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Rick Pitino elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame

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Sources tell ESPN that Rick Pitino has been elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame. This is Pitino’s second year as a finalist and this morning, he was voted in. A formal announcement is expected on Monday, when Louisville could potentially be playing for the National Championship.

This will be Pitino’s seventh Final Four appearance, and if the Cards win it all, he will be the first coach to lead two schools to a national title. He’s already the first to take three schools to the Final Four, and the second to take two schools to back-to-back Final Fours.

Maaaan, it’s a good year to be a Cardinals fan. Congrats, Rick.

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46 Comments for Rick Pitino elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame



  1. ThankfulCat
    10:38 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Georgia high school running back Stanley Williams no longer a UGA commit. Kentucky is likely destination per 24/7 Sports



  2. HEY
    10:40 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Cal has also taken 3 schools to the final four



  3. Juan4UK
    10:40 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations Rick Pitino. Well earned.



  4. Gimme a break
    10:45 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Really enjoying Louisville Sports Radio this morning. Can I get more Kevin Ware coverage? How about something about Charlie Strong? Keep it up, knuckleheads.



  5. Beverly
    10:46 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats to RP (I think I just threw up in my mouth, a little)



  6. Mike
    10:47 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    This post fell apart with that last comment. Can we quit trying to give props to Louisville? It’s ok to post news and stuff, but I don’t wanna read about how good of a year Louisville is having. It goes without saying at this point. Can’t we just ignore it like we would the super dunk girl at a bar?



  7. kyeric
    10:47 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Well deserved. No matter what, I will always remember how this man brought back Kentucky basketball from despair and returned the Wildcats to glory. Great job, Coach!



  8. theTruth
    10:51 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    As a Kentucky fan, I can say it’s about time. This is long overdue for Rick. That said, I hope his team chokes this weekend.



  9. Will
    10:54 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with kyeric, well deserved. The legacy was almost lost, and he brought us out of the pit and back to being relevant. This isn’t Louisville coverage. He is a major part of our history. And besides, we doled out the hate plenty last year after beating the Cards twice and getting the championship. You had to see it come back when they peaked at the right time. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. For me, I will let them ride high knowing next year will be so much fun bringing them back down to little brother level.



  10. the Big Dog
    10:55 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Another great post from Inside the ‘Ville.



  11. rick
    10:55 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, Lets put guys in the hall of fame that have no morals, how can what he did to his family not figure into this, i know it had nothing to do with basketball you say but i say it did. Of course i hate louisville.



  12. Zach
    10:57 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Great now dumba$$ Cardinal fans are going to say that they have a HOF coach. He was UK’s coach also idiots. Oh yeah, Pitino won a title here with the best college team to ever take the court and that team would beat Louisville’s current team by 30.



  13. MemphisCat
    10:57 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Good for Slick Rick, he returned our program back to the promised land, and I appreciate that hard work he did at UK.



  14. UKMike
    11:01 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino is a great coach, he deserves this recognition.



  15. jhnny
    11:02 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    He did a great job at Kentucky. And is doing well for Louisville. Well deserved.



  16. barn
    11:04 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    my god, will this nightmare never end?



  17. Who cares
    11:05 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Nice who cares news. FYI, UK football has a scrimmage next Saturday.



  18. red headed step child
    11:09 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    @mike, I tend to always agree with you on this site. However, the I never tried to avoid the drunk girl at the end of the bar, she was always a guaranteed happy ending.
    My question is did Rick make the HOF for Bball or for his ability to justify an abortion as insurance coverage?



  19. number1cats
    11:13 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    This is his third Final 4 at Louisville, but 7 out of 12 seasons in the NIT or not making it out of first round (his record at UL) does not get you in the HOF. Rick Pitino has had a great career, and this is probably a championship season for him at UL but he shining moment of his career was the ’96 championship.



  20. UKIT
    11:14 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Would he get in if not for that Championship and 3 Final Fours he had at UK? The pressure is on him now – cause 1 for 7 in getting the job done in the Final Four isn’t a great %.

