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Pitino confirms sophomore C Price to leave Louisville

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Zach Price averaged just under six minutes and one point in his 35 career games with Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville sophomore center Zach Price is leaving the Cardinals' program after two seasons.

Price expressed appreciation for Cardinals fans on his Twitter account Tuesday, tweeting, "It was truly a pleasure playing for this university."

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino confirmed at a fan event Tuesday evening that the 6-foot-10 Cleveland native was departing. Earlier Tuesday, Pitino pointed out that Price had not been attending summer classes and that the player had tweeted about his intentions. The coach says the two have exchanged text messages but haven't talked.

Price averaged just under six minutes and one point in 35 career games with Louisville.

Pitino wished Price well and says he respects his decision to seek a bigger role elsewhere, adding, "we hope he has great success when he moves on."

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