LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – When University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino isn’t wearing his Cardinal red, you can find him in Minnesota maroon cheering on his son Richard who coaches the Gophers.
Pitino almost looks out of place wearing the Gophers colors, but when your son coaches the team and you’re beaming with pride, you wear their school colors.
“He said dad, I could die in this program. He was really humble about it. He said we’re the only Division 1 school in the state. It’s just an awesome program and I think we can really turn it around into a big time situation,” Pitino said.
It wasn’t that long ago his son was on the Cardinals’ bench as an assistant. It was a match made in basketball heaven with Pitino hoping to hand off the baton to his son.
“What I said to him – listen, take your time as an assistant. Spend 6 or 7 years with me and replace me. Our athletic director loved him. He said no, this is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Coach Pitino said.
Richard Pitino left Louisville for his first head coaching job at Florida International and then at Minnesota.
Whether he ever returns to Louisville, no one knows. One thing is for certain; his dad will always be one of his biggest fans.