Video, notes from Pitino's press conference

First, the video, courtesy of our friends at the Courier-Journal:



And your highlights:

- Richard Pitino and Wyking Jones will replace Steve Masiello and Tim Fuller

- There are 5 candidates Pitino currently has in mind to fill the final open coaching position (Lieberman's old job)

- Rick's son Richard played/is playing a big role in selecting candidates for hire

- The contracts for each new assistant coach are for two years at minimum and will include "Tim Fuller rule" (editor's quote, not Pitino's) buyouts should the new staff members leave Louisville before their 24 month commitment is fulfilled

- Jared Swopshire (sports hernia) has been running on a treadmill, should see the court in a month and will play next season; According to medical staff, Swop is ahead of Rakeem Buckles (ACL) in terms of rehabilitation

- Pitino wants Chane Behanan to get in shape and prepare for huge transition mentally and physically; said he's not sure why Wayne Blackshear decided to play [hurt] in the McDonald's AA game in Chicago but that WB's left shoulder surgery was successful

- Pitino altered his approach on early entries and will move forward with the assumption that Terrence Jennings is going pro, citing Samardo's situation last summer

- The appeal to take Pitino's U of L team to Puerto Rico was denied by the NCAA and there have been major changes to PRNT's summer schedule; Pitino will attend a meeting this afternoon to work out more details on this situation; Pitino wants to take U of L to another international locale in August, likely the Bahamas

- Transfers are in the equation (again) this summer at U of L; Pitino expects to meet with possible transfer candidates early next week

- Assistant strength coach David Padgett is a candidate for a couple positions on different staffs, may not be with Louisville very long

- Uncle Mo and Dialed In will be "cold exacta [box]" winners at the Kentucky Derby

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