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Pitino Says His College Basketball Career Is Probably Over

College basketball coach Rick Pitino answers questions from reporters.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals speaks with the media at a post game press conference after they won 85-63 against the Duke Blue Devils during the Midwest Regional Final round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

One infamous basketball coach believes he's probably reached the end of the road.

Rick Pitino appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday and said that his college coaching career is most likely over because it's going to take some time for his legal battles to be resolved.

Earlier this week, Rhode Island was reportedly prepared to make Pitino an offer worth $2 million per year to become their next head coach until the university's president nixed the move. The school later denied that and Pitino shot down the rumors as well.

Here's what Pitino on the Dan Patrick Show:

"I've only been contacted by one school. It was a nice situation and we talked and I met with them... but it did not fit for me. It did not fit for them. You know what I realized Dan is... that it's probably not going to work for me in college basketball, because one of the school's that was really interested in me called me and said, 'Look you showed us everything you have from a factual standpoint--all the evidence that I gave The Washington Post--and they said we believe in you wholeheartedly, the problem is we call the NCAA and the NCAA said we cannot investigate anybody, any school, any person--we can't tell you if they are innocent or guilty, because the FBI has told us not to investigate until their case is closed. So that's just the way it is. It's going to take years for my lawsuit with the University of Louisville--it's going to take years for this to shake out."

Pitino is suing Louisville's Athletic Association for breach of contract after he was fired by the school. The former coach is seeking $35 million--the remaining value of his deal. In December, the Athletic Association filed a countersuit for damages citing the scandals surrounding Pitino comprised the school's ability to sell tickets and merchandise.

Here's Pitino addressing whether he knew about the use of strippers to entice recruits at parties held on-campus:

Right before the start of the 2017-2018 season, Louisville fired Pitino just weeks after the program was implicated in an FBI investigation centering around a pay-for-play scheme and corruption in college basketball.

Pitino maintained his innocence on the show, adding any corruption in college hoops lies with the shoe companies.

The 65-year-old was the Cardinals head coach from 2001-17. His coaching career started in 1974 when he was an assistant at Hawaii. His resume includes two national titles and seven Final Fours.