Thursday , May , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Louisville extends Pitino

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – The University of Louisville announced
Thursday that it had extended the contract of head basketball coach Rick
Pitino three years, through the 2012-2013 season.

“Rick has meant so much not only to our men’s basketball program, but to this
community,” said Louisville director of athletics Tom Jurich. “He has our team
primed for another great run next season and I’m sure we will keep that going
in years to follow. He obviously has Hall of Fame credentials and there’s no
one I would rather have as our coach. I’m thrilled that we can count on him
guiding our men’s basketball program for at least the next six years.”

Pitino had three years remaining on his current contract, which runs through
the 2009-10 season. Pitino will reportedly receive a base salary of $2.25
million for the next three seasons and then $2.5 million a year from

The only coach to take three different teams to the Final Four, Pitino has
amassed a 494-182 record in 21 seasons as a collegiate coach at Boston
University, Providence College, the University of Kentucky, and Louisville,
where he has led the Cardinals to a 142-58 record in six seasons, and an
appearance in the 2005 Final Four.

That appearance was the fifth for Pitino, who made three Final Fours with
Kentucky, and won the 1996 national championship. Pitino led the Cardinals to
a 24-10 mark last season, and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.