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On September 26, 2017, the biggest recruiting scandal in college basketball history sent shock waves through the world of sports. Caught up in a massive FBI and NCAA investigation—and the intense media spotlight—was Rick Pitino, the Louisville Cardinals’ Hall of Fame coach.

Here, from Pitino himself, comes the real story of the ongoing case and the hard truth about how college hoops has been pushed to the brink of disaster by greed, bad actors, and shoe company money.

Rick Pitino has spent a lifetime in basketball. He is the recruiting and coaching maestro behind Final Four appearances with three different teams, and National Championships at two of them. He worked the early days of the legendary Five-Star camp and scouted players without the influence of agents, runners, or shoe companies. And he has run today’s recruiting gauntlet of sports apparel marketing, corrupted assistant coaches, unethical youth coaches, and powerful organizations hellbent against him. Rick Pitino has seen it all, dealt with it all, and now tells it all while offering his take on what needs to be done to save the game he loves.

Pitino is the story of an epic coaching career and the evolution of NCAA basketball to the multi-billion-dollar enterprise it is today. It is also a master’s course on the arts of coaching and recruiting. And in the telling, the one and only Rick Pitino lays all his cards on the table in addressing scandals of his past and the current headline-grabbing investigation that led a packed Board of Directors at Louisville to derail his career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635765625
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 774,682
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rick Pitino coached the Louisville Cardinals basketball team from 2001 to 2017. Prior to Louisville, Pitino was head coach for the Boston Celtics, the University of Kentucky, the New York Knicks, Providence College, and Boston University. He won two NCAA championships, is the only head coach to take three different schools to a Final Four, and was elected in 2013 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Seth Kaufman is the author of six books, and has written for The New Yorker, Time Interactive, Raw Story, and many other news websites.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jeff van Gundy ix

Prologue xiii

1 A Five-Star 1

2 Youth is Served 18

3 Providence 34

4 Camelot 51

6 My New Kentucky Home 90

7 Cardinal Sins 114

8 Closed Court 133

9 The Sneaker Attack 150

10 The Press Conference 176

11 Billions 181

12 Unusual Suspects 202

13 The Future 235

14 The Aftermath 240

Acknowledgments 257

About the Author 258

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