Reggie Theus named coach at Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, June 20 (UPI) -- Former NBA player Reggie Theus Wednesday was named coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Pitino receives contract extension

LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 3 (UPI) -- Louisville men's basketball Coach Rick Pitino Thursday received a three-year contract extension that will keep at the school through the 2012-13 season.

Coach Donovan to remain at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Billy Donovan, who led Florida to two consecutive NCAA Division I tournament championships, said Thursday he was staying with the Gators' basketball program.

Cardinal guard felled by dehydration

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Andre McGee, a University of Louisville sophomore basketball guard, passed out from dehydration during workouts earlier this week.

Louisville's Padgett out for season

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- University of Louisville starting center David Padgett learned Tuesday he will miss the remainder of the season because of a left knee injury.

76ers replace O'Brien with Cheeks

PHILADELPHIA, May 23 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia 76ers fired Coach Jim O'Brien on Monday and turned the job over to former assistant Maurice Cheeks.

Garcia to enter NBA draft

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 8 (UPI) -- Reports in his native country Friday indicated Louisville's Francisco Garcia will enter the NBA draft.

Theus named N. Mexico St. basketball coach

ALBUQUERQUE, March 28 (UPI) -- Reggie Theus, an assistant coach on Louisville's Final Four team, was named head basketball coach Monday at New Mexico State.

Padgett announces transfer to Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 15 (UPI) -- Louisville received a boost Friday when former Kansas forward David Padgett announced his intentions to play for the Cardinals.

Winningest coach at U-Mass dies

AMHERST, Mass., March 7 (UPI) -- Jack Leaman, the all-time winningest basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts, died Saturday at age 72 after suffering a heart attack.

Rick Pitino receives contract extension

LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 4 (UPI) -- Louisville officials announced Thursday the school had extended Coach Rick Pitino's contract through the 2009-2010 season.

COL BKB: DePaul 60, Louisville 58 (OT)

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Quemont Greer scored five of his 19 points in overtime Wednesday night as DePaul sent No. 21 Louisville to its fourth straight defeat, 60-58.

COL BKB: TCU 71, Louisville 46

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Corey Santee scored 20 points Tuesday as Texas Christian posted its biggest victory of the season, a 71-46 Conference USA drubbing of No. 1 Louisville.

COL BKB: Marquette 77, Louisville 70

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Francisco Garcia overcame an injury to score 20 points, but No. 4 Louisville had its winning streak snapped at 16 games Saturday with a 77-70 loss to Marquette.

Pitino to coach Cardinals Saturday

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said Friday he would be back on the bench for Saturday's game at Marquette.
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Rick Pitino
Louisville Cardinals' head basketball coach Rick Pitino, seen in a April 1, 2005 file photo in St. Louis, has claimed on August 12, 2009 he had consensual sex with Karen Cunagin Sypher at a Louisville restaurant back on August 1, 2003 and paid her $3,000 for medical expenses. Sypher has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to extort money from Pitino in exchange for her silence about the alleged crimes, and with lying to the FBI. Scott Rovak UPI/Bill Greenblatt/Files

Rick Pitino (born September 18, 1952(1952-09-18)) is an American basketball coach. Since 2001, he has been the head coach at the University of Louisville. He has also served as head coach at Boston University, Providence College and the University of Kentucky, leading that program to the NCAA championship in 1996. He has coached on the professional level for the NBA's New York Knicks and Boston Celtics with mixed results.

Pitino holds the distinction of being the first coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to a Final Four. In addition, Pitino has achieved a measure of success as an author and a motivational speaker.

Pitino, a Sicilian American and native of New York City, grew up in the Village of Bayville and was captain of the St. Dominic High School basketball team in nearby Oyster Bay, Long Island. He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970. He was a standout guard for the Minutemen basketball team. His 329 career assists rank tenth all-time at UMass, as of the 2008-2009 season. He led the team in assists as a junior and senior. The 168 assists as a senior is the eighth-best single season total ever there. Pitino was a freshman at the same time future NBA legend Julius Erving spent his junior (and final) year at UMass, although the two never played on the same team because freshmen were ineligible to play varsity basketball at the time. Other teammates of Pitino's incude Al Skinner, who also went on to become a successful college coach, and Mike Flanagan (baseball), who went on to pitch in the major leagues and win the AL Cy Young Award in 1979. Pitino earned his degree from UMass in 1974.

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