One of my favorite sportswriters, Rick Reilly has a great piece on Rick Pitino. I encourage you to read it.
Rick Pitino is not walking through that door. Not the Rick Pitino you knew. Not the bug-eyed screamer, the arrogant New York know-it-all. He has swallowed too much heartache to be that man anymore.
No, the 59-year-old Rick Pitino who walks through that door at this Final Four, the one who leads these Louisville Harry Potters into their fight with the Kentucky Voldemorts this Saturday, this Pitino is changed. He’s grayer and softer and happier. He laughs. He indulges. He forgives.