INDIANAPOLIS -- It has grown into an NCAA tournament tradition, right up there with buzzer-beaters, dancing mascots and
"To be honest with you, I'm glad that I'm not living on the West Coast because I haven't heard any of that," Pitino said. "I heard a little bit more about Boston University wanting me back where I started. But I'm hoping they settle for my son."
It was like watching Picasso paint. Not only did Pitino not answer the question, he also touted son
"I wouldn't answer any question about any other job because it would be disrespectful to the University of Louisville," Pitino said. "You know, any time you hear a player stand up here and say, I'm not going pro, I'm coming back -- he's gone. Any time a coach says he's not interested in a job, he's dead interested in a job.
"So, you know, I don't mislead you. All I can tell you is for eight years I've given every ounce I've had to the University of Louisville. I will continue to do that. I can poke fun and make all the jokes in the world, but there's the truth."
Pitino has more experience than most. He was asked about the New York Knicks job in 1987 (took it), the L.A. Lakers job in 1994 (stayed at Kentucky), the Boston Celtics job in 1997 (took it), the Kentucky job in 2007 and 2009 (wasn't interested and still isn't interested) and the Providence job in 2008 (the parties talked, but Pitino stayed at Louisville).
Pitino is the master, but what is a less experienced coach to do? Should he trust his instincts? Probably not a good idea. Do that, and a coach might wind up the hardwood equivalent of
This obviously wasn't true; Donovan could have quashed the story immediately. But why would Donovan give up a bargaining chip when a fat extension awaited after a second consecutive national title? Donovan probably should have used this technique two months later. Instead, he denied talks with the Orlando Magic days before he took the Magic job and less than a week before he changed his mind and went back to Florida.
"I am so happy where I'm at," Izzo said. "I have a wife and kids. My wife has a lot of family where I'm at. I have goals still of what I want to achieve at Michigan State. They have not been achieved. I'd like to leave the place not only, when I'm done, better than I got it, but I'd like to leave it with a footprint that hopefully will last many decades after."
After the press conference ended, Izzo took a few more questions off the podium. Someone asked him about the Arizona job. Izzo said he was happy in East Lansing, that he had plenty left to accomplish at Michigan State.
But he never said never.