Rick Pitino To Participate In CBS Special

Andy Lyons

Not Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, unfortunately.

Louisville's Rick Pitino is one of nine coaches on a panel to discuss their NCAA Tournament experiences for a CBS Sports special that will air on Dec. 29 from 3-4 p.m.

The program will lead in to U of L's showdown with arch-rival Kentucky. If that's enough to capture your attention, it's being hosted by Jim F'ing Nantz (full name).

Here's the rest of the relevant portion of the release from CBS.

The program, which will precede the Cardinals' rivalry game against Kentucky, is hosted by Jim Nantz and features a panel of nine college coaches who reflect on the greatness of the NCAA tournament and reminisce about their own experiences. Coaches participating in 75 YEARS: A COACH'S PERSPECTIVE include Pitino, Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, Steve Lavin, Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens, Bill Self, John Thompson III and Jay Wright.

The CBS Sports special program is part of the network's salute to 75 years of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship with original programming celebrating the rich history of March Madness. Starting this month and through the 2013 NCAA tournament, CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com, in conjunction with the NCAA, will air a series of themed specials dedicated to the players, coaches and commentators who have made an impact over 75 memorable years of March Madness. The programming, CBS SPORTS PRESENTS 75 YEARS OF NCAA MARCH MANDESS, features CBS Sports college basketball announcers, including Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Bill Raftery, Greg Anthony, Greg Gumbel and Doug Gottlieb, as well as others.

The salute tips off Saturday, Dec. 29 from 2-3 p.m. ET with two shows on CBS Sports beginning with 75 YEARS: BEHIND THE MIC. The special features a round-table discussion with on-air voices of the NCAA tournament reliving the greatest March Madness moments and sharing their memories calling the action. Greg Gumbel hosts and is joined by Clark Kellogg, Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Dick Enberg, Greg Anthony and Gary Bender. The show also includes a special segment with Verne Lundquist, Len Elmore and Christian Laettner reliving the legendary Kentucky-Duke regional final game in 1992. The second show is the coaches' special.

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