Louisville NotebookAs InsideTheVille.com reported before Rick Pitino's press conference Tuesday afternoon, Richard Pitino and Wyking Jones were formally announced as part of Louisville's coaching staff.
Pitino on Pitino: "Richard has worked tirelessly since the time he was a college student. He fills a much needed void left by Steve Masiello, who handled chief scouting duties and game preparation for our team. Richard will have a lot on his plate as we indoctrinate a new staff into all aspects of Cardinal Basketball. We're excited to have him return to our staff, as he helped us reach two Elite Eights and two Big East Championships."
Pitino on Jones: "Wyking has the experience necessary to help us recruit top-notch student-athletes from all 50 states. he is highly regarded in all circles as a tireless worker and an outstanding communicator with young people. I had asked Richard to provide me the top five assistant coaching candidates in the country and. Would interview them. Immediately he had Wyking at the top ofn the list. After considerable research, it was apparent that he had all of the characteristics necessary to bring to Cardinal Basketball."
Neither Pitino nor Jones attended Tuesday's press conference. Pitino is in Gainesville with his wife, who delivered a baby girl yesterday.
Richard Pitino is the associate coach; Jones is an assistant coach. Both will sign two-year contracts with penalties for leaving early.
Pitino covered considerable ground about his program in a 25 minute press conference on campus. Among the highlights:
- Pitino indicated that he could have his third assistant in place by next week and said he's considering five candidates for the final spot on his staff.
- Pitino said he is looking for a national recruiter, someone who can go anywhere and recruit, for Louisville's third assistant.
- Pitino said that he's preparing for junior Terrence Jennings to remain in the NBA Draft. Jennings, who declared for the draft last week but didn't hire an agent, has until May 8 to withdraw his name.
- Pitino said that Ralph Willard will not return to Louisville next season and could take a position as an NBA scout.
- Pitino said Louisville's waiver appeal for a trip to Puerto Rico was denied by the NCAA. Instead, Louisville will travel to the Bahamas in August where they will play several games, including against the Bahamian National team. Louisville will get 10 days of practice prior to that trip.
- Pitino said there is a possibility that he won't coach the Puerto Rico national team this summer.
- Pitino said Jared Swopshire will return from injury before Rakeem Buckles. Pitino indicated that Buckles and Wayne Blackshear likely won't be able to participate on that trip because of shoulder surgery last week.
- Pitino said Swopshire is running on the treadmill and is about a month away from returning to the court.
- Pitino said he wasn't happy with Tim Fuller's decision to bolt for Missouri, though he certainly understood the move.
- Pitino said his new staff will recruit as a team and they're looking for three players, presumably in the Class of 2012.
- Pitino said Louisville is looking into adding transfers and will have "transfers" visit next Monday.
- Pitino said Louisville's schedule is almost complete with just one opening left for next year.