Tag:Rick Pitino
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:38 am

Pitino no longer coaching Puerto Rico team

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is backing out of an agreement to coach the Puerto Rico national team in preparation for the 2011 pre-Olympic qualifying tournament because of scheduling conflicts, the school announced Wednesday morning.

"Too many conflicts arose," Pitino said. "It is a great disappointment that we cannot take on the challenge to help them qualify for the Olympics."

One issue, according to Louisville officials, is that Pitino had hoped to take the Cardinals with him to Puerto Rico on a preseason "foreign" trip so that he could work with them while also working with the Puerto Rico national team, but the NCAA declined to OK that plan because Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States. Consequently, Puerto Rico is not considered a "foreign" site under NCAA rules.

"We were hoping to arrange for both the Puerto Rico and our UofL teams to play at the same foreign site, which could not be accommodated," Pitino said. "An additional tournament in Brazil would have also kept me from being in Louisville at a key time for the start of the fall semester."
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 1:23 pm

Pitino: Dieng ruled academically ineligible

Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced Tuesday at his program's basketball tip-off luncheon that the NCAA has ruled Gorgui Dieng academically ineligible to compete as a freshman.

The development is the latest dose of bad news for the Cardinals.

It means Pitino won't have either of his top recruits from the Class of 2010 considering Justin Coleman has already been ruled academically ineligible. Coleman is now enrolled at Marshall. Scout.com ranked Coleman, a 6-foot-5 wing, as the 40th-best prospect in the Class of 2010. Dieng, a 6-10 center, was ranked 46th.
Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: September 7, 2010 1:30 pm

Louisville adds another elite recruit

Louisville's Rick Pitino showed again Tuesday that his program hasn't been damaged by issues away from the court by gaining another commitment from a consensus top 50 national recruit -- this time in-state standout Chane Behanan.

"I’m committing to Louisville," Behanan told Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. “I felt comfortable there. I just bonded real well with the team and the coaches. ... I just based it all off my comfort zone and the location."

Scout.com ranks Behanan 29th nationally in the Class of 2011. He's the fourth prospct to commit to Louisville. The others are Wayne Blackshear (No. 12), Zach Price (No. 53) and Ryan Taylor (unranked), and most recruiting analysts believe Quincy Miller (No. 2) and Deuce Bello (No. 32) could join the group within the next week to give the Cards a six-player class that would probably rank second only to Kentucky's class featuring Anthony Davis (No. 1), Mike Gilchrist (No. 5), Marquis Teague (No. 6) and Kyle Wiltjer (No. 19).

Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:08 pm

Miller to Louisville this weekend?

Another elite prospect from the Class of 2011 came off the board this weekend, meaning 12 of the top 20, according to MaxPreps.com, are now verbally committed to a specific college.

The highest-rated players who remain open are No. 2 Austin Rivers, No. 3 Adonis Thomas and No. 4 Quincy Miller. Rivers is still considering Florida, Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas while Thomas announced this weekend that he's narrowed his list of potential schools to Memphis, Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, Arkansas and Kansas.

Meantime, Miller might actually be the next to pop. Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels told Matt Jones on the radio in Kentucky this morning that Miller is no longer considering John Calipari's Wildcats, and that Miller "could" commit to Louisville this weekend. If so, it would be a huge get for Rick Pitino because he already has a commitment from No. 15 Wayne Blackshear, and it could help the Cards ultimately land Deuce Bello, Miller's summer teammate who won the dunk contest at this past weekend's Boost Mobile Elite 24 all-star game.
Posted on: July 30, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:10 pm

Five for Friday column

Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.

It's all about Rick Pitino.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:41 am
Edited on: July 29, 2010 9:41 am

Pitino will face cross-examination Thursday

The details from Rick Pitino's testimony Wednesday were interesting but likely tame compared to what should happen during Thursday's cross-examination. No idea what will happen, exactly. But defense attorneys have a way of asking questions that make even good guys look bad, so this should be wild.

I'll be writing about all this later today, by the way.

My question: How many coaches besides Pitino could survive this?

He still has a wife.

He still has a career.

He still has recruits signing with him.

All in all, that's pretty damn remarkable.
Posted on: July 28, 2010 11:02 am

Pitino should take the stand today

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is expected to testify today in Karen Sypher's extortion trial.

There's no indication whether it will happen early or late afternoon.

But it should happen today.

And it should be wild.

For updates, follow the Associated Press' Will Graves on Twitter.

He's in the courtroon, Tweeting when he can.
Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:36 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 12:43 am

I'm never going to see my son again

ATLANTA -- Will Karen Sypher's extortion trial end before I make it home?

My guess is that it will.

As you can see by my dateline, I've somehow ended up stuck in Atlanta. I was supposed to be home Sunday at 6 p.m., just in time for 60 Minutes (CBS plug). But my initial flight was canceled. And then my Monday flight was delayed. And then I missed a connection. And now I'm in Atlanta, where I just ordered a three-item combo at the Chinese restaurant without realizing there's no need to ever order a three-item combo from a Chinese restaurant.

Nobody needs that much food.

Even me.

Anyway, I might make it home early Tuesday.

Or maybe not.

In the meantime, I wrote a column about Bo Ryan and Wisconsin basketball for a series Dennis Dodd and I are doing. Click this link to check it out. And if you have access to a private jet, please send it. Thanks.
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