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Rick Pitino Enjoys The Big East Conference: Part XXI

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The theme of the week is officially sequels. I don't know if there's ever been a series with 62 sequels (Mary Kate and Ashley videos, maybe? Does that even count? Yeah, it counts.), but if there was it would be properly referenced here.

Rick Pitino spoke about his love for the Big East once again on Thursday, and also reiterated his belief that U of L is not headed to the Big 12.

Here are the relevant quotes:

"Obviously, it's the last time we'll see West Virginia and certainly we're going to miss them and Bob Huggins," Pitino added.

While there is speculation that Louisville might follow West Virginia to the Big 12, Pitino said he doesn't expect it to happen.

"[Louisville AD] Tom [Jurich] is perfectly satisfied with what the Big East is all about, has always been that way," Pitino said. "The Big 12 had an opportunity to possibly get Louisville last year and they didn't take that opportunity. We think we have one of the premier athletic programs in the nation, not just in we've never looked to go anywhere else.

"We just want to make sure that football's been intact and obviously with the moves that John Marinatto has made with Houston, SMU and Boise STate, he's obviously done a fantastic job in putting together even a stronger football program. I don't think Tom has ever looked anywhere, to be honest with you. That doesn't mean in the future, we can say we're going to be in the Big East 20 years from now. I don't know what the landscape is.

"If you're asking me personally, I'm a Big East guy through thick and thin. To me, I wouldn't mind dying a Big East coach. So for me to play in Madison Square Garden in the Big East Tournament, to be a Big East coach is very special for me, especially in the year that Dave Gavitt passed. It's very, very special to be a part of it."

Pitino went on to talk about how Temple is a perfect fit for the Big East and how the conference tournament won't be the same without Syracuse.

This sort of reminds me of the 25 or so Matt Christopher book reports I did growing up. The titles, form and audiences were different, but it was basically the exact same thing every time. I also beat the Tripod Trilogy into the ground pretty hard.