only four coaches in NCAA history (along with Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim) to take his school to the Final Four in four separate decades, one of only three coaches (along with Roy Williams and Jack Gardner) to have led two different programs to at least two Final Fours each, and one of only two coaches (along with Williams) to have led two different programs to at least three Final Fours each. In addition, Pitino has achieved a measure of success as an author and a motivational speaker. Pitino's election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was officially announced on April 8 during the 2013 Final Four; he was inducted five months later.
  • 1993
    Age 40
    Pitino quickly restored Kentucky's reputation and performance, leading his second school to the Final Four in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, and winning a national title in the 1996 NCAA Tournament, Kentucky's 6th NCAA Championship.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 36
    After spending two years coaching in the NBA, Pitino returned to the college level again in 1989, becoming the coach at Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details The legendary Kentucky program was dusting off its shoulders from a major recruiting scandal brought on by former coach Eddie Sutton that left it on NCAA probation.
  • 1985
    Age 32
    Pitino left Boston University to become an assistant coach with the New York Knicks under Hubie Brown. Pitino returned to college coaching to become head coach at Providence College in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Providence had gone a dismal 11–20 in the year before he took over. Two years later, Pitino led the team to the Final Four. That Final Four team featured point guard Billy Donovan, who would go on to be an assistant coach under Pitino at the University of Kentucky and then win back-to-back national championships as head coach at the University of Florida. Donovan is currently the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 25
    Pitino's first head coaching job came in 1978 at Boston University.
    More Details Hide Details In the two seasons before his arrival, the team had won a mere 17 games. Pitino led the team to its first NCAA appearance in 24 years.
  • 1977
    Age 24
    Also in 1977, the NCAA infractions committee recommended that Pitino and O'Neil be disassociated from Hawaii athletics.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989, Pitino would dismiss the report, saying "I didn't make any mistakes, I don't care what anybody says."
    Pitino's time at Hawaii was marred by a 1977 NCAA report on sanctions against the program.
    More Details Hide Details According to the report, Pitino was implicated in 8 of the 64 infractions that led the university to be placed on probation. The violations involving Pitino included providing round-trip air fare for a player between New York and Honolulu, arranging for student-athletes to receive used cars for season tickets, and handing out coupons to players for free food at McDonald's. He was also cited, along with the head coach, Bruce O'Neil, for providing misinformation to the NCAA and University of Hawaii officials.
  • 1976
    Age 23
    Pitino married his wife, the former Joanne Minardi, in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details They have five living children: Michael, Christopher, Richard (now the head coach at Minnesota), Ryan and Jacqueline. Another son, Daniel, died in 1987 from congenital heart failure at the age of six months. Rick and Joanne established the Daniel Pitino Foundation (along with a Daniel Pitino shelter in Owensboro, Kentucky) in his memory, which has raised millions of dollars for children in need.
  • 1975
    Age 22
    Pitino served as Hawaii's interim head coach late in the 1975–76 season.
    More Details Hide Details Coach Bruce O'Neil was fired after the Rainbow Warriors' started the season 9–12. Pitino led Hawaii for their final six games, going 2–4 in the span.
  • 1974
    Age 21
    Pitino started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii in 1974, and became a full-time assistant (and interim head coach) in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details He was then the first assistant hired by Jim Boeheim in 1976 as Boeheim began his tenure at Syracuse University.
    Pitino earned his degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Pitino is currently head coach of the University of Louisville. Previous college coaching assignments include Boston University, Providence College, and the University of Kentucky. As a collegiate head coach, Pitino has compiled a 629–234 record, for a .732 winning percentage that is ranked 10th among active coaches and 29th all-time among all collegiate basketball coaches entering the 2012 season. Pitino is considered by many to be one of the first coaches to promote fully taking advantage of the 3-point shot, first adopted by the NCAA in 1987. By exploiting the 3-point shot, his teams at Kentucky in the early 1990s were known as Pitino's Bombinos, as a significant portion of the offensive points came from the 3-point shot. Even now, Pitino's teams are known for the 3-point threat and all of his teams rank towards the top in 3-point attempts per season.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 17
    He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details He was a standout guard for the Minutemen basketball team. His 329 career assists rank tenth all-time at UMass, as of the 2009–10 season. He led the team in assists as a junior and senior. The 168 assists as a senior is the eighth-best single season total ever there. Pitino was a freshman at the same time future NBA legend Julius Erving spent his junior (and final) year at UMass, although the two never played on the same team because freshmen were ineligible to play varsity basketball at the time. Other teammates of Pitino's include Al Skinner, who also went on to become a successful college coach, and baseballer Mike Flanagan, who went on to pitch in the major leagues and win the AL Cy Young Award in 1979.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on September 18, 1952.
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