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Pitino hopes to return this weekend

I hope to be back coaching by this weekend and resuming full responsibility with our team," said Pitino. <b>"It is not a cancer-related or life-threatening matter."</b>

LOUISVILLE, KY. - University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino hopes to return to the Cardinal team by this weekend.

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.


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