Although the Rick Pitino era in Louisville has run its course, the former head coach of the Cardinals recently opened up about his time with the program.
Regardless of all the success that Pitino had with the program on the court, the FBI investigation that ultimately led to his termination with the school is viewed as a stain on his legacy.
Pitino sat down with CBS reporter Lesley Visser to talk about his time at Louisville and future in college basketball.
During the interview, Pitino revealed whether or not he’d hypothetically return to Louisville in the future.
“One hundred percent. I love the University of Louisville, I love the University of Kentucky, and I love the people of Kentucky,” Pitino told Visser. “I’m not going to let five to seven people spoil my feelings for a place where I spent 17 years. The one thing you learn when you’re 66 is to put it behind you and get over yourself.”
His answer is quite surprising when you consider how he said he would never return to the state of Kentucky back in 2017.
You can see more of Pitino’s interview with Visser here:
Lesley Visser sat down with Rick Pitino for an exclusive interview. Watch a clip of the interview from tonight’s We Need To Talk. pic.twitter.com/RXb2aGjIIT
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) August 13, 2019
Pitino immediately found success coaching in Greece with Panathinaikos. However, he decided not to return to the club because he wants to pursue a coaching gig in the NBA.
With basketball starting up again this fall, Pitino has to wait at least another year before returning to the NBA.
It’s still unknown if a college program or professional team will give Pitino another chance to coach.