Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rick Pitino Considering Retirement?

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
On the right end of the scorers table sat the Louisville Cardinals (25-10, 12-6) head coach Rick Pitino stunned when Demonte Harper nailed the, soon-to-be, game-winning shot with around seven seconds left in the game.

Louisville immediately called a timeout, but the desperation attempt at the ends of the game was blocked by Kenneth Faried, and the Cardinals take another first round exit.

As Coach Pitino walked off the court, you could tell how badly this loss affected him. As a result, In the press conference, he didn't hold back from his feelings.

"Well, I was real proud of our team this year," the Hall-of-Fame told the press.

"This is as tough a loss as I've had in coaching, and I've been coaching a long time, after tonight maybe too long."

I'm not sure how to take those comments, but it's never good hearing that from your future Hall of Fame coach. Coach Pitino has had success with Louisville in the past, however, the last two seasons have both been first round exits after guiding the Cardinals to two straight Elite Eight appearances.

The expectations have always been high for coach Pitino, especially being the successor of Louisville great Denny Crum, who led the Cardinals to six Final Fours and two national championships.

Coach Pitino has been the head coach at Louisville for the past nine seasons, and just signed an seven year extension with the school before the season began.

Coach Pitino retiring may not be a for sure thing, but the "maybe too long after today" comment has to catch your eye.

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