Pitino returns to coaching duties

University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino resumed his coaching duties Thursday morning after taking a short medical leave.

LOUISVILLE, KY. -- University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino resumed his coaching duties Thursday morning after taking a short medical leave.

Pitino will talk about the Cardinals' upcoming game against Marquette and provide an update on his condition at a news conference on Friday.

Pitino visited the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday for medical testing to determine the cause of a pain in his left side. He had announced at a news conference Monday that he would take an indefinite medical leave for what he classified as a "urological related" pain.

In Pitino's absence, assistant coach Kevin Willard guided with the Cardinals to a 64-48 victory over Houston on Wednesday in Freedom Hall. Louisville, ranked No. 4 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, has won 16 straight after a season-opening loss and sits atop the Conference USA standings with a 6-0 record. The Cardinals face Marquette Saturday at 3 p.m. in an ESPN-televised event.


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