Rick Pitino, Louisville One Game From Hitting the Panic Button

Posted by Jonathan Lintner on December-13-2009 Add Comments

Louisville coach Rick Pitino has often blamed a microwave society for criticisms aimed at his basketball team.

Pitino says people want things too quickly—a perfect non-conference record for example—when it takes the Cardinals a little longer than most to settle into his system and prepare for March.

That's understandable.

A 91-83 loss to Western Carolina on your home court isn't—especially one that followed a gruesome loss to Charlotte a game earlier.

Now questions are starting to be asked of the ninth-year Cardinals coach, who won an NCAA Title at Kentucky in 1996 and has taken three different teams to the Final Four.

Is he past his prime? Has he lost touch with the nation's top recruit...

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