19 Facts About Rick Pitino

1. Rick Pitino has given up the idea of returning to college coaching after being taken down by the Louisville scandals and is campaigning for a return to the NBA.

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2. Rick Pitino married his wife, the former Joanne Minardi, in 1976.

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3. Rick Pitino is the author of a motivational self-help book named Success is a Choice.

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4. Rick Pitino became head coach of the New York Knicks in 1987.

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5. In 2012, Rick 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.

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6. Rick Pitino returned to college coaching to become head coach at Providence College in 1985.

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7. Rick Pitino left Boston University to become an assistant coach with the New York Knicks under Hubie Brown.

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8. Rick Pitino led the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 24 years.

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9. In 1989, Rick Pitino would dismiss the report, saying "I didn't make any mistakes, I don't care what anybody says.

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10. Rick Pitino started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii in 1974, and became a full-time assistant in 1975.

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11. Rick 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.

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12. Rick Pitino earned his degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1974.

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13. Rick Pitino holds the distinction of being the only NCAA men's basketball coach to have a National Championship vacated.

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14. Rick Pitino led Kentucky to the NCAA championship in 1996 and Louisville in 2013, although the latter was vacated by the NCAA.

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15. Rick Pitino claims he'd like to help a young team develop.

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16. Rick Pitino was fired from Louisville due to an FBI investigation.

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17. Rick Pitino says he wants to become NBA head coach.

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18. Rick Pitino sounded as if he were finished with coaching about a month ago, but now he's got his eyes on the NBA.

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19. Rick Pitino is hoping to get back into the coaching game.

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