On WFAN: Rick Pitino Discusses New Book, Coaching Career

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September 04, 2018 - 6:10 pm
Jan 23, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino celebrates a victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at McCamish Pavilion. Louisville defeated Georgia Tech 75-71. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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Rick Pitino joined "Mike's On" during Tuesday afternoon to discuss his new book, "Pitino: My Story."

Pitino was fired when The University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) terminated his contract in October 2017 following an alleged "pay for play" scandal involving Louisville recruits.

The 65-year-old former college basketball coach claimed throughout the show that he is not interested in returning to coaching, though he reached out to NBA teams in 2017.

"The motivation of writing the book was to put closure on a career," Pitino said. "I don't (want to coach). I did last year, desperately. Two people offered me mid-major jobs. The one I wanted called the NCAA and said: 'Look, can you give us clearance on Rick Pitino?' They said: 'No. We haven't been able to investigate because the Southern District of New York and the FBI told us we can't investigate until their investigation is over.' So, I reached out to NBA teams. You can see what they're thinking -- this guy in the middle of the season might get indicted. They put such a cloud over me."

Pitino coached 559 games at Louisville, posting a 416-143 record. He led the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, which was subsequently vacated by the NCAA as the result of sex, stripper, and/or prostitution scandal related to both players, as well as potential recruits.

"If Tom Jurich and I are at that appeal, I don't think they take that championship down," Pitino said. "Because how do you take a championship down? Excuse me, you can't erase a championship. You take a banner down. But how do you take a banner down for guys watching a strip show or having sex with a person? They're college kids. That's not a performance-enhancing drug, they didn't cheat on an exam. How do you take down a banner for that? Is it reprehensible behavior? No question about it, but it had nothing do with their on-court performance."

Listen to Mike's entire interview with Pitino below: