Louisville Basketball: Has Rick Pitino's Tenure Been a Big Failure?
Louisville Basketball is in Neutral and Rick Pitino is the Driver
Believe it or not, but Rick Pitinio has been at Louisville for almost a decade. But what does he have to show for it? One Final Four, two Elite Eights, one Conference USA championship and one Big East championship.
He has also missed the NCAA tournament twice and has been knocked out in the first round three times.
After taking over for the legendary Denny Crum, it is safe to say Pitino’s tenure hasn’t lived up to expectations.
Sure Louisville has moved to the toughest basketball conference in the nation but that move has not helped put the Cardinals in a better position to win a championship.
Louisville is one of the traditional powers in college hoops and they need to be a Final Four threat every season for Pitino to be considered a good coach there.
I understand parity is at an all-time high in college hoops and especially in the tournament, but how do you explain the likes of Duke, Michigan State, UCLA and North Carolina reaching more than two Final Fours over the last decade? Louisville belongs in that group of schools but Pitino doesn’t seem to be able to get the team over the hump.
I wonder if a change in the leadership of the Cardinals basketball program would pump some life into a program in need of a jolt.
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