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Report: Pitino going into Hall of Fame

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be among the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees when the Class of 2013 is introduced on Monday, ESPN reported Friday.

Pitino, 60, is preparing Louisville for a national semifinal against Wichita State on Saturday in the Final Four in Atlanta. The winner plays the survivor of the Michigan-Syracuse game on Monday night for the NCAA championship.

It's the seventh trip to the Final Four for Pitino. He has the distinction of being the only coach to take three schools to the semifinals. Pitino reached the Final Four with Providence in 1987 and won the title with Kentucky in 1996. (John Calipari has done it, but two appearances were later vacated.) Louisville also advanced to the Final Four last year, losing to eventual champion Kentucky.

Pitito's career record on the college level is 662-239.

"It would mean a lot to me and my family," Pitino has said about the possibility of going into the Hall of Fame, "but it really exemplifies what I've done for athletes and coaches. And if that day comes, it would mean a lot to share with them. So it's not something I think about, but it's something I would be very, very proud of."

Between college jobs, Pitino coached eight years in the NBA with the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. But he never achieved the same kind of success as he has in the college ranks.

The Hall of Fame induction will be held in September.
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