Rick Pitino still maintains his innocence that he knew nothing about alleged payments to a Louisville freshman player’s family, even though it resulted in his termination.
Now, following the disgraced former Cardinals coach’s exit from Louisville, he’s moved to Miami, where he said he is getting used to life beyond coaching.
Pitino admitted even though he would love to return to coaching, he knows he has to be realistic and look at life beyond leading a team, especially because he knows he will never be fully cleared of the guilt.
“If a school, come April, comes to me in Miami and says, ‘We believe you. We believe you were innocent,’ I would give it a shot,” Pitino told ESPN. “I don’t care about the money, the salary.
“But the way I’m looking at it now is that I’ve got to get on with a different part of my life — build a different life that doesn’t include coaching. I need to be happy, be content.”
The 65-year-old Pitino was fired a little over a month ago when it was revealed a Cardinals assistant allegedly paid freshman Brian Bowen’s family. Pitino said he had no knowledge of the situation, but indictment reports claim that he was the one who directed the payments.