Rick Pitino http://wfpl.org en Pitino: Former Card Russ Smith Reaches Contract Deal With NBA's Pelicans http://wfpl.org/post/pitino-former-card-russ-smith-reaches-contract-deal-nbas-pelicans <p>University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says former Cardinal standout Russ Smith has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on his first NBA contract.</p><p>Smith was picked 47<sup>th</sup> in last month’s NBA draft by Philadelphia, but was traded to the Pelicans, who had long been interested in the guard.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"It only takes at the NBA level one team to believe in your talent," Pitino said. &nbsp; &nbsp;"And we were always convinced that Russ Smith could be an outstanding pro because he can do so many different things."</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:42:47 +0000 Rick Howlett 9733 at http://wfpl.org Pitino: Former Card Russ Smith Reaches Contract Deal With NBA's Pelicans Pitino Says Harrell to Assess Draft Projections Before Declaring for NBA http://wfpl.org/post/pitino-says-harrell-assess-draft-projections-declaring-nba <p>University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino says &nbsp;Montrezl&nbsp;Harrell hasn’t decided yet if he will return for his junior season with the Cardinals.</p><p>Pitino has been holding meetings with his players since the Cards were eliminated from the NCAA tournament Friday, and is advising Harrell to wait for projections on where he might be picked in the NBA draft before making a decision on turning pro. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Harrell was the Cards' leading rebounder this past season and was second in scoring average.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:48:42 +0000 Rick Howlett 9023 at http://wfpl.org Pitino Says Harrell to Assess Draft Projections Before Declaring for NBA U of L Opens Play in NCAA Tournament; Pitino Not Happy With Manhattan Matchup http://wfpl.org/post/u-l-opens-play-ncaa-tournament-pitino-not-happy-manhattan-matchup <p>University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino has no problem with his team's seeding in the NCAA basketball tournament. It's the pairing that is drawing his ire.</p><p>Pitino criticized the selection committee Wednesday for pitting his fourth-seeded and defending national champion Cardinals against 13th-seeded Manhattan, which is coached by Pitino's former assistant, Steve Masiello.</p><p>Louisville and Manhattan open tournament play tonight in the Midwest Region in Orlando.</p><p>"I don't think that's right for either one of us," Pitino said.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:35:11 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 8922 at http://wfpl.org U of L Opens Play in NCAA Tournament; Pitino Not Happy With Manhattan Matchup Pitino Says Fan Behavior Has Worsened in Many Arenas http://wfpl.org/post/pitino-says-fan-behavior-has-worsened-many-arenas <p>University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart was wrong to <a href="http://espn.go.com/dallas/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/10426105/marcus-smart-oklahoma-state-cowboys-shoves-fan">shove a Texas Tech fan </a>who yelled an insult at him from the stands Saturday night.</p><p>Pitino says he tells his players to “turn the other cheek” and ignore any taunts they get from opposing teams’ fans.</p><p>But he understands Smart's anger.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:00:34 +0000 Rick Howlett 8584 at http://wfpl.org Pitino Says Fan Behavior Has Worsened in Many Arenas Chane Behanan Dismissed for Louisville Cardinals Basketball Team http://wfpl.org/post/chane-behanan-dismissed-louisville-cardinals-basketball-team <p>Chane&nbsp;Behanan is off the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team—for good, it appears.</p><p>Coach Rick Pitino says Behanan&nbsp;was dismissed by the university from the team.&nbsp;</p><p>Pitino&nbsp;would not say specifically what the forward did to be kicked off the team, but he noted "this is a university policy that has been stretched to the limits." The coach said privacy laws limited what he could say about the circumstances.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:29:57 +0000 Joseph Lord 8068 at http://wfpl.org Chane Behanan Dismissed for Louisville Cardinals Basketball Team U of L's Ware Says He'll Plead Guilty to Traffic Offenses http://wfpl.org/post/u-ls-ware-says-hell-plead-guilty-traffic-offenses <p>University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware says he’ll plead guilty next week to reckless driving and speeding charges.</p><p>The junior guard was cited last month in Barren County for driving 95 miles per hour in a construction zone along I-65.</p><p>Ware says he missed his original court date this week because of a mix-up on his part.</p><p>Cards coach Rick Pitino said after Tuesday night’s game against Hartford that he gave Ware an earful about the incident but saw no reason to suspend him.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:11:01 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 7624 at http://wfpl.org U of L's Ware Says He'll Plead Guilty to Traffic Offenses Louisville Cardinals' Kevin Ware Misses Court Date for Reckless Driving, Speeding Citation http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-cardinals-kevin-ware-misses-court-date-reckless-driving-speeding-citation <p>University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware was cited last month for reckless driving and speeding in Barren County, Ky., and missed a court appearance today to respond to the charges.</p><p><a href="http://www.whas11.com/sports/university-of-louisville-sports/Kevin-Ware-accused-of-reckless-driving-misses-Barren-Co-court-date-232378961.html">WHAS Television</a> first reported that the junior guard was pulled over by police on the night of Oct.26 and charged with driving 95 miles per hour in a construction zone that had a 55 miles per hour speed limit.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:03:58 +0000 Rick Howlett 7603 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Cardinals' Kevin Ware Misses Court Date for Reckless Driving, Speeding Citation Chane Behanan, Luke Hancock to Dress for Louisville Cardinals' Next Game http://wfpl.org/post/chane-behanan-luke-hancock-dress-louisville-cardinals-next-game <p>Two key players from the Louisville Cardinals' men's national championship team will dress to play in Tuesday's game against Hofsta.</p><p>Junior forward Chane Behanan will return from<a href="/post/louisville-cardinals-chane-behanan-suspended-indefinitely"> a suspension for violating team and universities rules.&nbsp;</a></p><p>Senior forward Luke Hancock—the Most Outstanding Player from the 2013 Final Four—missed the Cardinals' season opener on Saturday because of an Achilles injury.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:50:45 +0000 Joseph Lord 7512 at http://wfpl.org Chane Behanan, Luke Hancock to Dress for Louisville Cardinals' Next Game Louisville Cardinals' Chane Behanan Suspended Indefinitely http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-cardinals-chane-behanan-suspended-indefinitely <p>The Louisville Cardinals' defense of the men's basketball national championship will begin without a star of last season's Final Four.</p><p>Junior forward Chane&nbsp;&nbsp;Behanan&nbsp;is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team and university rules, Coach Rick Pitino announced on Thursday.</p><p>Behanan may return to the team, but Pitino said it isn't "probable."</p><p>The junior forward was presented a plan in the last week that could restore him to the team—but he's already violated it, Pitino said.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:47:43 +0000 Joseph Lord 7248 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Cardinals' Chane Behanan Suspended Indefinitely Pitino Not 'Bent Out of Shape' Over Boston Radio Show Insult http://wfpl.org/post/pitino-not-bent-out-shape-over-boston-radio-show-insult <p>The defending national champion Louisville Cardinals men&rsquo;s basketball team will hold the first of three public scrimmages this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coach Rick </span>Pitino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says guard Kevin Ware has been cleared to begin full physical workouts.&nbsp; Ware broke his leg during this year&rsquo;s NCAA regional final against Duke. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Red-White scrimmages will be held the next three Saturdays at the KFC Yum Center.</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:49:39 +0000 Rick Howlett & Jacob Ryan 7103 at http://wfpl.org Pitino Not 'Bent Out of Shape' Over Boston Radio Show Insult