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Rick Pitino Was “Excited” To Potentially Return To Former School

Rick Pitino makes his case for Louisville.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals reacts as he coaches against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he was excited about the possibility of returning to a former program.

Don't worry, Cardinals fans, it's not Louisville.

In a recent interview with Lesley Visser for One2One, which will air on CBS Sports, Pitino revealed he wanted to go back to Providence, where he coached from 1985-87.

Pitino was excited to learn that Ed Cooley was a candidate for the Michigan job. If Cooley had left, Pitino said he "could possibly go back to Providence College."

That prospect was enough to get his juices flowing.

"The only thing that I'll say is Ed Cooley was rumored to go to Michigan," Pitino said. "The only thing that got my juices flowing and excited was if he takes the Michigan job I could possibly go back to Providence College."

Pitino took over the Friars in 1985. He led the team to a 17-14 record in his first year as the team's head coach.

It didn't take him long to find success. In just his second season, Pitino led the program to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.

He left after just two years with the program, but it looks like he wants back in. He'll have to wait his turn, as Cooley remains the team's head coach.