HAMPTON, Va. -- After not sleeping for more than 50 hours after Louisville won the national title, Rick Pitino was so tired and emotional he cried tears of joy watching the second-half of the Cardinals' game on television. It's been a whirlwind for Pitino since Louisville cut down the nets, including a trip to the tattoo parlor for some commemorative ink on his back.
Rested and relaxed at the Nike EYBL Tournament last weekend, Pitino sat down with SI.com to talk about his hopes for Louisville next season, how he plans to spend the off season and why college basketball needs a David Stern. But on the top of his agenda is the Kentucky Derby. Pitino has a five-percent stake in 5-1 shot Goldencents, which will run in the Kentucky Derby this weekend.
Unfortunately, we don't have a David Stern. We don't have a central figure who can say, 'Our game needs improvement.' We had a great final game, Michigan and Louisville. It was the way that college basketball should be played. It reminded me a long time ago when we lost to Duke. It was a great game. Most of the games aren't great games because of all the fouling. Unless they take control of it. The Big East is a prime example. Although I love it and think it's the greatest thing I've ever been part of, the Big East is ugly basketball because of all the fouling.