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Pitino a finalist for Coach of the Year

Yay press releases:

The other nominees are: Rick Barnes (Texas); Keno Davis (Drake); John Calipari (Memphis); Mike Krzyzewski  (Duke); Lon Kruger  (UNLV); Sean Miller (Xavier); Matt Painter (Purdue); Bruce Pearl (Tennessee); Rick Pitino (Louisville); Bo Ryan (Wisconsin); and Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt).

Finalists will be announced later this month, with the winner announced at the Final Four in San Antonio in April.

The USBWA also announced its nominations for the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented to the college player of the year: D.J. Augustin (Texas); Michael Beasley (Kansas State); Chris Douglas- Roberts (Memphis); Shan Foster (Vanderbilt); Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina); Luke Harangody (Notre Dame); Robbie Hummel (Purdue); Kevin Love (UCLA); A.J. Price (Connecticut); D.J. White (Indiana).

My first reaction after reading that: good for Rick. He probably doesn't have much of a shot at actually winning the award, but being a finalist is a solid accomplishment.

My second reaction after reading that: Ummm, Robbie Hummel??? Don't get me wrong, kid's a nice little combo guard/forward, I mean he might actually be the best player on his team. But one of the ten best players in the country? I believe something has clouded your judgment.