Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitino Plans to Press On

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitino Plans to Press On

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Rick Pitino's game plan doesn't include retirement anytime soon.

Pitino, 61, signed through 2021-22 as Louisville's men's basketball coach, was asked Wednesday how long he plans to continue coaching. He responded, "for a long time," thanks to the enthusiasm provided by recent Cardinals recruiting classes.

Pitino said at a news conference discussing a roster that's preparing to enter the tough Atlantic Coast Conference that his "passion and enthusiasm is better at 61 than it was at 31, and I had great passion back then.

"I think it's the players the last four years that have enhanced that passion. ... They stir my drink because they are so enthusiastic, so willing to learn and have such a great attitude."

Pitino agreed to a five-year contract extension in October 2012. He would be 69 when it expires but sounds eager to coach beyond that age.

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