ATLANTA -- Rick Pitino hasn’t had “One Shining Moment” this Final Four weekend. He’s had several.
It’s been pretty surreal.
It started last week, when Pitino’s son Richard, was named coach at Minnesota to replace Tubby Smith, who replaced Rick Pitino at Kentucky in 1998.
It continued Saturday, when a horse that Rick Pitino has an ownership stake in, “Goldencents,” won the Santa Anita Derby.
Later that night, Louisville’s basketball team advanced to Monday night’s NCAA title game with a win over Wichita State at the Georgia Dome.
On Monday came the announcement that Pitino was being inducted this year into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Joining Pitino in this year’s class, announced in Atlanta, are former Long Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State Coach Jerry Tarkanian, nine-time NBA all-star Gary Payton, former University of Houston Coach Guy Lewis and New York Knicks legend Bernard King.