    Kinda tired, along with most on here, of the uofl lovefest that has turned this site on its head.



  21. Billy
    11:16 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    #2 Yes and no.

    RP is the best coach out there. His style of play is better than anybody in the game, ever



  22. kyle heavy
    11:18 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    LSR



  23. sckysportsink
    11:32 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Well deserved and long overdue.



  24. Two Pump Chump
    11:33 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I guess you could say this is Rick’s 15 seconds of hall of fame.



  25. Tia
    11:36 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Living proof that vampires walk among us



  26. Mr Obvious
    11:43 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Any chance you can get Hungry Howie to call in and make the day complete??



  27. Computer Blue
    12:00 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t have much respect for Pitino’s personal decisions, but as a coach he certainly deserves it.



  28. theSkinny81
    12:04 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    21 – And your comment: Solidifying why we hate Tard fans.



  29. Blue Balls
    12:08 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    # 21 – you have lost your mind. You are saying Pitino is a better coach than coach K? hahahahaha. Stop drinking water straight from the Ohio river.



  30. Zach
    12:08 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    # 2 Cal has taken 3 schools, but 2 of those schools (Umass and Memphis) had their Final Four appearances vacated so in regards to the official overall records Cal has only taken one school…Kentucky.



  31. Joe
    12:10 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    He brought us a title & some fun, awesome teams. Hard to believe its the same guy pictured above, wow times have changed. That is one of the best pictures of all time, it never gets old to me.



  32. mike burks
    12:12 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    He deserves it. Hate him or love him. He belongs in the hall.



  33. Relax
    12:14 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    #12 you need to relax.



  34. BlueFins
    12:15 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Fully expect him to Thank UK in his acceptance speech



  35. theSkinny81
    12:20 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    30 – Hey, thanks for clearing that up.



  36. Billy
    12:36 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    #29 – No. Yes.



  37. Dc cat
    12:50 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    You people need to relax – both in regards to pitino and the fact that KSR posts NEWS about UofL…it’s the final four, they are in it and it would be absurd to ignore.



  38. MadTex
    1:03 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    The photo of Pitino looks like he is in a line-up at some prison….too bad it doesn’t show the bars…..



  39. WinstonBennettLoveMachine
    1:07 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I cannot watch a video interview of Ricky 3 Stacks in High Def…too many facelifts and hair plug just proves his vanity! His eyeball look like they will pop out of their socket becuase of how stretched his ficial skins is! Oh yeah, congrats on the award – you would have been there earlier if you had stayed at UK but everything worked out as it should!



  40. John Ellis
    1:41 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    This is a misprint – it’s RICHARD Pitino who’s won induction, for his amazing one-year job at FI and projected success at Minnesota. Pitino should have been fired at UL for the Sypher nonsense, excellent coach, but lacking in other areas. Winning the only criteria I suppose for the Hall of Fame. At least unlike Wooden he didn’t have his championship(s) bought for him by a car dealer.



  41. Jay
    2:33 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    LOL #25…Agree, well deserved and all of that. One would think with all the success and money earned over the years, he would have not went with the Skeletor look. Terrible picture, great coach. Go Shockers!



  42. blueaville
    2:37 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    congrats to Coach Pitino…he WAS our coach afterall. the commonwealth is lucky to have the top 2 coaches in the game in Cal and Rick.



  43. Teachable Mo'
    3:36 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    That isn’t Pitino. It’s William Hickey.



  44. DeepblueC
    3:37 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’m guessing we should expect a speech that ends before he intended it to?

    Nostradamos referenced Pitinos induction as the third sign of the apocalypse.



  45. MC
    4:43 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations to Pitino. I still respect how fast he turned Kentuckys program around in 1990. By 92, we almost beat Duke and 93 we were in the NCAA Final Four.
    Rick may be at Louisville now, but he did a hellva job at UK when he was there too. Good job dude.



  46. joe
    6:27 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I hope his house is haunted