University of Louisville basketball fans held their collective breath as Rick Pitino leaned over the podium, dark lines prominent under his eyes. Would he stay or would he go, giving Karen Sypher, the accused and accuser, the satisfaction of seeing him humiliated.
Noting that he has apologized to his family every single day since the incident with Sypher occurred six years ago, Pitino apologized for his indiscretion to his extended family, the players, his recruits, the Louisville fans, university officials, even the media.
Pitino once again confirmed his commitment to the university:
“I plan onÂ accomplishing one thing … coaching here at the University of Louisville as long as I can physically maintain the passion for the game of basketball, which is stronger than when I was a head coach at 24 years of age. I love the game, I love my players, I love the university, as well as this community … and I will try to go little further than the Elite Eights for many years to come.”
With that, Louisville fans exhaled for the first time in 24 hours, knowing, however, that the basketball program under Pitino’s guidance will never be quite the same.
Here’s the Courier-Journal video: