Pitino Likely To Sign Contract Extension At U of L

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Despite previous claims that he would call it a career after the 2016-17 season, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said Wednesday night that he plans on signing a contract extension that will allow him to keep coaching the Cardinals for as long as his health will allow.

Once again showcasing satisfaction with his current position, Rick Pitino told CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman Wednesday night that he plans to sign a contract extension that will allow him to coach at Louisville as long as his health allows.

"I'm probably going to sign an extension somewhere down the road," Pitino said. "I'm gonna stay in it as long as I'm healthy. ... I'm gonna stay in it as long as I can."

This contradicts what Pitino said around this time a year ago, when he claimed that he would not coach anymore after his contact at U of L ran out in 2017.

"When you're 59, you're realistic that you don't have a whole lot of years left," Pitino said last December. "My contract's going to run out in 2017. I'm not coaching anymore after that."

Pitino has said multiple times over the past three seasons that he's having more fun coaching basketball now than he ever has. I think you can credit landing a handful of quality kids (and winning a decent amount of games) for rejuvenating Pitino's career and perhaps returning the Cards to a place they haven't been since the 1980s.

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