Can University of Louisville fans manage seven more years of Rick Pitino? That depends, of course, on whether wins far outnumber losses.
Pitino has reportedly received a four-year extension on his current contract which is good for three more seasons. His annual salary will increase from $2.25 million to $2.5 million, effective July 1, according to the Courier-Journal. Then there are the incentive bonuses.
The U of L Athletic Association apparently wants Pitino around until he retires. The 57-year-old Pitino, in turn, says he wants to stay at Louisville as long as U of L wants him. Lots of mutual love to go around.
Continuity in the head coaching position is a good thing, even after a disappointing season in which Pitino’s patience was sorely tested. He is focused on winning basketball, and wants at least one more national championship.
No one would be surprised whether he succeeds or fails. However, there are some things fans have come to count on from Pitino:
- Rocky early season beginnings, with shocking losses to less than stellar teams.
- Surprising wins over highly ranked teams.
- Rumors about every good job, college or pro, that becomes available.
- A coach who says one thing, often does the opposite.
- Occasional drama involving associates or acquaintances.
- Puzzling substitution patterns.
- Super recruits who never make it to campus.
- More than a few athletes with low basketball I.Q.
- Players who meet expectations in their third or fourth seasons.
- More NCAA tournament appearances, some deep runs, others not.
- Continued ire of University of Kentucky fans.
- Still another book, “Achieving Success In Your Golden Years.”