Louisville’s Rick Pitino is a captivating and compelling coach.
He belongs in the upper tier of college basketball’s all-time greats.
He is currently tied with the legendary John Wooden for career wins (664). He is the only coach in NCAA history to take three different programs to the Final Four. Maybe most impressively, he is the only coach to win NCAA titles at two different schools.
Pitino sometimes makes headlines for reasons other than basketball success.
In 2010, Pitino was involved in a late-night fling that turned into a high-profile court case. The woman he was “with” demanded millions of dollars to stay quiet about the tryst. Did this liaison put an end to his career? Hardly. Within months, it became a non-issue and Pitino picked up where he left off.
Throughout his coaching career, he has not hesitated to speak his mind about anything or anyone.
247Sports’ Mike Hughes captured Pitino’s comments last year about Syracuse’s departure to the Atlantic Coast Conference:
Speaking about the impact of Syracuse and Pittsburgh's departure to the ACC next season, Pitino told reporters he doesn't believe the Big East will lose a step next season, asserting that, "Memphis and Temple will more than make up for Syracuse and Pittsburgh."
Ironically, Louisville will join the Orange in the ACC a year from now.