Louisville's Pitino back at helm

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Louisville Men's Basketball Coach Rick Pitino resumed his coaching duties Thursday after taking a short medical leave.

COL BKB: Louisville 64, Houston 48

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Nate Daniels and Larry O'Bannon had 17 points apiece Wednesday night as No. 4 Louisville used a decisive run late in the first half to down Houston, 64-48.

Louisville's Pitino takes leave of absence

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino announced Monday that he is taking a medical leave of absence.

COL BKB: Louisville 91, Murray State 69

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Francisco Garcia scored 17 points and dished out a school-record 15 assists Saturday as 14th-ranked Louisville buried Murray State, 91-69.

COL BKB: Louisville 65, Kentucky 56

LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Otis George led a bench effort with 13 points, eight rebounds Saturday as No. 20 Louisville came from 14 points down to top No. 1 Kentucky, 65-56.

St. John's cans Mike Jarvis

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Mike Jarvis was fired Friday as men's basketball coach at St. Johns, which is a disappointing 2-4 to start the 2003-04 season.

COL BKB: Louisville 73, Florida 65

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Francisco Garcia scored 21 points Saturday afternoon to lead No. 25 Louisville to a 73-65 upset of top-ranked Florida.

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Contract extension for Billy Donovan

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- University of Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan has signed a six-year contract worth more than $10 million.

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O'Brien gets contract extension

BOSTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Despite a lackluster team effort in this year's playoffs, Boston Celtics Coach Jim O'Brien has been given a contract extension through the 2005-06 season.

Cronin new Murray State coach

MURRAY, Ky., April 5 (UPI) -- Mick Cronin, the top assistant and chief recruiter for Bob Huggins and Rick Pitino over the last eight seasons, Saturday was named basketball coach at Murray St

Butler 79, Louisville 71

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 23 (UPI) -- Darnell Archey made a career-high eight three-pointers to produce 26 points Sunday and the 12th-seeded Butler Bulldogs rode his hot hand for a 79-71 upset of No

Louisville 86, Austin Peay 64

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 21 (UPI) -- Luke Whitehead collected 20 points and 11 rebounds Friday night as fourth seed Louisville wore down No. 13 Austin Peay with relentless pressure and advanced to

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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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