Thursday , Jan , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pitino returns to Louisville

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick
Pitino returned to his coaching duties Thursday after a short medical leave.

Pitino, 51, announced Monday that he was leaving the team for an indefinite
period of time to get treatment for a “urological-related” problem that was
causing him pain.

He underwent a battery of medical tests at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday to
determine the cause of a pain in his left side and will comment on his
condition, as well as the Cardinals’ upcoming game against Marquette, at a
news conference on Friday.

Louisville (16-1) didn’t miss a beat under assistant coach Kevin Willard, who
filled in for Pitino and led the fourth-ranked Cardinals to a 64-48 victory
over Conference USA foe Houston on Wednesday night.

The Cardinals have won 16 straight games since a one-point loss to Iowa in
their season opener.

This marks the 18th season as a college coach for Pitino. He has also guided
Boston University, Providence and Kentucky and has an all-time mark of
411-145. Pitino’s 1995-96 Kentucky squad captured the national championship.