What is better than the humor and wit of one Pitino at a press conference? How about two Pitino’s? On Tuesday afternoon, both Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino met with the media in Louisville to discuss the upcoming game between Louisville and Minnesota. Believe it or not, the season starts this Friday!
Video courtesy of thecrunchzone.com
At yesterday’s press conference Coach Pitino made it clear he has no intentions of retiring any time soon. As a fan (and a Rick Pitino fan boy) this excites me but it still doesn’t change the fact that Rick is 61 and more than likely the Cards will have a new head coach in the next 10-12 years. The million dollar question has always been “Who will be the next coach at Louisville after Rick Pitino?”
Today the University of Louisville officially announced that the Cards will play the Minnesota Gophers on November 14th 2014. The game will be the Armed Forces Classic and will be played at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico (Pictured Above). This will be the 2nd time Coach Pitino and his son Richard Pitino have faced off with Rick winning the first game while Richard was at FIU.
This will be the Third edition of ESPN’s Armed Forces classic with Oregon defeating Georgetown earlier this season in South Korea and last season the UCONN Huskies defeated Michigan St in Germany.
You can read the full ESPN story HERE
Yesterday Minnesota coach Richard Pitino blogged that they are trying to get a game with Louisville next year to open the season. The game would be held in a Military hanger in Puerto Rico on November 14th and the coach said they were 99% sure the game would happen. Last night his Father and Louisville basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino confirmed his sons blog post on his weekly radio show. Pitino told Paul Rogers that the game is all but going to happen some things with ESPN just need to be Ironed out.
Rick Pitino also confirmed that barring unforeseen circumstances the Cards will also be a part of the Jimmy V classic in Madison Square Garden against Indiana in early December. With these two games in the mix, the Big 10/ACC Challenge, and the annual Kentucky game next year is shaping up to be one of the Cardinals best out of Conference schedules to date.
By Justin Renck:
Here are the key notes from Coach Pitino’s press conference on Tuesday afternoon. He talks about Gorgui Dieng’s injury, the Memphis game, and the upcoming FIU game and coaching against his son, Richard.
#4 Louisville (9-1, 0-0 Big East) vs Florida International (3-4, 1-1 Sun Belt)
By Justin Renck:
*Charlie Strong picked up 2 committments today for the class of 2013. Richard Benjamin, a WR/DB that will likely play cornerback for the Cards, has offers from nearly every major program in the country. Read our earlier post here. Benjamin actually committed to the Cards a few days ago, but since he was making his official visit this weekend, the coaches wanted to wait until then for it to become official, and now it is.