LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Rick Pitino's game plan doesn't include retirement any time soon.
The 61-year-old Louisville men's basketball coach said Wednesday he "can go for a long time" thanks to the enthusiasm provided by recent Cardinals recruiting classes. Pitino said during a news conference discussing a roster that's preparing to enter the tough Atlantic Coast Conference that his "passion and enthusiasm is better at 61 than it was at 31, and I had great passion back then."
Pitino is signed through 2021-22 after agreeing to a five-year contract extension in October 2012. He would be 69 when it expires but sounds eager to coach beyond that age.
Stoking Pitino's fire is the challenge of replacing high-scoring guard Russ Smith and perimeter threat Luke Hancock, which he believes is possible with Louisville's returning personnel.