A man who coaches the Louisville Cardinals, who once said he planned to retire by 2017, has signed a contract through the 2025-26 season.
That man is Rick Pitino. The news was announced by Louisville on Tuesday afternoon.
Pitino is 62 and has spent three decades on the college bench. If he coached through the end of the contract, he’d be 73. Pitino’s career record is 722-254. He became a Naismith Hall-of-Famer in 2013, the same year Louisville won a national title under Pitino. Last season the Cardinals reached the Elite Eight as a No. 4 seed.
The Cards are not ranked in our offseason Top 25 (and one).
Pitino’s most recent annual salary was reported at just over $6 million per year, third-highest in the sport to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky’s John Calipari.