It felt like I just made up the years when I typed the title to this. Actually typing out the year “2025” made me think that there should be hoverboards and flying cars by then. If so, maybe that is how Rick Pitino will get to the KFC Yum! Center because the University of Louisville has extended his contract through the 2025-26 season.
Some Rick Pitino stats from GoCards.com:
The first coach in NCAA history to win a national title at two different schools and the first to take three different teams to the Final Four, Pitino had seven years remaining on his current contract, which had tied him with the Cardinals through the 2021-22 season.
In 30 seasons as a collegiate head coach at five different schools, Pitino has compiled a 722-254 record, a .740 winning percentage that ranks him 11th among active coaches. He has a 368-126 record in 14 seasons at UofL, the third winningest coach in Cardinal history. UofL is among the nations’ top 10 programs in winning percentage under his guidance.
Pitino was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, lofty recognition for a lifetime of impressive basketball achievement. His up-tempo style, pressure defense, strong work ethic and family atmosphere have restored the Cardinals to national prominence where it is firmly seated.
His most recent Cardinals reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament appearance for the fifth time in the last eight years and played their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing fourth among a league with five teams in the nation’s top 25, including NCAA Champion Duke. He won his 700th game along the way.
Pitino guided the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA Championship after claiming the nation’s top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and winning the BIG EAST Conference regular season co-championship and tournament titles. The Cardinals won a school-record 35 games while claiming their first NCAA title in 27 years. UofL reached its second straight and10th Final Four, marking Pitino’s seventh, a total reached by only six coaches all-time.
Here is how the contract breaks down, followed by a wonderful tweet from Kent Taylor.
Broken up into a series of One Day Contracts, Rick Pitino will make about $14,000 a day.
— Kent Taylor (@KentTaylorWAVE) June 9, 2015