Pitino is currently undergoing a battery of tests at the Cleveland Clinic to determine the cause of a pain in his left side. He announced at a news conference Monday that he would take an indefinite medical leave for what he classified as a "urological related" pain.
"I hope to be back coaching by this weekend and resuming full responsibility with our team," said Pitino. "It is not a cancer-related or life-threatening matter."
Assistant coach Kevin Willard is currently assuming the lead coaching role with the Cardinals, ranked No. 4 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. U of L is 15-1 and atop the Conference USA standings with a 5-0 record entering its Wednesday night game against Houston in Freedom Hall.