Pitino joined the Louisville staff two years ago, replacing Kevin Willard. Since coming to Louisville, Pitino has quickly earned his stripes as a top-notch recruiter, helping land players such as Peyton Siva, Rakeem Buckles and Jared Swopshire.
Billy Donovan told FightinGators.com Friday that he hoped to name a new assistant in short order. Donovan played for Rick Pitino at Providence and served under him at Kentucky before breaking out on his own.
"I've got a couple of guys (in mind)," Donovan said. "I think I'm moving much closer to doing something here. I'm hopeful that I would be able to get something done in the next day or two."
No reason was given why Pitino is making what appears a lateral move within the coaching fraternity. One reason could be to gain additional experience under another top-notch coach who has won the NCAA title. Like Pitino, several of Donovan's former assistants, including Alabama's Anthony Grant, have went on to become head coaches.